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Unilever prepares 6 billion pound sale of food brands: newspapers

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 5:17pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Unilever is preparing a 6 billion pound ($7.44 billion) sale of some of its food brands, British newspapers reported on Saturday, without citing sources.

Meals on Wheels America sees surge in donations after U.S. budget

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 4:11pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Meals on Wheels America, the umbrella organization for 5,000 providers of home-delivered meals for seniors, said on Saturday that online donations have surged since the White House released a proposed budget that could lead to a big drop in its funding.

U.S. judge signs Peabody bankruptcy exit after environmental deal

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 3:14pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge formally approved Peabody Energy Corp's plan to emerge from bankruptcy late Friday after the coal producer struck a settlement with the U.S. government over legacy environmental claims at a gold and metal mining subsidiary.

Russia-backed Crimea chief says Putin should be president for life

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 2:28pm
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian-backed prime minister of Crimea said on Saturday that Vladimir Putin should be made president of Russia for life and that the Soviet Union would never have collapsed had Putin been in charge.

Another person tries to jump White House fence

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 1:04pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A person jumped over a bike rack in a buffer zone in front of the White House on Saturday while President Trump was in Florida, but was not able to make it over the fence into the grounds, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Twitter.

U.S. wants free but fair and balanced trade: Mnuchin

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 11:57am
BADEN BADEN, Germany (Reuters) - The United States remains committed to free trade but wants to re-examine some trade deals and correct their excesses, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Saturday after G20 finance chiefs backtracked on past commitments about trade.

Thousands flee Iraq's Mosul as battle edges into Old City

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 11:57am
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Thousands of Iraqis surged out of western Mosul on Saturday during a lull in heavy fighting in districts around the densely populated Old City where Iraqi forces are facing fierce resistance from Islamic State militants.

U.S. Homeland Security seeks proposals for wall with Mexico

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 11:50am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued requests for proposals for prototypes for a wall along the Mexican border, saying ideally it should be 30 feet (9 meters) high and the wall facing the U.S. side should be "aesthetically pleasing in color."

Trump ‘travel ban bands’ take to stage in Texas capital

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 10:49am
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Bands with diaspora from the seven Muslim-majority countries on U.S. President Donald Trump’s original travel ban took to the stage in Austin to build resistance against executive orders critics see as perpetuating bigotry.

Thousands of Kurds protest against Turkey's Erdogan in Frankfurt

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 9:12am
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Around 9,000 Kurdish supporters demonstrated in the German city of Frankfurt on Saturday against Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and an April referendum that would give him sweeping new powers.

No free trade endorsement likely in G20 communique: G20 officials

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 9:09am
BADEN BADEN, Germany (Reuters) - The world's financial leaders are unlikely to endorse free trade and reject protectionism in their communique on Saturday because they have been unable to find a wording that would suit a more protectionist United States, G20 officials said.

Ignoring Scottish referendum mandate would 'shatter' UK structure: Sturgeon

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 7:37am
ABERDEEN, Scotland (Reuters) - A continued refusal by Britain's prime minister to discuss an independence referendum authorized by the Scottish parliament would "shatter beyond repair" the United Kingdom's constitutional structure, Nicola Sturgeon will tell the Scottish National Party on Saturday.

Russian parliament backs investigation into U.S. media

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 6:09am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian lower house of parliament, the State Duma, has approved a proposal to launch an investigation into U.S. media organizations that operate in Russia, it said in a statement posted on its web site late on Friday.

Man shot dead after seizing soldier's gun at Paris Orly airport

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 5:58am
PARIS (Reuters) - Security forces shot dead a man who seized a soldier's gun at Paris Orly airport in France on Saturday soon after the same man shot and wounded a police officer during a routine police check, the interior minister said.

Syrian rebels, families begin leaving Homs district in deal with government

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 5:50am
HOMS/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Rebels and their families began leaving their last bastion in the Syrian city of Homs on Saturday, state media and a Reuters witness said, under a Russian-backed deal with the government expected to be among the largest evacuations of its kind.

Apple CEO Tim Cook calls for more global trade with China

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 5:47am
BEIJING (Reuters) - Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook expressed support for globalization and said China should continue to open its economy to foreign firms, while speaking at a forum in Beijing on Saturday.

Top NSA official ridicules allegation Britain spied on Trump

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 4:46am
LONDON (Reuters) - Allegations from the United States that British spy agency GCHQ snooped on Donald Trump during his election campaign are "arrant nonsense", the deputy head of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) said in an interview on Saturday.

Need to avoid civilian deaths weighs on minds of U.S. forces in Mosul battle

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 4:14am
QAYYARA WEST AIRFIELD, Iraq (Reuters) - As the battle for Mosul moves to the narrow streets and densely packed houses of the Old City, U.S. artillery gunners and helicopter pilots supporting Iraqi forces face an age-old problem – how to avoid killing civilians.

Arkansas restores Martin Luther King holiday without Robert E. Lee

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 9:17pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - Arkansas lawmakers on Friday gave final approval to a bill setting aside an official state holiday solely for slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and relegating Confederate General Robert E. Lee to a separate, lesser observance.

South Dakota's governor vetoes loosening of concealed carry gun laws

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 7:54pm
(Reuters) - South Dakota's Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard on Friday vetoed a pair of bills that would have loosened restrictions on carrying concealed guns in the state, after saying current laws made sense and were adequate.

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