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This post ran from August 22 to Sept. 4, 2017. Most recent updates are on top, after image-intro commentary. It continues here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/the-ongoing-saga-85-news-updates-more It is a continuation of: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/07/23/the-ongoing-saga-83-news-updates-more/

Scientists keep discovering that nuclear is more deadly than initially thought. Based on the Oct. 2015 multi-government-funded study of nuclear workers, cancer risk appears around 15 times higher than even BEIR VII (ca 2005) concluded, maybe even higher: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/12/19/another-look-at-the-recent-low-dose-radiation-exposure-study-inworks. There are well-known risks of heart disease and cataracts, too. Cataract-heart disease damage occurs at lower doses than previously admitted, as well.

While it has become popular to talk about ROS damage from radiation (e.g. Timothy Mousseau), ROS occurs in everyday life in contrast to radiation induced clustered DNA damage which is unique to radiation-damage and nearly impossible to correctly repair: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reactive_oxygen_species. Clustered DNA damage 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/

A Russian Gov owned Rosatom subsidiary is trying to get an exemption to use its nuclear fuel in US reactors. It doesn’t want to tell what the fuel rods are made of, either, which matters for operating and waste safety. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/putins-nuclear-fuel-co-wants-exemption-to-fuel-illinois-reactors-with-help-of-exelon-ge-toshiba-hitachi-and-us-nrc/ We have still been unable to find updates.

Concerns raised by San Onofre Safety re High Level Nuclear Waste Shimkus bill H.R. 3053: “The Shimkus bill H.R. 3053 Nuclear Waste Policy Amendment Act of 2017 will make us less safe and not solve the nuclear waste problems, yet preempts existing state and local water and air rights and other rights. It removes safety requirements needed to prevent radioactive leaks. Learn more and share handouts with elected officials and others“. See here: https://sanonofresafety.org

Second Update for Monday 4 September 2017

Note that AST is the same as EDT Florida time (but not EST).
At 500 PM AST (2100 UTC), the center of Hurricane Irma was located
near latitude 16.7 North, longitude 54.4 West. Irma is moving
toward the west near 13 mph (20 km/h) and this general motion is
expected to continue into Tuesday, followed by a turn toward the
west-northwestward late Tuesday
. On the forecast track, the center
of Irma will move near or over portions of the northern Leeward
Islands Tuesday night and early Wednesday.

Data from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate
that the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 130 mph
(215 km/h) with higher gusts. Irma is a category 4 hurricane on the
Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Additional strengthening is
forecast during the next 48 hours.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles (65 km) from the
center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles
(220 km).

The latest minimum central pressure reported by reconnaissance
aircraft is 944 mb (27.88 inches).


Monday 4 September 2017 update

Hurricane Irma past and predicted trajectory.

48 h Wildfire map (obviously not precise this zoomed out but gives an idea.)

This update is still incomplete as the update was a week behind due to Hurricane Harvey research and sleep requirements, but older titles will be added later with new ones.

Notice the theme below – the Trump administration and many Republicans want no standards and then either the indebted Federal government or the usually cash-strapped local gov must pay for the repercussions.

Reuters News Feed Selection

Stricter building rules, rejected by Trump, helped Harvey-hit communities Posted:Fri, 01 Sep 2017 13:37:19 -0400 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As Hurricane Harvey pummeled the Gulf coast in Texas, the city of Seabrook had an edge over flood-swamped nearby towns and the devastation in Houston, just a half-hour drive away. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/iayT_CwuyDc/stricter-building-rules-rejected-by-trump-helped-harvey-hit-communities-idUSKCN1BC5LE

Funding battle looms as Texas sees Harvey damage at up to $180 billion 
Posted:Sun, 03 Sep 2017 19:20:22 -0400 HOUSTON (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Sunday challenged Congress to raise the government’s debt limit in order to free up relief spending for Hurricane Harvey, a disaster that the governor of Texas said had caused up to $180 billion in damage. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/xWJO4loJPag/funding-battle-looms-as-texas-sees-harvey-damage-at-up-to-180-billion-idUSKCN1BE0TL

Harvey victim funds may be delayed without debt limit increase: Mnuchin Posted:Sun, 03 Sep 2017 13:55:21 -0400 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Sunday put pressure on Congress to increase the government’s debt limit by arguing that relief funding for hurricane-ravaged areas of Texas might be delayed if lawmakers do not act quickly. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/y3Cium0-uAA/harvey-victim-funds-may-be-delayed-without-debt-limit-increase-mnuchin-idUSKCN1BE0TP

Texas refineries begin restart after hit from storm Harvey
Posted:Sat, 02 Sep 2017 16:19:17 -0400
HOUSTON (Reuters) – U.S. Gulf Coast refineries and fuel distribution terminals started to reopen on Saturday, a week after Tropical Storm Harvey knocked out nearly 25 percent of the nation’s refining capacity and sent gasoline prices spiking. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/MiDAYKjmVyU/texas-refineries-begin-restart-after-hit-from-storm-harvey-idUSKCN1BD0B9

Nine years on, another Lehman Brothers bankruptcy 
Posted:Fri, 01 Sep 2017 16:22:43 -0400
WILMINGTON, Del (Reuters) – Two affiliates of Lehman Brothers, the U.S. investment bank that collapsed in 2008 and fueled an economic crisis, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy late on Thursday, a reminder of the complexity of unwinding a global financial institution. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/OVVlXMYpeAI/nine-years-on-another-lehman-brothers-bankruptcy-idUSKCN1BC5UP

Federal Reserve finalizes rules to help unwind big banks 
Posted:Fri, 01 Sep 2017 10:56:23 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve on Friday finalized a new rule that should make it easier to wind down systematically important U.S. banks by creating a safe harbor for financial contracts after a firm defaults. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/z8hzimVR-8k/federal-reserve-finalizes-rules-to-help-unwind-big-banks-idUSKCN1BC576

Trump rebukes South Korea after North Korean bomb test 
Posted:Sun, 03 Sep 2017 16:14:13 -0400 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump admonished South Korea, a key ally, for what he termed a policy of “appeasement” after North Korea claimed to have tested an advanced hydrogen bomb for a long-range missile on Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/xRgag3Md4xc/trump-rebukes-south-korea-after-north-korean-bomb-test-idUSKCN1BE0OB

FEMA tells U.S. states to improve their own disaster relief efforts 
Posted:Sun, 03 Sep 2017 10:20:01 -0400 HOUSTON (Reuters) – State and local governments need to become more self-sufficient in handling major disasters like Hurricane Harvey, FEMA Administrator Brook Long said in a televised interview on Sunday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/Wynf7tqbrqc/fema-tells-u-s-states-to-improve-their-own-disaster-relief-efforts-idUSKCN1BE0UG

Los Angeles ‘turns corner’ on largest wildfire in city history
Posted:Sun, 03 Sep 2017 22:08:13 -0400
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A smattering of rain and easing temperatures helped more than a thousand firefighters battling the largest wildfire in Los Angeles history gain the upper hand on the blaze on Sunday, but officials warned that danger remains. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/3Vse0-Poisg/los-angeles-turns-corner-on-largest-wildfire-in-city-history-idUSKCN1BE13J

Irma seen becoming major hurricane early next week: NHC
Posted:Sat, 02 Sep 2017 11:53:43 -0400
(Reuters) – The U.S. National Hurricane Center described Irma as a small hurricane on Saturday as it moved west across the Atlantic Ocean but said it should become “major” when it gets closer to the Lesser Antilles early next week. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/nVN3jkHsPgQ/irma-seen-becoming-major-hurricane-early-next-week-nhc-idUSKCN1BD0MM

British Columbia extends wildfire emergency for fourth time
Posted:Fri, 01 Sep 2017 16:19:04 -0400
(Reuters) – The Canadian province of British Columbia has extended a state of emergency for a fourth time until Sept. 15 due to wildfires raging across the region, the provincial government said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/EP649tfBUa4/british-columbia-extends-wildfire-emergency-for-fourth-time-idUSKCN1BC5WW

U.S. job growth slows in August; wage growth retreats 
Posted:Fri, 01 Sep 2017 13:26:54 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. job growth slowed more than expected in August after two straight months of hefty increases, but the pace of gains should be more than enough for the Federal Reserve to announce a plan to start trimming a massive bond portfolio accumulated as it sought to bolster the economy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/G3SXjymvi2k/u-s-job-growth-slows-in-august-wage-growth-retreats-idUSKCN1BC3Q4

Looming debt ceiling deadline pushing some U.S. fund managers to cash 
Posted:Fri, 01 Sep 2017 19:12:05 -0400
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A potential standoff over the U.S. federal debt ceiling is raising alarm bells among fund managers who fear a repeat of 2011 when a protracted showdown over increasing the government’s borrowing limit and subsequent downgrade of U.S. credit quality led to a more than 15 percent slump in the S&P 500 stock index. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/cbouO_SfRiU/looming-debt-ceiling-deadline-pushing-some-u-s-fund-managers-to-cash-idUSKCN1BC5EB

Harvey’s wake tempers bullish outlook for U.S. oil output growth 
Posted:Fri, 01 Sep 2017 17:16:39 -0400
HOUSTON (Reuters) – Damage and delays from Tropical Storm Harvey will hold the U.S. oil industry back from achieving a targeted 10 million barrels per day of production anytime soon, according to analysts, a setback in America’s fight for global market share with OPEC. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/flhqH_OSYso/harveys-wake-tempers-bullish-outlook-for-u-s-oil-output-growth-idUSKCN1BC5WB

Automaker shares rise as Texans must replace drowned cars 
Posted:Fri, 01 Sep 2017 15:46:54 -0400
DETROIT (Reuters) – Shares of the Big Three Detroit automakers rose on Friday despite lackluster August sales, with investors focusing on a likely surge in demand as residents of the U.S. Gulf Coast replace flood-damaged cars and trucks. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/41lGCN1uRt4/automaker-shares-rise-as-texans-must-replace-drowned-cars-idUSKCN1BC50P

Dow, DuPont complete planned merger to form DowDuPont 
Posted:Fri, 01 Sep 2017 16:27:04 -0400
(Reuters) – Dow Chemical Co and DuPont said on Friday the companies had successfully completed their planned $130 billion merger to form DowDuPont. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/k7DhNIsY9RQ/dow-dupont-complete-planned-merger-to-form-dowdupont-idUSKCN1BC4MO

Dudley broke code of conduct in Wells disclosure misstep: NY Fed 
Posted:Fri, 01 Sep 2017 17:41:19 -0400
NEW YORK (Reuters) – William Dudley, a tough-talking U.S. regulator who heads the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, violated a code of conduct by failing to disclose that his half-sister worked at Wells Fargo & Co , according to an investigation into potential conflicts of interest. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/ZbOYUZvF0XE/dudley-broke-code-of-conduct-in-wells-disclosure-misstep-ny-fed-idUSKCN1BC5QO

Apple shifts responsibility for Siri to operating system chief 
Posted:Fri, 01 Sep 2017 18:31:47 -0400
(Reuters) – Apple Inc has transferred responsibility for Siri, its voice assistant, from content chief Eddy Cue to operating systems chief Craig Federighi, a sign that the company is looking to embed the voice assistant more deeply into its core systems amid rising competition from Alphabet Inc’s Google and Amazon.com Inc . http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/n99i-RSHnhU/apple-shifts-responsibility-for-siri-to-operating-system-chief-idUSKCN1BC65B

Harvey not likely to weigh much on farm freight, logistics: Cargill CEO Posted:Fri, 01 Sep 2017 16:07:03 -0400
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Global commodities trader Cargill Inc [CARG.UL] does not expect a significant impact on freight costs or logistics from the massive flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana, its top executive said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/mqmbsHtTGg4/harvey-not-likely-to-weigh-much-on-farm-freight-logistics-cargill-ceo-idUSKCN1BC5TC

UPDATE 3-New fire erupts at flood-damaged Texas chemical plant -video 
Posted:Fri, 01 Sep 2017 20:51:30 -0400
Sept 1 (Reuters) – A raging fire and thick black smoke erupted on Friday evening from Arkema SA’s flood-damaged Texas chemical plant for the second time this week, according to officials and video aired by local broadcasters. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/7iQ4lxtm5Gs/update-3-new-fire-erupts-at-flood-damaged-texas-chemical-plant-video-idUSL2N1LI1B5

UPDATE 1-U.S. refiner Motiva warns of fuel supply crunch after Harvey -source 
Posted:Fri, 01 Sep 2017 20:18:36 -0400
NEW YORK, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Refiner Motiva has warned customers along the route of the largest U.S. fuel pipeline to prepare for shortages after Hurricane Harvey shut refineries and cut supply to the line, said a source at a fuel distributor supplied by Motiva. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/rrV1wFHoTBs/update-1-u-s-refiner-motiva-warns-of-fuel-supply-crunch-after-harvey-source-idUSL2N1LI26F

Worst floods to hit South Asia in decade expose lack of monsoon planning
Posted:Fri, 01 Sep 2017 12:47:02 -0400
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The most devastating floods to hit South Asia in a decade have killed more than 1,400 people and focused attention on the poor planning and lack of preparedness for annual monsoon rains, as authorities struggle to get aid to millions of destitute. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/V421ooU6DoM/worst-floods-to-hit-south-asia-in-decade-expose-lack-of-monsoon-planning-idUSKCN1BC4QI

Trump nominates Columbia professor Jackson for seat on SEC 
Posted:Fri, 01 Sep 2017 20:42:22 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Friday nominated Columbia University law professor Robert Jackson, an advocate for public disclosure of political spending by companies, for a vacant seat on the five-member U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/QIaC0pAB53w/trump-nominates-columbia-professor-jackson-for-seat-on-sec-idUSKCN1BD009

Mattis signs orders to send additional troops to Afghanistan 
Posted:Thu, 31 Aug 2017 14:56:42 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday he had signed orders to send additional troops to Afghanistan, the most concrete step yet by President Donald Trump’s administration in tackling America’s longest war. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/W7oL2RFsmA8/mattis-signs-orders-to-send-additional-troops-to-afghanistan-idUSKCN1BB2JC

Trump to nominate Juster to be ambassador to India: White House 
Posted:Fri, 01 Sep 2017 20:17:45 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump will nominate Kenneth Juster to be ambassador to India, the White House said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/8NTqhLjXADM/trump-to-nominate-juster-to-be-ambassador-to-india-white-house-idUSKCN1BD00R

New Jersey Senator Menendez fails to win breaks in corruption trial 
Posted:Fri, 01 Sep 2017 12:09:59 -0400
(Reuters) – A federal judge has rejected Senator Robert Menendez’s request to allow breaks in his corruption trial beginning next Wednesday so the New Jersey Democrat could travel to Washington to cast critical Senate votes. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/Gg-9th4JKu8/new-jersey-senator-menendez-fails-to-win-breaks-in-corruption-trial-idUSKCN1BC4G7

Trump to nominate Richard Grenell to be ambassador to Germany 
Posted:Fri, 01 Sep 2017 20:25:30 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump intends to nominate former U.N. spokesman Richard Grenell to be U.S. ambassador to Germany, the White House said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/sPdmcqcStts/trump-to-nominate-richard-grenell-to-be-ambassador-to-germany-idUSKCN1BD00X

Huntington Ingalls wins $2.8 billion U.S. defense contract: Pentagon 
Posted:Fri, 01 Sep 2017 17:25:19 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Huntington Ingalls Inc is being awarded a $2.8 billion cost-plus-incentive fee contract for USS George Washington refueling complex overhaul, the Pentagon said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/QdthnFS3Hqk/huntington-ingalls-wins-2-8-billion-u-s-defense-contract-pentagon-idUSKCN1BC61N

Treasury watchdog reviewing Mnuchin’s solar eclipse trip 
Posted:Fri, 01 Sep 2017 11:36:22 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal watchdog said on Friday it was reviewing the circumstances surrounding U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s controversial flight last month to Kentucky, where he spoke to business leaders and viewed the solar eclipse. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/QAHSxctWt-A/treasury-watchdog-reviewing-mnuchins-solar-eclipse-trip-idUSKCN1BC51C

Russia, digesting U.S. diplomatic retaliation, pledges ‘harsh’ response 
Posted:Fri, 01 Sep 2017 16:50:35 -0400
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia said on Friday it would respond harshly to any U.S. measures designed to hurt it, a day after the United States told Moscow to close its San Francisco consulate and buildings in Washington and New York. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/rNGOe52kMNs/russia-digesting-u-s-diplomatic-retaliation-pledges-harsh-response-idUSKCN1BC4QF

City loses water, thousands of Harvey survivors rescued, 38 dead 
Posted:Thu, 31 Aug 2017 22:47:15 -0400
PORT ARTHUR, Texas (Reuters) – A Texas city lost its drinking water supply and soldiers and police rescued thousands still stranded on Thursday as storm Harvey inflicted more suffering on the Gulf coast after killing 38 people and displacing over a million. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/jG0V_dhqSAs/us-storm-harvey-idUSKCN1B7083

Advertising budget for Obamacare to be cut 90 percent: U.S. health agency 
Posted:Thu, 31 Aug 2017 17:31:00 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said on Thursday it plans to spend $10 million on advertising for the upcoming Obamacare open enrollment period that starts in November, a sharp cut from the $100 million spent last year. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/Kc34JzhBOa8/us-usa-healthcare-idUSKCN1BB30Y

Controversial Wisconsin sheriff who backed Trump resigns 
Posted:Thu, 31 Aug 2017 22:58:26 -0400
(Reuters) – Wisconsin Sheriff David Clarke, an African-American who has criticized the Black Lives Matter movement and was previously under consideration for a position with the Trump administration, has quit his job, an adviser said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/nwf1LUHfPi8/us-wisconsin-sheriff-resignation-idUSKCN1BB39D

Firefighters make progress on California wildfire despite heat 
Posted:Thu, 31 Aug 2017 23:05:11 -0400
(Reuters) – Firefighters made progress in surrounding a Northern California wildfire on Thursday despite searing heat, a day after the blaze triggered evacuation orders for hundreds of local residents. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/b0GKX-YwP3U/us-usa-wildfires-idUSKCN1BC3LP

Florida Supreme Court sides with governor in squabble over death cases 
Posted:Thu, 31 Aug 2017 19:06:55 -0400
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) – The Florida Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that Governor Rick Scott had the authority to reassign a prosecutor’s death penalty cases after she refused to pursue capital punishment for any defendants. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/uDgSwkcKH1A/us-florida-prosecutor-idUSKCN1BB2BI

Texas law banning second-trimester abortion procedure delayed by federal judge Posted:Thu, 31 Aug 2017 20:16:01 -0400
(Reuters) – A Texas law restricting a second-trimester abortion technique, initially due to take effect on Friday, was put on hold for two weeks pending a court hearing on a challenge to the legislation, a federal judge in Austin, Texas, ruled. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/NDHnZ6xVSM4/us-texas-abortion-idUSKCN1BC3CN

Georgia officer quits amid probe of racial comments on video 
Posted:Thu, 31 Aug 2017 19:43:10 -0400
(Reuters) – A Georgia police officer who was shown on video telling a woman during a traffic stop not to worry because police “only kill black people” retired on Thursday, his attorney said, after authorities sought the officer’s dismissal. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/xDESqIeIiyI/us-usa-georgia-police-idUSKCN1BB2FF

Panama ex-president facing political spying charges should be extradited: U.S. judge Posted:Thu, 31 Aug 2017 18:56:26 -0400
(Reuters) – A federal judge in Miami on Thursday said former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli should be extradited to his homeland to face charges he illegally orchestrated a campaign funded by public money to spy on political rivals there. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/G1Avd3-9EtA/us-usa-panama-martinelli-idUSKCN1BB382

U.S. selects four construction firms to build U.S. border wall prototypes 
Posted:Thu, 31 Aug 2017 19:17:31 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration has selected four construction companies to build concrete prototypes for a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/7Zh71u1uAyI/us-usa-border-wall-idUSKCN1BB2YC

More fires expected after blast at Arkema’s flooded Texas plant 
Posted:Thu, 31 Aug 2017 17:55:27 -0400
CROSBY, Texas (Reuters) – Chemical maker Arkema SA said it expected more fires after two explosions hit its flooded plant 25 miles (40 km)northeast of Houston on Thursday, sickening more than a dozen law enforcement personnel and prompting an evacuation of the surrounding area. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/arGYIDWS32U/us-storm-harvey-arkema-idUSKCN1BA2LF

U.S. retaliates against Russia, orders closure of consulate, annexes 
Posted:Thu, 31 Aug 2017 16:03:19 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has told Russia to close its consulate in San Francisco and buildings in Washington and New York that house trade missions, the State Department said on Thursday, in retaliation for Moscow cutting the U.S. diplomatic presence in Russia. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/uwW_IBrQlKY/us-usa-russia-diplomacy-idUSKCN1BB2CY

Mattis signs orders to send additional troops to Afghanistan 
Posted:Thu, 31 Aug 2017 14:56:42 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday he had signed orders to send additional troops to Afghanistan, the most concrete step yet by President Donald Trump’s administration in tackling America’s longest war. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/Dn6epkY8Luw/us-usa-afghanistan-military-idUSKCN1BB2JC

White House vows quick action as Harvey aid estimates soar 
Posted:Thu, 31 Aug 2017 20:26:55 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Estimates of the size of a Hurricane Harvey aid package for Texas and Louisiana rose on Thursday, with one proposal being drafted for $150 billion, while the White House promised to make a request for funding soon to Congress. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/6mvdUAeCJcU/us-storm-harvey-aid-idUSKCN1BB395

Trump’s expected repeal of Dreamer program draws fire from business Posted:Thu, 31 Aug 2017 21:53:57 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump is expected to rescind an Obama administration policy that protects from deportation nearly 800,000 immigrants who as children entered the country illegally, setting the stage for a fight with U.S. business leaders and lawmakers over tough immigration policy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/aZ7MGb1GlPk/us-usa-immigration-daca-idUSKCN1BB2PD

Ex-military officials urge U.S. judge to halt Trump’s transgender ban 
Posted:Thu, 31 Aug 2017 17:10:42 -0400
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Three high-ranking military officials from the Obama administration on Thursday joined several transgender service members in urging a U.S. judge to halt President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the military. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/F9AAfAzP2go/us-usa-military-transgender-idUSKCN1BB31V

Trump to nominate Robert Jackson for seat on SEC: source 
Posted:Thu, 31 Aug 2017 21:32:47 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to nominate Columbia University law professor Robert Jackson to be a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission, a person with knowledge of the matter said on Thursday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/pl8-yKvSPTc/us-usa-sec-jackson-idUSKCN1BC3ED

Hurricane Harvey could push forward U.S. debt ceiling deadline: Mnuchin 
Posted:Thu, 31 Aug 2017 16:50:58 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday that Hurricane Harvey could bring forward the deadline by which the nation’s debt ceiling needs to be raised and that he is open to the borrowing cap being dealt with as part of a wider bill. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/hBRTYF0bDKc/us-usa-fiscal-debt-mnuchin-idUSKCN1BB2D7

U.S. states hit back at EPA chief over climate rule guidance 
Posted:Thu, 31 Aug 2017 11:55:39 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic state officials blasted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday for telling governors in what they describe as a “legally incorrect” letter in March that they do not need to comply with a major climate change regulation. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/y11EQGzAsMU/us-usa-climatechange-idUSKCN1BB28L

House to vote on self-driving car legislation next week 
Posted:Thu, 31 Aug 2017 14:21:50 -0400
(Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives will vote Wednesday on a sweeping proposal to speed the deployment of self-driving cars without human controls and bar states from blocking autonomous vehicles, congressional aides said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/62J-1VCl6oo/us-usa-selfdriving-idUSKCN1BB2BT

Top advisers in more displays of disagreement with Trump 
Posted:Wed, 30 Aug 2017 22:04:24 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Jim Mattis openly differed with his commander in chief over North Korea on Wednesday, the latest example of a once-rare public display of disagreement by top U.S. aides that has become more frequent under President Donald Trump. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/ChKT_UdBPGI/us-usa-trump-advisers-idUSKCN1BB075

Explosions hit flood-swamped Arkema chemical plant in Texas
Posted:Thu, 31 Aug 2017 09:29:43 -0400
WASHINGTON/AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Two explosions hit the flood-swamped Arkema SA chemical plant 25 miles northeast of Houston early on Thursday, and a sheriff’s deputy was taken to a hospital after inhaling fumes, the French company said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/_8i1yvlqI08/us-storm-harvey-arkema-idUSKCN1BA2LF

Search for survivors in Texas as storm Harvey heads north 
Posted:Thu, 31 Aug 2017 09:40:17 -0400
LAKE CHARLES, La./HOUSTON (Reuters) – The remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey drenched northern Louisiana on Thursday as it moved inland, leaving rescuers to search homes around Houston and in the hard-hit southeastern Texas coast for more survivors or victims. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/iQnjFMVFOHg/us-storm-harvey-idUSKCN1B7083

Man arrested for causing wildfire in Northern California 
Posted:Thu, 31 Aug 2017 08:47:17 -0400
(Reuters) – Fire officials have arrested a 29-year-old man they accused of causing a fast-moving wildfire that has destroyed 10 homes and forced the evacuation of about 1,500 residents in Northern California, they said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/3myh77x3eKA/us-usa-wildfires-idUSKCN1BA0VL

Explosions hit flood-swamped Arkema chemical plant in Texas 
Posted:Thu, 31 Aug 2017 09:29:43 -0400
WASHINGTON/AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Two explosions hit the flood-swamped Arkema SA chemical plant 25 miles northeast of Houston early on Thursday, and a sheriff’s deputy was taken to a hospital after inhaling fumes, the French company said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/_8i1yvlqI08/us-storm-harvey-arkema-idUSKCN1BA2LF

Harvey weakens to a tropical depression: U.S. Hurricane Center 
Posted:Wed, 30 Aug 2017 20:15:31 -0400
(Reuters) – Harvey, previously a tropical storm, has weakened into a depression, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/aPXqFV64DrE/us-storm-harvey-nhc-depression-idUSKCN1BB00P

China says local governments pulling punches in winter smog fight 
Posted:Thu, 31 Aug 2017 07:23:30 -0400
SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Some local governments are not fighting hard enough to combat pollution, China’s environment ministry said on Thursday, as Beijing prepares to launch a tough new winter campaign to curb smog and meet politically crucial air quality targets. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/GGLcJ5Sz3yM/us-china-pollution-idUSKCN1BB149

U.S. gives $91 million in additional food aid to drought-hit Ethiopia 
Posted:Thu, 31 Aug 2017 07:38:29 -0400
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – USAID administrator Mark Green on Thursday said the United States would give an additional $91 million in emergency food assistance to help ward off starvation in areas in the south of the country teetering on the edge of famine. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/vAcWnsOl-Qw/us-usa-aid-ethiopia-idUSKCN1BB1G9

German court rejects case seeking compensation for Volkswagen owners Posted:Thu, 31 Aug 2017 07:53:52 -0400
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – A German court in Braunschweig, Germany said on Thursday it had rejected a case seeking compensation for German owners of diesel powered Volkswagen passenger cars. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/7SfwTyNUIkE/us-volkswagen-emissions-lawsuit-idUSKCN1BB1H2

Tanzania invites bids for hydropower project in game reserve 
Posted:Thu, 31 Aug 2017 07:35:30 -0400
DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) – Tanzania has invited bids to build a 2,100-megawatt (MW) hydroelectric plant in a World Heritage site renowned for its animal populations, despite opposition from conservationists to the long-delayed project. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/kIfr7JP3vcE/us-tanzania-power-idUSKCN1BB1G5

EPA sends people, planes to gauge pollution from Texas storm 
Posted:Wed, 30 Aug 2017 15:07:21 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Wednesday it has sent people and airplanes to assess pollution in areas hit by Tropical Storm Harvey, as concerns mount over leaks and spills from the Texas oil industry and Superfund sites. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/U6WWbtucDHc/us-storm-harvey-epa-idUSKCN1BA2J8

Bodies of last missing miners recovered from Harmony mine in South Africa 
Posted:Thu, 31 Aug 2017 08:36:43 -0400
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The bodies of the last two miners unaccounted for at a mine operated by South Africa’s Harmony Gold were recovered on Thursday, the company said, bringing the death toll to five after a tremor shook the shafts last week. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/K7Vs-thaMGA/us-harmony-gold-mng-disaster-idUSKCN1BB1MS

Kremlin says got Trump adviser email about tower project but ignored it
Posted:Wed, 30 Aug 2017 08:26:15 -0400
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman confirmed on Wednesday he had received an email in January last year from an adviser to Donald Trump about a Moscow real estate project, but said he had neither replied nor discussed it with Putin. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/neBoz_968qU/us-usa-trump-russia-kremlin-idUSKCN1BA1I0

Confederate battle flag sales boom after Charlottesville clash
Posted:Tue, 29 Aug 2017 14:26:10 -0400
(Reuters) – Demand for Confederate flags at Chris Ackerman’s Civil War memorabilia shop in Pennsylvania has surged since violence at a white nationalist rally in Virginia this month reignited the United States’ debate over race and the legacy of slavery. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/OExWYbk0TaQ/us-usa-protests-memorabilia-idUSKCN1B926W

Commercial drones face unprecedented test in Harvey’s destructive wake 
Posted:Wed, 30 Aug 2017 08:46:49 -0400
BOSTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) – Fleets of commercial drones are primed to hover over the destruction from Tropical Storm Harvey in an unprecedented test of unmanned aircraft’s ability to assess billions of dollars in damage for the insurance industry and accelerate payouts for harried policyholders. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/mND85Dsth9k/us-storm-harvey-drones-idUSKCN1BA1CE

U.S. conducts missile defense test off Hawaii coast 
Posted:Wed, 30 Aug 2017 06:49:05 -0400
(Reuters) – The U.S. Missile Defense Agency and the Navy successfully conducted a missile defense test off the coast of Hawaii, MDA said in a statement on Wednesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/ajgWUUuClvk/us-usa-defense-idUSKCN1BA19M

UPDATE 4-Harvey soaks Louisiana as Houston paralyzed by flooding 
Posted:Wed, 30 Aug 2017 10:29:50 -0400
HOUSTON/LAKE CHARLES, La., Aug 30 (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Harvey bore down on eastern Texas and Louisiana on Wednesday, bringing the catastrophic downpours that paralyzed the U.S. energy hub of Houston, where record rainfall drove tens of thousands of people from their homes. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/ftinHrGma88/storm-harvey-idUSL2N1LG0NE

Goldman downgrades chances on U.S. shutdown in the wake of Harvey 
Posted:Wed, 30 Aug 2017 10:26:44 -0400
NEW YORK, Aug 30 (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs economists downgraded the likelihood of a U.S. government shutdown to 35 percent from their earlier call of 50 percent in the wake of Harvey, seen as one of the costliest U.S. storms on record. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/oIx3Z9H9AM8/storm-harvey-shutdown-idUSL2N1LG16P

MIDEAST STOCKS-Corporate news boosts UAE, Global Telecom leaps in Egypt Posted:Wed, 30 Aug 2017 10:22:55 -0400
DUBAI, Aug 30 (Reuters) – Corporate news boosted a couple of stocks in the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday, while a leap by Global Telecom and strong international markets lifted Egypt’s blue-chip index sharply. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/lxN9An2wmXA/mideast-stocks-idUSL8N1LG443

UPDATE 8-Crude slips, gasoline jumps as storm shuts a fifth of U.S. fuel output Posted:Wed, 30 Aug 2017 09:45:23 -0400
* Goldman Sachs says 23 pct of U.S. refining capacity is shut http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/RAvjlydEPe0/global-oil-idUSL4N1LG1SO

BRIEF-Deere & Co sets regular quarterly dividend of $0.60/share 
Posted:Wed, 30 Aug 2017 10:14:19 -0400
* Sets regular quarterly dividend of $0.60 per share Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/3VF-0lxwX7s/brief-deere-co-sets-regular-quarterly-di-idUSFWN1LG0M0

North Korea fires missile over Japan: Japanese government 
Posted:Mon, 28 Aug 2017 17:43:21 -0400
TOKYO/SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea fired a missile early on Tuesday from near Pyongyang that flew over northern Japan, the South Korean and Japanese governments said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/w7dpl5n7dU0/us-northkorea-missiles-idUSKCN1B8283

Iraqi forces face tough resistance from IS in final Tal Afar battle 
Posted:Mon, 28 Aug 2017 15:25:18 -0400
AL-‘AYADIYA/BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi forces said they faced tough resistance on Monday from Islamic State fighters driven out of the city of Tal Afar to a small town where they had “nothing to lose” by fighting to the end. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/7Yv_TnqQ4hw/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-talafar-idUSKCN1B81VL

EU urges swifter Brexit talks as London seeks ‘flexibility’ 
Posted:Mon, 28 Aug 2017 16:30:12 -0400
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier said on Monday he was concerned at the slow progress of Brexit talks, while his British counterpart David Davis called for “imagination and flexibility” to move on. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/gsKXgpAvFbU/us-britain-eu-idUSKCN1B70X5

Trump says U.S. is very protective of Baltic region 
Posted:Mon, 28 Aug 2017 17:09:04 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Monday the United States is “very protective” of the Baltics in the face of Russian aggression and will be able to handle any threat that erupts there. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/Wkq-4it94Ho/us-usa-trump-russia-finland-idUSKCN1B825C

In war-torn Darfur, new U.S. aid chief stresses need for humanitarian access 
Posted:Mon, 28 Aug 2017 16:57:27 -0400
ZAM ZAM CAMP, North Darfur (Reuters) – Washington’s top aid official, Mark Green, visiting Sudan’s North Darfur state, stressed on Monday the importance of unfettered humanitarian access as a key demand for easing U.S. sanctions against the government of President Omar al-Bashir. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/WlmPbzupy5o/us-usa-aid-sudan-idUSKCN1B825W

Islamic State leaves Syria-Lebanon border zone 
Posted:Mon, 28 Aug 2017 16:20:39 -0400
BEIRUT (Reuters) – A convoy of Islamic State fighters and their families left the Lebanon-Syria border region on Monday under Syrian military escort, surrendering their enclave and traveling to eastern Syria after a week-long battle. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/EQzG_nhlLkk/us-mideast-crisis-lebanon-syria-idUSKCN1B80PR

Exclusive: U.S.-backed Raqqa battle should end in two months, says senior SDF commander Posted:Mon, 28 Aug 2017 13:00:48 -0400
RAQQA, Syria (Reuters) – The battle to oust Islamic State from its stronghold in the Syrian city of Raqqa should end within two months, a top-ranking Kurdish commander told Reuters, but said she expects the fighting to intensify. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/A9XUpt5yLMQ/us-mideast-crisis-syria-raqqa-idUSKCN1B81SN

Barcelona attackers evaded checks specially designed to prevent attacks: minister Posted:Mon, 28 Aug 2017 11:27:05 -0400
MADRID (Reuters) – A jihadist cell that killed 16 people in a double attack in Catalonia earlier this month managed to evade controls specifically intended to detect potential threats, Spain’s interior minister said on Monday, promising to review procedures. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/gu5UQme7PZk/us-spain-security-idUSKCN1B81M7

Saudi says it’s prepared to handle any stampede or disease at haj 
Posted:Mon, 28 Aug 2017 16:46:47 -0400
MECCA (Reuters) – Saudi health officials overseeing the haj pilgrimage later this week say they are prepared to handle any outbreak of disease or a stampede like the one that killed hundreds of worshippers two years ago. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/qD5fn9Doqic/us-saudi-haj-services-idUSKCN1B8250

Trump adviser Cohn criticizes administration’s Charlottesville response 
Posted:Fri, 25 Aug 2017 08:58:49 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser Gary Cohn said in an interview published on Friday that the administration needs to be more unequivocal in condemning hate groups, but added he was “reluctant” to quit over its response to a recent protest. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/VEuVpafZuI4/us-usa-trump-cohn-idUSKCN1B51JX

Hurricane Harvey strengthens, threatens U.S. with most powerful storm in 12 years Posted:Fri, 25 Aug 2017 09:49:55 -0400
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (Reuters) – Hurricane Harvey intensified early on Friday into potentially the most powerful hurricane to hit the U.S. mainland in more than a decade, as authorities warned locals to shelter from what could be life-threatening winds and floods. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/TTg39Xs5pSw/us-storm-harvey-nhc-idUSKCN1B409K

Yellen: Financial rules have made economy stronger, changes should be ‘modest’ Posted:Fri, 25 Aug 2017 10:06:51 -0400
JACKSON HOLE, Wyo (Reuters) – Reforms put in place after the 2007 to 2009 crisis have strengthened the financial system without impeding economic growth, and any future changes should remain modest, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday in her fullest defense yet of the rules put in place after the Great Recession. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/1lB1XCHci8I/us-usa-fed-yellen-idUSKCN1B51PT

Exclusive: New Russia sanctions disrupt major Intesa loan syndication 
Posted:Fri, 25 Aug 2017 08:00:11 -0400
LONDON/MILAN (Reuters) – Italian bank Intesa Sanpaolo has encountered problems syndicating a loan to Glencore and Qatar’s wealth fund to finance their purchase of a stake in the Kremlin-controlled oil major Rosneft because of new U.S. sanctions against Russia. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/d5DuSmzXmUE/us-intesa-loan-sanctions-idUSKCN1B5172

U.S. fighter pilots in Afghanistan prepare for more air strikes 
Posted:Fri, 25 Aug 2017 07:35:40 -0400
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (Reuters) – For the fighter pilots at the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan, President Donald Trump’s new strategy for the war should mean escalating an already surging air campaign, and possibly including an unrestrained offensive against the Taliban. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/uUgcfYbh1D0/us-afghanistan-usa-airstrikes-idUSKCN1B518I

Without insurance, some vendors balk at stocking Sears’ shelves 
Posted:Fri, 25 Aug 2017 07:31:04 -0400
(Reuters) – U.S. department store operator Sears Holdings Corp is having trouble stocking shelves, as some vendors have fled while others are demanding stricter payment terms because of difficulties hedging against default risk. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/Krhb9INrsR8/us-sears-vendors-insight-idUSKCN1B50E9

Samsung leader Jay Y. Lee given five-year jail sentence for bribery 
Posted:Fri, 25 Aug 2017 08:47:31 -0400
SEOUL (Reuters) – The billionaire head of South Korea’s Samsung Group, Jay Y. Lee, was sentenced to five years in jail for bribery on Friday in a watershed for the country’s decades-long economic order dominated by powerful, family-run conglomerates. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/Ju-VTRurXMc/us-samsung-lee-idUSKCN1B41VC

San Francisco latest city to brace for protests 
Posted:Fri, 25 Aug 2017 06:54:46 -0400
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – San Francisco braced on Friday for a weekend of protests, including a rally by an Oregon-based group that local leaders labeled “white supremacist” as the city’s mayor urged residents to boycott the event. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/Jm8NefdXecs/us-usa-protests-idUSKCN1B514X

Slow divorce risks leaving future Britain-EU ties in limbo 
Posted:Fri, 25 Aug 2017 09:59:55 -0400
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Divisions between Britain and the EU over mapping out their divorce will be laid bare in Brussels next week when the two sides meet for another round of talks whose timetable already looks tight. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/si4z0XpGS_A/us-britain-eu-talks-idUSKCN1B50NA

U.S., Mexico, Canada ink non-disclosure agreements for NAFTA talks 
Posted:Fri, 25 Aug 2017 09:14:39 -0400
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The United States, Mexico and Canada signed non-disclosure agreements before the first round of negotiations to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Mexico’s Economy Ministry said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/9r9y9AJmYZw/us-trade-nafta-idUSKCN1B51K3

Tuesday 22 August 2017

Eclipse of August 21, 2017

Perhaps the Trump advisors are resigning because they got what they wanted from Trump-the Administration?

Reuters News Feed Selection

South Carolina aquarium to monitor animal behavior during eclipse
Posted:Sat, 19 Aug 2017 21:08:11 -0400
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) – Animals in the path of the first total solar eclipse to travel across the United States in 99 years have a big surprise awaiting them on Monday afternoon, biologists say. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/6vjQaUdlQmY/us-solar-eclipse-usa-animals-idUSKCN1B000M

Exclusive: Hyundai Motor Group faces government calls to address ‘big governance risk’
Posted:Sun, 20 Aug 2017 19:16:08 -0400 SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s new antitrust chief said he has been in talks with the autos-to-steel conglomerate Hyundai Motor Group about overhauling its complex ownership structure, which critics say gives too much power to its controlling family at the expense of shareholders. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/1p5-10gTnbE/us-southkorea-antitrust-exclusive-idUSKCN1B00UM

U.S. did not detail request for auto rules of origin at NAFTA talks: source Posted:Sat, 19 Aug 2017 19:51:27 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In the opening NAFTA session of talks, the United States did not give precise details of how much it wanted to boost North American content for autos, a source directly familiar with the negotiations said on Saturday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/xJS4Em4Y2z8/us-trade-nafta-origin-idUSKCN1AZ0R8

Britain will not exclude possible EU oversight of UK borders after Brexit Posted:Sun, 20 Aug 2017 04:47:33 -0400
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will not rule out the possibility that the European Union may retain oversight of customs controls at UK borders after it leaves the bloc, as the country seeks ways to keep unhindered access to EU markets following Brexit. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/F_M32B2pGVQ/us-britain-eu-customs-idUSKCN1B007U

Prominent U.S. religious conservatives defend Trump after Charlottesville Posted:Sun, 20 Aug 2017 22:22:37 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two prominent religious conservatives defended U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday after he was widely criticized for blaming both white nationalists and counter-protesters for last weekend’s violence at a Virginia rally organized by neo-Nazis and white supremacists. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/Wvk1SwwtraU/us-usa-trump-religious-idUSKCN1B00RY

U.S. national monument review to test key land protection law 
Posted:Sun, 20 Aug 2017 09:47:13 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will recommend on Aug. 24 whether to eliminate or shrink nearly two dozen national monuments, creating the first major test for a 111-year-old law that gives presidents the power to protect swaths of public land. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/2ohW1OHCZOk/us-usa-interior-monuments-idUSKCN1B00H7

Bannon’s exit not seen to signal Trump shift to center 
Posted:Sat, 19 Aug 2017 17:32:43 -0400
WASHINGTON/BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s ouster of chief strategist Steve Bannon is unlikely to mark the abandonment of the administration’s “America First” agenda that has unnerved investors and trade partners and split the White House into nationalist and globalist camps. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/aLVnmDBS8qo/us-usa-trump-idUSKCN1AZ0RE

Leading Democrat: Critics can’t conclude Trump is impaired 
Posted:Sun, 20 Aug 2017 11:12:15 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said on Sunday that it was premature to try to remove U.S. President Donald Trump by claiming he is physically or mentally impaired. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/L-QbqYlLgCY/us-usa-trump-removal-idUSKCN1B00KQ

Mnuchin tells Yale classmates: Trump does not equate neo-Nazis with peaceful protesters Posted:Sat, 19 Aug 2017 18:50:17 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Urged by his Yale University classmates to resign as treasury secretary following President Donald Trump’s response to a white nationalist protest, Steven Mnuchin said on Saturday he would stay in office and that Trump “in no way, shape or form” equates neo-Nazis with peaceful protesters. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/Gx50vW9ivoQ/us-usa-trump-mnuchin-idUSKCN1AZ0S8

Trump, first lady will not attend Kennedy Center Honors: White House Posted:Sat, 19 Aug 2017 16:30:56 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will not attend the Kennedy Center Honors in December, the White House announced on Saturday, after several honorees said they would boycott a White House reception before the show. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/J0uvr3pmuGM/us-usa-trump-honors-idUSKCN1AZ0KS

Unwavering Trump voters say they will not miss Steve Bannon 
Posted:Sat, 19 Aug 2017 19:43:50 -0400
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon’s firing has been met with a collective shrug by some of President Donald Trump’s most committed supporters who argue the controversial nationalist became an obstacle to the administration’s agenda. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/dg3NlrMndxU/us-usa-trump-voters-idUSKCN1AZ0SN

Investor Carl Icahn steps down as adviser to President Trump Posted:Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:58:58 -0400
(Reuters) – Billionaire investor Carl Icahn ended his role as a special adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday after facing criticism that policy recommendations he offered could help his own investments. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/W54NRMdH610/us-usa-trump-icahn-idUSKCN1AY2ER

Trump tweets thanks to Steve Bannon for service and role in campaign against Clinton Posted:Sat, 19 Aug 2017 08:01:08 -0400
(Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump praised his former chief strategist Steve Bannon on Saturday, thanking him on Twitter for his service and his role in the presidential election campaign against Hillary Clinton. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/XY_sWevnnFU/us-usa-trump-bannon-idUSKCN1AZ0E2

Pentagon’s Mattis again seeks to reassure U.S. allies 
Posted:Sat, 19 Aug 2017 07:02:47 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Jim Mattis travels to the Middle East and eastern Europe next week to play the increasingly familiar role of reassuring allies that the United States is committed to them despite mixed messages from President Donald Trump. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/JcnowSaZP4U/us-usa-mattis-trump-idUSKCN1AZ0D0

Solar eclipse presents first major test of power grid in renewable era Posted:Sat, 19 Aug 2017 08:00:00 -0400
HOUSTON, Aug 19 (Reuters) – As Monday’s total solar eclipse sweeps from Oregon to South Carolina, U.S. electric power and grid operators will be glued to their monitoring systems in what for them represents the biggest test of the renewable energy era. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/nmMd0sqVwaU/solar-eclipse-usa-grid-idUSL2N1L121H

No gambling, sex please: China widens crackdown on overseas deals Posted:Sat, 19 Aug 2017 04:09:55 -0400
SHANGHAI, Aug 19 (Reuters) – A recent crackdown by China on overseas investments has been assumed to be mainly focused on high-profile acquisitions of things like hotels and football teams around the world. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/y6VkzD7HTZQ/china-economy-odi-idUSL8N1L503J

Zambia restores full power supply to First Quantum mines 
Posted:Sat, 19 Aug 2017 07:50:22 -0400
JOHANNESBURG, Aug 19 (Reuters) – Zambia has restored full electricity supply to the mines of First Quantum Minerals , the ministries of finance and energy said on Saturday, after reducing power to the mines earlier this week. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/z-XCDgK4_iU/zambia-mining-idUSL8N1L50B3

Former UAW official charged in Fiat Chrysler payoff probe 
Posted:Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:07:41 -0400
(Reuters) – A former senior official at the United Auto Workers trade union was charged on Friday with conspiring with other union officials to accept improper payments from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV officials over a four-year period. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/POlCzDd-3K4/us-fiat-chrysler-corruption-labor-idUSKCN1AY2HU

U.S. prosecutors recommend three years in prison for VW engineer Liang Posted:Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:10:36 -0400
DETROIT (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors on Friday recommended a three-year prison sentence for Volkswagen AG engineer James Liang for his role in a diesel emissions scandal that has cost the German automaker as much as $25 billion. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/TaZZWpkSqEU/us-volkswagen-emissions-idUSKCN1AY2EF

Platinum founder’s lawyers ordered not to contact U.S. government witnesses 
Posted:Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:24:03 -0400
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Friday ordered lawyers defending Platinum Partners founder Mark Nordlicht in a $1 billion fraud case not to communicate with U.S. government witnesses or their lawyers, after prosecutors claimed Nordlicht’s lawyers tried to intimidate a key witness. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/FVNkO32RRzc/us-platinum-partners-court-idUSKCN1AY2C3

Exclusive: Citigroup tops bank group for Petrobras unit IPO – source 
Posted:Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:39:34 -0400
SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Citigroup Inc and seven other banks will underwrite the initial public offering of Petróleo Brasileiro SA’s fuel distribution unit, which will likely occur in November, a person with direct knowledge of the plan said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/7Sb4JM2AvZM/us-br-distribuidora-ipo-exclusive-idUSKCN1AY27O

India’s Infosys approves up to $2 billion buyback of shares 
Posted:Sat, 19 Aug 2017 08:06:25 -0400
MUMBAI (Reuters) – India’s second-biggest IT firm Infosys said on Saturday it will buy back shares worth up to 130 billion rupees ($2 billion), a day after Vishal Sikka resigned as chief executive after a long-running feud with the company’s founders. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/CEzfOz_tPMs/us-infosys-buyback-idUSKCN1AZ05E

Ranchers in parched U.S. Northern Plains welcome hay lottery 
Posted:Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:40:41 -0400
(Reuters) – Hundreds of livestock ranchers in the drought-stricken U.S. Northern Plains are embracing what organizers say is the first lottery designed to provide some much-needed relief to their operations. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/S77BpxXJJFQ/us-usa-livestock-drought-idUSKCN1AY1XO

British Columbia extends wildfire state of emergency for third time 
Posted:Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:00:39 -0400
CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – The Canadian province of British Columbia has extended a state of emergency for a third time until Sept. 1 because of wildfires raging across the region, the provincial government said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/OXtS29rRhqo/us-canada-wildfire-idUSKCN1AY2DL

Swiss road agency bans new Porsche Cayenne registrations 
Posted:Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:04:52 -0400
ZURICH (Reuters) – Switzerland’s road agency on Friday imposed a preliminary ban on new registrations of Porsche Cayenne cars equipped with manipulated diesel engine management software. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/t4iD6Zm8doE/us-volkswagen-emissions-porsche-hldg-swi-idUSKCN1AY19Q

Montana wildfire triggers hundreds of evacuations 
Posted:Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:47:38 -0400
(Reuters) – A lightning-sparked wildfire burning for more than a month in western Montana has flared anew, prompting the evacuation of nearly 750 homes on Thursday as firefighters braced for more hot and windy weather forecast for the weekend, authorities said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/dR6VXco3hT8/us-usa-wildfires-idUSKCN1AY06X

“What’s ‘smog’ in Kazakh?” China language mix snags environment inspectors Posted:Fri, 18 Aug 2017 02:02:25 -0400
BEIJING (Reuters) – With one national language often spoken poorly and thousands of regional dialects and ethnic minority tongues, China is having to employ multilingual officials as it embarks on its latest round of environment inspections across the country. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/9qXCb0dtOBM/us-china-environment-language-idUSKCN1AY0I6

Cities across Africa face threat of landslides like Sierra Leone 
Posted:Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:33:28 -0400
DAKAR (Reuters) – Natural and human factors made Sierra Leone’s capital vulnerable to a landslide that killed more than 400 people this week: heavy rain, deforested land and communities forced by overcrowding to live on steep hillsides. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/LRr8YS5i_sM/us-leone-mudslide-africa-idUSKCN1AY115

Congo landslide death toll likely to rise over 200: Ituri vice governor 
Posted:Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:31:03 -0400
DAKAR (Reuters) – A landslide in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo likely killed more than 200 people, based on estimates from the number of households submerged, the vice governor of affected Ituri province said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/OxIxLu0ENKk/us-congo-mudslide-idUSKCN1AY2DD

Sierra Leone buries 461 mudslide victims, more still missing 
Posted:Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:29:07 -0400
FREETOWN (Reuters) – Sierra Leone has buried 461 victims of a mudslide that swept away homes on the edge of the capital this week, an official at the central morgue said on Friday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/CMenDjztnlo/us-leone-mudslide-idUSKCN1AY1RF

NAFTA negotiators hone in on origin rules, dispute settlement 
Posted:Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:47:33 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S., Canadian and Mexican negotiators on Friday began digging into some of the thorniest issues in modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement, including rules of origin for goods produced in the region, services trade and a controversial dispute settlement system. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/taFwKL3xvek/us-trade-nafta-idUSKCN1AY1WC

Fire put out at major PetroChina refinery in Dalian 
Posted:Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:45:55 -0400
BEIJING (Reuters) – A fire that broke out on Thursday at state oil major PetroChina’s plant in northeastern China, one of the country’s largest refineries, has been put out with no reported casualties, state media reported. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/bKvOzve3GPg/us-china-petrochina-fire-idUSKCN1AX1II

Anti-poaching activist shot dead in Tanzania; motive unclear
Posted:Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:25:32 -0400
NAIROBI (Reuters) – A prominent conservationist who worked on high profile ivory smuggling cases has been shot dead in Tanzania, colleagues said on Tuesday, although the motive for the killing was unclear. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/lo5XICPb1A8/us-tanzania-shooting-idUSKCN1AX27I

Trump disbands business councils after CEOs quit in protest 
Posted:Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:57:27 -0400
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – President Donald Trump disbanded two high-profile business advisory councils on Wednesday after several chief executives quit in protest over his remarks blaming weekend violence in Virginia not only on white nationalists but also on anti-racism activists who opposed them. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/6oCplWKIKmw/us-usa-trump-idUSKCN1AW0AN

Republicans offer few tax plan details at high-profile event 
Posted:Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:37:36 -0400
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) – Republican tax writers from the U.S. House of Representatives promoted their legislative goals at a special gathering in California on Wednesday, but offered few new details about provisions that may end up in their long-sought overhaul plan. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/ayE-5JIVLOQ/us-usa-tax-idUSKCN1AW2LJ

Sessions slams Chicago sanctuary policies 
Posted:Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:36:36 -0400
(Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday strongly criticized the city of Chicago’s political leadership, citing its so-called sanctuary policies as an example of the breakdown of law and order in the country. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/ypEcqMZr5Z4/us-usa-immigration-sanctuary-idUSKCN1AW2NX

U.S. ends program for Central American minors fleeing violence 
Posted:Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:08:54 -0400
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security terminated a program on Wednesday that allowed minors fleeing violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to settle in the United States, ending travel hopes for more than 2,700 children awaiting approval. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/bjwVdLPsuOI/us-usa-immigration-minors-idUSKCN1AW2OZ

Violence prompts U.S. Congress to discuss militant threats Posted:Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:48:21 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. congressional panel next month will hold a hearing on violent extremism, including threats from domestic militants, following a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned deadly. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/OLORbyB9R6g/us-virginia-protests-congress-idUSKCN1AW2PJ

Trump says ending two CEO advisory panels: tweet Posted:Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:33:19 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump dismantled two CEO advisory panels on Wednesday as a growing number of chief executives announced their resignations following his response to a weekend of violence in Virginia that stoked racial tensions nationwide. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/p2zpD7Qa0A0/us-usa-trump-ceos-cancellation-idUSKCN1AW27E

With no U.S.-Canada deal, lumber talks to run parallel to NAFTA 
Posted:Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:01:00 -0400
WASHINGTON, Aug 16 (Reuters) – The United States and Canada have failed to settle a festering trade dispute on softwood lumber ahead of talks to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), but will keep the lumber negotiations on a separate, parallel track, officials from both countries said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/F_E6hiuf9jk/trade-nafta-lumber-idUSL2N1L123U

UPDATE 9-Trump, again, casts blame on both sides for deadly violence in Virginia Posted:Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:59:30 -0400
NEW YORK, Aug 15 (Reuters) – President Donald Trump insisted on Tuesday that left- and right-wing extremists became violent during a weekend rally by white nationalists in Virginia, reigniting a political firestorm over U.S. race relations and his own leadership of a national crisis. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/companyNews/~3/N28pXztG4kg/virginia-protests-idUSL8N1L137F

Trump infrastructure push rolls back environmental rules
Posted:Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:04:15 -0400
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday rolled back rules regarding environmental reviews and restrictions on government-funded building projects in flood-prone areas as part of his proposal to spend $1 trillion to fix aging U.S. infrastructure. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/environment/~3/LVIW472RPIw/us-usa-trump-infrastructure-idUSKCN1AV1ZI

Texas governor signs bill to limit insurance coverage for abortions 
Posted:Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:14:19 -0400
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – The Republican governor of Texas signed into law on Tuesday a measure that will restrict insurance coverage for abortions, compelling women to buy a supplemental plan if they want coverage for the procedure. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/fpusJYq4CuM/us-texas-abortion-idUSKCN1AV2F4

U.S. court strikes down two Republican-drawn Texas congressional districts 
Posted:Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:00:46 -0400
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A U.S. court struck down two Republican-drawn U.S. congressional districts in Texas on Tuesday, saying they were discriminatory and ordering a remedy ahead of elections in 2018, court papers showed. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/MMKYNR6ZO7s/us-texas-election-court-idUSKCN1AV2JD

Mexican judge orders investigation of inquiries into extrajudicial killings 
Posted:Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:54:11 -0400
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A Mexican judge has ordered the country’s attorney general to investigate possible negligence in inquiries conducted into extrajudicial executions allegedly committed by the military in 2014, according to a decision announced on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/rlMCFkmWqPw/us-mexico-crime-idUSKCN1AW03Q

Taiwan suffers massive power cut, affecting millions of households 
Posted:Tue, 15 Aug 2017 23:32:24 -0400
TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan suffered a massive power blackout on Tuesday evening that hit businesses and residential homes, affecting close to seven million households on the heavily industrialized island amid sweltering heat. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/Nndm_iw_-rI/us-taiwan-power-outages-idUSKCN1AV1SQ

North Korea delays Guam missile firing; U.S. says dialogue up to Kim 
Posted:Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:55:30 -0400
SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has delayed a decision on firing missiles toward Guam while he waits to see what the United States does, the North’s state media reported on Tuesday as the United States said any dialogue was up to Kim. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/EgRw7IzILjY/us-northkorea-missiles-idUSKCN1AU04U

Tillerson raps some U.S. allies for religious freedom violations, slams IS 
Posted:Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:41:16 -0400
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. allies including Saudi Arabia and Bahrain did not uphold principles of religious freedom in 2016, while Islamic State has carried out “genocide” against religious minorities, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/Tpm-2lp778o/us-usa-religion-idUSKCN1AV2JJ

War room 2.0? U.S. Air Force upgrades Middle East command center Posted:Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:48:59 -0400
AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar (Reuters) – With its wall-sized screens simultaneously showing America’s air wars in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, this war room at the heart of America’s biggest military campaigns is already something of a technological marvel. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/i16Q4_-HKkA/us-usa-military-technology-idUSKCN1AV2M3

Iran could quit nuclear deal in ‘hours’ if new U.S. sanctions imposed: Rouhani Posted:Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:49:49 -0400
DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran could abandon its nuclear agreement with world powers “within hours” if the United States imposes any more new sanctions, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/OeGkfFotWZw/us-iran-nuclear-rouhani-idUSKCN1AV0LW

Britain seeks Brexit without borders for Northern Ireland Posted:Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:18:52 -0400
LONDON (Reuters) – There should be no border posts between Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland after Brexit, Britain said in an early attempt to resolve one of the most complex aspects of its European Union exit. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/DwwMxwpemvk/us-britain-eu-ireland-idUSKCN1AV2KX

Venezuelan protesting violinist released by authorities 
Posted:Tue, 15 Aug 2017 23:34:13 -0400
CARACAS (Reuters) – A young violin player who became a symbol of anti-government protests in Venezuela was released on Tuesday after three weeks in detention, according to the country’s chief prosecutor. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/bm9oyRteElM/us-venezuela-politics-violinist-idUSKCN1AW05A

Indonesian president calls to safeguard pluralism from extremist threat 
Posted:Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:34:24 -0400
JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s president said on Wednesday that the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country needed to pull together to meet the threat of extremism and safeguard a constitution that enshrines religious freedom and diversity. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/I3Rt6O01RiM/us-indonesia-president-idUSKCN1AW080

Nearly 400 bodies recovered from Sierra Leone mudslide: coroner 
Posted:Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:01:35 -0400
FREETOWN (Reuters) – Rescue workers have recovered nearly 400 bodies from a mudslide in the outskirts of Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown, the chief coroner said on Tuesday, as morgues struggled to find space for all the dead. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/E-cZQ4WlsJA/us-leone-mudslide-idUSKCN1AV0SM

Gunmen kill at least 17 in attack on Burkina Faso restaurant 
Posted:Sun, 13 Aug 2017 23:09:05 -0400
OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) – Suspected jihadists killed at least 17 people and wounded eight during a raid on a restaurant in Burkina Faso’s capital on Sunday, the communications’ minister said, as security forces at the scene tried to end the attack. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/16aDq173yr4/us-burkina-security-idUSKCN1AU00V

Chinese state newspaper says Trump trade probe will ‘poison’ relations 
Posted:Sun, 13 Aug 2017 23:01:21 -0400
BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s order to his top trade adviser to investigate supposedly unfair Chinese trade practices will “poison” relations between the two countries, a Chinese state-run newspaper said on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/jpwiXryZVSI/us-usa-trump-trade-china-idUSKCN1AU07E

North Korea still needs time to perfect re-entry technology: South Korea vice defense minister Posted:Sun, 13 Aug 2017 22:09:05 -0400
SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea still does not appear to have mastered missile re-entry technology and will take at least one or two more years to do so, although its ability to miniaturize a nuclear warhead is advancing quickly, South Korea’s vice defense minister said. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/IFSFwmK6zvI/us-northkorea-missiles-technology-idUSKCN1AU04U

Drilling ship leaves Vietnam oil block after China row 
Posted:Sun, 13 Aug 2017 23:35:51 -0400
HANOI (Reuters) – The drilling ship at the center of a row between Vietnam and China over oil prospecting in disputed waters in the South China Sea has arrived in waters off the Malaysian port of Labuan, shipping data in Thomson Reuters Eikon showed on Monday. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/sH1UuLRMUS8/us-southchinasea-vietnam-idUSKCN1AU090

Trump’s threat of Venezuela military action could bolster Maduro 
Posted:Sun, 13 Aug 2017 22:51:30 -0400
CARACAS (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s talk of possible military action in Venezuela could be a political lifeline for the country’s unpopular leader, who has long used the threat of U.S. aggression to justify policies that have shredded the economy. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/__mViI8x5PI/us-venezuela-politics-idUSKBN1AT040

Argentines shy away from populism in key Senate primary 
Posted:Sun, 13 Aug 2017 23:34:25 -0400
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina’s business-friendly president’s preferred candidate looked set to pull off a surprise win in a closely watched Senate primary on Sunday, an apparent upset over populist former president Cristina Fernandez in Buenos Aires province. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/wt2W0MSjRBA/us-argentina-election-idUSKCN1AT06B

Saudi top prosecutor summons Twitter users for harming public order 
Posted:Sun, 13 Aug 2017 14:51:30 -0400
RIYADH (Reuters) – A group of Twitter users will be indicted in Saudi Arabia on charges of harming public order for threatening the “safety and moderate ideology of society” through extremism, according to a statement on state news agency SPA. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/CwCF-_wQSU4/us-saudi-rights-twitter-idUSKCN1AT0QN

Lebanon’s Hezbollah says U.S. can’t hurt it, dismisses sanctions 
Posted:Sun, 13 Aug 2017 14:01:13 -0400
BEIRUT (Reuters) – The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah on Sunday dismissed the prospect of tougher U.S. sanctions against his group, which is backed by Iran, and said the U.S. administration had no way to harm it. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/K3VnCDFgv0Q/us-lebanon-usa-hezbollah-idUSKCN1AT0N1