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China warns Taiwan playing with fire over U.S. bill

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 9:24pm
BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) - China warned Taiwan on Friday it would only get burnt if it sought to rely on foreigners, adding to warnings from state media the country could go to war over Taiwan if the United States passes into law a bill promoting closer U.S. ties.

Transparency? Check. Results? Stay tuned. Trump TV rocks DC

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 8:39pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a case of reality TV meets Washington, President Donald Trump is bringing television cameras into normally private White House talks with lawmakers that feature sharp debates and, seemingly, policy-making on the fly.

Philippines' Duterte tells police, soldiers not to cooperate in any drug war probe

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 7:47pm
MANILA (Reuters) - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered police and soldiers not to cooperate in any investigation into his bloody war on drugs, amid international calls for an external probe.

Trump to impose steep tariffs on steel, aluminum; stokes trade war fears

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 7:33pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump announced on Thursday he would impose hefty tariffs on imported steel and aluminum to protect U.S. producers, risking retaliation from major trade partners like China, Europe and neighboring Canada.

China media makes war threat over U.S. Taiwan bill

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 6:52pm
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese state media threatened on Friday that the country could go to war over Taiwan if the United States passes into law a bill promoting closer U.S. ties with the self-ruled island that China claims as its own.

Weinstein Co reaches deal with group promising female leadership

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 6:36pm
(Reuters) - The Weinstein Co on Thursday reached a deal to sell assets to a group led by a former Obama administration official who plans to use a majority-female board to rebuild the Hollywood studio tarnished by sexual misconduct allegations.

Trump pushes Big Corn and Oil to break biofuels deadlock

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 6:09pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump urged representatives from the rival oil and corn industries on Thursday to break a deadlock in talks over the future of the nation’s biofuels policy by accepting a deal involving reforms sought by both sides.

Trump urges lawsuit against opioid companies, tougher sentences for dealers

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 5:05pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday called for a federal lawsuit against opioid companies and stiffer penalties for drug dealers, arguing that the government must take a strong approach to combat an opioid addiction epidemic.

Trump to impose steep tariffs on steel, aluminum, stoking trade war talk

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 4:36pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump announced on Thursday he would impose hefty tariffs on imported steel and aluminum to protect U.S. producers, risking retaliation from major trade partners like China, Europe and neighboring Canada as well as helping to trigger a large selloff on Wall Street.    

Microchip Technology to buy Microsemi for about $8.35 billion

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 3:47pm
(Reuters) - Microchip Technology said on Thursday it had agreed to buy Microsemi Corp, the largest U.S. commercial supplier of military and aerospace semiconductor equipment, for about $8.35 billion.

Russians used social media to stir divisions on U.S. energy policy: lawmakers

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 3:46pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russian operatives attempting to discourage U.S. energy production posted thousands of messages on social media supporting environmental activists in their campaign to limit oil and gas projects, a report by Republican lawmakers said on Thursday.

Trump says he has spoken with Sessions about suing opioid companies

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 2:57pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he had spoken with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions about bringing a lawsuit against companies involved in the opioid business.

Tillerson to make first trip to Africa as top U.S. diplomat

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 2:54pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria next week on his first trip to Africa as the top U.S. diplomat, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday.

U.S. ambassador to Mexico to resign amid tense bilateral relations

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 2:47pm
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson will step down from the job in May, she said on Thursday, joining a growing list of senior State Department officials to resign from the agency during the presidency of Donald Trump.

Exclusive: Pimco economist Clarida seen as front-runner for Fed deputy job

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 2:23pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Richard Clarida, an economist at fund manager Pimco, has emerged as a front-runner to become the Federal Reserve's next vice chair, according to two people familiar with the effort to fill the depleted upper ranks of the U.S. central bank.

Putin, before vote, unveils 'invincible' nuclear weapons to counter West

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 1:29pm
MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin announced an array of new nuclear weapons on Thursday, in one of his most bellicose speeches in years, saying they could hit almost any point in the world and evade a U.S.-built missile shield.

Trump says U.S. to impose hefty tariffs on steel, aluminum imports

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 1:25pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Thursday he would impose tariffs of 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on aluminum, in a move the administration said would protect U.S. industry, but which critics said would fail to boost jobs and risked stoking a trade war with China.

Trump nominee: Russia, China don't expect 'much' U.S. response to cyber attacks

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 12:56pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lieutenant General Paul Nakasone, President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the U.S. Cyber Command, said on Thursday he did not think Russia, China and other countries expected much of a response from the United States to cyber attacks.

As May readies trade speech, Tusk sees difficulties

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 11:52am
LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - "Real political difficulties" lie ahead for Brexit, EU summit chair Donald Tusk said after Prime Minister Theresa May gave him a preview of the vision of future trade ties she will unveil on Friday.

Zuckerberg sold nearly $500 million Facebook stock in February

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 11:23am
(Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg sold nearly $500 million in the company's shares in February to fund his philanthropic investment vehicle, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), regulatory filings showed.

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