News 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. 'Samurai' Goggia denies Vonn to win downhill gold 2018-02-21T01:00:36.000000000-05:00 PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Sofia Goggia carved up the Jeongseon slope "like a Samurai" to win the women's downhill on Wednesday and leave American Lindsey Vonn with a bronze medal in her final run in the marquee event of Olympic Alpine skiing. Survivors of Florida school shooting launch gun control push 2018-02-21T00:21:19.000000000-05:00 PARKLAND/TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - Dozens of students and parents from the Florida high school where 17 teens and staff members were slain last week in a shooting rampage arrived in the state capital of Tallahassee on Tuesday to lobby for a ban on assault-style rifles. Goggia outpaces Vonn to win women's downhill gold 2018-02-20T23:13:13.000000000-05:00 PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Zany Italian Sofia Goggia denied Lindsey Vonn the chance to reclaim the Olympic downhill gold with a winning run that perfectly mixed aggression and control in the marquee event of women's Alpine skiing at the Pyeongchang Games on Wednesday. Final version of Trans-Pacific trade deal released, rules pushed by U.S. on ice 2018-02-20T23:03:44.000000000-05:00 WELLINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) - The final version of a landmark deal aimed at cutting trade barriers in some of the Asia-Pacific's fastest-growing economies was released on Wednesday, signaling the pact was a step closer to reality even without its star member the United States. Exclusive: Japan to buy at least 20 more F-35A stealth fighters - sources 2018-02-20T22:05:22.000000000-05:00 TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan plans to buy at least 20 additional F-35A stealth fighters over the next six years, some or all of which it may purchase directly from Lockheed Martin Corp in the United States rather than assemble locally, three sources said. North Korea canceled planned meeting with U.S. VP Pence: Pence's office 2018-02-20T21:56:43.000000000-05:00 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. Philippines 'concerned' as U.S. intelligence tags Duterte a threat to democracy 2018-02-20T21:53:26.000000000-05:00 MANILA (Reuters) - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is taking seriously the U.S. Intelligence Community's report tagging the firebrand leader a threat to democracy in Southeast Asia, his spokesman said on Wednesday.