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Wall Street pares losses after Cohn resignation rumor knock-down - 17 Aug 2017 at 10:56am - NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks pared losses in choppy, late-morning trading Thursday as rumors circulating that Gary Cohn is resigning as director of the National Economic Council were called "100 (percent) false" by an Axios reporter on Twitter.

Mylan, U.S. finalize $465 million EpiPen settlement - 17 Aug 2017 at 10:54am - BOSTON (Reuters) - Mylan NV has finalized a $465 million settlement with the U.S. Justice Department, resolving claims it overcharged the government for its EpiPen emergency allergy treatment, which became the center of a firestorm over price increases.

Northern Ireland court rules gay marriage ban doesn't violate rights - 17 Aug 2017 at 10:54am - BELFAST (Reuters) - Northern Ireland's refusal to recognise same-sex marriage does not violate the rights of couples affected, the Belfast High Court ruled on Thursday, in a blow to campaigners in the only part of the United Kingdom that bans gay marriage.

Exclusive: Taking aim at China, India tightens power grid, telecoms rules - 17 Aug 2017 at 10:43am - NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India is tightening the rules for businesses entering its power transmission sector and making stringent checks on both power and telecoms equipment for malware - moves that government and industry officials say aim to check China's advance into sensitive sectors.

Sixt CEO hints at car-sharing merger talks between BMW and Daimler - 17 Aug 2017 at 10:41am - FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German carmakers Daimler and BMW may be in talks to combine their car-sharing services Car2Go and DriveNow, the chief executive of car rental company and DriveNow partner Sixt hinted on Thursday.

Exclusive - U.S. forces to stay in Syria for decades, say militia allies - 17 Aug 2017 at 10:38am - AIN ISSA, Syria (Reuters) - Washington's main Syrian ally in the fight against Islamic State says the U.S. military will remain in northern Syria long after the jihadists are defeated, predicting enduring ties with the Kurdish-dominated region.

U.S. e-sports platform to launch $100 million cryptocurrency sale in September - 17 Aug 2017 at 10:37am - NEW YORK (Reuters) - Unikrn, a U.S. sports betting digital platform backed by some of the biggest names in media, entertainment and sports, will launch the sale of $100 million in cryptocurrency next month, the company's co-founder and chief executive officer, Rahul Sood, told Reuters in an interview earlier this week.

Exclusive: U.S. forces to stay in Syria for decades, say militia allies - 17 Aug 2017 at 10:37am - AIN ISSA, Syria (Reuters) - Washington's main Syrian ally in the fight against Islamic State says the U.S. military will remain in northern Syria long after the jihadists are defeated, predicting enduring ties with the Kurdish-dominated region.

Trump digs in against critics of his Charlottesville violence response - 17 Aug 2017 at 10:35am - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump hit back on Thursday at critics of his response to racial violence in the Virginia city of Charlottesville, and defiantly reiterated his opposition to the removal of monuments to the pro-slavery Civil war Confederacy.

Apple's Cook says he disagrees with Trump, vows donations to rights groups - 17 Aug 2017 at 10:34am - (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) CEO Tim Cook has joined a chorus of business leaders who have voiced their opposition to President Donald Trump after he blamed white nationalists and anti-racism activists equally for violence in Virginia over the weekend.

Asylum seekers from U.S. to Canada surged in July: government figures - 17 Aug 2017 at 10:22am - TORONTO (Reuters) - The number of asylum seekers crossing the U.S. border into Canada more than tripled last month, according to Canadian government figures released Thursday.

Britain 'confident' of new phase in Brexit talks by October - 17 Aug 2017 at 10:13am - LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said on Thursday it was "confident" talks with the European Union would move towards discussing their future relationship by October, in contrast to warnings from the top EU negotiator that the target is receding.

U.S. appeals court rules for Uber in arbitration dispute - 17 Aug 2017 at 9:49am - NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Thursday ruled in favor of Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] in a lawsuit over whether passengers gave up their right to sue the company when they registered for its taxi-hailing service,

Critics cry foul as Joshua Wong and other young Hong Kong democracy leaders g... - 17 Aug 2017 at 9:46am - HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Hong Kong appeals court jailed three leaders of the Chinese-ruled city's democracy movement for six to eight months on Thursday, dealing a blow to the youth-led push for universal suffrage and prompting accusations of political interference.

Pershing Square's Ackman says ADP needs to streamline - 17 Aug 2017 at 9:43am - BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Activist investor William Ackman laid out his case for changes at Automatic Data Processing Inc on Thursday, saying the payroll processor needs to improve its profit margins and integrate its business lines.

Trump blasts Republican senator on 'moral equivalency' after Virginia attack - 17 Aug 2017 at 9:41am - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump on Thursday fired back at a critic in his own party who had denounced the president's response to the Charlottesville, Virginia, attack, saying he had not drawn a "moral equivalency" between white hate groups and counter-protesters.

Germany's Lufthansa looking to buy majority of Air Berlin planes - 17 Aug 2017 at 9:37am - BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's Lufthansa is considering buying a majority of insolvent Air Berlin's aircraft, two people familiar with the matter said, as the government and rivals race to carve it up.

Asda returns to sales growth after three years of pain - 17 Aug 2017 at 9:25am - LONDON (Reuters) - Asda, the British supermarket arm of Wal-Mart , the world's largest retailer, reported its first underlying sales growth in three years on Thursday and said its back-to-basics turnaround under a new management team was working.

Cycling: Former Olympic champion Sanchez fails doping test - 17 Aug 2017 at 9:22am - BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spain's former Olympic champion Samuel Sanchez has been suspended with immediate effect after testing positive for banned growth hormones, cycling's governing body said on Thursday.

U.S. says joint South Korea war games not on the negotiating table - 17 Aug 2017 at 9:20am - BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) - The United States and South Korea will go ahead with joint military drills next week, the top U.S. military official said on Thursday, resisting pressure from North Korea and its ally China to halt the contentious exercises.

U.S. jobless claims drop to near six-month low - 17 Aug 2017 at 9:19am - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell to near a six-month low last week, pointing to a further tightening in the labor market that could encourage the Federal Reserve to lay out a plan to start unwinding its massive bond portfolio.

U.S. says joint S.Korea war games not on the negotiating table - 17 Aug 2017 at 9:15am - BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) - The United States and South Korea will go ahead with joint military drills next week, the top U.S. military official said on Thursday, resisting pressure from North Korea and its ally China to halt the contentious exercises.

What will Kim do next? Sixth nuclear test seen critical for North Korea - 17 Aug 2017 at 9:11am - SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea says it has developed intercontinental missiles capable of targeting any place in the United States.

Alibaba beats on earnings as e-commerce remains core revenue driver - 17 Aug 2017 at 9:11am - BEIJING (Reuters) - Alibaba, China's top e-commerce firm, beat analyst estimates with a 56 percent rise in first-quarter revenue, driven by strong online sales.

Fredericks' temporary ban upheld by IAAF tribunal - 17 Aug 2017 at 9:07am - BERLIN (Reuters) - An athletics disciplinary tribunal upheld on Thursday a ban on former Namibian sprinter and IAAF Council member Frankie Fredericks pending an investigation into potential ethics violations.

Rare trio of stinky corpse flowers to bloom at Washington garden - 17 Aug 2017 at 9:05am - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A botanic garden on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol is expecting a stinky first in coming days as a trio of so-called corpse flowers is due to open and release an odor likened to the smell of rotting flesh.

Wal-Mart's margins fall on price cuts, spending on e-commerce - 17 Aug 2017 at 8:34am - CHICAGO (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Thursday reported lower quarterly margins after it cut prices and invested heavily on expanding its e-commerce operations, and its shares fell nearly 3 percent.

Forest rangers, fire crews brace for eclipse watchers to descend on U.S. West - 17 Aug 2017 at 8:22am - SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Forest rangers and fire managers across the U.S. West will be on high alert as motorists flock to Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming for next week's total solar eclipse, clogging roads and straining scarce resources at the height of summer wildfire season.

Wisconsin lawmakers debate billions in incentives for Foxconn plant - 17 Aug 2017 at 7:29am - (Reuters) - The Wisconsin State Assembly on Thursday will consider a $3 billion incentive package for a proposed liquid-crystal display factory by Taiwan's Foxconn, the first vote on the deal by a chamber of the state's Republican-controlled legislature.

Pakistan's Malala 'excited' after winning place at Oxford University - 17 Aug 2017 at 7:22am - BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) - Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai, the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize when she was 17, said on Thursday she was "excited" after winning a place to study at Oxford University.

China military criticizes 'wrong' U.S. moves on Taiwan, S.China Sea - 17 Aug 2017 at 7:19am - BEIJING (Reuters) - The "wrong" actions of the United States on Taiwan, its South China Sea patrols and deployment of an advanced anti-missile system in South Korea have had a large, negative influence on military trust, a senior Chinese officer said on Thursday.

Turner to launch sports streaming service in 2018 - 17 Aug 2017 at 7:05am - NEW YORK (Reuters) - Turner Broadcasting System plans to launch a standalone sports streaming service for consumers in 2018, the Time Warner Inc unit said on Thursday.

Cycling: Kittel swaps Belgium's Quick-Step for Katusha Alpecin - 17 Aug 2017 at 6:57am - (Reuters) - German sprinter Marcel Kittel has left Belgium's Quick-Step Floors and signed a two-year deal with Swiss cycling team Katusha Alpecin.

Hyundai plans long-range premium electric car in strategic shift - 17 Aug 2017 at 6:52am - SEOUL (Reuters) - Hyundai Motor Co said on Thursday it was placing electric vehicles at the center of its product strategy - one that includes plans for a premium long-distance electric car as it seeks to catch up to Tesla and other rivals.

British retail sales slow in July after strong second quarter - 17 Aug 2017 at 6:45am - LONDON (Reuters) - British retail sales growth slowed broadly as expected in July after a strong second quarter, as shoppers cut back on purchases of most goods other than food, adding to worries about a fall in consumer demand caused by higher inflation.

How Syria continued to gas its people as the world looked on - 17 Aug 2017 at 6:41am - THE HAGUE (Reuters) - In the spring of 2015 a Syrian major general escorted a small team of chemical weapons inspectors to a warehouse outside the Syrian capital Damascus. The international experts wanted to examine the site, but were kept waiting outside in their car for around an hour, according to several people briefed on the visit.

Citizen scientists will take to the field for U.S. eclipse - 17 Aug 2017 at 6:25am - (Reuters) - When the moon passes directly in front of the sun on Aug. 21, casting a deep shadow across the United States, thousands of citizen scientists will be watching the eclipse while monitoring temperature changes, animal behavior and radio signals bouncing around the atmosphere.

Trump disbands business councils after CEOs quit in protest - 17 Aug 2017 at 6:08am - WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump disbanded two high-profile business advisory councils on Wednesday after several chief executives quit in protest over his remarks blaming weekend violence in Virginia on anti-racism activists as well as white nationalists.

Trump's stance on Virginia violence shocks America's allies - 17 Aug 2017 at 6:08am - BERLIN/LONDON (Reuters) - America's closest allies condemned U.S. President Donald Trump in unusually strong and personal terms on Wednesday after he put part of the blame for violent clashes in the state of Virginia on those marching against gun-brandishing neo-Nazis.

Trump's crisis spurs talk of White House departures - 17 Aug 2017 at 6:07am - NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump?s turnabout on the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia has rocked his administration, leading to rising speculation that some top officials may be looking for a way out.

The Queen sends condolences to victims of Sierra Leone mudslide - 17 Aug 2017 at 5:37am - LONDON (Reuters) - Queen Elizabeth sent her deepest sympathies to hundreds of victims of a mudslide in Sierra Leone that swept away homes on the edge of country's capital city in one of Africa's worst flood disasters in living memory.

China targets Alibaba's Taobao, other e-commerce sites, in VPN crackdown - 17 Aug 2017 at 5:14am - BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese authorities have issued a warning to the country's top e-commerce platforms, including Alibaba Holding Group Ltd's Taobao.com, over the sale of illegal virtual private networks that allow users to skirt state censorship controls.

Trump adviser Bannon says U.S. in economic war with China: media - 17 Aug 2017 at 3:51am - (Reuters) - The United States is in an economic war with China, U.S President Donald Trump's chief political strategist has said, warning Washington is losing the fight but is about to hit China hard over unfair trade practices.

Fed's Fischer says move to unwind bank regulation 'dangerous': FT - 17 Aug 2017 at 3:47am - LONDON (Reuters) - Efforts by the United States government to loosen regulations on banks are "dangerous and extremely short-sighted", one of the U.S. central bank's top policymakers said in an interview with the Financial Times published late on Wednesday.

New Zealand's Pearce takes one-shot lead in Fiji - 17 Aug 2017 at 3:34am - (Reuters) - New Zealand's Daniel Pearce roared up the leaderboard with a scintillating start on his back nine to card a six-under 66 for a one-shot lead after the first round of the Fiji International on Thursday.

Nadal tops Gasquet again, Tiafoe upsets Zverev - 17 Aug 2017 at 12:55am - (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal extended his spotless record against Richard Gasquet, while unseeded American teenager Frances Tiafoe upset Alexander Zverev to reach the third round of the Cincinnati Open on Wednesday.

China says no risk of contamination from EU egg scare - 17 Aug 2017 at 12:11am - BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Agriculture ministry said on Thursday no eggs from Europe have been imported into the country, leaving no risk of contamination from a scare sweeping Europe about the use of a potentially harmful insecticide.

Pliskova on track to defend Cincinnati title, Venus out - 17 Aug 2017 at 12:10am - (Reuters) - Karolina Pliskova celebrated her return to the tournament that helped launch her rise to world number one with a 6-2 6-3 win over Russian Natalia Vikhlyantseva in the second round of the Cincinnati Open on Wednesday.

Lighter gloves spell quick end of Mayweather, says McGregor - 16 Aug 2017 at 11:05pm - (Reuters) - Mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor is happy about the switch to lighter gloves for his Aug. 26 fight against undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather and says his opponent will now struggle to make it past the second round.

NAFTA talks must include discussion on fintech: Mexican negotiator - 16 Aug 2017 at 10:23pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) must include a discussion of new financial services, a Mexican negotiator said on Wednesday, singling out so-called fintech companies rapidly gaining ground in the region.