Former Indian PM Vajpayee, the gentler face of Hindu nationalism, dies - 16 Aug 2018 at 9:25am - Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who ordered nuclear tests to make India a nuclear weapons power and traveled by bus to Pakistan in a grand diplomatic gesture, died on Thursday, the hospital where he was being treated said in a statement.

Sainz to replace Alonso at McLaren next year - 16 Aug 2018 at 9:24am - Carlos Sainz has signed a multi-year deal to replace Fernando Alonso at McLaren from the 2019 Formula One season, the team confirmed on Thursday.

Trump hails U.S. dollar strength in tweet - 16 Aug 2018 at 9:24am - U.S. President Donald Trump praised the strength of the U.S. dollar on Thursday after the greenback reached a 14-month high against a broad basket of other currencies a day earlier.

U.S. housing starts miss expectations; weekly jobless claims fall - 16 Aug 2018 at 9:24am - U.S. homebuilding rebounded less than expected from a nine-month low in July, suggesting the housing market was likely to tread water for the rest of this year against the backdrop of rising mortgage rates.

J.C. Penney shares dive 25 percent on forecast cut, weak results - 16 Aug 2018 at 9:09am - Shares of U.S. retail chain J.C. Penney Co Inc sank below $2 for the first time on Thursday after it forecast a wider-than-expected full-year loss and posted disappointing results on the back of price cuts across product lines.

Three Ugandan lawmakers charged with treason over stoning of president's convoy - 16 Aug 2018 at 9:05am - Three Ugandan lawmakers, who are critics of President Yoweri Museveni, were charged with treason for their alleged role in the stoning of Museveni's convoy on Monday, a charge sheet from a magistrate showed on Thursday.

Exclusive: Amazon considering UK insurance comparison site - sources - 16 Aug 2018 at 9:03am - Inc is sounding out some of Europe's top insurance firms to see if they would contribute products to a UK price comparison website in what would be a major foray by the U.S. online retail giant into the region's financial services.

UK retail sales grow faster in July, helped by World Cup and discounting - 16 Aug 2018 at 9:00am - British shoppers spent more than expected in July, after hot weather and the World Cup continued to boost food sales and other retailers offered discounts, pointing to a solid start to the third quarter for the economy.

Mali president Keita wins landslide election; faces uphill struggle - 16 Aug 2018 at 8:59am - Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita won a landslide victory in a run-off against opposition rival Soumaila Cisse, the government said on Thursday, giving him a second term to try to turn back a surge in ethnic and Islamist militant violence.

Newspaper editorials across U.S. rebuke Trump for attacks on press - 16 Aug 2018 at 8:59am - Hundreds of U.S. newspapers on Thursday launched a coordinated defence of press freedom and a rebuke of President Donald Trump for denouncing some media organizations as enemies of the American people.

Tencent shares hit by profit drop, freeze on new game approvals in China - 16 Aug 2018 at 8:59am - Shares in China's Tencent Holdings lost more ground on Thursday after it logged its first quarterly profit decline in nearly 13 years and said it did not know when it would get Chinese approval to make money off its most popular game.

UK Queen Elizabeth's doctor killed in London road crash - 16 Aug 2018 at 8:59am - A doctor who worked as a physician to Britain's Queen Elizabeth has been killed in a road accident in London.

Trade unions unite in protest at likely new Air France KLM boss - 16 Aug 2018 at 8:57am - The major trade unions representing Air France KLM staff issued a joint statement on Thursday to protest the likely choice of Air Canada executive Benjamin Smith as Air France KLM's new chief executive.

Turkey arrests German citizen: source - 16 Aug 2018 at 8:55am - Turkish police have arrested a German citizen, a German foreign ministry source said on Thursday and public broadcaster ARD reported the man was accused of "terrorist propaganda" after criticism of the Turkish govrnment on social media.

U.S. tariffs to stay on Turkey, Qatar offers Ankara aid - 16 Aug 2018 at 8:53am - The United States on Wednesday ruled out removing steel tariffs that have contributed to a currency crisis in Turkey even if Ankara frees a U.S. pastor, as Qatar pledged $15 billion in investment to Turkey, supporting a rise in the Turkish lira.

Turkish, German finance ministers to meet in Berlin on Sept. 21 - ministry - 16 Aug 2018 at 8:53am - Turkish Finance Minister Berat Albayrak and his German counterpart Olaf Scholz have agreed to meet in Berlin on September 21, Turkey's Treasury and Finance Ministry said on Thursday.

U.S. concerned about irregularities in Tanzania's local elections: embassy - 16 Aug 2018 at 8:53am - The United States said it was concerned about accounts of violence and intimidation in the run-up to Aug. 12 by-elections in Tanzania.

Walmart's U.S. comparable sales rise most in decade, shares soar - 16 Aug 2018 at 8:48am - Walmart Inc on Thursday reported quarterly earnings and sales that topped estimates, as more shoppers visited its stores and a revamped website drove purchases online, sending its shares soaring more than 11 percent in premarket trade.

Colorado baker in case of Supreme Court sues state over 'persecution' - 16 Aug 2018 at 8:46am - A Colorado baker who won a narrow Supreme Court victory over his refusal to make a wedding cake for a gay couple is suing the state after it launched another case against him for declining to create a cake for a transgender woman.

British public don't trust banks 10 years after crisis, survey finds - 16 Aug 2018 at 8:45am - A majority of Britons do not trust banks and think they did not face severe enough penalties for their part in the 2008 financial crisis, a survey showed on Thursday.

Wall St. to open higher on upbeat earnings, trade talk optimism - 16 Aug 2018 at 8:45am - U.S. stock index futures rose on Thursday, helped by a string of robust earnings reports, a dip in the dollar and after China said it will hold trade talks with the United States later this month.

Bayer says can begin integration of Monsanto - 16 Aug 2018 at 8:43am - Bayer can begin folding Monsanto into its organization as the antitrust-related sale of assets has been completed, fulfilling final requirements by the U.S. Department of Justice, the German drugmaker said on Thursday.

Somali president names new military chief in security services revamp - 16 Aug 2018 at 8:43am - Somalia on Thursday named a new military supreme commander, a deputy head of intelligence services and ahead of presidential security as part of a revamp of security forces to better tackle the Islamist militant threat.

Zimbabwe court to hear election challenge on August 22 - 16 Aug 2018 at 8:41am - The Zimbabwean opposition's challenge against President Emmerson Mnangagwa's election victory will be heard in the constitutional court on August 22, the opposition leader's spokesman said on his Twitter account on Thursday.

China finds second African swine fever case at WH Group plant - 16 Aug 2018 at 8:38am - China found its second case of African swine fever (ASF) on Thursday at a slaughterhouse owned by WH Group Ltd's Chinese unit, stirring concerns about the spread of the deadly infection across the world's largest pig herd.

Shares, emerging market currencies steady after mauling - 16 Aug 2018 at 8:35am - Bruised world shares and emerging market currencies fought to regain their footing on Thursday, after China said it will hold trade talks with the United States later this month and Turkey?s lira continued its recovery run.

Erdogan, Macron vow to boost economic ties - Turkish presidential source - 16 Aug 2018 at 8:30am - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone on Thursday and stressed the importance of developing economic and trade ties and boosting bilateral investment, a Turkish presidential source said.

Rapper Stormzy to fund Cambridge university scholarship for two black students - 16 Aug 2018 at 8:29am - Rapper Stormzy said on Thursday he will fund two black British students to go to Cambridge university through a scholarship, after criticism of some top UK universities that their admissions processes do not do enough to ensure diversity.

Soccer: Real needs to banish doubts about new era in season opener - 16 Aug 2018 at 8:20am - Life without Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane has got off to a rocky start for Real Madrid after losing the UEFA Super Cup to Atletico Madrid and they will be eager to smooth over those cracks in their opening La Liga game against Getafe on Sunday.

Italy threatens action over bridge disaster, investors shun operator - 16 Aug 2018 at 8:20am - Italy's biggest toll-road operator came under heavy stock-market attack on Thursday and the government said it could impose a heavy fine or revoke its concession over a bridge collapse that killed at least 38 people.

Italy's Autostrade bondholders can ask for early repayment if concession revoked - 16 Aug 2018 at 8:19am - Holders of bonds sold by Autostrade per l'Italia, the Atlantia unit managing the motorway that collapsed this week killing at last 38 people, can request an early repayment if the toll concession is revoked, a document showed.

Poland's president vetoes changes to election rules - 16 Aug 2018 at 8:17am - Poland's president said on Thursday he would veto a law proposed by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party that would benefit bigger parties, including the eurosceptic PiS and the main opposition grouping, in European Parliament elections next year.

Chinese hackers targeted U.S. firms, government after trade mission: researchers - 16 Aug 2018 at 8:15am - Hackers operating from an elite Chinese university probed American companies and government departments for espionage opportunities following a U.S. trade delegation visit to China earlier this year, security researchers told Reuters.

German army study sees need for dozens more light helicopters: sources - 16 Aug 2018 at 8:12am - The German military needs dozens of new light helicopters to cover shortfalls in flight hours for pilot training and carry out other missions, a new study completed by the German army found, according to sources familiar with the document.

Kroger begins tests of driverless grocery delivery in Arizona - 16 Aug 2018 at 8:09am - U.S. supermarket operator Kroger Co said it will start testing driverless grocery delivery on Thursday with technology partner Nuro at a single Fry's Food Store in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Canada Hajj pilgrims, Saudi students face uncertainty due to diplomatic row - 16 Aug 2018 at 8:06am - Canadian Muslims traveling to the Hajj pilgrimage face delays coming back due to a diplomatic dispute with Saudi Arabia that is also prompting thousands of students from the kingdom to scramble to sell their assets and return home to meet a month-end deadline.

Walmart's Asda recovery strengthens ahead of Sainsbury's deal - 16 Aug 2018 at 7:55am - Asda, the British supermarket arm of Walmart reported a 2.6 percent rise in quarterly underlying sales, showing its recovery was gaining speed ahead of an expected takeover by bigger rival Sainsbury's .

Starboard eyes Symantec board seats after taking stake - 16 Aug 2018 at 7:53am - Hedge fund Starboard Value LP has nominated five directors to Symantec's board after taking a 5.8 percent stake in the cybersecurity firm, it said on Thursday, upping pressure for moves to improve performance.

Ex-CIA boss Brennan says won't be scared into silence after Trump slap - 16 Aug 2018 at 7:52am - Former CIA Director John Brennan fired back at President Donald Trump on Thursday with an op-ed published in the New York Times one day after the president revoked the Obama-era official's security clearance, saying he would not be scared into silence.

Man jailed for hoax bomb call so he could catch UK flight to Los Angeles - 16 Aug 2018 at 7:44am - A French man who was running late for his flight from London to Los Angeles tried to delay it by calling police to say there was a bomb on board.

Cipriani pleads guilty to common assault, fined 2,000 - 16 Aug 2018 at 7:40am - England rugby player Danny Cipriani pleaded guilty on Thursday to common assault and resisting arrest after an incident at a nightclub on Jersey which left a female police officer bruised.

Turkish lira firms before finance minister's presentation - 16 Aug 2018 at 7:39am - The Turkish lira strengthened more than 3 percent on Thursday before a presentation by Finance Minister Berat Albayrak to investors, shrugging off U.S. comments ruling out the removal of steel tariffs on Turkey even if it frees a U.S. pastor.

U.S. clergy sex abuse revelation fuels push to reform assault laws - 16 Aug 2018 at 7:30am - (Corrects figure in paragraph 20 to $600 million, not billion, in this August 15 story)

As more women run for office, U.S. state legislatures are poised to change - 16 Aug 2018 at 7:23am - As women line up to run for U.S. political office at historic rates, state legislatures - where some of America's most critical policy decisions get made - could see a slew of new female lawmakers after November's vote, according to a Reuters analysis of election data.

Hospitals scrap surgeries, Venezuelans forgo showers as taps run dry - 16 Aug 2018 at 7:21am - At one of Caracas' biggest public hospitals, most bathrooms are closed. Patients fill jugs from a tiny tap on the ground floor that sometimes has a trickle of water. Operations are postponed or cancelled.

El Salvador probes alleged cases of child abuse in U.S. detention centers - 16 Aug 2018 at 7:21am - El Salvador is investigating three alleged cases of sexual abuse of minors in U.S. immigrant detention centers, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

Uber narrows loss but is a long way from finding profit - 16 Aug 2018 at 7:18am - Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] said on Wednesday it narrowed its quarterly losses from a year earlier, although the ride-hailing company is still a long way from proving it can be profitable as it gears up to go public in 2019.

#UnfairCommercialPractice? UK investigates celebrities over social media prom... - 16 Aug 2018 at 7:16am - Celebrities and influencers who endorse products without labelling their social media posts as paid-for by brands were warned on Thursday that they were breaking the rules as Britain's regulator launched an investigation into the trend.

Cycling: Team Sky's Thomas and Froome to skip Vuelta for Tour of Britain - 16 Aug 2018 at 7:16am - Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome will line up at next month's Tour of Britain rather than the final Grand Tour of the season, the Vuelta a Espana, Team Sky said on Thursday.

Serbia turns to tech industry to fight economic stagnation - 16 Aug 2018 at 7:15am - Serbia, a country that claims inventor Nikola Tesla as one of its most famous sons, is looking to technology to help lift itself out of decades of economic stagnation following the Balkan wars of the 1990s.