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Distrustful U.S. allies force spy agency to back down in encryption row

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 01:03
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An international group of cryptography experts has forced the U.S. National Security Agency to back down over two data encryption techniques it wanted set as global industry standards, reflecting deep mistrust among close U.S. allies.

Hurricane Maria clobbers Puerto Rico, plunges island into darkness

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 01:01
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Hurricane Maria, the strongest storm to strike Puerto Rico in nearly 90 years, carved a path of destruction through the U.S. territory on Wednesday, causing severe flooding and plunging the island into darkness as the storm's death toll in the Caribbean rose to at least 10.

Trump urges 'strong and swift' U.N. action to end Rohingya crisis

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 22:35
UNITED NATIONS/COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump wants the United Nations Security Council to take "strong and swift action" to end violence against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims, Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday, declaring the crisis a threat to the world.

Plan to ease U.S. firearm export rules may relieve gunmakers facing sales slump

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 22:15
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A move by the Trump administration to make it simpler to sell small arms abroad may provide some relief to gun makers American Outdoor Brands and Sturm Ruger & Company in an industry grappling with a deep sales slump since the election of President Donald Trump.

Google to buy part of HTC's smartphone operations for around $1 billion: source

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 22:13
HONG KONG/TAIPEI (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google is set to announce a deal to acquire part of Taiwanese firm HTC Corp's smartphone operations for about $1 billion, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Thursday.

North Korea's foreign minister calls Trump's U.N. address 'sound of dog barking'

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 22:04
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho called U.S. President Donald Trump's address to the United Nations "the sound of a dog barking", brushing aside Trump's remarks that the United States may be forced to "totally destroy" North Korea.

Mexico rescuers work into night to save trapped girl as quake toll tops 230

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 21:36
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican rescuers on Wednesday labored for a second night amid the rubble to save possible survivors of the country's most lethal earthquake in a generation, including a girl trapped under a school in Mexico City, as the death toll exceeded 230.

U.S. weighs whether to stay in Iran nuclear deal

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 21:32
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States said on Wednesday it is weighing whether the Iranian nuclear deal serves its security interests even as Iran said it did not expect Washington to abandon the agreement.

Islamists lure youngsters in the Philippines with payments, promise of paradise

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 21:28
MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - When he saw his commander holding the severed head of one of his neighbors, teenage Islamist fighter Jalil knew it was time to escape from Marawi City.

Fed keeps U.S. rates steady, to start portfolio drawdown in October

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 19:10
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged on Wednesday but signaled it still expects one more increase by the end of the year despite a recent bout of low inflation.

Republicans plan healthcare vote, Obama and TV host denounce bill

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 19:09
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Republicans announced plans to vote next week on their latest bid to scuttle Obamacare even as a popular comedian who has become part of the U.S. healthcare debate denounced the bill and former President Barack Obama on Wednesday warned of "real human suffering."

Apple concedes new watch has connectivity glitch

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 19:07
(Reuters) - Apple Inc's on Wednesday conceded its latest smartwatch unveiled a week ago has problems with its most important feature: the ability make phone calls and access data without an iPhone nearby.

Fed keeps rates steady, to start portfolio drawdown in October

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 16:15
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged on Wednesday but signaled it still expects one more increase by the end of the year despite a recent bout of weak inflation.

Hurricane Maria brings destruction, heavy floods to Puerto Rico

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 16:11
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Hurricane Maria rampaged across Puerto Rico on Wednesday as the strongest storm to hit the U.S. territory in nearly 90 years, bringing widespread flooding and knocking out power across the island after killing at least nine people in the Caribbean.

Iran says it does not expect U.S. to leave nuclear deal

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 15:57
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iran vowed on Wednesday not to be the first nation to violate the Iran nuclear deal and said it did not expect the United States to abandon it despite President Donald Trump's fierce criticism.

California sues Trump administration over border wall

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 15:47
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California filed a lawsuit on Wednesday over the Trump administration's plan to construct a wall along the border with Mexico, adding to the obstacles facing one of the Republican president's key campaign promises.

Rescuers get closer to trapped girl as Mexico quake toll passes 220

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 15:29
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Rescuers frantically worked to dig a young girl out from under the rubble of a partially collapsed school in Mexico City on Wednesday, offering a small glimmer of hope amid devastation from a major earthquake that killed at least 224 people.

U.S. home sales hit 12-month low, Harvey weighs on Houston

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 15:00
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. home resales fell to their lowest in a year in August as Hurricane Harvey depressed activity in Houston and a persistent shortage of properties on the market sidelined buyers.

Waymo seeking $2.6 billion from Uber for one trade secret: lawyer

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 13:55
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Waymo unit is seeking about $2.6 billion from Uber for the alleged theft of one of several trade secrets in a lawsuit over self-driving cars, a lawyer for Uber said on Wednesday.

Iran says it will not be the first to violate nuclear deal

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 13:23
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iran vowed on Wednesday not to be the first nation to violate the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

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