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Defying Trump, Iran says will boost missile capabilities

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 04:05
LONDON (Reuters) - Iran will strengthen its missile capabilities and will not seek permission from any country to do so, President Hassan Rouhani said on Friday in an undisguised snub to demands by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Flood, fix and flip: Houston housing investors see profit in Harvey's wake

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 01:11
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Addressing a real estate conference in flood-ravaged Houston this month, longtime investor Ray Sasser detailed his strategy: buy up to 50 flooded homes at deep discounts, then fix and flip them for a hefty profit.

Reliving China's Long March ahead of party congress

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 00:48
JINGGANGSHAN, China (Reuters) - A man in "Red Army" garb hits the pavement during a simulated attack during a re-staging of part of the Long March.

North Korea may consider H-bomb test in Pacific, Kim calls Trump 'deranged'

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 00:42
SEOUL/NEW YORK (Reuters) - North Korea said on Friday it might test a hydrogen bomb on the Pacific Ocean after U.S. President Donald Trump vowed to destroy the country, with leader Kim Jong Un promising to make a "mentally deranged" Trump pay dearly for his threats.

Hurricane Maria devastates Puerto Rico, kills at least 32 in Caribbean

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 00:21
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Hurricane Maria destroyed buildings and knocked out power across Puerto Rico before flooding parts of the Dominican Republic and then regaining some of its strength as it approached the Turks and Caicos Islands and southeastern Bahamas late on Thursday.

Asia stocks fall, yen and franc gain as North Korea moots H-bomb test

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 22:09
TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks fell and the Japanese yen and Swiss franc gained on the mooted possibility of North Korea conducting another hydrogen bomb test, this time in the Pacific Ocean.

Hurricane Maria devastates Puerto Rico, heads for Turks and Caicos

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 22:06
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Hurricane Maria destroyed buildings and knocked out power across Puerto Rico before flooding parts of the Dominican Republic and then regaining some of its strength as it approached the Turks and Caicos Islands and southeastern Bahamas on Thursday night.

North Korea's Kim says will make 'deranged' Trump pay dearly for U.N. speech

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 22:04
SEOUL/NEW YORK (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un blasted U.S. President Donald Trump as "mentally deranged" on Friday and vowed to make him pay dearly for threatening to destroy his country, hours after Trump ordered fresh sanctions over Pyongyang's weapons programs.

White House seen easing limits on drone strikes: NY Times

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 21:54
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is preparing to relax Obama-era rules on drone strikes and commando raids, paving the way for more frequent operations against Islamic State and other militant groups, the New York Times reported on Thursday, citing officials familiar with the internal deliberations.

NFL star Hernandez's family sues league over 'severe' CTE

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 19:45
BOSTON (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, who killed himself in prison in April, had a "severe case" of the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a lawyer said on Thursday as he sued the team and NFL on behalf of the athlete's young daughter.

Trump orders new sanctions against North Korea, Kim calls him 'deranged'

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 19:05
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump ordered new sanctions against North Korea on Thursday and Pyongyang's leader defiantly vowed to persist with its nuclear and missile programs and said it would consider measures against the United States.

Puerto Rico, St. Croix devastated by powerful Hurricane Maria

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 16:15
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Deadly Hurricane Maria caused flooding in the Dominican Republic as it brushed past the country on Thursday after destroying buildings and knocking out power across the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and St. Croix.

Exclusive: Turkey to deploy troops inside Syria's Idlib - Erdogan

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 16:04
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday Turkey will deploy troops in Syria's northern Idlib region as part of a so-called de-escalation agreement brokered by Russia last month.

Exclusive: Persistent rail service disruptions dog CSX customers

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 15:45
(Reuters) - CSX Corp customers, including chemical, automotive and steel producers, are still battling delays and congestion despite top executives' assurances that the railroad has moved past service woes that plagued its system during the summer, people familiar with the situation said.

State funding changes in spotlight in Republican healthcare bill

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 15:33
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican leaders sought to nail down the final votes needed to pass what U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday called their "last best chance" to repeal Obamacare while a new analysis underscored how Democratic-leaning states stand to lose large amounts of federal funding under the legislation.

Mexico rescuers in race to find trapped survivors 48 hours after quake

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 14:52
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Rescuers labored against the odds on Thursday to extract survivors including school children and five Taiwanese factory workers trapped beneath collapsed buildings in central Mexico following the country's deadliest earthquake in 32 years.

Yellen's stock rises as she leads Fed from crisis-era policy

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 13:50
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - From her early days as Federal Reserve chair, Janet Yellen has been the target of criticism from Republicans worried that the central bank's massive bond-buying programs and near-zero interest rates engineered by her predecessor would be the ruin of the country.

Death toll from Hurricane Maria rises as storm heads north

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 13:16
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Deadly Hurricane Maria flooded parts of the Dominican Republic on Thursday and continued to dump heavy rain on the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico after destroying buildings and knocking out power to the entire island.

Trump orders new sanctions to tighten screws on North Korea nuclear program

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 13:06
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump announced sanctions on Thursday that open the door wider to blacklisting people and entities doing business with North Korea, including its shipping and trade networks, further tightening the screws on Pyongyang's nuclear and missile program.

Exclusive: U.S. Homeland Security found SEC had 'critical' cyber weaknesses in January

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 13:02
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security detected five "critical" cyber security weaknesses on the Securities and Exchange Commission's computers as of January 23, 2017, according to a confidential weekly report reviewed by Reuters.