News Assad closer to Ghouta victory, as some rebels prepare to quit 2018-03-22T09:49:40.000000000-04:00 BEIRUT/DAMASCUS (Reuters) - The Syrian government moved closer to ending rebel resistance in eastern Ghouta as civilians streamed out of one of its besieged, bomb-battered towns on Thursday and insurgents prepared to surrender another. Zuckerberg apologizes for Facebook mistakes with user data, vows curbs 2018-03-22T09:46:01.000000000-04:00 SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg apologized on Wednesday for mistakes his company made in how it handled data belonging to 50 million of its users, and promised tougher steps to restrict developers' access to such information. China blames U.S. for staggering trade surplus as tariffs loom 2018-03-22T08:33:31.000000000-04:00 BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China blamed U.S. export restrictions for its record trade surplus with the United States, but expressed hope that a solution can be found to settle trade issues between the world's two biggest economies as U.S. tariffs loom. Americans want armed school guards and tighter gun laws: Reuters/Ipsos poll 2018-03-22T08:27:25.000000000-04:00 (Reuters) - A majority of Americans, including Republicans, Democrats and gun owners want stricter laws on gun ownership and armed guards in schools, according to a Reuters/Ipsos national poll taken in early March. Global carbon emissions hit record high in 2017 2018-03-22T08:08:23.000000000-04:00 LONDON (Reuters) - Global energy-related carbon emissions rose to a historic high of 32.5 gigatons last year, after three years of being flat, due to higher energy demand and the slowing of energy efficiency improvements, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said. No relief yet for Facebook shares after Zuckerberg apology 2018-03-22T07:52:03.000000000-04:00 (Reuters) - Shares of Facebook Inc fell 1.5 percent in premarket trading on Thursday as an apology from Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg failed to quell Wall Street nerves about the company's handling of a row over user privacy. Texas serial bomber made video confession before blowing himself up: police 2018-03-22T07:46:53.000000000-04:00 PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (Reuters) - The serial bomber whose deadly attacks terrorized Austin, Texas, for weeks left a 25-minute video "confession" on a cell phone found after he blew himself up on Wednesday as officers closed in to make an arrest, police said. Future of TV in balance as AT&T, Time Warner plead merger case 2018-03-22T06:15:34.000000000-04:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fans will be glued to the "March Madness" college basketball tournament as the joint owner of rights for the games, Time Warner Inc, goes before a judge on Thursday to defend a proposed takeover by AT&T Inc. Syria's Assad close to retaking Ghouta as some rebels quit 2018-03-22T05:51:28.000000000-04:00 BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian government appeared close to ending rebel resistance in eastern Ghouta as civilians streamed from one of its besieged, bomb-battered towns and insurgents prepared to surrender another on Thursday. China's oil futures: frazzle or dazzle for foreign traders? 2018-03-22T04:52:46.000000000-04:00 BEIJING (Reuters) - China's crude oil futures, to be launched on Monday, will be a major step in Beijing's years-long push to win greater sway over oil pricing, but for western traders it will likely bring frustration as well as opportunity.