News Syria's eastern Ghouta bombed again before U.N. ceasefire vote 2018-02-23T15:05:10.000000000-05:00 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. U.S. ready to open Jerusalem embassy in May: State Department 2018-02-23T14:59:14.000000000-05:00 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. Trump says U.S.-Australia relations are strong 2018-02-23T14:50:25.000000000-05:00 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. Palestinians angry at reports of early U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem 2018-02-23T14:20:09.000000000-05:00 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. U.S. expects to open Jerusalem embassy in May, officials say 2018-02-23T14:04:08.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is expected to open its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem in May, a U.S. official told Reuters on Friday, a move from Tel Aviv that reverses decades of U.S. policy and is bound to trouble U.S. allies who have already objected. More bombs fall on Syria's eastern Ghouta before U.N. vote 2018-02-23T14:01:58.000000000-05:00 BEIRUT/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A new wave of bombs struck Syria's eastern Ghouta district unabated 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 civil war. Pentagon makes recommendations to White House on transgender individuals 2018-02-23T12:26:15.000000000-05:00 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. Florida governor proposes tighter gun restrictions in wake of school shooting 2018-02-23T12:13:43.000000000-05:00 PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott announced a proposal on Friday to increase restrictions on buying guns and to strengthen school safety measures after a gunman killed 17 people at a high school in the state last week. U.S. appeals court revives Schwab Libor-rigging claims against banks 2018-02-23T11:50:09.000000000-05:00 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. Trump says he wants to review U.S. military policy of gun-free zones on bases 2018-02-23T11:34:28.000000000-05:00 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.