News Gun lobby pushes back on Trump's gun plans after Florida shooting 2018-02-25T20:36:23.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The National Rifle Association pushed back on Sunday against modest proposals by President Donald Trump and other Republicans to change U.S. gun laws after a school shooting in Florida that killed 17 students and staff. Asian shares edge higher, yen eases 2018-02-25T19:43:12.000000000-05:00 SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian markets were in a guardedly upbeat mood on Monday, heading into an event-packed week headlined by U.S. inflation data and the first House testimony by the new head of the Federal Reserve. Oil steady near two-week high as Saudi to keep export curbs 2018-02-25T19:04:59.000000000-05:00 TOKYO (Reuters) - Oil prices held little changed near two-week highs early on Monday, supported by comments from Saudi Arabia that it would continue to curb exports in line with the OPEC-led effort to cut global supplies. Russia sets stage for U.N. veto of western bid to call out Iran 2018-02-25T18:45:44.000000000-05:00 UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia has laid the groundwork for a likely veto on Monday of a British, U.S. and French bid for the United Nations Security Council to call out Iran over its weapons falling into the hands of Yemen's Houthi group. China sets stage for Xi to stay in office indefinitely 2018-02-25T15:36:56.000000000-05:00 BEIJING (Reuters) - China's ruling Communist Party on Sunday set the stage for President Xi Jinping to stay in office indefinitely, with a proposal to remove a constitutional clause limiting presidential service to just two terms in office. Weakened Merkel offers job to arch critic in young new German cabinet 2018-02-25T13:55:27.000000000-05:00 BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would promote her most prominent critic from within her conservative party, 37-year old Jens Spahn, to a coalition cabinet, in a sign she has heeded calls for renewal to revive her grumbling party. White House: Talks with North Korea must lead to ending nuclear program 2018-02-25T13:31:11.000000000-05:00 SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said any talks with North Korea must lead to an end to its nuclear program after senior officials from Pyongyang visiting South Korea said on Sunday their government was open to talks with the United States. South Korea brings curtain down on 'Peace Games' 2018-02-25T13:26:08.000000000-05:00 PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - South Korea brought the curtain down on its "Peace Games" on Sunday, with winter sports athletes dancing and singing together at a vibrant closing ceremony, though there was little warmth between dignitaries from the United States and North Korea. Boeing to have 51 percent stake in venture with Embraer: paper 2018-02-25T13:25:16.000000000-05:00 BRASILIA (Reuters) - Boeing Co will have a 51 percent stake in a joint company currently being negotiated with Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer , O Globo newspaper columnist Lauro Jardim reported on Sunday. Weakened Merkel offers German cabinet job to arch critic 2018-02-25T13:07:35.000000000-05:00 BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday she would promote her most prominent critic from within her conservative party, Jens Spahn, to a coalition cabinet, in a sign she is heeding calls for renewal.