News Former Trump campaign aide pleads guilty in Russia probe 2018-02-23T19:27:06.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former senior official in Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, Rick Gates, pleaded guilty on Friday to conspiracy against the United States and lying to investigators, and he is cooperating with a federal probe into Russia's role in the election. U.N. Security Council delays vote on Syria ceasefire resolution 2018-02-23T18:48:07.000000000-05:00 UNITED NATIONS/BEIRUT (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council on Friday delayed a vote on a demand for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria, where pro-government warplanes have been pounding the last rebel bastion near Damascus in one of the deadliest bombing campaigns of the seven-year civil war. Exclusive: U.S. prepares high-seas crackdown on North Korea sanctions evaders - sources 2018-02-23T18:24:31.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration and key Asian allies are preparing to expand interceptions of ships suspected of violating sanctions on North Korea, a plan that could include deploying U.S. Coast Guard forces to stop and search vessels in Asia-Pacific waters, senior U.S. officials... Billionaire investor Warren Buffett to retire from Kraft Heinz board 2018-02-23T18:09:32.000000000-05:00 (Reuters) - Kraft Heinz Co said on Friday billionaire investor Warren Buffett has decided to retire from the company's board following the end of his term in April to reduce travel commitments. Corporate partners cut cord with NRA as gun control debate rages 2018-02-23T17:54:41.000000000-05:00 NEW YORK (Reuters) - The fallout over this week's shooting rampage at a Florida high school started to take its toll on National Rifle Association's roster of corporate partners on Friday as a half dozen companies severed marketing ties with the gun advocacy organization. Trump, Australia's Turnbull seek common ground on trade, China 2018-02-23T17:52:34.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull held talks on Friday at the White House where the two leaders sought to put aside previous tensions, but divisions on trade remained. U.S. banks set for M&A wave as Trump cuts red tape 2018-02-23T17:40:53.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An easing of financial rules will soon unleash pent-up mergers and acquisitions among mid-sized U.S. banks, according to deal bankers, analysts and bank executives. U.S. ready to open Jerusalem embassy in May: State Department 2018-02-23T17:27:19.000000000-05:00 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. New indictment alleges Manafort payments to former European politicians 2018-02-23T17:14:15.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A new indictment filed on Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller alleges that President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort secretly paid former senior European politicians in 2012 and 2013 to lobby for the pro-Russia government of Ukraine. Trump says U.S.-Australia relations are strong 2018-02-23T17:01:21.000000000-05:00 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.