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Rare trio of stinky corpse flowers to bloom at Washington garden

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A botanic garden on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol is expecting a stinky first in coming days as a trio of so-called corpse flowers is due to open and release an odor likened to the smell of rotting flesh.<p>The event would mark the first time that three of the giant plants, …

Flowers

China's Alibaba outstrips revenue estimates with online sales growth

(Reuters) - Alibaba, China's top e-commerce firm, beat analyst's estimates with a 56 percent rise in first-quarter revenue, driven by growth in online sales which make up most of its business.<p>Thursday's results show that Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA.N), one of Asia's most valuable companies, is …

Alibaba Group

Wal-Mart's comparable sales rise for 12th straight quarter

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc reported its 12th consecutive rise in quarterly comparable sales on Thursday, driven by an increase in the number of shoppers who visited stores and made purchases online.<p>Sales at U.S. stores open at least a year rose 1.8 percent, excluding fuel, in the …

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How Syria continued to gas its people as the world looked on

Nearly four years after President Bashar al-Assad’s government promised to get rid of its stockpile of chemical weapons, gas attacks are still commonplace. What went wrong?

Syria

Trump blasts Republican senator on 'moral equivalency' after Virginia attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump on Thursday fired back at a critic in his own party who had denounced the president's response to the Charlottesville, Virginia, attack, saying he had not drawn a "moral equivalency" between white hate groups and counter-protesters.<p>Trump, on Twitter, called …

World Politics

Hyundai plans long-range premium electric car in strategic shift

SEOUL (Reuters) - Hyundai Motor Co (005380.KS) said on Thursday it was placing electric vehicles at the center of its product strategy - one that includes plans for a premium long-distance electric car as it seeks to catch up to Tesla (TSLA.O) and other rivals.<p>Like Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T), …

Electric Vehicles

We That Are Young by Preti Taneja review – King Lear in Delhi

Contemporary India provides a fascinating backdrop for a reworking of Shakespeare’s tragedy<p>Thanks to publishing’s conservatism, fiction set in modern India can too easily be pigeonholed: post-colonial, Raj-nostalgic, focused on slum dwellers or a globetrotting elite. <i>We That Are Young</i>, the doorstop …

Books

Wisconsin lawmakers debate billions in incentives for Foxconn plant

(Reuters) - The Wisconsin State Assembly on Thursday will consider a $3 billion incentive package for a proposed liquid-crystal display factory by Taiwan's Foxconn, the first vote on the deal by a chamber of the state's Republican-controlled legislature.<p>Foxconn, an electronics manufacturer formally …

Foxconn

U.S. says joint S.Korea war games not on the negotiating table

BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) - The United States and South Korea will go ahead with joint military drills next week, the top U.S. military official said on Thursday, resisting pressure from North Korea and its ally China to halt the contentious exercises.<p>North Korea's rapid progress in developing …

North Korea

U.S. talks tough on trade deficit as NAFTA discussions begin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States drew a hard line for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement on Wednesday, demanding major concessions aimed at slashing trade deficits with Mexico and Canada and boosting U.S. content for autos.<p>At the start of talks in Washington, U.S. …

Economics

What will Kim do next? Sixth nuclear test seen critical for North Korea

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea says it has developed intercontinental missiles capable of targeting any place in the United States.<p>Now comes the hard part of fulfilling the declared goal of its leader Kim Jong Un: perfecting a nuclear device small and light enough to fit on the missile …

North Korea

'England hath need of thee': appeal to save Milton's Paradise Lost cottage

Charity seeks to build on lottery pledge to secure a lasting future for museum in home where writer completed his epic poem on the fall of man<p>Pointing to Wordsworth’s comment more than 200 years ago that “Milton! Thou shouldst be living at this hour. / England hath need of thee”, a charity has …

Poetry

Court holds Islamist liable for $3.2 million damages after Timbuktu destruction

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) ruled on Thursday that a former Islamist rebel who was jailed for wrecking holy sites in Timbuktu was liable for damages of 2.7 million euros ($3.2 million).<p>Amad al-Faqi al-Mahdi was sent to prison for nine years in 2016 after …

International Criminal Court

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Assad's march east compounds West's Syria dilemma

BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - Syria's war has entered a new phase as President Bashar al-Assad extends his grip in areas being captured from Islamic State, using firepower freed by Russian-backed truces in western Syria.<p>Backed by Russia and Iran, the government hopes to steal a march on U.S.-backed …

Syria

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Australia's Hanson wears burqa to parliament in bid to ban them

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australian far-right senator Pauline Hanson wore a burqa to parliament on Thursday as part of her campaign to ban the all-enveloping garment worn by some Muslim women, drawing a quick rebuke from the government and Muslims.<p>Hanson sat in her seat in the assembly for about 20 …

Exclusive: Nigeria's Chibok girls say kidnap by Boko Haram was accidental

ABUJA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The mass abduction of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls from Chibok - the biggest publicity coup of Boko Haram's jihadist insurgency - was the accidental outcome of a botched robbery, say the girls who spent three years in their brutal captivity.<p>The Chibok …

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Chemical attacks

The use of chemical weapons is banned under international law and could constitute a war crime. International investigators have concluded that …

Syria

Oil edges up on decline in U.S. crude stocks, but high output caps gains

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices edged up on Thursday, clawing back some ground after losses in the previous session.<p>Traders said the market was range-bound as falling crude inventories provided price support while high output was capping gains.<p>Brent crude futures <LCOc1> were at $50.44 per barrel …

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Apple's Cook says he disagrees with Trump, vows donations to rights groups

(Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) CEO Tim Cook has joined a chorus of business leaders who have voiced their opposition to President Donald Trump after he blamed white nationalists and anti-racism activists equally for violence in Virginia over the weekend.<p>"I disagree with the president and others who …

Tim Cook

China military criticizes 'wrong' U.S. moves on Taiwan, S.China Sea

BEIJING (Reuters) - The "wrong" actions of the United States on Taiwan, its South China Sea patrols and deployment of an advanced anti-missile system in South Korea have had a large, negative influence on military trust, a senior Chinese officer said on Thursday.<p>Fan Changlong, a vice chairman of …

China

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Philippines war on drugs and crime intensifies, at least 60 killed in three days

MANILA (Reuters) - Police killed at least 28 people overnight in a crackdown in the Philippines capital Manila, authorities said on Thursday, a second night of heavy bloodshed this week in an intensification of President Rodrigo Duterte's fierce war on drugs and crime.<p>The killings across Manila …

Philippines

Arts Entrepreneurial Mindset

[I continue to develop essays on art, innovation, entrepreneurship, and money as part of my book project. Here are a couple of paragraphs from this …

Entrepreneurship

China Unicom shares still halted, as details of $12 billion fundraising disputed

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China Unicom's two main units said on Thursday their shares would remain suspended until further notice, one day after the group announced it was raising $11.7 billion from investors including Alibaba Group (BABA.N) and Tencent Holdings (0700.HK).<p>No reason was given for the …

China

Trump's crisis spurs talk of White House departures

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s turnabout on the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia has rocked his administration, leading to rising speculation that some top officials may be looking for a way out.<p>A parade of business executives broke ties with Trump on Wednesday, a day …

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