United States

3 former US Army soldiers convicted in contract killing ordered by international crime boss

Three former American soldiers were found guilty Wednesday for the murder-for-hire of a female real estate agent in the Philippines whom an international crime boss accused of cheating him in a land deal.

Politics

Comey memos detail Trump's comments on Russia, reservations about Flynn

In his memos documenting conversations with President Donald Trump, former FBI Director James Comey recounts Trump's "serious reservations" about then-national security adviser Michael Flynn as well as the President's concerns about media leaks and a stat

Business

Australia vows crackdown on corporate misconduct as bank inquiry claims AMP scalp

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian inquiry into financial sector misconduct claimed its first scalp on Friday as the chief executive of the country's largest wealth manager stepped down over revelations of board-level deception and misappropriation of funds

Technology

China's ZTE slams U.S. ban on sales as unfair, vows to safeguard interests

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp said on Friday a U.S. decision to impose sanctions on the company was unfair and threatens the survival of the technology giant as it pledged to safeguard its rights through all legal means.

Touring

Phillip Island Supercars: Courtney fastest in opening practice

It was Holdens on top across the 40-minute session, Scott Pye leading the early running with a 1m31.465s set inside the first 10 minutes.David Reynolds then went quickest with a 1m31.358s shortly afterwards, before Courtney jumped to the top with a 1m30.9

Business

Oil close to late-2014 highs on supply cuts, strong demand

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices held firm on Friday near three-year highs reached earlier this week as ongoing OPEC-led supply cuts gradually draw down excess supplies.

Politics

James Comey’s Memos Show That President Trump Complained About Michael Flynn’s ‘Judgment Issues’

According to new memos which are part of Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether the president sought to obstruct justice

United States

Clapper: No big surprises in Comey memos

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper discusses former FBI Director James Comey's memos documenting conversations with President Donald Trump.

World

Fire dancers hope to keep flame alive during Boracay closure

BORACAY, Philippines (Reuters) - As night falls on the Philippine resort island of Boracay, beach-goers eat, drink and watch a troupe of fire dancers twirling flames and performing acrobatics.

Top News

Kanye West Announces Release Dates for a New Solo Album and Kid Cudi Collaboration

Kanye West tweeted about a solo album coming out on June 1 and a collaboration with Kid Cudi under the name Kids See Ghost a week later

United States

Valero's Texas City refinery hit by explosion, fire

HOUSTON (Reuters) - An explosion set off a huge fire at Valero Energy Corp's 225,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Texas City, Texas, refinery on Thursday afternoon but the fire was quickly contained, according the City of Texas City Emergency Management office.

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