The U.S. Federal Reserve's carefully scripted decision to raise interest rates last December, and begin a return to "normal" policy, may now become a nightmare for the central bank if an economic downturn forces a return to unconventional methods.
What do gravitational waves sound like? See more from this landmark discovery announced by researchers today: http://reut.rs/1o41adY
Reuters opinion writer John Lloyd says that UK politics lacks the conviction of the passionate efforts in America. Find out how the two compare in his latest column: http://reut.rs/1RsMSze
Regulators blocked the social network’s plan to offer free limited internet to the poor. Ill-judged comments from Facebook director Marc Andreessen highlight the gulf between Silicon Valley and the wider world. Big tech groups can no longer expect a free pass for bold plans, says Reuters opinion columnist Peter Thal Larsen. Find out more about the challenges: http://reut.rs/1QatGav
"There is now a criminal syndicate that is exploiting these poor people and this is an organized smuggling operation," U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter told a news conference. "Targeting that is the way that the greatest effect can be had ... That is the principal intent of this," he continued. More details: http://reut.rs/20qpF1e
After losing in New Hampshire, Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie suspends his bid for the White House. Linda So reports. Watch: http://reut.rs/1Rsl1iF
A satellite put into orbit by North Korea at the weekend does not appear to be transmitting, but it is worrying that the rocket that took it there delivered twice the payload of Pyongyang's previous launch, the head of the U.S. Army's Missile Defense Command said on Wednesday.
Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov has a problem with the West’s response to Vladimir Putin. Listen to War College: http://reut.rs/1Td2Oad
Asian shares slipped on Friday as mounting concerns about the health of European banks further threatened a global economic outlook already under strain from falling oil prices and slowdown in China and other emerging markets.
Russian anti-corruption campaigner and opposition figure Alexei Navalny said he had filed a lawsuit, which cited a Reuters investigation, against Vladimir Putin after a company in which the Russian leader's son-in-law is a shareholder received $1.75 billion in state support. http://reut.rs/1KINYFE Read the Reuters investigation: http://reut.rs/20rl8vu
According to Reuters opinion columnist Harold James, the European Union now sometimes looks like a replay of Weimar’s combination of institutional perfection with violent and nationalist forces aimed at tearing down the 'system.' Find out more in his latest piece: http://reut.rs/1o1Z2mQ
The U.S. Supreme Court's unexpected move to block President Barack Obama's policy to cut pollution from coal plants highlights what both sides in the legal fight agree is a key weakness in the rules -- a provision that expands the scope of regulation far beyond curbing emissions from individual smoke stacks. Find out more: http://reut.rs/1XljU4N
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will try to mend her badly wounded campaign in a debate on Thursday with rival Bernie Sanders, an encounter many of her donors said would allow her to play a role that suits her - embattled underdog. Read more: http://reut.rs/1TUppHR
The U.S. Justice Department sued Ferguson, Missouri, to force the city to change its police department and court system after the federal government found both to be biased against minorities. Read more: http://reut.rs/1TU8uoZ
A century ago, Albert Einstein hypothesized the existence of gravitational waves, small ripples in space and time that dash across the universe at the speed of light. But scientists have been able to find only indirect evidence of their existence. Things may be about to change: http://reut.rs/1Q9I6rz
The regime realized early in the war that instead of waging costly street battles to retake territory, it is cheaper and easier to surround an opposition-held area and starve its residents into submission.
Major powers agreed on Friday to a cessation of hostilities in Syria set to begin in a week and to provide rapid humanitarian access to besieged Syrian towns, but failed to secure a complete ceasefire or an end to Russian bombing.
Acrobats perform on a tightrope as the Chinese Lunar New Year, which welcomes the Year of the Monkey, is celebrated at Daguanyuan park, in Beijing. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj Our Editor's Choice photos of the day: http://reut.rs/1o3JejI
Women are the fastest-growing segment of U.S. gun-owners - and this is creating a new market for fashions and accessories tailored to the female shooter. Watch: http://reut.rs/20qxhkb
Turkey's patience may run out over the crisis in Syria and it could be forced to take action, President Tayyip Erdogan ha said, calling on the United Nations to do more to prevent what he said was "ethnic cleansing" in the country. Find out more: http://reut.rs/1TehPbQ
Federal agents have closed in on the last four anti-government militants still holed up at a national wildlife refuge in Oregon after a 40-day armed occupation protesting federal land control in the West. Read the latest: http://reut.rs/1TU7RM9
Is Twitter in trouble? The company disappointed investors again, saying it saw no growth in average monthly active users in the fourth quarter - the first flat quarter sequentially since the company's 2013 initial public offering. http://reut.rs/1TTfySA
South Korea has cut off the supply of power and water into the Kaesong industrial zone run jointly with North Korea, it said on Friday, hours after the North kicked out the South's workers and froze the assets of companies operating there.
This drug cartel prison brawl was one of the worst in a series of deadly riots in recent years to rock the country’s overpopulated prisons, some of which are largely controlled by cartels. Read more: http://reut.rs/1TVfgL9
Gravitational waves have been detected for the first time ever. Einstein thought they would exists as part of his general theory of relativity - but what are they and why are scientists so exited about all this? Find out -
A military offensive by Syrian government and allied forces has cut off 120,000 people in the northern Homs governorate since mid-January, worsening hunger and killing patients unable to get to medical care, a U.N. report says. Read more: http://reut.rs/1TeqpHp
A 94-year-old former guard at Auschwitz lowered his eyes as he arrived at a German court today to be tried as an accessory to the murder of at least 170,000 people in what is likely to be one of the last few Nazi war crimes trials. Read more: http://reut.rs/20Xfe7y
Oil prices slid on Thursday as record U.S. crude inventories at the Cushing delivery point and worries about a global economic slowdown weighed on markets, and Goldman Sachs said prices would remain low and volatile until the second half of the year.
New York City's fiscal watchdog said the city faces much bigger budget deficits in coming years than the mayor has forecast and warned state lawmakers about treating the city like a "piggy bank."
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