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'Touch Me Not' wins Golden Bear top prize at Berlin film festival - 24 Feb 2018 at 4:52pm - BERLIN (Reuters) - "Touch Me Not", a film about intimacy and sex that shocked some viewers with explicit scenes, won the Golden Bear prize for best film at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival on Saturday.

Brazil seeks extradition of man arrested in Miami for gun trafficking - 24 Feb 2018 at 4:49pm - BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's government is seeking the extradition of a Brazilian man it said was arrested by U.S. authorities at his Miami home early on Saturday, allegedly for shipping automatic weapons to the South American country.

Former Trump campaign aide pleads guilty in Russia probe - 24 Feb 2018 at 4:42pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former senior official in Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, Rick Gates, pleaded guilty on Friday to conspiracy against the United States and lying to investigators, and he is cooperating with a federal probe into Russia's role in the election.

House Intelligence Committee Democratic memo defends Russia probes - 24 Feb 2018 at 4:39pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats on the U.S. House Intelligence Committee defended official investigations into claims of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election in a party memo released on Saturday.

Bank of England's Ramsden sees case to raise rates sooner than thought - 24 Feb 2018 at 4:33pm - LONDON (Reuters) - Bank of England Deputy Governor Dave Ramsden said in an interview to be published on Sunday that interest rates might need to rise sooner than he previously thought if wages grow as fast as the central bank expects in the early part of this year.

U.N. Security Council demands truce as air strikes batter Syria's Ghouta - 24 Feb 2018 at 4:26pm - BEIRUT/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council on Saturday demanded a 30-day truce across Syria as rescuers in the country's eastern Ghouta region said bombing would not let up long enough for them to count bodies during one of the bloodiest air assaults of the seven-year war.

Russian bobsledder Sergeeva admits anti-doping violation: CAS - 24 Feb 2018 at 3:31pm - PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Russian bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva has admitted an anti-doping violation and has been disqualified from the Winter Olympics, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Saturday.

With $116 billion cash, Buffett says Berkshire needs 'huge' deals - 24 Feb 2018 at 3:29pm - NEW YORK (Reuters) - Warren Buffett on Saturday lamented his inability to find big companies to buy and said his goal is to make "one or more huge acquisitions" of non-insurance businesses to bolster results at his conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway Inc .

At least 14 dead in attack on Yemen counter-terrorism base - 24 Feb 2018 at 3:15pm - ADEN (Reuters) - At least 14 people were killed and 40 wounded when Islamist car suicide bombers and gunmen tried to storm the headquarters of a counter-terrorism unit in the southern port city of Aden on Saturday, security and medical sources said.

China's Geely makes $9 billion Daimler bet against tech 'invaders' - 24 Feb 2018 at 3:14pm - BEIJING/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Chinese carmaker Geely has built up an almost 10 percent stake in Daimler in a $9 billion (6.44 billion) bet by its chairman that he can access the Mercedes-Benz owner's technology in the growing battle for the future of automotives.

Buffett says Berkshire can handle $400 billion mega-catastrophe - 24 Feb 2018 at 3:11pm - (Reuters) - A giant hurricane, earthquake or other conflagration inflicting unprecedented, catastrophic damage is likely at some point to strike the United States.

Buffett says 'terrible mistake' for long-term investors to be in bonds - 24 Feb 2018 at 3:11pm - NEW YORK (Reuters) - Billionaire Warren Buffett prodded ordinary investors on Saturday to stay invested in U.S. stocks, ignoring price swings, guidance from people with fancy credentials and the temptation to load up on bonds.

Tennis - Khachanov outplays Berdych to reach Marseille final - 24 Feb 2018 at 2:53pm - (Reuters) - Russian Karen Khachanov outplayed Czech Tomas Berdych 6-3 6-2 to reach the Marseille Open final on Saturday, setting up a title showdown with Frenchman Lucas Pouille.

Apple moves to store iCloud keys in China, raising human rights fears - 24 Feb 2018 at 2:46pm - SAN FRANCISCO/BEIJING (Reuters) - When Apple Inc begins hosting Chinese users' iCloud accounts in a new Chinese data centre at the end of this month to comply with new laws there, Chinese authorities will have far easier access to text messages, email and other data stored in the cloud.

Berkshire boosts liability estimate on AIG reinsurance contract - 24 Feb 2018 at 2:39pm - (Reuters) - Berkshire Hathaway Inc , the conglomerate run by billionaire Warren Buffett, on Saturday disclosed a $1.8 billion increase in estimated claim liabilities under a big reinsurance contract with American International Group Inc .

League leader pledges to put Italians first as election campaign intensifies - 24 Feb 2018 at 2:35pm - MILAN (Reuters) - Matteo Salvini, leader of Italy's right-wing League party, drew thousands of supporters to a rally in Milan on Saturday as campaigning intensified ahead of a March 4 election expected to give most seats to a coalition of which his party is a member.

Delta, United Airlines become latest companies to cut NRA ties - 24 Feb 2018 at 2:31pm - NEW YORK (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines and United Airlines on Saturday became the latest major corporations to sever marketing ties with the National Rifle Association as the fallout from last week's massacre at a Florida high school took its toll on the gun advocacy group.

Tennis: Svitolina races past Kasatkina to retain Dubai title - 24 Feb 2018 at 12:39pm - (Reuters) - Top seed Elina Svitolina became the third woman to defend the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships title on Saturday, defeating Russia's Daria Kasatkina 6-4 6-0 in the final.

Prestigious U.S. colleges won't reject students who protest guns - 24 Feb 2018 at 12:07pm - (Reuters) - Dozens of U.S. colleges and universities, including at least three Ivy League schools, have said their application processes will not consider disciplinary action taken against high school students who protest last week's massacre at a Florida school.

Red Cross says 23 staff left over sexual misconduct since 2015 - 24 Feb 2018 at 12:05pm - ZURICH (Reuters) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said 23 staff members had left since 2015 over sexual misconduct, making it the latest humanitarian organisation to be affected by abuse allegations shaking the aid sector.

ECB pulls the plug on Latvia's failing ABLV Bank - 24 Feb 2018 at 11:51am - FRANKFURT/RIGA (Reuters) - Latvia's ABLV Bank is failing or likely to fail and will be wound up as saving it is not in the public interest, the European Union's Single Resolution Board and the European Central Bank (ECB) said separately on Saturday.

Thai activists in Pinocchio masks call junta leader 'liar' - 24 Feb 2018 at 11:47am - BANGKOK (Reuters) - Hundreds of pro-democracy activists in Thailand wore cartoon masks portraying the country's junta leader with a long nose on Saturday, calling him a "liar" for delaying a general election promised this year.

Senior German conservatives urge shift to right as Merkel picks cabinet - 24 Feb 2018 at 11:39am - BERLIN (Reuters) - Several senior German conservatives called on Saturday for their party to shift to the right to win back voters, throwing down the gauntlet to Chancellor Angela Merkel before she announces her choice of cabinet ministers on Sunday.

Egypt uncovers ancient necropolis south of Cairo - 24 Feb 2018 at 11:22am - MINYA, Egypt (Reuters) - Egyptian archaeologists have discovered an ancient necropolis containing 40 stone sarcophagi, about 1,000 small statues and a necklace charm bearing the hieroglyphic inscription "happy new year".

Chile president-elect plans to add more Codelco management: paper - 24 Feb 2018 at 10:39am - SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile's President-elect Sebastian Pinera plans to create two new management units at the world's largest copper producer, state-run Codelco, to improve operations, his pick for mining minister told local paper La Tercera on Saturday.

U.S. imposes more North Korea sanctions, Trump warns of 'phase two' - 24 Feb 2018 at 10:35am - WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - The United States said on Friday it was imposing its largest package of sanctions to pressure North Korea to give up its nuclear and missile programs, and President Donald Trump warned of a "phase two" that could be "very, very unfortunate for the world" if the steps did not work.

Ice hockey: Canadian men beat Czechs to claim bronze - 24 Feb 2018 at 10:29am - GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Andrew Ebbett and Chris Kelly both scored twice as Canada beat the Czech Republic 6-4 on Saturday to claim bronze in the men's Olympic ice hockey tournament.

Belgian judge charges Paris attack suspect's brother with armed robbery - 24 Feb 2018 at 10:12am - BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A Belgian judge on Saturday charged the brother of Salah Abdeslam, the prime surviving suspect in the November 2015 attacks in Paris that killed 130 people, with armed robbery.

Speed skating: Lee storms to Olympic glory in men's mass start - 24 Feb 2018 at 10:10am - GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - South Korean crowd favorite Lee Seung-hoon stormed to Olympic gold in the men's mass start race at the Gangneung Oval on Saturday with a perfectly timed breakaway on the final lap.

Speed skating: Japan's Takagi surges to mass start gold - 24 Feb 2018 at 9:39am - GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Japanese speed skater Nana Takagi unleashed a late surge of explosive speed to pass Dutchwoman Irene Schouten on the inside of the final corner and claim an Olympic gold medal in the women's mass start at the Gangneung Oval on Saturday.

More than 20 killed in attacks in Afghanistan - 24 Feb 2018 at 9:28am - LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A series of militant attacks in Afghanistan killed more than 20 people, officials said on Saturday, ahead of an international meeting next week aimed at building diplomatic support for hoped-for peace talks with the Taliban.

Nanette Fabray, winner of Emmy and Tony awards, dead at 97 - 24 Feb 2018 at 9:27am - (Reuters) - Nanette Fabray, a child performer in the 1920s who went on to star in Broadway musicals, dance with Fred Astaire on the big screen and win three Emmy Awards working with Sid Caesar during television's Golden Age, has died at the age of 97, media reports said.

China cuts banking red tape to rally foreign investment - Xinhua - 24 Feb 2018 at 8:52am - BEIJING (Reuters) - China's banking regulator has introduced steps to cut the red tape for foreign banks, state media agency Xinhua said on Saturday, as part of the government's ongoing effort to promote investment in the country's fast-growing financial sector.

Russia appeals to IOC for permission to fly flag at Games - 24 Feb 2018 at 7:23am - PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Russia has appealed to Olympic authorities to restore its Olympic status and allow its athletes to march with the national flag on Sunday at the Winter Games closing ceremony, but it could be waiting until the last minute for a decision.

Florida students take on NRA, set eyes on midterm elections - 24 Feb 2018 at 7:07am - (Reuters) - In the week since 17 of David Hogg's classmates and teachers were gunned down in Florida, he and his fellow high schoolers have launched a movement that reshaped the gun control debate almost overnight and may influence the U.S. midterm elections.

English pub scraps snail race as cold makes competitors sluggish - 24 Feb 2018 at 6:35am - LONDON (Reuters) - An English pub has canceled a charity snail race scheduled to take place on Saturday after unseasonably icy weather made potential competitors too slow to compete.

Curling: United States rock Sweden to win first gold medal - 24 Feb 2018 at 6:33am - GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - The United States delivered a gold-medal knockout punch, scoring five in the eighth end to crush Sweden 10-7 and claim their first ever Olympic men's curling title on Saturday.

More rain, flooding in the forecast for U.S. South, Midwest - 24 Feb 2018 at 6:25am - (Reuters) - Heavy rain storms will sweep across the U.S. Southern Plains and the Midwest on Saturday and Sunday, potentially causing more flooding that has already forced hundreds to flee their homes and claimed the lives of three people, including a child.

U.S. ready to open Jerusalem embassy in May: State Department - 24 Feb 2018 at 6:16am - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Friday it will open its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem in May, a move from Tel Aviv that reverses decades of U.S. policy and is bound to trouble U.S. allies who have already objected.

Cross-country skiing: Finn Niskanen's 'sisu' delivers gold - 24 Feb 2018 at 4:36am - PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - One of the national characteristics the Finnish people are most proud of is what they call "sisu" - fighting spirit -- and cross-country skier Iivo Niskanen displayed plenty of it to win the grueling 50km Olympic mass start race on Saturday.

Trump, Australia's Turnbull seek common ground on trade, China - 24 Feb 2018 at 2:17am - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull held talks on Friday at the White House where the two leaders sought to put aside previous tensions, but divisions on trade remained.

Butler awaits scan on knee after injury against Rockets - 24 Feb 2018 at 1:43am - (Reuters) - Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star guard Jimmy Butler injured his right knee and had to be carried off the court during a game against the Houston Rockets on Friday.

Florida governor proposes new gun sale limits after school shooting - 24 Feb 2018 at 1:20am - PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott, a loyal ally of the U.S. gun lobby under mounting pressure to act in the aftermath of last week's deadly mass shooting, urged state lawmakers on Friday to tighten access to firearms for young people and the mentally disturbed.

Exclusive: Nordstrom family group finalizing take-private offer - sources - 23 Feb 2018 at 10:35pm - (Reuters) - Nordstrom Inc's founding family group is finalizing plans to submit an offer to take the U.S. department store operator private, people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

NRA honors FCC chair with rifle for repealing 'net neutrality' - 23 Feb 2018 at 10:32pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The National Rifle Association (NRA) on Friday honored the head of the Federal Communications Commission with a rifle after braving death threats and other opposition as he worked to undo the Obama administration's 2015 net neutrality rules.

Trump urges Mexico to block illegal immigrants from El Salvador - 23 Feb 2018 at 10:08pm - WASHINGTON/SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday called on Mexico to do more to prevent violent illegal immigrants from El Salvador from entering the United States, again pushing his long-proposed border wall but stopping short of saying Mexico would fund it.

Woman in van arrested after striking White House barrier - 23 Feb 2018 at 9:46pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Tennessee woman driving a white van on Friday intentionally drove into a White House security barrier but did not breach it, and she was immediately apprehended and put under arrest, the U.S. Secret Service said.

With rates low, Fed officials fret over next U.S. recession - 23 Feb 2018 at 9:33pm - NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Federal Reserve policymakers are fretting that they could face the next U.S. recession with an arsenal of policies little different from that used in the last downturn but robbed of much of their punch because interest rates are still low.

Google raises price of YouTube TV, adds sports, Turner - 23 Feb 2018 at 9:29pm - (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google is raising the price of its YouTube TV online service for new customers as it adds channels from Time Warner Inc's Turner, National Basketball League and Major League Baseball, the company said Wednesday.

Corporate partners cut cord with NRA as gun control debate rages - 23 Feb 2018 at 9:13pm - NEW YORK (Reuters) - The fallout over last week's shooting rampage at a Florida high school started to take its toll on the National Rifle Association's roster of corporate partners on Friday as a half dozen companies severed marketing ties with the gun advocacy organization.