Trump backs away from Senate deal on stabilizing Obamacare - 18 Oct 2017 at 10:27am - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday backed away from a bipartisan deal from two U.S. senators to stabilize Obamacare by restoring subsidies to health insurers, one day after signaling his support for the plan.

Austria's far-right stakes claim to interior ministry ahead of coalition talks - 18 Oct 2017 at 10:27am - VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPO) on Wednesday named control of the interior ministry as its price for joining a future coalition government following its strong showing in a parliamentary election.

Goldman's fledgling consumer bank draws questions from curious analysts - 18 Oct 2017 at 10:27am - (Reuters) - As Goldman Sachs Group Inc has unveiled more details about its strategy and financial targets to satisfy investor demands, Wall Street's attention has turned to a business so small and new that there may not be much to disclose.

Plague ruled out in Seychelles but islands on guard: WHO - 18 Oct 2017 at 10:23am - GENEVA (Reuters) - Plague has been ruled out in the Seychelles following lab results from 10 patients, including one earlier deemed a "probable" case, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday as the disease continued to spread in Madagascar.

Greek police cut down to size: EU court rules for women - 18 Oct 2017 at 10:16am - LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - European police forces cannot impose blanket height restrictions on recruits because that discriminates against women, the EU's top court ruled on Wednesday, throwing out an argument from the Greek government.

China's Xi lays out vision for 'new era' led by 'still stronger' Communist Party - 18 Oct 2017 at 10:10am - BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday laid out a confident vision for a more prosperous nation and its role in the world, stressing the importance of wiping out corruption and curbing industrial overcapacity, income inequality and pollution.

Dow opens above 23,000, powered by IBM - 18 Oct 2017 at 10:06am - (Reuters) - The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened above 23,000 for the first time on Wednesday, powered by IBM, which hinted at a revival in its growth after six years in retreat.

Texas to execute 'tourniquet killer' for serial rape and murder - 18 Oct 2017 at 10:05am - AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas plans to execute on Wednesday a man convicted of raping and murdering five children and young women, using a tourniquet to torture and strangle his victims.

U.S. bankers hold onto hopes that Trump will boost profits - 18 Oct 2017 at 10:05am - NEW YORK (Reuters) - Top U.S. bankers are still hoping that President Trump's administration will make policy changes to boost profits, but made clear in public comments in recent days that they are not seeing any signs of progress so far.

Weakened Merkel warns of compromise as talks on coalition start - 18 Oct 2017 at 10:03am - BERLIN (Reuters) - A chastened Angela Merkel warned her conservatives they must compromise to forge a nationally untested alliance in Germany as she heads into talks with other parties on Wednesday after suffering losses in last month's election.

Second federal judge blocks Trump's curbs on travel to U.S - 18 Oct 2017 at 10:03am - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A second U.S. federal judge has blocked parts of President Donald Trump's latest travel ban on people entering the United States from eight countries, dealing another legal blow to the administration's third bid to impose travel restrictions.

Texas house fire kills mother, five children in 'horrific scene' - 18 Oct 2017 at 10:02am - (Reuters) - Five children and their mother were killed early on Wednesday when fire engulfed their Texas home about 100 miles east northeast of Houston, Hardin County Sheriff Mark Davis told KFDM TV news.

Trump backs away from bipartisan Senate healthcare bill - 18 Oct 2017 at 10:01am - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday backed away from a bipartisan deal on healthcare reached by two senators a day earlier, saying he could never support legislation "bailing out" insurance companies.

Brazil's Nuzman charged in 2016 Olympic Games bribes investigation - 18 Oct 2017 at 10:00am - RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilian prosecutors charged the former head of the national Olympics committee (COB), Carlos Nuzman, and five other people on Wednesday with racketeering based on a probe of alleged bribery to win the selection of Rio de Janeiro to host the 2016 Games.

Health insurer Anthem takes pharmacy business in house, taps CVS to help - 18 Oct 2017 at 9:58am - (Reuters) - Health insurer Anthem Inc will start managing its billions of dollars of patient prescriptions itself in 2020, it said on Wednesday, ending a deal with Express Scripts Holding that had deteriorated into lawsuits over terms.

Alnyalm, Vir partner on RNAi-based hep B treatment - 18 Oct 2017 at 9:56am - (Reuters) - Drug developer Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Wednesday it would scrap its hepatitis B (HBV) drug development and instead work with Vir Biotechnology on a new treatment for the disease.

Khamenei says Iran will "shred" nuclear deal if U.S. quits it - 18 Oct 2017 at 9:55am - ANKARA (Reuters) - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday Tehran would stick to its 2015 nuclear accord with world powers as long as the other signatories respected it, but would "shred" the deal if Washington pulled out, state TV reported.

Trump slams NFL for not making players stand for anthem - 18 Oct 2017 at 9:50am - NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump criticized the National Football League on Wednesday for not forcing players to stand for the national anthem, firing back after league officials meeting in New York chose instead to effectively back players' right to political activism.

Twitter toughens guidelines on harassment - report - 18 Oct 2017 at 9:48am - (Reuters) - Twitter has toughened its stance on online sexual harassment and abuse, laying out stronger penalties for misconduct on the social media platform in an email to its Trust and Safety Council published by Wired late on Tuesday.

Big Blue back on the attack, analysts cautious - 18 Oct 2017 at 9:45am - (Reuters) - IBM's shares surged 8 percent on Wednesday after the world's first big computing company beat expectations on third-quarter revenue and gave an outlook that hinted it was back on a growth track after six years in retreat.

Canadian singer Gord Downie dies of brain cancer: statement - 18 Oct 2017 at 9:42am - TORONTO (Reuters) - Gord Downie, the lead singer of Canadian rock band the Tragically Hip, has died, according to a statement issued by his family.

Turkey says will not submit to 'impositions' from United States in visa crisis - 18 Oct 2017 at 9:41am - ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's foreign minister said on Wednesday Ankara would not submit to "impositions" from the United States to resolve a feud which has seen the two NATO allies stop issuing visas to each other's citizens.

Twitter toughens guidelines on harassment: report - 18 Oct 2017 at 9:39am - (Reuters) - Twitter has toughened its stance on online sexual harassment and abuse, laying out stronger penalties for misconduct on the social media platform in an email to its Trust and Safety Council published by Wired late on Tuesday.

U.S. knew of Indonesian anti-communist massacre as it unfolded - 18 Oct 2017 at 9:34am - JAKARTA (Reuters) - The U.S. government had intimate knowledge of the mass killing of alleged communists in Indonesia in the mid 1960s even as it failed to publicly reveal the slaughter, newly declassified U.S. documents show.The documents also reveal that Indonesian army intermediaries told Western embassies they were considering toppling then president Sukarno less than a fortnight after the killing of six generals by rebel military personnel that sparked the bloodletting.

U.N. Tribunal schedules verdict in Mladic war crimes trial for Nov. 22 - 18 Oct 2017 at 9:24am - AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The U.N. Yugoslav tribunal on Wednesday said is has scheduled its verdict in the war crimes trial of former Bosnian Serb Gen. Ratko Mladic for Nov. 22.

Russian politicians fail to see funny side of 'Death of Stalin' - 18 Oct 2017 at 9:21am - LONDON (Reuters) - British satirist Armando Iannucci has won critical praise in Britain for his latest film - a darkly comic look at the power struggle to succeed Joseph Stalin - but in Russia not all politicians share the joke.

Mercedes and Hamilton on brink of F1 titles - 18 Oct 2017 at 9:20am - AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton could be crowned Britain's first four-times Formula One world champion in Texas this weekend while Mercedes are on the brink of a fourth consecutive constructor's title.

U.S. housing starts hit one-year low in September - 18 Oct 2017 at 9:14am - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. homebuilding fell to a one-year low in September as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma disrupted the construction of single-family homes in the South, suggesting housing probably remained a drag on economic growth in the third quarter.

Ford to recall about 1.3 million vehicles in North America - 18 Oct 2017 at 9:11am - The No.2 U.S. automaker said the safety recall is due to frozen door latch or a bent or kinked actuation cable in the affected vehicles, that may result in a door not opening or closing.

Spain asks Catalan leader to 'act sensibly' as direct rule deadline nears - 18 Oct 2017 at 8:49am - MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy urged Catalonia's leader on Wednesday to "act sensibly" and renounce an independence bid to head off a threat by Madrid to impose direct rule, a prospect that has sent shock waves across the country.

Vote may have put independence out of reach for Iraqi Kurds - 18 Oct 2017 at 8:48am - ERBIL (Reuters) - The Kurdish independence vote championed by their leader Masoud Barzani was a gamble that may have made his quest for a homeland more elusive than ever.

Damages for Grenfell fire victims may total just 4 million - Reuters analysis - 18 Oct 2017 at 8:40am - LONDON (Reuters) - The bill for compensating families of those who died in the Grenfell Tower fire in London may be as low as 4 million pounds, according to several lawyers and a Reuters analysis of how damages laws apply in England.

Apple and GE team up on software to track power plants, machinery - 18 Oct 2017 at 8:34am - (Reuters) - Apple Inc and General Electric Co say they are working together to make it easier to write software that can track power plants and jet engines on Apple's iPhones and iPads.

U.S. SEC charges Rio Tinto, former top executives with fraud - 18 Oct 2017 at 8:33am - SYDNEY/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Tuesday charged mining company Rio Tinto Plc and two of its former top executives with fraud, saying they inflated the value of coal assets in Mozambique and concealed critical information while tapping the market for billions of dollars.

Millions of Britons in financial difficulty - 18 Oct 2017 at 8:25am - LONDON (Reuters) - Over four million people in Britain are having difficulties paying their monthly bills, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said on Wednesday, at a time when inflation is rising and interest rates may follow.

Factbox: Who will Trump pick to lead the Federal Reserve? - 18 Oct 2017 at 8:18am - (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has interviewed several top prospects for the post of Chair of the Federal Reserve. A nomination could come within weeks as the term of current Chair Janet Yellen ends in February 2018.

MPs to vent anger at May's fragile government over welfare reform - 18 Oct 2017 at 7:53am - LONDON (Reuters) - Members of parliament from Britain's ruling Conservative Party planned to vent their anger on Wednesday against Prime Minister Theresa May's pursuit of welfare reforms, deepening doubts about her authority over a party divided by Brexit.

Billionaire Branson targeted in $5 million scam 'straight out of le Carre' - 18 Oct 2017 at 7:51am - LONDON (Reuters) - Richard Branson, billionaire founder of the Virgin group, has revealed he was targeted by a fraudster posing as Britain's defence minister who tried to get him to contribute $5 million (3.8 million pounds) to a supposed secret ransom payment.

Las Vegas gunman's estate could offer rare redress for victims - 18 Oct 2017 at 7:48am - NEW YORK (Reuters) - Victims of mass shootings in the United States often win little or no damages from perpetrators but the Las Vegas massacre may be different because the shooter is thought to have been a wealthy man, lawyers said.

Europe's aviation agency advises against using Kobe Steel products - 18 Oct 2017 at 7:47am - PARIS/TOKYO (Reuters) - Europe's aviation regulator has advised aircraft manufacturers to stop using parts supplied by Kobe Steel until their safety can be verified, following product data manipulation by the Japanese company.

Shanghai Pharma bids for U.S. Cardinal Health's China business - 18 Oct 2017 at 7:44am - HONG KONG (Reuters) - Shanghai Pharmaceuticals Holding Co has bid for Cardinal Health Inc's China business as the U.S. company looks to sell ahead of China's planned drug distribution reform.

UK pay lags inflation again, BoE still seen raising rates - 18 Oct 2017 at 7:29am - LONDON (Reuters) - British pay growth has lagged behind inflation again, official data showed on Wednesday, adding to questions about how quickly the Bank of England will raise interest rates after an initial hike expected on Nov. 2.

EU-U.S. data transfer pact passes first annual review - 18 Oct 2017 at 7:21am - BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A year-old pact underpinning billions of dollars of transatlantic data transfers won a green light from the European Union on Wednesday after a first review to ensure Washington protects Europeans' data stored on U.S. servers.

Online groceries are a hard sell, even to avid internet shoppers: poll - 18 Oct 2017 at 7:05am - LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Most U.S. shoppers are fiercely loyal to local food stores, calling them better than online options, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll that raises questions about how much's $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods will shake up the supermarket business.

SpaceX, Spacecom to launch new satellites after explosion last year - 18 Oct 2017 at 7:01am - JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's Space Communications has signed a deal with Elon Musk's SpaceX to launch two communication satellites into orbit, after a prior attempt ended in disaster.

Eli Lilly to collaborate with Germany's CureVac on cancer vaccines - 18 Oct 2017 at 6:50am - (Reuters) - U.S. drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co said on Wednesday it will collaborate with CureVac AG on development of up to five immunotherapy cancer vaccines using the German company's messenger RNA (mRNA) technology.

Judge to rule on ex-Penn State coach Sandusky's bid for new trial - 18 Oct 2017 at 6:48am - HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania judge is due to rule on Wednesday whether former Penn State University football coach Jerry Sandusky will receive a new trial on charges that he sexually assaulted pre-teen and teenaged boys for 15 years.

Pakistani Taliban suicide bomber rams police truck, kills seven - 18 Oct 2017 at 6:30am - QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - A Pakistani Taliban suicide bomber rammed a car into a police truck in the southwestern city of Quetta on Wednesday, killing at least seven people, police said.

Taiwan ministry expresses 'deep concern' about Qualcomm's antitrust fine - 18 Oct 2017 at 6:23am - TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's economics ministry said it is "deeply concerned" about the antitrust agency imposing a $775 million fine on Qualcomm Inc , in a rare public display of disagreement between authorities.

Trump tax plan hits bump in Senate as Rand Paul weighs 'no' vote - 18 Oct 2017 at 5:51am - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Republicans scrambled on Tuesday to ensure support for a budget resolution vital to President Donald Trump's drive to overhaul the U.S. tax code, as one Republican fiscal hawk announced he might vote against the measure.