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.

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Cuba set to swear in new president to replace Raul Castro

HAVANA (Reuters) - An era will end in Communist-run Cuba on Thursday when President Raul Castro retires, likely handing over the reins to his right hand man Miguel Diaz-Canel, born the year after brothers Fidel and Raul led their 1959 leftist revolution.

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U.S. states look to tax day to gauge fallout from federal tax law

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Taxpayer actions in response to sweeping federal tax changes passed by the U.S. Congress late last year will likely force states that tax personal income to tear up their revenue forecasts and start again.

Sport

England to face Switzerland and U.S. in autumn friendlies

(Reuters) - England will play friendlies against Switzerland and the U.S. as part of their autumn schedule later this year, the Football Association announced on Wednesday.

Sport

Motor racing: Ricciardo wants two-year deal because of F1 uncertainty

LONDON (Reuters) - Daniel Ricciardo says he does not want his next Formula One contract to tie him down for the next four years due to the uncertainty over the sport's future and instead wants to sign a two-year deal.

World

More Thais die on new year roads despite new safety campaign

BANGKOK (Reuters) - More than 400 people died in road accidents in Thailand over the traditional new year holiday, the Interior Ministry said on Wednesday, higher than the year before despite a new road safety campaign.

Health

U.S. drug agency proposes rules to rein in opioid manufacturing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Tuesday unveiled plans to rein in the amount of opioids that can be manufactured by drugmakers in a given year in an effort to combat the deadly opioid epidemic in the United States.

World

Children of Iraq's Kawliya return to school after 14-year break

AL-ZUHOOR, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraq’s Kawliya minority, also known as the country's gypsies, have long been marginalized by society.

Science

Gerst aims to be 'nice boss' as first German ISS commander

COLOGNE (Reuters) - Astronaut Alexander Gerst says he aims to be a "nice boss" when he becomes the $100 billion International Space Station's first German commander later this year.

World

Turkey's ruling AK Party to discuss call for early election

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish deputy prime minister said the ruling AK Party would discuss a suggestion by the nationalist MHP party to hold the presidential election in August this year, more than a year before the November 2019 scheduled date.

World

Myanmar to free over 8,000 prisoners in new-year amnesty

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's new president said on Tuesday over 8,000 prisoners will be freed in an amnesty, a move the government said would bring about humanitarian support amid the country's political reforms after decades of military rule.

Business

China's first-quarter economic growth beats expectations on firm consumption, property sector

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's economy grew 6.8 percent in the first quarter of 2018, slightly faster than expected, buoyed by strong consumer demand and surprisingly robust property investment despite continued measures to tame rising home prices.

Business

Fed's Kaplan says he has no problem with being 'restrictive'

(Reuters) - Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Robert Kaplan on Monday said he expects the U.S. central bank to raise interest rates three times this year and further next year to levels that could put the brakes on U.S. economic growth, but that he do

Entertainment

Hearing loss causes Huey Lewis to call off 2018 concerts

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rock group Huey Lewis and the News have called off performing this year after singer Huey Lewis on Friday said he has lost most of his hearing and cannot "hear music well enough to sing."

World

Brazil retail magnate Rocha defies left in presidential race

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Angry leftist protests outside his businesses will not deter billionaire Flavio Rocha from running in Brazil's presidential election this year, advocating a crackdown on crime, a much smaller state and conservative family values.

Sport

Soccer: Kovac to take over Bayern next season on three year deal-club

BERLIN (Reuters) - Croatian Niko Kovac will succeed Jupp Heynckes as Bayern Munich coach next season, agreeing on a three-year contract, the German champions said on Friday.

World

Indonesia set for repeat contest in 2019 presidential poll

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Former Indonesian general Prabowo Subianto has accepted the endorsement of the main opposition party to stand as a candidate in a presidential election next year, setting the stage for a rematch with President Joko Widodo.

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Exclusive: Pentagon stops accepting F-35 jets from Lockheed over repair cost dispute

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Defense has stopped accepting most deliveries of F-35 jets from Lockheed Martin Corp because of a dispute over who will cover costs for fixing a production error found last year on more than 200 of the stealt

World

Indian Railways says deaths, injuries from accidents fall amid safety crackdown

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Deaths and injuries from train collisions or derailment in India more than halved to 254 people last fiscal year from a year ago, railways data showed, amid attempts to improve its shoddy safety record through mega investments and re

Business

Doubts over U.S. bank capital payouts may cloud strong earnings

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Quirks in the new U.S. tax code are sowing doubts over how much big banks can boost dividends and stock buybacks this year, threatening to take the shine off what are likely to be strong quarterly profits.

United States

MS-13 gang leader in Massachusetts gets 19-year prison sentence

BOSTON (Reuters) - The leader of a Massachusetts-based affiliate of the notoriously violent MS-13 gang was sentenced on Monday to 19 years in prison after being convicted in the first trial to spill out of a 2016 crackdown that led to charges against 61 p

United States

Cosby returns to Pennsylvania court for retrial on sex assault charges

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - Comedian Bill Cosby returns to a Pennsylvania court on Monday for the start of his retrial on charges of sexually assaulting a one-time friend who had thought of him as a mentor, almost a year after a jury reached a deadlock in

Sport

Athletics: Lonyangata leads Kenyan 1-2-3 in Paris marathon

PARIS (Reuters) - Paul Lonyangata led home a Kenyan 1-2-3 at the Paris marathon on Sunday as he won the race for the second year in a row.

World

Myanmar not ready for return of Rohingya refugees: U.N. official

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar is not ready for the repatriation of Rohingya refugees, said the most senior United Nations official to visit the country this year, after Myanmar was accused of instigating ethnic cleansing and driving nearly 700,000 Muslims to

World

Vatican arrests former diplomat after child pornography probe

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican said on Saturday its police had arrested a monsignor who once worked as a diplomat at its U.S. embassy and was recalled last year after the U.S. State Department said he may have violated child pornography laws.

World

Italy's 5-Star to keep budget deficit at 1.5 percent, says leader Di Maio

MILAN (Reuters) - The 5-Star Movement, which emerged as Italy's biggest party after last month's vote, will propose an economic plan which will keep the budget deficit near the level forecast for this year by the outgoing center-left government, its leade

Entertainment

Court approves procedures for auctioning Weinstein Co

WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - A U.S. bankruptcy judge approved on Friday procedures for auctioning the film studio co-founded by Harvey Weinstein, who was fired by the company last year in the wake of allegations of sexual assault.

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