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Trump hails Pompeo-Kim meeting, says North Korea summit plans advancing

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 3:10pm
WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that preparations were advancing for a first-ever summit with North Korea after CIA director Mike Pompeo visited Pyongyang and formed a "good relationship" with its leader Kim Jong Un.

S&P edges higher on energy, industrials but Dow slips

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 3:04pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The S&P 500 eked out a small gain while the Dow ended lower after a volatile trading session on Wednesday, with weakness in sectors such as consumer staples and financials offsetting strong gains in the energy and industrial indexes.

Southwest focuses on older engines in probe of deadly jet explosion

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 2:54pm
(Reuters) - The wrecked engine of a Southwest Airlines Co jet was being examined on Wednesday by U.S. air safety officials investigating why it blew up in mid air, killing a passenger in the country's first deadly airline accident in nine years.

British PM May dealt embarrassing Brexit defeat in parliament's upper house

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 2:39pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's upper house of parliament inflicted an embarrassing defeat on Theresa May's government on Wednesday, challenging her refusal to remain in a customs union with the EU after Brexit.

Dozens of senators sign resolution urging ouster of EPA's Pruitt

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 2:29pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dozens of Democratic U.S. Senators on Wednesday introduced a resolution calling for Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt to resign on allegations of ethics lapses.

Emboldened by #MeToo, 'mad as hell' women take spotlight at Cosby retrial

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 1:56pm
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - As Bill Cosby approached a Pennsylvania courthouse for the beginning of his retrial on charges of drugging and sexually assaulting a one-time friend, a bare-breasted protester ran toward him shouting: "Women's lives matter."

Castro nears retirement as Cuban president; successor proposed

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 1:21pm
HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba's Raul Castro moved closer to retiring as president on Wednesday as the country's parliament proposed Miguel Diaz-Canel to replace him, in a shift that will usher in the island's first non-Castro leader since the 1959 revolution.

Push for 'Dreamer' immigration bill gains steam in House

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:51pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday urged Speaker Paul Ryan to schedule debate on bills to protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation, in a move aimed at reviving a push that sputtered in the Senate in February.

Energy, industrial stocks lift Wall Street, IBM drags

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:49am
(Reuters) - Wall Street edged higher in a volatile session on Wednesday as industrial stocks gained on strong results from some marquee companies and a jump in oil prices boosted energy stocks.

Diaz-Canel formally proposed to replace Castro as Cuban president

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:47am
HAVANA (Reuters) - Miguel Diaz-Canel was proposed in Cuba's parliament on Wednesday as the sole candidate to replace Raul Castro as president, which will make him the island's first non-Castro leader since the 1959 revolution.

Zuckerberg under pressure to face EU lawmakers over data scandal

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:43am
STRASBOURG (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg came under pressure from EU lawmakers on Wednesday to come to Europe and shed light on the data breach involving Cambridge Analytica that affected nearly three million Europeans.

Lawyers for Trump attorney propose candidates to review seized files

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:29am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lawyers for President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen have asked a federal judge to consider four candidates to review material seized by the FBI that may be protected by attorney-client privilege, rather than let prosecutors look at it first.

Russia's RT faces seven investigations in Britain over broadcasts since Skripal case

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:09am
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's media regulator opened seven investigations into Russian news channel RT, saying it had found an increase in programs which may have breached impartiality rules since a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy last month.

Exclusive: OPEC's new price hawk Saudi Arabia seeks oil as high as $100 - sources

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 9:22am
DUBAI/LONDON (Reuters) - Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia would be happy to see crude rise to $80 or even $100 a barrel, three industry sources said, a sign Riyadh will seek no changes to an OPEC supply-cutting deal even though the agreement's original target is within sight.

S&P posts slight gains on industrials, IBM drags

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 9:22am
(Reuters) - The benchmark S&P 500 index posted slight gains on Friday, helped by gains from industrial and energy stocks, but IBM's disappointing results and a sell-off in semiconductor stocks weighed on the Nasdaq and the Dow.

Pompeo visits North Korea, forms 'good relationship with Kim', says Trump

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 9:11am
WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - CIA director Mike Pompeo, U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee to become the top U.S. diplomat, visited North Korea last week and met leader Kim Jong Un with whom he formed a "good relationship", Trump said on Wednesday.

Russia: our response to U.S. sanctions will be precise and painful

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 8:55am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Valentina Matvienko, the speaker of the Russian upper house of parliament, said on Wednesday that Moscow's response to U.S. sanctions will be targeted and painful, Russian news agencies reported.

U.S. inspectors probe deadly Southwest jet engine explosion

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 8:31am
(Reuters) - The National Transportation Safety Board on Wednesday was inspecting the wrecked engine of a Southwest Airlines Co jet that blew up in mid air, killing a passenger in the first deadly U.S. commercial airline accident in nine years.

Trump contradicts himself over Comey firing

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 8:27am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he did not fire James Comey "because of the phony Russia investigation," contradicting his 2017 statement that he ousted the FBI director last year over the probe.

Return to Ward 17: Making peace with lost comrades

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 8:10am
MELBOURNE, Australia (Reuters) - As the start of the memorial service neared, I hurriedly texted an Indonesian friend. "Is it OK for me to stand on a Muslim prayer mat?" I asked.