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Why Thousands of Jail Inmates Meet a Grim Fate

Reuters takes an in-depth look at jail deaths

(Newser) - Harvey Hill was acting a little crazy that night. The Mississippi man was laughing in the rain outside his former boss' house in May 2018 and wouldn't leave, so he was arrested, charged with trespassing, and tossed in jail—where he started a fight with guards that ended in... More »

A New Poll Is Loving Biden

The former vice president stakes out a 13-point advantage

(Newser) - Sure, Joe Biden has been campaigning mostly from home —but that doesn't mean he's behind. A new Reuters /Ipsos poll has him ahead by 13 points as Americans fume over President Trump's handling of the pandemic and police brutality protests. Conducted June 10 to 16, the... More »

After 511 Days, Myanmar Frees Reuters Journalists

They reported on brutal Rohingya crackdown

(Newser) - Two Reuters journalists who were imprisoned for breaking Myanmar's Official Secrets Act over reporting on security forces' abuses of Rohingya Muslims were pardoned and released Tuesday, the prison chief and witnesses said. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were freed after President Win Myint issued a blanket pardon for... More »

Myanmar Sentences Reuters Reporters to 7 Years

They had been reporting on brutal Rohingya crackdown

(Newser) - A Myanmar court sentenced two Reuters journalists to seven years in prison Monday for illegal possession of official documents, a ruling that comes as international criticism mounts over the military's alleged human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims. Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, had pleaded not guilty... More »

Policeman: We Were Told to 'Get' Reuters Reporter

AP sees it as a 'setback' for the prosecution in Myanmar case

(Newser) - "Get Wa Lone." That was the directive a Myanmar police captain was given by his superior, or so he testified Friday. Wa Lone is the Reuters reporter who, along with colleague Kyaw Soe Oo, was arrested Dec. 12 and has been jailed since. Police accused the pair of... More »

2 Reuters Reporters Charged With Violating 'Secrets Act'

They face 14 years in prison in Myanmar

(Newser) - Prosecutors in Myanmar charged two journalists from the Reuters news agency Wednesday with violating the Official Secrets Act, signaling the case will go forward despite international condemnation. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested Dec. 12 after police accused them of violating the colonial-era law by acquiring "important... More »

Guy Named Vince Creates 'Reply All' Chaos at Reuters

He sent an email to 33K employees, and the reply-all chain still won't stop

(Newser) - Ever done something you wished you could take back? Like accidentally sent an email to 33,000 Thomson Reuters employees? That's what some guy named Vince apparently did yesterday, flooding inboxes and setting off a "reply all" chain that some say slowed down Reuters email and provided the... More »

Reuters Suspends Editor Accused of Aiding Hackers

Matthew Keys, 26, faces up to 25 years in prison

(Newser) - A social media editor for Reuters is in hot water, accused of exacting revenge on a former employer by helping Anonymous hack it. Federal prosecutors say Matthew Keys, 26, passed along log-in credentials to servers owned by the Tribune Co., reports the Guardian . His Anonymous pal allegedly used them to... More »

Jack Welch Defends Jobs Conspiracy Theory

Compares backlash to 'Soviet Russia'

(Newser) - Jack Welch took to the Wall Street Journal 's op-ed page today to double down on his assertion that the Bureau of Labor Statistic's latest unemployment numbers look too good to be true. The ex-GE CEO's accusation drew a massive backlash , which he says seemed like something... More »

Iran Convicts Reuters Chief in 'Ninja' Row

Sentence to be handed down this week

(Newser) - A special Tehran "media court" has found a Reuters bureau chief guilty of "spreading lies" in a "ninja" video. The film initially included a headline, soon changed, that said female martial arts experts were training to be assassins. They were apparently ninjas, but not assassins . Operations at... More »

Pro-Syrian Regime Hackers Hit Reuters

Hackers seize agency Twitter account, post 22 fake messages

(Newser) - As Bashar al-Assad's forces continue to pound Syria's biggest city , his allies on the Internet have laid siege to Reuters . One of the news agency's Twitter accounts was hacked yesterday, and 22 fake messages were posted, many of them spreading false news about heavy rebel defeats or... More »

AP, Reuters Skip GOP Debate Over Photo Access

A number of possible candidates also not attending tonight

(Newser) - If the GOP held a presidential debate and barely anyone attended, would it still be a debate? The AP and Reuters are the latest to duck out of tonight's South Carolina debate, Politico reports. A number of prospective candidates, including Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Mitch Daniels, and... More »

Reuters Publishes Grisly Photos of Osama Raid

They show 3 victims, but not bin Laden

(Newser) - Reuters has released a series of photos it says were taken in the aftermath of the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound. Among them are gruesome images of three dead men, though not of bin Laden. The news agency says it bought them from a Pakistani security official who... More »

Who Gets Helen Thomas' Front-Row Seat?

Opening in White House press room ignites speculation

(Newser) - Fox News and Bloomberg have already called dibs on the front-row seat in the White House briefing room held for decades by Helen Thomas, but will either one get it? The White House Correspondents Association will make the call, and Thomas, who retired in disgrace today , isn't talking. Pretty much... More »

New York Times Reporter Caught Plagiarizing

Business writer copied from Wall Street Journal , other sources

(Newser) - A New York Times business reporter has been caught cribbing text directly from the Wall Street Journal and other sources, the Times sheepishly admitted in an editor’s note today. The Times says the Journal alerted them to uncanny similarities between a Journal article published Feb. 5, and a Times... More »

Reuters Kills Budget Story on WH Complaints

Pulled story said Obama budget had backdoor tax hikes

(Newser) - Reuters pulled an article suggesting President Obama's budget blueprint included backdoor tax increases last night after the news agency received complaints from the White House. The Reuters story was "falsely stating that the president's budget raises taxes for middle-class families, when in fact the opposite is true," a... More »

Vatican Blasts Attacks on Christians

Official: India killings underscore spread of 'Christianophobia'

(Newser) - The Vatican warned against the spread of "Christianophobia" today following attacks in India that left 13 Christians dead, Reuters reports. Thousands fled their homes this week as mobs rioted in retaliation for the murder of a Hindu leader. The Pope condemned the violence, and Italy's foreign ministry will demand... More »

Gaza Fighting Kills at Least 23

Reuters journalist among the dead in Israeli offensive

(Newser) - Three Israeli soldiers and at least 20 Palestinians were killed today as Israeli attacks rocked the Gaza Strip, the AP reports. Fadel Shana, a Reuters cameraman, was among the dead in fighting that undermined an Egyptian-negotiated peace effort and saw the highest death toll in a month. More »

Reuters Posts 'Titanic' Frame in Arctic Gaffe

Agency pinched movie still for North Pole report

(Newser) - Reuters was caught in another photo pas today, when it revealed pics used in a report on Russia's flag-planting at the North Pole last week were actually lifted frames from the 1997 blockbuster Titanic. An image captioned with descriptions of Russian submersibles on an Arctic seabed was actually a still... More »

Dow Jones Warms to Murdoch Offer

Family ready to consider bid, with Reuters-Thomson merger in wings

(Newser) - The family that controls Dow Jones, after initially rebuffing a $5-billion buyout offer from Rupert Murdoch, has decided to consider selling after all. In a stunning about-face, the Bancroft family announced last night it had "reached consensus that the mission of Dow Jones may be better accomplished in combination... More »

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