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Protesters storm into Macedonia parliament, Social Democratic leader injured ... - 27 Apr 2017 at 2:28pm - SKOPJE (Reuters) - Protesters stormed into Macedonia's parliament and the leader of the Social Democrats was injured in a fistfight on Thursday after his party and ethnic Albanian allies voted to elect an Albanian as parliament speaker, witnesses said.

At U.N., U.S. calls for pressure on Russia to try to end Syria war - 27 Apr 2017 at 2:27pm - UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, pushed the U.N. Security Council on Thursday to focus "all eyes and all pressure" on Russia to try and end the Syrian conflict and pressed for council action even if it faces a veto by Moscow.

Final results show 51.4 percent supported expanding Erdogan powers: Turkish e... - 27 Apr 2017 at 2:17pm - ANKARA (Reuters) - Final results from Turkey's referendum on expanding President Tayyip Erdogan's powers showed 51.4 percent support for the "Yes" vote to approve the constitutional changes, the High Electoral Board said on Thursday.

Jobless claims rise, but four-week average at two-month low - 27 Apr 2017 at 2:12pm - WASHINGTON, April 27 (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week, but the four-week average of claims fell to a two-month low, indicating that labor market conditions continue to tighten.

U.S. FDA approves Biomarin's Batten disease drug - 27 Apr 2017 at 2:12pm - (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday it had approved Biomarin Pharmaceutical Inc's drug to treat a type of Batten disease, an extremely rare disorder that mainly impacts the nervous system.

Alphabet CEO touts results of corporate restructuring - 27 Apr 2017 at 2:09pm - (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc Chief Executive Larry Page said on Thursday that the holding corporate structure for search unit Google and a host of new businesses has succeeded in creating more transparency for investors.

Russian police search office of Kremlin critic's foundation - 27 Apr 2017 at 2:05pm - MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian police on Thursday searched the Moscow offices of a pro-democracy movement founded by Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky which is calling for big anti-government protests on Saturday, activists said.

MetLife to invest $1 billion in tech to reach cost-savings goals - 27 Apr 2017 at 2:03pm - NEW YORK (Reuters) - MetLife Inc plans to invest $1 billion in an efficiency program through 2019 that will eventually reduce annual operating costs by around $800 million, the insurer said on Thursday.

Pentagon probes Trump's ex-adviser Flynn over foreign payments - 27 Apr 2017 at 1:57pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon inspector general has launched an investigation into whether Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, accepted money from foreign entities without the required approval, according to a letter released by House Democrats on Thursday.

Armed British police arrest man with knives near May's office - 27 Apr 2017 at 1:55pm - LONDON (Reuters) - Armed British police officers arrested a man carrying knives near Prime Minister Theresa May's office in London on Thursday on suspicion of preparing an act of terrorism.

Suspect packages sent to Scottish political offices before election - 27 Apr 2017 at 1:55pm - EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Three suspicious packages containing "white powder type substances" were sent to political offices between April 25 and 26, the Scottish parliament said in a statement.

Israel strikes arms depot near Damascus airport: sources - 27 Apr 2017 at 1:52pm - AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Israeli warplanes struck a weapons supply hub operated by Lebanese group Hezbollah near Damascus airport on Thursday, targeting arms sent from Iran in commercial and military cargo aircraft, Syrian rebel and regional intelligence sources said.

FDA approves Bayer's Stivarga to treat most common liver cancer - 27 Apr 2017 at 1:51pm - (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday it has approved Bayer AG's drug Stivarga to treat liver cancer, the such approval in nearly a decade.

With fish and football, French presidential hopefuls woo the people - 27 Apr 2017 at 1:51pm - PARIS/LE GRAU DU ROI, France, (Reuters) - France's presidential candidates battled for the popular vote on Thursday with far-right Marine Le Pen wooing fishermen and Emmanuel Macron playing soccer as polls showed the centrist's commanding lead narrow marginally.

Nadal into quarter-finals, aiming for 10th title at Barcelona - 27 Apr 2017 at 1:46pm - BARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) - Third seed Rafael Nadal remains on course for a 10th Barcelona Open title, advancing to the quarter finals with a routine 6-3, 6-4 victory over Kevin Anderson.

U.S. Republican leaders hunt for votes for healthcare bill - 27 Apr 2017 at 1:46pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House Republicans were making headway in efforts to build support for a reworked plan to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system, but have not decided when to vote, House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Thursday.

Motor racing: Alonso says Indy 500 is even bigger than he thought - 27 Apr 2017 at 1:43pm - SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Fernando Alonso had a hunch that entering next month's Indianapolis 500 was going to be a big deal but on Thursday he confessed to a misjudgement - the race was even bigger than he had imagined.

Bristol-Myers' cancer drug Opdivo fuels Wall Street beat - 27 Apr 2017 at 1:39pm - NEW YORK (Reuters) - Strong growth from Bristol-Myers Squibb Co's Opdivo and Yervoy cancer immunotherapies drove the company's first-quarter results past analysts' expectations and relieved some anxiety about increasing competition for the drugs.

'End the injustice' plea by Venezuelan official's son stirs nation - 27 Apr 2017 at 1:37pm - CARACAS (Reuters) - The son of Venezuela's pro-government human rights ombudsman has stunned the country amid major protests against the leftist administration by publicly calling on his father to "end the injustice."

Options bulls gun for more as U.S. tech earnings roll up - 27 Apr 2017 at 1:34pm - NEW YORK (Reuters) - Options traders are betting that the U.S. technology sector's strong rally has more room to run as big industry names Microsoft Corp, Intel Inc and Google parent Alphabet Inc get set to report quarterly results.

Asylum-seekers fleeing U.S. may find cold comfort in Canada?s courts - 27 Apr 2017 at 1:26pm - TORONTO/WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - Migrants who applied for asylum in the United States but then fled north, fearing they would be swept up in President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown, may have miscalculated in viewing Canada as a safe haven.

Manufacturers, Wall Street getting Trump's ear in first 100 days - 27 Apr 2017 at 1:25pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Manufacturers and Wall Street have led the quest for business access to President Donald Trump in his first 100 days in office, with media companies and Silicon Valley seldom entering the presidential bubble, a Reuters review found.

Russian intelligence ship sinks off Turkey's Black Sea coast - 27 Apr 2017 at 1:18pm - ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Russian naval intelligence ship sank off Turkey's Black Sea coast on Thursday after colliding with a vessel carrying livestock and all 78 personnel on board the navy ship were evacuated, Turkish officials said.

Trump says U.S. will renegotiate trade pact with Canada, Mexico - 27 Apr 2017 at 1:17pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was ready to kill the 23-year-old trade agreement with Canada and Mexico but agreed to renegotiate it after pleas from their leaders, expressing optimism about extracting better terms for the United States.

Emma Watson says 'The Circle' brought home pitfalls of social media - 27 Apr 2017 at 1:15pm - NEW YORK (Reuters) - Emma Watson says making her new movie "The Circle," about a fictitious social media giant, had been a tough and vulnerable experience that brought home issues of ethics and the boundaries of privacy in an increasingly public age.

Tech earnings lift Nasdaq to record high; S&P, Dow flat - 27 Apr 2017 at 1:14pm - (Reuters) - The Nasdaq hit a record intraday high on Thursday, powered by a spate of strong earnings from technology companies, while the S&P 500 and the Dow were little changed.

Facebook says it will act against 'information operations' using false accounts - 27 Apr 2017 at 1:12pm - SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc acknowledged on Thursday that it has become a battleground for governments seeking to manipulate public opinion in other countries and outlined new measures it is taking to combat what it calls ?information operations? that go well beyond the phenomenon known as fake news.

Apple in talks to launch money-transfer service: Recode - 27 Apr 2017 at 1:10pm - (Reuters) - Apple Inc has held talks with payments industry partners about launching a money-transfer service, technology news website Recode reported on Thursday.

Congress takes steps to push budget deadline, avert shutdown - 27 Apr 2017 at 1:07pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress took steps to extend until May 5 the deadline for reaching a deal on federal spending through September and head off a feared government shutdown at midnight on Friday.

Kueng takes Tour de Romandie stage two - 27 Apr 2017 at 1:05pm - BULLE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Swiss Stefan Kueng won the second stage of the Tour de Romandie on Thursday after beating his breakaway companion in a sprint.

Hamilton says inspired by Serena's response to Nastase - 27 Apr 2017 at 1:03pm - SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Triple Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has hailed Serena Williams as an inspiration after the world's top female tennis player hit back at comments made by former men's number one Ilie Nastase about her unborn child.

ECB nods to euro zone recovery but keeps money taps wide open - 27 Apr 2017 at 1:01pm - FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The European Central Bank stuck to its ultra-easy policy stance on Thursday as inflation continues to undershoot its target but explicitly acknowledged the vigour of the euro zone economy, now on its best run since the global financial crisis.

China welcomes U.S. saying it is open to talks on North Korea - 27 Apr 2017 at 1:00pm - BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) - China on Thursday welcomed an apparently softer tone by the United States on the North Korean nuclear and missile crisis but stressed its opposition to a U.S. missile defence system being deployed in South Korea.

Many exercise options are tied to better brain function - 27 Apr 2017 at 12:57pm - (Reuters Health) - Older adults who want to get moving to help boost their brain function have a wide variety of workouts to choose from, a research review suggests.

Democrats want Congress' authorization for anti-militant campaigns - 27 Apr 2017 at 12:53pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ten Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives said on Thursday they want Congress to vote on a formal authorization for the use of military force against al Qaeda, the Islamic State and the Taliban.

How did a copy of U.S. Declaration of Independence get to southern England? - 27 Apr 2017 at 12:51pm - CHICHESTER, England (Reuters) - British experts will carry out tests to try to determine how a rare copy of the U.S. Declaration of Independence found its way to an archive in southern England.

Sharapova eases past Makarova into Stuttgart quarters - 27 Apr 2017 at 12:47pm - BERLIN (Reuters) - Former world number one Maria Sharapova eased past fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova 7-5 6-1 on Thursday to reach the Stuttgart Grand Prix quarter-finals and continue her winning comeback from a 15-month doping ban.

Republican lawmakers urge Trump to weaken Paris climate pact pledge - 27 Apr 2017 at 12:36pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of nine Republican lawmakers urged President Donald Trump to keep the United States in the 2015 Paris climate agreement but to reduce its pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions, as Trump advisors were set on Thursday to discuss whether to leave the pact.

Amtrak to launch repairs at New York's troubled Penn Station - 27 Apr 2017 at 12:34pm - NEW YORK (Reuters) - Traveling through the nation's busiest transit hub, New York's Pennsylvania Station, will become even more cumbersome as Amtrak takes some tracks out of service for repairs after recent derailments disrupted travel for hundreds of thousands of commuters in recent weeks.

Southwest Airlines says to stop overbooking flights - 27 Apr 2017 at 12:34pm - (Reuters) - Southwest Airlines Co said on Thursday it would stop overbooking its flights, a decision that comes in the wake of a worldwide backlash against larger rival United Airlines for dragging a passenger out of the plane earlier this month.

AbbVie profit beats on Humira demand; cheers Trump tax plan - 27 Apr 2017 at 12:28pm - (Reuters) - AbbVie Inc reported a bigger-than-expected quarterly profit, lifted by demand for its flagship drug, Humira, and called President Donald Trump's tax plan "encouraging".

Police-associated injury not on the rise in U.S. - 27 Apr 2017 at 12:26pm - (Reuters Health) - Despite increased attention to deaths and injuries resulting from clashes with police, U.S. emergency department visits for police-associated injuries have remained stable at about 51,000 a year since 2006, researchers say.

Syrian refugee Olympic swimmer becomes UNHCR ambassador - 27 Apr 2017 at 12:18pm - GENEVA (Reuters) - She escaped the bombs of Syria, and almost drowned when her dinghy capsized off Greece, but Yusra Mardini then competed at the Olympics and has now been appointed a U.N. goodwill ambassador to be a voice for people seeking shelter from war.

Ford profit beats estimates; maintains 2017 profit outlook - 27 Apr 2017 at 12:05pm - DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co reported a lower quarterly net profit on Thursday but beat analyst expectations amid higher commodity, engineering and recall costs, and a drop in vehicle sales

Arkansas nears fourth execution in about a week - 27 Apr 2017 at 11:59am - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - Arkansas plans to end its series of April executions by putting to death on Thursday an inmate convicted of murdering a cheerleader and who escaped from prison and killed two other people before being captured again.

Magnetis sees more Brazil investors embracing robo-advisory - 27 Apr 2017 at 11:58am - SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Magnetis Gestora de Recursos Ltda, Brazil's first fintech asset manager, expects demand for affordable access to automated investment advice to surge in coming years as interest rates decline and economic uncertainty persists.

London banks set to decide within weeks on Brexit moves - 27 Apr 2017 at 11:56am - FRANKFURT/LONDON (Reuters) - As Britain prepares to negotiate its EU departure, a number of banks are likely to decide within two months where to set up new continental bases to make sure they can keep serving clients in the bloc after Brexit.

U.S. business spending likely gained momentum in first quarter - 27 Apr 2017 at 11:50am - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New orders for U.S.-made capital goods rose less than expected in March, but a second straight monthly increase in shipments suggested business investment accelerated in the first quarter amid a recovering energy sector.

Difficult legal path forward for Trump in sanctuary cities case - 27 Apr 2017 at 11:25am - NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Even if President Donald Trump wins an appeal of a court ruling blocking his executive order on sanctuary cities, arguments made by the government in the case could permanently harm its efforts to cut off wide swaths of federal funding to targeted cities, some legal experts say.

Defeat nothing to be scared of, Klitschko tells Joshua - 27 Apr 2017 at 11:16am - LONDON (Reuters) - Wladimir Klitschko told IBF world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua defeat was "nothing to be scared of" at a packed news conference ahead of their sell-out title fight at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.