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Sanofi confirms deal to buy Bioverativ for $11.6 billion

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 12:22am
PARIS (Reuters) - French healthcare group Sanofi has agreed to buy U.S. peer Bioverativ for $11.6 billion, in a deal which Sanofi said would boost its earnings and strengthen its presence in the field of treatment for rare diseases.

FDA's tobacco stance faces test with Philip Morris iQOS device

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 12:11am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a decision expected to test the Trump administration's approach to tobacco regulation, U.S. health advisers will vote this week on whether to allow Philip Morris International Inc to sell its novel iQOS tobacco device and claim it is less harmful than cigarettes.

U.S. government workers awake to shutdown, Senate vote looms

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 12:06am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of federal workers will wake up on Monday with the U.S. government still shut down and the Senate expected to try again to restore federal funding, if only temporarily, and work on resolving a dispute over immigration.

Trust in U.S. institutions plunges in Trump's first year

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 9:06pm
DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Trust in U.S. institutions, particularly the government, has plunged in President Donald Trump's first year in office, according to a leading survey released on the eve of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

U.S. government to remain closed on Monday as Senate still short of deal

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 8:48pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. government shutdown will enter its third day on Monday as Senate negotiators failed to reach a deal late on Sunday on Democrats' demand for legislation protecting "Dreamers," young people brought to the country illegally as children.

China's top paper says U.S. forcing China to accelerate South China Sea deployments

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 7:59pm
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's top newspaper, decrying Washington as a trouble-maker, said on Monday U.S. moves in the South China Sea like last week's freedom of navigation operation will only cause China to strengthen its deployments in the disputed waterway.

Senate leaders meet in bid to end government shutdown

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 6:22pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican and Democratic leaders of the U.S. Senate held talks on Sunday seeking to break an impasse that has kept the U.S. government shut down for two days, but it was unclear if a deal could be struck to reopen federal agencies by the start of the work week.

In Women's March finale, Las Vegas rally kicks off voter drive

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 5:50pm
LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters gathered for the Women's March "Power to the Polls" rally in Las Vegas on Sunday, kicking off a national drive to register a million new voters as well as put more female candidates in office and stymie President Donald Trump's agenda.

Ski lift: North Korea may capitalize on joint Olympics training visit

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 5:17pm
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's offer to send athletes to a North Korean ski resort for joint training ahead of next month's Olympics risks giving leader Kim Jong Un's regime legitimacy and some much needed cash, North Korean defectors and experts say.

Facebook to open digital training hubs in Europe

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 5:06pm
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Facebook said on Monday it will open three new centers in Europe to train people in digital skills and committed to training one million people over the next two years, part of the social media giant's drive to show its contribution to the bloc.

Senator says FBI lost crucial texts tied to Clinton probe

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 4:10pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation has lost about five months worth of text messages between two staffers who worked on probes into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails and possible collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, according to a Republican lawmaker.

In second day of shutdown, Republicans, Democrats dig in for fight

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 3:34pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans and Democrats appeared to harden their positions on Sunday as both sides hunkered down for what could be a prolonged fight, with a U.S. government shutdown in its second day.

Turkish forces push into Syria, battle Kurdish militia

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 1:45pm
AZAZ, Syria (Reuters) - Turkey's army and rebel allies battled U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Syria's Afrin province on Sunday, stepping up a two-day-old campaign against YPG fighters that has opened a new front in Syria's civil war.

Spurned by Trump, Europeans ponder how to meet Iran ultimatum

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 12:40pm
PARIS/BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A day before Donald Trump's Jan. 12 ultimatum to "fix" the Iran nuclear deal, European powers met Iran's foreign minister to show support for it, but the effort failed to soften Trump's aversion to the accord, U.S. and European officials said.

Turkish forces push into Syria, clash with Kurdish militia

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 12:30pm
AZAZ, Syria (Reuters) - Turkish ground forces advanced into northern Syria's Afrin region on Sunday, Ankara said after launching artillery and air strikes on a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia it aims to sweep from its border.

Pence arrives in Israel on visit overshadowed by Trump's Jerusalem declaration

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 12:05pm
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence began a visit to Israel on Sunday after being praised as a "great friend" by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and shunned by the Palestinians over U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Heavy casualties after overnight battle at Kabul hotel

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 11:21am
KABUL (Reuters) - Gunmen in army uniforms who stormed Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel late on Saturday and battled Afghan Special Forces through the night killed more than 30 people and wounded many more, although the final toll of dead and wounded may still be higher.

Trump urges change to Senate rule as shutdown enters second day

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 11:07am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday if the government shutdown stalemate continued, Republicans should fund the government by changing Senate rules, which currently require a super-majority for legislation to advance, but top Republicans immediately dismissed the idea.

Contrite Facebook executives seek to ward off more European rules

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 10:42am
MUNICH (Reuters) - Facebook executives are fanning out across Europe this week to address the social media giant’s slow response to abuses on its platform, seeking to avoid further legislation along the lines of a new hate speech law in Germany it says goes too far.

At least 19 dead after overnight battle at Kabul hotel

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 9:27am
KABUL (Reuters) - Gunmen in army uniforms who stormed Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel late on Saturday and battled Afghan Special Forces through the night killed at least 19 people and wounded 12 more, although the final toll of dead and wounded may still be higher.