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S&P, Dow flat as tech losses offset gains in banks - 29 Jun 2017 at 9:55am - (Reuters) - The S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average were little changed in early trading on Thursday as a rise in bank stocks were offset by a slide in the technology sector.

Russia calls Britain's new aircraft carrier 'a convenient target' - 29 Jun 2017 at 9:44am - MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian military mocked Britain's new aircraft carrier on Thursday, saying the HMS Queen Elizabeth presented "a large convenient target" and would be wise to keep its distance from Moscow's warships.

Oil prices rise to two-week high on dip in U.S. output - 29 Jun 2017 at 9:42am - LONDON (Reuters) - Oil prices rose to a two-week high on Thursday, extending a rally into a sixth straight session after a decline in weekly U.S. production eased concerns about deepening oversupply.

BHP chairman says $20 billion investment in shale was a mistake - 29 Jun 2017 at 9:41am - SYDNEY (Reuters) - BHP Billiton's Chairman Jac Nasser said on Thursday BHP's $20 billion investment in U.S. shale oil and gas six years ago was, in hindsight, a mistake.

Russian court convicts five men of murdering Putin critic Nemtsov - 29 Jun 2017 at 9:35am - MOSCOW (Reuters) - A court on Thursday convicted five men of murdering Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, more than two years after he was shot dead near the Kremlin.

U.S. first quarter GDP growth revised higher on consumer spending uptick - 29 Jun 2017 at 9:33am - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. economy slowed less sharply in the first quarter than initially estimated due to unexpectedly higher consumer spending and a jump in exports, beating expectations and providing a slightly more encouraging outlook for growth this year.

U.S. lays out criteria for visa applicants from six Muslim nations - 29 Jun 2017 at 9:33am - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Visa applicants from six Muslim-majority countries must have a close U.S. family relationship or formal ties to a U.S. entity to be admitted to the United States under guidance distributed by the U.S. State Department.

Europe's airports expect significant cost from new U.S. security measures - 29 Jun 2017 at 9:31am - BERLIN (Reuters) - Significant costs are expected to be incurred from new security measures on flights to the United States, which will likely be borne by airports, airlines and passengers, European airports association ACI Europe said on Thursday.

British PM faces vote test in parliament over government plan - 29 Jun 2017 at 9:27am - LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a test of her authority on Thursday when parliament votes on her policy program, watered down after an election setback and growing pressure over her Brexit and austerity plans.

Britain says Fox bid for Sky risks giving Murdoch too much power - 29 Jun 2017 at 9:22am - LONDON (Reuters) - Britain intends to subject Rupert Murdoch's takeover of European pay-TV group Sky to a lengthy in-depth investigation after finding the $14.8 billion (11.42 billion pounds) deal risks giving the media mogul too much power over the news agenda.

UK consumer borrowing spikes, adding to confused rate-hike picture - 29 Jun 2017 at 9:20am - LONDON (Reuters) - British household borrowing jumped last month, bucking expectations of a slowdown and suggesting consumers might be upbeat enough for the Bank of England to start raising interest rates later this year.

Walgreens scraps Rite Aid takeover, to buy half its stores - 29 Jun 2017 at 9:20am - (Reuters) - Drugstore chain Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc said it ended its deal to buy Rite Aid Corp after struggling to win antitrust approval, and that it would instead buy nearly half of the smaller rival's U.S. stores for $5.18 billion.

May faces vote test in parliament over government plan - 29 Jun 2017 at 9:19am - LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May faces a test of her authority on Thursday when parliament votes on her policy programme, watered down after an election setback and growing pressure over her Brexit and austerity plans.

Meeting in Berlin, EU countries display united front ahead of G20 - 29 Jun 2017 at 9:19am - BERLIN (Reuters) - European leaders said on Thursday that they would work together to press their views on climate change and free trade at a G20 summit next week but made clear that they would not try to isolate U.S. President Donald Trump who has split with them on both issues.

China's Xi tells Hong Kong he seeks 'far-reaching future' for its autonomy - 29 Jun 2017 at 9:16am - HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday China would work to ensure a "far-reaching future" for Hong Kong's autonomy, but he faces a divided city with protesters angered by Beijing's perceived interference as it marks 20 years of Chinese rule.

Northern Ireland parties will not meet talks deadline - DUP - 29 Jun 2017 at 9:10am - BELFAST (Reuters) - A breakthrough will not be possible before a 1500 GMT deadline to restore Northern Ireland's power-sharing government, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) said on Thursday as Britain called for an agreement "as soon as possible".

Britain hopes Hong Kong makes more progress toward democracy - 29 Jun 2017 at 9:08am - LONDON (Reuters) - Britain hopes that Hong Kong will make more progress toward democracy, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Thursday in a statement marking 20 years of Chinese rule.

China's Xi tells Hong Kong he seeks "far-reaching future" for its autonomy - 29 Jun 2017 at 9:07am - HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday China would work to ensure a "far-reaching future" for Hong Kong's autonomy, but he faces a divided city with protesters angered by Beijing's perceived interference as it marks 20 years of Chinese rule.

AMC offers ad-free subscription for Comcast TV customers - 29 Jun 2017 at 9:04am - LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - AMC Networks Inc on Thursday will release a $5-a-month subscription option designed for pay TV customers who want commercial-free versions of shows such as hit zombie drama "The Walking Dead," company officials said.

Nephew of assassinated Egyptian president mulls election run - 29 Jun 2017 at 8:58am - CAIRO (Reuters) - The nephew of assassinated Egyptian president Anwar al-Sadat says the current leadership has stifled freedom of expression so tightly the only way to criticize the government and address the country's ills is to run for president.

'Hammer, hammer, hammer': Canada lobbies U.S. before NAFTA talks - 29 Jun 2017 at 8:57am - CINCINNATI, Ohio (Reuters) - In the baking Ohio heat Canada's trade minister is trying to save NAFTA, one encounter at a time.

Malawi, UNICEF launch Africa?s first humanitarian drone testing corridor - 29 Jun 2017 at 8:52am - KASUNGU, Malawi (Reuters) - Malawi and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) launched an air corridor on Thursday to test the effectiveness of drones in humanitarian emergencies and other development uses, the first project of its kind in Africa.

Norwegian mass killer Breivik appeals to European court of human rights - 29 Jun 2017 at 8:52am - OSLO (Reuters) - Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, who has legally changed his name to Fjotolf Hansen, has filed an appeal to the European court of human rights against his prison conditions, his lawyer was quoted as saying on Thursday.

May, Merkel agree citizens' rights must come first in EU talks - Britain - 29 Jun 2017 at 8:50am - LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed on Thursday it was important that talks on Britain's departure from the European Union should deal with the rights of expatriates first, May's spokesman said.

Senate Republicans struggle to salvage healthcare effort - 29 Jun 2017 at 8:47am - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. Senate Republican struggled on Wednesday to salvage major healthcare legislation sought by President Donald Trump, meeting privately with a parade of skeptical senators as critics within the party urged substantial changes.

Iraq declares end of caliphate after capture of historic Mosul mosque - 29 Jun 2017 at 8:44am - MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - After eight months of grinding urban warfare, Iraqi government troops on Thursday captured the ruined mosque in Mosul from where Islamic State proclaimed its self-styled caliphate three years ago, the Iraqi military said.

Bakelants apologizes for remarks about Tour podium women - 29 Jun 2017 at 8:25am - DUESSELDORF, Germany (Reuters) - Belgian rider Jan Bakelants has apologized after making derogatory remarks about the women who hand out the honors after stages of the Tour de France.

Kremlin: Putin, Trump to meet on sidelines of G20 summit - 29 Jun 2017 at 8:23am - MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump will meet on the sidelines of the Group of Twenty summit in Hamburg next week, but no separate meeting is planned, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday.

Russia doesn't rule out retaliation if U.S. bans Kaspersky products - 29 Jun 2017 at 8:11am - MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia does not rule out retaliatory measures if the United States bans Moscow-based cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab's products, RIA news agency cited Russia's Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov as saying on Thursday.

Foreign medics give children life-saving surgery in Libya's Benghazi - 29 Jun 2017 at 8:04am - BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - A team of foreign doctors has arrived the war-torn Libyan city of Benghazi to carry out heart surgery on at least 30 young children during a month-long flying visit to a country where healthcare is in tatters.

Raonic better prepared for Wimbledon title charge - 29 Jun 2017 at 7:56am - (Reuters) - Wimbledon 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic believes he is a better player than last year and will hope to build some confidence at an exhibition event in London ahead of next week's Championships.

Ukraine faces big fine after Russia Eurovision row - 29 Jun 2017 at 7:50am - GENEVA/KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine is facing a substantial fine over delays in the organization of May's Eurovision song contest and a decision to bar Russia's entrant from entering Ukraine, the European Broadcasting Union said on Thursday.

Stuttgart prosecutors probe Porsche, Bosch about diesel emissions - 29 Jun 2017 at 7:40am - FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Prosecutors in Stuttgart have launched a preliminary probe against employees at German sportscar maker Porsche AG to see whether they were involved in designing engine management software to cheat emissions tests.

Eleven British sports bodies call for funding changes - 29 Jun 2017 at 7:36am - LONDON (Reuters) - The national governing bodies of 11 Olympic and Paralympic sports issued a joint statement on Thursday calling for Britain to abandon a "two-class system" of funding fixated on medal success.

Murray pulls out of second pre-Wimbledon exhibition match - 29 Jun 2017 at 7:33am - LONDON (Reuters) - World number one Andy Murray has pulled out of a second pre-Wimbledon exhibition match at London's Hurlingham Club on Friday due to a sore hip.

France urges China to free activist Liu, no comment if ready to welcome him - 29 Jun 2017 at 7:32am - PARIS (Reuters) - France's foreign ministry declined to comment on whether it was willing to host Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist Liu Xiaobo, but urged China to release him given concerns over his health.

Britain appoints judge to lead tower block fire inquiry - 29 Jun 2017 at 7:31am - LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May promised on Thursday a public inquiry into the deadly London tower block blaze would leave no stone unturned as she confirmed a retired judge would lead the investigation.

Sales hopes for new Novartis, Merck heart drugs under microscope - 29 Jun 2017 at 7:24am - LONDON (Reuters) - Novartis and Merck have both surprised experts in the past week by finding new ways to tackle heart disease, although the jury remains out as to whether this scientific success will translate into blockbuster sales.

Russia's Lavrov, USA's Tillerson expected to meet at G20 summit: agencies - 29 Jun 2017 at 7:11am - MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and United States' secretary of state Rex Tillerson would meet at the G20 summit in Germany next week, deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Thursday, Russian news agencies reported.

Two faces of Maine politics show rifts in state Republican party - 29 Jun 2017 at 7:06am - (Reuters) - Maine's two most prominent Republicans grabbed headlines this week with political moves that were widely different in style and substance, which some insiders said could risk the party's stature in the northeastern state.

Russian government wants to extend counter sanctions on EU - 29 Jun 2017 at 6:58am - MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian government wants to extend counter sanctions on the European Union until the end of 2018, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday.

New computer virus spreads from Ukraine to disrupt world business - 29 Jun 2017 at 6:43am - FRANKFURT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A computer virus wreaked havoc on firms around the globe on Wednesday as it spread to more than 60 countries, disrupting ports from Mumbai to Los Angeles and halting work at a chocolate factory in Australia.

Vatican's Cardinal Pell charged with sex abuse, vows to defend himself in Aus... - 29 Jun 2017 at 6:35am - VATICAN CITY/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian police on Thursday charged Cardinal George Pell, a top adviser to Pope Francis, with multiple historical sex crimes, bringing a worldwide abuse scandal to the heart of the Vatican.

Ledecky wins again at nationals, on pace for busy worlds - 29 Jun 2017 at 6:33am - (Reuters) - Katie Ledecky claimed another national title in another year's best time in winning the 200 meters freestyle at the USA Swimming national championships on Wednesday.

Syria says U.S. chemical attack warning untrue, aims to justify new attack - 29 Jun 2017 at 6:28am - BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian government said a U.S. warning this week to Damascus not to carry out a new chemical weapons strike were baseless and a ploy to justify a new attack on the country, state television said.

ATP must look beyond the 'big four', says Jamie Murray - 29 Jun 2017 at 6:27am - (Reuters) - Doubles specialist Jamie Murray believes ATP must focus on the long-term future of the game and not just promote the 'big four' of men's tennis that include his brother Andy.

High-tech dashboards signal big changes for auto parts suppliers - 29 Jun 2017 at 6:11am - SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Peer at the instrument panel on your new car and you may find sleek digital gauges and multicolored screens. But a glimpse behind the dashboard could reveal what U.S. auto supplier Visteon Corp found: a mess.

Apple's iPhone turns 10, bumpy start forgotten - 29 Jun 2017 at 6:11am - (Reuters) - Apple Inc's iPhone turns 10 this week, evoking memories of a rocky start for the device that ended up doing most to start the smartphone revolution and stirring interest in where it will go from here.

South African culls 260,000 birds so far to contain bird flu outbreak-minister - 29 Jun 2017 at 3:47am - PRETORIA (Reuters) - South Africa has culled 260,000 birds so far to contain an H5N8 bird flu outbreak, Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana told a news briefing on Thursday.

AstraZeneca, Chi-Med take kidney cancer drug into final testing - 29 Jun 2017 at 3:10am - LONDON (Reuters) - AstraZeneca and Hutchison China MediTech said on Thursday they had initiated a global late-stage clinical trial of the experimental drug savolitinib in a relatively rare type of kidney cancer.