U.S. ready to open Jerusalem embassy in May: State Department
Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:20:09 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Friday it will open its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem in May, a move from Tel Aviv that reverses decades of U.S. policy and is bound to trouble U.S. allies who have already objected.

U.S. banks set for M&A wave as Trump cuts red tape
Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:50:16 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An easing of financial rules will soon unleash pent-up mergers and acquisitions among mid-sized U.S. banks, according to deal bankers, analysts and bank executives.

Trump says he wants to review U.S. military policy of gun-free zones on bases
Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:34:28 -0500
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Friday he wanted to review the U.S. military's policy of having bases be gun-free zones, noting that some soldiers killed in a shooting spree several years ago at one facility had been expert marksmen who were unarmed.

Trump says U.S.-Australia relations are strong
Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:50:25 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull held talks at the White House on Friday, and Trump later praised Australia's merit-based immigration system while Turnbull said the two countries were taking new steps to deepen ties.

Pentagon makes recommendations to White House on transgender individuals
Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:26:15 -0500
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has made his recommendations to the White House on transgender individuals serving in the military, the Pentagon said on Friday, after President Donald Trump's call last year for a ban on such service.

Google raises price of YouTube TV, adds sports, Turner
Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:06:29 -0500
(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google is raising the price of its YouTube TV online service for new customers as it adds channels from Time Warner Inc's Turner, National Basketball League and Major League Baseball, the company said Wednesday.

Syria's eastern Ghouta bombed again before U.N. ceasefire vote
Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:11:56 -0500
BEIRUT/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A new wave of bombs struck Syria's eastern Ghouta district on Friday, witnesses said, ahead of a U.N. Security Council vote to demand a 30-day ceasefire to end one of the deadliest bombing campaigns of the seven-year-old civil war.

Palestinians angry at reports of early U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem
Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:20:09 -0500
RAMALLAH, West Bank/GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinians reacted on Friday with anger to reports that the United States will move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem within months, saying this could destroy the prospect of a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

Oprah Winfrey says 'definitely not' running for U.S. president
Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:10:01 -0500
(Reuters) - Oprah Winfrey put to rest any lingering questions about a potential 2020 bid for the presidency, declaring on a late-night talk show on Thursday that she was "definitely not running."

U.S. appeals court revives Schwab Libor-rigging claims against banks
Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:50:09 -0500
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Charles Schwab Corp and several of its mutual funds persuaded a U.S. appeals court on Friday to revive their lawsuit seeking to hold 17 banks responsible for manipulation of the benchmark Libor interest rate.