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Wall Street's rock-solid quarter ends with a loss

(Reuters) - Wall Street fell on Friday, pulled down by Exxon and JPMorgan Chase as investors wrapped up a strong quarter and weighed whether corporate earnings reports will justify the market’s lofty valuations.<p>A specialist trader works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) …

Stock Markets

Syrian rebels seize swathes of south as Islamic State retreats

AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian rebels have seized large areas from Islamic State in southern Syria in the last two weeks as the jihadist group prepares to defend its Raqqa stronghold in the north from a U.S.-backed assault, rebel commanders say.<p>Free Syrian Army fighters carry their weapons on the …

Middle East

In letter to Mattis, lawmaker and former JAG demands answers on civilian casualties

In a sign of mounting concern over civilian deaths, a U.S. lawmaker sent a letter this week to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis requesting details on how the Trump administration is waging its air campaign against the Islamic State.<p>The letter from Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), a former Air Force lawyer and …

Democrats Go to War Over Neil Gorsuch

If Republicans want to confirm President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, they’ll likely have to change the rules and invoke the Senate’s “nuclear option.”<p>There’s an easy way and a hard way for the Senate to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, and it appears Democrats are going to …

Donald Trump

U.S., Turkey Set on a Collision Course

American support for Kurdish forces in Syria is a major flashpoint between the NATO allies<p>ISTANBUL—Turkey expected a honeymoon with President Donald Trump. Instead, it increasingly looks like Ankara and Washington are heading for a squabble, if not a divorce.<p>For now, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan …

Rex Tillerson

Trump's outlook going from bad to worse

<b>(CNN) —</b> As the White House scans Washington for a bounce-back win after the Obamacare imbroglio, the political forecast is promising only heavy weather.<p>An unappetizing list of looming congressional showdowns, complex, months-long legislative challenges and intractable threats to President Donald …

The White House

The 265 members of Congress who sold you out to ISPs, and how much it cost to buy them

They betrayed you for chump change<p>Republicans in Congress just voted to reverse a landmark FCC privacy rule that opens the door for ISPs to sell customer data. Lawmakers provided no credible reason for this being in the interest of Americans, except for vague platitudes about “consumer choice” and …

Ford investing $1.2B in 3 Michigan plants, adding 130 jobs

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is investing $1.2 billion in three Michigan facilities, including an engine plant where it plans to add 130 …

Donald Trump

Dow jumps 151 points, breaking 8-day losing streak

The Dow managed to avoid suffering its longest slump since Jimmy Carter was in the White House.<p>After eight days in a row of selling, the Dow jumped 151 points Tuesday. It put an end to the index's longest losing streak since 2011.<p>The Trump rally came under siege in recent days as investors worried …

Stock Markets

I’m the Founder of a Multimillion-Dollar Business: Here’s Why I Owe It All to a Decision I Made at 25.

"Ten years ago when I was a 25-year-old founder, I felt this intense pressure to focus on what was right in front of me. Instead, I made a decision …

Denmark already had a Muslim ban. It was just called something else.

The Trump administration isn’t the first government to try to keep Muslims out of a Western country. Many European voters (even anti-Trump Europeans) agree with this goal – and their governments have been simultaneously creeping in that direction.<p>But few Americans would suspect which country has …

Wall Street Journal Editorial Harshly Rebukes Trump

The editorial page of The Wall Street Journal is known for its conservative tone, but an editorial the newspaper published online Tuesday night would stand out even in the pages of its left-leaning peers.<p>The editorial was an extraordinarily harsh rebuke of President Trump, calling him “his own …

Donald Trump

Want to Start Your Own Business? 15 Signs You Were Born to Be an Entrepreneur

Even if if you haven't started a company. (At least not yet.)<p>In many ways, entrepreneurs are just like everyone else: they come from all types of backgrounds, a variety of demographics, they possess different levels of education and experience and skill....<p>Yet when you look closely you'll see that …

'We are fully ready to be lethal': 1,100 US-led troops to send a message to Russia in Poland

More than 900 U.S. soldiers, around 150 British personnel and some 120 Romanian troops will make up the battlegroup in northeastern Poland, one of four multinational formations across the Baltic region that Russia has condemned as an aggressive strategy on its frontiers.<p>"This is a mission, not a …

Russia

Duterte Opposes Gay Marriage in Philippines, Reversing Campaign Pledge

MANILA — The Philippines will not legalize same-sex marriage anytime soon, President Rodrigo Duterte has said, reversing a campaign promise in which he pledged to support legislation to allow gay unions.<p>Mr. Duterte stressed that the country was Asia’s bastion of Roman Catholicism, which steadfastly …

Paris Orly Airport attacker wanted to kill, die for Allah

ORLY, France (AP) — Yelling that he wanted to kill and die for Allah, a suspected Islamic extremist attacked a French soldier Saturday morning at Paris' Orly Airport and wrested away her assault rifle, a French prosecutor said. Two colleagues on her patrol shot and killed the man before he could …

The 1930s were humanity's darkest, bloodiest hour. Are you paying attention?

A decade haunted by mass poverty, violent extremism and world war gives us one crucial advantage: the chance to learn the era’s lessons and avoid its mistakes<p>Even to mention the 1930s is to evoke the period when human civilisation entered its darkest, bloodiest chapter. No case needs to be argued; …

Prince Charles

Netanyahu turns to Putin for help containing Shiite influence

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is due to meet Russian President Putin in Moscow. They're expected to discuss the growing Shiite influence in the …

North Korea Tried to Sell Nuclear-Weapon Material Last Year

United Nations report says Pyongyang offered enriched lithium, sparking new concerns about proliferation threat<p>WASHINGTON—North Korea attempted to sell a form of lithium metal, a key material for developing miniaturized nuclear weapons, to unidentified international buyers last year, according to …

North Korea

Toppled Statues Discovered at Luxor Temple

LUXOR, EGYPT—<i>Ahram Online</i> reports that a black granite statue of Amenhotep III has been unearthed at the pharaoh's temple, which is located on …

Russia NATO War: Moscow Deploys Nuclear Missiles In Europe, Subsonic Weapons At Sea

A top U.S. military official accused Russia of breaking its commitment to a decades-old arms treaty Wednesday by deploying a new land-based, …

NASA will soon create the coldest spot in the universe — and forge a bizarre form of matter inside it

The void of space is cold — very, very cold. With a temperature that floats around -457 degrees Fahrenheit (just 3 degrees above absolute zero), it's hard to imagine anything more frigid.<p>But physicists hoping to probe the universe's deepest mysteries are trying to create a spot that's even colder.<p>A …

US rejects calls for diplomacy talks with 'irrational' North Korea

China has warned that hostilities could get out of control as the US refused calls to back down from military actions. The US says the onus lies with …

What Happens When an Archaeologist Challenges Mainstream Scientific Thinking?

<i>This article is from Hakai Magazine, an online publication about science and society in coastal ecosystems. Read more stories like this at</i> …

Anthropology

John Oliver sits down with the Dalai Lama and wow, it's good

Here's an interview we didn't know we needed.<p><i>Last Week Tonight</i> host John Oliver discusses the persecution Tibetan Buddhists have suffered by the …