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Last update Sunday 12 February 2017, 637 am UTC It continues here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/02/19/the-ongoing-saga-78-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/ Most recent updates are on top, after image-intro commentary. It is a continuation of: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/12/13/the-ongoing-saga-76-news-updates-tidbits-trivia/

Nuclear Power Nuclear War Everyday JFK quote
Just As Above Ground Nuclear Testing was Stopped, So Too Must Leaking of Radionuclides from the Nuclear Fuel Chain Be Stopped. Even from a statistical point of view they keep discovering that nuclear is more deadly than initially thought. Based on the Oct. 2015 multi-government funded study of nuclear workers, risk is around 15 times worse than even BEIR VII (ca 2005) thought, maybe even higher: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/19/another-look-at-the-recent-low-dose-radiation-exposure-study-inworks/

Clustered DNA damage, which is impossible, or almost impossible, to properly repair, is considered a signature of ionizing radiation: “clustered DNA damage sites, which may be considered as a signature of ionising radiation, underlie the deleterious biological consequences of ionising radiation…ionising radiation creates significant levels of clustered DNA damage, including complex double-strand breaks (DSB)” See: “Biological Consequences of Radiation-induced DNA Damage: Relevance to Radiotherapy“, by M.E. Lomax et. al. Clinical Oncology 25 (2013) 578-585
The formation of clustered damage distinguishes ionising radiation-induced damage from normal endogenous damage“. https://cordis.europa.eu/pub/fp5-euratom/docs/non_dsb_lesions_projrep_en.pdf More here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/12/24/on-the-unique-dna-damage-done-by-ionizing-radiation-nuclear-materials-and-on-metting-hultgren-et-al-misleading-the-us-congress-in-this-matter/

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Panama detains Mossack Fonseca founders on corruption charges
Posted:Sat, 11 Feb 2017 19:03:04 -0500
PANAMA CITY (Reuters) – The two founders of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca were arrested on Saturday, the attorney general’s office said, after both were indicted on charges of money-laundering in a case allegedly tied to a wide-ranging corruption scandal in Brazil. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/g93lCFKFqOM/us-panama-corruption-odebrecht-idUSKBN15Q0TK

Trump and Japan’s Abe take a swing at golf diplomacy
Posted:Sat, 11 Feb 2017 22:06:55 -0500
JUPITER, Florida (Reuters) – President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hit the links on Saturday, as the two leaders looked to forge a bond over a round of golf diplomacy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/NVx115BVi7o/us-usa-trump-japan-idUSKBN15Q0JN

North Korea tests ballistic missile; U.S. to avoid escalation
Posted:Sun, 12 Feb 2017 00:59:51 -0500
SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea early on Sunday, the first such test since U.S. President Donald Trump was elected, and his administration indicated that Washington would have a calibrated response to avoid escalating tensions. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/UzBUiaw4y74/us-northkorea-missiles-idUSKBN15Q0TE

Updated Sunday 12 February 2017

This post was updated after its original posting to reflect additional information: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/02/10/detonation-fire-and-emergency-shutdown-at-french-nuclear-reactor-on-the-english-channel-less-than-a-month-after-regulator-called-the-state-of-french-nuclear-installations-worrying/

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Record-breaking solar panels could slash power costs
Posted:Tue, 07 Feb 2017 05:00:00 -0500
Solar panels that use microtracking technology to almost double the yield achieved by current sun-powered technology have been developed by a start-up offshoot of Switzerland’s EPFL. Jim Drury reports.

Trading giant Glencore extends major Libyan oil deal: sources
Posted:Mon, 06 Feb 2017 07:35:04 +0000
LONDON (Reuters) – Swiss-based commodities giant Glencore has extended a deal with Libya’s state oil firm to be the sole marketer of one third of the country’s current crude oil production, sources familiar with the matter said.

Ex-VW chairman Piech refuses to testify in German emissions inquiry
Posted:Sat, 11 Feb 2017 12:00:25 -0500
HAMBURG/BERLIN (Reuters) – Ex-Volkswagen Chairman Ferdinand Piech, who resigned after a showdown with former chief executive Martin Winterkorn, has refused to testify to German lawmakers investigating a possible government’s role in the VW emissions scandal, according to his lawyer.

Russia to decide in April-May if global oil deal should be extended: TASS
Posted:Sat, 11 Feb 2017 08:54:55 -0500
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia will decided in April or May whether an agreement on global oil output cuts between OPEC and non-OPEC producers, set to end on June 31, should be extended, TASS news agency quoted Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak as saying on Saturday.

Senators question Goldman Sachs on its role in Trump banking policy
Posted:Fri, 10 Feb 2017 16:41:26 -0500
(Reuters) – Two U.S. senators are seeking details from Goldman Sachs Group Inc’s chief executive on the extent to which the bank’s employees were involved in drafting of the recent executive orders on banking and fiduciary regulations.

Top Federal Reserve official resigns as bank deregulation looms
Posted:Fri, 10 Feb 2017 19:01:31 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve Board’s top bank regulator said on Friday he would resign, giving a boost to President Donald Trump’s plans to ease reforms put in place after the 2007-09 financial crisis. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/XciDxX1LXns/us-usa-fed-tarullo-idUSKBN15P2CJ

Workers extend strike at CNR’s Ivory Coast oil and gas fields
Posted:Sat, 11 Feb 2017 05:46:23 -0500
ABIDJAN, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Workers have extended a strike indefinitely at Canadian Natural Resources’ (CNR) Baobab and Espoir oil and gas fields in Ivory Coast, the SISPOO oil workers union said on Saturday.

Republican plan would ease Wall Street rules, as party embraces deregulation
Posted:Thu, 09 Feb 2017 19:20:19 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican chairman of a key House of Representatives committee has laid out his plan to roll back Wall Street rules and consumer protections conceived after the 2008…http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/news/wealth/~3/PgGRZJibkMw/us-usa-doddfrank-reform-idUSKBN15O2KL

Turkish wealth fund more akin to national development bank: S&P
Posted:Fri, 10 Feb 2017 05:38:10 -0500
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s new sovereign wealth fund is more akin to a national development bank, with its design suggesting an effort to create a funding vehicle by leveraging up assets, S&P…http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/news/wealth/~3/Bf-CsZ2TkQw/us-turkey-economy-fund-s-p-idUSKBN15P0ZW

Abby Joseph Cohen plans to retire from Goldman Sachs
Posted:Fri, 10 Feb 2017 11:26:21 -0500
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Abby Joseph Cohen, the Goldman Sachs Group Inc strategist whose prescient, upbeat stock-market forecasts made her the face of the 1990s bull market, is retiring as president of…http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/news/wealth/~3/0xmmwrLo8cs/us-goldman-sachs-cohen-idUSKBN15P22W

Loeb’s Third Point takes new stakes in Goldman, BofA, JPMorgan
Posted:Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:29:43 -0500
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hedge fund manager Dan Loeb’s Third Point LLC took new equity stakes in Goldman Sachs Group Inc, Bank of America Corp, JPMorgan Chase & Co during the fourth quarter, according to…

Exclusive: Lockheed says U.S. may take ‘fresh look’ at its India F-16 plan
Posted:Thu, 09 Feb 2017 12:39:08 -0500
NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. defense firm Lockheed Martin wants to push ahead with plans to move production of its F-16 combat jets to India, but understands President Donald Trump’s administration may want to take a “fresh look” at the proposal.

Bank, energy stocks lift Wall St indexes to record highs
Posted:Thu, 09 Feb 2017 11:36:37 -0500
(Reuters) – Wall Street’s three main indexes hit record highs on Thursday, amid gains across sectors, led by financial and energy stocks.

BRIEF-Mitsui Mining & Smelting is expected to book just over 15 bln yen in April-Dec group pretax profit – Nikkei
Posted:Thu, 09 Feb 2017 12:35:02 -0500
* Mitsui Mining & Smelting is expected to book just over 15 billion yen ($133 million) in April-December group pretax profit – Nikkei

Exclusive: In call with Putin, Trump denounced Obama-era nuclear arms treaty – sources
Posted:Thu, 09 Feb 2017 12:18:37 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In his first call as president with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump denounced a treaty that caps U.S. and Russian deployment of nuclear warheads as a bad deal for the United States, according to two U.S. officials and one former U.S. official with knowledge of the call.

Having fled fighting, Iraqis and Syrians learn to code 

Posted:Thu, 09 Feb 2017 12:02:21 -0500
ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) – At a training course in northern Iraq, people displaced by the wars in Mosul and neighboring Syria are learning how to code. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/M3sE60AYGlI/us-mideast-crisis-displaced-coding-idUSKBN15O25U

Over 100 dead in Brazil state amid anarchy spurred by police strike

Posted:Thu, 09 Feb 2017 10:21:07 -0500
VITORIA, Brazil (Reuters) – More than 100 people have been reported killed, with schools and businesses closed and public transportation at a standstill, as a six-day strike by police in the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo showed no signs of abating on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/X5gXnkwpTCM/us-brazil-violence-espirito-santo-idUSKBN15O1ZT

More than 700 stage anti-government protest in Nigerian capital

Posted:Thu, 09 Feb 2017 10:23:24 -0500
ABUJA (Reuters) – More than 700 people took to the streets in the Nigerian capital Abuja on Thursday to protest against the government’s economic policy in a sign of mounting public anger in the oil producer grappling with recession.

White House memo confuses Wall Street on fate of fiduciary rule
Posted:Tue, 07 Feb 2017 23:20:15 -0500
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Conflicting messages from the White House have left U.S. brokerage firms and lobbyists unsure whether a controversial rule governing retirement advice will ever be put…

Russian air strikes accidentally kill three Turkish soldiers in Syria
Posted:Thu, 09 Feb 2017 11:53:35 -0500
AMMAN/ANKARA (Reuters) – Russian air strikes accidentally killed three Turkish soldiers and wounded 11 others during an operation against Islamic State in northern Syria on Thursday, the Turkish military said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/TpdAw0v7QbQ/us-mideast-crisis-syria-albab-idUSKBN15O100

In French bellwether city, scandal deepens election uncertainty
Posted:Thu, 09 Feb 2017 12:40:58 -0500
CHARTRES, France (Reuters) – Chartres has in past decades been a bellwether for France’s presidential elections, but ahead of this spring’s poll the signal from this white-collar city appears to be blurred by a scandal that has fed into a wave of anti-establishment feeling. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/i8p_sIbNfOo/us-france-election-chartres-idUSKBN15O1AL

Venezuela falls behind on oil-for-loan deals with China, Russia
Posted:Thu, 09 Feb 2017 12:29:16 -0500
HOUSTON/CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s state-run oil company, PDVSA, has fallen months behind on shipments of crude and fuel under oil-for-loan deals with China and Russia, according to internal company documents reviewed by Reuters. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/XhnBO08TADA/us-venezuela-oil-insight-idUSKBN15O2BC

Russian foreign ministry says ready to cooperate with NATO in Afghanistan: TASS
Posted:Thu, 09 Feb 2017 12:42:17 -0500
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Moscow is ready to renew cooperation with the United States and other NATO powers to reach mutual goals in Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, a Russian Foreign Ministry official, said in an interview with the state TASS agency published on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/pnqR4qr1c5E/us-usa-afghanistan-idUSKBN15O1ZP

Donald Trump Jr. takes over Washington hotel near White House
Posted:Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:48:09 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Donald Trump Jr. has taken the reins of the Trump International Hotel near the White House after critics charged it was a conflict of interest for U.S. President Donald Trump to run the hotel while also running the federal government that is leasing the building to his company.

U.S. to grant final permit for controversial Dakota pipeline: court filing
Posted:Tue, 07 Feb 2017 18:37:31 -0500
WASHINGTON/HOUSTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Army will grant the final permit for the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline after an order from President Donald Trump to expedite the project, despite opposition from Native American tribes and climate activists. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/N4FqAdpwy24/us-north-dakota-pipeline-idUSKBN15M2DU

Scottish government set to demand legal right to new independence referendum: newspaper
Posted:Wed, 08 Feb 2017 18:35:26 -0500
(Reuters) – Scottish government workers have been told to ready themselves for a second independence referendum in a notice that said First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was set to demand the legal right to another constitutional vote, The Courier newspaper in Dundee, Scotland, reported on Wednesday.

Kremlin says it wants apology from Fox News over Putin comments
Posted:Mon, 06 Feb 2017 12:25:42 -0500
MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Kremlin said on Monday it wanted an apology from Fox News over what it said were “unacceptable” comments one of the channel’s presenters made about Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview with U.S. counterpart Donald Trump. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/6GnwhH2zDUs/us-usa-trump-foxnews-kremlin-idUSKBN15L0XC

Iran’s missile test ‘not a message’ to Trump
Posted:Mon, 06 Feb 2017 09:33:26 -0500
DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran said on Monday a recent missile trial launch was not intended to send a message to new U.S. President Donald Trump and to test him, since after a series of policy statements Iranian officials already “know him quite well”. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/GIs8uY01gNk/us-usa-iran-trump-idUSKBN15L19X

Frontline town in Ukraine gets breathing space after worst shelling in months
Posted:Mon, 06 Feb 2017 13:24:41 -0500
AVDIYIVKA, Ukraine (Reuters) – A week-long surge in violence in and around the government-held town of Avdiyivka in eastern Ukraine appeared to be winding down on Monday, as schools reopened and power and water supplies resumed following the worst clashes in months. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/JE6eEsfiLDM/us-ukraine-crisis-avdiyivka-idUSKBN15L1YF

Brazil prosecutor seeks probe into former president, senators
Posted:Mon, 06 Feb 2017 18:22:01 -0500
SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazil’s top prosecutor on Monday asked the Supreme Court for permission to investigate an ex-president, two senators and the former head of a unit of the state oil company for alleged efforts to thwart the country’s largest corruption probe. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/p2Nki9I41Yo/us-brazil-corruption-idUSKBN15L2N5

Israel legalizes settler homes on private Palestinian land
Posted:Mon, 06 Feb 2017 18:04:59 -0500
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel passed a law on Monday retroactively legalizing about 4,000 settler homes built on privately owned Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank, a measure that has drawn international concern. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/6OK5Kk3oo_0/us-israel-palestinians-settlements-vote-idUSKBN15L2F3

Romanian government urges calm after graft U-turn, protests persist
Posted:Mon, 06 Feb 2017 15:41:26 -0500
BUCHAREST (Reuters) – Romania’s ruling Social Democrats appealed for calm on Monday after withdrawing a decree widely condemned as reversing the country’s anti-corruption drive, but protesters again took to the streets to demand the government’s resignation.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/AFVRphA4RiY/us-romania-government-idUSKBN15L0OK

U.S. House passes bill requiring warrants to search old emails
Posted:Mon, 06 Feb 2017 18:14:09 -0500
WASHINGTON, Feb 6 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Monday to require law enforcement authorities to obtain a search warrant before seeking old emails from technology companies, a win for privacy advocates fearful the Trump administration may work to expand government surveillance powers.

Icahn to sell closed Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City
Posted:Mon, 06 Feb 2017 18:26:19 -0500
NEW YORK, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn said on Monday he planned to sell his shuttered Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, likely bringing an end to his troubled relationship with the city.


Indonesia to hold court hearing into Goldman Sachs’s billion-dollar dispute with tycoon
Posted:Mon, 06 Feb 2017 18:09:56 -0500
JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia will hold a court hearing on Tuesday into a billion-dollar dispute between Goldman Sachs and a local tycoon, who says the Wall Street giant’s unit unlawfully sold shares he owned, in the latest test for the country’s legal system.

Wall Street slips as energy shares, oil prices drop
Posted:Mon, 06 Feb 2017 18:26:35 -0500
(Reuters) – U.S. stocks slipped on Monday, led by the energy sector as oil prices dropped, while investors awaited the next run of major earnings reports and sought further clarity on President Donald Trump’s economic policies.

Luxembourg opens criminal case over VW emissions scandal
Posted:Mon, 06 Feb 2017 12:28:28 -0500
LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – Luxembourg has launched criminal proceedings over Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal, showing the German carmaker is still struggling to draw a line under the crisis some 17 months after it broke.

German court hears Syrian’s ‘selfie with Merkel’ case against Facebook
Posted:Mon, 06 Feb 2017 09:27:07 -0500
WUERZBURG, Germany (Reuters) – A German court will on Monday hold its first hearing in the case of a Syrian refugee who is suing Facebook after the social networking site declined to remove all posts linking him to crimes and militant attacks.

UPDATE 3-U.S. SEC charges two former Och-Ziff executives in bribery case
Posted:Thu, 26 Jan 2017 21:54:16 +0000
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, Jan 26 (Reuters) – U.S. securities regulators on Thursday accused two former executives at hedge fund Och-Ziff Capital Management Group of masterminding a far-reaching scheme to pay tens of millions of dollars in bribes to African officials.

Deleted postings about missing Chinese billionaire hint at tensions 
Posted:Mon, 06 Feb 2017 12:56:29 +0530
HONG KONG (Reuters) – Scores of China social media postings about a well-connected billionaire who went missing from a Hong Kong hotel have been deleted, pointing to what appears to be heightened sensitivity in Beijing over the case of Xiao Jianhua. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/wmCCBszjqAg/china-billionaire-socialmedia-idINKBN15L0L3

Somalia’s al Shabaab executes four men accused of spying 
Posted:Mon, 06 Feb 2017 11:47:30 +0530
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Al Shabaab militants in Somalia publicly beheaded four men accused of spying for the country’s Western-backed government, the United States and neighbouring Kenya, residents in the south of the Horn of Africa country said.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/ipxTo7PkLxU/somalia-violence-idINKBN15L0HK

Italy sets up fund to help African countries stop migrants
Posted:Wed, 01 Feb 2017 12:52:02 +0000
ROME, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Italy set up a fund to help African countries better seal their borders in a bid to keep migrants from boarding flimsy and often deadly rubber boats bound for Europe, the foreign minister said on Wednesday.

Niger’s migrant smuggling hub empties after EU crackdown
Posted:Wed, 01 Feb 2017 17:44:53 +0000
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Updated Sunday, 5 February 2017

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U.S., South Korea agree to deploy THAAD this year, South says
Posted:Fri, 03 Feb 2017 08:59:17 +0530
SEOUL (Reuters) – U.S. and South Korean defense chiefs have agreed to deploy a U.S. missile defense system in South Korea this year to counter the threat from North Korea, South Korea’s defense ministry said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/7IDIh8U_Oss/us-southkorea-usa-mattis-idUSKBN15I060

Washington state pipeline disruption jury fails to reach verdict
Posted:Wed, 01 Feb 2017 18:26:20 -0500
(Reuters) – A jury weighing charges against an activist behind a coordinated protest that disrupted the flow of millions of barrels of crude oil into the United States failed to reach a verdict in a case in Washington state, prosecutors said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/MP9qaxfTsXc/us-washington-pipeline-trial-idUSKBN15G5WC

Activist ire rises as Dakota pipeline review begins
Posted:Wed, 01 Feb 2017 17:40:53 -0500
WASHINGTON/CANNON BALL, N.D. (Reuters) – Native Americans and activists protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline project expressed alarm on Wednesday after federal lawmakers from North Dakota said the final permit had been granted for the project, a statement later contradicted by the Army, which issues such permits. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/FdVzDnoEDM4/us-northdakota-pipeline-army-idUSKBN15G4RF

Google, unlike Microsoft, must turn over foreign emails – U.S. judge
Posted:Sat, 04 Feb 2017 21:42:28 +0530
REUTERS – A U.S. judge has ordered Google to comply with search warrants seeking customer emails stored outside the United States, diverging from a federal appeals court that reached the opposite conclusion in a similar case involving Microsoft Corp. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtechnologyNews/~3/zDzzbgBRq44/google-usa-warrant-idINKBN15J0NP

Trump ignites political fight over U.S. banking law reforms
Posted:Sat, 04 Feb 2017 06:12:39 +0530
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday ordered reviews of major banking rules that were put in place after the 2008 financial crisis, drawing fire from Democrats who said his order lacked substance and squarely aligned him with Wall Street bankers.

U.S. job growth accelerates in January, but wages lag
Posted:Sat, 04 Feb 2017 03:02:02 +0530
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. job growth surged more than expected in January as construction firms and retailers ramped up hiring, but wages barely rose, handing the Trump administration both a head start and a challenge as it seeks to boost the economy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INbusinessNews/~3/bO-H8W6_4p4/usa-economy-idINKBN15I0OL

Romania’s prime minister says to scrap graft decree on Sunday
Posted:Sat, 04 Feb 2017 13:51:44 -0500
BUCHAREST (Reuters) – Romania’s government will scrap a decree decriminalizing some graft offences on Sunday, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu said on Saturday, as some 140,000 demonstrators protested against the law a stone’s throw from his office.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/Sy32k83uBxA/us-romania-corruption-pm-decree-idUSKBN15J0SG

Macron offers refuge in France to U.S. scientists, entrepreneurs
Posted:Sat, 04 Feb 2017 13:10:48 -0500
LYON, France (Reuters) – French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron on Saturday called on U.S. scientists, academics and entrepreneurs at odds with Donald Trump’s administration to move to France.

Traders rush to ship U.S. oil as export window to Asia opens
Posted:Sat, 04 Feb 2017 00:39:39 +0530
NEW YORK/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Oil majors and trading houses are set to ship an unprecedented volume of U.S. crude oil to Asia in coming weeks, boosting already high flows to the region due to higher prices from OPEC production cuts.

French soldier shoots, wounds machete-wielding attacker at Paris Louvre
Posted:Fri, 03 Feb 2017 12:03:37 -0500
PARIS (Reuters) – A French soldier shot and wounded a man armed with machetes and carrying two bags on his back on Friday as he tried to enter the Paris Louvre museum in what the government said appeared to have been a terrorist attack.

In Japan, U.S. defense chief reaffirms commitment to security treaty
Posted:Fri, 03 Feb 2017 12:49:17 -0500
TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s defense secretary reaffirmed America’s commitment to its mutual defense treaty with Japan on Friday when he met Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/1ETDb3PMubk/us-japan-usa-mattis-idUSKBN15I11K

Abadi fends off calls by Iran allies in Iraq to react to Trump travel ban
Posted:Fri, 03 Feb 2017 14:03:24 -0500
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s prime minister has squashed a move by pro-Iranian factions in his government who wanted to retaliate against President Donald Trump’s travel ban. The struggle shows the difficult position the Iraqi leader finds himself in – pulled between his most powerful neighbor and the United States under Trump. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/ypBiyg29yDc/us-usa-trump-immigration-iraq-iran-idUSKBN15I2PI

More than 1,300 migrants rescued at sea in one day: Italy coast guard
Posted:Fri, 03 Feb 2017 14:10:00 -0500
ROME (Reuters) – More than 1,300 migrants were rescued in 13 separate missions in the Mediterranean on Friday, bringing the total helped over the last three days to more than 2,600, the coast guard said.

Trump administration reviewing Cuba policy: White House spokesman
Posted:Fri, 03 Feb 2017 13:10:30 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration is in the midst “of a full review of all U.S. policies towards Cuba,” with a focus on its human rights policies, as part of a commitment to such rights for citizens throughout the world, a White House spokesman said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/DadenRvAzDw/us-usa-trump-cuba-idUSKBN15I2LM

France’s Fillon would not make runoff vote in coming elections, poll shows
Posted:Fri, 03 Feb 2017 13:14:05 -0500
PARIS (Reuters) – French conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon, embroiled in a scandal over money paid to his wife, will not make it into a runoff vote for the presidency in May, a poll of voting intentions showed on Friday.

‘We woke up in 1989: Romanian graft decree turns back the clock
Posted:Fri, 03 Feb 2017 13:25:27 -0500
BUCHAREST (Reuters) – When fire tore through a Bucharest nightclub in 2015, victims were rushed to the city’s Floreasca hospital – but its newly-built, multi-million-euro burns unit was standing idle and could help no one. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/f7GEghl8lvU/us-romania-corruption-decree-idUSKBN15I2GR

China says ‘Silk Road’ push will counter ‘isolationism’
Posted: Fri Feb 3, 2017 | 8:30am IST
China’s top diplomat said the country’s ‘Silk Road’ push would help boost international cooperation at a time when the risk of “isolationism” is growing.

Afghan girls fight prejudice with martial arts
Posted:Fri, 03 Feb 2017 04:59:20 +0530
KABUL (Reuters) – On a snowy mountaintop to the west of Kabul, a group of Afghan girls practise the flowing movements of Wushu, a sport developed from ancient Chinese kung fu martial arts, stretching and bending and slashing the air with bright swords http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/kaemTu5KXcQ/afghanistan-women-martialarts-idINKBN15H30Q

U.S. to issue new Iran sanctions, opening shot in get-tough strategy -sources
Posted:Fri, 03 Feb 2017 06:56:13 +0530
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump is poised to impose new sanctions on multiple Iranian entities, seeking to ratchet up pressure on Tehran while crafting a broader strategy to counter what he sees as its destabilising behaviour, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/reYdE2-RvW0/iran-usa-idINKBN15H2PY

Peru to give visas to thousands of crisis-weary Venezuelans
Posted:Fri, 03 Feb 2017 13:46:39 -0500
LIMA (Reuters) – Peru has created a temporary visa that will allow thousands of Venezuelans to work and study in the country, part of a migratory policy that aims to “build bridges” and “not walls,” the Andean nation’s interior ministry said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/wUcZvKPm1co/us-peru-venezuela-idUSKBN15I2OL

Kremlin says it hopes pro-Russian Ukrainian rebels have enough ammunition
Posted:Fri, 03 Feb 2017 12:12:34 -0500
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday he hoped that pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine had enough ammunition to respond to what he called aggressive actions by the Ukrainian army.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/yZreoqB3jns/us-ukraine-crisis-kremlin-idUSKBN15I1KI

U.S. to issue new Iran sanctions, opening shot in get-tough strategy: sources
Posted:Thu, 02 Feb 2017 21:29:10 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump is poised to impose new sanctions on multiple Iranian entities, seeking to ratchet up pressure on Tehran while crafting a broader strategy to counter what he sees as its destabilizing behavior, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/lkjX9YpD96I/us-iran-usa-idUSKBN15H253

U.S. warns North Korea of ‘overwhelming’ response if nuclear arms used
Posted:Thu, 02 Feb 2017 22:13:40 -0500
SEOUL (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s defense secretary warned North Korea on Friday of an “effective and overwhelming” response if Pyongyang chose to use nuclear weapons, as he reassured Seoul of steadfast U.S. support at the end of a two-day visit. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/7IDIh8U_Oss/us-southkorea-usa-mattis-idUSKBN15I060

Trump discusses safe zones in Syria with Jordan’s king: White House
Posted:Thu, 02 Feb 2017 17:45:55 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump discussed with Jordan’s King Abdullah the possibility of establishing safe zones in Syria, the White House said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/lrpQLwKZOPM/us-mideast-crisis-trump-jordan-idUSKBN15H2YP

White House says Israeli settlement building may not help peace
Posted:Thu, 02 Feb 2017 21:21:29 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration said on Thursday that Israel’s building of new settlements or expansion of existing ones in occupied territories may not be helpful in achieving peace with Palestinians, adopting a more measured tone than its previous pro-Israel announcements.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/LrTUFx0A_kM/us-israel-palestinians-trump-idUSKBN15H319

Tense call between Trump and Australian leader strains longtime ties
Posted:Thu, 02 Feb 2017 20:26:00 -0500
SYDNEY/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. ties with staunch ally Australia became strained on Thursday after details about an acrimonious phone call between its leaders emerged and U.S. President Donald Trump said a deal between the two nations on refugee resettlement was “dumb.”http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/lVVLLBqjypc/us-usa-trump-australia-idUSKBN15H09T

Trump pick for China ambassador aims to boost trade ties: Chinese state media
Posted:Thu, 02 Feb 2017 22:17:15 -0500
BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s pick for ambassador to China, Terry Branstad, said he would help increase trade between the two countries, Chinese state media reported, amid concerns over protectionist talk from the new U.S. administrationhttp://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/SVpAVCWJHWA/us-usa-trump-china-trade-idUSKBN15I0BQ

McCain says Russia testing U.S. in Ukraine, urges Trump to hit back
Posted:Thu, 02 Feb 2017 19:49:03 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Russia is testing President Donald Trump with a surge of violence in eastern Ukraine and the U.S. president should give Ukraine the lethal aid it needs to defend against the attacks, Senator John McCain said in a letter to Trump on Thursday.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/b5Ift79zZME/us-ukraine-crisis-usa-idUSKBN15H2JU

South Korea’s presidential Blue House blocks search amid graft probe
Posted:Thu, 02 Feb 2017 21:12:14 -0500
SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s presidential Blue House blocked prosecutors from searching the offices of impeached President Park Geun-hye on Friday citing security reasons, an official said, amid a corruption scandal that has gripped the country for months.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/MsqYOWPEzas/us-southkorea-politics-idUSKBN15I043

Sold by Islamic State, bought by strangers: Yazidi child reunited with family
Posted:Thu, 02 Feb 2017 19:42:19 -0500
RASHIDIYA, Iraq (Reuters) – His name was Ayman, but the couple who brought the boy home to their Iraqi village after buying him for $500 called him Ahmed.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/W2LbT8Ej0kM/us-mideast-crisis-mosul-child-idUSKBN15H2A0

Five hostages taken, one released at Delaware prison
Posted:Wed, 01 Feb 2017 19:09:17 -0500
(Reuters) – Prisoners took five hostages at a Delaware prison on Wednesday, later releasing one and entering into negotiations with state and federal authorities while continuing to hold the remaining four, police said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/-Wa2FKOUqjE/us-delaware-prison-idUSKBN15G5FB

Florida nightclub gunman’s widow knew of his plan: U.S. prosecutors
Posted:Wed, 01 Feb 2017 16:44:01 -0500
OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) – The widow of the gunman behind the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history knew he was planning an attack and concocted a cover story for him, federal prosecutors said in a California court on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/MzZy-XnXMXA/us-orlando-shooting-idUSKBN15G5OZ

Trump golf club must pay $5.77 million to former members: judge
Posted:Wed, 01 Feb 2017 19:18:21 -0500
(Reuters) – A federal judge in Florida on Wednesday directed a golf club owned by U.S. President Donald Trump to pay $5.77 million to former members who claimed it wrongfully refused to refund their deposits after Trump took over in 2012. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/HbtB4UhJ8e4/us-usa-trump-golf-idUSKBN15G5OC

U.S. proposes 0.25 percent hike in Medicare Advantage payments
Posted:Wed, 01 Feb 2017 17:49:07 -0500
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Wednesday proposed an increase of 0.25 percent on average in payments to health insurers who offer Medicare Advantage insurance, which provides health benefits to more than 18 million elderly or disabled people. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/eVpUdrE1UXg/us-usa-healthcare-medicare-advantage-idUSKBN15G5OL

Ex-Tenet Healthcare executive accused by U.S. of fraud
Posted:Wed, 01 Feb 2017 19:17:11 -0500
(Reuters) – A former senior executive of Tenet Healthcare Corp has been indicted on charges that he participated in a scheme to pay bribes for patient referrals, enabling the U.S. hospital chain to fraudulently bill state Medicaid programs for $400 million. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/o61xtsNhtbg/us-tenet-healthcare-fraud-idUSKBN15G5UY

Trump travel curbs pose revenue challenges for U.S. colleges
Posted:Wed, 01 Feb 2017 16:51:00 -0500
NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s travel restrictions on people from seven countries could dampen international enrollment at U.S. colleges, at a time they have become increasingly reliant on tuition revenue from overseas students.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/8nEPvZgHPC0/us-usa-trump-immigration-students-analys-idUSKBN15G5PB

U.S. to apply ‘extreme vetting’ in refugee swap deal with Australia
Posted:Tue, 31 Jan 2017 17:20:06 -0500
SYDNEY (Reuters) – The United States will apply “extreme vetting” to up to 1,250 asylum seekers it has agreed to resettle as part of an agreement with Australia, a spokesman for President Trump said in the United States on Tuesday.

U.N. Security Council expresses ‘grave concern’ over Ukraine
Posted:Tue, 31 Jan 2017 18:41:02 -0500
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The UN Security Council expressed its “grave concern” on Tuesday over the “dangerous deterioration” in eastern Ukraine and called for a halt to the violence.

French police search Fillon office as fraud affair rocks campaign
Posted:Tue, 31 Jan 2017 14:21:24 -0500
PARIS (Reuters) – French police searched presidential candidate Francois Fillon’s office in parliament on Tuesday as an inquiry into alleged fake work by his wife threatened his campaign and party leaders began to consider a ‘Plan B’ without him.

Israel says will build 3,000 new homes in West Bank settlements
Posted:Tue, 31 Jan 2017 17:32:26 -0500
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel announced plans on Tuesday for 3,000 more settlement homes in the occupied West Bank, the third such declaration in eleven days since U.S. President Donald Trump took office.

UPDATE 1-Toshiba chair ready to resign over Westinghouse writedowns – Nikkei
Posted:Fri, 27 Jan 2017 22:08:33 -0500
TOKYO, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Toshiba Corp Chairman Shigenori Shiga is ready to step down to take responsibility for the huge writedowns looming over the Japanese group’s U.S. nuclear power unit Westinghouse Electric Co LLC, the Nikkei business daily reported. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/gaNyri_6jOA/toshiba-chairman-idUSL4N1FI01F

Nearly 30 firms express interest in South Africa’s nuclear project: Eskom
Posted:Wed, 01 Feb 2017 16:49:30 +0000
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s state utility Eskom said on Wednesday that 27 companies, including France’s EDF and China’s State Nuclear Power Technology, have shown preliminary interest in the country’s plans to build more nuclear reactors. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/AFRICAbusinessNews/~3/j-W438HMNe0/idAFKBN15G528

UPDATE 1-Tepco scraps uranium supply contract with Canada’s Cameco
Posted:Wed, 01 Feb 2017 10:20:23 -0500
Feb 1 (Reuters) – Canadian uranium producer Cameco Corp said on Wednesday that Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) , the operator of Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, had scrapped its uranium supply contract with the company.

CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises early as oil boosts energy stocks; Cameco slumps
Posted:Wed, 01 Feb 2017 09:40:45 -0500
TORONTO, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Canada’s main stock index gained early on Wednesday as energy stocks jumped with higher oil prices, while uranium producer Cameco Corp sank after saying its contract to supply the operator of Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant had been scrapped.

EU leaders in Malta, hoping to curb African migration
Posted:Fri, 03 Feb 2017 09:56:37 +0000
VALLETTA (Reuters) – European Union leaders met on Malta on Friday to endorse plans they hope can forestall a new wave of migrants sailing for Italy from Africa, but aware anarchy in Libya means any quick fix is unlikely. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/AFRICATopNews/~3/OuPTkiv5waU/idAFKBN15I0SO

Bolivia opens $7 million museum honouring President Morales
Posted:Fri, 03 Feb 2017 06:59:59 +0530
ORINOCA, Bolivia (Reuters) – Bolivia on Thursday opened a $7 million museum dedicated to President Evo Morales and indigenous peoples in Morales’s birthplace of Orinoca high up in the deserts of the Bolivian antiplano http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INworldNews/~3/dQU5CB0Bblc/bolivia-politics-idINKBN15I06Y

Updated Sunday, 29 January 2017, UTC

Toshiba is losing money with its ownership of Westinghouse nuclear, and Japanese utilities have too much liquified natural gas, despite most nuclear reactors being offline.

More news found in this past week’s blog posts, listed on the side or bottom of your screen. See too the archives.

Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 1-Toshiba chair ready to resign over Westinghouse writedowns – Nikkei
Posted:Fri, 27 Jan 2017 22:08:33 -0500
TOKYO, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Toshiba Corp Chairman Shigenori Shiga is ready to step down to take responsibility for the huge writedowns looming over the Japanese group’s U.S. nuclear power unit Westinghouse Electric Co LLC, the Nikkei business daily reported.

Toshiba chairman Shigenori Shiga ready to step down – Nikkei
Posted:Fri, 27 Jan 2017 12:46:56 -0500
Jan 28 (Reuters) – Toshiba Corp Chairman Shigenori Shiga is ready to step down to take responsibility for the huge write-downs looming over the Japanese group’s U.S. nuclear power unit Westinghouse Electric Co LLC, the Nikkei business daily reported.

GLOBAL LNG-Oversupplied Japanese players to sell off excess volumes
Posted:Fri, 27 Jan 2017 13:04:40 -0500
MILAN, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Asian spot LNG prices extended losses this week as oversupplied Japanese utilities sought to offload cargoes and as key European gas benchmarks softened.

UPDATE 2-Shares of materials companies up on Trump wall, pipeline plans
Posted:Wed, 25 Jan 2017 16:19:43 -0500
Jan 25 (Reuters) – Share prices surged on Wednesday for U.S. companies that could benefit from U.S. President Trump’s plans to push ahead with a border wall with Mexico and his approval of key energy pipeline expansion projects. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/2mZ9h4X76js/usa-trump-materials-idUSL1N1FF147

RPT-INSIGHT-How Russia sold its oil jewel — without saying who bought it
Posted:Wed, 25 Jan 2017 03:51:27 -0500
MOSCOW/LONDON/MILAN, Jan 24 (Reuters) – More than a month after Russia announced one of its biggest privatisations since the 1990s, selling a 19.5 percent stake in its giant oil company Rosneft, it still isn’t possible to determine from public records the full identities of those who bought it.

Republicans to kill U.S. rules on corruption, environment, labor and guns next week
Posted:Wed, 25 Jan 2017 12:22:02 -0500
WASHINGTON, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Congressional Republicans are set to overturn a slew of Obama-era regulations next week, including a controversial anti-bribery rule aimed at U.S. resource companies such as Exxon Mobil Corp and Chevron Corp, according to a top lawmaker. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/tWDZP-eHlXA/usa-congress-regulation-idUSL1N1FF0QX

German‎ watchdog suspected VW scam on CO2 emissions: report
Posted:Sat, 28 Jan 2017 09:46:46 -0500
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s motor industry watchdog raised suspicions Volkswagen was using prototype vehicles to lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in tests in 2015 soon after VW’s manipulation of diesel emissions tests was uncovered, the Berliner Zeitung newspaper reported on Saturday.

Red tape chokes off drilling on Native American reservations
Posted:Fri, 27 Jan 2017 09:12:51 -0500
FORT BERTHOLD, North Dakota (Reuters) – When the U.S. oil boom hit North Dakota a decade ago, wells sprang up quickly on the edges of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, an expanse of prairie and rolling hills three times larger than Los Angeles.

Chinese New Year fireworks spark a return to hazardous Beijing pollution
Posted:Sat, 28 Jan 2017 06:26:42 -0500
BEIJING (Reuters) – Residents of China’s capital awoke on Saturday to dense, choking smog after many set off a barrage of fireworks overnight to ring in the Lunar New Year, despite limits and public admonitions against such displays in the congested city. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/YrA1q8g3c1w/us-china-pollution-idUSKBN15C06U

Swedish ex-finance minister and tycoon named suspects in bribery case
Posted:Fri, 27 Jan 2017 15:52:54 -0500
STOCKHOLM, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Fredrik Lundberg, one of Sweden’s most powerful tycoons, and former finance minister Anders Borg have been questioned by prosecutors as suspects in a bribery probe.

Council of Europe to investigate bribery allegations
Posted:Fri, 27 Jan 2017 12:43:06 -0500
BRUSSELS, Jan 27 (Reuters) – The Council of Europe (CoE) is to investigate possible corruption in its assembly in response to reports that Azerbaijani members had bribed others to influence votes on human rights there.

New “green” fertilizer could contribute to food revolution – scientists
Posted:Fri, 27 Jan 2017 11:28:07 -0500
ROME, Jan 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A new synthetic fertiliser could help farmers to save money, boost food production and reduce planet-warming emissions, scientists have found after trialling it on rice farms in Sri Lanka.

Kernel ends Ukraine bond drought, but don’t expect issuance rush
Posted:Fri, 27 Jan 2017 08:56:59 -0500
LONDON/KIEV, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Sunflower oil producer Kernel ended Ukraine’s corporate bond issuance drought this week with a $500 million deal. But other firms are unlikely to receive such a warm welcome from investors due to high debts, a secessionist war and a frail economy.

Prospects brighten for Russian steelmakers as economy improves
Posted:Fri, 27 Jan 2017 06:31:04 -0500
MOSCOW, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Russia’s biggest steelmakers are expecting 2017 to be a better year for the industry as the national economy improves, thanks to firmer oil prices, and higher steel prices support profits. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/-YTOCcEXdBM/russia-steel-idUSL5N1FH21R

UPDATE 3-Thyssenkrupp CEO says won’t be pressured to rush change
Posted:Fri, 27 Jan 2017 05:51:50 -0500
* Shares up 1 percent (Adds fund manager, analyst comments)

UPDATE 3-Canada Energy East pipeline review to restart under current regulator
Posted:Fri, 27 Jan 2017 16:39:46 -0500
OTTAWA/CALGARY, Alberta, Jan 27 (Reuters) – A review of TransCanada Corp’s proposed Energy East pipeline will start again from the beginning, Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) regulator said on Friday, voiding all decisions from the project’s previous examining panel that has been accused of bias.

Trump says Mexican imports tax one option but others possible
Posted:Fri, 27 Jan 2017 16:42:45 -0500
WASHINGTON, Jan 27 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said in an interview on Friday that he has the right to impose a tax on imports from Mexico, but there were other options that could be “much more positive” for both countries. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/-_1OeouA6i0/usa-trump-mexico-options-idUSW1N1EM02B

Braskem buys Odebrecht stake in Brazil environmental services firm Cetrel
Posted:Fri, 27 Jan 2017 17:17:55 -0500
SAO PAULO, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Brazilian petrochemical company Braskem SA agreed to buy a controlling stake in environmental services company Cetrel SA for 610 million reais ($194 million) from Odebrecht Utilities SA, Braskem said on Friday in a securities filing.

UPDATE 1-U.S. natgas pipeline companies seek FERC decisions before Bay leaves
Posted:Fri, 27 Jan 2017 17:31:16 -0500
Jan 27 (Reuters) – Three U.S. natural gas pipeline companies on Friday asked the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for permission to move forward on their projects by Feb. 3, which is when one of the FERC commissioners will step down. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/FGXqP_3lKew/usa-spectra-nexus-idUSL1N1FH1TB

Energy pipelines back in investor favor after Trump orders
Posted:Fri, 27 Jan 2017 17:59:56 -0500
NEW YORK, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Investors have rushed back into North American pipelines after U.S. President Donald Trump revived growth prospects in a sector that struggled to cope with a two-year oil price slump and strident opposition from environmental and Native American activists.

German engineers see no big hit from Trump, Brexit – VDMA
Posted:Sat, 28 Jan 2017 10:35:28 +0530
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German engineers expect no hit to business from the presidency of Donald Trump or Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, the head of industry body VDMA told a German newspaper.

Toshiba to sell part of chip business, puts overseas nuclear ops under review
Posted:Sat, 28 Jan 2017 07:57:34 +0530
TOKYO (Reuters) – Toshiba Corp said it will sell a minority stake in its memory chip business as it urgently seeks funds to offset an imminent multi-billion dollar writedown, adding that its overseas nuclear division – the cause of its woes – was now under review.

UPDATE 3-Cemex says Cementos de Chihuahua stake could be worth $410 million
Posted:Wed, 25 Jan 2017 12:23:37 -0500
MEXICO CITY, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Mexican cement company Cemex SAB de CV said on Wednesday it was forging ahead with its plan to sell its 23 percent stake in Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua SAB de CV, a move that could raise more than $400 million. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/qN_qaHUqnWY/cemex-sale-idUSL4N1FF47Q

UPDATE 2-Output rise, lower tax estimate drive miner Antofagasta’s shares higher
Posted:Wed, 25 Jan 2017 09:58:34 -0500
* Antofagasta sees lowers tax rate, Fresnillo sees higher taxes (Adds Fresnillo, analyst comments, updates shares) http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/i5VDaAlOrJw/antofagasta-outlook-idUSL5N1FF1EA

Indonesian provincial government says Freeport loses $188m tax appeal
Posted:Wed, 25 Jan 2017 09:21:07 -0500
JAKARTA, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Indonesia’s Papua province, home of the giant Grasberg copper mine operated by the local unit of Freeport McMoRan Inc, said it has won a court battle in a claim against the company for 2.51 trillion rupiah ($188 million) in outstanding surface water taxes. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/cHKf5HkSvwI/indonesia-freeport-tax-idUSL4N1FF2DG

U.S. government scientists go ‘rogue’ in defiance of Trump
Posted:Thu, 26 Jan 2017 07:06:14 -0500
(Reuters) – Employees from more than a dozen U.S. government agencies have established a network of unofficial “rogue” Twitter feeds in defiance of what they see as attempts by President Donald Trump to muzzle federal climate change research and other science. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/kXzYEyVy3x4/us-usa-trump-resist-idUSKBN15A0DI

Volkswagen set to plead guilty in U.S. diesel emissions case
Posted:Thu, 26 Jan 2017 11:31:43 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Volkswagen AG is set to plead guilty on Feb. 24 in Detroit to three felony counts as part of a plea agreement with the U.S. Justice Department to resolve an excess diesel emissions investigation, a court filing shows. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/1DiqqjYGZwY/us-volkswagen-emissions-idUSKBN15A29J

More turkeys culled after new bird flu virus found on German farm
Posted:Thu, 26 Jan 2017 09:58:07 -0500
HAMBURG (Reuters) – More than 15,000 turkeys were being culled on Thursday after the new bird flu subtype H5N5 was confirmed on a north German farm, authorities said, adding to concerns about the spread of different strains of the disease. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/rd6ugA5cxxc/us-birdflu-germany-idUSKBN15A20Y

Canada oil spill on native land came from Tundra Energy pipeline
Posted:Wed, 25 Jan 2017 18:56:06 -0500
TORONTO (Reuters) – Tundra Energy Marketing Ltd on Wednesday confirmed its pipeline was the source of a leak of some 200,000 liters (52,830 gallons) of crude oil onto aboriginal land in Saskatchewan that was discovered by a member of the community last week. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/fxkIiLNbcok/us-canada-pipeline-idUSKBN1592QE

EU countries oppose duty extension on Chinese solar panels – sources
Posted:Thu, 26 Jan 2017 11:27:54 -0500
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A majority of EU countries on Thursday opposed a European Commission proposal to extend anti-dumping duties on Chinese solar panels for two years, according to EU diplomats. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/Z4pGKQlMJS8/us-eu-china-solar-idUSKBN15A29A

Court rules Shell can’t be sued in London for Nigeria oil spills
Posted:Thu, 26 Jan 2017 11:29:12 -0500
LONDON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell cannot be sued in London over oil spills in Nigeria, the High Court ruled on Thursday, in a setback to attempts to hold British multinationals liable at home for their subsidiaries’ actions abroad. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/H_Iryd4ThOI/us-shell-nigeria-court-idUSKBN15A1JV

Vietnam punishes four officials over Formosa environmental disaster
Posted:Thu, 26 Jan 2017 07:33:17 -0500
HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam said on Thursday it would punish four officials over one of its worst environmental disasters, caused by a unit of Taiwan conglomerate Formosa Plastics, in the first action against government officials ten months after the accident. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/Q41Cr_CBkoU/us-vietnam-environment-formosa-plastics-idUSKBN15A1KG

Eleven Indian soldiers among 15 dead in Kashmir avalanches
Posted:Thu, 26 Jan 2017 07:32:22 -0500
SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) – Eleven Indian soldiers and four civilians have been killed in avalanches in the heavily militarized Himalayan region of Kashmir, army and police officials said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/tqaAMmWEq6Y/us-india-avalanches-idUSKBN15A178

Chile battles devastating wildfires as international help pours in
Posted:Wed, 25 Jan 2017 20:30:30 -0500
SANTIAGO (Reuters) – The worst wildfires in Chile’s modern history are ravaging wide swaths of the country’s central-south regions, as a massive Boeing 747-400 Super Tanker arrived on Wednesday on loan from the United States to help extinguish the blazes. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/Za5QEpeAtEg/us-chile-wildfire-idUSKBN1592HC

Italy pulls last of 29 bodies from avalanche hotel
Posted:Thu, 26 Jan 2017 06:35:03 -0500
PENNE, Italy (Reuters) – Rescuers have pulled the last of 29 bodies from the wreckage of a hotel in central Italy a week after it was razed by an avalanche, the national fire brigade said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/VeqsQv2BiGs/us-italy-quake-avalanche-idUSKBN15A0PN

UPDATE 2-Shares of materials companies up on Trump wall, pipeline plans
Posted:Wed, 25 Jan 2017 16:19:43 -0500
Jan 25 (Reuters) – Share prices surged on Wednesday for U.S. companies that could benefit from U.S. President Trump’s plans to push ahead with a border wall with Mexico and his approval of key energy pipeline expansion projects. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/2mZ9h4X76js/usa-trump-materials-idUSL1N1FF147

Updated Sunday 22 January 2017, UTC

Very important: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/01/21/trumps-greatest-mentor-roy-cohn-was-attorney-for-nyc-mob-families-and-red-baiting-aide-to-joe-mccarthy-wayne-barrett-rip-january-19-2017-interview/

Wow – Spicer yelling at media for underestimating crowd in a press conference
By cubbies01  2017/01/21

Press Secretary Sean Spicer excoriates press during press conference then leaves without taking questions Tweeted by Derek Caney of Reuters, Jan 21, 2017

In case people need this Trump quote (or interview) for future reference:
… I personally think it’s the biggest problem the world has, nuclear capability. I think it’s the single biggest problem. When people talk global warming, I say the global warming that we have to be careful of is the nuclear global warming. Single biggest problem that the world has. Power of weaponry today is beyond anything ever thought of, or even, you know, it’s unthinkable, the power. You look at Hiroshima and you can multiply that times many, many times, is what you have today. And to me, it’s the single biggest, it’s the single biggest problem.” Entire interview here:

Note that Trump appears to be searching for excuses to let Russia keep Crimea. First it’s “Trump suggested he might do away with the sanctions – imposed by the Obama administration in late December in response to Moscow’s alleged cyber attacks – if Moscow proves helpful in battling terrorists and reaching other goals important to Washington,…” (Reuters 14 Jan. 2017) and then it’s “Trump’s offer to Putin: an end to sanctions for nuclear arms cut – London Times” (Reuters, 15 Jan 2017). The first may be for the more recent sanctions and the second to get rid of all sanctions.
The bottom line seems to be that he wants to let Russian government owned Rosneft and ExxonMobil continue with their plans to create a mega-cartel.

Obama commuted the sentences of lots of people but refused to pardon or release American Indian activist Leonard Peltier. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/01/18/former-fbi-agents-and-former-us-atty-ask-obama-to-free-native-american-activist-leonard-peltier/

Reuters News Feed Selection

Trump suggests he may do away with Russia sanctions if Moscow helpful – WSJ
Posted:Sat, 14 Jan 2017 10:28:23 +0000
(Reuters) – U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal he would keep intact sanctions against Russia “at least for a period of time,” and also said he wouldn’t commit to the “one China” policy until he sees progress from Beijing in its currency and trade practices.

Trump’s offer to Putin: an end to sanctions for nuclear arms cut – London Times Posted:Sun, 15 Jan 2017 21:06:02 -0500
LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will propose offering to end sanctions imposed on Russia for its annexation of Crimea in return for a nuclear arms reduction deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin, he told The Times of London. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/J2vfQeq5wlA/us-usa-trump-russia-arms-deal-idUSKBN14Z0YE

UPDATE 1-Brazil graft probe judge buried after being killed in plane crash
Posted:Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:58:09 -0500
SAO PAULO, Jan 21 (Reuters) – A Brazilian Supreme Court justice who had overseen the investigation of politicians linked to the nation’s largest graft scheme was buried on Saturday, two days after he died in a plane crash. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/9SJR8krJO6Y/brazil-crash-idUSL5N1FB0QA

Brazil begins probe of plane crash that killed top court justice
Posted:Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:31:03 -0500
SAO PAULO, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Brazilian authorities on Friday started their investigation into a small plane crash that killed a Supreme Court justice who was overseeing the investigation of a political kickback scheme, the largest ever uncovered in the country. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/JNLYxl4toWU/brazil-crash-idUSL5N1FA3RQ

CANADA STOCKS-TSX Jumps 1 pct as oil rally boosts energy stocks; Trump eyed
Posted:Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:07:09 -0500
TORONTO, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Canada’s main stock index jumped 1 percent on Friday in a broad rally led by resources stocks as oil prices pushed higher and other commodity prices also gained and as investors eyed the inauguration of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/78BWhRcqenQ/canada-stocks-idUSL1N1FA0YC

UPDATE 3-Court rejects bid to enforce Ecuador judgment on Chevron Canada Posted:Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:41:26 -0500 Jan 20 (Reuters) – A Toronto court has rejected a bid by Ecuadorian villagers to enforce a judgment in their home country against Chevron Canada Ltd, ruling the subsidiary is not liable for parent Chevron Corp, the U.S. oil major said on Friday.

North Dakota tribe formally calls on pipeline protesters to disperse
Posted:Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:41:29 -0500
CANNON BALL, N.D., Jan 21 (Reuters) – A Sioux tribal council on Saturday formally asked hundreds of protesters to clear out of three camps near its North Dakota reservation used to stage months of sometimes violent protests against the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline.

Pre-dawn tornado kills four in Mississippi, traps others
Posted:Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:58:18 -0500
(Reuters) – A strong tornado killed at least four people in southern Mississippi and left many others trapped in their homes after touching down in the hours before sunrise on Saturday, local and state officials said.

Al Gore rouses Sundance with climate film on eve of Trump induction
Posted:Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:42:29 -0500
PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) – Former U.S. vice president Al Gore delivered a rousing battle cry on Thursday to push climate change forward as an urgent matter for politicians on the eve of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, at the premiere of his new documentary.

In challenge to Trump, women protesters swarm streets across U.S.
Posted:Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:23:38 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Women took to the streets in unexpectedly large numbers in major U.S. cities on Saturday to stage mass protests against U.S. President Donald Trump, in an early indication of the strong public opposition the Republican may face in office.

Women protest against Trump on streets of Europe’s capitals
Posted:Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:40:53 -0500
LONDON/VIENNA (Reuters) – Thousands of women took to the streets of European capitals to join “sister marches” in Asia against newly installed U.S. President Trump ahead of a major rally in Washington expected to draw nearly a quarter of a million people.

Wikileaks’ founder Assange says stands by U.S. extradition offer
Posted:Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:42:41 -0500
LONDON (Reuters) – WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up at Ecuador’s London embassy since 2012, said on Thursday he stood by his offer to be extradited to the United States providing his rights were protected.

Earthquake of magnitude 6.7 strikes off Solomon Islands in South Pacific: USGS
Posted:Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:21:51 -0500
SYDNEY (Reuters) – An 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck off the South Pacific nation of the Solomon Islands at a depth of 33 kms (20 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey said on Friday.

UPDATE 2-HSBC to shift some staff to Paris after Brexit in blow to London
Posted:Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:36:51 -0500
DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 18 (Reuters) – HSBC became the first major bank to detail plans to move jobs out of London after Brexit, saying it will relocate staff responsible for generating around a… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/4RpXHDESybg/davos-meeting-hsbc-idUSL5N1F81JN

Trump’s health pick set to defend investments at U.S. Senate hearing
Posted:Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:01 -0500
WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) – President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for health secretary was expected to face hard questions from a U.S. Senate panel on Wednesday about his personal stock… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/fF0BQPNPBa0/usa-congress-price-idUSL1N1F71GO

Business euphoria over Trump gives way to caution, confusion
Posted:Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:00:01 -0500
WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Early optimism among business lobbyists and executives that Donald Trump’s election heralded better days has slowly given way to uncertainty as the president-elect… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/mGizq5K2IXI/usa-trump-idUSL1N1F725T

PRESS DIGEST- Canada – Jan 18
Posted:Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:36:38 -0500
Jan 18 (Reuters) – The following are the top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/TrVzdc0YEJc/press-digest-canada-idUSL4N1F83LA

UPDATE 1-Deutsche Bank CEO looks to future after mortgages settlement
Posted:Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:28:31 -0500
FRANKFURT, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Deutsche Bank will be free to focus on a new growth strategy instead of devoting most of its energy to cleaning up past mistakes, Chief Executive John Cryan said after… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/HSKUbZ3jul4/deutsche-bank-mortgage-settlement-idUSL5N1F81KW

BRIEF-UK’s CMA considers Dover Corp undertakings “reasonable”
Posted:Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:48:02 -0500
Jan 18 (Reuters) – UK’S Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)

UK receives positive responses from Brussels on leaving plan -Brexit minister
Posted:Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:42:11 -0500
LONDON, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Britain’s Brexit minister David Davis said the government had received positive http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/bULn4sgapbY/britain-eu-davis-idUSU8N19K029

Obama shortens sentence of Manning, who gave secrets to WikiLeaks
Posted:Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:58:07 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday shortened the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former U.S. military intelligence analyst who was responsible for a 2010 leak of classified materials to anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, the biggest such breach in U.S. history.

Ex-president George H.W. Bush recovering in hospital after breathing problems
Posted:Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:02:23 -0500
(Reuters) – Former U.S. president George H.W. Bush has been in a Houston hospital since Saturday after he experienced shortness of breath, a family spokesman said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/htDrG3cOLFg/us-people-bush-idUSKBN1520PC

Virginia inmate facing execution argues against drug ‘cocktail’
Posted:Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:09:49 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Virginia inmate set to be executed on Wednesday for murdering two young sisters during a 2006 killing spree has asked the Supreme Court for a stay, arguing that the first-ever use of compounded lethal drugs violates his constitutional rights. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/G9-cIphh2lw/us-usa-virginia-execution-idUSKBN1521CO

Exclusive: Chinese firm withdraws from U.S. effort to fight college application fraud
Posted:Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:01:59 -0500
LONDON (Reuters) – A major Chinese education company that was subsidizing a project to verify transcripts of Chinese students applying to U.S. colleges has pulled out after Reuters reported that the firm itself stands accused of widespread application fraud. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/6Da3tsAcYIo/us-usa-college-dipont-idUSKBN1521QT

U.S. Secret Service settles race discrimination case with black agents
Posted:Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:29:49 -0500
(Reuters) – The U.S. Secret Service has agreed to pay $24 million to settle a 17-year-old federal lawsuit filed by a group of black agents who accused the agency of racial discrimination in its employment practices. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/ZpsDPpvoiYk/us-usa-secret-service-race-idUSKBN152175

Woman sues Trump in New York for defamation over sexual assault denial
Posted:Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:15:28 -0500
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – One of about a dozen women who previously accused President-elect Donald Trump of making unwanted sexual advances filed a lawsuit against him in New York on Tuesday, alleging he had made false and defamatory statements about her in rejecting the accusation, causing her emotional and economic harm. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/RzNqWB2i_e0/us-usa-trump-lawsuit-idUSKBN15200P

New York governor wants to spend more on education, lower taxes
Posted:Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:04:05 -0500
NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday proposed a $152.3 billion all-funds state budget for fiscal 2018 that would increase education funding by $1 billion and cut tax rates for 6 million middle-class residents, extending a “millionare’s tax” to pay for them. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/EthiDSt6-bQ/us-new-york-budget-idUSKBN1520D2

New York protesters camp out at Goldman Sachs to oppose Trump
Posted:Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:38:55 -0500
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Dozens of protesters gathered outside of Goldman Sachs Group Inc headquarters on Tuesday to rally against President-elect Donald Trump’s picking several former executives of the Wall Street bank for top jobs in his administration. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/x-koh1K03f8/us-goldman-sachs-protest-idUSKBN15202G

Obama commutes 209 prison sentences, issues 64 pardons
Posted:Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:56:27 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama shortened the sentences of 209 prisoners and pardoned 64 individuals on Tuesday, the White House said.

Florida airport shooting suspect inspired by Islamic State: media
Posted:Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:37:52 -0500
(Reuters) – An Iraq war veteran accused of killing five people at a Florida airport told investigators he was inspired by Islamic State and previously chatted online with Islamist extremists, an FBI agent testified on Tuesday, U.S. media reported.

Thirty pronghorn die trying to cross frozen Idaho river
Posted:Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:49:40 -0500
SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – Thirty pronghorns, close cousins to antelope, died while crossing a frozen river in south central Idaho, in a very rare event for the sure-footed mammals, state wildlife managers said Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/lWtle6LjEx0/us-idaho-pronghorns-idUSKBN15203H

Earthquake of magnitude 5.4 hits northeast of Rome: EMSC
Posted:Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:46:27 -0500
LONDON (Reuters) – An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.4 hit central Italy on Wednesday, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre said.

Dakota Access company files motion to halt environmental study
Posted:Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:59:17 -0500
HOUSTON (Reuters) – Energy Transfer Partners has filed a motion to bar the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from initiating an environmental study for its controversial Dakota Access pipeline crossing at Lake Oahe in North Dakota.

Biologists investigate deaths of 82 stranded dolphins in Florida
Posted:Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:43:07 -0500
(Reuters) – Biologists on Tuesday were investigating the weekend deaths of dozens of dolphins in Everglades National Park in Florida’s largest mass stranding of the mammal since 1989, a U.S. scientific agency said.

Britain will leave EU single market, May says
Posted:Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:01:02 -0500
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will leave the EU’s single market when it exits the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday, putting an end to speculation that London might try to seek a “soft Brexit”. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/C5OKfOPCxMU/us-britain-eu-may-priorities-idUSKBN1502H2

Turkey says captures nightclub attacker who acted for Islamic State
Posted:Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:13:37 -0500
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish authorities have captured the gunman who killed 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Day, an Uzbek national they said was trained in Afghanistan and had clearly acted on behalf of Islamic State.

Russia expects dialogue with Trump on nuclear weapons: Lavrov
Posted:Tue, 17 Jan 2017 05:02:07 -0500
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia expects to have a dialogue with the Trump administration on strategic stability, including on nuclear weapons, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.

In U.N. lawsuit, Ukraine demands Russia end support for separatists
Posted:Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:58:33 -0500
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Ukraine filed a lawsuit at the United Nations’ highest court demanding that Russia immediately halt its support for pro-Moscow separatists fighting in eastern Ukraine.

UK court to approve Rolls-Royce settlement with fraud office
Posted:Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:07:46 -0500
LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) – A UK court said it would approve a proposed agreement between Britain’s Serious Fraud Office and Rolls-Royce which will allow the British aero-engine company to pay to…

Police investigate shooting reported near Glasgow school
Posted:Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:40:17 -0500
EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Police in Scotland are investigating a reported shooting near a primary school in the Penilee area of Glasgow, a spokesman said on Monday.

Hundreds of U.S. Marines land in Norway, irking Russia
Posted:Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:55:57 -0500
OSLO (Reuters) – Some 300 U.S. Marines landed in Norway on Monday for a six-month deployment, the first time since World War Two that foreign troops have been allowed to be stationed there, in a deployment which has irked Norway’s Arctic neighbor Russia.

Trump says NATO is obsolete but still ‘very important to me’
Posted:Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:48:03 -0500
LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said NATO was obsolete because it had not defended against terror attacks, but that the military alliance was still very important to him, The Times of London reported.

China will ‘take off the gloves’ if Trump continues on Taiwan, state media warns
Posted:Mon, 16 Jan 2017 04:29:57 -0500
BEIJING (Reuters) – China will “take off the gloves” and take strong action if U.S. President-elect Donald Trump continues to provoke Beijing over Taiwan once he assumes office, two leading state-run newspapers said on Monday.

Saturday 14 January 2016

We have many new posts since we last posted news and we encourage you to look through them.

It’s not everyday that Congress gets to grill the (now former) CEO of Exxon Mobil, Rex Tillerson, on foreign policy, as happened in the US Cabinet hearings. And, it’s a rare thing for Republicans and Democrats to agree – in this case that Tillerson is too close to Russia.

US Senator Merkley questioning Rex Tillerson
Merkley Tillerson Moral Clarity
One of many important posts: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/01/12/tillersons-true-self-emerged-under-merkley-grilling-re-sanctions-tillerson-doesnt-care-about-us-policy-goals-but-only-letter-of-the-law/

A lot has happened that’s in Reuters, as well:
Reuters News Feed Selection

UPDATE 1-EDF allowed to delay reactor outages as cold snap looms -regulator Posted:Fri, 13 Jan 2017 05:09:42 -0500 PARIS, Jan 13 (Reuters) – EDF is allowed to delay planned outages at two nuclear reactors involved in a safety probe to help the French utility meet demand as a cold snap looms next week, nuclear regulator ASN said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/4g-xwMHcBv0/france-power-nuclearpower-idUSL5N1F31GP

UPDATE 1-U.S. lists 17 nuclear reactors with parts from forge under probe Posted:Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:22:10 -0500 WASHINGTON, Jan 10 (Reuters) – The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on Tuesday unveiled a letter showing that 17 of the country’s nuclear reactors have parts from Areva SA’s Le Creusot forge… http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/governmentfilingsNews/~3/LRkfmsBQ8Ro/usa-france-nuclearpower-idUSL1N1F01VO

Trump suggests he may do away with Russia sanctions if Moscow helpful – WSJ Posted:Sat, 14 Jan 2017 10:28:23 +0000 (Reuters) – U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal he would keep intact sanctions against Russia “at least for a period of time,” and also said he wouldn’t commit to the “one China” policy until he sees progress from Beijing in its currency and trade practices. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/AFRICAWorldNews/~3/1dbHdXYFqIU/idAFKBN14Y02H

Trump acknowledges Russia role in U.S. election hacking: aide Posted:Sun, 08 Jan 2017 15:29:53 -0500 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President-elect Donald Trump accepts the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia engaged in cyber attacks during the U.S. presidential election and may take action in response, his incoming chief of staff said on Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/QXvqWylvYzg/us-usa-russia-cyber-idUSKBN14S0O6

U.S. military vows more complex training in Europe to deter Russia Posted:Sun, 08 Jan 2017 11:52:16 -0500 BREMERHAVEN, Germany (Reuters) – The U.S. military on Sunday vowed to increase the scope and complexity of its European training exercises to deter Russian aggression, as more U.S. tanks, trucks and other equipment arrived in Germany for a big buildup on NATO’s eastern flank. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/BH6mFUnH3SQ/us-nato-russia-idUSKBN14S0MX

Romania seeks World Heritage status for Transylvania village in gold mine row
Posted:Fri, 06 Jan 2017 13:06:14 -0500 LONDON, Jan 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Romania has asked the United Nations to make a Transylvanian village boasting 18th century houses and intact Roman mining shafts into a World Heritage site in a surprise 11th hour move that could protect it from a gold mine project. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/p-8fnw9ci0s/romania-gold-village-idUSL5N1EW3H4

After 2016 campaign, more Americans consider Russia a threat: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Posted:Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:39:25 -0500
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Americans are more concerned than they were before the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign began about the potential threat Russia poses to the country, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/M3HLVQcjiBM/us-usa-russia-poll-idUSKBN14X2IF

France should sell non-strategic stakes in firms – Fillon
Posted:Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:18:59 -0500
PARIS, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Francois Fillon, the conservative politician seen by opinion polls as most likely to win the French presidential election this year, says France should sell state stakes in firms deemed as not having a strategic importance for the country. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/XvNIEOCRvi0/france-election-fillon-idUSL5N1F35KA

UPDATE 1-U.S. top court to mull where challenges to clean water rule can be heard
Posted:Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:29:13 -0500
Jan 13 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to resolve a dispute over what court should handle challenges to a 2015 Obama administration regulation that defines waterways protected under a federal anti-pollution law.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/oVy_kZfhkrc/usa-court-pollution-idUSL1N1F31NI

UPDATE 1-Syrian army advances towards damaged Damascus water source
Posted:Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:30:15 -0500
BEIRUT, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Syria’s army and its allies advanced near Damascus on Friday, according to an organisation that monitors the conflict, and the region’s governor said rebels had let engineers enter a damaged pumping station that supplies most of the capital’s water. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/lY6QMXWszAY/mideast-crisis-syria-idUSL5N1F33X2

Russia acknowledges threat from Trump’s energy policy on EU gas market
Posted:Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:04:51 -0500
MOSCOW, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Russia’s Gazprom has acknowledged for the first time a threat to its dominant position in European gas market from an expected influx of liquefied natural (LNG) gas produced in the United States under Donald Trump’s administration. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/h2zDqnt46hs/russia-usa-lng-idUSL5N1F33PS

Ice storm targets central United States
Posted:Fri, 13 Jan 2017 04:56:42 -0500
Jan 13 (Reuters) – An ice storm heading for the central United States is threatening to take down trees and power lines and create treacherous travel conditions on Friday and into the weekend, the National Weather Service said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/PwVen_sGjLA/usa-weather-idUSL1N1F30A6

Britain braced for floods after heavy winds, snow
Posted:Fri, 13 Jan 2017 04:33:46 -0500
LONDON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Parts of England were preparing for severe flooding on Friday, after heavy winds, snow and rain hit the country overnight, cancelling flights, closing schools and causing disruption to commuters. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/BDnQZ_q55E0/britain-weather-idUSL5N1F31SA

UPDATE 1-U.S. veterans exposed to tainted water at Marine base to get benefits
Posted:Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:07:14 -0500
WASHINGTON, Jan 12 (Reuters) – The Obama administration has agreed to provide disability benefits to military veterans exposed to contaminated drinking water while at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, according to an official notice published on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/p2p1TQ9Z_Xw/usa-benefits-water-idUSL1N1F300Y

UPDATE 2-Anadarko Petroleum to sell Texas assets for $2.3 bln
Posted:Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:48:53 -0500
Jan 12 (Reuters) – Oil and gas producer Anadarko Petroleum Corporation said on Thursday it would sell its Eagleford Shale assets in South Texas for about $2.3 billion to a strategic 50/50 partnership formed by Sanchez Energy Corporation and asset manager Blackstone Group LP. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/utilitiesNews/~3/cIUZ0_C9fJ0/anadarko-petrol-divestiture-idUSL1N1F22LS

Plan for pink ‘pussyhats’ in Washington after Trump’s inauguration
Posted:Sat, 14 Jan 2017 06:54:13 -0500
(Reuters) – The National Mall in Washington D.C. could become a sea of bright pink the day after Donald Trump is inaugurated as U.S. president if the vision of a pair of Los Angeles women is realized. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/8mAAY5U6y6g/us-usa-trump-women-idUSKBN14Y0FB

Chicago police routinely violated civil rights: U.S. Justice Department
Posted:Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:44:47 -0500
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago police routinely violated the civil rights of people in one of America’s largest cities, the U.S. Justice Department said in a report released on Friday, citing excessive force, racially discriminatory conduct and a “code of silence” to thwart investigations into police misconduct. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/okZCCPD_080/us-chicago-police-idUSKBN14X1YR

EPA denies $1 billion-plus in claims from toxic Colorado mine spill
Posted:Fri, 13 Jan 2017 23:24:54 -0500
DENVER (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday denied $1.2 billion in claims for economic losses stemming from a 2015 toxic wastewater spill accidentally triggered by the agency at a defunct Colorado mine, that fouled waterways in three states. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/wXxqQIUZ5pY/us-colorado-goldmine-spill-idUSKBN14Y046

U.S. senator seeks probe of Fiat Chrysler diesel marketing
Posted:Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:18:25 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top U.S. senator on Friday called for wider federal scrutiny into Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV’s marketing of diesel-powered SUVs, as British regulators sought answers from the Italian-American automaker in the aftermath of Volkswagen AG’s emissions scandal. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/T1T1wXaqr4o/us-fiat-chrysler-emissions-probe-idUSKBN14X2F9

Codelco chairman unhurt after receiving explosive package
Posted:Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:34:37 -0500
SANTIAGO, Jan 13 (Reuters) – The chairman of Codelco, Chile’s state-run copper miner, is unhurt after receiving a package at his home on Friday that exploded, the company said in a statement. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/BiOF4XlRsZ0/codelco-blast-idUSS0N15U023

U.S. State Department nominee Tillerson fights climate deposition
Posted:Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:51:59 -0500
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Rex Tillerson, the former oil executive under consideration for U.S. secretary of state, is trying to avoid giving testimony in a federal lawsuit over climate change, according to a lawyer for a group of teenagers who filed the suit. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/I0JTpCqPHtg/us-usa-environment-tillerson-idUSKBN14X2KF

U.S. judge orders Volkswagen executive detained
Posted:Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:27:33 -0500
MIAMI/NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Thursday ordered a Volkswagen executive charged in the Justice Department’s diesel emissions investigation held without bail pending trial. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/tSw0OryfNTI/us-volkswagen-emissions-idUSKBN14W2YZ

Samsung leader quizzed for over 22 hours in South Korea corruption scandal
Posted:Fri, 13 Jan 2017 03:57:31 -0500
SEOUL (Reuters) – Samsung Group leader Jay Y. Lee left the South Korean special prosecutor’s office early on Friday after more than 22 hours of questioning on bribery suspicions in an influence-peddling scandal that could topple President Park Geun-hye.

UPDATE 1-U.S. launches WTO complaint over Chinese aluminum subsidies
Posted:Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:26:53 -0500
WASHINGTON, Jan 12 (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Thursday launched a new complaint against Chinese aluminum subsidies at the World Trade Organization, accusing Beijing of artificially expanding its global market share through cheap state-directed loans and subsidized energy.

In Peru, a smelter’s future stirs fears of its toxic past
Posted:Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:47:13 -0500
LA OROYA, Peru, Jan 12 (Reuters) – Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s efforts to revive a nearly 100-year-old smelting complex could overcome a crucial hurdle at a coming auction where five companies have shown interest in placing bids.

UPDATE 2-Goldcorp sells Mexico mine in $438 mln deal, focus on core assets
Posted:Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:23:47 -0500
TORONTO, Jan 12 (Reuters) – Goldcorp Inc agreed to sell its Los Filos mine in Mexico to Leagold Mining Corp in a deal valued at $438 million on Thursday, as the world’s No. 3 gold miner by market value focuses more squarely on core assets.

Panama says Odebrecht agrees to pay $59 million in bribe scandal
Posted:Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:31:00 -0500
PANAMA CITY, Jan 12 (Reuters) – Panama’s attorney general said on Thursday Brazilian construction company Odebrecht has made a verbal agreement to pay $59 million in reparations for bribes it paid in Panama to win business in the country between 2010 in 2014.

CANADA STOCKS-TSX falls amid caution after Trump press conference
Posted:Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:43:54 -0500
TORONTO, Jan 12 (Reuters) – Canada’s main stock index fell on Thursday, led by heavyweight financial and energy stocks as investors turned more cautious after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s Wednesday news conference provided no further clues on his policy priorities.

Audit showed quality issues at Areva’s Creusot foundry
Posted:Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:32:45 -0500
PARIS, Jan 12 (Reuters) – The Creusot Forge foundry unit of French nuclear group Areva, which is under judicial investigation for suspected falsification of manufacturing documentation, had recurring quality issues, according to an external audit of the firm.

Amazon to add more than 100,000 jobs in U.S. hiring spree
Posted:Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:00:58 -0500
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc on Thursday said it will create more than 100,000 jobs in the United States, from software development to warehouse work, in its latest move to win over shoppers by investing in faster delivery.

Paris prosecutor opens probe into emissions cheating at Renault: source
Posted:Fri, 13 Jan 2017 05:37:36 -0500
PARIS (Reuters) – The Paris prosecutor has launched a judicial investigation into possible cheating on exhaust emissions at carmaker Renault , a source at the prosecutor’s office said on Friday.

EPA accuses Fiat Chrysler of excess diesel emissions
Posted:Fri, 13 Jan 2017 03:04:25 -0500
NEW YORK/DETROIT (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday accused Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV of illegally using hidden software to allow excess diesel emissions to go undetected, the result of a probe that stemmed from regulators’ investigation of rival Volkswagen AG.

UPDATE 2-U.S. lawmakers want Russia sanctions over hacking, Ukraine, Syria
Posted:Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:14:46 -0500
WASHINGTON, Jan 10 (Reuters) – U.S. Republican and Democratic senators said Tuesday they want to slap a wide range of sanctions on Russia over its cyber activities and actions in Syria and Ukraine, and force President Donald Trump to formally waive them if he has objections.

BHP Billiton says chairman, CEO hold productive talks with Trump
Posted:Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:51:31 -0500
MELBOURNE, Jan 11 (Reuters) – BHP Billiton , the world’s biggest miner, said its chairman and chief executive held positive talks with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday.

Mexico’s Pemex says protests cause ‘critical’ border city fuel shortage
Posted:Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:13:53 -0500
MEXICO CITY, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Mexico’s oil company, Pemex, is struggling to supply gas stations around the northern border city of Mexicali because of a blockade at a storage site, part of a wave of sometimes violent protests and looting over a gasoline price hike. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/USenergyNews/~3/NaOGyZVZK1Q/mexico-gasoline-idUSL1N1F01DL

UPDATE 1-Trump’s Commerce pick Wilbur Ross is no stranger to protectionism

Posted:Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:17:08 -0500
WASHINGTON, Jan 10 (Reuters) – When billionaire investor Wilbur Ross salvaged two North Carolina textile mills from bankruptcy in 2003 and 2004, one of the first things he did was head to Washington to immerse himself in trade law and policy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/MlAwrNGQ3zE/usa-trump-ross-idUSL1N1F020J

UPDATE 2-Operations at Yamana gold mine in Chile suspended late last week

Posted:Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:57:47 -0500
SANTIAGO, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Operations at Canadian miner Yamana Gold Inc’s El Peñón mine in Chile have been suspended for five days after one of its two unions representing underground workers went on strike and blockaded access to the mine, a union leader said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/ptD6baDb6Lw/yamanagold-chile-strike-idUSL1N1F01I1

U.S. lists first bumble bee species as endangered

Posted:Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:26:20 -0500
Jan 10 (Reuters) – The rusty patched bumble bee, a prized but vanishing pollinator once familiar to much of North America, was listed on Tuesday as an endangered species, becoming the first wild bee in the continental United States to gain such federal protection. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/SLgyHcTzZpE/usa-bumblebees-idUSL1N1F01G0

Operations at Yamana gold mine in Chile suspended late last week

Posted:Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:38:57 -0500
Jan 10 (Reuters) – Operations at Canadian miner Yamana Gold Inc’s El Peñón mine in northern Chile were suspended “late last week” after underground workers rejected the company’s final offer and one of two unions went on strike, a company spokesman said on Tuesday.

FTSE hits new record as miners help European shares inch up

Posted:Tue, 10 Jan 2017 12:20:12 -0500
LONDON/MILAN, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Britain’s FTSE 100 blue-chip index hit fresh record highs on Tuesday, boosted by gains among retailers, while a rally in mining stocks more than offset weaker financials, helping European shares end slightly in positive territory. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/vVRvpHF5yxQ/europe-stocks-idUSL5N1F056F

UPDATE 1-Indonesia to issue new mining rules this week -minister

Posted:Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:38:07 -0500
JAKARTA, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Indonesia will issue new rules for miners this week, the mining minister said late on Tuesday, which will cover contracts and permits, exports, taxes, divestment obligations and domestic processing requirements, among other issues.http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/basicmaterialsNews/~3/adGO41c-JBc/indonesia-mining-idUSL4N1F043P

Poland faces parliamentary showdown over opposition blockade
Posted:Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:01:01 -0500
WARSAW, Jan 11 (Reuters) – Poland is poised for a parliamentary showdown on Wednesday when lawmakers convene for the first time this year after the centrist opposition rebuffed calls to end a blockade over media rights and the 2017 budget vote. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/cyclicalconsumergoodsNews/~3/YXm1eBRgHc4/poland-politics-idUSL5N1F04S5

Russian hackers claim to have compromising information on Trump – CNN
Posted:Wed, 11 Jan 2017 05:10:22 +0530
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Classified documents presented last week to President-elect Donald Trump included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising information about him, CNN reported on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtechnologyNews/~3/bxy3QoidefI/usa-cyber-russia-trump-idINKBN14U2QR

Russia hacked Republican state campaigns but not Trump’s – FBI head
Posted:Wed, 11 Jan 2017 04:54:53 +0530
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Russia hacked into Republican state political campaigns and old email domains of the Republican National Committee but there is no evidence it successfully penetrated President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign, FBI Director James Comey said on Tuesday.

Deutsche Bank to pay $95 million to end U.S. tax fraud case
Posted:Wed, 04 Jan 2017 17:16:56 -0500
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Deutsche Bank AG agreed to pay $95 million to resolve a U.S. government lawsuit accusing the German bank of tax fraud for using “insolvent” shell companies to hide significant tax liabilities from the Internal Revenue Service in 2000. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/tHybIUfph7c/us-deutsche-bank-lawsuit-idUSKBN14O26X

Greek prosecutor raids Novartis Athens offices in bribery probe
ATHENS, Jan 4 (Reuters) – Greek corruption prosecutors have raided the Athens offices of Swiss drug maker Novartis as part of an ongoing probe over bribery allegations after media reports, a court official told Reuters on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/UShealthcareNews/~3/va-lhQ5CUMs/novartis-greece-corruption-idUSL5N1EU1YN

Exxon Mobil, Tillerson agree to cut all ties
Posted:Wed, 04 Jan 2017 15:39:13 -0500
(Reuters) – Exxon Mobil Corp and Rex Tillerson agreed to sever all ties to comply with conflict-of-interest requirements as the company’s former chairman and chief executive awaits confirmation as U.S. secretary of state. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/slltHMJMv_s/us-exxon-mobil-tillerson-idUSKBN14O08N

U.S. Republicans positive on Tillerson, Democrats have questions
Posted:Wed, 04 Jan 2017 15:02:34 -0500
WASHINGTON, Jan 4 (Reuters) – Rex Tillerson, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, won over Republicans during meetings at the U.S. Senate, but Democrats – who want to delay…

UPDATE 7-New York train crash injures more than 100 commuters
Posted:Wed, 04 Jan 2017 14:00:07 -0500
NEW YORK, Jan 4 (Reuters) – A New York City train derailed at a downtown Brooklyn terminal during Wednesday’s morning rush hour, injuring more than 100 commuters in the metropolitan area’s second major rail accident since late September.

Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions
Posted:Wed, 04 Jan 2017 16:24:49 -0500
Jan 4 (Reuters) – The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2100 GMT on Wednesday: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/technologysectorNews/~3/0tpgjp6ACXA/deals-day-idUSL4N1EU2VT