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  • Reuters Pictures: 30 years of news in 30 powerful photos and the moving stories …
    Reuters Pictures: 30 years of news in 30 powerful photos and the moving stories … Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    Reuters Pictures was formed in 1985. I was ready to celebrate Christmas with my family, but the Romanian communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu changed my plans. More »

  • Kanye West urges Grammy overhaul to award top-sellers
    Kanye West urges Grammy overhaul to award top-sellers Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Kanye West on Wednesday urged an overhaul of the Grammys to award commercially successful musicians, even as the rapper toned down his criticism of this year's surprise winner Beck. More »

  • NBC suspends star anchor Brian Williams for six months
    NBC suspends star anchor Brian Williams for six months Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    NBC suspended star news anchor Brian Williams for six months without pay Tuesday after he admitted embellishing an Iraq war story, the US network said, amid swirling accusations that he exaggerated other reports. More »

  • NBC's Brian Williams says he 'assumed' helicopter took damage
    NBC's Brian Williams says he 'assumed' helicopter took damage Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    NBC News anchor Brian Williams struggled to explain in an interview with U.S. military newspaper Stars and Stripes how he often misrepresented an Iraq war story of his helicopter coming under fire. In his first published interview, Williams, the anchor of top-rated "NBC Nightly News," said he assumed the helicopter took damage. Williams took himself off the air on Saturday as the Comcast Corp-owned network investigates his claims that he rode in a helicopter that was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade during the first days of the Iraq War in 2003. "It's very basic I would not have chosen to make this mistake," Williams told the newspaper on Feb 4. More »

  • Brian Williams cancels Letterman appearance - NBC source
    Brian Williams cancels Letterman appearance - NBC source Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    (Reuters) - NBC News anchor Brian Williams has cancelled a planned appearance with late-night talk show host David Letterman this week, an NBC News source said on Sunday, the latest fallout over misstatements by Williams over his experience reporting on the Iraq war. Williams, a star anchor who has garnered high ratings for the network, said on Saturday that he would voluntarily take himself off the evening newscast for several days while NBC looks into an issue that has damaged his credibility. The NBC source said Williams, whose return date to the nightly news has not been announced, would not be appearing on Thursday's Late Show with David Letterman. More »

  • NBC Anchor Takes Break Over Iraq War Lie
    NBC Anchor Takes Break Over Iraq War Lie Sun, Feb 8, 2015

    NBC anchor Brian Williams is taking himself off air temporarily after falsely claiming he was aboard a helicopter hit by enemy fire in Iraq. NBC has launched an internal investigation into his lie. "In the midst of a career spent covering and consuming news, it has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions," said the memo, which was released by NBC. Williams had already apologised for claiming on air that he had reported aboard a Chinook helicopter crippled by enemy fire during the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. More »

  • Embattled US anchor Brian Williams takes himself off air
    Embattled US anchor Brian Williams takes himself off air Sun, Feb 8, 2015

    Top US television anchor Brian Williams said Saturday he was taking himself off the air for "several days" as he faces an internal investigation for embellishing an Iraq war story. More »

  • NBC to investigate anchor Williams' Iraq war reporting
    NBC to investigate anchor Williams' Iraq war reporting Sat, Feb 7, 2015

    By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - NBC launched an internal probe on Friday into top-rated "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams' debunked claim that he was aboard a helicopter that was downed by a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) during the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. In an internal memo, NBC News President Deborah Turness told staffers that a team would gather the facts about the incident in which Williams, 55, falsely said he was in a U.S. Army helicopter that was hit and forced down by an RPG. "This has been a difficult few days for all of us at NBC News," she said. We all landed after the ground fire incident and spent two harrowing nights in a sandstorm in the Iraq desert,” Williams said in his apology. More »

  • Accusations mount against US anchor over war 'lie'
    Accusations mount against US anchor over war 'lie' Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    One of America's most prominent TV anchors, Brian Williams, faced calls for his resignation Friday for embellishing an Iraq war story from 2003. More »

  • Researchers find bits of bubonic plague on NY subway
    Researchers find bits of bubonic plague on NY subway Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    It is universally acknowledged that the New York subway is grubby. What may come as a shock is that it contains DNA fragments linked to anthrax and bubonic plague. More »

  • Low rates, expansion plans hurt insurer Beazley's special dividend Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    Lloyd's of London insurer Beazley Plc cut its special dividend to prepare for a further decline in global insurance rates and to fund its expansion this year, Chief Executive Andrew Horton said. Over the past two years, insurance rates have either stagnated or fallen due to fierce competition. Beazley's margins are expected to be "a bit lower" in 2015 as rates are likely to fall further, Horton told Reuters. "We're going to continue to invest despite the environment becoming tougher from a margin point of view," Horton said, speculating that some of Beazley's competitors with more challenging pricing environments would not be able to do so. More »

  • Barca dazzle in attack as Luis Enrique's tactics pay off
    Barca dazzle in attack as Luis Enrique's tactics pay off Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    By Tim Hanlon BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona have rediscovered their appetite and are dazzling in attack again as coach Luis Enrique's tactics are starting to pay off. A month ago Luis Enrique was in the eye of a hurricane over an alleged bust up with star player Lionel Messi and his days at the helm of the team appeared to be numbered. The former Barca player had been brought in after a season where they had failed to win a major trophy and put in charge of a new project that saw money ploughed into new signings, including Luis Suarez. Since the defeat, though, against Real Sociedad in the first game back after Christmas, Barca have had a remarkable turnaround and they have been winning games with panache. More »

  • Soccer-Barca dazzle in attack as Luis Enrique's tactics pay off Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    By Tim Hanlon BARCELONA, Feb 2 (Reuters) - Barcelona have rediscovered their appetite and are dazzling in attack again as coach Luis Enrique's tactics are starting to pay off. A month ago Luis Enrique was in the eye of a hurricane over an alleged bust up with star player Lionel Messi and his days at the helm of the team appeared to be numbered. The former Barca player had been brought in after a season where they had failed to win a major trophy and put in charge of a new project that saw money ploughed into new signings, including Luis Suarez. Since the defeat, though, against Real Sociedad in the first game back after Christmas, Barca have had a remarkable turnaround and they have been winning games with panache. More »

  • Forecasters Sorry For 'Snowmageddon' Alert
    Forecasters Sorry For 'Snowmageddon' Alert Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    America's east coast is clearing up after blizzards left behind more than 2ft of snow - but questions remain about whether weather warnings were overblown. However, New York saw as little as 4in of snow in places, leaving many to ask why the city was shut down . In New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie defended his state-wide travel ban as "absolutely the right decision to make" in light of the dire forecast. New York had an almost eerie feel to it, with no planes in the sky, no underground trains and just a few trucks rumbling down empty streets. More »

  • New York snow: Eerily deserted car-free streets like a scene from 28 Days L …
    New York snow: Eerily deserted car-free streets like a scene from 28 Days L … Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Like a scene from 28 Days Later, lone individuals make their way across eerily quiet city streets. As dawn broke, New York City had a ghostly feel to it. New York's LaGuardia International Airport recorded 11 inches of snow, and Central Park was blanketed with almost eight inches. More »

  • Selma Director And Oyelowo To Make Katrina Film
    Selma Director And Oyelowo To Make Katrina Film Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    The director of the Martin Luther King drama Selma, Ava DuVernay, is to team up again with its British star David Oyelowo for a project about Hurricane Katrina. The pair, who were both finalists at this year's Golden Globes, will "develop a new narrative feature film chronicling a sweeping love story and complex murder mystery during the time of Hurricane Katrina," Participant Media said. The project will mark the pair's third collaboration after Middle Of Nowhere and Selma, which has been nominated for this year's Academy Award for best picture. "Hurricane Katrina is one of the most important social and environmental stories of our time," said one of the new film's producers, Jonathan King. More »

  • 'Selma' director and star to pair for Katrina movie
    'Selma' director and star to pair for Katrina movie Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Ava DuVernay, the director of the Martin Luther King historical movie "Selma", is set to again team up with the film's star David Oyelowo for a new project about Hurricane Katrina. More »

  • Oil slides despite OPEC talk of a floor
    Oil slides despite OPEC talk of a floor Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    By Samantha Sunne and Barani Krishnan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil fell in see-saw trade on Monday, with U.S. crude ending at its lowest in nearly six years, as traders discounted comments from OPEC's top official about the market finally finding a bottom. Front-month U.S. gasoline settled down 2.3 percent at $1.3167 a gallon, after hitting a session low of $1.3105. More »

  • Millions brace for monster blizzard in US Northeast
    Millions brace for monster blizzard in US Northeast Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    Tens of millions of Americans from New Jersey to the Canadian border braced themselves Monday for a ferocious blizzard that New York's mayor warned could be one of the worst in history. More »

  • 'Selma' director DuVernay to make Hurricane Katrina feature film
    'Selma' director DuVernay to make Hurricane Katrina feature film Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    Ava DuVernay, the director behind the Oscar-nominated Martin Luther King Jr. biopic "Selma," will write, produce and direct a feature film set in the time of Hurricane Katrina, the company backing the film said on Monday. David Oyelowo, who plays King in "Selma," is in talks to co-produce and star in the film, described by Participant Media as "a sweeping love story and complex murder mystery," set during the time of the 2005 hurricane that slammed into the U.S. Gulf Coast and deluged the city of New Orleans after levees broke. DuVernay, the first African American woman nominated for a Golden Globe for directing, was hired by Participant Media, which was founded in 2004 by billionaire and former eBay President Jeff Skoll to produce entertainment programming that inspires social change. More »

  • Winter Storm Juno: New York, Boston and Connecticut braced for 'worst snowstorm …
    Winter Storm Juno: New York, Boston and Connecticut braced for 'worst snowstorm … Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    More than 1,800 flights have been cancelled in preparation for Winter Storm Juno – a snowstorm expected to be one of the worst to ever hit the Northeast of the US. The worst effects of the "potentially historic" storm will be seen in New York, with Boston, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island all expected to see blizzard-like conditions. "Expect extreme impacts from eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey through New England, peaking Monday night through Tuesday. From the UK, both Virgin Atlantic and British Airways have also advised passengers flights have been cancelled as a result of Juno. More »

  • Four great Irish hikes you should get out and enjoy while it’s still cold o …
  • Book Talk - Frank Bascombe bears witness in new Richard Ford novel Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    By Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) - It’s been almost 30 years since Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Ford introduced readers to Frank Bascombe with “The Sportswriter,” the first of four books involving the iconic character. Ford, 70, recently spoke with Reuters. More »

  • #PopeinPH Live Blog: Love, prayers, tears as Filipinos say goodbye to Pope  …
    #PopeinPH Live Blog: Love, prayers, tears as Filipinos say goodbye to Pope  … Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    The well-loved pontiff flies back to Rome 10 AM, leaving behind millions of emotionally high and faithfully recharged Filipinos. More »

  • Explosions rock east Ukraine airport as battle intensifies
    Explosions rock east Ukraine airport as battle intensifies Sat, Jan 17, 2015

    Clashes between Ukraine's army and pro-Russian rebels for control of a battered airport intensified Saturday, with explosions and heavy gunfire shaking the area throughout much of the day and at least six more people killed. More »

  • Danish prince apologises for crossing bridge in storm
    Danish prince apologises for crossing bridge in storm Mon, Jan 12, 2015

    Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik apologised on Monday after facing a storm of criticism for driving across a bridge that was closed because of hurricane-strength winds. More »

  • Haitians learn to live with disaster upon disaster Sat, Jan 10, 2015

    By Anastasia Moloney PORT-AU-PRINCE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Claude Enrico survived the earthquake that hit Haiti five years ago and helped pull people from under the rubble in the flattened capital Port-au-Prince. Now he is dedicated to saving more lives in the disaster-prone Caribbean country. Lying on two fault lines and in the path of hurricanes, Haiti is among the countries most at risk from natural disasters in the world, including floods, tsunamis and drought. The 7.0-magnitude earthquake on Jan. ... More »

  • Scotland battered by high winds, warned worse to come
    Scotland battered by high winds, warned worse to come Sat, Jan 10, 2015

    Hurricane force winds left tens of thousands of Scottish homes without electricity on Saturday with conditions expected to worsen over the weekend. More »

  • Thousands without power after storm
    Thousands without power after storm Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    Thousands of homes remain without power after storm force winds battered Scotland, bringing major disruption to the transport network. More »

  • Winds Top 110mph As Jet Stream Lashes UK
    Winds Top 110mph As Jet Stream Lashes UK Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    Hurricane-force winds have brought gusts of around 110mph to Scotland as extreme weather from across the Atlantic reached Britain. More »

  • Bosnia leads global search for missing with expertise on bones
    Bosnia leads global search for missing with expertise on bones Thu, Jan 8, 2015

    By Daria Sito-Sucic TUZLA, Bosnia (Reuters) - Bosnia was still digging up the bones of its own when those of others began arriving in boxes from the tsunami-struck shores of Southeast Asia a decade ago. It coincided with Kathryne Bomberger's rise to head of the Bosnian-based International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), created in 1996 on the initiative of Bill Clinton to unearth the secrets of gruesome death pits strewn across the Bosnian countryside following its 1992-95 war. ... More »

  • Natural catastrophe losses lower in 2014: Munich Re
    Natural catastrophe losses lower in 2014: Munich Re Wed, Jan 7, 2015

    Kashmiri residents wade through a street as floodwaters in the area recede in Srinagar, India on September 13, 2014 More »

  • Ireland’s hottest place in 2014 was…
    Ireland’s hottest place in 2014 was… Mon, Jan 5, 2015

    Hot, wet and windy. That’s pretty much how you’d describe Ireland’s weather last year. More »

  • Storms, wind and sunshine: Ireland’s year in weather
  • Anti-garda graffiti and windows smashed at Garda Credit Union overnight
    Anti-garda graffiti and windows smashed at Garda Credit Union overnight Mon, Dec 29, 2014

    It’s believed someone with a grudge against the gardaí carried out the attack. More »