News Trump urges Mexico to block illegal immigrants from El Salvador 2018-02-23T09:19:55.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday called on Mexico to do more to prevent violent illegal immigrants from El Salvador from entering the United States, again pushing his long-proposed border wall but stopping short of saying Mexico would fund it. Trump to announce new sanctions against North Korea as South prepares for talks 2018-02-23T09:16:56.000000000-05:00 SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is due to announce its largest package of sanctions against North Korea to pressure the reclusive country into giving up its nuclear and missile programs, as South Korea readies itself for further talks with its leaders. Turkish forces shell convoy headed to Syria's Afrin region 2018-02-23T09:06:37.000000000-05:00 BEIRUT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The Turkish army struck a convoy entering Syria's Kurdish-held Afrin region, which Ankara said carried fighters and weapons but Kurdish forces said was made up of civilians entering with food and medicine. More bombs fall on Syria's eastern Ghouta ahead of U.N. vote 2018-02-23T09:06:01.000000000-05:00 BEIRUT (Reuters) - A new wave of bombs struck Syria's eastern Ghouta unabated on Friday, witnesses said, ahead of a U.N. Security Council vote to demand a 30-day ceasefire across the country. Wall Street to open higher as bond yields retreat 2018-02-23T09:05:56.000000000-05:00 (Reuters) - Wall Street was on track to open higher on Friday as bond yields retreated for the second straight day, with investors also focusing on speeches by Federal Reserve officials for their views on interest rates. China seizes control of Anbang Insurance as chairman prosecuted 2018-02-23T08:56:21.000000000-05:00 BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The Chinese government on Friday seized control of Anbang Insurance Group Co Ltd and said its chairman had been prosecuted, dramatically illustrating Beijing's willingness to curtail big-spending conglomerates as it cracks down on financial risk. Stock futures point to higher open for Wall Street 2018-02-23T08:34:56.000000000-05:00 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index were higher on Friday as bond yields retreated for the second straight day, with investors also focusing on speeches by Federal Reserve officials for their views on interest rates. 'Sooner, faster, now' - the companies surfing the e-commerce wave 2018-02-23T08:33:24.000000000-05:00 LONDON (Reuters) - Amazon's assault on the retail industry has brought misery to traditional retailers without a strong web presence. Northern Ireland abortion laws violate women's rights, U.N. body says 2018-02-23T08:24:24.000000000-05:00 GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Kingdom violates women's rights in Northern Ireland by unduly restricting their access to abortion, a report by the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) said on Friday. General Mills to buy pet food maker Blue Buffalo for $8 billion 2018-02-23T07:43:36.000000000-05:00 (Reuters) - Cheerios cereal maker General Mills Inc will buy Blue Buffalo Pet Products Inc for nearly $8 billion, seeking to tap burgeoning demand for natural pet food and offset falling sales for processed items.