World

Turkey's Erdogan says U.S. should look at its own actions if it wants jailed pastor freed

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said the United States should look at its own actions if it wants the return of an American Christian pastor who has been jailed in Turkey for suspected links to a 2016 failed coup.

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U.S. regulator permits China's ZTE to submit more evidence

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Commerce Department has granted ZTE Corp's request to submit more evidence after the agency banned American companies from selling to the Chinese technology firm, a senior Commerce official said on Saturday.

Business

U.S. sanctions on Vekselberg have $1.5-$2 billion assets frozen: sources

ZURICH/MOSCOW - Assets totaling between $1.5 billion and $2 billion have been frozen as a result of sanctions imposed on Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg and his Renova Group conglomerate, two sources close to the matter told Reuters on Saturday.

World

Russia says U.S. building 'visa wall' after Bolshoi dancers denied entry

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Saturday the United States was trying to fence off Russians with a "visa wall" after two Bolshoi ballet dancers were refused visas to perform in New York.

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Former U.S. taekwondo star waits a decade for her #MeToo moment

(Reuters) - It has taken a decade, but Mandy Meloon, a two-time taekwondo world champion thrown off the U.S. national team in 2007 after accusing her coach of molesting her at age 16, has won a measure of vindication.

United States

U.S. student anti-gun activists to keep momentum alive over summer

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Leaders of the student-led anti-gun movement, who inspired classroom walkouts across the country on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre, say they plan to maintain their activism through the long summer break.

Politics

U.S. President Trump to visit Britain mid-year, possibly July: reports

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will visit Britain midway through 2018, possibly in July, British newspapers reported on Saturday, citing government sources in Washington and London.

World

Iran has 'expected and unexpected' reactions if U.S. leaves deal: Rouhani

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday Iran's atomic agency was ready with "expected and unexpected" reactions if the United States pulls out of a multinational nuclear deal.

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Trade tensions set for brighter U.S. corporate spotlight

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The potential for an intensifying trade dispute to undercut the U.S. stock market could become clearer next week when a host of multinational companies reports quarterly results that may provide a glimpse into the impact of those glob

United States

Internal review cleared Trump's CIA pick in videotape destruction

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A internal CIA review in 2011 cleared U.S. President Donald Trump's choice to head the agency, Gina Haspel, of wrongdoing in the destruction of videotapes depicting the harsh interrogation of an al Qaeda suspect, according to a memo

Politics

EPA staff see hurdles in Pruitt science revamp, internal emails show

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials are concerned that companies may be required to publicly disclose confidential data used in crafting government regulations, under an initiative by the agency's chief to eliminate "secr

Politics

Trump, France's Macron to discuss Iran nuclear deal next week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron will discuss the Iran nuclear agreement at the White House on Tuesday, although discussions with European countries on addressing U.S. concerns about the 2015 deal wer

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Trump's next $100 billion tariff dilemma: hit Wal-Mart or Apple Store?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumers may be about to directly feel the effects of the trade fight started by U.S. President Trump with China and other countries this year when a new list of Chinese imports to be taxed is announced in coming days.

Entertainment

‘Smallville’ actress arrested in self-help guru's New York sex traffic case

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York actress Allison Mack was arrested Friday on charges that she aided self-help guru Keith Raniere in running a secret society that enslaved women and branded them with his initials, federal prosecutors said.

Technology

Tech tumbles ahead of crucial week for quarterly results

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S. technology stocks tumbled on Friday ahead of a crucial week of quarterly reports from Alphabet, Facebook and other heavyweights as investors worried that the high-performance sector may be running out of fuel.

Business

U.S. banks push mortgage apps as home lending slows

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Big U.S. banks are racing to launch websites and mobile apps to make getting a mortgage faster and easier, investments that may have modest near-term payoffs as home lending activity slows.

Politics

Judge to review Trump, Cohen request to delay Stormy Daniels lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday declined to immediately grant a request by U.S. President Donald Trump and his personal lawyer Michael Cohen to delay a lawsuit by adult-film actress Stormy Daniels related to her alleged affair with Trump

Politics

Senate's top Democrat seeks to tear down barriers to legal pot

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer on Friday backed the decriminalization of marijuana, unveiling a bill removing it from the federal schedule of controlled substances days after President Donald Trump softened his own stan

Politics

Lawmakers propose giving top NY prosecutor power to bypass Trump pardons

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York state lawmakers on Friday introduced legislation to give the state's attorney general and other local prosecutors the power to bring criminal charges against people pardoned by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Business

Flat yield curve? Not to worry, Fed policymakers say

CHICAGO/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - As the gap between short- and long-term borrowing costs hovers near its lowest in 10 years, some investors worry the so-called yield curve is flashing red: that a recession, always preceded by such a flattening, could be

World

Castro bows out in Cuba but Cold War chill returns with U.S.

HAVANA (Reuters) - Raul Castro has stepped down as president and his brother Fidel is dead but U.S. relations with Cuba are frostier than in years, with their reopened embassies nearly empty and President Donald Trump hinting at measures that could furthe

Politics

Democrats sue Russia, Trump campaign for alleged 2016 election conspiracy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Democratic Party sued the Russian government, U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign and WikiLeaks on Friday, charging that they carried out a wide-ranging conspiracy to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Business

Trump rails against high oil prices, OPEC pushes back

WASHINGTON/JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump accused OPEC on Friday of "artificially" boosting oil prices after a year-plus pact that has slashed global crude inventories, drawing rebukes from oil-producing countries as prices d

Politics

Ex-FBI No. 2 alerted then-FBI chief Comey of plans to talk to press: lawyer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe sent emails to then-Director James Comey alerting him he planned to push back against negative news coverage related to his oversight of probes into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,

Sport

U.S. gymnastics coaching duo says doctor's sex abuse surprised them

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The coaching couple who helped turn the U.S. women's gymnastics team into a global powerhouse said in a TV interview aired on Friday that they knew nothing about the alleged sexual assaults by team doctor Larry Nassar at their trainin

World

No time for golf as Merkel braces for tough talks with Trump

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces difficult talks next Friday with U.S. President Donald Trump at a time when Washington and Berlin are at odds over a range of issues from trade to Iran, her transatlantic coordinator said on Friday.

Business

Wall Street opens flat on tech, oil weakness

(Reuters) - U.S. stock indexes opened flat on Friday, as strong earnings from industrials General Electric and Honeywell were offset by declines in technology stocks and oil price.

Technology

Chips down: China aims to boost semiconductors as trade war looms

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has long pushed the development of top-end semiconductors as a key strategic objective.

World

Kremlin: U.S. is making it hard for Aeroflot crews to get visas

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Friday that the United States was deliberately making it difficult for Aeroflot crews to obtain U.S. visas and that it was concerned by the situation.

Business

U.S. Treasury weighs emergency powers to curb Chinese investments: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury is considering ways to restrict sensitive Chinese investments in the United States by invoking an emergency powers law and bringing forward some security review reforms for corporate acquisitions, a senior Treasury

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