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Syria chemical weapons visit postponed after gunfire: sources

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 6:16am
THE HAGUE (Reuters) - The arrival of international chemical weapons inspectors at the location of a suspected poison gas attack in the Syrian town of Douma has been delayed after gunfire at the site during a visit by a U.N. security team on Tuesday, sources told Reuters.

British regulator opens seven investigations into Russia's RT news channel

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 6:13am
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's media regulator has opened seven investigations into whether Russian news channel RT broke impartiality rules in broadcasts made since a Russian double-agent was poisoned in the English city of Salisbury last month.

Four U.S. senators seek details on unusual cellular surveillance in D.C. area

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 6:08am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four U.S. senators on Wednesday urged the U.S. Homeland Security Department (DHS) to disclose additional information about unusual cellular surveillance activity that has been detected around the nation's capital.

FTSE shines as world stocks near four-week highs

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 6:02am
LONDON (Reuters) - Global stocks climbed to a near four-week high and Wall Street was gearing up for a positive open on Wednesday as strong U.S. first-quarter earnings helped revive risk appetite, driving up equities and hauling the dollar out of its slump.

Whiskey sour? China importers fret over U.S. trade battle

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 5:33am
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - When spirits dealer Daniel Taytslin brought his first pallet of American Ragtime Rye whiskey into Shanghai in early April, the 672 bottles faced a 5 percent import tariff at China's customs.

Airlines inspecting Boeing 737 engines after fatal Southwest incident

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 4:23am
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Some major customers of Boeing Co's popular 737 jets including Korean Air Lines Co Ltd said on Wednesday they were inspecting engines of the type that blew apart mid-air on a fatal Southwest Airlines Co flight on Tuesday.

OPCW experts unlikely to enter Syria's Douma on Wednesday: U.N. source

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 3:20am
BEIRUT/DAMASCUS (Reuters) - International chemical weapons inspectors will probably not go into the Syrian town of Douma on Wednesday, a U.N. source in Syria told Reuters, marking a further delay to efforts to investigate a suspected poison gas attack there.

One killed when engine explodes on Southwest flight

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 2:46am
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Asian shares edge higher in step with Wall Street, China lags

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 1:12am
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares crept ahead on Wednesday after Wall Street took heart from upbeat corporate earnings, though nagging concerns about trade barriers and the global growth outlook kept currencies and bonds subdued.

Former FBI chief says Trump's leadership style 'strikingly similar' to mob boss

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:25am
(Reuters) - Former FBI director James Comey on Tuesday told late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert that the way U.S. President Donald Trump leads is "strikingly similar" to a mob boss.

Facebook says users must accept targeted ads even under new EU law

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:12am
MENLO PARK, Calif. (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it would continue requiring people to accept targeted ads as a condition of using its service, a stance that may help keep its business model largely intact despite a new European Union privacy law.

South Korea says discussing peace deal with North Korea ahead of summit

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 11:20pm
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said on Wednesday it is considering how to change a decades-old armistice with North Korea into a peace agreement, as U.S. officials confirmed an unprecedented top-level meeting with the North Korean leader.

China has contingency plans to deal with U.S. trade frictions: state planner

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 11:00pm
BEIJING (Reuters) - China has various contingency plans and policy reserves to deal with trade frictions started by the United States, the country's top economic planner said on Wednesday.

Asian shares edge ahead with Wall Street, but China lags

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 9:18pm
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares crept ahead on Wednesday after Wall Street took heart from upbeat corporate earnings, though nagging concerns about trade barriers and the global growth outlook kept currencies and bonds subdued.

One dead after engine explodes midair on Southwest flight

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 9:15pm
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - An engine on a Southwest Airlines flight with 149 people aboard exploded and broke apart in mid-air on Tuesday, killing one passenger and nearly sucking another out of a shattered window, according to airline and federal authorities and witness and media accounts.

Trump's CIA chief in secret meeting with North Korean leader: U.S. officials

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 8:53pm
WASHINGTON/PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State nominee and CIA Director Mike Pompeo made a secret visit to North Korea over the Easter weekend and met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to discuss a planned summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.

San Diego County backs Trump challenge to California 'sanctuary' law

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 8:51pm
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - San Diego County leaders voted on Tuesday to join the Trump administration's court challenge to a California law limiting cooperation with federal immigration enforcement, amid a conservative backlash to the so-called sanctuary movement.

Syria says chemical weapons experts may visit Douma on Wednesday

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 8:46pm
UNITED NATIONS/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's U.N. ambassador said a United Nations security team traveled to the Syrian town of Douma ahead of a planned visit by global chemical weapons experts on Wednesday to look into a suspected poison gas attack that sparked a U.S.-led retaliatory strike.

Barbara Bush, wife and mother of U.S. presidents, dies at 92

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 8:37pm
(Reuters) - Former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush, the only woman to see her husband and son both sworn in as president, died on Tuesday, the Bush family said. She was 92.

IRS gives taxpayers one-day extension after computer glitch

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 6:11pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Internal Revenue Service said it would give taxpayers an additional day to file their 2017 returns after computer problems prevented some people from filing or paying their taxes ahead of Tuesday's midnight deadline.