News Rally calling for ban on assault-style rifles to be held in Tallahassee 2018-02-21T04:19:57.000000000-05:00 PARKLAND/TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - Student and parent activists from the Florida high school where 17 teens and staff members were slain last week in a shooting rampage will hold a rally on Wednesday at the state capital, calling for a ban on assault-style rifles. Putin nemesis Navalny, barred from election, tries political siege 2018-02-21T03:39:55.000000000-05:00 MOSCOW (Reuters) - Two young anti-Putin activists trudged through a snow-logged Moscow housing estate on a recent Saturday, putting up fliers promoting a boycott of a presidential election next month. Syria's Ghouta residents 'wait to die' as bombs fall 2018-02-21T03:33:57.000000000-05:00 BEIRUT (Reuters) - Residents of Syria's eastern Ghouta said they were "waiting their turn to die" early on Wednesday, after more pro-government rockets and barrel bombs fell on the besieged rebel enclave. Pro-government forces hit Syria's Ghouta with rockets, air raids 2018-02-21T03:06:26.000000000-05:00 BEIRUT (Reuters) - Over a dozen people were injured on Tuesday night in Syria's eastern Ghouta, where one of the heaviest bombardments in seven years of war has hammered a besieged enclave, killing at least 250 people in 48 hours, a war monitor said. Philippines 'concerned' as U.S. intelligence tags Duterte a threat to democracy 2018-02-21T02:55:18.000000000-05:00 MANILA (Reuters) - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is not an autocrat and is taking seriously a report by the U.S. intelligence community that names the firebrand leader among the threats to democracy in Southeast Asia, his spokesman said on Wednesday. Trump Jr. says missing out on India deals because of father's self-imposed curbs 2018-02-21T02:39:44.000000000-05:00 NEW DELHI (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's elder son described India as an important market for The Trump Organization but said the global company will lose out on new deals because of self-imposed restrictions put in place by his father since he took office. Stakes rise in Turkish Afrin attack as pro-Assad militia arrive 2018-02-21T02:32:17.000000000-05:00 BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey shelled Afrin overnight on Tuesday and showed no sign of slackening its assault on the Kurdish-held region despite the arrival of pro-Syrian government militia there, a war monitor said. North Korea canceled planned meeting with Pence 2018-02-21T01:48:43.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to meet with North Korean officials, including leader Kim Jong Un's sister, while in South Korea for the Winter Olympics this month but the North Koreans canceled at the last minute, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. Exclusive: Investment star Alan Howard's comeback hits headwind 2018-02-21T01:32:53.000000000-05:00 NEW YORK (Reuters) - A fund managed directly by Alan Howard, one of Britain’s best known investors, lost nearly 9.0 percent net of fees from May through December 2017, according to information provided to Reuters by a spokesman for two New York City employee pension funds. Confidant of Israel's Netanyahu turns state's witness in corruption case: media 2018-02-21T01:16:39.000000000-05:00 JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A confidant of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to provide testimony on behalf of the state about alleged corrupt dealings between the government and the country's biggest telecoms group, Israeli media reported on Wednesday.