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Lawmakers say they lobbied White House on gender confirmation medical costs. Trump went further.

Republicans on Capitol Hill are scrambling to respond to President Donald Trump's announcement Wednesday to reinstitute a ban on transgender people serving in the military after conservatives who lobbied the White House say they were pushing only to prevent the Pentagon from paying for medical costs associated with gender confirmation -- not an outright ban.


U.S. lawmakers reach deal for Senate Russia sanctions vote

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers reached an agreement on Wednesday paving the way for the U.S. Senate to pass a bill as soon as this week to impose new sanctions on Russia and bar President Donald Trump from easing sanctions on Moscow without Congress' approval.

Trump ignores question on ban

President Donald Trump banned transgender people from the US military in three tweets, after pledging support for the LGBTQ community on the campaign trail. CNN's Anderson Cooper is keeping them honest.

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White House Aides Think Trump Will Let Sessions Stay, for Now

Among those urging Mr. Trump to spare the attorney general have been Reince Priebus, the chief of staff, and Stephen K. Bannon, the president’s chief strategist.


Chinese police detain 67 after protest in Beijing

BEIJING (Reuters) - Police in the Chinese capital have detained 67 people for disturbing social order after demonstrators gathered to stage a rare protest in Beijing, complaining that the government was unfairly targeting a charity.


Trump to nominate Kansas Governor Brownback as religious freedom ambassador

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump intends to nominate Republican Kansas Governor Sam Brownback as ambassador at large for international religious freedom, the White House said on Wednesday.

Opinion: Trump's tweets are an affront to the military

There is a lot to dislike about President Donald Trump's decision this morning to reinstate the ban on transgender service.


Australia urges China to do more on North Korea threat

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop called on China on Thursday to do more to contain the threat of North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.


UK commissions EU migration impact study, promises no Brexit cliff-edge

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain commissioned an independent study on Thursday of what role European Union nationals play in the British economy, saying that Brexit would mean new immigration rules, but that there would be no sudden cut-off for workers or employers.

Republican Party

G.O.P.’s Lisa Murkowski Shows No Fear in Disappointing Trump

Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska has been a contrarian when it comes to the Republican health plan, but she is not as beholden to the party as others are.

United States Politics and Government

Trump’s Transgender Military Ban Prompts Pushback

In a move that caught many in Washington by surprise, President Trump issued via Twitter a ban on transgender people serving in the military.

Could Trump use recess appointment to replace Sessions?

Is President Donald Trump trying to force out Jeff Sessions as attorney general so he can "recess appoint" someone to the job who would fire Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller?


Israel's Netanyahu threatens to shut Al-Jazeera Jerusalem office

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday said he would work to close the Jerusalem offices of Qatar-based al-Jazeera, accusing the television news network of inciting recent violence in the city.

Trump announces Foxconn $10B investment in US

President Donald Trump announces Foxconn, one of Apple's top overseas suppliers, is investing $10 billion in Wisconsin to build a new manufacturing plant.

Transgender troops to Trump: 'We're not burdens'

After serving their country for years all it took was a few tweets on Wednesday to upend their lives.


Trump's nominee for Fed says banking rules need 'refinements'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. banking rules must protect the financial system but they need "some refinement," President Donald Trump's nominee for the Federal Reserve's top regulatory post told lawmakers on Wednesday.


EU court keeps Hamas on terrorism list, removes Tamil Tigers

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - The European Union's top court kept Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas on the EU terrorism blacklist on Wednesday and removed Sri Lankan separatist rebels, the Tamil Tigers.


Canadian military tweets welcome as Trump bans transgender personnel

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's military took to Twitter to welcome recruits from all gender identities on Wednesday, hours after U.S. President Donald Trump said he would ban transgender people from the U.S. military.

Transgender Navy SEAL on Trump's tweet: It's disrespectful


Mexico Congress backs motion defending NAFTA dispute mechanism

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's Congress backed a non-binding motion on Wednesday urging the government to reject the Trump administration's proposal to scrap the Chapter 19 dispute settlement mechanism in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Cabinet members beware: What Trump is doing to Sessions can happen to you


Germany says no indications Mali copter crash caused by attack

BERLIN (Reuters) - There is no indication any outside forces were involved in the military helicopter crash in Mali in which two German peacekeepers were killed on a U.N. mission on Wednesday, a German military officer said.


Trump criticism prompts questions over Attorney General's future

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump further stoked speculation about the fate of his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, on Wednesday by assailing him in a fresh round of tweets even as Sessions was attending meetings at the White House.

Trump now says he wants to tax the rich


Nigerian Senate backs plans to reduce power of presidency

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's upper house of parliament backed a series of constitutional amendments on Wednesday that could weaken the presidency and boost the legislature, the latest twist in a two-year power struggle between the two institutions.


Kidnapped Pakistani diplomatic staff recovered in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Afghan security forces on Wednesday recovered two Pakistani diplomatic officials who were kidnapped in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangahar, Pakistan’s foreign ministry said.


Hezbollah says nearing victory in battle at Lebanon-Syria border

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah said on Wednesday that the group was close to scoring a "very big military victory" in the battle against militants along the Syrian-Lebanese border.


Egypt sets up national council to fight terrorism

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt established a national council for combating terrorism on Wednesday, giving it broad authority to set policies aimed at "fighting extremism," a presidential decree stated.

What transgender celebrities say about Trump's military ban

Two of the biggest voices in the transgender community are speaking out against President Trump's plan to reinstate a ban on transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. armed forces.

Opinion: If Trump offers you a job, don't take it

Flynn, Sessions, and Spicer ran into a high-pressure salesman with an apex predator's eye for weakness and an instinct for exploiting it, writes Michael D'Antonio

This is how Trump gets rid of people

During his 14 seasons as the force behind NBC's "The Apprentice," the phrase "You're fired" became synonymous with Donald Trump, who cast himself as direct and combative in the make-believe board room.

Cillizza: News flash! Trump isn't going to stop bullying Sessions

Here's a headline from Wednesday morning on CNN: "Top White House aides press Trump to pull back on Sessions criticism."


British judge rejects legal challenge to counter-terrorism strategy

LONDON (Reuters) - A British judge rejected on Wednesday a case brought against the government's counter-terrorism strategy, according to lawyers for the claimant, a Muslim activist.

Trump transgender military policy 'unclear,' McCain says

Sen. John McCain objected to the Trump administration's decision to reinstate the US ban on transgender people serving in the military Wednesday, saying an announcement by President Donald Trump on Twitter was "unclear."


Ukraine president strips one-time ally Saakashvili of citizenship

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has stripped one-time ally Mikheil Saakashvili of his Ukrainian citizenship, the migration service said on Wednesday, spelling the likely end of the former Georgian president's political aspirations in Ukraine.


Relatives of Swedish war hero Wallenberg sue Russia's FSB

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Relatives of Swedish war hero Raoul Wallenberg filed a lawsuit in a Moscow court on Wednesday against Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), seeking access to uncensored documents which they say could provide clues to Wallenberg's fate.


French President Macron's popularity ratings drop - poll

PARIS (Reuters) - Emmanuel Macron's popularity dropped in July to the lowest rating for a French president two months into his term, an opinion poll showed on Wednesday, in a sign that controversy over spending cuts and tax reform are taking a toll.

Rolling Stone takes on Trump with Trudeau cover

"Is Canada's prime minister the free world's best hope?"


Mexico says seven of its citizens died in sweltering San Antonio truck

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's foreign ministry on Wednesday raised the number of its citizens who died or were hospitalized after enduring sweltering conditions in the back of a truck in San Antonio, Texas, saying seven Mexicans died and 27 remain in hospital.

Sessions at White House as Trump rips him again

The one-sided feud between President Donald Trump and his attorney general continued on Wednesday, even as Jeff Sessions attempted to plow ahead with his Justice Department duties.


Trump says transgender people will be banned from U.S. military

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would not permit transgender people to serve in the U.S. military, citing "tremendous medical costs and disruption," an action condemned by critics as "raw prejudice" and a political stunt.

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Trump Attacks Sessions Again, This Time Over the Acting F.B.I. Director

The president’s third straight day of publicly complaining about Jeff Sessions, the attorney general, came during speculation that Mr. Trump could fire Mr. Sessions.


Trump bans transgender people from the U.S. military, via Twitter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would not allow transgender individuals to serve in the U.S. military in any capacity.


Exclusive: Group of nations urge U.N. Security Council to take action to ensure access for Syrian aid

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States, Saudi Arabia, Britain, France and other nations are demanding the U.N. Security Council takes action to ensure aid convoys reach millions of needy Syrians as violence diminishes, according to a letter seen by Reuters on Wednesday.


Red Cross urges West, Saudi-led coalition to resolve Yemen crisis

GENEVA (Reuters) - Western and regional powers must use their influence on Yemen's warring parties to end a two-year conflict that has exacerbated a huge cholera epidemic and left the country in ruins, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Wednesday.

Cillizza: Trump's 'Mini Me'

White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci appears to have a very simple strategy for success in his new gig: Sound as much like Donald Trump as humanly possible.


Czech woman stabbed in Egypt attack on verge of death

PRAGUE (Reuters) - A Czech stabbed in an Egyptian holiday resort earlier this month is on the verge of death after suffering multiple organ failure, the Czech Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.


Trump slams Attorney General Sessions, FBI in latest tweets

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday struck out at Jeff Sessions in a fresh round of tweets, criticizing the U.S. attorney general for keeping the acting FBI director and renewing accusations about past investigations of his former presidential rival, Hillary Clinton.

Sessions cracks down on leaks amid Trump fury

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will soon make an announcement regarding stepped-up efforts on leak investigations, according to an official familiar with the plans.

Lindsey Graham: Trump's Sessions attacks show weakness

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) tells CNN's Manu Raju that President Trump is displaying weakness by attacking Attorney General Jeff Sessions.


Russia, EU bristle at proposed new U.S. sanctions on Moscow, warn of action

MOSCOW/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Russia warned it was edging closer to retaliation against Washington after the House of Representatives backed new U.S. sanctions on Moscow, while the European Union said the move might affect its energy security and it stood ready to act too.


Exclusive: U.S. sanctions 13 senior Venezuelan officials - sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is imposing sanctions on 13 senior officials of Venezuela's government, military and state oil company PDVSA on Wednesday, U.S. officials said, seeking to ratchet up pressure on President Nicolas Maduro to scrap plans for a controversial new congress.

Scaramucci: I'll bring Trump on CNN if ...

Incoming White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci says he will bring President Trump on CNN if the network says "nice things" about him.

Trump: Transgender individuals can't serve military

Donald Trump tweeted that transgender people will not be allowed to serve in the military.

LIVE UPDATES: 'I'm a real friend,' Trump told LGBT group in '16


Turkey's Erdogan says Israel damaging Jerusalem's 'Islamic character'

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel on Wednesday of inflicting damage on Jerusalem's "Islamic character", in comments likely to further inflame regional tensions in a dispute over the Al-Aqsa mosque.

Trump calls out Murkowski over health care vote

President Donald Trump criticized Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Twitter Wednesday after she voted against GOP-led efforts to dismantle Obamacare, making her the latest Republican to be publicly rebuked by Trump on the issue.


Trump: no transgender people will serve in U.S. military - Twitter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would not allow transgender individuals to serve in the U.S. military in any capacity.


Qatar says new terror list is "disappointing surprise"

DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar said on Wednesday a decision by four Arab states to add 18 groups and individuals allegedly linked to Doha to their "terrorist" lists was "a disappointing surprise" and that it was doing all it could to fight extremism.

On ethics, Trump is leading America in wrong direction

Trump Says That Transgender People Will Not Be Allowed in the Military

In a morning tweet, President Trump said that the military cannot be burdened “with the tremendous medical costs.”


Kremlin calls new U.S. sanctions 'sad news' for U.S.-Russia ties

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Proposed new U.S. sanctions against Russia are an extremely unfriendly act and sad news for Russia-U.S. relations and their further development, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.


Hungary dismisses top EU court adviser's statement on migrant quota challenge

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary's government said on Wednesday that a statement by an adviser to the top European Union court dismissing a Hungarian and Slovak challenge to the bloc's migrant quotas was a political statement which is short on legal arguments.


Rouhani says Iran will respond to any new U.S. sanctions

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran will reciprocate if the United States imposes new sanctions on it, president Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday according to state media, casting further doubt over the outlook for the 2015 Iran nuclear accord.

Trump attacks GOP senator on Twitter

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) reacts to President Trump lashing out at Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski after the Senate failed to repeal and replace Obamacare.


Algeria busts Islamic State cell led by veteran militant: security source

ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algerian police have broken up an Islamic State militant cell led by a former al Qaeda commander convicted in France more than a decade ago for planning an attempted bombing in Strasbourg, a security source said on Wednesday.


Booby-traps plague north Iraq as Islamic State targets returning civilians

SHEIKH AMIR, Iraq (Reuters) - As people return home to Mosul and other areas of northern Iraq freed from Islamic State, homemade bombs and explosives laid on an industrial scale by the insurgents are claiming hundreds of victims and hampering efforts to bring life back to normal.


EU steps up legal cases against east European states over migration

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission said on Wednesday it had stepped up its legal case against the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland over their reluctance to take in migrants from other EU countries.


EU executive to start legal action against Poland over judiciary reform

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission said on Wednesday it would start legal action against Poland over a law reforming the judiciary that undermines the independence of judges and therefore breaks EU treaty rules.


Spain's Rajoy denies slush fund in unprecedented court testimony

SAN FERNANDO DE HENARES, Spain (Reuters) - Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday denied any knowledge of an illegal financing scheme within his conservative People's Party (PP) as he became the first sitting prime minister in Spain to give evidence in a trial.

Analysis: Trump's disdain for the rule of law

President Donald Trump's latest tirade against Attorney General Jeff Sessions goes beyond his usual demeaning of perceived foes and reflects a pattern of scorn for the rule of law and those who would enforce it.


U.S. pledges $140 million to Lebanon in Syrian refugee aid

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The United States will give Lebanon an additional $140 million to assist Syrian refugees and the communities hosting them, the State Department said on Wednesday, during a state visit by the Lebanese Prime Minister.


China steps up warning to Botswana over Dalai Lama visit

BEIJING (Reuters) - China stepped up its warning to Botswana on Wednesday over a planned visit by exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama next month, demanding the African nation respect China's core interests.


Moscow warns new U.S. sanctions take ties into uncharted waters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia warned on Wednesday that new U.S. sanctions against Moscow approved by the House of Representatives take already battered ties into uncharted waters and said it was close to taking retaliatory measures of its own.


Spain's Rajoy denies knowledge of party slush fund in court

SAN FERNANDO DE HENARES, Spain (Reuters) - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday denied any knowledge of an illegal financing scheme within his conservative People's Party (PP) and said he not taken any illicit payments, as he testified in court in a long-running corruption case.


Top EU court's adviser dismisses Slovakia, Hungary refugee challenge

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - The top EU court's adviser said on Wednesday that a case brought by Slovakia and Hungary challenging the obligatory relocation of asylum seekers across the bloc should be dismissed.


Lebanon's Hezbollah faces tough terrain in border battle

JUROUD ARSAL, Lebanon (Reuters) - The barren, rocky hilltops that form Hezbollah's new front line with jihadists at the Syrian-Lebanese border were tough to capture and supply. Hezbollah commander Hajj Abu Ali says the experience could prove useful in future battles.

Late night riffs on Trump's scout speech

Late night comedians Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers and James Corden poke fun at President Donald Trump's speech at the annual Boy Scout Jamboree.


Top EU court says Canada passenger data deal cannot be concluded as is

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - An agreement between the European Union and Canada to share airline passenger data that the two sides say is vital to fighting terrorism cannot be concluded in current form as parts of it are not in line with fundamental EU laws, the EU's top court said on Wednesday.


Thai king's birthday celebrations mark consolidation of power

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Authorities in Thailand are going all out to mark the birthday of new King Maha Vajiralongkorn this week as part of wider moves to consolidate his power and build his reputation as he emerges from his late father's shadow.


In Chongqing, Bo Xilai's support endures in face of Beijing's new assault on his legacy

CHONGQING, China (Reuters) - In this steamy metropolis of more than 30 million people on the banks of the Yangtze River, it doesn’t take much to find people who still talk in reverential terms about Bo Xilai, Chongqing’s incarcerated and disgraced former Communist Party head who was removed from office more than five years ago.


After IS, Mosul rebuilds monuments, mosques - and society

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Faisal Jeber arrested and interrogated suspected Islamic State militants during the battle for Mosul. Now he is taking up a new fight that could be just as crucial to the city's future.


UK judge to decide whether baby Charlie Gard can go home to die

LONDON (Reuters) - A British judge will rule on Wednesday on where terminally ill baby Charlie Gard will spend his last moments before his life support system is switched off, unless a last-ditch attempt by his parents to bring him home is successful.


Thais turn to 1,066 turtles to celebrate new king's birthday

CHONBURI, Thailand (Reuters) - Hundreds of people gathered at a beach in Thailand on Wednesday to release 1,066 turtles into the sea as part of celebrations to mark the birthday of new King Maha Vajiralongkorn this week.


Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnap oil survey team in northeast Nigeria: NNPC

BAUCHI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Suspected Boko Haram insurgents have kidnapped 10 members of a geological research team from the University of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria, the state oil company, which contracted the work, said on Wednesday.


Airplane maker leads Czech arms industry revival

PRAGUE (Reuters) - During the last days of the Cold War in 1988, Czechoslovakia's Aero Vodochody's factory outside Prague produced a record 250 of its Albatros L-39 training jets for Soviet bloc air forces.


Venezuela opposition to start two-day anti-Maduro shutdown

CARACAS (Reuters) - President Nicolas Maduro's adversaries are to stage a two-day national strike from Wednesday in a final push to pressure him into abandoning a weekend election for a super-congress they say will institutionalize autocracy in Venezuela.


USTR Lighthizer: Trump challenging China's industrial policies - radio interview

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. trade negotiator said late on Tuesday that President Donald Trump is determined to challenge China's use of unfair subsidies and "non-economic" industrial policy to build up export industries that are costing American jobs.

Europe Edition: Donald Trump, Republican Party, Russia: Your Wednesday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.


Death toll in Mumbai building collapse rises to 17 as rescuers search rubble

MUMBAI (Reuters) - The death toll from the collapse of a four-storey building in the suburbs of India's financial capital, Mumbai, more than doubled overnight to 17 as rescuers removed debris searching for those still trapped, a police official said on Wednesday.

Senator heard on hot mic: Trump is 'crazy'

Sen. Susan Collins and Sen. Jack Reed were recorded discussing President Donald Trump's lack of familiarity with the details of governing. The conversation was picked up by a hot mic.


Trump warns 'emboldened' Iran to comply with nuclear deal

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump issued a veiled threat against Iran on Tuesday, warning Tehran to adhere to the terms of a nuclear deal with world powers or else face "big, big problems."

Sanders: Pathetic for Trump to want Obamacare to fail

During an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, Sen. Bernie Sanders said that President Donald Trump and his colleagues will be held accountable if the Affordable Care Act fails.

Picture drawn by Trump going for big bucks

Want a drawing by President Trump? Two are being auctioned off. Jeanne Moos reports on Trump the artist.

At Ohio rally, Trump rails against sanctuary cities

The Trump administration opened up a new salvo against sanctuary cities on Tuesday -- moving to make immigration enforcement a pre-condition for receiving key law enforcement grants.

Trump touts ability to act presidential

President Donald Trump said, with the exception of Abraham Lincoln, he "could be more presidential" than any president who has held the office at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio.


Trump pledges U.S. aid to help Lebanon against Islamic State

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday praised Lebanon's efforts to guard its borders to prevent Islamic State and other militant groups from gaining a foothold inside their country and promised continued American help.

Senator votes 'yes' on health care after Trump threats

Republican Sen. Dean Heller voted "yes" on the health care bill after stern signals from the White House that the President was willing to work to defeat his own party's incumbents if they crossed him on health care.


Trump warns Iran to adhere to terms of nuclear deal or face problems

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump warned Iran on Tuesday to adhere to terms of a nuclear deal with world powers or "there will be big, big problems" for Tehran.


Human Rights Watch: French police use excessive force on Calais migrants

PARIS (Reuters) - Human Rights Watch (HRW) pressed the French government on Wednesday to end what it described as police violence against migrants in the northern town of Calais, where hundreds have returned despite the demolition of a sprawling camp known as "the jungle".


Vatican treasurer Cardinal Pell to face Australia court on historical sex charges

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell arrived at a court in his native Australia on Wednesday for his first appearance to face historical sex charges as the most senior Roman Catholic official to face such accusations.

Trump praises vote on 'Obamacare disaster'

President Trump praised the Senate's recent health care vote at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio.

Afghanistan War (2001- )

Trump Finds Reason for the U.S. to Remain in Afghanistan: Minerals

Last week, as the White House fell into an increasingly fractious debate over Afghanistan policy, Trump aides met with a chemical executive to discuss the potential for extracting rare-earth minerals.


Panama opens embassy in Beijing after break with Taiwan

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - Panama has opened an embassy in China, the Central American country's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, deepening its links with the world's No. 2 economy after its diplomatic break with longtime ally Taiwan.


Republican senator recorded criticizing Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins on Tuesday was recorded making critical comments about the Trump administration's understanding of the legislative process during a Senate subcommittee hearing.


Senate panel rescinds subpoena for Trump's ex-campaign head: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate panel has rescinded a subpoena that would have forced Paul Manafort, a former campaign manager of President Donald Trump, to appear at a hearing on Wednesday as part of its probe into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump heads to rally in Ohio as turmoil swirls

President Donald Trump is headed to Youngstown, Ohio, for a rally before supporters while his administration remains steeped in turmoil over his criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and upheaval in his White House's communications department.

The ways Trump could fire Mueller

CNN's Brian Todd explores whether President Trump has the power to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the consequences if he does.

Tapper breaks down Trump's Boy Scout speech

CNN's Jake Tapper takes a look at President Trump's speech at the 2017 Boy Scout Jamboree.


House approves new Russia sanctions, defying Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to slap new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea, despite President Donald Trump's objections to the legislation.


Republican lawmakers rally around Sessions as Trump intensifies pressure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top Republican lawmakers rallied to the defense of Jeff Sessions on Tuesday as allies of the attorney general said President Donald Trump appeared to be trying to pressure him to quit by repeatedly criticizing him on Twitter and in interviews.

In challenge to Trump, House passes Russia sanctions bill

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill giving Congress the power to block any effort by the White House to weaken sanctions on Russia, offering a direct challenge to President Donald Trump's authority.

Trump: Apple plans 3 'beautiful plants' in US

Trump: We now move toward better health care

President Donald Trump applauded the GOP for voting, without any Democratic support, to move forward with efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare

Endangered Republicans stick with Trump on vote

The two Senate Republicans in the most jeopardy of losing their seats in 2018 faced a choice in Tuesday's health care vote: Stick with President Donald Trump and face a barrage of Democratic attacks, or break ranks and risk a potentially serious primary challenge fueled by Trump himself.

Opinion: Trump taught Scouts wrong lessons

In my neighborhood in the 1960's, all my friends were Scouts. Mostly because it was fun -- weekend camping trips, swimming, canoeing, rock climbing, telling stories, laughing and singing songs around a campfire and learning new skills that resulted in earning merit badges.


Two more German women identified among group held in Iraq: source

BERLIN (Reuters) - A total of four German citizens are among a group of women who were captured by Iraqi forces in the Iraqi city of Mosul last week, a foreign ministry source said on Tuesday.


New militia attack in Central African town kills two peacekeepers

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Suspected Christian militiamen killed two Moroccan peacekeepers from the United Nations mission in Central African Republic on Tuesday, the mission said, in the second deadly attack on Moroccan forces this week.


Trump speech to Boy Scouts raises ire of parents, former Scouts

NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's campaign-style address to the Boy Scouts of America touched off a firestorm of criticism on Tuesday as parents and former Scouts decried a speech peppered with partisan attacks and ridicule of "fake media."

United States Politics and Government

Trump on Jeff Sessions: ‘Time Will Tell’

At a news conference on Tuesday at the White House, President Trump took questions about his attorney general, Jeff Sessions.


Trump says Yellen in running to stay as Fed chair: WSJ

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said he was considering renominating Janet Yellen as Fed chairperson, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday.


Apple CEO promised Trump to build three manufacturing plants in U.S.: WSJ

(Reuters) - Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook has committed to build three big manufacturing plants in the United States, the Wall Street Journal quoted U.S. President Donald Trump as saying.


Italy seeks 'code of conduct' for charity ships as death toll rises

ROME (Reuters) - The Italian government on Tuesday threatened to shut humanitarian groups that operate migrant rescue ships in the Mediterranean out of the country's ports if they do not sign a "code of conduct".

Trump on Sessions' fate: Time will tell

President Trump repeated that he is disappointed in Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia investigation during a joint news conference with Lebanon's prime minister.

A Democratic mayor explains Trump's appeal

Ahead of President Trump's rally in Youngstown, Ohio, Mayor John McNally says voters aren't focused on the Russia investigation on a daily basis.


Trump slams Sessions as not tough enough, assails intel leaks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump criticized his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, as not being tough enough on Tuesday, adding to speculation his longtime supporter might be on the way out, and accused American intelligence agencies of high-level leaks.


Trump says U.S. aid to Lebanon can help fight Islamic State

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday praised Lebanon's efforts to guard its borders to prevent Islamic State and other militant groups from gaining a foothold inside their country and promised continued American help.

Huckabee Sanders: Trump frustrated with Sessions

White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told Fox News that President Trump is "frustrated" with Attorney General Jeff Sessions.


Zimbabwe parliament restores Mugabe's authority to name chief justice

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's parliament on Tuesday changed the constitution to give back to President Robert Mugabe sole power to appoint the country's top three judges, a move the main opposition said could undermine the independence of the judiciary.


Rescued from Islamic State, Yazidi boy longs to rejoin mother in Canada

DUHOK, Iraq (Reuters) - A Yazidi boy rescued from the battlefield in Mosul after three years in Islamic State captivity has asked to be reunited with his mother, who was granted asylum in Canada after escaping from the militants herself.


Trump administration moves closer to undoing overtime pay rule

(Reuters) - The Trump administration on Tuesday pushed forward with its bid to undo an Obama administration rule to extend mandatory overtime pay to 4.2 million workers and said it was considering treating workers differently based on location and industry.


Republicans block Democrats' bid to see Treasury files on Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Republicans on Tuesday shot down a legislative effort by Democrats to obtain Treasury Department documents that could show any ties between the finances of President Donald Trump, his inner circle and the Russian government.

Trump has made liberals pity Jeff Sessions


Republicans block Democrats' bid to see U.S. Treasury files on Trump

WASHINGTON, July 25 (Reuters) - U.S. House Republicans on Tuesday shot down a legislative effort by Democrats to obtain Treasury Department documents that could show any ties between the finances of President Donald Trump, his inner circle and the Russian government.

Scaramucci: Trump 'wants his Cabinet secretaries to have his back'

White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci defended Tuesday President Donald Trump's public critiques of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, saying Trump "wants his Cabinet secretaries to have his back."


Libya's PM, eastern commander commit to ceasefire, election

CELLE-SAINT-CLOUD, France (Reuters) - Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj and the divided country's eastern commander Khalifa Haftar committed to a conditional ceasefire and to work towards holding elections next spring in talks chaired by French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday.

Boy Scouts

Boy Scouts, in Spotlight After Trump’s Speech, Say They Are ‘Wholly Nonpartisan’

The group tried to distance itself from a speech by President Trump that was laced with political attacks and enraged many parents and former Scouts.


Senate panel compels former Trump aide to attend Russia hearing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate panel said on Tuesday it will compel Paul Manafort, a former campaign manager to President Donald Trump, to appear at a hearing as part of its probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.


Russia's Putin, Iraqi VP discuss tanks supply deal

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iraqi Vice President Nuri al-Maliki discussed supplies of Russian T-90 battle tanks at a meeting in St Petersburg on Tuesday, according to a Russian military official present at the meeting.


EU to Turkey: respect for rights 'imperative' to join bloc

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union on Tuesday delivered its most public criticism yet of Turkey's security crackdown since last year's failed coup, saying there could be no progress on Ankara's bid to join the bloc without an end to human rights abuses.

Pro-Trump media upset with President's attacks on Sessions

Trump's recent attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions has touched off a firestorm of outrage inside the pro-Trump media universe where the Alabama Republican is revered as a conservative icon.


Lebanese army chief: 50 militants held in raids on Syrian camps

AMMAN (Reuters) - Lebanon's army chief said on Tuesday the army had 50 "dangerous terrorists" in custody among hundreds of detainees arrested in recent security raids on Syrian refugee camps on the border between the two countries.


U.S. says progress with China on N.Korea U.N. sanctions, true test is Russia

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States is making progress in talks with North Korean ally China on imposing new U.N. sanctions on Pyongyang over its latest missile test, but the "true test" will be what measures Russia agrees to, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Tuesday.


Sessions' allies say Trump using Twitter attacks to force resignation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' allies say President Donald Trump is carrying out a deliberate public campaign to pressure him to quit, rather than fire him outright, but the country's top lawyer has no intention of resigning.


Venezuela's main business guild urges government to abort congress vote

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's main business guild Fedecamaras demanded on Tuesday that the government of President Nicolas Maduro abort a controversial congress vote scheduled for Sunday.


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

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots when an Iranian vessel in the Gulf came within 150 yards (137 meters) on Tuesday in the first such incident since President Donald Trump took office in January, a U.S. official told Reuters.


Rescue ship collects 13 bodies from migrant boat off Libyan coast

ROME (Reuters) - A humanitarian rescue ship on Tuesday found 13 dead bodies on a rubber boat off the coast of Libya that was carrying more than 160 migrants, charity group Proactiva Open Arms said.


Iran-linked cyber spies use simple yet effective hacks: report

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - A cyber spying group with links to Iran and active for the past four years is targeting countries including Israel, Saudi Arabia, Germany and the United States, security researchers said on Tuesday.


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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Trump call for Clinton investigation 'highly inappropriate': top senator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's call for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate former Democratic rival Hillary Clinton is "highly inappropriate" and threatens to erode the separation between law and politics, a leading Republican senator said on Tuesday.


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.


Swiss chainsaw attacker still on loose in international manhunt

SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland (Reuters) - Police with search hounds hunted on Tuesday for a chainsaw-wielding loner who mostly lived in the woods, a day after he stormed into an insurance office in the Swiss town of Schaffhausen and wounded two staff members.


Jordanians protest against Israel at funeral of shot teenager

AMMAN (Reuters) - Several thousand Jordanians urged their government on Tuesday to close the Israeli embassy in Amman and scrap an unpopular peace treaty during the funeral of a young Jordanian shot dead by an Israeli security guard in the embassy.


Syria says U.S. halting aid to rebels is step toward ending war

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syria views a U.S. decision to halt CIA support to rebel groups fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad as a "start" toward ending the six-year conflict, a government minister told Reuters.


Former Trump campaign chief Manafort to talk to Senate investigators: NBC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort will speak with Senate investigators on Capitol Hill within the next 48 hours, NBC News reported on Tuesday, citing a source close to Manafort.


Egypt court sentences 43 anti-government protesters to life: sources

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian criminal court sentenced 43 activists to life in prison on Tuesday, judicial sources said, in a retrial of anti-government protesters who clashed with authorities in late 2011.


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.

Cillizza: 29 most cringe-worthy lines from Trump's speech to Boy Scouts

On Monday night, President Donald Trump jetted to West Virginia to address the annual Boy Scout Jamboree. And oh what a speech it was!


Turkey's Erdogan rails against 'agents', fuelling Germany dispute

ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan stoked a dispute with NATO ally Germany on Tuesday, warning of Western agents "roaming free" in Turkey and telling those who threaten the country with embargoes to be ready for the consequences.


Trump praises work on UK trade deal, says EU 'protectionist'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday praised ongoing work on a post-Brexit trade deal with Britain while criticizing the European Union's trade relationship with the United States, although he provided no other details.


Parents of UK baby Charlie Gard to return to court: Daily Mail

LONDON (Reuters) - The parents of terminally ill baby Charlie Gard will return to the London High Court on Tuesday for a hearing to decide whether their son should have his life support withdrawn at home or in hospital, the Daily Mail newspaper reported on its website.

Cillizza: Trump's public bullying of Sessions is embarrassing

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Man jailed for life in Britain after beating child to death over lost shoe

LONDON (Reuters) - A man who beat his girlfriend’s five-year-old son to death in a British park because the child had lost a shoe was sentenced to life imprisonment on Tuesday.


UK courts must keep jurisdiction over EU citizens' rights in Britain: Davis

PRAGUE (Reuters) - British courts should protect the rights of European Union citizens living in the country after it leaves the bloc, Brexit minister David Davis said on Tuesday, defending Britain's rejection of the EU's position.

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Trump Steps Up Attacks on His Own Attorney General

In early morning tweets, President Trump criticized his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, and the acting head of the F.B.I.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Fed and Trump keep dollar glum as Greece warms Europe

LONDON, July 25 (Reuters) - The dollar sat at a more-than-one-year low while stocks climbed on Tuesday, as investors bet that subdued U.S. inflation and strains in Washington would limit Federal Reserve interest rate moves for the rest of the year.


Turkey's Erdogan says Israel will suffer most from Aqsa dispute

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday Israel would pay a price for a dispute over security measures it imposed at the entrance to Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.


Arrested Russian's wife denies U.S. charge he is global hacking mastermind

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - The wife of an alleged Russian hacker facing extradition from Spain to the United States has told Reuters he is being held in solitary confinement and that he denies the accusation that he masterminded one of the world's biggest spam networks.


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.

Trump slams AG Sessions' 'weak' position on Clinton emails

President Donald Trump continued his recent public shaming of Attorney General Jeff Sessions Tuesday, lashing out at his "very weak position" on prosecuting Hillary Clinton's "crimes."


Trump blasts attorney general, questions Ukraine role in U.S. election with no evidence

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday continued to blast the investigation into alleged Russian meddling into last year's U.S. election, slamming his attorney general for not investigating his presidential rival in the race and raising questions, without offering evidence, about Ukraine's role.


Turkey's Erdogan says signatures signed on Russian defense system

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey has made progress in plans to procure an S-400 missile defense system from Russia and signatures have been signed, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.


Indonesia speed boat capsizes, killing at least 10 - police

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A speed boat capsized off Indonesia's Borneo island on Tuesday, killing at least 10 people with several others believed missing, police and rescue officials said.


Russian banker who met Trump son-in-law not acting on our orders: Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A senior Russian banker who met President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, did not do so on the Kremlin's orders, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday.


China urges halt to oil drilling in disputed South China Sea

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Foreign Ministry has urged a halt to oil drilling in a disputed part of the South China Sea, where Spanish oil company Repsol had been operating in cooperation with Vietnam.

House to vote on Russia sanctions bill rebuking Trump

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives is expected to overwhelmingly approve a bipartisan bill giving Congress the authority to block any effort by President Donald Trump to ease sanctions against Russia.


China backs joint energy development with Philippines in disputed sea

MANILA (Reuters) - China's foreign minister on Tuesday said he supported the idea of joint energy ventures with the Philippines in the disputed South China Sea, warning that unilateral action could cause problems and damage both sides.


Spanish policeman attacked on Morocco border, man arrested

MADRID (Reuters) - A man was detained on Tuesday after attacking a policeman on the border between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla with a large knife, a source from the local government said.


India swears in Ram Nath Kovind as 14th president

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Ram Nath Kovind was sworn in on Tuesday as India's 14th president, becoming the first member of a powerful Hindu nationalist movement to assume the highest public office in the world's largest democracy.


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.


Mumbai building collapse kills at least four, many feared trapped

MUMBAI (Reuters) - A four-storey building housing a nursing home in the suburbs of the Indian city of Mumbai collapsed on Tuesday, killing at least four people with more than 30 feared trapped, fire and police officials said.


Car bomb kills seven civilians in Egypt's North Sinai: army

CAIRO (Reuters) - Seven civilians, including two young children, were killed by a car bomb that exploded at a security checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula on Monday, Egypt's army spokesman said.


Sri Lanka cabinet approves revised port deal with China: spokesman

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's cabinet approved a revised port deal with China Merchant Port Holdings on Tuesday, cabinet spokesman Dayasiri Jayasekera told Reuters, after terms of the first agreement sparked widespread public anger.


Polish president signs bill giving justice minister power to hire court heads

WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish President Andrzej Duda has signed a bill adopted by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party giving the justice minister the power to hire and fire the heads of courts of general jurisdiction in the country.


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.

Trevor Noah: Trump, Scaramucci not so different

Late-night hosts Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers, Trevor Noah and Jimmy Fallon all mocked the new White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci after Sean Spicer resigned.


Syrian Observatory says eight killed in Ghouta air strikes

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said overnight air strikes killed at least eight people in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta.


After spate of Chinese patrols, Taiwan says it's prepared to defend itself

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan is prepared to defend itself against China if necessary, the self-ruled island's defense ministry said on Tuesday, in a strongly worded response to recent flybys by Chinese warplanes near the island China claims as a wayward province.


Japan PM revises when he knew about friend's vet school application

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday revised when he first knew about a friend's application to open a veterinary school at the center of a suspected cronyism scandal, saying he only became aware of the plan after it was approved.


Prospect of Trump tariff casts pall over U.S. solar industry

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. solar companies are snapping up cheap imported solar panels ahead of a trade decision by the Trump administration that could drive up costs and cloud the fortunes of one of the economy's brightest stars.


House expected to approve Russia sanctions bill limiting Trump's influence

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.


Now showing at a disputed South China Sea island not very near you

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has opened its southernmost cinema on a disputed island in the South China Sea, state media said, part on an on-going effort to build up civilian infrastructure and assert Beijing's sovereignty.


INSIGHT-Prospect of Trump tariff casts pall over U.S. solar industry

LOS ANGELES, July 25 (Reuters) - U.S. solar companies are snapping up cheap imported solar panels ahead of a trade decision by the Trump administration that could drive up costs and cloud the fortunes of one of the economy's brightest stars.


Australian currency brokerage says Shanghai staff freed, aiding police

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - An Australian currency brokerage said three staff members in Shanghai, who were being held against their will by a group of investors that intruded into its offices last week, had been released and were now helping with a local police investigation.


Vietnam police arrest dissident for attempt 'to overthrow government'

HANOI (Reuters) - Police in Vietnam have arrested a prominent dissident they have accused of conducting activities aimed at overthrowing the government, in what appeared to be latest effort by the Communist-ruled country to crack down on critics.

Trump's political jamboree

New White House communications czar Anthony Scaramucci wasn't joking when he said he wanted Donald Trump to "be himself."

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Trump Gives Scouts an Earful of Politics, and Some Sage Advice

“Who the hell wants to speak about politics when I’m in front of the Boy Scouts?” the president asked in West Virginia. As it turns out, he did.


China police warn against illegal gatherings after rare Beijing protest

BEIJING (Reuters) - Police in the Chinese capital have warned against illegal gatherings after they shut down part of a major road when demonstrators gathered to stage a rare protest in Beijing, complaining the government was unfairly targeting a charity.


Senate healthcare holdout Collins never got call from Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump exhorted every Republican to vote yes on a healthcare overhaul when it comes before the Senate this week, but one of his party's most vocal opponents of the bill, Senator Susan Collins, said he had made no effort to reach her.