NEW YORK The S&P 500 and Nasdaq set record highs on Tuesday in a broad rally led by financial and technology stocks.
A powerful storm that killed at least 21 people in the southern United States over the weekend brought snow, heavy rain and gusty winds to the Northeast on Tuesday as searchers combed Georgia tornado wreckage for a missing toddler.
WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump signed orders on Tuesday smoothing the path for the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, rolling back key Obama administration environmental actions in favor of expanding energy infrastructure.
U.S. President Donald Trump met with auto executives on Tuesday and gave the energy industry a boost with action on pipelines. Highlights of the day follow:
NEW YORK/CHICAGO The Environmental Protection Agency will delay implementation of the Renewable Fuels Standard and the Agriculture Department will pause rules affecting livestock as part of a freeze on regulations imposed by President Donald Trump's administration, trade groups said on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON/CHICAGO U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has put staff at a slew of government agencies on notice - be careful what you say.
LOS ANGELES Romantic musical "La La Land" became the movie to beat at the Academy Awards after earning 14 nominations on Tuesday in a diverse list that silenced the #OscarsSoWhite controversy of the last two years.
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, who collapsed while delivering his state-of-the-state address in St. Paul, said on Tuesday he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer but planned to stay on the job while undergoing treatment.
ASTANA Russia and regional powers Turkey and Iran backed a shaky truce between Syria's warring parties on Tuesday and agreed to monitor its compliance, but on the ground rebels faced continued fighting on two fronts which could undermine the deal.
ASTANA/MOSCOW Peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition in Kazakhstan were a coup for their international sponsors, but exposed the limits of what Russia, Turkey and Iran can achieve in their efforts to resolve the six-year-old war.
NEW YORK Stocks rose on Tuesday as investors looked past U.S. President Donald Trump's protectionist rhetoric and focused on encouraging economic data and quarterly earnings reports.
WASHINGTON President Donald Trump stands by his belief that millions of people voted illegally in the U.S. election, the White House said on Tuesday, but it offered no evidence to support the contention.
U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday allowing the Dakota Access Pipeline to go forward, after months of protests from Native American groups and climate activists pushed the Obama administration to ask for additional environmental review for the controversial project.
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Film actors, directors and writers nominated for Academy Awards on Tuesday responded with childhood memories to words of praise for the departed.
LONDON Prime Minister Theresa May must give parliament a vote before she can formally start Britain's exit from the European Union, the UK Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday, giving lawmakers who oppose her Brexit plans a shot at amending them.
EDINBURGH Nicola Sturgeon raised the specter of another Scottish independence referendum after Britain's Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that the devolved assembly in Edinburgh did not need to be consulted on triggering Brexit.
WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump urged the chief executives of the Big Three U.S. automakers on Tuesday to build more cars in the country, pressing his pledge to bring jobs to America and discourage the car industry from investing in Mexico.
WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order directing that the permitting process and regulatory burden for domestic manufacturers should be streamlined to reduce what he called "the incredibly cumbersome, long, horrible" process.
LOS ANGELES As the Academy Award nominations were announced on Tuesday, "Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins was unpacking his suitcase at an Amsterdam hotel, and his publicist was sliding handwritten notes under his door to inform him of the film's eight Oscar nods.
BEIJING China said on Tuesday it hopes Mongolia has learned a lesson and will keep a promise not to invite the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama again after his visit in November led to a chill in relations.
LOS ANGELES Mel Gibson climbed back into Hollywood's good graces, while Amy Adams and Martin Scorsese were edged out at Tuesday's Oscar nominations, a list that served up some notable surprises.
The Standing Rock Sioux tribe in a statement on Tuesday said it opposed U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order that would allow the Dakota Access Pipeline to move forward.
BAGHDAD The United Nations said on Tuesday it is "racing against the clock" to prepare emergency aid for hundreds of thousands of endangered civilians in Mosul with an Iraqi army offensive looming to oust Islamic State from the western half of the city.
BAGHDAD Iraq's oil is the property of Iraqis, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday, in reaction to U.S. President Donald Trump who argued that the United States should have taken possession of the nation's crude reserves.
BEIRUT Heavy fighting erupted in northwestern Syria on Tuesday between a powerful jihadist organization and more moderate rebel groups, threatening to further weaken the opposition to President Bashar al-Assad in its biggest territorial stronghold.
WASHINGTON A U.S. Senate committee swiftly approved Republican President Donald Trump's nominees for commerce and transportation secretaries by voice vote on Tuesday, signaling that they will face little resistance to approval by the full Senate.
WASHINGTON President Donald Trump intends to keep FBI Director James Comey in his post, a person familiar with the decision said on Tuesday, amid reports that U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies are scrutinizing Trump associates over their ties to Russia.
LOS ANGELES Nominations were announced on Tuesday for the 2017 Academy Awards, the highest honors in the movie industry.
BEIJING/WASHINGTON China said on Tuesday it had "irrefutable" sovereignty over disputed islands in the South China Sea after the White House vowed to defend "international territories" in the strategic waterway.
PARIS The head of the Russian delegation at Syrian talks in the Kazakh capital Astana said on Tuesday the negotiations had been positive and that he believed a new process had been born to kickstart negotiations between warring Syrian parties.
Global banks have warned they could move thousands of jobs out of Britain to prepare for the expected disruption caused by the country's exit from the European Union, posing a risk to London's status as a major financial center.
MOSCOW Six Russian warplanes launched a coordinated strike on Islamic State targets in the Syrian province of Deir al-Zor, Russian news agencies reported on Tuesday, citing the Russian defense ministry.
ASTANA The Syrian government will continue its offensive in the Wadi Barada area northwest of Damascus as long as the capital remains deprived of water, its chief negotiator Bashar Ja'afari told reporters in Astana on Tuesday.
ASTANA The Syrian government delegation views the Astana talks as a "success", chief negotiator Bashar Ja'afari said on Tuesday, expressing support for a joint statement by Iran, Turkey and Russia.
LONDON Prime Minister Theresa May must get parliament's approval before she begins Britain's formal exit from the European Union, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday.
GENEVA The United Nations said on Tuesday it will need a total of $8 billion this year to provide life-saving assistance to millions of Syrians inside their shattered homeland and to refugees and their host communities in neighboring countries.
ASTANA Syrian rebels are unhappy with a communique establishing a ceasefire mechanism between Russia, Iran and Turkey, an opposition delegate to talks in Astana said on Tuesday.
GOLAN HEIGHTS It happens nearly every night. After dark, the Syrian wounded come to known locations on the Israel-Syria front in the Golan Heights, driven by desperation to seek help from an enemy army.
RIYADH French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on Tuesday he hoped Syrian truce negotiations in Kazakhstan would be successful and lead to a resumption of peace efforts in Geneva.
LONDON Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty is not reversible once it is triggered launching formal divorce talks between Britain and the European Union, a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday.
VALLETTA Britain told EU peers it would stick to an end-March deadline to trigger its exit clause from the bloc, a senior EU diplomat said, after Britain's top court ruled that London must seek parliamentary approval before invoking the so-called Article 50.
WELLINGTON/TOKYO Australia and New Zealand said on Tuesday they hope to salvage the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by encouraging China and other Asian countries to join the trade pact after U.S. President Donald Trump kept a promise to abandon the accord.
Yahoo Inc on Monday reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue, and said the sale of its core internet business to Verizon Communications Inc should be completed in the second quarter, allaying some investor concerns that the deal might collapse.
LONDON Prime Minister Theresa May's plans to start the process of Britain leaving the European Union by the end of March are unlikely to be hindered or slowed by Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling the government must seek parliamentary approval.
VALLETTA Britain can discuss but not seal bilateral trade deals while it remains a member of the European Union, the deputy head of the bloc's executive, which will lead the technical negotiations on Brexit, said on Tuesday.
BERLIN Germany's DIHK Chambers of Commerce said a UK Supreme Court ruling that the British government must get parliament's approval to start an exit from the bloc raised new questions about the way forward and would further dampen investment.
WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump formally withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal on Monday, distancing America from its Asian allies, as China's influence in the region rises.
LONDON Britain will trigger the legal process for leaving the European Union by the end of March despite a court ruling that means the government needs to get parliamentary approval, a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday.
LONDON Britain's Attorney General Jeremy Wright said the government would implement a UK Supreme Court decision that Prime Minister Theresa May must obtain parliament's approval before she begins Britain's formal exit from the European Union.
LONDON Britain's opposition Labour Party said on Tuesday it would not frustrate the process of triggering Article 50 - the legal process for leaving the European Union - after a court upheld a ruling that parliament must vote on its approval.
ISTANBUL Turkey, Russia and Iran have reached agreement on forming a three-party mechanism to monitor ceasefire violations in Syria, Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Tuesday.
GENEVA The United Nations appealed on Tuesday for $4.63 billion in fresh funding to help Syrian refugees and host communities in neighboring countries, a statement said.
BERLIN Germany would take advantage of any trade opportunities in Asia and South America left by a protectionist United States, Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said, after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday reinstated a global gag rule that bans U.S.-funded groups around the world from discussing abortion, a move that was widely expected but nonetheless dismayed women's rights advocates.
WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump's choice for secretary of state, former Exxon Mobil Corp Chairman Rex Tillerson, narrowly won approval from a Senate committee on Monday, but is expected to be confirmed by the full Senate.
ASTANA The U.N. special envoy for Syria said on Tuesday Russia, Turkey and Iran were closing in on a final statement reaffirming a cessation of hostilities between Syrian warring parties.
ASTANA Syria's warring sides met for their first talks in nine months on Monday, with their Russian and Turkish backers pushing to cement a ceasefire that could pave the way for political talks.
ASTANA The Syrian rebel delegation has no plans to sign a communique at the Astana talks, its spokesman Yahya al-Aridi told reporters on Tuesday, the second day of indirect negotiations between the rebels and the Damascus government.
BEIJING China urged the United States on Tuesday to act and speak cautiously on the South China Sea, saying China has irrefutable sovereignty over the Spratly Islands.
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