Top News Asia stocks steady amid lack of cues; China gains 2017-02-21T02:59:08.000000Z HONG KONG (Reuters) - Asian stocks held ground on Tuesday though Chinese equities surged to a fresh two-month high as domestic funds piled into financial counters on expectations the world's second biggest economy may have turned a corner. Five die as light plane crashes into mall in Australia 2017-02-21T02:33:59.000000Z SYDNEY (Reuters) - Five people were killed on Tuesday when a small plane crashed in to the roof of a shopping mall after taking off from an airfield outside Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city, police said. Outspoken general named Trump's top security adviser 2017-02-21T01:14:39.000000Z WEST PALM BEACH, Fla./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday named Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond McMaster as his new national security adviser, choosing a military officer known for speaking his mind and challenging his superiors. Russia's U.N. envoy Churkin dies suddenly in New York 2017-02-20T23:54:38.000000Z MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's combative ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died suddenly in New York on Monday after being taken ill at work, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. Snap arrives in London to woo skeptical investors ahead of IPO 2017-02-20T23:39:37.000000Z LONDON (Reuters) - Snap Inc, owner of popular messaging app Snapchat, kicked off its first investor roadshow on Monday, looking to persuade London money managers to back its initial public offering in the face of concerns about its growth prospects, valuation and corporate governance. Ecuador leftist leads presidential vote but may face runoff 2017-02-20T22:53:18.000000Z QUITO (Reuters) - Ecuador's leftist government candidate Lenin Moreno looked set for victory on Monday in a presidential election, but slow results meant it may take days to know if he will face a runoff with former banker Guillermo Lasso. Kremlin says Ukraine peace plan mooted by lawmaker 'absurd' 2017-02-20T21:29:32.000000Z MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Monday it had no prior knowledge of a Ukrainian lawmaker's peace plan for his country, which was detailed in the New York Times newspaper, and called it absurd anyway. Exclusive: Burger King and Tim Hortons owner nears deal to buy Popeyes - sources 2017-02-20T20:59:58.000000Z (Reuters) - Restaurant Brands International Inc, owner of the Burger King and Tim Hortons fast-food chains, is nearing a deal to acquire Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Inc, people familiar with the matter said on Monday. France's far right denounces 'media stunt' over fake jobs probe 2017-02-20T20:01:16.000000Z PARIS (Reuters) - France's far-right National Front accused authorities of staging a media stunt on Monday to influence the presidential election after police searched its headquarters in an investigation into "fake jobs". Trump's defense chief: 'We're not in Iraq to seize anybody's oil' 2017-02-20T19:14:59.000000Z BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. military is "not in Iraq to seize anybody's oil", Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said, distancing himself from remarks by President Donald Trump, as he held talks with Iraqi leaders on Monday.