Top News Iraqi forces using siege and stealth to evict Islamic State from Mosul 2017-04-25T06:20:39.000000Z MOSUL, Iraq, (Reuters) - Iraqi forces are using siege and stealth tactics to drive Islamic State militants out of Mosul's Old City, a Iraqi general said, as his forces sought to minimize casualties among hundreds of thousands of people trapped in the cramped, historic neighborhood. Reports of North Korea artillery drill as U.S. submarine docks in South 2017-04-25T06:16:53.000000Z SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea conducted a big live-fire exercise on Tuesday to mark the foundation of its military, media reported, as a U.S. submarine docked in South Korea in a show of force amid growing concern over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs. East Coast refiners eye Texas oil as North Dakota alternative 2017-04-25T05:13:17.000000Z NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. East Coast refiners are looking to buy increasing volumes of domestic crude oil from the Gulf Coast, two sources said, the latest twist in a trade flow upheaval in the wake of the opening of the Dakota Access pipeline. Not an inside job: How two analysts became SEC whistleblowers 2017-04-25T05:05:30.000000Z WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four years ago, two analysts who liked to swap notes on numbers they thought looked odd took a fateful step and tipped off U.S. regulators about a company that one of them had watched for months. Arkansas carries out first double execution in U.S. since 2000 2017-04-25T04:51:23.000000Z LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - Arkansas carried out back-to-back executions on Monday night, administering lethal injections to two men convicted of rape and murder to become the first U.S. state to put more than one inmate to death on the same day in 17 years. Senate gives limited resources to Russia election-meddling probe 2017-04-25T03:03:58.000000Z WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate's main investigation into allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election is equipped with a much smaller staff than previous high-profile intelligence and scandal probes in Congress, which could potentially affect its progress, according to s... Hollande urges French to reject Le Pen in presidential run-off vote 2017-04-25T01:29:12.000000Z PARIS (Reuters) - France's outgoing president, Francois Hollande, on Monday urged people to back centrist Emmanuel Macron in a vote to choose his successor next month and reject far-right leader Marine Le Pen, whose place in the run-off represented a "risk" for France. Obama makes no mention of Trump in first major post-presidential appearance 2017-04-25T00:56:36.000000Z CHICAGO (Reuters) - Barack Obama, making his first major appearance since leaving the White House, made no mention on Monday of his successor, Donald Trump, but urged young people to get more involved in their communities at a time of stark political divides. U.S. sanctions hundreds of employees of Syrian research center 2017-04-24T21:27:41.000000Z WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Monday blacklisted 271 employees of a Syrian government agency it said was responsible for developing chemical weapons, weeks after a poison gas attack killed scores of people in a rebel-held province in Syria. Trump tax push raises questions about scope of his 'reform' 2017-04-24T20:31:46.000000Z WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's zeal to unveil a tax plan before his 100th day in office is raising questions about just how thorough his "tax reform" plans will be, amid signals that his focus for now is on slashing tax rates.