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Minutes from missiles, Guam islanders get to grips with uncertain fate

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GUAM (Reuters) - Fourteen minutes is not long to prepare for a potential catastrophe. That's the estimated time taken from a launch of a mid-range ballistic missile in North Korea until impact on Guam, where residents seem resigned to the belief that their fate is out of their control. [Source]

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Exclusive: Rohingya refugee leaders draw up demands ahead of repatriation

(Reuters) - Rohingya leaders in a Bangladesh refugee camp have drawn up a list of demands they want Myanmar to meet before authorities begin sending back hundreds of thousands in a repatriation process expected to begin next week and last for two years.

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U.S. workforce shortages bolster case for Fed rate hikes

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. (Reuters) - HydraForce Inc is going to almost desperate lengths, including offering to bus in out-of-town workers, to find the muscle it needs to meet growing demand for hydraulic valves from its three factories north of Chicago.

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North Korea may hold military parade on eve of Olympics, analysts say

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea may be preparing to hold a military parade on the eve of next month's winter Olympics in South Korea, analysts and diplomats say, even as the two countries have sought to mend ties.

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U.S. House passes short-term spending bill, Senate fate uncertain

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation to avoid a U.S. government shutdown at midnight on Friday advanced in Congress, as the House of Representatives on Thursday night approved an extension of federal funds through Feb. 16, although the bill faced uncertain prospects in the Senate.

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OPEC sees more oil supply from rivals, countering its cuts and Venezuelan woes

LONDON (Reuters) - OPEC has raised its forecast for oil supply from non-member countries in 2018 as higher prices encourage U.S. shale drillers to pump more, offsetting an OPEC-led deal to clear a supply glut and a deepening plunge in Venezuelan production.

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Congress to vote Thursday for funding bill to avoid government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican leaders in the U.S. Congress stepped up their efforts to pass a temporary extension in funding government operations and avert a shutdown, scheduling a vote on the measure for later Thursday.

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China's 2017 GDP growth accelerates for first time in seven years

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's economy grew faster than expected in the fourth quarter of 2017, as an export recovery helped the country post its first annual acceleration in growth in seven years, defying concerns that intensifying curbs on industry and credit would hurt expansion.

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More Rohingya flee Myanmar as Bangladesh prepares to start repatriation

TEKNAF, Bangladesh (Reuters) - More than 100 Rohingya Muslims have crossed into Bangladesh from Myanmar since Wednesday, with the latest refugees saying army operations are continuing in troubled Rakhine State, raising doubts about plans to send back 655,500 who had already fled.

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China's 2017 GDP growth accelerates for first time in 7 years

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's economy grew faster than expected in the fourth quarter of 2017, as an export recovery helped the country post its first annual acceleration in growth in seven years, defying concerns that intensifying curbs on industry and credit would hurt expansion.

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China's fourth-quarter economic growth beats expectations

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's economy grew faster than expected in the fourth quarter from a year earlier, helped by a rebound in the industrial sector, a resilient property market and strong export growth.

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Moscow Got 6 Minutes of Sunlight in December

One internet user called the dark days in the Russian capital “Hillary’s revenge.”

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Russia says North Korea summit undermines U.N., aggravates situation

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia hit out on Wednesday at a U.S.-led effort to increase international pressure on North Korea, saying it was making the situation worse and undermining the United Nations.

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Kidnappers abduct two Americans, two Canadians in Nigeria; two police killed

KADUNA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Kidnappers have abducted two Americans and two Canadians in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna, killing two police officers, a police spokesman said on Wednesday.

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Mexico ex-first lady would end husband's army policy if elected

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican presidential hopeful and former first lady Margarita Zavala pledged to curb violence and crime by pulling soldiers off the streets in a reversal of her husband's military-led drug strategy that ushered in a sharp increase in violence.

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Kidnappers abduct two Americans, two Canadians in Nigeria, two police killed: police official

KADUNA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Kidnappers have abducted two Americans and two Canadians in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna, killing two police officers, a police spokesman said on Wednesday.

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Russia: North Korea summit undermines U.N., aggravates situation

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia hit out on Wednesday at a U.S.-led effort to increase international pressure on North Korea, saying it was making the situation worse and undermining the United Nations.

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Citi sees bitcoin potentially halving in value again

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin may lose 50 percent of its value from its current level as fears over regulatory clamp-downs have spurred a rout among cryptocurrencies this week, Citi analysts said on Wednesday.

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Euro surge threatens profitable bond trades

LONDON (Reuters) - The euro's sizzling January rally is undermining one of the most profitable bond market trades of recent years by potentially raising hedging costs and thereby eroding profits of overseas investors.

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#MeToo effect: Calls flood U.S. sexual assault hotlines

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The phones at U.S. sexual assault hotlines have been ringing in record numbers as the #MeToo social movement spurs victims to reach out for help, sending organizations scrambling to keep up.

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Exclusive: J&J attracts Chinese interest for diabetes business in potential $3-4 billion deal - sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese bidders are circling a diabetes care business owned by the world's largest healthcare company Johnson & Johnson in a deal that could fetch up to $4 billion, five people with direct knowledge told Reuters.

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As Trump heads to Davos, survey points to rising risk of war

BERLIN (Reuters) - The risk of political and economic confrontations between major powers, including outright military conflicts, has risen sharply, according to a survey released by the World Economic Forum (WEF) days before its annual gathering in Davos.

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House GOPers prepare to go it alone on government funding stopgap measure

The House Freedom Caucus isn't making it easy for Republican leaders to keep the government funded.

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38 excruciating minutes in Hawaii reveal key questions

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North Korea rips 'lunatic' Trump as US moves B-52 bombers to Guam

The US Air Force has deployed six nuclear-capable B-52 Stratofortress bombers to Guam, according to US Pacific Air Forces, adding more firepower to the region just hours after North Korean state media mocked President Donald Trump's tweet referencing the size of his nuclear button as the "spasm of a lunatic."

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Starved California siblings treated after rescue from 'horrific' home

PERRIS, Calif. (Reuters) - The 13 siblings found starving in a filthy California home, some of them shackled to furniture, were getting food and treatment after being rescued from a "horrific" ordeal that could leave them scarred for years, authorities said on Tuesday.

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Ex-CIA officer arrested for retaining classified information

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former Central Intelligence Agency officer was arrested at an U.S. airport on Monday night in connection with charges that he illegally retained highly classified information, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday.

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U.S. withholds $65 million in Palestinian aid after Trump threat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will give a U.N. agency $60 million in aid for Palestinians refugees but withhold a further $65 million for now, the State Department said on Tuesday, as the Trump administration carried out a threat it made two weeks ago to cut funding.

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California siblings being treated after 'horrific' ordeal

PERRIS, Calif. (Reuters) - The 13 California siblings kept in "horrific" conditions by their parents, including some who were shackled to furniture, others who were starved, were being treated after an ordeal that could leave them scarred for years, authorities said on Tuesday.

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U.S.-led meeting urges North Korea pressure despite North-South detente

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - The world needs to keep up pressure on North Korea to force it to abandon its nuclear weapons program and should not be fooled by a charm offensive in engaging South Korea, participants at a 20-nation meeting on North Korea said on Tuesday.

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U.S. to provide $60 million in Palestinian aid, withhold $65 million

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will give a U.N. agency $60 million in aid for Palestinians but will withhold a further $65 million "for future consideration," a U.S. official said on Tuesday.

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U.S. government shutdown looms amid harsh immigration exchange

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Partisan finger-pointing over immigration policy on Tuesday left the U.S. Congress and the White House stumbling closer to a possible federal government shutdown by the end of the week, although Wall Street held out hopes for a deal to prevent that.

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California hostages were biological children of captors: police

PERRIS, Calif. (Reuters) - The 13 people rescued from captivity in a Southern California home on Sunday were the biological children of their captors, police Captain Gregory Fellows told reporters on Tuesday.

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Advisers urge deep discount in Venezuelan cryptocurrency offering

CARACAS (Reuters) - Advisers to the Venezuelan government are recommending it sell $2.3 billion of its new cryptocurrency, the petro, in a private offering at a discount of up to 60 percent, according to a document reviewed by Reuters.

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Bitcoin, rival cryptocurrencies plunge on crackdown fears

LONDON (Reuters) - Bitcoin slid as much as 18 percent on Tuesday to a four-week low, as fears of a regulatory crackdown on the market spread after reports suggested it was still possible that South Korea could ban trading in cryptocurrencies.

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Parents charged after 13 siblings found starved, chained in California

PERRIS, Calif. (Reuters) - The 13 California siblings who police say were starved and chained to beds by their parents rarely left their disheveled house and, when they did, they appeared small and pale and acted strangely, neighbors said.

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The South prepares for wintry mix of snow and ice

Snow and ice are coming to Southern states that aren't so accustomed to seeing such frosty conditions.

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Vancouver meeting focuses on sanctions as Koreas explore detente

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - A meeting of states that backed South Korea in the Korean war will look at ways to better implement sanctions to push North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons, officials said, even as the North and South explore detente ahead of next month's Winter Olympics.

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China's economy set to slow to 6.5 percent in 2018 as government turns off cheap money: Reuters poll

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's economy is expected to cool this year as a government-led crackdown on debt risks and factory pollution drag on overall activity, a Reuters poll showed on Tuesday.

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Veteran U.S. diplomat Richardson to work for Reuters reporters release

(Reuters) - Former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson said on Monday he would work toward securing the release of two Reuters journalists arrested in Myanmar in his capacity as a member of an international advisory board on the crisis in Rakhine state.

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Indonesia bourse holds minute silence for injured after floor collapse

JAKARTA, (Reuters) - Indonesia's stock exchange held a minute silence at the start of trading on Tuesday for more than 70 people injured when a mezzanine floor in the building suddenly collapsed.

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Thirteen siblings found chained in California home; parents charged

PERRY, Calif. (Reuters) - A California couple has been charged with torture after police rescued their 13 malnourished children from a home where some of them had been chained to beds, and neighbors on Monday described the family as shut-ins who shunned social contact.

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Germany's Continental hires JP Morgan for potential break-up: sources

FRANKFURT/LONDON (Reuters) - Germany's Continental AG has hired JP Morgan to advise on a possible break-up, sources told Reuters, as the auto parts maker repositions for a market focused on electric and self-driving vehicles.

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Germany's Continental hires JP Morgan for potential break-up -sources

FRANKFURT/LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Germany's Continental AG has hired JP Morgan to advise on a possible break-up, sources told Reuters, as the auto parts maker repositions for a market focused on electric and self-driving vehicles.

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Thirteen siblings found chained, starving in California home; parents charged

(Reuters) - Thirteen malnourished siblings, ranging in age from 2 to 29, were rescued by police in California from a house where some of them had been chained to beds, and their parents have been charged with torture, officials said on Monday.

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North Korea meeting to stress importance of sanctions: Canada

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - A summit on curbing North Korea's nuclear ambitions will focus in part on how to ensure countries fully implement all the sanctions imposed on the reclusive state, a Canadian government source said on Monday.

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Trump says Durbin 'totally misrepresented' comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said Democratic Senator Dick Durbin "totally misrepresented" what was said at a White House meeting on immigration on Thursday, and was hurting efforts to strike a deal to protect so-called Dreamer immigrants.

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Trump thanks Qatar for efforts to combat terrorism

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday thanked the ruler of Qatar for "action to counter terrorism and extremism in all forms," the White House said in a statement that suggested a warming of ties between the two countries.

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Syrian rebel delegation in Washington seeking revival of CIA aid

AMMAN (Reuters) - Free Syrian Army envoys have urged U.S. officials at talks in Washington to resume a suspended CIA program of military aid if it is serious about challenging growing Iranian influence in Syria, according to Syrian opposition figures.

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Erdogan: we will 'strangle' U.S.-backed force in Syria 'before it's even born'

BEIRUT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan threatened on Monday to "strangle" a planned 30,000-strong U.S.-backed force in Syria "before it's even born," as Washington's backing for Kurdish fighters drove a wedge into relations with one of its main Middle East allies.

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Washington D.C. subway train derails, no injuries reported

(Reuters) - A Washington D.C. subway train derailed early Monday, but none of the 60 passengers aboard were injured, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority said.

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Suicide attack in Baghdad kills at least 27, wounds 64

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least 27 people were killed and 64 wounded in a twin suicide bombing in central Baghdad on Monday, the deadliest attack so far this year in the Iraqi capital, an interior ministry official said.

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New U.S.-backed 'border force' in Syria infuriates Ankara, Damascus

BEIRUT/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Syria, Turkey and Russia responded vehemently on Monday to new U.S.-backed plans to set up a 30,000-strong "border force" inside Syria to protect territory held by Washington's mainly Kurdish allies.

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Stricken tanker leaves large oil slick in East China Sea

TOKYO/BEIJING (Reuters) - A burning Iranian oil tanker that sank in the East China Sea on Sunday in the worst oil ship disaster in decades has produced a large oil slick, Chinese media and Japanese authorities said on Monday, as worries grew over damage to the marine ecosystem.

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Russia will not support U.S. bid to change Iran nuclear deal: Lavrov

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday Moscow will not support attempts by Washington to modify the Iran nuclear deal.

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BOJ Kuroda's optimism on economy, price outlook sends yen to 4-month high

TOKYO (Reuters) - Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda offered a positive view on the economy and inflation on Monday, sending the yen to a fourth-month high against the dollar on simmering speculation the central bank could withdraw stimulus earlier than expected.

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Russia will not support U.S. attempts to change Iran nuclear deal: Lavrov

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday Moscow will not support attempts by Washington to change the Iran nuclear deal.

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Suicide attack in Baghdad kills at least 25, wounds 63, government says

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least 25 people were killed and 63 wounded in a twin suicide bombing in central Baghdad on Monday, the Iraqi health ministry said on its Facebook page.

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Suicide attack in Baghdad kills at least 16, wounds 65: ministry says

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least 16 people were killed and 65 wounded in a twin suicide bombing in central Baghdad on Monday, the Iraqi interior ministry said.

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Hawaii says lack of adequate fail-safe measures led to false missile alert

HONOLULU (Reuters) - Human error and a lack of adequate fail-safe measures during a civil defense warning drill led to the false missile alert that stirred panic across Hawaii over the weekend, a state emergency management agency spokesman acknowledged on Sunday.

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Military Quietly Prepares for a Last Resort: War With North Korea

It’s normal for American commanders to draw up combat plans. But recent exercises signal that the military wants to be ready for options on the Korean Peninsula.

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Plane skids off Turkish runway and plunges towards sea

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Pegasus Airlines flight skidded off the runway of a Turkish coastal airport and plunged down a steep slope on the edge of the Black Sea, ending up only meters from the water's edge.

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Exclusive: France expects UK to pay up, take more refugees to keep border - official

PARIS (Reuters) - France expects Britain to agree to take more asylum seekers and pay more for border security in order to maintain a frontier on the French side of the Channel, a French government official said.

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FCC says appears Hawaii had no safeguard to stop missile scare

(Reuters) - Hawaii apparently did not have adequate safeguards in place to prevent a false emergency alert about a missile attack that panicked residents for more than a half-hour before it was withdrawn, a federal official said on Sunday.

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China absence looms over Canada meeting on how to pressure North Korea

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Foreign ministers from around 20 nations gather on Tuesday to discuss how to curb North Korea's nuclear ambitions through diplomatic and financial pressure, but China, seen as a key player in any long-term solution, will be absent.

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FCC says government officials must work to prevent false alerts

(Reuters) - The chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Sunday that Hawaii apparently did not have adequate safeguards in place to prevent a false emergency alert and that government officials must work to prevent future incidents.

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Israel says it destroyed Gaza attack tunnel under Egyptian border

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli said on Sunday it had destroyed a cross-border attack tunnel that ran from Gaza into Israel and Egypt dug by Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the Palestinian enclave, and that it would destroy all attack tunnels by the year's end.

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U.S.-led coalition helps to build new Syrian force, angering Turkey

BEIRUT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The U.S.-led coalition is working with its Syrian militia allies to set up a new border force of 30,000 personnel, the coalition said on Sunday, a move that has added to Turkish anger over U.S. support for Kurdish-dominated forces in Syria.

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U.S.-led coalition helps build new Syrian force, angering Turkey

BEIRUT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The U.S.-led coalition is working with its Syrian militia allies to set up a new border force of 30,000 personnel, the coalition said on Sunday, a move that has added to Turkish anger over U.S. support for Kurdish-dominated forces in Syria.

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Burning Iranian oil tanker sinks after January 6 accident: Chinese state TV

BEIJING (Reuters) - An Iranian oil tanker has sunk after burning for more than a week following a collision on Jan. 6 in the East China Sea, Chinese state media said on Sunday, adding that large amounts of oil are burning in the surrounding waters.

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Merkel could join Macron in Davos for epic clash with Trump

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is considering joining French President Emmanuel Macron at the World Economic Forum in Davos next week in what could turn into an epic clash of competing world views with U.S. President Donald Trump.

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Burning Iranian oil tanker has sunk after January 6 accident: Chinese state TV

BEIJING (Reuters) - An Iranian oil tanker has sunk after burning for more than a week following a collision on Jan. 6 in the East China Sea, Chinese state media said on Sunday, adding that large amounts of oil are burning in the surrounding waters.

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Search for California mudslide survivors goes on

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The search for survivors of the deadly mudslides in parts of California's scenic Santa Barbara County continued Sunday even as hopes dwindled to find anyone else alive, officials said.

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Burning Iranian oil tanker finally sinks after January 6 accident: Chinese state TV

BEIJING (Reuters) - A burning Iranian oil tanker that had drifted into Japan's exclusive economic zone has sunk after a collision on Jan. 6, Chinese state television said on Sunday.

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Brexit vote may be reversed, says British campaigner Farage

LONDON (Reuters) - Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage said on Sunday he was increasingly concerned that a vote for Britain to leave the European Union could be overturned by a powerful group of the bloc's supporters.

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Myanmar, Bangladesh meet amid doubts about Rohingya repatriation plan

DHAKA/YANGON (Reuters) - Hamid Hussain, a 71-year-old Rohingya Muslim farmer, first fled Myanmar for Bangladesh in 1992. He went home the next year under a repatriation deal between the two neighbors, only to repeat the journey last September when violence flared once more.

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Israel says destroyed Gaza attack tunnel under Israel, Egypt borders

GAZA (Reuters) - The Israeli military said on Sunday it had destroyed a cross-border attack tunnel that ran from Gaza into Israel and Egypt, dug by the Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the Palestinian enclave.

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Ballistic missile warning sent in error by Hawaii authorities

HONOLULU (Reuters) - An emergency alert was sent mistakenly on Saturday to Hawaii's residents warning of an imminent ballistic missile attack when an employee at the state emergency management agency pushed the "wrong button," Hawaii's governor said.

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U.S. military’s Pacific Command says ballistic missile warning sent in error to Hawaii

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military's Pacific Command said on Saturday there was no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii after an official message was mistakenly sent to Hawaii residents' mobile phones warning them of an imminent attack.

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Anti-Trump demonstrators march in Swiss capital

ZURICH (Reuters) - Anti-globalisation demonstrators took to the streets of the Swiss capital on Saturday to protest against a planned visit by U.S. President Donald Trump to the World Economic Forum this month.

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No Grand Coalition! Opponents of Merkel alliance hit the road

WERNIGERODE, Germany (Reuters) - Opponents of a renewed German "grand coalition" took to the road on Saturday, hoping to persuade members of their Social Democratic Party (SPD) to vote against governing with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives for another four years.

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Islamic State affiliate claims deadly attack on U.S. troops in Niger

NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - The leader of Islamic State's affiliate in West Africa has claimed responsibility for an attack that killed four U.S. special forces and four soldiers from Niger in October, Mauritania's independent Nouakchott News Agency (ANI) reported on Saturday.

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South Korea and North Korea to hold working-level talks on January 15

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea and South Korea have agreed to hold working-level talks at the Tongil Pavilion on the North Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjom on Jan. 15, South Korea's unification ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

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New U.S. sanctions attempt to influence Russia before election: Tass

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A new round of U.S. sanctions expected against Moscow is an attempt to influence Russia's domestic affairs ahead of a presidential election, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying on Saturday.

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South Korea and North Korea to hold working-level talks on January 15: Yonhap

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea and South Korea have agreed to have working-level talks on Jan. 15 at the Tongil Pavilion on the North Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjom, news agency Yonhap reported.

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Olympics Officials Discuss a Potential First: A Unified Korean Hockey Team

South Korea proposed that the two Koreas field a joint women’s hockey team at the Pyeongchang Games next month. North Korea wouldn’t say whether it supported the idea.

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Russia deploys more surface-to-air missiles in Crimean build-up

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia deployed a new division of S-400 surface-to-air missiles in Crimea on Saturday, Russian news agencies reported, in an escalation of military tensions on the Crimean peninsula.

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Chinese salvagers recover two bodies from flaming Iranian tanker

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A Chinese salvage team recovered two bodies on Saturday from a stricken Iranian oil tanker, that was still blazing a week after it caught fire and was left adrift following a collision in the East China Sea, state news agency Xinhua reported.

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Las Vegas gunman emailed about bump stocks months before rampage: documents

(Reuters) - Three months before killing 58 people and wounding more than 500 in Las Vegas last October, the gunman behind the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history sent emails discussing buying bump stocks, which can make semiautomatic rifles fire hundreds of rounds a minute, media reports on unsealed search warrants showed.

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Turkey warns citizens against travel to U.S. in tit-for-tat move

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey has warned its citizens against travel to the United States, saying Turks face the risk of arbitrary arrest and should take precautions if they do decide to travel, the latest tit-for-tat volley in a diplomatic feud between the NATO allies.

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Coalition deal leaves Merkel's fate in hands of Social Democrats

BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel has survived as German chancellor but the coalition deal she clinched on Friday puts her fate in the hands of her Social Democrat (SPD) partners and risks eroding support from her close allies before the end of her fourth term.

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Merkel wants to seal coalition deal with SPD swiftly: source

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to conclude negotiations with the Social Democrats (SPD) on forming a coalition government by mid-February, a source in her conservative party said on Friday.

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JPMorgan profit beats on higher interest rates; books tax charge

(Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co , the biggest U.S. bank by assets, reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit as gains in net interest income offset a slowdown in trading revenue.

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Merkel strikes deal with social democrats, opening way to new German government

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel struck a deal with Social Democrat (SPD) rivals on Friday to open government coalition talks, easing months of uncertainty that has undermined Germany's global role and raised questions about her political future.

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Merkel's conservatives, SPD agree on German coalition blueprint: sources

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) agreed after all-night talks on Friday to a blueprint for formal coalition negotiations, party sources said, bolstering prospects for an end to months of political uncertainty.

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Trump cancels Britain trip, blames Obama for 'peanuts' London embassy deal

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump canceled a trip to London scheduled for next month to open a new embassy, blaming Barack Obama for selling off the old one for "peanuts" in a bad deal.

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Merkel's conservatives, SPD agree German coalition blueprint: sources

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) agreed after all-night talks on Friday to a blueprint for formal coalition negotiations, party sources said, bolstering prospects for an end to months of political uncertainty.

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China's imports from North Korea plummet in December, lowest for four years

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's imports from North Korea plunged in December to their lowest level in dollar terms since at least the start of 2014, with trade curbed by U.N. sanctions aimed at persuading North Korea to abandon its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs.

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Trump cancels UK visit, says will not unveil new U.S. embassy

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump canceled a visit to London scheduled for early this year, saying he was disappointed with the "Obama administration having sold" the U.S. embassy in the British capital.

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Twenty-one hours and counting: German coalition talks drag on

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and Social Democrats (SPD) worked through the night on Thursday to resolve differences on taxes, migration and other issues blocking formation of a new "grand coalition" government.

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Trump to extend Iran sanctions relief, keeping nuclear deal intact: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will extend sanctions relief granted to Iran under its 2015 nuclear deal with the United States and other world powers, leaving the accord intact for now, according to a person familiar with the decision.

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Korea talks ease war fears in Washington, but for how long?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Talks between North and South Korea ahead of next month's Winter Olympics have eased fears of war over Pyongyang's development of nuclear missiles capable of hitting the United States - at least for now.

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Bipartisan U.S. Senate group crafts 'Dreamer' immigration plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Thursday reached a tentative agreement on legislation to protect young "Dreamer" immigrants from deportation, along with other immigration policy changes, and is attempting to build support for the deal in Congress.

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Berkshire energy unit names CEO to replace potential Buffett successor

(Reuters) - Berkshire Hathaway Inc's energy unit on Thursday named William Fehrman as its new chief executive to replace Gregory Abel, who was promoted a day earlier to oversee more Berkshire units, and potentially succeed Warren Buffett.

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U.S. says Vietnam should have notified eight state firms to WTO

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States has notified the World Trade Organization of eight Vietnamese firms it says should have been registered as state trading enterprises under the global trading rules, a U.S. filing published by the WTO showed on Thursday.

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Myanmar admission soldiers killed Rohingya 'an important step': U.S. envoy

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's admission that soldiers were involved in the murder of 10 Muslims in September was an important step and the United States hoped it would be followed by more transparency and accountability, the U.S. ambassador said on Thursday.

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European powers urge Trump to preserve Iran nuclear deal

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain, France and Germany made a joint plea to Donald Trump on Thursday to uphold a pact stopping Iran getting nuclear weapons, a day before the U.S. president is expected to decide whether to re-impose sanctions in a move likely to sink the deal.

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Walmart raises minimum wage to $11 an hour in wake of U.S. tax law

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Walmart Stores Inc said on Thursday it would raise entry-level wages for hourly employees to $11 an hour as it benefits from the biggest overhaul of the U.S. tax code in 30 years.

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Britain, France, Germany plead for U.S. to preserve Iran deal

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain, France, Germany and the European Union made a joint call to the United States to protect the Iran nuclear pact, saying Tehran had a right to benefit from the lifting of sanctions tied to it.

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Kremlin: U.S. report accusing Russia of election meddling harms relations

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin on Thursday described a report published by Democratic U.S. lawmakers accusing Russia of election meddling as damaging for bilateral relations, as well as for the United States itself.

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Kremlin rejects U.S. charge of meddling in Mexican presidential poll

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin dismissed a U.S. allegation it was meddling in Mexican politics ahead of a presidential election there as unfounded.

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South Korea justice ministry prepares to ban cryptocurrency trading, exchanges raided

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's justice minister said on Thursday the government is preparing a bill to ban cryptocurrency trading, throwing the virtual coin market into turmoil as the nation's police and tax authorities raided local exchanges on alleged tax evasion.

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Bitcoin skids on news S.Korea prepares to ban cryptocurrency trade

TOKYO, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Bitcoin skidded on Thursday, after South Korea's justice minister said a bill to ban cryptocurrency trade was being prepared.

Immigration and Emigration nytimes.com

Head-Spinning Days for Young Immigrants as Lawmakers and Judges Debate Their Fate

As their protections disappear, hundreds of thousands of immigrants watch anxiously as each day brings hope or dismay from Washington or the courts.

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Exclusive: Canada increasingly convinced Trump will pull out of NAFTA

LONDON, Ontario (Reuters) - Canada is increasingly convinced that President Donald Trump will soon announce the United States intends to pull out of NAFTA, two government sources said on Wednesday, sending the Canadian and Mexican currencies lower and hurting stocks.

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Businesswoman’s Fate a Test of China’s Resolve on North Korea

The fate of Ma Xiaohong, and the business empire she built on trade with North Korea, has become a measure of China’s willingness to confront its neighbor.

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Exclusive: Canada increasingly convinced of Trump NAFTA pullout - sources

LONDON, Ontario (Reuters) - Canada is increasingly convinced that President Donald Trump will soon announce the United States intends to pull out of NAFTA, two government sources said on Wednesday, sending the Canadian and Mexican currencies lower and hurting stocks.

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China's U.S. bond rebalancing would hold few fears for Fed

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Federal Reserve policymakers reacted coolly to a report on Wednesday that China could curb its massive U.S. debt purchases, pointing out that such rebalancing by countries can be healthy and would not likely disrupt the U.S. central bank's plan to trim its own bond portfolio.

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Exclusive: Canada increasingly sure Trump to pull plug on NAFTA - sources

LONDON, Ontario (Reuters) - Canada is increasingly convinced that U.S. President Donald Trump will soon announce that the United States intends to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, two government sources said on Wednesday.

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Fifteen dead, up to two dozen missing, after California mudslides

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rescue crews with dogs and thermal-imaging equipment searched the hills around wealthy Santa Barbara, California, on Wednesday for up to two dozen people missing after rain-driven mudslides swept through the coastal community, killing at least 15.

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Special Report: How courts help companies keep sexual misconduct under cover

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cristina Chen-Oster, a senior salesperson in Goldman Sachs’s convertible bonds department, was a few years out of MIT when a male colleague pinned her against a wall, kissed her, groped her and tried to engage in a sexual act, she said in a lawsuit in federal court. After reporting the incident to her boss, the lawsuit alleged, she missed out on pay and promotions while her accused attacker steadily rose through the ranks.

Drug Abuse and Traffic nytimes.com

Iran Eases Death Penalty for Drug Crimes, Saving Potentially Thousands of Lives

A rare overhaul by Iran’s hard-line dominated judiciary came amid domestic and international pressure to reduce its executions, which are second only to China’s.

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Fifteen confirmed dead in California mudslide, more casualties feared

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rescue crews using helicopters and dogs searched the hills around wealthy Santa Barbara, California, on Wednesday for people trapped or killed by rain-driven mudslides that left at least 15 people dead in the coastal community.

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Scotland prepares contingency Brexit laws in stand-off with London government

LONDON (Reuters) - The Scottish government said on Wednesday it was preparing legislation that would ensure legal continuity in Scotland after Brexit as a fallback option in case it fails to reach agreement with Prime Minister Theresa May on her exit plan.

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U.S. yields at 10-month high on report China may slow U.S. bond purchases

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Major government bond yields hit multi-month highs and world stock indexes fell on Wednesday following a report that Chinese officials have recommended slowing or halting purchases of U.S. government bonds.

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Voter panel made no findings, will destroy data: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial voter fraud panel made no early findings and will not give the Department of Homeland Security any voter data it received, the White House's top technology official said.

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UPDATE 2-Berkshire promotes potential Buffett successors Abel, Jain

Jan 10 (Reuters) - Berkshire Hathaway Inc on Wednesday promoted two of its top executives, Gregory Abel and Ajit Jain, cementing their status as the most likely successors to Warren Buffett to run the conglomerate.

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Berkshire promotes potential Buffett successors Abel, Jain

(Reuters) - Berkshire Hathaway Inc on Wednesday promoted two of its top executives, Gregory Abel and Ajit Jain, cementing their widely viewed status as potential successors to Warren Buffett as the conglomerate's chief executive.

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US firm prepares to launch search for MH370

The Malaysian government has awarded a "no-find, no-fee" contract to a private US-based tech company to resume the search for Malaysian Airlines flight 370, one of the most enduring aviation mysteries of the modern era.

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Myanmar prosecutor seeks Official Secrets Act charges against two Reuters reporters

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar prosecutors sought charges on Wednesday against two Reuters reporters under the Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years, the reporters' lawyer said.

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Myanmar prosecutor seeks Official Secrets Act charges against two Reuters journalists

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar prosecutors sought charges on Wednesday against two Reuters reporters under the Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years, the reporters' lawyer said.

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South Korea's Moon says Trump deserves 'big' credit for North Korea talks

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in credited U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday for helping to spark the first inter-Korean talks in more than two years, and warned that Pyongyang would face stronger sanctions if provocations continued.

Salvadoran-Americans nytimes.com

El Salvador Again Feels the Hand of Washington Shaping Its Fate

It has suffered from a civil war and gang violence, and is now bracing for the return of nearly 200,000 Salvadorans who have been living in the United States.

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Two Reuters reporters due in court in Myanmar

YANGON (Reuters) - Two Reuters journalists detained in Myanmar are due to appear in court on Wednesday, when prosecutors could request that charges be filed against them over an accusation they broke the country's Official Secrets Act.

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Bannon steps down from Breitbart News after drawing fire from Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Steve Bannon has stepped down as executive chairman of Breitbart News, the right-wing news website said on Tuesday, after he drew fire from President Donald Trump for comments that harshly criticized Trump's eldest son.

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Salvadorans say going home not an option after U.S. axes protection

RED BANK, N.J. (Reuters) - Three decades after fleeing civil war in his native El Salvador, Luis Munoz has built a life for himself in the New Jersey coastal town of Red Bank, working as a mechanic and raising three children with his wife.

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Bannon steps down from Breitbart News after comments critical of Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Steve Bannon has stepped down as executive chairman of Breitbart News, the right-wing news organization said on its website on Tuesday, after the former White House chief strategist was quoted in a book criticizing President Donald Trump.

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At least six dead in Southern California flooding, mudslides

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - At least six people died and thousands fled their homes in Southern California on Tuesday as a powerful rainstorm triggered flash floods and mudslides on slopes where a series of intense wildfires had burned off protective vegetation last month.

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U.S. crude hits three-year high as oil prices climb on tighter market

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices edged higher on Tuesday, with U.S. crude touching its highest since December 2014, supported by OPEC-led production cuts and expectations that U.S. crude inventories have dropped for an eighth week.

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U.S. hails Korea talks, despite North's rejection of denuclearization

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North and South Korea held their first talks in more than two years on Tuesday and Washington hailed them as a good first step in solving the crisis over the North's nuclear missile program, even though Pyongyang said it would not discuss weapons that were only aimed at the United States.

Children and Childhood nytimes.com

Wales Prepares to Ban Physical Punishment of Children

The move, which is the subject of a 12-week consultation beginning on Tuesday, would match plans in Scotland and laws in more than 50 other countries.

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North Korea tells South it will not discuss nuclear arms in future talks

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said after its first talks with South Korea in more than two years that it would not discuss its nuclear weapons with Seoul because they were aimed only at the United States, not its "brethren" in South Korea.

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Boeing shares have more room to fly in 2018: analysts

(Reuters) - Rising demand for jet sales pushed Boeing Co's stock to the top of the Dow Jones Industrial Average in 2017, and record cash flow to fuel projects, sustain dividends and buy back shares could give it another bumper year, analysts said.

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OPEC's cheer over 2018 oil rally tinged by shale worries

DUBAI/LONDON (Reuters) - Oil's price rally this year to its highest since May 2015 may seem a source of glee for OPEC, but some in the producer group fear the gains could prompt shale companies to crank open their spigots and flood the market.

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Iran has foiled plot to use protests to overthrow system, leader says

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran has foiled attempts by its foreign enemies to turn legitimate protests into an insurgency to overthrow the Islamic Republic, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday.

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North Korea says it will not discuss nuclear arms in talks with South

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Tuesday it would not discuss its nuclear weapons in coming talks with Seoul because they were aimed only at the United States, not its "brethren" in South Korea.

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Oil rises above $68 to highest since May 2015 on tighter market

LONDON (Reuters) - Oil rose further above $68 a barrel on Tuesday, touching its highest since May 2015, supported by OPEC-led production cuts and expectations U.S. crude inventories fell for an eighth week.

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North, South Korea agree to resolve issues through dialogue

SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korea on Tuesday agreed on negotiations to resolve problems and military talks aimed at averting accidental conflict, after their first official dialogue in more than two years, as Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program fuels tension.

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Bill Clinton joins calls for release of Reuters journalists in Myanmar

YANGON (Reuters) - Calls grew on Tuesday for the release of two Reuters journalists in Myanmar facing accusations of breaching the country's Official Secrets Act, with former U.S. President Bill Clinton urging that they be freed immediately.

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Oil hits highest since May 2015 above $68 on tighter market

LONDON (Reuters) - Oil rose further above $68 a barrel briefly on Tuesday, touching its highest since May 2015, supported by OPEC-led production cuts and expectations U.S. crude inventories fell for an eighth week.

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Talks with rebels in no-man's land as Russia eyes post-war role in Syria

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian rebels under siege near Damascus have resorted to talks with the government's ally Russia, sometimes meeting in no-man's land, as they seek to hang on to their enclave.

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Japan rejects South Korean call for extra steps over 'comfort women'

SEOUL (Reuters) - Japan said on Tuesday it can "by no means" accept South Korea's call for more steps to help "comfort women", a euphemism for girls and women forced to work in Japan's wartime brothels, a divisive issue that Japan says was resolved with a 2015 deal.

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U.S. oil prices hit highest since 2015, but doubts loom over rally

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - U.S. oil prices hit their highest since 2015 again on Tuesday as speculators bet on further price rises amid OPEC-led production cuts and a dip in American drilling activity, though some warned the rally could run out of steam.

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EU raises concerns with Myanmar's Suu Kyi over detention of Reuters reporters

YANGON (Reuters) - The European Union's envoy to Myanmar has raised concerns about the arrest of two Reuters journalists in a letter to the country's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, describing the situation as "serious intimidation" and calling for their immediate release.

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U.S. regulators meet with California on fate of vehicle fuel rules

WASHINGTON, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Senior U.S. government officials held talks in recent weeks with California's Air Resources Board (CARB) to discuss the goal of maintaining one set of national requirements for automakers, a move that will determine the fate of vehicle emissions rules.

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Judge ends case over standoff in Nevada land dispute

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday threw out a criminal case against a Nevada rancher and three other men over a 2014 militia standoff with federal agents, saying prosecutors had repeatedly withheld evidence from the defense.

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Judge ends case over armed standoff in Nevada land dispute

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Monday dismissed the criminal case against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and three other men on charges stemming from an armed 2014 standoff with federal law enforcement officers over a cattle grazing rights dispute.

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U.S. moves toward expelling 200,000 Salvadorans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants allowed to live and work in the United States since 2001 will lose their right to remain in the country in 2019, officials said on Monday, marking the Trump administration's latest move to tighten immigration enforcement.

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Shire cuts 2020 revenue target, prepares for spin-off of ADHD drugs

LONDON (Reuters) - Shire ditched its revenue target of $20 billion by 2020 on Monday due to increased generic competition and new drugs from rivals, saying it would split its rare disease and hyperactivity medicines businesses to boost performance.

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UPDATE 2-Shire cuts 2020 revenue target, prepares for spin-off of ADHD drugs

* Shares fall 6 percent (Adds CEO comments, analyst reaction, closing share price)

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Judge ends case over armed standoff in Nevada grazing dispute

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Monday dismissed the criminal case against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and three other men on charges stemming from an armed 2014 standoff with federal law enforcement officers over a cattle grazing rights dispute.

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Trump in 1999 praised Oprah as potential candidate

In a 1999 interview with CNN, Donald Trump called Oprah Winfrey a "great woman" and said she would be his first choice for a running mate.

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In jab at rivals, Rouhani says Iran protests about more than economy

LONDON (Reuters) - In a swipe at his hardline rivals, President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday young Iranian protesters were unhappy about far more than just the economy and they would no longer defer to the views and lifestyle of an aging revolutionary elite.

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Kohl's outstrips peers in best holiday season in years

(Reuters) - Kohl's Corp posted far stronger same-store sales for the holidays than its bigger peers, as a revamp of its business model and a strategy to have more stand-alone department stores rather than at struggling shopping malls paid off.

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Myanmar journalists ask government for details of Reuters reporters' case

YANGON (Reuters) - A group of Myanmar reporters asked the government on Monday for details about the arrest of two Reuters journalists last month, arguing that the case could have implications for the ability of journalists to do their jobs, two members of the group said.

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U.S. offers drillers nearly all offshore waters, but focus is on eastern Gulf

HOUSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration has proposed opening up nearly all of America's offshore waters to oil and gas drilling, but the industry says it is mainly interested in one part of it, now cordoned off by the Pentagon: the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

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In jab at hardliners, Rouhani says Iran protests were not only economic

LONDON (Reuters) - Protests that shook Iran were not just aimed at the economy, President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday, remarks suggesting the real targets were powerful conservatives opposed to his plans to expand individual freedoms at home and promote detente abroad.

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Flooding at JFK airport adds to misery after flight delays

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Flooding due to a water main break forced the suspension of international flight arrivals at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Sunday, adding to the misery of travelers after a winter storm canceled or delayed hundreds of flights in recent days.

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Trump tweet on nuclear button keeps North Korea's Kim 'on his toes': Haley

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's tweet about having a bigger nuclear button than Kim Jong Un's has kept the North Korean leader "on his toes" and made clear the risks of a nuclear standoff, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday.

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Friends of detained Reuters reporter pray for his release

YANGON (Reuters) - Friends of Reuters reporter Wa Lone gathered on Sunday at one of the main Buddhist pagodas in Myanmar's commercial capital Yangon to pray for his release from prison, where he has been held with a colleague on suspicion of violating the Official Secrets Act.

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Cornered Merkel upbeat as seeks to revive grand coalition

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday she was optimistic her conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) could cut a deal as they began five days of talks about reviving the 'grand coalition' that has governed Germany since 2013.

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Iran Guards say quell unrest fomented by foreign enemies

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Sunday the country's people and security forces had put an end to unrest fomented by foreign enemies, as parliament and security officials met to discuss the boldest challenge to the clerical establishment since 2009.

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France remembers Charlie Hebdo victims three years after attacks

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron led a somber tribute on Sunday to the 17 victims of attacks in Paris three years ago that marked the first of a wave of deadly Islamist assaults in France.

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Iran Guards say unrest fomented by foreign enemies defeated

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's Revolutionary Guard said on Sunday the country's people and security forces had defeated unrest fomented by foreign enemies, as parliament and security officials met to discuss the boldest challenge to the clerical establishment since 2009.

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Cornered Merkel upbeat as starts government talks with center-left

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday she was optimistic her conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) could agree to join forces as they embarked on five days of talks about reviving the 'grand coalition' that has governed Germany since 2013.

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UK PM May says Trump committed to best interests of United States

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday she believed U.S. President Trump was committed to the best interests of the United States, when asked about an author's accusations that he is mentally unfit for office.

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UK PM May says ministerial reshuffle coming soon: BBC

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday she would be making changes to her team of ministers soon following the forced resignation of her deputy Damian Green in December, but declined to give further details.

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Iraq to export Kirkuk oil to Iran before end-January: Iraqi oil minister

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq will start exporting oil from the northern Kirkuk fields to Iran before the end of January, Iraqi Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi told reporters on Sunday in Baghdad.

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Iran's Revolutionary Guard says unrest fomented by foreign enemies defeated

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Sunday the country's people and security forces had defeated unrest fomented by foreign enemies -- including the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia -- and opposition groups, according to a statement on its Sepahnews website.

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Arab League to lobby U.N. to recognize Palestinian state

AMMAN (Reuters) - Arab states will soon embark on a diplomatic drive to persuade the United Nations to recognize a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital on territory captured by Israel in the 1967 war, Jordan's Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said.

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Trump says he would 'absolutely' talk to North Korea's Kim on phone

CAMP DAVID, Md. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he would "absolutely" be willing to talk on the phone to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and that he hopes a positive development results from talks between North Korea and South Korea.

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Caracas shops mobbed as Venezuela's Maduro forces price cuts

CARACAS (Reuters) - Mobs gathered outside some Caracas supermarkets on Saturday after the government ordered shops to slash prices, creating chaos as desperate Venezuelans leapt at the chance to buy cheaper food as the country's worsening economy causes severe shortages.

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Venezuela supermarkets besieged after government forces price cuts

CARACAS (Reuters) - Mobs of Venezuelans gathered outside some Caracas supermarkets on Saturday after President Nicolas Maduro's government forced shops to slash prices, the latest unrest in the country's food shortage crisis.

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Palestinians attack car of Greek Patriarch in protest against land deals

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian Christians on Saturday pummeled the car of the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem during a visit to the occupied West Bank in protest against the church's decision to sell land to Jewish groups.

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Former Zimbabwe ministers loyal to Mugabe charged with corruption

HARARE (Reuters) - Two former Zimbabwean cabinet ministers who served under ex-president Robert Mugabe have been charged with corruption, their lawyers said on Saturday, the latest sign of a crackdown on officials loyal to Mugabe.

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Iran stages pro-government rallies, derides Trump 'blunder' at U.N.

DUBAI (Reuters) - Thousands of government supporters staged rallies in Iran for a fourth day on Saturday, in a backlash against widespread protests that the clerical establishment has blamed on the country's enemies.

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One winning ticket in Florida for Mega Millions jackpot, Powerball up next

CHICAGO (Reuters) - One ticket matching all six numbers was sold in Florida in the Mega Millions lottery jackpot of an estimated $450 million, the fourth largest in the game's history, the lottery said after Friday's drawing.

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BRIEF-Acorda Therapeutics Is Exploring A Potential Sale - WSJ, Citing Sources

* ACORDA THERAPEUTICS IS EXPLORING A POTENTIAL SALE - WSJ, CITING SOURCES Source text - http://on.wsj.com/2Ay49BA Further company coverage: (Bengaluru Newsroom)

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BRIEF-Eversource Energy Files Preliminary Prospectus Supplement Related To A Potential Two-Part Senior Notes Offering

* EVERSOURCE ENERGY FILES PRELIMINARY PROSPECTUS SUPPLEMENT RELATED TO A POTENTIAL TWO-PART SENIOR NOTES OFFERING OF UP TO $650 MILLION - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2Ed0k7d) Further company coverage:

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Nuclear War Would Be ‘Devastating,’ So the C.D.C. Wants to Get People Prepared

The nation’s public health agency says a workshop was scheduled months ago, before President Trump’s recent tweets about nuclear buttons and North Korea.

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FBI agent describes grisly warehouse in start of body broker's trial

DETROIT (Reuters) - The warehouse of a Michigan man who sold donated body parts to researchers was littered with dead flies, dog bowls and human remains “frozen together in flesh-on-flesh chunks,” a federal agent testified Friday.

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NSA chief to leave, expects successor this month: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers has announced plans to retire this spring and has said he expected a successor to be nominated and approved by the U.S. Senate this month, according to a report on Friday.

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Pakistani minister decries U.S. as 'friend who always betrays'

ISLAMABAD/LAHORE (Reuters) - Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said the United States was behaving towards Pakistan as "a friend who always betrays" after Washington suspended aid and President Donald Trump accused Islamabad of lies and deceit over many years.

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The CDC wants to gently prepare people for (an unlikely) nuclear war

It is absolutely impossible to mention nuclear war without freaking people out, but the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is trying to gently prepare for the possibility.

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Fed's Harker says two rate hikes 'appropriate' this year

(Reuters) - Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank President Patrick Harker on Friday said he believes the central bank should raise rates just two times this year, fewer than most of his rate-setting colleagues, as low inflation continues to dog the U.S. economy.

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Spanish court rejects release for jailed Catalan separatist Junqueras

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Supreme Court ordered on Friday that Catalan separatist leader Oriol Junqueras must remain in custody after over two months in prison while authorities investigate his role in the Spanish region's independence movement.

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Justice Dept. launches new Clinton Foundation probe: The Hill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has begun an investigation into whether the Clinton Foundation conducted "pay-to-play" politics or other illegal activities during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, The Hill reported on Thursday, citing law enforcement officials and a witness.

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Iran stages pro-government rallies, cleric urges firm punishment for protest leaders

ANKARA (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of government supporters rallied across Iran on Friday, swearing allegiance to the clerical establishment and accusing arch enemy the United States of instigating the largest anti-government protests in nearly a decade, state TV reported.