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Pro-Kurdish party launches protests against Turkish crackdown

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkey's pro-Kurdish parliamentary opposition launched three months of protests on Tuesday against a state crackdown which has seen dozens of lawmakers and mayors jailed over suspected links to militant separatists.

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Russian athletes going to world championships as neutrals will be paid by state

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia on Tuesday told athletes set to compete as neutrals at next month's world championships that they will be paid by the state despite not officially representing their country.

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Gang offering $1 million bounty for Colombia's FARC rebel leaders: lawyer

BOGOTA (Reuters) - A criminal gang is offering bounties of $1 million to assassins who kill leaders from Colombia's Marxist FARC rebel group, a lawyer for the guerrillas said on Tuesday, as the group prepares to take seats in Congress as part of a peace deal.

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U.S. Navy ship fires warning shots at Iranian vessel: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots toward an Iranian vessel near the northern Arabian Gulf on Tuesday after the vessel came within 150 yards (137 meters), a U.S. official told Reuters.

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Trump, without evidence, cites Ukraine ties to ex-rival Clinton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday blasted the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in last year's U.S. election and raised questions, without offering evidence, about Ukrainian support for his Democratic presidential rival.

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BRIEF-Eagle Pharmaceuticals issues statement regarding ryanodex application pdufa date for exertional heat stroke

* Eagle Pharmaceuticals issues statement regarding ryanodex application pdufa date for exertional heat stroke

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McCain to return for pivotal U.S. Senate vote on healthcare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator John McCain will return to the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday to play what could be a crucial role in salvaging Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare and keep their years-long pledge to unwind the 2010 healthcare overhaul.

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House seen passing Russia sanctions bill limiting Trump's power

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote overwhelmingly on Tuesday for a bill that would slap new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea, potentially complicating President Donald Trump's hopes of pursuing improved relations with Moscow.

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Chinese officials to enforce mainland laws in Hong Kong train station

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong announced on Tuesday a controversial plan to allow mainland officials to enforce Chinese laws inside a Hong Kong train station, an immigration set-up critics say will encroach on the city's autonomy and put existing freedoms in danger.

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Missing teenager found alive in Mosul

German officials say a teenage girl who allegedly ran away to join ISIS has been found alive in Mosul, Iraq. CNN's Atika Shubert reports.

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Migrant deal with Turkey working well, says EU official

VIENNA (Reuters) - An EU deal with Turkey to stem the westward flow of migrants is working well, and day-to-day bilateral ties are better than rhetoric might suggest, the bloc's top official for relations with neighboring states said.

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Exclusive: Australia to accept first Central American refugees under U.S. deal - sources

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia will accept several dozen Central American refugees within the next few months, two sources familiar with the process told Reuters, the first transfers under a controversial refugee swap arrangement agreed with the United States.

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Alphabet beats revenue forecast, but warns about rising costs

(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc surpassed Wall Street expectations for quarterly revenue and earnings on Monday, but it said costs were rising faster than sales and warned that as more traffic and searches shift to mobile devices the expenses would remain high.

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Chinese shipbuilders tap rising cruise demand, rattle European rivals

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - European shipbuilders' dominance in the $117 billion passenger ship industry may come under threat as Chinese rivals move into the sector to tap booming local demand for cruise holidays.

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Gulf Arab states blacklist nine individuals, nine organizations: SPA

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have added nine entities and nine individuals to their individual ban lists because of alleged links to Qatar over terrorism, Saudi's state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday.

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Israel to replace metal detectors in Jerusalem with less obtrusive surveillance

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel on Tuesday decided to remove metal detectors it had placed at the entrance to a holy site in Jerusalem's Old City with other, less obtrusive surveillance means, a cabinet statement said.

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Officials: It's been days since Trump, Sessions talked

President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions haven't spoken in days, according to White House officials.

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Brantley in Britain: Hamlet and the Surveillance State of Denmark

Andrew Scott’s portrayal in a London production of “Hamlet” almost banishes other performances from memory.

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Justin Bieber cancels rest of 'Purpose' tour without explanation

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop singer Justin Bieber on Monday canceled the remainder of his "Purpose" world tour citing "unforeseen circumstances" but gave no specific reasons.

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BRIEF-Technipfmc Plc says audit committee concluded unaudited interim condensed consolidated U.S. GAAP financial statements as of March 31 should be restated

* TechnipFMC Plc - Audit committee concluded unaudited interim condensed consolidated U.S. GAAP financial statements as of March 31, 2017 should be restated

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States crack down on sex trafficking

Authorities have discovered what could be a massive human trafficking ring that allegedly connects at least three different states. Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley said his newest campaign is to combat human trafficking in his state. CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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Trump pleads with Republicans to keep their promise, roll back Obamacare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump made a last-ditch plea to U.S. Senate Republicans on Monday to "do the right thing" and fulfill seven years of campaign promises to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law.

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Italian state plan for Colosseum gets thumbs-up after court fight

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's top administrative court awarded victory to the government in a dispute over the management of the Colosseum amphitheatre on Monday, rejecting objections from Rome's anti-establishment mayor.

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Congressman proposes ban on Trump hotels use by U.S. government

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives proposed legislation on Monday to bar the U.S. government from renting rooms at President Donald Trump's hotels for official business.

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State prosecutors sue EPA over chemical safety rule delay

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A group of 11 Democratic state prosecutors sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday to force it to implement rules designed to prevent chemical spills and other industrial accidents at facilities such as refineries and fertilizer plants, according to a federal court filing.

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Medicaid, pension costs create budget complications for U.S. states: report

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A sluggish forecast for U.S. economic growth as well as an increase in U.S. states' Medicaid and pension contribution costs is creating a budgetary squeeze in many state capitols, according to a research report issued by S&P Global Ratings on Monday.

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U.N. warns of escalation if no Jerusalem mosque solution by Friday

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov warned on Monday that a solution was needed by Friday to the Jerusalem mosque crisis, which he said threatens to have "potential catastrophic costs well beyond the walls of the Old City."

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Polish president halts justice reforms after days of protests

WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish President Andrzej Duda unexpectedly announced on Monday he would veto two of three judicial reform bills passed by parliament that have triggered nationwide protests and raised EU and U.S. concerns about a politicization of the courts.

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Massachusetts cannot hold immigrants so U.S. can detain them: state top court

BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts police do not have the authority to detain illegal immigrants solely to buy time for federal law enforcement officials to take them into custody, the state's top court ruled on Monday.

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BRIEF-Summit State Bank reports net income for Q2 2017

* Summit state bank reports net income for second quarter 2017 and declaration of dividend

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Hear Kushner's full statement

President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner gives a statement regarding his meetings with Russians during the 2016 presidential election.

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Chainsaw attacker targets insurer in Swiss rampage, still on run

SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland (Reuters) - A chainsaw-wielding loner who mostly lived in the woods stormed into an insurance office in a Swiss town on Monday, wounding two members of staff and three other people before fleeing, police said.

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Massachusetts top court: State can't comply with immigration detainers

BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts police do not have the authority to detain illegal immigrants solely to buy time for federal law enforcement officials to take them into custody, the state's top court ruled on Monday.

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Libya coastguard rescues nearly 300 migrants off the coast: official

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's coastguard rescued an estimated 278 migrants including women and children on Monday off the shores of two different towns west of the capital Tripoli, a spokesman said.

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Chinese jets intercept U.S. surveillance plane - U.S. officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a U.S. Navy surveillance plane over the East China Sea over the weekend, with one coming within about 300 feet (91 meters) of the American aircraft, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Monday.

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Chinese jets intercept U.S. surveillance plane: U.S. officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a U.S. Navy surveillance plan over the East China Sea over the weekend, with one coming within about 300 feet (91 meters) of the American aircraft, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Monday.

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Israel cites self-defense in Amman embassy shooting

JERUSALEM/AMMAN (Reuters) - An Israeli embassy security guard shot dead a Jordanian who stabbed him with a screwdriver in the Amman mission compound in an incident in which a Jordanian bystander was also killed, Israel said on Monday.

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Philippine leader says drugs war 'trivialized' by human rights concerns

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday promised an unrelenting war on drugs, defying critics who were "trivializing" his campaign with human rights concerns and unjustly blaming the authorities for the bloodshed.

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Libertarian leader says Trump helped party

CNN's Chris Moody covered the annual Libertarian and conservative leaning conference called 'FreedomFest', six months into Trump's presidency.

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What you need to know about Kushner's statement

President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner released a statement Monday morning to the Hill intelligence committees about his contacts with Russians during the presidential campaign and transition.

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After disapproval, award-winning Singapore cartoonist gets official congrats

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore officials on Monday congratulated the cartoonist who swept the international comic industry's "Oscars", having withdrawn his grant two years ago for portraying the...

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BRIEF-Acasta announces leadership transitions

* Acasta Enterprises Inc - ‍board now comprised of Geoff Beattie as its independent chairman, Tony Melman as CEO, and three new independent directors​

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What's the issue with metal detectors in Jerusalem?

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - For 10 days, Jerusalem has been in the grip of the worst bloodshed for years over Israel's decision to install metal detectors at the entrance to the Old City's holy compound.

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Trump's son-in-law Kushner says 'I did not collude' with foreign government

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner said on Monday that he "did not collude" with Russia and had roughly four meetings with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign and presidential transition.

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Kushner, in statement, says 'I did not collude' with foreign government

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner said in a statement to congressional committees on Monday that he "did not collude" with Russia or seek back channels with Moscow last year.

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Arrested driver of truck that held nine bodies due in court in Texas

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The driver of a truck in which at least nine men were found dead alongside dozens suffering in sweltering conditions in San Antonio, Texas was expected to appear in court on Monday, over what authorities called a case of ruthless human trafficking.

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Car bomb in Afghan capital kills at least 24: Kabul officials

KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide attacker detonated a car bomb in the western part of Kabul on Monday, killing at least 24 people and wounding 40, and the death toll could rise, an Interior Ministry spokesman in the Afghan capital said.

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EPA chief spent almost half of spring in home state of Oklahoma

(Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, was in his home state of Oklahoma on at least 43 of the 92 days of March, April and May, according to copies of his travel records obtained by the Environmental Integrity Project watchdog group and reviewed by Reuters.

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Car bomb in Afghan capital kills at least 12: Kabul officials

KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide attacker detonated a car bomb in the western part of Kabul on Monday, killing at least 12 people and wounding 10, and the death toll could rise, an Interior Ministry spokesman in the Afghan capital said.

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Asian shares slip as risk appetite ebbs, dollar sulks

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Asian stocks slipped on Monday as demand for riskier assets ebbed after their recent strong gains, while the European Central Bank's apparent equanimity at the euro's two-year highs left the dollar languishing.

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Leader Who Rebuilt Time Warner Empire Prepares an Exit

Jeffrey Bewkes, a quiet defender of CNN who has delivered Time Warner high returns, plans to leave the company if a merger with AT&T is approved.

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Alaska town's purr-fect unofficial cat mayor dies at 20

(Reuters) - Stubbs, the cat who became the unofficial mayor and a tourist attraction for the small Alaska town of Talkeetna, has died at 20, his owners said.

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Official: The truck was like an oven

Chief Charles Hood with the San Antonio fire department speaks with CNN's Fredricka Whitfield about bodies being found in a tractor-trailer.

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California crews hold wildfire in check, letting more residents go home

(Reuters) - California authorities battling a massive wildfire near Yosemite National Park lifted evacuation orders on Sunday for more local residents but said firefighters may need almost two more weeks to contain the blaze fully.

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Cuba’s top U.S. negotiator named to new post

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba has reassigned the woman who led two years of intense negotiation with the United States under the detente worked out by former U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro, state media said on Sunday.

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When Will Kabila Go? Congolese Leader Long Overstays His Welcome

The deeply unpopular president, Joseph Kabila, was supposed to step down in December. But he refused, setting off a political and economic crisis that may turn violent.

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Trump open to signing Russia sanctions legislation: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Sunday that U.S. President Donald Trump was open to signing legislation toughening sanctions on Russia after Senate and House leaders reached agreement on a bill for stronger action against Moscow.

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Official: Kushner leading White House outreach on Jerusalem crisis

The White House is reaching out to international leaders to quell the crisis in Jerusalem, a senior administration official confirmed to CNN on Sunday.

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U.S. Army Sergeant Is Charged With Trying to Aid Islamic State

Sgt. First Class Ikaika Erik Kang, 34, is accused of trying to provide equipment, training and classified military information to ISIS.

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White House says open to legislation toughening Russia sanctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Sunday it was open to legislation toughening sanctions on Russia as momentum increased in the U.S. Congress for stronger action against Moscow.

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Maduro says Venezuela vote going ahead despite 'imperial' threat

CARACAS (Reuters) - Defying pressure from abroad and at home, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday that an election would go ahead next weekend for a controversial new congress his foes say will institutionalize dictatorship.

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American Spieth emerges from epic duel to win British Open

SOUTHPORT, England (Reuters) - Jordan Spieth survived a roller-coaster final round at the British Open to emerge with his third major title, beating fellow American Matt Kuchar by three strokes in a thrilling duel at Royal Birkdale on Sunday.

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A chill across the White House reaches State Department

Talk of a potential "Rexit" at Foggy Bottom, new tests for President Trump on immigration, tax reform and media relations and a big challenge for the nation's oldest civil rights organization -- it's all part of our Inside Politics Forecast.

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Fact Check: How Trump Got It Wrong in Saying The Times ‘Foiled’ ISIS Leader’s Capture

An Army general said a leak had cost a chance to capture the head of the Islamic State. But a Pentagon announcement weeks earlier would have tipped the militant off.

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Full 'State of the Union' interview with Scaramucci

New White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci talks to CNN's Jake Tapper about the Trump presidency and the Russia investigation.

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Germany must act now to stop re-run of refugee crisis, Merkel rival says

AACHEN, Germany (Reuters) - Germany needs to take action now to prevent a re-run of 2015, when some 890,000 migrants arrived in the country, Chancellor Angela Merkel's Social Democrat challenger for a September election told Reuters on Sunday.

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Headstrong Renzi struggles to find political touch as Italian vote nears

ROME (Reuters) - Matteo Renzi is struggling to regain the political initiative after a disastrous spell during which he lost his job as prime minister and his party fractured.

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Eight found dead in Texas truck in suspected human trafficking

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - Eight people believed to be illegal immigrants being smuggled into the United States were found dead inside a sweltering 18-wheeler trailer parked behind a Walmart store in San Antonio, Texas, early on Sunday, authorities said.

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Britain needs transitional deal with EU, to end before next election: minister

LONDON (Reuters) - British trade minister Liam Fox said on Sunday that he backed a transition agreement to smooth Britain's departure from the European Union, but it would have to come to an end before the next election due in 2022.

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Syrian army, allies advance against Islamic State east of Raqqa

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government forces and their allies have recaptured territory from Islamic State in countryside southeast of its stronghold Raqqa after air strikes in the area, a pro-Damascus military media unit and war monitors reported.

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Israel says Jerusalem mosque metal detectors to stay, may be reduced

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel will not remove metal detectors whose installation outside a major Jerusalem mosque has triggered the bloodiest confrontations with the Palestinians in years, but could eventually reduce their use, Israeli officials said on Sunday.

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Spain's business leaders worried about Catalan secession

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Almost three quarters of Spanish business leaders fear Catalonia's plans for an independence referendum on Oct. 1 could harm the country's economy, according to a study by Deloitte published in Spanish newspaper El País.

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Syrian warplanes strike near Damascus despite ceasefire: Syrian Observatory

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government warplanes carried out several air strikes in the Eastern Ghouta area east of Damascus on Sunday, a day after the Syrian military declared a cessation of hostilities in the area, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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Mexican former state governor to be tried for organized crime

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A former state governor from Mexico's ruling party will stand trial for engaging in organized crime and handling funds of illicit origin after a judge reviewing evidence approved the case, the attorney general's office said on Saturday.

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Firefighters gain on California wildfire, some evacuees return

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A wildfire in central California was contained enough on Saturday for authorities to consider allowing more people back to their houses, a day after evacuation orders were lifted for a gold rush era town that was previously threatened.

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U.S. lawmakers reach deal on Russia sanctions bill, creating limits for Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republicans and Democrats have reached agreement on legislation that allows new sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea, leading congressional Democrats said on Saturday, in a bill that would limit any potential effort by President Donald Trump to try to lift sanctions against Moscow.

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Hundreds of Islamic State corpses await repatriation from Libya

MISRATA, Libya (Reuters) - Seven months after Libyan forces defeated Islamic State in the coastal city of Sirte, hundreds of bodies of foreign militants still lie stored in freezers as authorities negotiate with other governments to decide what to do with them, local officials say.

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Free Iranian citizens, Iran tells U.S. in response to Trump

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran demanded on Saturday that the United States release Iranians detained there, a day after U.S. president Donald Trump called on the Islamic Republic to release three U.S. citizens.

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Taliban Say Top Leader’s Son Carried Out a Suicide Attack

One of the suicide bombers who attacked an Afghan security outpost this week was the son of Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhundzada, the Taliban’s supreme leader, officials with the movement said.

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Why We Published the Name of a Covert C.I.A. Official

The director of the C.I.A. criticized The Times earlier this week. Our national security editor responds.

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Trump talks pardons amid probes of Russia role in U.S. election

NORFOLK, Va. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday declaring that he has "complete power to pardon," as his administration continued to be bogged down by ongoing investigations of possible ties between his 2016 campaign and Russia.

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U.S. Army sergeant indicted in Hawaii on charges of trying to help Islamic State

(Reuters) - A U.S. Army sergeant stationed in Hawaii has been indicted on charges of trying to provide material support to Islamic State, allowing the case to move to a federal trial without a preliminary hearing, officials said on Saturday.

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Iran announces new missile production line: state media

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran announced the launch of a new missile production line on Saturday, according to state media, against a backdrop of tension between the United States and Tehran.

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Backing Qatar, Erdogan may have little room to maneuver in Gulf visit

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan heads to the Gulf this weekend in an attempt to patch up the rift between Qatar and its neighbors, but the firm Qatari ally may find himself with little room to maneuver as a mediator.

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Syrian military declares cessation of hostilities east of Damascus: state TV

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian military declared a cessation of hostilities in the Eastern Ghouta region just outside Damascus, which it said began at 12:00 pm local time (5.00 a.m. ET) on Saturday, state TV reported.

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Four German women who joined Islamic State detained in Iraq: report

BERLIN (Reuters) - Four German women, including a 16-year-old girl, who joined Islamic State in recent years are being held in an Iraqi prison and receiving consular assistance, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Saturday.

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Hungary to support Poland amid European 'inquisition': PM Orban

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Saturday that Budapest would fight to defend Poland as the European Union threatens Warsaw with sanctions over its plans to extend government control over its courts.

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Britain's May to stay as PM until at least 2020, close ally predicts

LONDON (Reuters) - British transport minister Chris Grayling, one of Prime Minister Theresa May's closest cabinet colleagues, has predicted she will remain in the job until at least 2020 and could even fight another national election.

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Israeli forces raid home of Palestinian attacker, arrest brother

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli security forces on Saturday raided the home of the Palestinian attacker who stabbed to death three Israelis and restricted movement for Palestinians from his West Bank village, the military said.

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Son of Afghan Taliban leader dies carrying out suicide attack

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - The son of Taliban leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada died on Thursday carrying out a suicide attack in the province of Helmand in southern Afghanistan, one of the insurgent movement's main spokesmen said.

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Syrian military says jets attack Islamic State east of Raqqa: state TV

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian warplanes carried out air strikes on Saturday against Islamic State in an area of countryside east of Raqqa and close to where U.S.-backed forces operate, Syrian state TV reported, citing a military source.

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Iraqi bridge is sole link for Mosul residents rebuilding lives

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - On a pontoon bridge connecting East and West Mosul, residents of a city shattered by the battle to expel Islamic State cross back and forth trying to rebuild their lives from the rubble.

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Chinese government official sues exiled tycoon Guo for defamation

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese government housing vice-minister has lodged a $10 million defamation lawsuit against controversial billionaire Guo Wengui in New York over claims made by the exiled tycoon that she had engaged in graft and provided sexual favors.

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Former CIA director: Officials should refuse to fire Mueller if ordered

Former CIA Director John Brennan says government officials should refuse orders to fire special counsel Robert Mueller if they are told to by the White House.

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Russian envoy overheard saying he discussed campaign with Sessions: Post

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russia's ambassador to Washington was overheard by U.S. spy agencies telling his bosses that he had discussed campaign-related matters, including issues important to Moscow, with Jeff Sessions during the 2016 presidential race, the Washington Post reported on Friday, citing current and former U.S. officials.

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Trump warns of 'serious consequences' unless Iran releases detained Americans: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump warned that Iran would face "new and serious consequences" unless all unjustly detained American citizens are released and returned, the White House said in a statement on Friday.

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Exclusive: U.S. immigration raids to target teenaged suspected gang members

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. immigration agents are planning nationwide raids next week to arrest, among others, teenagers who entered the country without guardians and are suspected gang members, in a widening of President Donald Trump's crackdown on illegal immigrants.

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Palestinians suspend official contacts with Israel: president

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday ordered the suspension of all official contact with Israel until it removed new security measures at a Jerusalem holy site.

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Qatar's ruler: it is time to resolve differences through talks

DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar's ruling emir said on Friday that it was time for negotiations to resolve differences between Doha and four Arab states which have severed diplomatic ties with it.

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U.S. warship crew found likely at fault in June collision: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The crew of the USS Fitzgerald was likely at fault in the warship's collision with a Philippine cargo ship in June and had not been paying attention to their surroundings, according to initial findings in an investigation, a U.S. defense official told Reuters on Friday.

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* Andrew Jones reports 5.4 percent stake in Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust Inc as of July 20 - sec filing Source text : http://bit.ly/2vt1iZ9 Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 1-Wells Fargo ordered to pay $575,000, reinstate whistleblower

July 21 (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Labor on Friday ordered Wells Fargo & Co to pay $575,000 and to rehire a whistleblower the bank had dismissed in September 2011 after the former employee raised concerns over the opening of customer accounts without their knowledge, the agency said in a statement.

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Venezuela opposition congress names alternative Supreme Court judges

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition-led congress on Friday appointed alternative judges to the country's Supreme Court, whose current pro-government members have been a bedrock of support for leftist President Nicolas Maduro.

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Wells Fargo ordered to pay $575,000, reinstate whistleblower

July 21 (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Labor on Friday ordered Wells Fargo & Co to pay $575,000 and rehire a whistleblower the bank dismissed in September 2011 after the former employee raised concerns over the opening of customer accounts without their knowledge, the agency said in a statement.

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Sean Spicer resigns as Trump seeks to repair public image

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House spokesman Sean Spicer resigned on Friday, ending a brief and turbulent tenure that made him a household name, amid further upheaval within President Donald Trump's inner circle.

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Special counsel asks White House to save Trump Jr., Russian meeting documents

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The special counsel investigating possible collusion between President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia has asked White House officials to preserve any records of a meeting last year between the president's son and a Russian lawyer, according to a source with knowledge of the request.

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Iran skips opportunity to upset nuclear deal over U.S. sanctions: sources

VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran decided on Friday for the second time since January not to upset its nuclear pact with six world powers, two informed sources said, despite public statements by Tehran accusing the United States of violating the deal.

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Transgender activists tell Texas Senate to ditch bathroom bill

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Transgender activists told a Texas Senate panel on Friday to scrap legislation that would limit bathroom access for transgender people, saying it was discriminatory and would place them at greater risk of being assaulted.

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Trump picks financier Scaramucci to head White House communications: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump picked Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci, a long-time supporter, to be his White House communications director on Friday, a White House official said.

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Trump to order review of U.S. defense industrial base: official

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump intends to sign an executive order initiating a broad "whole of government" review of the defense industrial base including labor and the defense supply chain, a White House official told reporters on Friday.

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U.N envoy complains of state surveillance, access restrictions in Myanmar

YANGON (Reuters) - Activists and journalists in newly democratic Myanmar continue to be followed and questioned by state surveillance agents, a U.N. envoy said on Friday, at the conclusion of a visit she said was beset by official snooping and access restrictions.

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Senior U.S. counterterror official says can't confirm Baghdadi killed

ASPEN, Colo. (Reuters) - A senior U.S. counterterrorism official said on Friday that he has seen no information confirming that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi has been killed.

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U.S. to ban its citizens' travel to North Korea: U.S. official

SEOUL (Reuters) - The U.S. government will ban U.S. citizens from traveling to North Korea after the death of a U.S. student arrested there while on a tour, a U.S. official and tour agencies that arrange trips to the country said on Friday.

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Burundi relying on U.S. police to find missing robotics teenagers: official

(Reuters) - Burundi is counting on U.S. law enforcement officials to find six teenagers who went missing after a robotics competition in Washington, an official with the East African country's embassy said on Friday.

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Turkey seeks to cool row with Germany as Berlin reviews arms requests

BERLIN (Reuters) - Turkey's economy minister sought to calm rising tensions with Germany on Friday as Berlin said it was reviewing all applications for arms projects from Ankara.

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Carlyle affiliate to buy 26 pct in State Bank of India credit cards JVs

July 21 (Reuters) - An affiliate of buyout firm Carlyle will buy a 26 percent stake in each of two credit card joint ventures of State Bank of India, the top Indian lender said on Friday.

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BRIEF-Georgia Power and Westinghouse and Wectec enters into an amendment and restatement of services agreement

* Georgia Power- ‍on July 20, co and Westinghouse and Wectec entered into an amendment and restatement of services agreement dated June 9, 2017​

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GE profit falls 59 percent; cash flow up in quarter

(Reuters) - General Electric Co's profit fell nearly 60 percent in the second quarter, largely due to the sale of its appliances business, but cash flow rose, sales topped expectations and its shares were slightly lower.

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Trump's legal team spokesman resigns amid reported shake-up

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's outside legal team spokesman has resigned amid media reports the team is being reorganized as investigations continue into alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign.

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Philippines' Duterte says will never visit 'lousy' United States

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hit back on Friday at U.S. lawmakers opposed to the prospect of his visiting the White House, saying he would never go to the United States, which he called a "lousy" country.

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Exclusive: Baidu, JD.com to join others investing $12 bln in state-owned China Unicom - sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Baidu Inc and JD.com will join other big Chinese technology firms to jointly invest about $12 billion in the Shanghai-listed unit of China Unicom, the weakest of three big state-owned telecoms firms, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said.

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Spokesman for Trump's outside legal team resigns: statement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mark Corallo, the spokesman for U.S. President Donald Trump's outside legal team, said on Thursday that he has resigned.

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Iraqis numb pain of Islamic State in newly re-opened bar

QARAQOSH, Iraq (Reuters) - In a town ravaged by the war against Islamic State, amid ransacked homes and shuttered shops, a flashing sign above the entrance to one business beckons visitors:...

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Merkel may win election, but lose her finance minister

SASBACHWALDEN, Germany (Reuters) - Wolfgang Schaeuble has won his parliamentary seat a dozen times, survived an attempt on his life and guided Angela Merkel through the euro zone crisis. Now, the German chancellor may have to sacrifice him to secure a coalition deal.

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Tour operators say U.S. to ban citizens from travel to North Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) - Two tourist agencies that operate tours to North Korea said on Friday the U.S. government will soon ban its citizens from traveling to the North.

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UPDATE 2-China aims to become world leader in AI, challenges U.S. dominance

* Aims to grow core AI industries to over 150 bln yuan by 2020 (Recasts, adds Lenovo CTO comments)

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Philippine leader to go after Maoist rebels after scrapping talks

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he was no longer interested in peace talks with Maoist-led guerrillas and planned to hunt down the insurgents once the military has retaken a southern city from Islamist rebels.

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Jerusalem on alert as religious tensions rise over holy site

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel bolstered security in the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday and prepared for possible clashes with Muslim worshippers after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided metal detectors at a sensitive holy site would not be removed.

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UPDATE 1-Chinese courier ZTO sued for "untrue statements" in $1.4 bln U.S. IPO

SHANGHAI, July 21 (Reuters) - Chinese courier ZTO Express and the underwriters of its New York stock market listing have been sued by a U.S. pension fund that alleges the firm exaggerated its profit margins to lure investors into its $1.4 billion initial public offering.

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Surviving Tiananmen 'Gentlemen' mum on Chinese Nobel laureate's death

BEIJING (Reuters) - Liu Xiaobo was one of the "Four Gentlemen" of Tiananmen Square, the group that staged a hunger strike in the final days of the 1989 pro-democracy protests in China and tried to hold off tanks and troops moving in to crush the student-led movement.

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Chinese courier ZTO sued for "untrue statements" in $1.4 billion U.S. IPO

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese courier ZTO Express and the underwriters of its New York stock market listing have been sued by a U.S. pension fund that alleges the firm exaggerated its profit margins to lure investors into its $1.4 billion initial public offering.

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Chinese courier ZTO sued for "untrue statements" in $1.4 bln U.S. IPO

SHANGHAI, July 21 (Reuters) - Chinese courier ZTO Express and the underwriters of its New York stock market listing have been sued by a U.S. pension fund that alleges the firm exaggerated its profit margins to lure investors into its $1.4 billion initial public offering.

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Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington dead in apparent suicide: coroner

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Chester Bennington, the lead singer of Linkin Park, was found dead on Thursday of apparent suicide a week before the California alt-rock band was due to embark on a U.S. tour.

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Strong quake off Turkish and Greek coasts kills two, injures 20

ATHENS/ANKARA (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.7 killed two people when it struck near major Turkish and Greek tourist destinations in the Aegean Sea early on Friday, Turkish and Greek officials said.

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Hudson's Bay real estate IPO unlikely any time soon -RioCan CEO

TORONTO, July 20 (Reuters) - Retailer Hudson's Bay Co is unlikely to take its vast real estate holdings public any time soon, the head of RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust, a partner in a venture that holds some of those assets, said on Thursday.

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U.S. general says allies worry Russian war game may be 'Trojan horse'

BERLIN (Reuters) - U.S. allies in eastern Europe and Ukraine are worried that Russia's planned war games in September could be a "Trojan horse" aimed at leaving behind military equipment brought into Belarus, the U.S. Army's top general in Europe said on Thursday.

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Microsoft profit beats expectations on strong cloud demand

(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue on Thursday, helped by strong performance in its fast-growing cloud business.

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GOP senators dismayed at Trump's criticism of DOJ officials

A group of Republican senators criticized President Donald Trump on Thursday, a day after the President rebuked top law enforcement officials in an interview with The New York Times.

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Ryan says top U.S. officials nearing consensus on tax reform

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top Trump administration officials and Republican leaders in Congress are nearing consensus on the major issues of tax reform, House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said on Thursday.

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White House developing comprehensive biosecurity strategy: official

ASPEN, Colorado (Reuters) - The Trump administration is developing the first comprehensive strategy to defend the United States against disease pandemics and biological attacks by terrorists, the top White House homeland security official said on Thursday.

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U.S. fines Exxon Mobil over Russia sanctions violations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday said it was fining global oil company Exxon Mobil Corp $2 million for violating sanctions on Russia in May 2014.

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O.J. Simpson makes case for freedom before Nevada parole board

CARSON CITY, Nev. (Reuters) - A state parole board in Nevada convened on Thursday morning to consider O.J. Simpson's bid for freedom after nine years in prison for a botched armed robbery of his own sports memorabilia in a Las Vegas hotel room.

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Laptop Ban on Planes Is Lifted, U.S. Officials Confirm

The Homeland Security Department said the prohibition, imposed in March, was no longer needed because airlines had complied with new security rules.

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Family of Australian woman killed by Minneapolis police hires lawyer -media

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - The family of the Australian woman fatally shot by a Minneapolis police officer has hired an attorney who represented another police shooting victim in the state, local media reported on Thursday.

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White House deregulation push clears out hundreds of proposed rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said Thursday it had withdrawn or removed from active consideration more than 800 proposed regulations that were never finalized during the Obama administration as it works to shrink the federal government's regulatory footprint.

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Attorney General Sessions brushes off Trump criticism

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday brushed off sharp criticism from President Donald Trump over his recusal from the Justice Department's Russia investigation, saying he loved his job and planned to continue serving.

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Chipotle Virginia customer tested positive for norovirus: official

BOSTON (Reuters) - Testing has confirmed norovirus in a customer who ate at the Virginia Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc restaurant that was briefly closed earlier this week following multiple reports of diners falling ill, a county health department official told Reuters on Thursday.

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U.S. to deploy officials in Qatar in counter-terrorism accord: sources

DOHA/DUBAI (Reuters) - The United States will post officials at the Qatari state prosecutor's office as part of a Qatari-U.S. agreement signed this month to fight the financing of terrorism, people familiar with the matter said.

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Gangsters, politicians, officials convicted in Italy "Mafia Capital" trial

ROME (Reuters) - The two leaders of a crime ring that plundered Rome city coffers were convicted along with some 40 politicians, officials and businessmen on Thursday at the end of one of the biggest corruption trials in the Italian capital.

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U.S. weekly jobless claims fall to near five-month low

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, touching its lowest level in nearly five months, suggesting strong job gains that should continue to underpin economic growth.

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Golf: Ex-soccer hopeful Manley is Open's early clubhouse leader

SOUTHPORT, England (Reuters) - Welshman Stuart Manley closed his round with an eagle and a birdie to become the early clubhouse leader with a two-under-par 68 at the British Open on Thursday.

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One in eight people who voted for Trump having second thoughts - Reuters/Ipsos poll

NEW YORK (Reuters) - About one in eight people who voted for President Donald Trump said they are not sure they would do so again after witnessing Trump's tumultuous first six months in office, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll of 2016 voters.

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Parents of kidnapped U.S. journalist Tice renew plea for release

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The parents of a U.S. journalist kidnapped in Syria nearly five years ago issued a new plea for his release on Thursday.

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Malaysia bans 'Despacito' on state broadcaster for offensive lyrics

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia has banned the catchy summer dance song "Despacito" from state radio and television broadcasts after critics in the Muslim-majority country complained the lyrics were obscene.

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Aurora, Colorado marks five-year anniversary of theater massacre

AURORA, Col. (Reuters) - A somber crowd marked the fifth anniversary early on Thursday of a shooting rampage at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado that left 12 people dead and 70 injured.

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Kremlin calls idea Trump and Putin had undisclosed G20 meeting absurd

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin believes it is "absolutely absurd" to describe an informal meeting at the G20 summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin as secret or undisclosed, Russian news agencies reported on Thursday.

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BRIEF-Dalian Wanda Chairman issues statement on Wanda's debt paying ability and company strategy

* Dalian Wanda Chairman Wang Jianlin on Wanda's debt paying ability and company strategy

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Thai opposition 'red shirt' leader jailed for defaming former PM

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's Supreme Court jailed a firebrand opposition leader for a year on Thursday for defaming a former prime minister, overturning two previous court rulings, in 2012 and 2014, that dismissed the charge against him.

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Guangdong leader strengthened in China leadership stakes as rival party boss ousted

GUANGZHOU, China (Reuters) - Hu Chunhua, the Communist Party boss of China's southern economic powerhouse of Guangdong has long been considered a rising political star. Now, the surprise dismissal of a key regional rival may well have bolstered that image.

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After Mosul, Islamic State digs in for guerrilla warfare

MOSUL (Reuters) - Islamic State militants began reinventing themselves months before U.S.-backed Iraqi forces ended their three-year reign of terror in Mosul, putting aside the dream of a modern-day caliphate and preparing the ground for a different fight.

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China's air quality deteriorates due to winter pollution: official

BEIJING (Reuters) - Air quality in China worsened in the first half of 2017, with 338 cities including the capital Beijing on average reporting fewer clean air days due to winter pollution in January and February, an official at the Ministry of Environmental Protection said.

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Russia, U.S. duel at U.N. over whether North Korea fired long-range missile

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States and Russia are waging rival campaigns at the United Nations Security Council over the type of ballistic missile fired by North Korea earlier this month as the U.S. pushes to impose stronger sanctions on Pyongyang over the test.

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House panel approves budget measure that advances tax reform

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives took a new step toward tax reform legislation on Wednesday by approving a fiscal 2018 budget resolution that would allow the Senate to pass a sweeping tax code overhaul without Democratic support.

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Peru's jailed ex-leader Fujimori backs son as opposition splits

LIMA (Reuters) - Peru's imprisoned ex-president Alberto Fujimori backed his son on Wednesday for "building bridges" with the government of centrist President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, and issued a rare rebuke to the opposition party led by his daughter that now controls Congress.

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Video appears to show Baltimore police planting drugs: public defender

(Reuters) - A body camera video appears to show a Baltimore police officer planting drugs in order to arrest a man for illegal possession, the Maryland Office of the Public Defender said on Wednesday.

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Trump lashes out at Justice officials

President Donald Trump gave a 50-minute, wide-ranging interview to The New York Times on Wednesday, in which he expressed discontent with a host of key figures in the ongoing probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, fired FBI Director James Comey and Robert S. Mueller, the special counsel in the Justice Department's investigation.

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Senator McCain diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee known for political independence during more than three decades in the Senate, has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, his office said on Wednesday.

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Turkey's publication of U.S. troop locations poses risk, Pentagon says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The publication by Turkey's state-run news agency of the locations of what appeared to be U.S. military posts in Syria puts American forces in danger, and the United States has complained to Turkey, a NATO ally, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.

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To fix health care, look to state governors

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AmEx profit dips as it splurges on customer rewards

(Reuters) - American Express Co's profit declined 33 percent in the second quarter, hurt partly by higher expenses, as the card company spent heavily on rewards to woo customers amid intense competition from big U.S. banks.

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Turkish official urges Saudi Arabia to drop demands against Qatar

DOHA (Reuters) - A senior Turkish official in an interview broadcast on Wednesday called on Saudi Arabia to drop 13 demands it and other Arab states had made of Qatar, saying they represent an infringement on its sovereignty.

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Trump ends CIA arms support for anti-Assad Syria rebels: U.S. officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration has decided to halt the CIA's covert program to equip and train certain rebel groups fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, two U.S. officials said, a move sought by Assad ally Russia.

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UPDATE 5-U.S., Chinese officials conclude contentious economic talks, steel stocks soar

WASHINGTON, July 19 (Reuters) - Senior U.S. and Chinese officials concluded contentious economic talks on Wednesday but the outcome was clouded by the cancellation of closing news conferences and U.S. demands for a "more fair" trading relationship with Beijing.

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BRIEF-Hydro One to acquire Avista to create growing North American utility leader with C$31.2 billion in enterprise value

* Hydro One to acquire Avista to create growing North American utility leader with C$31.2 billion in enterprise value

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BRIEF-TriState Capital reports Q2 earnings per share $0.29

* TriState Capital reports second quarter 2017 financial results

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California wildfire explodes in size as blazes scorch U.S. West

MARIPOSA, Calif. (Reuters) - A wildfire that has forced thousands of Californians to flee their homes exploded in size on Wednesday, threatening a picturesque gold rush town outside Yosemite National Park as dozens of fires scorched the U.S. West.

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Nigeria bolsters security in northern state of Kaduna amid violence

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria is to deploy troops and police to reduce violence in the northern state of Kaduna, the acting president's spokesman said on Wednesday, as ethnically charged violence pressures a government already fighting Boko Haram in the northeast.

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State of emergency in British Columbia extended as wildfires rage

VANCOUVER, July 19 (Reuters) - British Columbia's government took the unprecedented step on Wednesday of extending a state of emergency by two weeks as it battled 155 wildfires that have forced nearly 50,000 people from their homes.

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Exclusive: U.S., Canada, Mexico agree on fast-paced NAFTA talks - sources

MEXICO CITY/OTTAWA (Reuters) - U.S., Mexican and Canadian officials have agreed to an aggressive timetable to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), sources said, aiming to conclude early next year to avoid Mexico’s 2018 presidential elections.

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U.S. top court rejects Trump bid to include grandparents in travel ban

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court rejected on Wednesday a bid by President Donald Trump to include grandparents and other relatives in his travel ban on people from six Muslim-majority countries.

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Trump urges Senate Republicans to keep trying on healthcare bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump pushed Senate Republicans on Wednesday to take another stab at repealing or overhauling Obamacare, calling all 52 Republican senators to the White House to urge them to keep their campaign promises and find a new healthcare approach.

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Justice Department reinstates federal role in police asset seizures

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department announced on Wednesday that the federal government will reinstate a program that helps local and state law enforcement seize cash and other assets they suspect have been earned from crimes.

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Trump presses fraud concerns as vote panel meets amid criticism

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump pressed his unproven claims of voter fraud on Wednesday at the first meeting of a commission he created to study the issue, and implied states that didn't share voter data with the panel had something to hide.

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Police seek man seen near Minneapolis police shooting of Australian

(Reuters) - Minnesota investigators are searching for a man spotted near the scene of the fatal shooting of an Australian woman by a Minneapolis police officer, hoping he may shed light on the still murky circumstances of the killing.

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Addiction and intrigue: Inside the Saudi palace coup

(Reuters) - On Tuesday June 21 Mohammed bin Nayef, a powerful figure in Saudi Arabia's security apparatus for the past two decades and the next in line to the throne, was summoned to meet King Salman bin Abdulaziz on the fourth floor of the royal palace in Mecca.

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In camps and ruins, Mosul civilians' ordeal is far from over

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - The battle for Mosul is all but over after nine months of devastating urban warfare between government forces and Islamic State militants, but Iraqi civilians are suffering in a humanitarian crisis of monumental scale.

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Court reinstates Uber ban in second-biggest Czech city

PRAGUE (Reuters) - A Czech regional court on Wednesday reinstated its ban preventing ride-hailing service Uber from operating in Brno, the country's second-largest city, the court spokeswoman said.

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Morgan Stanley claims another trading victory over rival Goldman Sachs

(Reuters) - Morgan Stanley beat Wall Street's profit expectations on Wednesday, reporting gains across most of its businesses and producing more trading revenue than rival Goldman Sachs Group Inc, a rare feat.

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Israel, Central European states say better EU-Israel ties needed

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - The leaders of Hungary and Israel on Wednesday called for improved relations between the EU and Israel, notably in security and technology, in an era defined by terrorism threats and migration.

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Iran's Rouhani says new U.S. sanctions violate nuclear accord: state TV

DUBAI (Reuters) - President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday new U.S. economic sanctions imposed against Iran contravened the country's nuclear accord with world powers and he vowed that Tehran would "resist" them, state television reported.

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Saudi-led air strikes kill at least 20 Yemeni civilians: officials

DUBAI (Reuters) - At least 20 Yemeni civilians were killed and many others were wounded when a Saudi-led coalition air strike hit a village in the south, officials from the armed Houthi movement and the government said on Wednesday.

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State of the Art: How Y2K Offers a Lesson for Fighting Climate Change

Some remember the computing scare as a bad joke. But the collective, worldwide effort to prevent calamity could be a model for handling global warming.

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Mayor: Can't compel officer to make statement

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges says it's frustrating to have a partial picture of what happened when a police officer fatally shot a woman after she called 911 and that they are unable to compel the officer to make a statement.

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Officer Heard Loud Noise Before Partner Shot Minneapolis Woman, Officials Say

A state agency released a brief narrative about the fatal shooting last weekend of an Australian woman who had called 911 to report a possible assault.

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North Korea conducts public executions for theft, watching South Korea media: report

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea carries out public executions on river banks and at school grounds and marketplaces for charges such as stealing copper from factory machines, distributing media from South Korea and prostitution, a report issued on Wednesday said.

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Borger on Trump's response: This isn't leadership

CNN commentator Gloria Borger slams President Donald Trumps statement about letting "Obamacare fail" saying that his statement is not "presidential."

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Minnesota mystery: Why were cameras off during police shooting?

(Reuters) - Amid public outrage over the fatal shooting of an Australian woman by Minneapolis police, the most persistent question was why officers did not turn on body cameras that could have captured what happened.

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Trump and Putin spoke a second time at G20 summit, US official says

President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, spoke for a second time on July 7 following their two-hour-long bilateral meeting earlier that day.

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Trump, Putin held a second, undisclosed meeting at G20 summit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a second, previously undisclosed conversation during a dinner for G20 leaders at a summit earlier this month in Germany, a White House official confirmed on Tuesday.