Science

Ethical cocoa schemes no panacea for struggling farmers

LONDON (Reuters) - Global chocolate makers are buying more cocoa sourced through schemes aimed at stamping out poverty as they rush to make their supply chains more ethical ahead of self-imposed 2020 deadlines.

Business

Wall St. eyes lower opening as chip stocks, Apple drop

(Reuters) - Wall Street was on track to open lower on Thursday dragged by declines in chip stocks following a weak forecast from Taiwan Semiconductor, the world's largest contract chipmaker.

Business

Lyft to offset emissions from rides with projects combating climate change

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Lyft Inc is launching a program on Thursday to offset emissions from the 1.4 million cars that drive for the U.S. ride-hailing service by investing in projects to reduce other sources of greenhouse gas, the company said.

Sport

Amazon.com secures U.S. Open tennis rights in UK and Ireland

LONDON (Reuters) - Amazon.com confirmed on Thursday it has secured UK and Ireland rights to broadcast the US Open Tennis Championship, adding its first Grand Slam to a sports offer that already includes action from the ATP World Tour.

Sport

Motor racing: F1 steps into fantasy world with equity stake

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One is targeting the lucrative U.S. fantasy sports market with the launch on Thursday of daily pay-to-play and traditional free F1 games in partnership with Dublin-based PlayON.

Business

Takeda in talks with Shire after $61 billion bid rejected

LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Japan's Takeda Pharmaceutical is in negotiations with Shire after making a third takeover bid worth around $61 billion that was rejected by the London-listed rare diseases drugmaker.

Business

P&G earnings beat as struggling retailers, costs eat into margins

(Reuters) - The world's largest consumer goods maker Procter & Gamble Co narrowly beat quarterly earnings expectations on Thursday, saying shrinking retailer inventories and higher commodities and transportation costs squeezed margins.

Top News

Nestle, Unilever forego price increases to move product

ZURICH/LONDON (Reuters) - First-quarter sales growth at Nestle and Unilever was driven almost entirely by shifting more goods, in a stark illustration of how hard it is for consumer products makers to raise prices in a competitive retail environment.

World

Myanmar minister says conditions in Rohingya refugee camps 'very poor'

YANGON (Reuters) - A Myanmar minister expressed concerns on Thursday about "very poor conditions" in Rohingya refugee camps in neighboring Bangladesh, and said repatriation of the Muslim minority should start as soon as possible due to the coming monsoon

United States

Both sides to call toxicologists in Cosby sex assault trial

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - Expert toxicologists for both sides are expected to take the stand on Thursday in the trial of Bill Cosby who is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a former friend more than a decade ago.

World

Turkey's ruling party taunts opposition over early election

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's ruling AK Party taunted the main opposition party on Thursday to name a candidate to challenge Tayyip Erdogan for June elections which are expected to tighten the president's 15-year hold on power.

World

Britain's lower house to debate EU customs union membership

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's lower house of parliament will debate staying in a customs union with the European Union next week, stepping up pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May to change her Brexit blueprint.

Technology

Qualcomm concessions insufficient to clinch NXP deal: commerce ministry

BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm will have to do more to complete its proposed takeover of NXP Semiconductors , a commerce ministry spokesman said on Thursday.

World

Angolans laugh a little louder as iron grip loosens

LUANDA (Reuters) - A front page complains that the city traffic lights do not work, audiences laugh a little louder at risky political gags, and a policeman admits mistakes were made. After decades of iron rule in Angola, there are signs of a softer touch

United States

Howard commencement to feature "Black Panther" Boseman

The "Black Panther" is returning to his alma mater to give the commencement address at Howard University.

Politics

Comey memos could land Rosenstein in contempt of Congress: Top Democrat

The top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee says Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., is poised to subpoena the Justice Department for former FBI Director James Comey’s memos, which the agency so far has failed to produce.

Politics

Comey friend hints forthcoming report could be damning for Loretta Lynch

A "good friend" of former FBI Director James Comey's said he is "very much" looking forward to what the upcoming Justice Department inspector general report on the Clinton email investigation has to say about former Attorney General Loretta Lynch — th

Sport

Andy Rihs, hearing-aid billionaire and passionate cyclist, dies at 75

ZURICH (Reuters) - Andreas "Andy" Rihs, a Swiss billionaire whose success with the world's largest hearing aid company Sonova financed his passion for professional bicycle racing and soccer, has died at the age of 75.

United States

College apologizes to students after professor curses

A community college in New Jersey has issued an apology after one of its professors was captured on video cursing at a student who considers himself a conservative.

Health

More than half of world's wealthy expect to live to 100 :survey

LONDON (Reuters) - More than half of wealthy investors around the world expect to live to the age of 100, with almost two in three planning to work longer in life to afford a comfortable retirement, according to a survey on Thursday.

Business

Sky reports strong quarter before bid battle steps up

LONDON (Reuters) - Sky , the pay-TV group at the center of a takeover battle between Fox, Disney and Comcast, reported a strong third quarter on Thursday, underlining its appeal to rival U.S. entertainment groups who want to expand in Europe.

World

Grueling Marathon des Sables completes another edition

Under a hot desert sun and with the desolation of the Sahara all around, about 1,000 competitors from 50 countries took part in this year's Marathon des Sables, or Marathon of the Sands.

Top News

North seeks 'complete denuclearization', says Moon, as U.S. vows continued pressure

SEOUL/GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korea has expressed its commitment to "complete denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula and is not seeking conditions, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday, as the United States vowed to maintain "maximum pr

World

Syrian rebels hand over arms, leave another town near Douma

Syrian state media say hundreds of rebels fighters in a town northeast of Damascus have handed in their weapons and started to leave under an evacuation deal.

Business

EU court adviser snubs Nestle KitKat trademark appeal

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - A legal adviser to the European Union's top court advised judges on Thursday to reject an appeal by Nestle in defense of its EU trademark for its KitKat chocolate wafer biscuit.

United States

Alabama set to execute 83-year-old convicted bomber

(Reuters) - Alabama is set on Thursday to execute an 83-year-old convicted pipe-bomb killer who could be the oldest person put to death in the modern era of U.S. capital punishment.

United States

Deadly South Carolina prison riot exposes staffing shortage

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A gang-related melee at a South Carolina prison that ended with seven dead and 17 injured, the deadliest U.S. prison riot in a quarter century, exposed the vulnerability of an understaffed system.

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