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President praises China for taking action to limit financial transactions with Kim Jong Un's regime

President Donald Trump announced a new set of sanctions on North Korea Thursday, saying the executive action would target individuals and companies that engage in finance and trade with the isolated communist nation.

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German officials receive threatening letters, fake anthrax, police say

Berlin (Reuters) - Five top German politicians received envelopes on Thursday that contained threatening letters and a white powder the letters said was anthrax, which turned out to be harmless, Berlin police said.

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Ukraine President says Trump shares vision on 'new level' of defense cooperation

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko met U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday and said afterwards that they had a shared vision on a "new level" of defense cooperation, but not whether this included the U.S. provision of defensive weapons to Ukraine.

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Analysis: This GOP bill could spawn 50 new health care debates

The catchphrase underpinning the latest last-ditch Republican push to overhaul Obamacare is "flexibility."

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U.S., Russian generals talk face-to-face on Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. and Russian generals held a face-to-face meeting this week in an effort to avoid accidental clashes as both sides fight to retake what is left of Islamic State's territory in Syria, U.S. military officials said on Thursday.

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Turkey, Iran, Iraq consider counter-measures over Kurdish referendum

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey, Iran and Iraq have agreed to consider counter-measures against Kurdish northern Iraq over a planned independence referendum, Turkey's foreign ministry said on Thursday.

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Daimler to invest $1 billion in Alabama plant, create over 600 jobs

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Daimler said it will invest $1 billion to expand its U.S.-based Mercedes-Benz plant in Alabama to start building electric sport-utility vehicles there from about 2020.

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Ukraine President says Trump backs U.N. deployment along border with Russia

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday said U.S. President Donald Trump had expressed his support for the deployment of U.N. peacekeepers across Ukraine's eastern conflict zone and along its whole border with Russia.

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Syrian army fights IS in Deir al-Zor as U.S.-backed forces loom

DEIR AL-ZOR, Syria (Reuters) - The Syrian army field commander standing by the Euphrates River predicted that Islamic State militants would very soon be "purged" from its opposite bank.

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U.S. government watchdog calls for changes in Afghan training effort

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Even as thousands of additional American troops head to Afghanistan, a U.S. government watchdog is warning that tens of billions of dollars could be wasted unless changes are made in the training of Afghan security forces.

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U.N. chief asks Iran president to release former U.N. official

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday for the release of U.S. citizen and former U.N. official Baquer Namazi, a U.N. spokesman said after they met on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.

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Syria's Kurds to hold historic vote in 'message' to Assad

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Kurdish-led regions of northern Syria will hold elections on Friday, a historic expression of free will and a message to President Bashar al-Assad as he seeks to reassert control over the whole country, a senior Syrian Kurdish politician said.

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U.N. team to collect evidence of Islamic State crimes in Iraq

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council on Thursday approved the creation of a U.N. investigative team to collect, preserve and store evidence in Iraq of acts by Islamic State that may be war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide.

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Pope candidly admits Church 'arrived late' in confronting abuse

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis, in some of his most candid and personal comments on the sexual abuse of children by priests, said on Thursday that the Catholic Church had "arrived late" in dealing with the problem.

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South Korea's Moon says North Korea crisis must be handled in 'stable' manner

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in called on Thursday for the North Korean nuclear crisis to be handled in a stable manner, so that peace was not destroyed.

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Innogy to spend 1.2 billion euro on e-mobility, solar, glass fibre

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Innogy, Germany's largest energy group by market value, will spend up to 1.2 billion euros ($1.4 billion) on e-mobility, photovoltaics and glass fibre networks by 2019, it said in a statement on Thursday.

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Thai activists ordered to pay $16 million for occupying airports

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thirteen activists were ordered to pay a total of $16 million in compensation on Thursday for shutting down Bangkok's two main international airports during protests in 2008.

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Trump to make North Korea sanctions announcement, not on oil: official

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will make a sanctions-related announcement regarding North Korea later on Thursday, a senior administration official said.

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Thousands rally in Philippines, warn of Duterte 'dictatorship'

MANILA (Reuters) - Thousands of Filipinos rallied on Thursday to denounce Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and warn of what they called an emerging dictatorship, in a major show of dissent against the controversial but hugely popular leader.

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Fearing far-right surge, Merkel tells Germans to vote on Sunday

BERLIN (Reuters) - Fears in Germany that voter apathy could boost the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) in Sunday's election have driven Chancellor Angela Merkel and her main rival in final days of the campaign to urge their backers to go out and vote.

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French union boss: we won't beat Macron reforms if we are divided

PARIS (Reuters) - Public anger at French President Emmanuel Macron's economic and social reforms is growing, but the "corporate bosses" will triumph if trade unions fail to pull together, the hard-left CGT union warned on Thursday ahead of nationwide street protests.

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* Orbital ATK successfully launches PATRIOT Target Vehicle for missile defense test Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Innogy to spend 1.2 billion euro on e-mobility, solar, glass fiber

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Innogy, Germany's largest energy group by market value, will spend up to 1.2 billion euros ($1.43 billion) in e-mobility, photovoltaics and glass fiber networks by 2019, it said in a statement on Thursday.

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Spanish crackdown has undermined Catalan independence bid, regional leader says

MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Catalan leaders acknowledged on Thursday that plans to hold a referendum independence from Spain on Oct. 1 were now in doubt following the arrest of senior regional officials and the seizure of campaign material by national police.

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Italy's 5-Star Movement votes for leader, Di Maio seen winning

ROME (Reuters) - Members of Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, which leads most opinion polls before a national election early next year, began voting on Thursday to elect their leader and candidate for prime minister.

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Carlyle targets first-close of new Asia buyout fund at over $4 billion: sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Carlyle Group is targeting the first closing of a new Asia buyout fund within the next couple of months at over $4 billion, three people familiar with the matter said, bulking up in a region that has become a key market for global funds.

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Turkey, Iran, Iraq consider counter-measures over Kurdish referendum: Anadolu

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey, Iran and Iraq have agreed to consider counter-measures against Kurdish northern Iraq over a planned independence referendum, Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency said on Thursday.

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BRIEF-Toshiba "disappointed" by Western Digital's initiation of additional arbitration

* Toshiba issues statement regarding request for arbitration filed by Western Digital's Sandisk concerning investment in Toshiba's fab 6​

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The 1 big reason health care bill could pass

When it comes to the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, there is one thing Republicans agree on right now: It's their last shot to repeal and replace Obamacare.

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S&P Downgrades China’s Debt, Citing a Surge in Lending

The firm’s move, spurred by a borrowing spree that it said threatens the world’s No. 2 economy, comes just before a sensitive Communist Party meeting.

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Former Hong Kong student leader escapes jail sentence for campus protest

HONG KONG (Reuters) - The former leader of the Hong Kong University student union on Thursday received a court sentence of community service for his role in a campus protest, escaping the fate of a growing list of young activists put behind bars.

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Leaked memo fuels accusations of ethnic bias in Afghan government

KABUL (Reuters) - A leaked memo from an staff member in Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's office this week has set off a storm of criticism and accusations that the note lays bare systematic favoritism to Ghani's own Pashtun ethnic group.

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Public Health: The G.O.P. Bill Forces States to Build Health Systems From Scratch. That’s Hard.

Every state would need to make political choices and build brand-new systems in only two years. Remember what happened with HealthCare.gov?

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France's National Front number two quits as far-right party in turmoil

PARIS (Reuters) - The right-hand man of French National Front leader Marine Le Pen quit the party on Thursday, raising the prospect of a split in the far-right's ranks after Le Pen's defeat in the May presidential election and months of internal feuding.

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Merkel's party dips in poll but still way ahead before Sunday vote

BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel's conservatives dropped one percentage point in a poll released on Thursday, three days before a German election in which the chancellor is expected to win a fourth term, while the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) gained two points.

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From new tax office, Catalonia hopes to grab billions from Madrid

BARCELONA (Reuters) - In a glass building overlooking Barcelona's port, empty desks and computers wait for new workers of Catalonia's tax agency.

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Thousands rally in Philippines to warn of Duterte 'dictatorship'

MANILA (Reuters) - Left-wing activists and political opponents of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte held rallies on Thursday to warn against what they see as the emergence of a dictatorship under the no-nonsense but hugely popular leader.

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Toshiba, keen to seal $18 billion chips sale, wrestles with last-minute delays

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Toshiba Corp is locked in last minute discussions over "key issues" with the would-be buyers of its $18 billion memory chip business led by U.S. private equity firm Bain, potentially delaying a formal agreement on the sale.

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Google bets anew on smartphones, pays $1.1 billion for HTC's Pixel division

TAIPEI/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google said it would pay $1.1 billion for the division at Taiwan's HTC Corp that develops the U.S. firm's Pixel smartphones - its second major foray into phone hardware after an earlier costly failure.

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China's Baidu launches $1.5 billion autonomous driving fund

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese search engine Baidu Inc announced a 10 billion yuan ($1.52 billion) autonomous driving fund on Thursday as part of a wider plan to speed up its technical development and compete with U.S. rivals.

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China's Baidu launches $1.5 bln autonomous driving fund

BEIJING, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Chinese search engine Baidu Inc announced a 10 billion yuan ($1.52 billion) autonomous driving fund on Thursday as part of a wider plan to speed up its technical development and compete with U.S. rivals.

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France's National Front number two quits as tensions split Le Pen's anti-euro party

PARIS (Reuters) - The right-hand man of French National Front leader Marine Le Pen said he was quitting the party, raising the prospect of a split in the far-right's ranks after Le Pen's defeat in the May presidential election and months of internal feuding.

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Beijing government pulls winter construction ban from website

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing's city authorities have taken down from their website a policy document put up just a few days ago that looked to help improve the city's notorious air quality by banning construction during winter months.

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British police make sixth arrest in Tube bomb investigation

LONDON (Reuters) - British detectives have arrested a 17-year-old youth in connection with a bomb attack on an underground train in London last week that injured 30 people, bringing the total number of arrests to six, police said on Thursday.

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China says 'good preparations' should be made for Trump's visit

BEIJING (Reuters) - "Good preparations" should be made by China and the United States to ensure that U.S. President Donald Trump's visit to China later this year is a success, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi told U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.

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Kimmel continues fight with Sen. Cassidy over new health care bill

Jimmy Kimmel was ready for the second round of his fight with U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, saying on Wednesday night that the senator "either doesn't understand his own bill or he lied to me."

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Man sets himself on fire outside New Zealand parliament

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - A man has reportedly set himself on fire on the grounds of New Zealand's parliament in Wellington, two days ahead of national elections, police said on Thursday.

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As Congo refugees pour over border, Angola's backing for Kabila in doubt

DUNDO, Angola (Reuters) - Captured by militia and accused of being married to a Congolese government official, Kimpanga Caro could smell the fire she was told would be used to burn her decapitated head to ash.

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Malaysia arrests seven suspected of involvement with Abu Sayyaf militant group

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia has arrested seven Philippine men suspected of involvement in activities of the Abu Sayyaf militant group, police said on Thursday, as concern grows in Southeast Asia over the possible expansion of militant Islamist activity.

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* HTC's Vive platform will actively continue to expand - Chairwoman Cher Wang

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Myanmar protesters try to block aid shipment to Muslim Rohingya

SITTWE, Myanmar (Reuters) - Hundreds of Buddhists in Myanmar tried to block a shipment of aid to Muslims in Rakhine state where the United Nations has accused the military of ethnic cleansing, with a witness saying protesters threw petrol bombs before police dispersed them by firing into the air.

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BYD chief expects all vehicles to be electric in China by 2030

SHENZHEN (Reuters) - The head of Chinese automaker BYD Co Ltd expects all vehicles in the country to be electric or hybrid by 2030, a more aggressive timeframe than even Europe, as Beijing pushes ahead on a longer-term plan to shift away from petrol-engine cars.

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Google to acquire HTC's Pixel smartphone division in $1.1 billion deal

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google said it would pay $1.1 billion in cash to acquire the division at Taiwan's HTC Corp that develops the U.S. firm's Pixel smartphones, its latest push into hardware manufacturing.

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Iraq launches offensive on Hawija, an Islamic State-held region near oil city Kirkuk

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq launched an offensive on Thursday to dislodge Islamic State from Hawija, an area located west of the oil city of Kirkuk.

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BYD expects all vehicles in China to be completely electrified by 2030

SHENZHEN (Reuters) - Chinese automaker BYD Co Ltd expects all vehicles in the country, including private vehicles, to be completely electrified by 2030.

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Google Is Buying HTC’s Smartphone Expertise for $1.1 Billion

The deal bolsters Google’s ability to build mobile hardware and joins two companies already working together on one of Google’s upcoming Pixel phones.

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Google to buy part of HTC's smartphone operations for $1.1 billion

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google will acquire part of Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC's smartphone operations for $1.1 billion, the companies said in a joint statement on Thursday.

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China top graft buster says corruption fight 'world class hard'

BEIJING (Reuters) - Fixing the corruption problem in China's ruling Communist Party is "world class hard" and the battle will never end, the country's top graft-buster told Singapore's prime minister in a rare meeting with a visiting foreign leader.

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Google to buy part of HTC's smartphone operations for around $1 billion : source

HONG KONG/TAIPEI (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google is set to announce a deal to acquire part of Taiwanese firm HTC Corp's smartphone operations for about $1 billion, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Thursday.

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Republicans plan healthcare vote; Obama and TV host denounce bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Republicans announced plans to vote next week on their latest bid to scuttle Obamacare even as a popular comedian who has become part of the U.S. healthcare debate denounced the bill and former President Barack Obama on Wednesday warned of "real human suffering."

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Myanmar says security forces told to avoid collateral damage in Rakhine

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Myanmar's vice president told the United Nations on Wednesday that security forces in his country's Rakhine State, from which hundreds of thousands of people have recently fled, have been instructed to take "full measures" to avoid collateral damage and harming innocent civilians.

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Google to buy part of HTC's smartphone operations for around $1 billion: source

HONG KONG/TAIPEI (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google is set to announce a deal to acquire part of Taiwanese firm HTC Corp's smartphone operations for about $1 billion, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Thursday.

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UPDATE 2-Western Digital takes legal step to stop Toshiba memory investment

Sept 20 (Reuters) - Western Digital Corp filed its latest legal action against joint-venture chip partner Toshiba Corp for moving to invest in a new flash memory production line without its help, the U.S. company said on Wednesday.

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Western Digital takes legal step to stop Toshiba memory investment

Sept 20 (Reuters) - Western Digital Corp filed its latest legal action against joint-venture chip partner Toshiba Corp for moving to invest in a new flash memory production line without its help, the U.S. company said on Wednesday.

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China to halt new projects in pollution 'red zones'

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China will halt major projects in regions with high levels of pollution, the official Xinhua news agency reported late on Wednesday, underscoring an environmental crackdown that is starting to hit business around the country.

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Report: Manafort offered to brief Russian billionaire on election

President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort offered to brief a Russian billionaire on the election two weeks before Trump accepted the nomination, people familiar with the discussions told The Washington Post.

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Myanmar says security forces told to avoid collateral damage in Rakhine state

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Myanmar's vice president told the United Nations on Wednesday that security forces in his country's Rakhine State, from which hundreds of thousands of people have recently fled, have been instructed to take "full measures" to avoid collateral damage and harming innocent civilians.

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Insurers Come Out Swinging Against New Republican Health Care Bill

The health insurance industry, which has been cautious about previous bills to repeal the Affordable Care Act, came out sharply against the latest version.

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Western Digital takes legal step to stop Toshiba memory investment

(Reuters) - Western Digital Corp filed its latest legal action against joint-venture chip partner Toshiba Corp for moving to invest in a new flash memory production line without its help, the U.S. company said on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 1-Western Digital takes legal step to stop Toshiba memory investment

Sept 20 (Reuters) - Western Digital Corp filed its latest legal action against joint-venture chip partner Toshiba Corp for moving to invest in a new flash memory production line without its help, the U.S. company said on Wednesday.

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Palestinian President Abbas says peace closer with Trump engaged

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas expressed optimism on Wednesday about reaching a peace agreement with Israel this year and said U.S. President Donald Trump's commitment to the issue would help create the "deal of the century" in the region.

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Trump campaign manager Manafort offered to brief Russian billionaire during 2016 race: Washington Post

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, offered to provide briefings to a Russian billionaire with close ties to the Kremlin on the status of the 2016 U.S. presidential election less than two weeks before Trump accepted the Republican nomination, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-Western Digital’s SanDisk units initiate new arbitration proceedings against Toshiba

* Western digital’s SanDisk subsidiaries initiate new arbitration proceedings against Toshiba in the ICC international court of arbitration

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Tax breaks cost New York $1.2 billion in financial year 2017, half went to film industry

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York state lost $1.2 billion of revenues from corporate tax breaks in fiscal 2017, with at least half of the total going to the film industry, a Washington watchdog group said on Wednesday.

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U.S. 'strongly opposes' Iraqi Kurdish independence vote: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States "strongly opposes" the planned independence referendum by Iraqi Kurds and urges Iraqi Kurdish leaders to engage in negotiations with the Baghdad government instead, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday.

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More than 60 years on, Japan's mercury-poison victims fight to be heard

MINAMATA, Japan (Reuters) - Shinobu Sakamoto was just 15 when she left her home in the southern Japanese fishing village of Minamata to go to Stockholm and tell the world of the horrors of mercury poisoning.

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Republicans plan healthcare vote, Obama and TV host denounce bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Republicans announced plans to vote next week on their latest bid to scuttle Obamacare even as a popular comedian who has become part of the U.S. healthcare debate denounced the bill and former President Barack Obama on Wednesday warned of "real human suffering."

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Togo security forces clash with protesters in north, killing boy

LOME (Reuters) - Security forces in Togo used batons, tear gas and live bullets against protesters seeking an end to President Faure Gnassingbe's rule on Wednesday, killing a child and injuring several other people, according to Amnesty International.

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Bill Gates: Sorry about Control-Alt-Delete

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Brazil Supreme Court sends new Temer graft charges to Congress

BRASILIA (Reuters) - A majority of the judges on Brazil's Supreme Court voted on Wednesday to send new graft charges against President Michel Temer to the lower house of Congress, which must authorize any trial of a sitting president.

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Why Bill and Melinda Gates are spending a lot of time in Washington

Bill and Melinda Gates want to keep foreign aid flowing from Washington. But with a president that believes in "America First," they're fighting an uphill battle.

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In rare public speech, Obama decries Republican healthcare bill

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former President Barack Obama used a rare public appearance on Wednesday to question Republicans' latest effort to repeal his signature healthcare law, saying it would inflict "real human suffering" on Americans.

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Spanish police raid Catalan government to halt banned referendum

MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spanish police raided Catalan government offices and arrested officials on Wednesday to halt a banned referendum on independence, an action the regional president said meant Madrid had effectively taken over his administration.

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'It's not over yet,' Merkel warns supporters before vote

HAMBURG (Reuters) - Returning to her birthplace, Chancellor Angela Merkel urged supporters to mobilize undecided voters before Sunday's election, telling them not to take her conservatives' solid lead in opinion polls for granted.

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Ai Wei-Wei critical of China at opening of Swiss exhibit

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Ai Wei-Wei denounced China's crackdown on lawyers and free speech on Wednesday but saw little hope that the upcoming Communist Party Congress would lead to more freedoms.

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Unveiling new Libya plan, U.N. sees opportunity for peace

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations launched a roadmap on Wednesday for a renewed international effort to break a political stalemate in Libya and end the turmoil that followed the country's 2011 uprising.

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Republicans Defend Health Bill Against Another Adversary: Jimmy Kimmel

“I wish he understood completely,” Senator Bill Cassidy, one of the bill’s co-authors, said of Mr. Kimmel, who has been a frequent critic of G.O.P. health legislation.

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Vote plus marathon spells super-busy Sunday for Berlin police

BERLIN (Reuters) - More than 1,500 police will be on duty in Berlin on Sunday, when Germany's capital faces the logistical challenge of organising an election expected to draw a large turnout - while ensuring its annual marathon also runs smoothly.

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Afghan president says Trump war plan has better chance than Obama's

(Reuters) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump's strategy to win the war in Afghanistan will work where his predecessor's failed because the Afghan army is stronger and Trump wants a regional approach and a harder line with Pakistan.

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Analysis: Why passing the Republican health care bill could harm Republicans politically

Senate Republicans continue to sound optimistic about their chances of passing their last, last-ditch attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare before their window to do so closes at the end of the month. (I'm more skeptical.)

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Waymo seeking $2.6 billion from Uber for one trade secret: lawyer

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Waymo unit is seeking about $2.6 billion from Uber for the alleged theft of one of several trade secrets in a lawsuit over self-driving cars, a lawyer for Uber said on Wednesday.

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Abbas: U.N. must try to end Israeli occupation 'within set timeframe'

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas called on the United Nations on Wednesday to pursue efforts to "bring an end to Israeli occupation of the state of Palestine within a set timeframe."

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Graham says U.S. Senate to consider healthcare bill next week: NBC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said on Wednesday the Senate would take up the Obamacare replacement bill he co-sponsored next week, an NBC reporter said on Twitter.

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Waymo seeking $2.6 billion for one trade secret against Uber

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An Uber [UBER.UL] lawyer on Wednesday said Alphabet Inc's Waymo unit is seeking about $2.6 billion for the alleged theft of one of several trade secrets in a lawsuit over self-driving cars.

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Trump urges 'strong and swift' U.N. action to end Rohingya crisis

UNITED NATIONS/COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is urging the U.N. Security Council to take "strong and swift action" to bring Myanmar's Rohingya crisis to an end, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday, calling the violence there a threat to the region and beyond.

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Inspired by 'blasphemy killer', new Pakistani party eyes 2018 vote

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - The head of a new Pakistani Islamist party that lionizes the killer of a provincial governor said it would take its rallying cry of "death to blasphemers" to next year's general election, after its surprisingly strong showing in a recent vote.

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Fake letters tell Germans the web has worked out their vote

BERLIN (Reuters) - German prosecutors said on Wednesday they were investigating letters telling voters that their political preferences had already been worked out from their internet postings and there was no need to go to the polls on Sunday.

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Emma Stone honed dance skills to play tennis great Billie Jean King

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Emma Stone admits she's never been a sports player, so when she was asked to play former world tennis No. 1 Billie Jean King in the movie "Battle of the Sexes," the Oscar-winning actress approached it from a different direction - dancing.

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Indian billionaire Agarwal to buy bigger stake in Anglo American

LONDON, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Volcan Investments, the family trust of diversified miner Vedanta on Thursday said it was increasing its stake in Anglo American.

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We want it in writing: Scotland and Wales seek clarity on post-Brexit powers

LONDON (Reuters) - Scotland and Wales proposed changes on Wednesday to the central UK government's Brexit bill in an attempt to bed down their current powers which they fear could be weakened after Brexit.

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U.S. expects Madoff $4 billion fund payout to start this year

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government expects this year to begin payouts from a $4 billion fund for Bernard Madoff's victims, ending their nearly nine-year wait to begin recouping losses from his...

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Russia's air force killed 850 militants in Syria in last 24 hours: Interfax

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's air force has killed about 850 militants in Syria's zone of de-escalation in Idlib in the last 24 hours, Interfax news agency quoted Russia's Defence Ministry as saying on Wednesday.

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U.S. urges Congolese security forces' restraint, probe into violence

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Wednesday called on the Democratic Republic of the Congo to protect civilians affected by violence in the country's east, and urged its security forces to refrain from excessive force.

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Abbas says Middle East peace closer with Trump engaged

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said his meeting with Donald Trump on Wednesday attested to the U.S. president's seriousness about reaching a Middle East peace deal soon.

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Once 'kittens' in cyber spy world, Iran gaining hacking prowess: security experts

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Hackers likely linked to Iran's government are behind attacks on Saudi and other Western aerospace and petrochemical firms, signaling a rise in Iranian cyber-spying prowess, U.S. security firm FireEye said on Wednesday.

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Toshiba to sell chip unit to Bain Capital-led group for $18 billion

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Toshiba Corp agreed on Wednesday to sell its prized semiconductor business to a group led by U.S. private equity firm Bain Capital LP, a key step in keeping the struggling Japanese conglomerate listed on the Tokyo exchange.

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Late-night TV show host Kimmel blasts senator over healthcare bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Television talk show host Jimmy Kimmel called out a Republican U.S. senator pushing the party's latest healthcare overhaul plan, saying the lawmaker had "lied right to my face" about efforts to scrap Obamacare by backing a measure that would strip coverage from many Americans.

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Dozens of states sign nuclear weapons ban treaty at United Nations

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Dozens of countries signed a treaty to ban nuclear weapons on Wednesday amid tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile tests, although the United States, Britain, France and others boycotted the event at the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders.

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Russia rebukes Trump over Iran, North Korea, accuses U.S. of missile treaty breach

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is "extremely concerned" by U.S. President Donald Trump's comments questioning the Iran nuclear deal and suspects that Washington itself may have violated a landmark arms control treaty, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

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Public Health: Obamacare Repeal Bill Offers Both Enormous Flexibility and Uncertainty

States would be given money to establish their own health policies, and it’s hard to know who would remain covered and how.

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U.S. must suffer 'painful responses' from Iran after Trump speech: Guards chief

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday that the United States should experience "painful responses" following President Donald Trump's harsh criticism of Tehran at the United Nations.

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Sen. Cassidy insists bill will cover more people

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) defends the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill, saying more people will receive affordable coverage and those with pre-existing conditions will be protected.

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Saudi university to dismiss suspected Brotherhood-linked academics

RIYADH (Reuters) - A large Saudi public university announced it would dismiss employees suspected of ties to the banned Muslim Brotherhood, adding to concerns that the government is clamping down on its critics in academia and beyond.

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Rohingya refugees take little heart from speech by Myanmar's Suu Kyi

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh said on Wednesday they were dismayed by a speech by Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi in which she condemned rights violations against them but, as far as they could see, offered little hope of them ever going home.

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Trump endorses latest Republican bill to dismantle Obamacare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday threw his weight behind congressional Republicans' latest bill to dismantle Obamacare and called on party senators to vote for the healthcare overhaul.

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Toshiba says seals $18 billion deal to sell chip unit to Bain Capital group

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Toshiba Corp said on Wednesday it has agreed to sell its prized semiconductor business to a group led by U.S. private equity firm Bain Capital LP, a key step in keeping the struggling Japanese conglomerate listed on the Tokyo exchange.

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Russia becomes Iraq Kurds' top funder, quiet about independence vote

LONDON (Reuters) - Russia, the only major power that has not called on Iraq's Kurds to cancel a referendum on independence next week, has swiftly become the top funder of Kurdish oil and gas deals, with as much as $4 billion pledged in less than a year, industry sources say.

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Belarus plays down Western fears of aggression stirred by joint war games with Russia

BORISOV FIRING RANGE, Belarus (Reuters) - Belarus said on Wednesday the West had no reason to fear attack by its close ally Russia or that Moscow could leave behind forces after war games it is holding with Minsk for a possible occupation of Western neighbors.

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Turkey threatens sanctions over Kurdish independence vote

HABUR BORDER CROSSING, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan threatened to impose sanctions against Kurdish northern Iraq over a planned independence vote, piling economic pressure on Kurdish authorities after Turkish troops deployed near the main commercial border crossing.

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Raqqa campaign in final stages, SDF says

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Wednesday its campaign to capture Raqqa from Islamic State (IS) was in its final stages and its fighters had seized 80 percent of the city.

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China-Russia wide-body C929 jet to rely on western suppliers for systems

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Best of Late Night: Jimmy Kimmel Accuses G.O.P. Senator Behind Health Bill of Lying

Senator Bill Cassidy had promoted what he called the Jimmy Kimmel test, but Mr. Kimmel said that Mr. Cassidy’s own policies didn’t adhere to it.

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BRIEF-Walker & Dunlop closes $1.9 billion acquisition financing for Greystar

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At least 10 dead, 92 missing in eastern Congo floods: local official

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - At least 10 people have died and another 92 are missing in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo due to flooding after torrential rains caused a river to overflow its banks, a local official said on Wednesday.

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Fire in Bangladesh textile factory kills six

DHAKA (Reuters) - A fire in a textile factory in Bangladesh killed six workers on Wednesday before it was extinguished, police said, renewing fears about safety in the multi-billion dollar industry.

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After election rout, split stalks France's National Front

PARIS (Reuters) - Four months after a resounding electoral defeat, France's far-right National Front party is on the brink of a split, with simmering differences between leader Marine Le Pen and her chief deputy appearing irreconcilable.

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UK police arrest three in Wales over London train bomb attack

NEWPORT, Wales (Reuters) - British police arrested three men in south Wales over last week's bombing of a busy commuter train in west London, meaning five people are now being questioned by detectives over the attack which injured 30 people.

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Kenya Supreme Court criticizes election board in verdict on polls

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan police tear-gassed opposition supporters demonstrating near the Supreme Court on Wednesday as judges began to deliver a detailed ruling that criticized the election board for its performance in last month's annulled presidential election.

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Where the Wild Things Are: China’s Art Dreamers at the Guggenheim

A story of China from 1989 to 2008, seen through the eyes of its avant-garde artists.

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U.S.-backed SDF says Raqqa campaign in final stages

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Wednesday its campaign to capture Raqqa from Islamic State (IS) was in its final stages and its fighters had seized 80 percent of the city.

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Hindus fleeing Myanmar violence hope for shelter in Modi's India

KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Caught in the crossfire between Myanmar's military and Rohingya insurgents, hundreds of Hindus who have fled to Bangladesh are placing their hopes on the Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in neighboring India.

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British police arrest third man in London bomb attack investigation

LONDON (Reuters) - British police have arrested a third man over the bombing of a busy commuter train in west London last week which injured 30 people.

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South Korea says Trump's warning to North Korea 'firm and specific'

SEOUL/TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's speech to the United Nations, where he warned he would "totally destroy" North Korea if threatened, reinforced the need for Pyongyang to realize it must give up its nuclear weapons, South Korea said on Wednesday.

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Myanmar's Suu Kyi denies going "soft" on military

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has rejected a suggestion she is soft on the military, which the United Nations has accused of ethnic cleansing, saying her relationship with the generals was normal and her objective was national reconciliation.

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Kenya tightens security as country waits for Supreme Court verdict

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Police sealed off roads near Kenya's Supreme Court on Wednesday as judges prepared to deliver a detailed ruling laying out their reasons for annulling last month's presidential election.

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Erdogan says Turkey to consider sanctions over Kurdish independence vote: Anadolu

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey will consider imposing sanctions on Kurdish northern Iraq over its planned independence referendum, President Tayyip Erdogan was cited by state-run Anadolu news agency as saying.

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New Zealand's ruling National Party regains wide lead over Labour: poll

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand's ruling National Party regained a wide lead over the opposition Labour party in an opinion poll released on Wednesday, the latest twist in a volatile campaign for a general election at the weekend.

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China calls on countries to stick to Paris climate accord goals

BEIJING (Reuters) - China called on the international community to stick to Paris climate accord goals and unswervingly work together to tackle climate change, the official news agency Xinhua reported on Wednesday, citing Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

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South Korea president says Trump's warning to North Korea 'firm and specific'

SEOUL/TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's speech to the United Nations, where he warned he would "totally destroy" North Korea if threatened, reinforced the need for Pyongyang to realize it must give up its nuclear weapons, South Korea said on Wednesday.

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The real work on health care bill is underway

Republican senators departed Washington Tuesday with the fate of their last-ditch proposal to overhaul the Affordable Care Act still hanging in the balance.

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How $5 billion of debt caught up with Toys 'R' Us

(Reuters) - Toys "R" Us Inc has been making $400 million in interest payments on its debt every year, largely due to its $6.6 billion leveraged buyout in 2005. This week, it succumbed to its debt burden, leading to the biggest bankruptcy of a U.S. retailer since that of Kmart in 2004.

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Kirkuk shaping up as flashpoint ahead of Kurdistan independence vote

KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - Visitors to Kirkuk in northern Iraq are greeted by an imposing statue of a Kurdish Peshmerga fighter with a gun slung over his shoulder, a reminder of tensions building in the hotly-contested city ahead of a referendum on Kurdish independence.

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China offers support for strife-torn Venezuela at United Nations

BEIJING (Reuters) - China believes that the Venezuelan government and people can resolve their problems within a legal framework and maintain national stability, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Venezuelan counterpart at the United Nations.

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Jimmy Kimmel on health care bill: Sen. Cassidy lied 'right to my face'

Jimmy Kimmel didn't pull any punches when it came to the Senate's new health care bill and U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, saying that Cassidy lied "right to my face."

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Airbus opens China A330 plant amid market push

TIANJIN (Reuters) - Airbus SE on Wednesday opened its Chinese completion plant for A330 jets, with hopes that an increased presence in the world's fastest growing aviation market would help boost demand for the firm's profitable but ageing wide-body jets.

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It's been called the 'Hawaii of China,' but it may be the new Dubai

The dancing begins almost as soon as the sun sets on Sanya, in southern Hainan.

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China's Xi demands 'strong hands' to maintain stability ahead of Congress

BEIJING (Reuters) - Stability is an absolute principle that needs to be dealt with using "strong hands", Chinese President Xi Jinping has told security officials ahead of next month's key Congress of the ruling Communist Party.

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Argentina's Macri deploys popular governor against Fernandez

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentine President Mauricio Macri's main bulwark against a comeback by his populist predecessor, Cristina Fernandez, in October's legislative elections is someone whose name is not even on the ballot.

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Cuba calls Trump's U.N. address 'unacceptable and meddling'

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba on Tuesday slammed U.S. President Donald Trump's latest comments about the island as "disrespectful, unacceptable and meddling," while reiterating it was not involved in the alleged incidents that had harmed U.S. diplomats in Havana.

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Taiwanese electric scooter maker Gogoro raises $300 million

(Reuters) - Taiwan's Gogoro said it raised $300 million from investors including Singapore's Temasek and Japan's Sumitomo Corporation, helping it further expand the market of its electric scooters with battery swapping technology in Europe.

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Taiwanese electric scooter maker Gogoro raises $300 mln

Sept 20 (Reuters) - Taiwan's Gogoro said it raised $300 million from investors including Singapore's Temasek and Japan's Sumitomo Corporation, helping it further expand the market of its electric scooters with battery swapping technology in Europe.

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Central African president pleads to U.N.: Don't forget us

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The president of the Central African Republic, Faustin-Archange Touadera, on Tuesday pleaded with the world to not forget his country and urged the U.N. to bolster its peace-keeping force amid growing violence that threatens to spin the country out of control.

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Iran nuclear deal must change if U.S. to stay: Tillerson

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The Iran nuclear deal must be changed if the United States is to remain in it, the top U.S. diplomat said on Tuesday, suggesting its key limits on the Iranian nuclear program must be extended.

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Trump using campaign, RNC funds to pay legal bills from Russia probe: sources

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is using money donated to his re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee to pay for his lawyers in the probe of alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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Nigerian air force deploys aircraft to restive southeast

LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigeria's air force on Tuesday said it was deploying aircraft to the southeast of the country where unrest related to a campaign for secession has escalated in an area formerly known as Biafra.

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At U.N., Trump's tough talk opens door for Macron's diplomacy

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron cast himself as the antithesis of Donald Trump at the United Nations on Tuesday, a position that could enable him to play the honest broker in international conflicts.

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Bill O'Reilly defends himself in 'Today' interview

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took aim at Iran in his speech to more than 190 nations in the UN General Assembly, but the Israeli leader was clearly tailoring his message for one man: President Donald Trump.

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Leaders clash at U.N. over Iran's regional activism, nuclear deal

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Western leaders clashed on Tuesday over how to stop what they view as destabilizing behavior by Iran as the United States and Israel denounced an international nuclear accord with Tehran while France defended it.

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Qatar emir again urges dialogue, Trump says dispute to be resolved quickly

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on Tuesday renewed a call for "unconditional dialogue" to end a political crisis pitting Qatar against four Arab states while U.S. President Donald Trump said he expected the dispute to be resolved quickly.

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British police arrest third man in London tube attack investigation

(Reuters) - British police said on Tuesday they made a third arrest linked to Friday's tube attack in Parsons Green, London, that injured 30 people.

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Exclusive: Trump using campaign, RNC funds to pay legal bills from Russia probe

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is using money donated to his reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee to pay for his lawyers in the probe of alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election, according to two people familiar with the matter.

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Russia to pay damages for Beslan school siege after European court ruling, Ifax reports

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will abide by a European Court of Human Rights ruling requiring it to pay nearly 3 million euros ($3.6 million) in damages for the 2004 Beslan school siege, Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday, citing the Russian justice ministry.

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Santorum: Rand Paul is wrong on health care bill

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Doctor: GOP health bill is wolf in sheep's clothing

There's perhaps no clearer snapshot of the disconnect in D.C. than a week in which a small group of Democratic senators comes out swinging for a single-payer healthcare system, only to be blindsided by the news that a far larger pool of Republican senators are coalescing around yet another effort -- the disastrous Graham-Cassidy bill -- to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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Merkel dismisses hecklers as polls point to fourth term

WISMAR, Germany (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is on track to win a fourth term in Sunday's national election despite a dip in support for her conservatives, a poll showed on Tuesday, and she shrugged off calls to quit from far-right hecklers.

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Bill O'Reilly calls Fox firing 'political and financial hit job'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Popular former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, who was fired over allegations of sexual harassment, said on Tuesday he was the victim of a "political and financial hit job" and that he had never mistreated anyone in his 42-year career.

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Qatar's emir renews call for dialogue over Gulf crisis

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on Tuesday renewed a call for "unconditional dialogue" to end a political crisis pitting his country against four Arab states.

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Iran says Trump's U.N. remarks 'shameless, ignorant': Fars news agency

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iran denounced U.S. President Donald Trump's U.N. remarks as "shameless and ignorant" and said his speech on Tuesday showed his lack of knowledge about Tehran's fight against terrorism, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

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Exclusive: Toshiba flips back towards Western Digital group for chip unit sale - sources

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp is shifting back toward selling its prized semiconductor unit to a group backed by joint venture partner Western Digital Corp , people familiar with the deal said.

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Kimmel: New GOP health care bill fails 'Kimmel Test'

Comedian Jimmy Kimmel tweeted a Washington Post editorial on Monday that argued the Senate's new health care bill fails the "Kimmel Test" -- a reference to the comedian's emotional late-night monologue about how the Affordable Care Act carried protections that helped save his son from a congenital heart defect.

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Exclusive: Toshiba flips back to favoring Western Digital group for chip unit sale - sources

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp is shifting back toward selling its prized semiconductor unit to a group backed by joint venture partner Western Digital Corp , just days after saying it was leaning toward a rival bid including a South Korean chipmaker, people familiar with the deal said in the latest in a series of twists for the critical deal.

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WH official: Trump would sign Graham-Cassidy repeal bill

President Donald Trump would sign the Graham-Cassidy bill if the legislation to repeal Obamacare makes it to his desk, an administration official told CNN Tuesday.

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Hamas asks Abbas to lift Gaza sanctions after disbanding shadow government

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (Reuters) - Hamas called on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday to respond to the disbanding of its shadow government in the Gaza Strip by ending his sanctions on the impoverished enclave.

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Brazil's new top prosecutor reshuffles 'Car Wash' investigation team

BRASILIA/SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's new top federal prosecutor on Tuesday reshuffled the team of investigators in charge of pursuing the biggest corruption probe yet conducted in Latin America's largest nation.

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Turkish warplanes kill three Kurdish militants in northern Iraq: army

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish warplanes struck Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq on Tuesday, killing three militants, the military said, as part of a widening campaign against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

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Rohingya Muslims trapped after Myanmar violence told to stay put

SITTWE, Myanmar (Reuters) - Thousands of Rohingya Muslims trapped by hostile Buddhists in northwestern Myanmar have enough food and will not be granted the safe passage they requested from two remote villages, a senior government official said on Tuesday.

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Corelogic estimates Hurricane Irma property damage at $42.5-$65 billion

(Reuters) - Analytics firm Corelogic on Tuesday estimated total insured and uninsured losses from damage to properties from Hurricane Irma at $42.5-$65 billion.

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Turkey not in direct talks for return of intelligence officers from Iraq: minister

ANKARA (Reuters) - A Turkish minister appeared to confirm for the first time that two Turkish intelligence officers have been captured in northern Iraq, saying the government was not in direct talks with the Kurdish militant PKK group to bring them back.

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Cuba delays municipal elections due to Irma devastation

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba is postponing municipal elections by a month to Nov. 26 because of the devastation wrought on the Caribbean island by Hurricane Irma, its Council of State said in an electoral notice published in the ruling Granma Party newspaper on Tuesday.

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Illinois' unpaid bill backlog hits a record $16 billion

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Illinois' pile of unpaid bills topped $16 billion for the first time as the state deals with the fallout of an unprecedented two straight fiscal years without complete budgets, the state comptroller's office reported on Tuesday.

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U.S. Senate's McConnell urges quick action on Obamacare repeal bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday urged quick action on a recently introduced bill to repeal Obamacare and said it had a lot of support.

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Theft at burned London tower adds to police's grueling work

LONDON (Reuters) - Already facing the grim task of sifting through debris to find human remains at Grenfell Tower, the London social housing block where a fire killed about 80 people, police are now also having to investigate suspected thefts from survivors' apartments.

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Police deploy in Iraqi oil city as tensions rise before Kurdish independence vote

KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - Police deployed in the northern Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk to prevent any outbreak of ethnic violence ahead of an independence referendum strongly opposed by the central Baghdad government and Western and regional powers.

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Qatar, Kuwait stop renewing visas for North Korean workers

DOHA/KUWAIT (Reuters) - North Korean workers will start leaving Qatar and Kuwait after the Gulf Arab states said they would stop renewing visas, cutting off a source of foreign income for Pyongyang after U.N. Security Council sanctions and pressure from the United States.

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Argentina's Macri weaponizes popular governor to fight Fernandez

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentine President Mauricio Macri's main defender against a comeback by his populist predecessor Cristina Fernandez in October's legislative elections is someone whose name is not even on the ballot.

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Catalan mayors exercise right to remain silent in referendum questioning

BARCELONA (Reuters) - The first of hundreds of Catalan mayors summoned to answer questions on why they have backed a banned Oct. 1 referendum on independence from Spain appeared before the state prosecutor on Tuesday amid cheers and chants from supporters.

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London's Leadenhall market briefly evacuated after reports of suspect package

LONDON (Reuters) - Leadenhall market in London's financial district was briefly evacuated on Tuesday after reports of a suspicious package in the area.

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Kenyan police fire teargas at Supreme Court protesters

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan police fired teargas on Tuesday at supporters of President Uhuru Kenyatta who were protesting outside the Supreme Court against the invalidation of his Aug. 8 re-election, Reuters witnesses said.

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Sudan's Bashir visits Darfur ahead of U.S. sanctions decision

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir visited the war-torn Darfur region on Tuesday in an effort to show his country is ready to have 20-year-old sanctions lifted by the United States just weeks before Washington is expected to issue a decision.

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Taking back control? Britain's May to make high-stakes Brexit speech

LONDON (Reuters) - After months of Brexit talks that have made little progress and deepened rifts in her party, British Prime Minister Theresa May will try this week to put the negotiations on track and reassert her authority.

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Helicopter mistakenly fires on parked vehicles in Russia war games: media

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A military helicopter on a rural training exercise in western Russia mistakenly fired rockets at a group of parked vehicles, knocking at least one person to the ground, footage posted by Russian news sites and on social media showed.

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U.S. defense firms want control over tech in Make-in-India plan

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - U.S. defense firms offering to set up production lines in India to win deals worth billions of dollars want stronger assurances they won't have to part with proprietary technology, according to a business lobby group's letter to India's defense minister.

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Manslaughter charges possible in London tower block fire disaster: police

LONDON (Reuters) - The criminal investigation into the Grenfell Tower fire that killed about 80 people in London in June could result in manslaughter charges, but any prosecutions could be months away due to the complexity of the forensic work, police said.

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Israel says shoots down drone over Golan Heights frontier with Syria

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel shot down a pilotless aircraft that tried to enter its airspace at its Golan Heights frontier with Syria on Tuesday, the Israeli military said.

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CORRECTED-App Annie's new product offers insight into consumer trends in China

FRANKFURT, Sept 19 (Reuters) - The pioneer of mobile app analytics, App Annie, on Tuesday said it has begun tracking Android app usage in China, a landmark for understanding consumer behaviour in the world's top smartphone market, which increasingly sets the pace for global trends.

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Waving German flag, far-right and anti-Islam groups rally together before vote

DRESDEN, Germany (Reuters) - In the shadows of a Dresden church, hundreds of Alternative for Germany party members rallied with anti-Islam activists, counting down the days to a vote set to make the AfD the first far-right group in parliament in more than half a century.

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Egypt's Sisi, Israel's Netanyahu meet for first time in public

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have met for the first time in public in what Egypt said was part of an effort to revive the Middle East peace process.

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Billionaire Ratcliffe seeks British backing for Defender-style 4x4

LONDON (Reuters) - An off-roader modeled on Land Rover's classic Defender could be rolling off British production lines if the owner of petrochemicals giant Ineos can win government backing for it.

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Airbus looks to China for A380 jumbo amid sluggish global sales

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese airlines could need between 60 and 100 Airbus A380 jets over the next five or so years as passenger traffic grows, the plane maker's China head said on Tuesday, amid rising questions over future demand for the super jumbo.

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China, Singapore look to put difficulties behind them

BEIJING (Reuters) - China and Singapore on Tuesday sought to put recent difficulties in their relationship over Taiwan and the disputed South China Sea behind them as Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong began a trip to Beijing.