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Australia, Indonesia restore full military ties, see progress on trade - 25 Feb 2017 at 10:00pm - SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia and Indonesia said on Sunday that full military ties between the two countries had been restored, after Indonesia?s military suspended cooperation in January because of "insulting" teaching material found at an Australian base.

Vehicle hits crowd at New Orleans Mardi Gras parade, injuring at least 12: media - 25 Feb 2017 at 9:12pm - (Reuters) - A vehicle plowed into a crowd watching a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans on Saturday, critically injuring at least 12 people, police told local media.

'Moonlight' sweeps Spirit Awards with six wins ahead of Oscars - 25 Feb 2017 at 9:10pm - SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Reuters) - "Moonlight" triumphed at the Film Independent Spirit Awards with six wins on Saturday, besting grief drama "Manchester by the Sea" ahead of Sunday's Oscars ceremony.

Democrats pick Perez to lead party against Trump - 25 Feb 2017 at 8:24pm - ATLANTA (Reuters) - U.S. Democrats elected former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as chairman on Saturday, choosing a veteran of the Obama administration to lead the daunting task of rebuilding the party and heading the opposition to Republican President Donald Trump.

Aggressive cuts to Obama-era green rules to start soon: EPA head - 25 Feb 2017 at 8:20pm - (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's administration will begin rolling back Obama-era environmental regulations in an "aggressive way" as soon as next week, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said on Saturday - adding he understood why some Americans want to see his agency eliminated completely.

Wary of Trump unpredictability, China ramps up naval abilities - 25 Feb 2017 at 8:07pm - BEIJING (Reuters) - The PLA Navy is likely to secure significant new funding in China's upcoming defence budget as Beijing seeks to check U.S. dominance of the high seas and step up its own projection of power around the globe.

Magician's death by hanging in Hollywood ruled accidental by coroner - 25 Feb 2017 at 7:45pm - LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The death of a world-class magician found hanged in his dressing room at a popular Hollywood nightclub called the Magic Castle was ruled an accident on Saturday by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner's Department, an agency official said.

Golf: Fowler zooms four clear of Hatton at Honda Classic - 25 Feb 2017 at 7:34pm - (Reuters) - American Rickie Fowler set himself up for his first victory in more than a year, grabbing a four-shot lead after the third round at the Honda Classic in Florida on Saturday.

Tennis: Carreno Busta downs Norwegian teen to reach Rio final - 25 Feb 2017 at 7:23pm - RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta came from a set down to beat Norwegian teenager Casper Ruud 2-6 7-5 6-0 and reach the final of the Rio Open on Saturday.

South Carolina Republican's town hall starts rowdy, ends peaceably - 25 Feb 2017 at 7:00pm - NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Tim Scott faced a quandary on Saturday in hosting his town hall: he promised to meet with his South Carolina constituents, but he wanted to avoid the kind of adversarial free-for-all so many Republicans encountered this week.

Berkshire Hathaway gains $1.6 billion from its huge bite of Apple - 25 Feb 2017 at 6:58pm - NEW YORK (Reuters) - Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc is sitting on more than $1.6 billion of gains in its investment in Apple Inc. after shares of the iPhone maker surged.

Buffett upbeat on American business; Berkshire operating profit down - 25 Feb 2017 at 6:58pm - (Reuters) - Warren Buffett on Saturday mounted a forceful and upbeat defense of the prospects for American business, as his Berkshire Hathaway Inc reported a higher quarterly profit though operating income fell.

Trump decides to skip White House press dinner - 25 Feb 2017 at 6:25pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that he would not attend the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner, a high-profile event that draws celebrities, politicians and journalists.

Alpine skiing: Vonn pulls out of Alpine combined after crash - 25 Feb 2017 at 5:58pm - (Reuters) - American former Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn has pulled out of Sunday's World Cup Alpine combined event in Switzerland, she announced on Twitter.

'Arab Idol' talent show win sends Palestinians into raptures - 25 Feb 2017 at 5:49pm - GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinians took to the streets to celebrate the victory of their compatriot Yaqoub Shaheen on Saturday in "Arab Idol", a hugely popular Middle East television talent show on the Dubai-based channel MBC1.

One dead after man drives into crowd in Germany, no sign of terrorism: author... - 25 Feb 2017 at 5:38pm - HEIDELBERG, Germany (Reuters) - A man died and two other people were injured after a 35-year-old German man drove into a crowd standing near a bakery in the southwestern town of Heidelberg on Saturday, but the authorities said there were no indications that it was a terrorist attack.

One dead after man drives into crowd in Germany, no sign of terrorism - autho... - 25 Feb 2017 at 5:37pm - HEIDELBERG, Germany (Reuters) - A man died and two other people were injured after a 35-year-old German man drove into a crowd standing near a bakery in the southwestern town of Heidelberg on Saturday, but the authorities said there were no indications that it was a terrorist attack.

Malaysia to sweep Kuala Lumpur airport for toxic chemicals after Kim Jong Nam... - 25 Feb 2017 at 5:30pm - KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia will sweep one of the terminals at Kuala Lumpur international airport for toxic chemicals after Kim Jong Nam was murdered there with a nerve agent last week, as authorities said they would issue an arrest warrant if a North Korean diplomat wanted over the death did not come forward.

Bombings, air strikes in Syria rattle Geneva peace talks - 25 Feb 2017 at 5:28pm - GENEVA (Reuters) - A United Nations peace envoy said a militant attack in Syria on Saturday was a deliberate attempt to wreck peace talks in Geneva, while the warring sides traded blame and appeared no closer to actual negotiations.

Egypt annoyed as Britain continues suspension of flights - 25 Feb 2017 at 4:57pm - CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt expressed frustration on Saturday at Britain's refusal to lift a suspension of flights from the United Kingdom to the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh, imposed after Islamic State brought down a Russian airliner in 2015.

NHL: Vermette 10-game suspension upheld by commissioner - 25 Feb 2017 at 4:26pm - (The Sports Xchange) - National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman upheld the 10-game suspension given to Anaheim Ducks forward Antoine Vermette for slashing an official with his stick during a game last week, the league announced Saturday.

Kuwait could pay up to $60,000 for party at Trump Hotel in Washington - 25 Feb 2017 at 4:08pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Kuwaiti government could pay up to $60,000 to President Donald Trump's hotel in Washington for a party on Saturday that will be an early test of Trump's promise to turn over profits from such events to the U.S. Treasury.

Buffett scorns tricky Wall Street accounting, but defends buybacks - 25 Feb 2017 at 3:30pm - NEW YORK (Reuters) - Billionaire investor Warren Buffett on Saturday attacked what he saw as tricks used by U.S. companies to boost earnings and stock prices, but he defended one oft-criticized practice: share buybacks.

Tennis: Svitolina gatecrashes top 10 after Dubai title - 25 Feb 2017 at 3:10pm - DUBAI (Reuters) - Seventh seed Elina Svitolina overpowered former world number one Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 6-2 to claim the Dubai Open on Saturday, the sixth, and biggest, title of her career.

Warren Buffett rails against fee-hungry Wall Street managers - 25 Feb 2017 at 2:12pm - NEW YORK (Reuters) - Billionaire Warren Buffett, whose stock picks over several decades have enriched generations of Berkshire Hathaway Inc shareholders, delivered a black eye to the investment industry on Saturday, urging ordinary investors to buy plain-vanilla index funds.

TCL carries flickering BlackBerry flame with new phone launch - 25 Feb 2017 at 2:05pm - BARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) - Blackberry Ltd may have exited the device business, but fans of the pioneering email machine need not despair as Chinese smartphone maker TCL Communication has introduced its first Blackberry-licensed phone with the physical keyboard that was long its key allure.

Tennis: Tsonga beats Kyrgios to reach Marseille final - 25 Feb 2017 at 1:41pm - (Reuters) - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga stayed on course for a second successive title as he knocked out Australia's defending champion Nick Kyrgios 7-6(5) 2-6 6-4 to reach the Marseille Open final on Saturday.

Kansas man charged with killing Indian in possible hate crime - 25 Feb 2017 at 12:36pm - KANSAS CITY/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A white U.S. Navy veteran has been charged with killing an engineer from India and wounding two other men when he opened fire in a Kansas bar in what federal authorities were investigating on Friday as a possible hate crime that shocked the victim's home country.

Trump vows military build-up, hammers nationalist themes - 25 Feb 2017 at 12:23pm - NATIONAL HARBOR, Md./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said he would make a massive budget request for one of the "greatest military buildups in American history" on Friday in a feisty, campaign-style speech extolling robust nationalism to eager conservative activists.

Philippine leader's opponents turn historic event into protest march - 25 Feb 2017 at 12:06pm - MANILA (Reuters) - Supporters and opponents of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte turned a traditional celebration of the 1986 "People Power" uprising into demonstrations for and against his bloody war on drugs.

Iraqi forces push deeper into western Mosul as civilians flee - 25 Feb 2017 at 11:57am - MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - U.S.-backed Iraqi forces pushed deeper into western Mosul on Saturday, advancing in several populated southern districts after punching through the defences of Islamic State's last major urban stronghold in Iraq a day earlier.

Iran plans to buy Kazakh uranium ore, seek Russia help to make nuclear fuel - 25 Feb 2017 at 11:37am - DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran plans to buy 950 tonnes of uranium ore from Kazakhstan over three years and expects to get Russian help in producing nuclear fuel, its top nuclear official said in remarks published on Saturday.

'Batman v Superman,' 'Hillary's America' win Razzie 'worst' films - 25 Feb 2017 at 10:02am - LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Even the Razzie Awards are getting political.

France's Hollande fires back at Trump over Paris comments - 25 Feb 2017 at 9:33am - PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande fired back at Donald Trump on Saturday after the U.S. president remarked in a speech that a friend thought "Paris is no longer Paris" after attacks by Islamist militants.

Cycling: Rui Costa takes lead in Abu Dhabi Tour - 25 Feb 2017 at 9:16am - ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Portugal's Rui Costa snatched the overall lead of the Abu Dhabi Tour on Saturday after powering to victory in the third stage.

Dakota protesters regroup, plot resistance to other pipelines - 25 Feb 2017 at 6:08am - CANNON BALL, N.D. (Reuters) - Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline who were pushed out of their protest camp this week have vowed to keep up efforts to stop the multibillion-dollar project and take the fight to other pipelines as well.

First planned North Korea-U.S. contact in Trump administration canceled: WSJ - 24 Feb 2017 at 11:53pm - SEOUL (Reuters) - Plans for the first contact between North Korea and the United States after President Donald Trump took office were canceled after the U.S. State Department denied a visa for the top envoy from Pyongyang, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.

Pfizer subpoenaed in U.S. over patient assistance plans - 24 Feb 2017 at 9:52pm - (Reuters) - Pfizer Inc said it received subpoenas from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts related to its support for organizations that provide financial help to Medicare patients.

Foreign Oscar contenders denounce 'fanaticism' in U.S. - 24 Feb 2017 at 9:17pm - BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Reuters) - The directors of all five Oscar-nominated foreign language films on Friday denounced what they called a "climate of fanaticism and nationalism" in the United States and elsewhere, and dedicated their Academy Award to the cause of unity and free expression.

Record-setting stock rally faces test in Trump speech - 24 Feb 2017 at 8:33pm - NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's planned economic agenda has fanned the flames for Wall Street's record-setting run, but some investors worry that his first major address to Congress next week risks dousing it if his plans look slow to execute or are overly vague.

Oscars so divided: Hollywood still struggles with race - 24 Feb 2017 at 8:25pm - LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - On their way to this year's Oscars, Dev Patel searched for his Indian roots, Denzel Washington wrestled with racism as an angry African-American patriarch and Octavia Spencer became a top black female mathematician.

Alphabet's self-driving car unit sues Uber with trade theft charge - 24 Feb 2017 at 8:13pm - SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Waymo self-driving car unit sued Uber Technologies [UBER.UL] and its autonomous trucking subsidiary Otto on Thursday over allegations of theft of its confidential and proprietary sensor technology.

Wall Street edges higher to give Dow 11th straight record - 24 Feb 2017 at 8:11pm - NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street edged higher on Friday, with the Dow extending its streak of record-setting gains to 11 days, as increases in utilities and other safety plays outweighed declines in financials.

U.S. agency seeks ideas for Trump's proposed border wall - 24 Feb 2017 at 6:30pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency said on Friday it will accept proposals next month for the design of a wall to be built near the U.S.-Mexican frontier, a first step in picking vendors for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall.

In sweeping move, Trump puts regulation monitors in U.S. agencies - 24 Feb 2017 at 6:03pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday to place "regulatory reform" task forces and officers within federal agencies in what may be the most far reaching effort to pare back U.S. red tape in recent decades.

Experts dispute Trump's assertion that U.S. nuclear arms capability is lagging - 24 Feb 2017 at 5:57pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - While President Donald Trump has suggested that the United States must expand its nuclear arsenal, many experts say U.S. nuclear forces are unrivaled and will remain so as they undergo a modernization program that could cost more than $1 trillion.

Overhaul of Medicaid expansion could cost states $32 billion: report - 24 Feb 2017 at 5:51pm - NEW YORK (Reuters) - Proposals in Congress that would effectively end Medicaid expansion in 31 U.S. states would cost those states at least $32 billion altogether in 2019, according to a report released on Friday.

Not all bug repellents are equal - 24 Feb 2017 at 4:49pm - (Reuters Health) - Pay attention to the ingredients of bug sprays and other repellents, because they're not equally effective at warding off mosquitoes that carry diseases like Zika virus, researchers say.

Vionnet's birds of paradise fly in Milan palazzo - 24 Feb 2017 at 4:46pm - MILAN (Reuters) - Fashion house Vionnet unveiled an airy and colorful collection inspired by birds of paradise in the brand's first fashion show in Milan following its decision to switch from the Paris catwalks.

Most Americans want U.S. to keep funding expanded Medicaid: poll - 24 Feb 2017 at 4:13pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A majority of Americans say it is important to keep federal funding for an expansion of the Medicaid program for the poor under Obamacare, even as Republicans work on repealing and replacing former President Barack Obama's healthcare law, according to a poll released on Friday.