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German parties regroup for last-ditch coalition push

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's would-be coalition partners met on Saturday for a last-ditch round of weekend talks aimed at finding common ground in the divisive fields of climate and migration policy, in the hope of staving off a possible early election.

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Egypt-Gaza border opens under PA control for first time in a decade

GAZA (Reuters) - The Egypt-Gaza border opened under control of the Western-backed Palestinian Authority for the first time since 2007 on Saturday, raising residents' hopes for easier passage in and out of the impoverished enclave.

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France should not interfere in Iran's missile program: adviser to Iran's supreme leader

BEIRUT (Reuters) - France should not interfere in Iran's missile program, Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Iran's supreme leader, said on Saturday according to state media.

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Saudi Arabia recalls ambassador to Germany over Gabriel comments

CAIRO (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has summoned its ambassador in Germany home for consultations over comments allegedly made by German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel during a meeting with his Lebanese counterpart, the Saudi Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.

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Sri Lanka arrest 19 after Buddhist-Muslim violence; four injured

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan police arrested 19 people after a clash between "extremists" from the majority Buddhist and minority Muslim communities in which four people were injured, a spokesman said on Saturday.

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Cambodian court charges two journalists with espionage

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - A Cambodian court on Saturday charged two journalists with espionage for filing news reports to a U.S.-funded radio station, which can carry a prison term of up to 15 years.

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Australian medical group wants access to Manus Island asylum seekers

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's main medical association called on Saturday for the government to allow independent doctors and other health experts to help more than 400 asylum seekers languishing inside a recently closed detention center in Papua New Guinea.

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Trump says he has put big-game trophy decision on hold

President Donald Trump said Friday that he has decided to put a decision about big-game trophies on hold.

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China says will work with North Korea to boost ties as envoy visits

BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) - Traditional friendship between China and North Korea represents "valuable wealth" for their people, China said after its special envoy met a high-ranking North Korean official, but there was no mention of the crisis over North Korea's weapons.

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Argentina intensifies search for missing submarine with 44 crew

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - An Argentine submarine with 44 crew on board was missing in the South Atlantic two days after its last communication, prompting the navy to step up its search efforts late on Friday in difficult, stormy conditions.

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Trump halts decision to allow elephant trophy imports after uproar

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said in a tweet on Friday he is putting a decision to allow imports of elephant trophies on hold until he can "review all conservation facts."

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White House Memo: In Mocking Franken Over Claims of Sexual Misconduct, Trump Joins a Debate He Started

A typical politician with President Trump’s history would stay far away from discussing someone else’s behavior lest it dredge his own back into the spotlight.

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Mueller seeking interview with publicist who set up Russian-Trump Jr. meeting

Special counsel Robert Mueller is in talks with the attorney for the British publicist who set up the 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer, according to a source familiar with the matter.

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For Now, Trump to Keep Ban on Importing Elephant Trophies

The president reversed his own administration’s decision in an evening tweet, prohibiting trophies of killed elephants from being brought into the country.

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Zimbabwe's ruling party to hold rally as anti-Mugabe tide rises

HARARE (Reuters) - President Robert Mugabe's own ruling ZANU-PF party wants him to step down and plans to hold a rally in Zimbabwe's capital Harare on Saturday to make the point.

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Top Russian Official Tried to Broker ‘Backdoor’ Meeting Between Trump and Putin

The overture came soon after the Trump campaign was told of Russian “dirt” on Hillary Clinton. As Donald J. Trump neared the Republican nomination, Moscow tried repeatedly to contact his campaign.

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Saudi Arabia recalls its ambassador to Germany for consultation

CAIRO (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador in Germany for consultation over comments made by German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel during a joint news conference with his Lebanese counterpart, the Saudi Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.

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Trump adds five conservatives to list of possible Supreme Court picks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a move certain to please conservatives, President Donald Trump on Friday added five names to his list of candidates for a prospective U.S. Supreme Court vacancy as he presses ahead with a campaign to move the federal judiciary to the right.

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Lebanon's Hariri leaves Saudi Arabia for France on Friday

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Saad al-Hariri, who sparked a crisis by resigning as Lebanese prime minister on Nov. 4 during a visit to Saudi Arabia, is on his way to the airport, he said early on Saturday, before his flight from Riyadh to France.

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Lebanon's Hariri on twitter: "I am on the way to the airport"

CAIRO (Reuters) - Lebanon Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said late on Friday he is on his way to the airport in Saudi Arabia.

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North Korea says China envoy stressed stance to 'develop traditional relations': KCNA

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said China's special envoy arrived in Pyongyang on Friday, and met with high-ranking North Korean official Choe Ryong Hae, the North's official KCNA news agency said on Saturday.

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Trump adds five names to list of possible Supreme Court nominees

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has added five names to the list he will use to pick a nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court if a vacancy arises, the White House said on Friday.

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On Franken, Trump shouldn't have gone there

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Trump starts paying his own legal bills on Russia probe -attorneys

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has begun paying his own legal bills related to the Russia investigation and will no longer cover the costs using political donations to his reelection campaign or the Republican Party, his attorneys confirmed on Friday.

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U.N. to vote on Syria inquiry renewal, Russia opposed: diplomats

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council is due to vote on Friday on a Japanese-drafted resolution to renew for one month an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria, but diplomats said Russia opposed the measure.

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Qatar foreign minister decries 'reckless leadership' in region

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Qatar's foreign minister on Friday criticized "reckless leadership" in the Gulf for a number of crises including the Gulf rift and Lebanon, taking apparent aim at Saudi Arabia.

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Ivanka Trump, Italy's Aquazzura end 'Wild Thing' shoe lawsuit

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Italian shoemaker Aquazzura Italia SRL has dismissed its lawsuit accusing Ivanka Trump of stealing the design of its "Wild Thing" stiletto-heeled shoe for her own, less-expensive "Hettie" model.

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German justice ministry urges ban on Kuwait Airways over Israel issue

BERLIN (Reuters) - The German government should revoke landing rights for Kuwait Airways given its ban on Israeli passengers, a senior Justice Department official said on Friday, saying such discrimination was intolerable.

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President Trump begins paying legal bills from his own pocket

President Donald Trump has begun paying his personal legal bills stemming from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign out of his own pocket, relieving the Republican Party of future payments, the White House's special counsel on the matter announced Friday.

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As Canada prepares for legal pot, ex-cops get into the business

TORONTO (Reuters) - A former Canadian police chief and several colleagues who fought against making marijuana use legal have switched sides and embraced the looming legalization of cannabis with a leap into business.

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Trump’s Tax Cuts Are Likely to Increase Trade Deficit

President Trump wants to cut taxes and reduce the nation’s trade deficit, two goals that stand in direct conflict with each other.

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Greeks march to mark 1973 student revolt against junta, clashes break out

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek police clashed with hooded youths in Athens on Friday after thousands marched to mark a bloody 1973 student uprising that helped topple the military junta which then ruled the country.

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Analysis: Why did Trump attack Franken? Simple.

When it comes to making sense of President Donald Trump's public statements, especially his tweets, the first rule is to not think too hard. Trump is not operating out of a secret genius playbook. There is no game theory reasoning in effect here.

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Trump starts paying his own legal bills on Russia probe: attorneys

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has begun paying his own legal bills related to the Russia investigation and will no longer use political donations to his reelection campaign or the Republican Party to cover the costs, his attorneys confirmed.

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Brazil speaker says pension overhaul in danger if left until 2018

BRASILIA (Reuters) - The Brazilian government's plan to overhaul the costly pension system will be in trouble if it does not clear the lower house of Congress this year, and it still lacks the votes needed for approval, the Speaker Rodrigo Maia said on Friday.

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Greeks march to mark 1973 student revolt against junta

ATHENS (Reuters) - Thousands of Greeks marched through the streets of Athens on Friday to mark a bloody 1973 student uprising against the military junta that ruled the country at the time.

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The boss is dead but the mafia lives, magistrate and mobster say

ROME/PALERMO (Reuters) - The death of Sicilian Mafia boss Salvatore "Toto'" Riina on Friday does not mark the end of Cosa Nostra, but the crime group is unlikely to allow one man such power ever again, a top magistrate and former mobster said.

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At least five killed in Kenya as violence greets opposition leader's return

NAIROBI (Reuters) - At least five people were killed on Friday as Kenyan police tried to disperse supporters accompanying opposition leader Raila Odinga from the airport to central Nairobi, police said.

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Russia opposed to short U.N. extension of Syria inquiry: diplomats

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia is opposed to a Japanese-drafted United Nations Security council resolution to renew for one month an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria, several council diplomats said on Friday.

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IS car bomb kills 20 in eastern Syria: state media

BEIRUT (Reuters) - An Islamic State car bomb killed 20 people and injured 30 others at a site where displaced families are located in eastern Syria near the city of Deir al-Zor, Syria's SANA state news agency reported on Friday.

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Turkey pulls troops out of NATO exercise over 'enemy' list

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey is pulling 40 soldiers out of a NATO exercise in Norway, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday, after his name appeared in a list of enemies on a poster at the drill, an incident that drew an apology from both the military alliance and Oslo.

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Trump invites a new round of scrutiny over past sexual harassment accusations levied against him

President Donald Trump, who has largely stayed mum on the allegations of sexual misconduct against Alabama Senate Republican candidate Roy Moore, blasted Democratic Sen. Al Franken Thursday night after a woman said he groped and kissed her without her consent.

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Belgian judge defers ruling on warrant for ex-Catalan leader: lawyer

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A Belgian judge made no ruling on Friday on a European arrest warrant issued by Spain for ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, his lawyer said after a court hearing in Brussels.

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Venezuela opposition leader Ledezma flees to Colombia

CARACAS/BOGOTA (Reuters) - Venezuelan opposition leader Antonio Ledezma, who was detained in 2015 on allegations of coup-plotting but had been under house arrest in Caracas, has fled over the border to Colombia, authorities said on Friday.

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Lebanon's Middle East Airlines lifts electronics ban on London flights

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's national carrier Middle East Airlines (MEA) on Friday lifted restrictions on carry-on electronic devices on planes traveling from Beirut to London, the airline said.

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Two killed as Kenyan police disperse supporters cheering opposition leader

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Two people were killed on Friday as Kenyan police tried to disperse supporters cheering a convoy carrying opposition leader Raila Odinga from the airport to central Nairobi, a Reuters photographer said.

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Russian long-range bombers strike Islamic State targets in Syria: agencies

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Six Russian long-range bombers struck Islamic State targets near the town of Albu Kamal in Syria's Deir al-Zor province on Friday, the Defence Ministry said in a statement reported by Russian news agencies .

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Belgian judge postpones decision on arrest warrant for ousted Catalan leader: lawyer

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A Belgian judge made no ruling on the European arrest warrant issued by Spain for ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his former ministers, after a court hearing in Brussels on Friday, his lawyer said.

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Erdogan says Turkey pulls troops out of NATO exercise, Stoltenberg apologizes

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey is pulling 40 soldiers out of a NATO exercise in Norway, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday, after his name was included in a list of enemies on a poster at the drill, an incident that drew an apology from NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

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Hariri to leave Saudi Arabia for France on Friday: MP

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Saad al-Hariri, who resigned as Lebanese prime minister on Nov. 4 during a visit to Saudi Arabia, will leave Riyadh for France on Friday, a member of his party said.

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Argentine submarine goes missing with 44 crew members on board: navy

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - An Argentine military submarine with 44 crew members on board was missing at sea on Friday, prompting a massive search to locate the vessel which may have suffered a communication error, a navy spokesman said.

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Merkel's conservatives offer Greens compromise to salvage talks

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's would-be coalition partners resumed talks on Friday after all-night negotiations failed to produce a breakthrough, with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives saying they would compromise further on climate change policies to secure a deal.

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Kremlin says not yet known if Putin will seek re-election

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday it was not yet known if Russian President Vladimir Putin will run for re-election when his term ends next year.

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After ditching Taiwan, China says Panama will get the help it needs

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will provide Panama with whatever help it needs after the Central American country ditched long-standing ties with self-ruled Taiwan in June, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Friday after talks between the two countries' presidents.

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Special Report: Ivanka Trump and the fugitive from Panama

By Ned Parker, Stephen Grey, Stefanie Eschenbacher, Roman Anin, Brad Brooks and Christine Murray

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Under pressure, Britain's May tries to reassure EU on money

GOTHENBURG, Sweden (Reuters) - Britain will honour its commitments to the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday, trying to reassure increasingly frustrated leaders in the bloc who want London to spell out how much it will pay on Brexit.

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Hariri's Paris meeting to boost Lebanon stability: top aide

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's Saad al-Hariri, who resigned as prime minister on Nov. 4, will see France's president on Saturday in Paris and the meeting will help resolve the Lebanese crisis and boost stability, a senior Hariri aide said.

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Egypt orders suspected Libyan militant, 14 others be held over desert attack

CAIRO (Reuters) - The Egyptian public prosecutor ordered that a suspected Libyan militant and 14 others be held for 15 days pending an investigation of their role in a deadly attack in Egypt's western desert last month, state news MENA reported on Friday.

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Entrenched positions keep German party deal out of reach

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's efforts to forge a three-way ruling coalition look likely to drag on over the weekend after all-night talks failed to yield a breakthrough on the divisive issues of migration and climate change.

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Lebanon FM says Hariri crisis part of attempt to create regional chaos

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said on Friday the crisis over the resignation of Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri is part of an "attempt to create chaos in the region", local television stations reported.

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Iraqi forces recapture last Islamic State-held town

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces captured the border town of Rawa, the last remaining town under Islamic State control, on Friday, signaling the complete defeat of the group's self-proclaimed caliphate.

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Mladic still a hero in dying home village

BOZANOVICI, Bosnia (Reuters) - The sign nailed to a tree marking one of the few paved roads bears the name of the village's favorite son: "General Mladic Street".

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Shelling, air strikes as Philippine troops hunt militants in marshland

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine troops shelled positions held by a small group of pro-Islamic State militants in southern marshland on Friday, as the military pushed on with a new offensive after the country's biggest urban battle in decades.

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Iraqi forces recapture last Islamic State-held town of Rawa: statement

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq forces captured the border town of Rawa, the last remaining town under Islamic State control, on Friday, the Iraqi military said in a statement.

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Ireland not ready to let Brexit talks move to stage 2: minister

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland is not ready to allow talks on Britain's withdrawal from the European Union to move to the second phase next month, Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Tuesday.

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Turkey hunts 42 university staff in post-coup crackdown: source

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish police have launched operations to track down 42 university staff from Istanbul's Marmara University who are alleged to have links to last year's failed coup attempt, a police source said on Friday.

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Sicilian Mafia boss Riina dies of natural causes in hospital

MILAN (Reuters) - Salvatore "Toto" Riina, the most powerful and feared Sicilian Mafia boss of the 20th century, died of natural causes early on Friday after almost a quarter century in jail, Italian media reported.

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Trump discussed free trade pact with Japan's Abe, U.S. envoy says

TOKYO (Reuters) - President Donald Trump discussed a possible free trade agreement (FTA) with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his trip to Tokyo, the U.S. ambassador to Japan said on Friday, contradicting Japanese officials who had said such talks never took place.

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Amnesty urges independent probe into atrocities, bombings in battle for Philippines Marawi city

MANILA (Reuters) - The war in the Philippine city of Marawi saw Islamist insurgents execute civilians or use them as human shields, while military air strikes killed non-combatants and may have been used in excess, an Amnesty International report said on Friday.

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Cambodia faces U.S., EU action after banning opposition ahead of elections

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - The United States promised "concrete steps" against Cambodia and the European Union threatened vital trade preferences after the Cambodian Supreme Court banned the main opposition party ahead of elections at the request of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

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US allies frustrated by Trump as they lobby hard to keep Iran deal

US allies campaigning hard in the halls of Congress to preserve the Iran nuclear deal are finding the process frustrating and confounding.

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Germany to spend 10 million euros to help clear mines in Syria: media

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will spend an initial 10 million euros to help remove mines from the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, the Handelsblatt newspaper said in Friday editions.

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Cardona: Trump tweets highlight hypocrisy

In a panel discussion, CNN political contributor Maria Cardona says that President Trump's tweets about Al Franken highlights the hypocrisy and lack of moral leadership from Trump.

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NZ rules out resettlement of Manus refugees without Australia's support

WELLINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) - New Zealand will not resettle refugees occupying a shuttered Australian-run detention in Papua New Guinea without Australia's agreement, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Friday, rejecting a suggestion to deal with PNG directly.

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Myanmar military trucks hit landmines in troubled Rakhine; one injured

YANGON (Reuters) - One person was injured when military trucks hit landmines in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine State this week, state media said on Friday, amid ethnic tension following an army crackdown that sent hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fleeing.

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Glowing profile cracks door open on private life of China's Xi

BEIJING (Reuters) - A workaholic keen swimmer with an extensive knowledge of foreign literature -- China's state news agency Xinhua on Friday cracked open the door to President Xi Jinping's private life in an unusual and glowing profile.

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Trump, a Veteran of Sexual Harassment Accusations, Scolds Franken

In a pair of tweets late Thursday night, President Trump weighed in on the sexual assault allegations surrounding Senator Al Franken.

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German coalition talks miss deadline; parties still at odds

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel's efforts to forge a three-way ruling coalition could stretch into the weekend after the parties missed Merkel's Thursday deadline and failed to reach agreement on key issues such as migration and finances.

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Cambodia faces international action after banning opposition

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - The United States promised "concrete steps" against Cambodia and the European Union raised a threat to vital trade preferences after the main opposition party was banned ahead of elections.

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China minister warns against seduction of values by Western nations

BEIJING (Reuters) - Western countries are trying to push their culture and political values onto others, seducing them into abandoning their own, China's propaganda chief warned on Friday, saying the country must follow its own path.

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Special counsel subpoenas Trump campaign for more documents

Special counsel Robert Mueller has issued a subpoena to the Trump campaign for more Russia-related documents, a source familiar with the matter tells CNN.

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German coalition talks flounder as disagreements persist

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel's efforts to forge a three-way ruling coalition dragged into the wee hours of Friday, with some participants warning that differences on climate, migration and finances could still cause the talks to collapse.

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Mexico enacts law to help find thousands missing in gang violence

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico on Thursday undertook to focus more resources on the search for missing people, the number of which has grown dramatically in recent years as gang violence has claimed tens of thousands of lives.

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Images suggest North Korea 'aggressive' work on ballistic missile submarine: institute

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Satellite images taken this month of a North Korean naval shipyard indicate Pyongyang is pursuing an "aggressive schedule" to build its first operational ballistic missile submarine, a U.S. institute reported on Thursday.

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Trump perfects the art of ignoring

President Trump perfects techniques for ignoring shouted questions. Jeanne Moos reports it's all Q and no A.

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UPDATE 1-Trump administration proposes Medicare rules aimed at opioids, drug costs

Nov 16 (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Thursday proposed changes to Medicare drug plans including limits on opioid prescriptions and rules aimed at reducing drug costs for seniors, such as requiring health insurers to pass on discounts to consumers.

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Cambodia under fire after dissolving main opposition party

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodia's government faced international criticism on Friday after the main opposition party was dissolved ahead of elections and the European Union raised a potential threat to vital trade preferences.

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Trump says U.S. Senate candidate Moore should leave race if allegations true

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump finds the sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore "troubling" and thinks he should leave the race if they are true, the White House said on Thursday, as party leaders in Alabama stood by their nominee.

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Trump administration proposes Medicare rules aimed at opioids, drug costs

(Reuters) - The Trump administration on Thursday proposed changes to Medicare drug plans including limits on opioid prescriptions and rules aimed at reducing drug costs for seniors, including requiring health insurers to pass on discounts to consumers.

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U.S. says Sudan commits to severing North Korea ties

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sudan committed on Thursday to severing all trade and military ties with North Korea, the U.S. State Department said, as Washington seeks to isolate Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programs.

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EU summit to agree on European social standards to woo voters

GOTHENBURG, Sweden (Reuters) - European Union leaders will proclaim a set of 20 "social rights" on Friday in a bid to make the EU more appealing to voters and counter euroskeptic sentiment across the bloc.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Everybody Hates the Trump Tax Plan

Ordinary families would be big losers, and even C.E.O.s aren’t showing much love.

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McCain warns Trump over staffing Pentagon with industry insiders

WASHINGTON, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Senator John McCain warned President Donald Trump on Thursday against nominating any more defense industry insiders to top Pentagon posts, as his committee questioned an executive from Lockheed Martin Corp about potential conflicts of interest.

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Fate of Zimbabwe's Mugabe hangs in the balance amid coup confusion

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's fate hung in the balance on Friday as he apparently resisted efforts to step down in the wake of an audacious seizure of power by the army, until this week a key pillar of his 37-year-rule.

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Lawmakers seek more information from Trump son-in-law Kushner in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Jared Kushner's lawyer failed to give the Senate Judiciary Committee a document President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser received about a "Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite," the committee's leaders said on Thursday.

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Fact Check: Trump's bizarre plane story

CNN's Jake Tapper, in partnership with FactCheck.org, on President Trump's claim that former President Obama "never got to land" in the Philippines. More at FactCheck.org

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U.S. lawmakers seek more information from Trump son-in-law Kushner in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Jared Kushner's lawyer failed to give the Senate Judiciary Committee a document President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser received about a "Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite," the committee's leaders said on Thursday.

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Bullets and burns: Portraits of injured Rohingya refugees

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - The two Rohingya Muslim brothers, six-year-old Mohamed Heron and four-year-old Akhter, held each other as they showed burns on their arms and torsos that their uncle says resulted from Myanmar's armed forces firing rockets at their village.

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Chile's presidential hopefuls wrap up campaigning ahead of Sunday vote

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile's presidential hopefuls wrapped up campaigning on Thursday in a race that has pitted billionaire Sebastian Pinera's promise for change against center-left candidate Alejandro Guillier's defense of a recent raft of progressive reforms.

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Trump stops short of saying U.S. Senate candidate Moore should leave race

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump believes Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore should step aside if sexual misconduct allegations against him are true, the White House said on Thursday, while state party leaders in Alabama vowed to stand by their nominee.

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Sudan's Bashir says would support state governor in 2020 president vote

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir said on Thursday he would support the governor of the country's Gezira state in 2020 presidential elections if Mohamed Tahir Ayala decided to stand.

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Saudi crackdown will not hit investments - energy minister Falih

BONN, Germany (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's corruption investigations are linked to a just few individuals and will not hinder investments in the kingdom, its energy minister said on Thursday.

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Trump to announce terrorism list decision on North Korea next week: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will announce his decision next week on whether to put North Korea on a U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, the White House said on Thursday.

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Russia casts 10th U.N. veto on Syria action, blocking inquiry renewal

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia cast its 10th veto on Thursday of United Nations Security Council action on Syria since the war began in 2011, blocking a U.S.-drafted resolution to renew an international inquiry into who is to blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

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Trump adviser says past U.S. emissions a 'distraction' in fixing climate

BONN, Germany (Reuters) - Many nations' view that the United States should do more to fight climate change because it is the biggest historical emitter is a "distraction" from technological innovation, an adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday.

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Senate sends $700 billion defense bill to Trump, funding uncertain

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate passed a $700 billion defense policy bill on Thursday, backing President Donald Trump's call for a bigger, stronger military, but leaving unsettled how to fund the massive spending increase amid a Republican-led push to cut taxes.

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Russia casts 10th U.N. veto on U.N. action on Syria

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia cast its 10th veto on Thursday of United Nations Security Council action on Syria since the war began in 2011, blocking a U.S.-drafted resolution to renew an international inquiry into who is to blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

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Venezuela's ex-prosecutor wants Maduro tried at the Hague

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's sacked former chief prosecutor on Thursday asked the International Criminal Court to capture and try President Nicolas Maduro and other top officials for crimes against humanity over murders by police and military officers.

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Lawmakers want more information from Trump son-in-law Kushner for Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The leaders of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee said on Thursday they had not received information they requested from President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, including emails, phone records and documents related to communications with former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

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Venezuela's ex-prosecutor wants Maduro tried at Hague

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's sacked former chief prosecutor on Thursday asked the International Criminal Court to capture and try President Nicolas Maduro and other top officials for crimes against humanity over murders by police and military officers.

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Senate quickens pace of approving Trump judicial picks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One thing is definitely going right for U.S. President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans who control Congress: they are steadily getting conservatives appointed as judges, advancing their long-held ambition of reshaping the federal judiciary.

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UPDATE 2-Ex-Trump lawyer to defend AT&T-Time Warner merger

WASHINGTON, Nov 16 (Reuters) - AT&T Inc said it had hired media lawyer Daniel Petrocelli, whose clients have included U.S. President Donald Trump, to defend its acquisition of media and entertainment company Time Warner Inc if the government sues to block the deal.

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Elephant lovers outraged by Trump move on trophy-hunting

(Reuters) - Conservation groups on Thursday decried U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to allow trophy hunters who kill elephants in two African countries to bring home the endangered animals' tusks or other body parts as trophies.

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OSCE watchdog slams Unites States, Russia for "foreign agent" media laws

VIENNA (Reuters) - The OSCE's media watchdog said on Thursday moves by the United States and Russia to force some foreign media to register as "foreign agents" were unacceptable and dangerous.

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Zimbabwe's Mugabe, coup chief meet with smiles and handshakes

HARARE (Reuters) - A smiling President Robert Mugabe was pictured shaking hands with Zimbabwe's military chief a day after the army seized power, throwing confusion over predictions that the 93-year-old's nearly four-decade rule had come to an end.

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Former Trump campaign adviser delivers 'irrelevant' documents to congressional committees

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page on Thursday delivered subpoenaed documents he described as "irrelevant and unnecessary" to two congressional committees investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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Trump urges U.N. council to renew Syria chemical arms inquiry

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday urged all members of the U.N. Security Council to back the renewal of the international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria, saying it was needed to prevent President Bashar al-Assad from using the arms.

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Trump elephant trophy-hunting move sparks stampede of outrage

(Reuters) - Conservation groups decried U.S. President Donald Trump's decision this week to allow trophy hunters who kill elephants in two African countries to bring home the endangered animals' tusks or other body parts as trophies.

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Ex-Trump lawyer to defend AT&T-Time Warner merger

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - AT&T Inc said it had hired media lawyer Daniel Petrocelli, whose clients have included U.S. President Donald Trump, to defend its acquisition of media and entertainment company Time Warner Inc if the government sues to block the deal.

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UN pleads for end of Yemen blockade or 'untold thousands' will die

GENEVA (Reuters) - The heads of three U.N. agencies urged the Saudi-led military coalition on Thursday to lift its blockade of Yemen, warning that "untold thousands" would die if it stayed in place.

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Live Briefing: As House Prepares to Vote on Tax Bill, Trump Visits Capitol Hill and an Analysis Shows Tax Increases for Low-Income Taxpayers

The House is expected to approve a $1.5 trillion tax cut, though several New Jersey and New York Republicans may join Democrats in opposing the bill.

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AT&T hires ex-Trump lawyer to defend possible Time Warner deal lawsuit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - AT&T said on Thursday it had hired prominent media lawyer Daniel Petrocelli to serve as lead trial counsel if the U.S. Justice Department files a lawsuit to block the No. 2 U.S. wireless company's acquisition of media and entertainment company Time Warner .

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Refugee crisis influx no boon for German integration: study

BERLIN (Reuters) - The wave of refugees that entered Germany in 2015-2016 has slowed its integration efforts, according to a study that also showed little progress since 2005 in leveling the playing field for immigrants on education, employment and incomes.

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Kenya court to rule on presidential election cases on Monday

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's Supreme Court will rule on Monday on cases that seek to nullify the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta last month and the judges could order a fresh vote or clear the way for the incumbent to be sworn in for a second term.

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Russia names nine U.S.-backed news outlets likely to be labeled 'foreign agents'

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia on Thursday named nine U.S. government-sponsored news outlets likely to be labeled "foreign agents" under a new law that is being rushed through parliament in response to what Moscow says is unacceptable U.S. pressure on Russian media.

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Iran factions use earthquake relief effort to pursue power struggle

ANKARA (Reuters) - Political infighting among Iran's ruling elite has moved on to a new battleground - the relief effort after an earthquake that killed at least 530 people and injured thousands.

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Saudi foreign minister says message to Iran is: 'enough is enough'

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's foreign minister told Reuters in an interview on Thursday that the kingdom was reacting to what he called the "aggressive" behavior of its arch-rival Iran in Lebanon and Yemen.

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Trump acknowledges thanks from UCLA players released from China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday acknowledged the thanks he received from three UCLA basketball players who had been detained in China for shoplifting and were released after he raised the case with his Chinese counterpart.

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California Today: California Today: U.C.L.A. Players Credit Trump With An Assist

Thursday: The basketball team’s China debacle, the death toll from a Northern California shooting rises, and free zoo admission for the military — forever.

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Italy's PD drops fast in polls after Sicily flop

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's ruling Democratic Party (PD) has lost support following its flop in a regional election in Sicily, while Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia (Go Italy!) has gained ground, according to a poll released on Thursday.

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Rights groups pressure IBM to renounce interest in Trump's 'extreme vetting'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A coalition of rights groups launched an online petition on Thursday urging IBM Corp to renounce a Trump administration proposal to use technology to identify people for visa denial and deportation from the United States.

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French military says coalition opposed IS withdrawal from Raqqa

PARIS (Reuters) - France's military said on Thursday the coalition battling Islamic State in Syria had opposed a deal allowing fighters of the militant group to withdraw from their former bastion of Raqqa.

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Trump to UCLA players: 'You're welcome'

President Donald Trump on Thursday morning accepted the appreciation of three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in China, offering some fatherly advice while also thanking his Chinese counterpart.

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U.N. pleads for end of Yemen blockade or 'untold thousands' will die

GENEVA (Reuters) - The heads of three U.N. agencies issued a fresh plea on Thursday for the Saudi-led military coalition to lift its blockade on Yemen, saying that without aid shipments "untold thousands of innocent victims, among them many children, will die".

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Cambodia’s Top Court Dissolves Main Opposition Party

The ruling, criticized by the U.N. and by rights groups, eliminated the most viable challenger to the country’s authoritarian leader before elections next year.

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Greeks in mourning and disbelief after flood that killed at least 15

MANDRA, Greece (Reuters) - Greeks voiced despair and disbelief on Thursday after a flash flood killed at least 15 people and left hundreds homeless, with many blaming a system that allowed houses to be built on dried up river beds.

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Colombia's Senate approves peace tribunals for ex-rebels

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's Senate has backed a law to regulate transitional justice under the country's peace deal with Marxist FARC rebels, including special tribunals that will try guerrilla leaders for war crimes.

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Merkel, facing long night, says German coalition talks can work

BERLIN (Reuters) - Talks on forming a new German coalition government "can work", Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday ahead of a long night of negotiations at which she must forge a three-way alliance or risk seeing her 12-year stint in power come to an end.

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PM May's spokesman says report UK will raise Brexit bill offer is speculation

LONDON (Reuters) - A newspaper report that British Prime Minister Theresa May is preparing to offer up to 20 billion pounds ($26 billion) more to the European Union as part of Brexit divorce bill is speculation, her spokesman said on Thursday.

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Britain says no link between 400 million pound debt owed to Iran and jailed aid worker

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said on Thursday there was no link between a 400 million pound ($528 million) debt owed to Iran and the fate of a jailed Iranian-British aid worker.

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China's Xi speaks with Saudi king: state media

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke with Saudi Arabia's King Salman by telephone on Thursday, Chinese state media reported.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Moore, Trump and the Right’s New Religion

I no longer see Christ in American conservatism.

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Cambodia's main opposition party dissolved by Supreme Court

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodia's Supreme Court dissolved the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) on Thursday, giving Prime Minister Hun Sen's ruling party a clear run in a general election next year.

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Turkey, Russia, Iran to hold Syria summit in Sochi on Nov. 22: NTV

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey, Russia and Iran will hold a summit to discuss developments in Syria next week in the Russian resort of Sochi, Turkish broadcaster NTV said on Thursday.

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Explosion rocks Afghan capital near political gathering, seven dead

KABUL (Reuters) - At least seven people were killed and many wounded in a suicide bomb blast that in the Afghan capital on Thursday near a gathering of supporters of regional leader Atta Mohammad Noor, according to the interior ministry.

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Indonesian parliament speaker not hiding from graft probe: lawyer

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A lawyer for Indonesia's parliament speaker denied on Thursday that the politician had gone into hiding to avoid being questioned by an anti-corruption agency over a $170 million graft investigation and said his client had a busy schedule.

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China pushes Hong Kong not to 'shirk duty' to enact contentious security law

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Chinese official admonished Hong Kong on Thursday for failing to introduce a national security law, ramping up pressure on the former British colony to enact the contentious Article 23 that critics say will further choke its freedoms.

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A Star on Washington’s Ice With a No. 1 Fan at the Kremlin

Alexander Ovechkin’s play for the Capitals has made him a cherished import, but his ties to Russia and President Vladimir V. Putin have raised eyebrows.

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Explosion rocks Afghan capital near political gathering: security official

KABUL (Reuters) - An explosion rocked the Afghan capital on Thursday near a gathering of supporters of regional leader Atta Mohammad Noor and casualties were feared, a security official said.

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Merkel allies talk tough ahead of crunch coalition negotiations

BERLIN (Reuters) - Allies of German Chancellor Angela Merkel said they would not agree a coalition at any price ahead of crunch talks on Thursday at which she must forge a three-way alliance or else risk seeing her 12-year stint in power come to an end.

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China denounces U.S. call to register Chinese journalists as agents

BEIJING (Reuters) - China denounced on Thursday a U.S. congressional commission that accused its state media of involvement in spying and propaganda and called for their staff in the United States to be registered as foreign agents.

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Final death toll from London's Grenfell Tower fire is 71: police

LONDON (Reuters) - The final death toll from the fire that destroyed the Grenfell Tower social housing block in London in June is 71, police said on Thursday after five months of painstaking search and recovery operations.

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Kurdish YPG militia aims to conquer Syrian region, not fighting IS: minister

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Recent developments in Syria's Raqqa show that the Kurdish YPG militia, backed by the United States, is more concerned about capturing territory than fighting Islamic State, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a speech on Thursday.

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British PM May preparing to raise Brexit divorce bill offer: Sun

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May is preparing to offer up to 20 billion pounds ($26 billion) more to the European Union as part of a Brexit divorce bill, the Sun newspaper reported on Thursday.

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EU parliament's Brexit negotiator: 'Not so pessimistic' about reaching deal

BERLIN (Reuters) - The European Union and Britain must quickly solve major issues in Brexit negotiations such as finances and citizens' rights but there is a good chance a deal can be reached, European Parliament negotiator Guy Verhofstadt was quoted as saying.

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Singapore suspends trade relations with North Korea

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore has suspended trade relations with North Korea, the latest of Pyongyang's major trade partners to cut commercial ties under toughening U.N. sanctions over its weapons program, a customs notice obtained on Thursday showed.

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Same-sex marriage may be law in Australia by early December

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian lawmakers on Thursday vowed to push through laws legalizing same-sex marriage by early December, after a national survey found the majority of Australians favored the move.

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Libyans swap jewelry for medical treatment as crisis bites

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - In a square behind Libya's central bank, black market dealers, some of them armed, carry small plastic bags filled with dollars and larger ones with dinars in and out of one of many informal exchanges.

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China, Philippines agree to avoid force in South China Sea dispute

BEIJING/MANILA (Reuters) - China and the Philippines have agreed to avoid force to resolve their differences over the South China Sea, according to a joint statement issued on Thursday by China at the end of a visit to Manila by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

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Seeing U.S. in Retreat Under Trump, Japan and China Move to Mend Ties

With President Trump creating unease in Asia, two longtime adversaries inch toward a possible rapprochement that reflects a shifting power balance.

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India's Modi remains overwhelmingly popular, says Pew poll

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Nearly nine out of 10 Indians hold a favorable opinion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and more than two-thirds are satisfied with the direction he is taking the country, a Pew survey has found, two years before he heads into a general election.

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Fear and loathing in South Korea as university exam postponed by quake

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean test-takers expressed confusion and dejection on Thursday as the country's highly competitive annual university entrance exam, called a "life assignment exam" by some, was postponed a week for the first time ever due to safety concerns.

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Senators Burr, Tillis oppose Trump's EPA nominee Dourson: reports

(Reuters) - North Carolina Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis said they will not support the Trump administration's nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) chemical safety office, media reports said.

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Senior China minister says some officials practice sorcery

BEIJING (Reuters) - Some top Chinese officials are guilty of practicing sorcery and would rather believe in gurus and Western concepts of democracy than the Communist Party, a senior minister wrote on Thursday, warning of the danger they presented to its survival.

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Trump's sip of water goes viral

President Trump's pause for water during a speech sparked immediate reaction. He relentlessly mocked Sen. Marco Rubio for a similar moment in 2013.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Taxes! Trump! Turkey!

Next month, he’ll pardon Congress.

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Cambodia's opposition braces for Supreme Court decision

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodia's Supreme Court on Thursday began its final session to decide whether to dissolve the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), thus ensuring victory for Prime Minister Hun Sen's ruling party in next year's general election.

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Pakistan's long-persecuted Ahmadi minority fear becoming election scapegoat

RABWAH, Pakistan (Reuters) - Crammed into buses and mini-vans, more than 10,000 Pakistanis traveled to a mosque on the outskirts of the small Punjabi town of Rabwah, for the sole purpose of denouncing followers of the minority sect based here as "infidels and enemies of the state".

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Hanson's 'battler bus' takes the anti-immigrant road in Australia

TOWNSVILLE, Australia (Reuters) - It was early morning last Thursday when Pauline Hanson's rented "battler" bus started hissing so loudly the election campaign was halted at a petrol station on a stretch of desolate highway near a remote edge of Australia.

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Opinion: Trump bores us with his vacation slides

Remember when your relatives would come back from vacation and force you to watch their slide show to prove what a great time they had?

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German Greens want last nuclear weapons withdrawn: document

BERLIN (Reuters) - Greens want the next coalition government to push for the removal of all nuclear warheads stationed in Germany, a document seen by Reuters showed on Wednesday.

Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures nytimes.com

Editorial: Mr. Trump Casts a Shadow Over the AT&T-Time Warner Deal

He politicizes everything he touches, so unless his appointees act with utmost integrity they will be tainted as his henchmen.

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In post-Asia trip speech, Trump makes news ... with water

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump went on television on Wednesday to recap his just-completed trip abroad, but it was his pause to refresh that ended up making news.

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Trump dodges questions on Moore

President Donald Trump, fresh off his Asia trip, discussed the success of his political trip, while avoiding questions on whether Roy Moore should leave the Senate race in Alabama.

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Ivanka Trump: Special place in hell for people who prey on kids

Ivanka Trump spoke out for the first time against embattled Alabama Senate Republican candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused of pursuing sexual relationships with teenagers when he was in his early thirties. Her father, President Donald Trump, meanwhile, has largely stayed mum on the issue.

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Trump to tap nuclear industry lobbyist for U.S. Energy Dept job

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump plans to nominate Melissa Burnison, a nuclear energy industry lobbyist, to serve as assistant secretary in charge of congressional and intergovernmental affairs at the U.S. Energy Department, the White House said on Wednesday.

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U.N. to vote on rival U.S., Russia bids to renew Syria inquiry

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council is due to vote on Thursday on rival U.S. and Russian bids to renew an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria, diplomats said, a move that could trigger Russia's 10th veto to block action on Syria.

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Britain's May weathers new challenges on Brexit plan, more to come

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May withstood new attempts to force concessions on her blueprint for leaving the European Union on Wednesday, the second day of a parliamentary debate that is deepening divisions over Brexit.

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Trump dossier made without paid sources, firm says

The ex-British intelligence agent who authored the opposition research dossier on President Donald Trump and Russia did not pay the sources he used to compile the document, Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson testified to congressional Russia investigators, multiple sources familiar with the matter told CNN.

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Rubio gives Trump pointers on drinking water during speech

Sen. Marco Rubio had a chance at payback Wednesday, when President Donald Trump noticeably sipped from a water bottle multiple times during a speech -- a move Trump had mocked Rubio for during the 2016 campaign.

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U.N. Security Council to vote Thursday on Syria toxic gas inquiry

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council will vote on Thursday on a U.S. bid to renew an international inquiry into who is to blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria, diplomats said, a move that could trigger Russia's 10th veto to block action on Syria.

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Analysis: Donald Trump's dry-mouthed victory lap

Donald Trump got back from Asia on Tuesday night. By Wednesday afternoon, he was taking a victory lap.

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3,000 form chain of light against far right in Austrian government

VIENNA (Reuters) - At least 3,000 people formed a chain of light in Vienna on Wednesday to protest against the formation of a government that includes the far-right Freedom Party.

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Libyan forces hit Islamic State camp with air strike: commander

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - East Libyan forces said they launched air strikes against suspected Islamic State militants on Wednesday south of the jihadist group's former stronghold of Sirte.

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Peru's Kuczynski denies allegations of Odebrecht links

LIMA (Reuters) - Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said on Wednesday claims he had worked as a consultant for Brazilian construction company Odebrecht SA [ODBES.UL], which is embroiled in an international bribery scandal, were false.

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Trump: We must denuclearize North Korea

President Donald Trump said that during his trip to South Korea one of the topics of conversation was how to isolate North Korea and its weapons.

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Trump is still silent on Roy Moore scandal

President Donald Trump is not known for being shy when it comes to hot-button political questions. But he's been unusually quiet, or circumspect, when it comes the scandal enveloping Alabama Republican Roy Moore's Senate campaign.

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Trump Declares ‘America First’ Policy a Success After Asia Trip

In midday remarks from the White House, President Trump is expected to declare that “America is Back” as he sums up a year of action on the world stage.

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U.S. embassy defends credibility of Liberia presidential poll

MONROVIA (Reuters) - The U.S. embassy in Liberia on Wednesday defended the credibility of last month's presidential election there, amid allegations of irregularities and fraud that have delayed a run-off poll.

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Canada will not send peacekeepers to Mali in near future: officials

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Canada will not be sending hundreds of peacekeepers to support a United Nations mission in Mali in the near future, officials said on Wednesday, a move likely to disappoint allies who want Canadians to play a role in the West African country.

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UCLA players apologize for shoplifting in China, thank Trump

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Three UCLA basketball players who had been detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting admitted on Wednesday that they stole items from three stores, and they thanked U.S. President Donald Trump for his help in winning their release.

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Turkey asks U.S. about jailed trader: foreign ministry sources

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey has sent a note to U.S. authorities inquiring about the condition of gold trader Reza Zarrab, held in the United States awaiting trial on charges of evading U.S. sanctions on Iran, Turkish Foreign Ministry sources said on Wednesday.

Banking and Financial Institutions nytimes.com

Under Trump, Banking Watchdog Trades Its Bite for a Tamer Stance

A change in course has made the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, which oversees the nation’s biggest banks, part of a campaign to roll back regulations.

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Trump touts 'respect' he saw on Asia trip

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Suicide bombers kill 10 in Nigeria's Maiduguri: emergency official

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Suicide bomb attackers killed 10 people and wounded 30 in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Wednesday, an emergency agency official said.

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Light aircraft crash kills 11 in Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - At least 11 people were killed in northern Tanzania on Wednesday when a light aircraft flying to the Serengeti National Park, a popular tourist destination, crashed, the flight operator said.

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Merkel's EU ally says more confident about resolving Brexit problems

LONDON (Reuters) - Manfred Weber, a leading lawmaker in the European Parliament, said on Wednesday he was more confident about Britain and the European Union ironing out difficulties in the Brexit talks.

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Head of Afghan election body sacked, raising doubts over 2018 ballots

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani sacked the chairman of the country's Independent Election Commission on Wednesday, raising doubts over whether parliamentary and council ballots scheduled for next year will take place as planned.

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South Korea party leader says U.S. must not strike North Korea without Seoul's consent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump should "under no circumstances" take military action against North Korea without the consent of the government in Seoul, the chairwoman of South Korea's ruling party, Choo Mi-ae, said on Wednesday.

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U.S. House members oppose Trump administration auto trade rules proposal

WASHINGTON, Nov 15 (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of more than 70 members of the U.S. House of Representatives urged the Trump administration on Wednesday not to boost current production requirements on vehicle content for autos produced in the region under the North American Free Trade Agreement.