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Turkey's Erdogan rebuffs NATO apology over 'enemy poster'

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday batted back an apology from the NATO military alliance after his name appeared on an "enemy poster" at a drill, saying such disrespectful behavior could not be so easily forgiven.

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In China, an Education in Dating

A new type of coach teaches courtship in a country where the one-child policy left a deficit of women and where flirting remains relatively new.

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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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Volkswagen to invest $27 billion in core brand until 2022

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Volkswagen will invest 22.8 billion euros ($26.9 billion) in its main car brand over the next five years, it said on Saturday, a day after it announced a spending program aimed at bolstering its position as a maker of electric cars.

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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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UPDATE 2-SouthGobi Resources says CEO arrested in China

* Aminbuhe arrested on Oct. 11, detained in Rizhao - SouthGobi

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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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China Citic, Baidu launch direct bank in fintech push

BEIJING, Nov 18 (Reuters) - China Citic Bank Corp and search engine giant Baidu Inc launched on Saturday a direct banking joint venture, dubbed AiBank, to capitalise on China's rapidly growing fintech sector.

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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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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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As Woman After Woman Accuses Roy Moore of Misconduct, One Leads His Defense

Kayla Moore, the wife of the embattled Senate candidate, offered a spirited defense of him on Friday: “He will not step down.”

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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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BRIEF-Western Digital announces prepayment of €874 mln of Euro term B loans

* Western Digital announces prepayment of €874 mln of Euro term B loans

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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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Earthquake of magnitude 6.3 strikes southern China: USGS

(Reuters) - An earthquake of magnitude 6.3 struck southern China near the Indian border on Saturday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

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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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White House seeks $44 billion hurricane aid, far short of requests

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Friday said it had asked Congress for $44 billion in supplemental disaster assistance to help those hurt by recent hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands, far short of the aid some officials have called for.

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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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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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Should Democrats turn their back on Bill Clinton?

Let's get these two things out the way: First, the overriding and unfortunate lesson of recent American politics is that if presidential candidates and presidents accused of sexual misconduct just stay the course, they'll either get elected or survive in office. There's a Democrat named Clinton and a Republican named Trump who bear that out.

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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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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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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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White House Requests $44 Billion in Additional Disaster Relief

The Trump administration said lawmakers should make spending cuts to offset the disaster spending, a request that a top Democrat immediately denounced.

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White House seeks $44 billion in hurricane aid from U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Friday said it had asked Congress for $44 billion in supplemental disaster assistance to help those affected by the recent hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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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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Volkswagen accelerates push into electric cars with $40 billion spending plan

WOLFSBURG/HAMBURG (Reuters) - Volkswagen approved a 34 billion euro ($40 bln) spending plan on Friday that accelerates its efforts to become a global leader in electric cars.

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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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White House seeks another $44 billion in hurricane aid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Friday it had it asked Congress for $44 billion in supplemental disaster assistance to help those affected by recent hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida and the Virgin Islands.

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China fills part of U.S. void on climate without dominating talks

BONN, Germany (Reuters) - China has filled some of the void on climate change leadership left by U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to quit the 2015 Paris climate pact by curbing its own greenhouse emissions and it has done so without seeking to dominate the talks, delegates said.

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China's connection to the Zimbabwe 'coup'

A visit by Zimbabwean army commander Constantino Chiwenga to China would not normally be seen as unusual, given Beijing's status as Zimbabwe's largest foreign investor and longtime ally.

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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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Tax Fight Gets Personal as Senators Spar Over Bill

A daylong debate over taxes devolved into an angry shouting match as Senators Orrin Hatch and Sherrod Brown sparred over whether the bill favored the rich.

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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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Exclusive: Toshiba set to OK $5 billion injection Monday to stay listed-sources

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp will decide on Monday to raise some $5 billion from overseas investors, allowing the troubled conglomerate to remain a publicly traded company even if the sale of a key business is delayed, two people with direct knowledge of the process said.

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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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Exclusive: Toshiba set to OK $5 billion injection on Monday to stay listed - sources

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp will decide on Monday to raise some $5 billion from overseas investors, allowing the troubled conglomerate remain a publicly traded company even if the sale of a key business is delayed, two people with direct knowledge of the process said.

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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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Vivendi's music unit UMG worth more than $40 billion, CEO says

BARCELONA/LONDON (Reuters) - Vivendi's Universal Music Group (UMG) could be worth more than $40 billion, Chief Executive Arnaud de Puyfontaine said on Friday, helping buoy shares in the French media group following third-quarter results where UMG was a highlight.

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Broadcom closes $5.5 billion Brocade deal

(Reuters) - Broadcom Ltd said on Friday it closed its acquisition of network gear maker Brocade Communications Systems Inc, giving it a larger share of the data center products market.

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UPDATE 1-Broadcom closes $5.5 billion Brocade deal

Nov 17 (Reuters) - Broadcom Ltd said on Friday it closed its acquisition of network gear maker Brocade Communications Systems Inc, giving it a larger share of the data center products market.

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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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Volkswagen to spend over $40 billion on electric and self-driving cars

WOLFSBURG, Germany (Reuters) - Volkswagen's leaders on Friday approved a five-year spending plan that aims to further the German automaker's goal of transforming itself into a leading force in electric cars.

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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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Vivendi's music unit UMG has a value of more than $40 billion, CEO says

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Vivendi deems that its music unit has a value of more than $40 billion, driven by the success of music streaming platforms such as Spotify, chief executive Arnaud de Puyfontaine said on Friday.

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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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China sets sweeping new rules to regulate $15 trillion asset management products

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's central bank on Friday issued sweeping guidelines to tighten rules on asset management business, the latest step by Beijing to fend off systemic risks in the country's...

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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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Flat tyre? China bike sharing boom shows signs of strain

SHANGHAI, Nov 17 (Reuters) - China's bike sharing bubble is showing signs of strain, after the country's third largest firm said it was going under.

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China sets sweeping new rules to regulate asset management products

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's central bank on Friday issued sweeping guidelines to tighten rules on asset management business, the latest step by Beijing to fend off systemic risks in the country's...

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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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Your Money: Confused by the Tax Bills? Be Glad You’re Not an Accountant

Pity the tax adviser trying to calm anxious clients while struggling to figure out what Congress may or may not do.

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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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China's central bank tightens guidelines on asset management products

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's central bank issued on Friday draft guidelines to tighten regulations on financial institutions' asset management business, a key component of the country's rampantly...

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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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Volkswagen board discusses 70 billion euro spending plan: source

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Volkswagen's supervisory board is discussing a five-year spending plan totaling more than 70 billion euros ($82.5 billion) to further transform the group into a leader in electric cars, a person familiar with the talks told Reuters.

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China faces waste hangover after Singles' Day buying binge

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's Singles' Day online discount sales bonanza on Saturday saw bargain-hungry buyers spend over $38 billion, flooding the postal and courier businesses with around 331 million packages - and leaving an estimated 160,000 tonnes of packaging waste.

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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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GM's Cadillac expects China sales to jump 60 percent in 2017

GUANGZHOU/BEIJING (Reuters) - General Motors' Cadillac luxury brand expects its China sales to surge 60 percent in 2017, faster than it had projected at the start of the year, on strong demand from younger buyers, the brand's country chief said.

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AUTOSHOW-GM's Cadillac expects China sales to jump 60 pct in 2017

GUANGZHOU/BEIJING, Nov 17 (Reuters) - General Motors' Cadillac luxury brand expects its China sales to surge 60 percent in 2017, faster than it had projected at the start of the year, on strong demand from younger buyers, the brand's country chief said.

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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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China's average air quality worsens in October on the year

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Average air quality in 338 Chinese cities worsened in October, the environment ministry said on Friday, despite the launch of a six-month winter campaign to cut emissions in northern regions.

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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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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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Daimler to invest $755 million in China for electric car, battery production: executive

GUANGZHOU/BEIJING (Reuters) - Germany's Daimler AG plans to invest 5 billion yuan ($755 million) in China for factory capacity to manufacture electric cars and the batteries that power them, part of an effort to help its Mercedes-Benz and Smart brands comply with the country's green car production and sales quotas.

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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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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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China’s Soccer Push Puts a Storied Team Under Murky Ownership

Fans of Italy’s A.C. Milan greeted its new owner as a savior. Today, as the debt-burdened team bleeds money, questions swirl around its new benefactor.

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Senators in tax bill shouting match

Sen. Hatch and Sen. Brown got into a yelling match over the GOP tax bill during a committee meeting.

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Senate tax reform bill advances out of committee

The Senate Finance Committee approved the $1.5 trillion Republican tax overhaul proposal late Thursday night after four days of markup.

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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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Tax overhaul drama moves to Senate as House approves its bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans took important steps on Thursday toward the biggest U.S. tax-code overhaul since the 1980s, with the House of Representatives approving a broad package of tax cuts, and a Senate panel advancing its own version of the legislation sought by senior lawmakers and President Donald Trump.

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White House plans to seek another $45 billion in U.S. hurricane aid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House plans to ask the U.S. Congress on Friday for about $45 billion in additional aid for disaster relief to cover damage from hurricanes that struck Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida and other disaster damage, a congressional aide said on late Thursday.

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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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Toyota to consider selling locally-developed EVs in China

GUANGZHOU/BEIJING (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp will consider selling in China all-electric battery car models developed by its two local joint ventures, the automaker said on Friday in a press release.

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METALS-Nickel prices drop on worries China steel demand is losing its shine

SYDNEY, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Shanghai nickel prices fell on Friday on worries about growth in Chinese steel markets, with the sector heading into a low consumption period over winter.

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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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Nissan's Infiniti to start producing new SUV in China next year

BEIJING (Reuters) - Nissan Motor Co's premium brand Infiniti will start producing a new crossover SUV in China next year, using existing manufacturing capacity in the northeastern city of Dalian. 

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Tax overhaul drama moves to U.S. Senate as House approves its bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans took an important step on Thursday toward the biggest U.S. tax-code overhaul since the 1980s as the House of Representatives approved a broad package of tax cuts sought by senior lawmakers and President Donald Trump.

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BRIEF-Western Investment Company of Canada says ‍LOI establishes purchase price for agrifood processor at about $25.5 mln

* The Western Investment Company of Canada signs a letter of intent to acquire an agrifood processor

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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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Gillibrand Says Bill Clinton Should Have Resigned Over Lewinsky Affair

It was a remarkable statement from a senator who enthusiastically backed Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid last year but has been deeply involved in efforts to curb sexual abuse and harassment.

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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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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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Chicago schools sell $1 billion bonds with lower market penalty

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The junk-rated Chicago Board of Education completed an up-sized bond sale on Thursday with a pricing that indicated an easing in the municipal market penalty the district has been forced to pay due to its deep financial problems.

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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.

Basketball nytimes.com

High School Teams Head to China, Mixing Basketball and Business

Eager to market themselves and their players, three United States high schools are likely to face added scrutiny at a tournament in Beijing next month after three U.C.L.A. players were arrested in China.

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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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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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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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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.

Federal Taxes (US) nytimes.com

Editorial: A Tax-Cut Bill to Make Scrooge McDuck Proud

Republicans have made clear where their values lie. Well-heeled campaign funders matter. Middle-class families don’t.

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Here's what's in the House tax bill

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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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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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Trilobites: A Population of Billions May Have Contributed to This Bird’s Extinction

A new study suggests passenger pigeons were hyper-adapted to living in a large, stable population, leaving them unable to cope when humans hunted them en masse.

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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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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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Billionaire founder of Insys pleads not guilty to opioid bribe scheme

BOSTON (Reuters) - The billionaire founder of drugmaker Insys Therapeutics Inc pleaded not guilty to charges that he participated in a scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe a fentanyl-based spray intended for cancer patients.

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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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A Photo of Billy the Kid Bought for $10 at a Flea Market May Be Worth Millions

Experts say it’s a rare, valuable tintype of the famous outlaw, with Pat Garrett, the man who later killed him.

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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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Hong Kong IPO surge challenges New York in battle for China listings

HONG KONG (Reuters) - It's not often Hong Kong can boast hotter initial public offerings than New York, but some recent deals and a potential pipeline of big Chinese tech floats suggest a shift in the balance between the two fundraising rivals.

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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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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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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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China cyber watchdog rejects censorship critics, says internet must be 'orderly'

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's top cyber authority on Thursday rejected a recent report ranking it last out of 65 countries for press freedom, saying the internet must be "orderly" and the international community should join it in addressing fake news and other cyber issues.

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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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Emerson sweetens bid for Rockwell Automation to $29 billion

(Reuters) - Emerson Electric Co boosted its offer to buy Rockwell Automation Inc to about $29 billion, after the smaller rival rebuffed a $27.6 billion bid last month saying it undervalued the company.

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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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Billionaire founder of Insys to plead not guilty to opioid bribe scheme

BOSTON (Reuters) - The billionaire founder of Insys Therapeutics Inc was expected to appear in federal court in Boston on Thursday to plead not guilty to charges that he participated in a scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe a fentanyl-based cancer pain drug.

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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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VW's $12 billion plan for electric cars in China

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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.

Green Climate Fund nytimes.com

U.N. Climate Fund Promised Billions to Poor Nations. For Some, the Wait Is Long.

The Green Climate Fund was meant to help developing countries tackle climate change, but many of the most vulnerable nations have not seen any grants.

Austria nytimes.com

Visit an Austrian Village, Replicated in China

Enter Hallstatt, Austria, a small town in the Alps, and its replica in southern China in 360 video. Explore the towns’ more-than-similar architectural features.

Law and Legislation nytimes.com

House Is Poised to Pass Tax Bill in Major Step Toward Overhaul

Tax overhaul still faces significant obstacles, as Republicans seek to align the legislation that is expected to pass the House with a version from the Senate.

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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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Few banks seen queuing for China's red carpet invite

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China stunned the finance world last week when it unveiled plans to allow foreign control of its financial institutions. Few bankers thought their long-held dream of better access to the world's largest banking market was within reach.

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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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China says 'dual suspension' proposal still best for North Korea

BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Thursday a "dual suspension" proposal to handle North Korea was still the best option, after U.S. President Donald Trump said he and Chinese President Xi Jinping had rejected a "freeze for freeze" agreement.

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China's banking regulator plans to tighten shareholder rules

BEIJING/SHANGHAI, Nov 16 (Reuters) - China's banking regulator on Thursday published draft rules that increase scrutiny over the relationship between commercial lenders and their shareholders, the latest in a slew of measures taken by Beijing to bolster supervision of its financial system.

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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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Golf: Co-leader Koepka makes solid start to title defense in Japan

(Reuters) - Defending Dunlop Phoenix Tournament champion Brooks Koepka quickly stamped his authority on the challengers to his title with a six-under-par 65 to tie South Korean Lee Sang-hee for the first-round lead in Miyazaki, Japan on Thursday.

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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.

Abe, Shinzo nytimes.com

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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Volkswagen Group earmarking $11.8 billion to develop, build China electric cars

GUANGZHOU/BEIJING (Reuters) - Volkswagen Group plans to spend 10 billion euros ($11.8 billion) by 2025 to develop and manufacture so-called new-energy vehicles (NEVs), the group's China chief Jochem Heizmann told Reuters on Thursday.

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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.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Washington Memo: ‘What About Bill?’ Sexual Misconduct Debate Revives Questions About Clinton

Conservatives resurrect charges as a political cudgel, but some liberals say it may be time to rethink their defense of the former president.

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China's Yixin Group rises 32 percent in Hong Kong debut

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Shares in Yixin Group Ltd , China's largest online car retailer, gained as much as 32 percent on their trading debut in Hong Kong on Thursday, benefiting from rising enthusiasm for technology stocks in the Asian financial hub.

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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".

Income Tax nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Billionaires Desperately Need Our Help!

Republicans want to be sure benefits go to the truly deserving tycoons.

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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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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.

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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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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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Republican Sen. Ron Johnson comes out against tax bill

Sen. Ron Johnson announced he is opposed to the tax bill Wednesday, making him the first member of the GOP to formally come out against the party's plan, though the Wisconsin Republican said he was hopeful about being able to support a final version once changes are made.

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Citrus trees, private jets and other special-interest wins in the GOP tax bill

On Tuesday, the Senate Finance Committee unveiled the latest version of a GOP tax plan, which includes a proposal to repeal Obamacare's requirement that most people have health care coverage or pay a fine. That's the most notable new provision in the revised tax overhaul, but it is far from the only one.

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Oracle backs tougher foreign investment bills aimed at China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Software maker Oracle Corp is backing bipartisan legislation that aims to toughen foreign investment rules amid increasing concern over Chinese efforts to buy U.S. high-tech companies, according to a letter seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

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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.