U.S. slaps terror charges on accused Times Square bomber - 13 Dec 2017 at 4:05am - NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday brought federal charges against the suspect in Monday's attempted suicide bombing in one of New York City's busiest commuter hubs, accusing him of supporting a foreign terrorist organization.

Russia ready to consider easing arms embargo for Libya: Ifx cites diplomat - 13 Dec 2017 at 4:01am - MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is ready to consider easing an arms embargo for Libya, the Interfax news agency cited Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov as saying on Wednesday.

China marks Nanjing Massacre anniversary but Xi low key - 13 Dec 2017 at 3:48am - BEIJING (Reuters) - China marked the 80th anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre on Wednesday with a call to work with Japan for peace, but President Xi Jinping kept a low profile and left the main public remarks to another senior official.

British princes join Jedi knights at 'Star Wars' premiere in London - 13 Dec 2017 at 3:47am - LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Princes William and Harry joined the cast of the new film "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," in which the royal brothers both play small roles, on the red carpet at the film's European premiere in London on Tuesday.

No evidence suspected NY bomber linked with militants in Bangladesh - counter... - 13 Dec 2017 at 3:47am - DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh has not found any evidence linking a Bangladeshi man charged with an attempted suicide bombing in New York on Monday with militants in Bangladesh, the country's counter-terrorism chief said.

Democrat Jones wins U.S. Senate seat in Alabama in blow to Trump - 13 Dec 2017 at 3:44am - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Reuters) - Democrat Doug Jones won a bitter fight for a U.S. Senate seat in deeply conservative Alabama on Tuesday, dealing a political blow to President Donald Trump in a race marked by sexual misconduct accusations against Republican candidate Roy Moore.

Tillerson says U.S. ready to talk to North Korea; Japan wants pressure - 13 Dec 2017 at 3:43am - WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, backing away from a key U.S. demand that Pyongyang must first accept that giving up its nuclear arsenal would be part of any negotiations.

Pakistani court summons police in case of missing peace activist - 13 Dec 2017 at 3:39am - LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - A Pakistani court on Wednesday summoned a police officer investigating the case of a missing peace activist who is believed to have been kidnapped by unidentified men this month.

U.S. prepares to open doors on billion-dollar London embassy - 13 Dec 2017 at 3:34am - LONDON (Reuters) - The United States' diplomatic team in London, custodians of one of the most significant bilateral relationships of the last 100 years, will next month move into a new home: a billion-dollar, 12-storey glass cube overlooking the River Thames.

Google launching artificial intelligence research center in China - 13 Dec 2017 at 3:26am - BEIJING (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google said on Wednesday it is opening an artificial intelligence (AI) research center in China to target the country's local talent, even as the U.S. search firm's products remain blocked in the country.

Sanofi sees nine regulatory submissions over next 18 months - 13 Dec 2017 at 3:03am - PARIS (Reuters) - Sanofi said on Wednesday it expected to file nine regulatory submissions for new drugs over the next 18 months and that its pipeline of new products would support long-term growth.

Oil prices recover on big U.S. crude stock drawdown, pipeline shutdown supports - 13 Dec 2017 at 3:00am - TOKYO (Reuters) - Oil prices rose on Wednesday as industry data showed a larger-than-expected drawdown in U.S. crude stockpiles, while expectations for an extended shutdown of a major North Sea crude pipeline also continued to bolster markets.

Teva Pharm to unveil restructuring plan on Thursday: report - 13 Dec 2017 at 3:00am - TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israel-based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries will unveil a restructuring plan on Thursday that will include layoffs, the Calcalist financial news website said on Wednesday.

Asian shares up, dollar dips as Republicans lose Alabama Senate race - 13 Dec 2017 at 2:41am - TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. stock futures, Treasury yields and the dollar dipped on Wednesday as Democrat Doug Jones beat Republican Roy Moore in a bitter U.S. Senate race in Alabama, while Asian shares gained as crude oil futures took back some lost ground.

Judges consider HK double murder appeal by convicted former British banker - 13 Dec 2017 at 2:27am - HONG KONG (Reuters) - Three judges in Hong Kong's Court of Appeal are set to decide the fate of a former British banker who was jailed for life last year for the murder of two Indonesian women he tortured and raped after his appeal hearing closed on Wednesday.

Turkey says world must recognise East Jerusalem as Palestinian capital - 13 Dec 2017 at 2:24am - ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Muslim nations must press the world to recognise East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, Turkey said on Wednesday as it opened an Islamic summit called in response to a U.S. decision to recognise the city as Israel's capital.

China marks Nanjing Massacre anniversary but Xi silent - 13 Dec 2017 at 1:58am - BEIJING (Reuters) - China marked the 80th anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre on Wednesday with a call to work with Japan for peace, but President Xi Jinping kept a low profile and left the public remarks to another senior official.

Highlights of Tuesday's NBA games - 13 Dec 2017 at 1:54am - (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of National Basketball Association games on Tuesday:

Packers QB Rodgers says cleared to return from injury - 13 Dec 2017 at 1:41am - (The Sports Xchange) - The uncertainty about whether Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers would be ready to return this week was resolved on Thursday when Rodgers announced on Instagram that he was medically cleared to play football.

Poland's new government wins vote of confidence in parliament - 13 Dec 2017 at 1:40am - WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's new government led by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki won a vote of confidence in parliament just before midnight on Tuesday, voting records showed, opening the way for the Cabinet to start functioning.

FBI officials said Clinton 'has to win' race to White House - NYT - 13 Dec 2017 at 1:12am - (Reuters) - Senior FBI officials who helped probe Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign told a colleague that Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had to win the race to the White House, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

With rate hike in the bag, Fed may hint at Trump effect on economy - 13 Dec 2017 at 1:04am - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve is widely expected to raise interest rates on Wednesday, but, more significantly, it may give its strongest hint yet on how the Trump administration's tax overhaul could affect the U.S. economy.

South Korea considers cryptocurrency tax as regulators grapple with 'speculat... - 13 Dec 2017 at 12:56am - SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said on Wednesday it may tax capital gains from cryptocurrency trading as global regulators worried about a bubble, with Australia's central bank chief warning of a 'speculative mania" that has seen the digital asset making rip-roaring gains.

Did Sanofi, WHO ignore warning signals on dengue vaccine? - 13 Dec 2017 at 12:47am - CHICAGO/LONDON (Reuters) - When French drugmaker Sanofi published the results of clinical trials of children given its dengue vaccine two years ago, the overall findings were that it protected against the world's biggest and fastest growing mosquito-borne disease.

Trump loses his big bet on Alabama U.S. Senate race - 13 Dec 2017 at 12:29am - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In backing Roy Moore in Alabama's U.S. Senate race even though the candidate faced allegations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls, President Donald Trump made a risky bet - and lost big.

'The Last Jedi' seeks balance in a 'Star Wars' galaxy in tumult - 13 Dec 2017 at 12:21am - LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Light faces dark, old faces new and there's a struggle to find a balance in the Force when "Star Wars" returns with "The Last Jedi," the sequel that places Luke Skywalker and his sister Leia at the center of an emotional adventure.

AT&T begins testing high-speed internet over power lines - 13 Dec 2017 at 12:12am - NEW YORK (Reuters) - AT&T Inc has started trials in Georgia state and a non-U.S. location to deliver high-speed internet over power lines, the No. 2 wireless carrier said on Wednesday, marking its latest push to offer faster broadband service to more customers.

Manhattan luxury condo sales skew apartment prices: survey - 13 Dec 2017 at 12:10am - NEW YORK (Reuters) - A boom in newly built luxury apartments in Manhattan has skewed prices for the overall residential real estate market in the borough and masked a sharp drop in transaction volume over the past five years, a property report on Wednesday showed.

FBI officials said Clinton 'has to win' race to White House: NYT - 12 Dec 2017 at 11:49pm - (Reuters) - Senior FBI officials who helped probe Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign told a colleague that Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had to win the race to the White House, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

Founder of China's embattled LeEco placed on debt blacklist - 12 Dec 2017 at 11:33pm - SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The high-profile founder of struggling Chinese tech conglomerate LeEco has been placed on an official blacklist of debt defaulters, a further blow to a firm that had spent heavily to compete in areas from smart cars to online entertainment.

Ex-Trump aide Carter Page tells court to stop AT&T Time Warner deal - 12 Dec 2017 at 10:44pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page argued in court papers on Tuesday that AT&T Inc should not be permitted to buy CNN parent Time Warner Inc because there was a risk it would lead to "recklessness" in journalism.

Europe's Unibail bids $16 billion for Westfield to counter online threat - 12 Dec 2017 at 10:01pm - SYDNEY/MELBOURNE/PARIS (Reuters) - Europe's biggest property firm Unibail-Rodamco is to buy U.S. and UK mall operator Westfield Corp for $16 billion, in a defensive move to create a global leader in a sector grappling with the online shopping challenge led by Amazon .

Bitcoin hits another record high in march towards $20,000 - 12 Dec 2017 at 9:46pm - NEW YORK (Reuters) - Virtual currency bitcoin hit another all-time peak on Tuesday, two days after the launch of the first ever bitcoin futures on a U.S. exchange and ahead of the start of another futures contract next week, as investors grew optimistic that the $20,000-mark is within reach.

Firefighters wrestle to control massive California wildfire - 12 Dec 2017 at 9:42pm - CARPINTERIA, Calif. (Reuters) - An out-of-control California wildfire that has already destroyed nearly 700 homes in its path of destruction crept closer to the upscale hillside community of Montecito on Tuesday despite calmer winds that slowed its progress.

Bitcoin hits another record high in march toward $20,000 - 12 Dec 2017 at 9:36pm - NEW YORK (Reuters) - Virtual currency bitcoin hit another all-time peak on Tuesday, two days after the launch of the first ever bitcoin futures on a U.S. exchange and ahead of the start of another futures contract next week, as investors grew optimistic that the $20,000-mark is within reach.

May faces parliamentary showdown with Brexit rebels - 12 Dec 2017 at 8:54pm - LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May's control of the Brexit process will undergo its stiffest parliamentary test yet on Wednesday, when she faces a showdown with rebels in her own party over the laws that will take Britain out of the European Union.

National Hockey League roundup - 12 Dec 2017 at 8:46pm - (The Sports Xchange) - The Pittsburgh Penguins activated two-time Stanley Cup winning goaltender Matt Murray from injured reserve, the team announced Tuesday.

Lyft starts Canada service in first international foray - 12 Dec 2017 at 8:16pm - TORONTO (Reuters) - U.S. ride-hailing company Lyft Inc on Tuesday launched its service in Toronto, marking the first time it has taken its battle against the much larger Uber Technologies Inc outside of the United States.

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' mostly finds its force with critics - 12 Dec 2017 at 8:15pm - LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" won warm reviews from most critics on Tuesday, a day before the latest installment in the sci-fi saga begins hitting movie theaters worldwide in what is projected to be the biggest-grossing movie of 2017.

U.S. wary of Putin's declaration of military victory in Syria - 12 Dec 2017 at 8:06pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is voicing skepticism about Russian President Vladimir Putin's announcement of a major withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria and is arguing that his declaration of victory against Islamic State was premature.

Crucial details of Republican tax plan in flux as deal deadline looms - 12 Dec 2017 at 7:54pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Crucial details of the Republican tax plan, including the proposed corporate rate, were in flux late on Tuesday as negotiators from the U.S. Congress rushed to finalize the plan ahead of a self-imposed Wednesday deadline.

National Football League roundup - 12 Dec 2017 at 7:53pm - (The Sports Xchange) - Kenny Britt is close to getting another shot, and with the defending Super Bowl champions no less.

Overconfidence, poor training sank El Faro: U.S. Safety Board - 12 Dec 2017 at 7:32pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The sinking of the U.S. freighter El Faro in 2015 with the loss of 33 lives came after an overconfident captain set the ship and its poorly trained crew on a collision course with a hurricane, the National Transportation Safety Board said in its final report on Tuesday.

Minnesota joins U.S. states limiting controversial farm chemical - 12 Dec 2017 at 7:31pm - CHICAGO (Reuters) - Minnesota became the latest U.S. state on Tuesday to restrict controversial weed killers made by Monsanto Co and BASF SE that were linked to widespread crop damage, while Arkansas took a step back from imposing new limits.

Donald Trump Jr. wants 'leak' probe, as Congress' Russia probes press on - 12 Dec 2017 at 7:26pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's eldest son asked a House of Representatives committee on Tuesday to investigate possible leaks of information about his Dec. 6 interview with lawmakers, as congressional probes of Russia and the 2016 election picked up steam ahead of the New Year.

People hope 'I break my neck' after Trump comments: Vonn - 12 Dec 2017 at 7:11pm - (Reuters) - Social media users have told American skier Lindsey Vonn they hoped she broke her neck after the Olympic champion made comments they deemed to be critical of U.S. President Donald Trump, she said on Tuesday.

Britain urged to prosecute social media firms over online abuse - 12 Dec 2017 at 7:06pm - LONDON (Reuters) - Social media companies should face prosecution for failing to remove racist and extremist material from their websites, according to a report by an influential committee.

World is losing the battle against climate change, Macron says - 12 Dec 2017 at 6:43pm - PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a bleak assessment on the global fight against climate change to dozens of world leaders and company executives on Tuesday, telling them: "We are losing the battle".

U.S. judge questions Trump administration on birth control rules - 12 Dec 2017 at 6:42pm - OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - A U.S. judge questioned on Tuesday whether the federal government properly formulated new rules that undermine an Obamacare requirement for employers to provide insurance that covers women's birth control.

Advocates ready legal showdown with FCC on net neutrality - 12 Dec 2017 at 6:22pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Net neutrality advocates said they are gearing up for a legal fight after abandoning attempts to convince the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to keep 2015 rules aimed at maintaining an open internet.