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Russia and North Korea, Amazon Studios change direction and capturing Federer’s infamous back hand

Jan 29, 2018

Over the last few weeks, Reuters journalists and photographers have delivered unmatched coverage of key stories from around the globe.  Here is a sampling of coverage that you can’t afford to miss.

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Trump says Russia helping North Korea skirt sanctions, Pyongyang getting close on missile

U.S. President Donald Trump told Reuters that Russia is helping North Korea get supplies in violation of international sanctions and that Pyongyang is getting “closer every day” to being able to deliver a long-range missile to the United States. “Russia is not helping us at all with North Korea,” Trump said during an exclusive Oval Office interview with Reuters. “What China is helping us with, Russia is denting. In other words, Russia is making up for some of what China is doing.” With North Korea persisting as the major global challenge facing Trump this year, the president also cast doubt during the 53-minute interview on whether talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would be useful.

Amazon Studios to cut back on indie films in programming shift

We exclusively reported that Amazon planned to shift the resources it allocates to movie production from independent films to more commercial projects. The move reflects a new phase in the online retailer’s entertainment strategy. Initially, Amazon worked on high-brow movies that would win awards, put it on the map in Hollywood and help it attract top talent. Now, Amazon wants programming aimed at a far wider audience as it pursues its central business goal: persuading more people to join its video streaming service and shopping club Prime.

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Photo of Federer hitting a shot against Fucsovics at Australian Open

The sun was setting fast in the 3rd set of the Australian Open on Jan. 22 when Reuters photographer Edgar Su captured this striking image of Switzerland’s Roger Federer hitting a shot against Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics. “The initial idea was to try to get a pitch black background with only Federer in the light as the shadows cover the court. But Federer was playing too fast and had only 2 games left. So I went for the next best option to get him partially in the shadows as he hits with a backhand. Backhand casts the most dramatic shadow and I was very lucky that he leaped and hit the ball in the last few minutes of the set,” Edgar said.

How breaking a possible world record was the easy part for Coleman

We were alone in reporting how setting a potential 60 meters world record of 6.37 seconds was the easy part for American Christian Coleman. With no drug testing at the meeting in South Carolina on Jan. 19, Coleman drove towards Atlanta, Georgia, two hours away, to meet testers at a road side stop, provide a required sample and fill out paperwork as a part of the record ratification. But questions remain as to whether the run will be ratified as a world record. Coleman’s time bettered the recognized world record of 6.39 seconds, first set 20 years ago by 2000 Olympic champion Maurice Greene.

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