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Oil edges up as Saudis cut supplies to U.S., but global glut remains - 23 Mar 2017 at 11:56pm - SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices edged up on Friday, supported by a fall in Saudi exports to the United States, but overall markets remained under pressure on the back of a world market awash with fuel.

BOJ's Kuroda says there's no reason to withdraw monetary stimulus now - 23 Mar 2017 at 11:54pm - TOKYO (Reuters) - Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Friday there is "no reason" to withdraw the bank's massive monetary stimulus now as inflation remains distant from its 2 percent target.

Trump demands support in do-or-die Friday vote on healthcare plan - 23 Mar 2017 at 11:41pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump warned House Republican lawmakers that he will leave Obamacare in place and move on to tax reform if they do not get behind new healthcare legislation and support it in a vote on Friday.

Japan PM Abe denies he or wife made donations to principal of scandal-hit school - 23 Mar 2017 at 11:40pm - TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe repeated denials on Friday that he or his wife had made donations to the head of a Japanese nationalist school at the heart of a political scandal that is chipping away at Abe's support.

Obamacare supporters rally against congressional repeal efforts - 23 Mar 2017 at 11:40pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Supporters of Obamacare staged rallies across the country on Thursday denouncing efforts by President Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders to repeal the landmark law that has extended medical insurance coverage to some 20 million Americans.

Adrenalin-fueled TV drama to spur on China's war on graft - 23 Mar 2017 at 11:32pm - BEIJING (Reuters) - Helicopter chases, fridges full of cash and officials caught in bed with their foreign mistresses are all in a day's work for China's anti-graft prosecutors, according to a new state-backed TV drama aimed at bolstering China's graft fight.

Ice hockey: U.S. women expect player solidarity in wage dispute - 23 Mar 2017 at 11:26pm - (Reuters) - The U.S. women's ice hockey team has expressed "confidence" that any American players approached to stand in for them at the upcoming world championship would refuse.

Washington talks end without agreement on Israeli settlements - 23 Mar 2017 at 11:15pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration reiterated its concerns about Israeli settlement activity, the two sides said on Thursday, as a round of talks ended without agreement over limiting future construction on land the Palestinians want for a state.

Hong Kong likely to choose Beijing's pick for leader amid tension, economic m... - 23 Mar 2017 at 11:11pm - HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong on Sunday will likely select Beijing's favoured candidate for its next leader who some say will further divide a city where middle class families have become increasingly disaffected by political tension and economic hardship.

Hamilton fastest in first free practice in Australia - 23 Mar 2017 at 11:01pm - MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheets ahead of new Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas in the first free practice session at the Australian Grand Prix on Friday.

Paulinho hat-trick keeps Brazil on road to Russia - 23 Mar 2017 at 10:46pm - MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) - Brazil recovered from conceding an early goal to beat Uruguay 4-1 in Montevideo on Thursday, with Paulinho grabbing a hat-trick in a win that all but cemented their place at next year's World Cup finals.

Samsung Elec signals no holding company move for now - 23 Mar 2017 at 10:42pm - SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Friday it will be difficult to adopt a holding company structure at this time, rejecting U.S. activist hedge fund Elliott Management's proposal and ruling out for now a long-anticipated succession move.

Trump to nominate businessman Hagerty as Japan ambassador-White House - 23 Mar 2017 at 10:41pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump intends to nominate businessman William Hagerty as the next U.S. ambassador to Japan, the White House said on Thursday.

YouTube's bid to grab TV dollars imperiled by advertiser revolt - 23 Mar 2017 at 10:32pm - (Reuters) - The decision by a handful of high-profile consumer brands to pull advertising from Google?s YouTube over offensive content could threaten the site?s long-term strategy of stealing ad dollars from television, analysts and ad industry professionals said Thursday.

Messi penalty lifts Argentina into qualifying berths - 23 Mar 2017 at 10:30pm - BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Lionel Messi converted a penalty as Argentina labored to a 1-0 win over Chile in a World Cup qualifier on Thursday that put them back in the automatic qualifying spots for next year's finals in Russia.

Dollar, stocks edge up as U.S. healthcare vote back on - 23 Mar 2017 at 10:28pm - SYDNEY (Reuters) - The dollar recouped a little lost ground on Friday amid signs a delayed vote on President Donald Trump's healthcare bill would go ahead later in the day, though it remained unclear whether it would pass.

North Korea maintains readiness for nuclear test at any time: South Korea - 23 Mar 2017 at 10:19pm - SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has maintained readiness to conduct a new nuclear test at any time, a South Korean military official said on Friday, amid a report of a possible test within days as Pyongyang defies international pressure.

Dollar, global stocks edge up as U.S. healthcare vote back on - 23 Mar 2017 at 10:18pm - SYDNEY (Reuters) - The dollar recouped a little lost ground on Friday amid signs a delayed vote on President Donald Trump's healthcare bill would go ahead later in the day, though it remained unclear whether it would pass.

North Korea maintains readiness for nuclear test at any time - South Korea - 23 Mar 2017 at 10:17pm - SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has maintained readiness to conduct a new nuclear test at any time, a South Korean military official said on Friday, amid a report of a possible test within days as Pyongyang defies international pressure.

China's Chery files trademark complaint against Mercedes over green car brand - 23 Mar 2017 at 10:03pm - BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese automaker Chery Automobile Co Ltd [CHERY.UL] has filed a complaint with the country's trademark regulator over Mercedes-Benz's use of the "EQ" name for a line of green-energy vehicles, throwing up a potential road block for the Daimler AG unit in the world's largest electric car market.

Johnson stays perfect, McIlroy eliminated at Match Play - 23 Mar 2017 at 9:54pm - (Reuters) - World number one Dustin Johnson continued his perfect record at the WGC-Dell Match Play on Thursday while number two Rory McIlroy was eliminated without even setting foot on the course.

Venezuela to withdraw troops after Colombia border crossing - 23 Mar 2017 at 9:50pm - BOGOTA (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro will withdraw troops from Colombia's side of the two countries' border, after his soldiers set up camp in the neighboring country, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said on Thursday.

Twitter explores subscription-based option for first time - 23 Mar 2017 at 9:33pm - SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc is considering whether to build a premium version of its popular Tweetdeck interface aimed at professionals, the company said on Thursday, raising the possibility that it could collect subscription fees from some users for the first time.

Top Senate Democrat promises fight to block Trump high court pick - 23 Mar 2017 at 9:32pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. Senate Democrat on Thursday pledged to pursue a procedural hurdle to try to block the confirmation of Republican President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, a move that could provoke a nasty partisan fight and change the way the Senate does business.

China is not militarizing South China Sea, Premier Li says - 23 Mar 2017 at 9:17pm - SYDNEY (Reuters) - China is not militarizing the South China Sea, Premier Li Keqiang said on Friday, although he acknowledged that defense equipment on islands in the disputed waterway had been placed there to maintain "freedom of navigation".

Germany's Merkel does not expect more EU departures after Brexit - 23 Mar 2017 at 9:10pm - BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel does not fear that more countries will leave the European Union, she told a German newspaper as the bloc's leaders prepare to celebrate 60 years of union on Saturday days before Britain files for divorce.

Police identify British-born attacker, victim count rises to four - 23 Mar 2017 at 9:08pm - LONDON (Reuters) - The attacker who plowed a car through a throng of pedestrians and then stabbed a policeman outside Britain's parliament was named on Thursday as Khalid Masood, a British-born man who was once investigated by MI5 intelligence officers over concerns about violent extremism.

Uber stalls India leasing scheme as driver incomes drop: sources - 23 Mar 2017 at 9:08pm - NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Global ride-hailing firm Uber Technologies is rethinking its car leasing strategy in India, its second-biggest market, as drivers have returned dozens of leased cars early after the company cut incentives, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Town of Reduction, population 60, up for sale in Pennsylvania - 23 Mar 2017 at 9:07pm - HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Got $1.5 million to spare? If so, tiny Reduction, a one-time company town built to house workers at a long-vanished garbage-processing plant in western Pennsylvania, could be yours for the asking.

Trump expected to nominate attorney Sullivan as No. 2 at State Dept.: WSJ - 23 Mar 2017 at 8:25pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is expected to nominate attorney John Sullivan as deputy secretary of state, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing U.S. officials familiar with the discussions.

Trump preparing orders to review trade deals, procurement: officials - 23 Mar 2017 at 8:23pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is preparing new executive orders to re-examine all 14 U.S. free trade agreements and review government procurement policies to aid American companies, two administration officials said.

Fillon accuses French president of involvement in plot against him - 23 Mar 2017 at 7:56pm - PARIS (Reuters) - French presidential candidate Francois Fillon accused President Francois Hollande on Thursday of being involved in what he alleges is a government plot to spread damaging media leaks about his affairs to destroy his chances of being elected.

Republican Nunes apologizes over handling of Trump surveillance claim - 23 Mar 2017 at 7:52pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican head of the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee apologized on Thursday for the way he handled sensitive allegations about U.S. spy agency surveillance of President Donald Trump's team.

Amazon.com wins $1.5 billion tax dispute over IRS - 23 Mar 2017 at 7:16pm - (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc on Thursday won a more than $1.5 billion tax dispute with the Internal Revenue Service over transactions involving a Luxembourg unit more than a decade ago.

Utah enacts lowest U.S. drunken-driving limit - 23 Mar 2017 at 7:13pm - (Reuters) - Utah Governor Gary Herbert on Thursday signed a law setting the blood alcohol limit for drunken driving at 0.05, the lowest threshold in the United States, over strong objections from the restaurant and beverage industry.

Police detective, three others victims identified in Wisconsin shooting - 23 Mar 2017 at 7:05pm - (Reuters) - Authorities on Thursday identified four victims, including a veteran police officer, who were killed during a shooting spree in central Wisconsin sparked by a domestic violence incident.

Saudi in 'serious discussions' with NYSE for Aramco IPO listing: foreign mini... - 23 Mar 2017 at 7:02pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia is having "serious discussions" with the New York Stock Exchange about having the NYSE as one of the exchanges for state oil giant Saudi Aramco's IPO, the Saudi foreign minister told Fox News on Thursday.

U.S. senators set bipartisan bill to tighten sanctions on Iran - 23 Mar 2017 at 6:52pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran would face tighter U.S. sanctions over ballistic missile launches and other non-nuclear activities under a bill announced on Thursday by a bipartisan group of senators, echoing a harder line on Tehran espoused by Republican President Donald Trump.

Golf - Newlywed Mullinax grabs Puerto Rico lead - 23 Mar 2017 at 6:51pm - (Reuters) - PGA Tour rookie Trey Mullinax, playing five days after getting married, fired a nine-under-par 63 to grab the first-round lead at the Puerto Rico Open on Thursday.

Micron's upbeat forecast rides on rising chip prices - 23 Mar 2017 at 6:50pm - (Reuters) - Micron Technology Inc forecast current-quarter revenue and profit far ahead of analysts' estimates as prices for memory chips climb amid tight supplies and demand surges for storage chips used in smartphones. Shares of the company, which also beat second-quarter profit estimate, were up 9.4 percent in extended trading on Thursday.

SEC charges two Israeli residents with Mobileye insider trading - 23 Mar 2017 at 6:43pm - NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two Israeli residents have been charged by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission with insider trading in Mobileye NV before the maker of sensors and cameras for driverless vehicles agreed to be acquired by Intel Corp for $15.3 billion.

U.S. Senate to vote on Montenegro's NATO membership - 23 Mar 2017 at 6:24pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate will vote next week on the ratification of Montenegro as the newest member of the NATO alliance, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday, after the Trump administration urged lawmakers to take up the long-delayed matter.

State Department to approve Keystone pipeline permit on Friday: sources - 23 Mar 2017 at 5:46pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department plans to approve on Friday the permit needed to proceed with construction of the Canada-to-United States Keystone XL oil pipeline, a project blocked by former President Barack Obama, according to two government sources familiar with the process.

New home sales hit seven-month high; jobless claims rise - 23 Mar 2017 at 5:13pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New U.S. single-family home sales jumped to a seven-month high in February, suggesting the housing market recovery was gaining momentum despite higher prices and rising mortgage rates.

Dozens killed, buried in rubble after Mosul air raid - Iraqi officials, resid... - 23 Mar 2017 at 5:07pm - BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Dozens of residents were buried in collapsed buildings in the Iraqi city of Mosul after an air strike against Islamic State triggered a massive explosion last week and rescuers are still recovering bodies, civil defense agency officials and locals said on Thursday.

Idina Menzel happy to 'Let It Go' for world tour - 23 Mar 2017 at 5:01pm - LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Broadway star Idina Menzel says she has not yet grown tired of singing her big hit "Let It Go," even as she embarks on a 50-city world tour.

Kremlin says Kiev tarnishing Eurovision with ban on Russian entry - 23 Mar 2017 at 4:54pm - MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin accused Ukraine on Thursday of damaging the prestige of the Eurovision song contest, which Kiev is hosting this year, with its decision to bar the Russian participant from entering the country.

Disney board extends CEO Iger's contract by one year - 23 Mar 2017 at 4:53pm - LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co's board extended the term of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger by one year as it continues searching for a successor to a long-serving leader who is popular on Wall Street, the company said on Thursday.

Exclusive: Saudi exports to U.S. to fall by 300,000 barrels per day in March ... - 23 Mar 2017 at 4:38pm - DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's crude exports to the United States in March will fall by around 300,000 barrels per day from February, in line with OPEC's agreement to reduce supply, a Saudi energy ministry official said on Thursday.

Uber Canada urges government to retain tax advantage - 23 Mar 2017 at 4:34pm - (Reuters) - Uber Canada on Thursday urged the Canadian government to retain a tax advantage available to ride-services companies, a day after the country's Liberal administration proposed removing the measure.