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Kenyan girl shot dead as post-election anger boils

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NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's main monitoring group backed the official result of this week's ballot on Saturday as opposition anger at the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta erupted in the western city of Kisumu and slums ringing the capital, leading to two deaths. [Source]

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Trump to lay out U.S. strategy for Afghanistan on Monday night

BRIDGEWATER, N.J./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will lay out his long-awaited U.S. strategy for the war in Afghanistan in a prime-time television address to the American people on Monday night, the White House said on Sunday.

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Prominent U.S. religious conservatives defend Trump after Charlottesville

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two prominent religious conservatives defended U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday after he was widely criticized for blaming both white nationalists and counter-protesters for last weekend's violence at a Virginia rally organized by neo-Nazis and white supremacists.

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NAFTA negotiators wrap up first round of talks: U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Trade negotiators from the United States, Canada and Mexico on Sunday wrapped up the first round of talks to revamp the 23-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, a U.S. official said.

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Merkel attacks Turkey's 'misuse' of Interpol warrants

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized Turkey's use of an Interpol arrest warrant to detain a German writer in Spain, telling an election town hall event on Sunday that this amounted to abuse of the international police agency.

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Police say cannot rule out that suspect in Barcelona attacks may have crossed to France

BARCELONA (Reuters) - The chief of police in Catalonia said on Sunday he could not rule out that the last suspect still believed to be at large in the Barcelona attacks may have crossed to France.

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Thousands protest in Hong Kong over jailing of democracy activists

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Thousands of people took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday to protest against the jailing of three young democracy activists, with many questioning the independence of the Chinese-ruled city's judiciary.

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Anger simmers in Philippines over Duterte's drug war

MANILA (Reuters) - Mourners at the funeral of a Philippine man who police shot dead protested his innocence on Sunday, the latest sign of rising anger over President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody campaign to stamp out drugs.

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U.S. warship Indianapolis found 18,000 feet deep in Pacific Ocean

(Reuters) - Researchers have found the wreckage of the U.S. warship Indianapolis, which was sunk by a Japanese torpedo in the final days of World War Two, more than 18,000 feet (5.5 kilometers) below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, the Navy said on Saturday.

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Mnuchin tells Yale classmates: Trump does not equate neo-Nazis with peaceful protesters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Urged by his Yale University classmates to resign as treasury secretary following President Donald Trump's response to a white nationalist protest, Steven Mnuchin said on Saturday he would stay in office and that Trump "in no way, shape or form" equates neo-Nazis with peaceful protesters.

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Syrian army pounds rebel areas near Damascus after Russian brokered truce

AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian jets and artillery struck rebel-held eastern Damascus suburbs on Saturday a day after a Russian sponsored ceasefire with a rebel group agreed a halt of fighting in the last opposition enclave in the capital, rebels and witnesses said.

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Israel's Netanyahu to discuss Middle East with Putin: statement

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will discuss the Middle East with Russian President Vladimir Putin when they meet in the Russian resort of Sochi next week, his office said on Saturday.

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Brazil sugar group Clealco refinances nearly 1 bln reais in debt

SAO PAULO, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Brazilian sugar group Clealco Açúcar e Álcool SA reached a deal with banks late on Friday to refinance almost 1 billion reais ($317 million) in debt, three people with knowledge of the operation said, and a company executive confirmed the deal.

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U.S. remain three points ahead of Europe at Solheim Cup

(Reuters) - American Cristie Kerr made history as the United States retained a three-point lead at the Solheim Cup when they split the morning foursomes matches against Europe on day two in Iowa on Saturday.

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Israeli forces shoot dead a Palestinian wielding knife

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian teen wielding a knife on Saturday in the occupied West Bank, police said.

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News Analysis: With Bannon’s Ouster, Question Remains Whether His Agenda Will Be Erased, Too

Although Stephen K. Bannon lost as often as he won in White House debates, his departure could tip the balance on trade, climate, China and Afghanistan.

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Regional nations plus U.S. condemn Venezuela's new constituent assembly

CARACAS/LIMA (Reuters) - A group of 12 regional nations plus the United States rejected Venezuela's new government-allied legislative superbody, saying they would continue to regard the opposition-controlled congress as the country's only legitimate law maker.

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After Charlottesville, Boston aims to avert violence at 'Free Speech' rally

BOSTON (Reuters) - Hundreds of police officers will hit the streets of Boston on Saturday to deter violence at a "Free Speech" rally with right-wing speakers a week after a woman was killed at a Virginia white-supremacist protest.

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Spanish police searching for van driver in Barcelona attack

BARCELONA/RIPOLL, Spain (Reuters) - Spanish police were on Saturday searching for the driver of a van that plowed into a crowd in Barcelona, killing 13 people, in one of two deadly attacks in Catalonia carried out by a network of suspected Islamist militants.

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How hate groups recruit

CNN's Sara Sidner explains how hate groups recruit and spread their message to young white American men.

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Finnish knife attacks investigated as terrorism-related crimes: police

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish police are investigating Friday's knife attacks as crimes related to terrorism, it said on Saturday.

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Weather remains the wildcard

It's probably the most anticipated weather forecast in recent memory. Millions of people across the United States are eagerly tuning in to their local meteorologists or refreshing their favorite apps, all hoping for the same thing: clear skies overhead Monday for the total solar eclipse.

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Finnish police 'quite certain' about attacker's identity: local media

TURKU, Finland (Reuters) - Finnish police raided an apartment in eastern Turku and said it was "quite certain" it had identified the attacker who killed two people and wounded eight during a stabbing rampage on Friday, local media reported.

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Investor Carl Icahn steps down as adviser to President Trump

(Reuters) - Billionaire investor Carl Icahn ended his role as a special adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday after facing criticism that policy recommendations he offered could help his own investments.

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BRIEF-Berkshire Hathaway Energy says five Texas stakeholder groups reach agreement with Co in Oncor acquisition

* Parties to agreement ask public utility commission of Texas to approve acquisition

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No sanctions for Detroit jail's group strip searches: court

(Reuters) - The Wayne County jail in downtown Detroit is not liable to inmates who were subjected to group strip searches when the number of inmates awaiting processing made individual searches impractical, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday.

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Mayor says Lee statue must go as debate over U.S. slave past rages

DURHAM, N.C. (Reuters) - The mayor of Charlottesville called on Friday for a special session of Virginia's legislature to let localities decide the fate of Confederate monuments like the statue that was the focus of a far-right rally last week that turned deadly.

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BRIEF-Maya Gold & Silver reports production results for the month of July

* Maya Gold & Silver Inc- ‍production of 16,210 ounces of silver during month of July 2017 at its zgounder silver mine in Morocco​

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What's in a name? Virginia school enters Confederate symbols battle

MANASSAS, Va. (Reuters) - In the northern Virginia county where Confederate general Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson earned his famous moniker, a battle has begun to remove his name from the local high school where it appears in large white letters on the red brick facade.

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Kenyan opposition files case at Supreme Court challenging election results

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's opposition coalition went to the Supreme Court late on Friday to challenge the results of a presidential election which it says was rigged.

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Exclusive: Citigroup tops eight-bank group for Petrobras unit IPO - source

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Citigroup Inc and seven other banks will underwrite the initial public offering of Petróleo Brasileiro SA's fuel distribution unit, which will likely occur in November, a person with direct knowledge of the plan said on Thursday.

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White House lawyer Cobb predicts quick end to Mueller probe

(Reuters) - The White House lawyer brought in to deal with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election said he believed the focus of the probe was "narrow" and the aspects related to President Donald Trump should be completed before the end of the year.

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Venezuela's constituent assembly assumes power to legislate

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's new legislative superbody on Friday gave itself the power to pass laws, superseding the opposition-led congress and fueling criticism by government adversaries that socialist President Nicolas Maduro is consolidating a dictatorship.

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Tillerson condemns racism, calls for national reconciliation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a forceful condemnation of "bigotry in all its forms" on Friday and called for national reconciliation as he promised to work toward making the government more racially diverse.

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Wells Fargo troubles shift from phony bank accounts to real ones

(Reuters) - After paying customers millions of dollars for opening phony accounts they did not want, Wells Fargo & Co has said it is now grappling with the possibility it harmed customers by closing real accounts they needed, leaving them without access to funds.

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Trump fires controversial chief strategist Bannon

WASHINGTON/HAGERSTOWN, Md. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday fired Stephen Bannon as his chief strategist in the latest high-level White House shake-up, removing a powerful and controversial figure known for far-right political views.

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Trump to push out adviser Bannon: New York Times

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has decided to push out his chief strategist Steve Bannon, but White House officials were still discussing when and how, the New York Times reported on Friday, citing two unnamed administration officials.

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South Africa has granted Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity: security source

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa has granted diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwe first lady Grace Mugabe, allowing her to return to Harare and avoid prosecution for the alleged assault of a 20-year-old model, a security source said on Friday.

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In Charlottesville, Germans sense echoes of their struggle with history

BERLIN/WEIMAR, Germany (Reuters) - For the past decade, the pupils of the Manfred von Ardenne school in Berlin have been visiting a local cemetery to tend the graves of victims of the Nazis.

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Roadblocks, weapons bans as Boston braces for 'Free Speech' rally

BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston officials are planning road blockades and even banning food vendors from the historic Boston Common as they step up security around a "Free Speech" rally on Saturday featuring right-wing speakers, aiming to avoid a repeat of last weekend's violence at a white supremacist rally in Virginia.

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Several people stabbed in Finnish city of Turku: police

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Several people were stabbed in an attack in the Finnish city of Turku on Friday, police said, warning people to stay away from the city as they reinforced security around the country.

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BRIEF-MDU Resources Group files for potential mixed shelf; size not disclosed

* MDU Resources Group Inc files for potential mixed shelf; size not disclosed - SEC filing‍​ Source text: (http://bit.ly/2wnYq2P) Further company coverage:

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Nigeria's freed Chibok girls to return home 'fully recovered'

ABUJA (Reuters) - More than 100 girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in the Nigerian town of Chibok in 2014 are ready to return to normal life after being released and receiving psychological and medical treatment, the government said on Friday.

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BRIEF-Shake Shack Inc says licensee to open first restaurant in Mainland China by 2019​

* Shake Shack Inc - ‍plans are now underway for co and its licensee to open first restaurant in Mainland China by 2019​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Risesun Real Estate Development's unit signs strategic agreement with Alibaba-backed logistics firm

* Says unit signs strategic agreement with Alibaba-backed logistics firm on areas including internet of things, e-commerce innovation

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UPDATE 1-Group led by Energy Capital to buy Calpine Corp for $5.6 bln

Aug 18 (Reuters) - Debt-laden power producer Calpine Corp said it agreed to be acquired by a consortium of investors led by Energy Capital Partners for $5.6 billion.

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BRIEF-Magnegas reports preliminary Q2 financial results

* Magnegas reports preliminary financial results and business update for the second quarter of 2017

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As U.S. debates policy, Afghan pilots fear for families' lives

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (Reuters) - As the Trump administration debates war strategy in Afghanistan, this Afghan pilot in the U.S.-backed Afghan Air Force has more pressing concerns: He's worried the Taliban may kidnap or kill his family.

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Top U.S. general reaffirms commitment to Japan amid North Korea tensions

TOKYO (Reuters) - The top U.S. general repeated Washington's "ironclad commitment" to the security of its close Asian ally, Japan, on Friday amid regional tensions over North Korea, telling his counterpart in Tokyo that "an attack on one is an attack on both of us".

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UPDATE 1-Jack Ma-backed Yunfeng leads $1.7 bln purchase of MassMutual Asia unit

* Other investors include Ant, GIC-affiliate City-Scape (Recasts with details of the deal, Yunfeng share price surge)

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UPDATE 1-U.S. digital rights group slams tech firms for barring neo-Nazis

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 17 (Reuters) - A digital rights group based in San Francisco on Thursday criticized several internet companies for removing neo-Nazi groups from servers and services, saying the actions were "dangerous" and threatened free expression online.

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U.S. digital rights group slams tech firms for barring neo-Nazis

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 17 (Reuters) - A digital rights group based in San Francisco on Thursday criticized several internet companies for removing neo-Nazi groups from servers and services, saying the actions threatened free expression online.

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U.S. rights group rethinks defending hate groups protesting with guns: WSJ

(Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union will no longer defend hate groups seeking to march with firearms, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, a policy change that comes on the heels of protests by white nationalists and counter-protesters over the weekend in Virginia.

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UPDATE 2-Alibaba beats on earnings as e-commerce remains core revenue driver

* Revenue 50.1 bln yuan, up 56 pct, vs 47.7 bln expected by analysts

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Venezuela's new chief prosecutor vows to jail protest leaders

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Venezuela will hunt down and jail leaders of violent protests that have rocked the country since April, its new top prosecutor said on Thursday, a day before a hate crimes law was expected to be approved despite fears that it will be used to crush dissent.

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BRIEF-Acceleware reports results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017

* Acceleware reports results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017

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Trump drops plan to create infrastructure council: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has abandoned plans to create an infrastructure advisory council, the White House said on Thursday, the day after two other advisory groups were dismantled over the furor caused by Trump's remarks on white supremacists.

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BRIEF-LiveWorld reports second quarter financial results

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Becton Dickinson blood tubes not linked to inaccurate lead results: FDA

(Reuters) - Blood collection tubes made by Becton Dickinson & Co that were used in conjunction with Magellan Diagnostics' lead-testing devices were not linked to the cause of inaccurate results of lead levels, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday.

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Becton Dickinson blood tubes not linked to inaccurate lead results -FDA

Aug 17 (Reuters) - Blood collection tubes made by Becton Dickinson & Co that were used in conjunction with Magellan Diagnostics' lead-testing devices were not linked to the cause of inaccurate results of lead levels, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday.

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Dozen U.S. sailors to be punished for June collision: Navy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - About a dozen U.S. sailors are expected to face punishment for a collision in June between the USS Fitzgerald and a Philippines cargo ship, including the warship's commanding officer and other senior leaders of the ship, the Navy said on Thursday.

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BRIEF-FDA provides update on its investigation into inaccurate results from certain lead tests‍​

* U.S. FDA provides update on its investigation into inaccurate results from certain lead tests‍​

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Auto groups side with Canada, Mexico on NAFTA origin rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Auto industry groups from Canada, Mexico and the United States are pushing back against the Trump administration's demand for higher U.S. automotive content in a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement.

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BRIEF-Encore Capital Group says co entered into a third amended and restated senior secured note purchase agreement

* Encore Capital Group Inc - on August 11, 2017, company entered into a third amended and restated senior secured note purchase agreement

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Taylor Swift donates to assault victims group after groping win

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop star Taylor Swift has made good on her pledge to support groups that help sexual assault victims following her victory in a Colorado groping trial this week.

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How the FBI smashed white supremacist group The Order

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Museum or dumpster? U.S. cities wrestle with Confederate statues' fate

(Reuters) - As communities across the United States redouble efforts to remove Confederate monuments from public spaces after a far-right rally in Virginia turned deadly, city leaders now face another conundrum: what to do with the statues.

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U.S. to honor Japan defense pact 'without reservation': Tillerson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday said the United States would honor its defense treaty agreements with Japan "without reservation" after talks in Washington with Japan's foreign and defense ministers focused on North Korea's nuclear and missile threats.

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UPDATE 1-Trump adviser Cohn to remain as talk swirls of White House departures

WASHINGTON, Aug 17 (Reuters) - White House Economic Adviser Gary Cohn is remaining in his post, a White House official said on Thursday, after speculation earlier in the day of Cohn's possible departure rattled the U.S. stock market and the dollar.

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Sanctions on Kashmiri militant group unjustified: Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's Foreign Ministry on Thursday said Islamabad was disappointed over what it termed the unjustified imposition of sanctions by the United States on Kashmiri militant group Hizbul Mujahideen.

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Van crashes into dozens of people in Barcelona: police

MADRID (Reuters) - A van crashed into dozens of people in the centre of Barcelona on Thursday and several people were injured, police in the Spanish city said.

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In Backing Alt-Right, A.C.L.U. Embraces Role in Defending ‘Groups We Detest’

The group’s defense of a planned rally in Virginia, before the violence, has parallels to its seminal role in a proposed neo-Nazi gathering in Skokie, Ill., in 1977.

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Exclusive: U.S. forces to stay in Syria for decades, say militia allies

AIN ISSA, Syria (Reuters) - Washington's main Syrian ally in the fight against Islamic State says the U.S. military will remain in northern Syria long after the jihadists are defeated, predicting enduring ties with the Kurdish-dominated region.

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Trump digs in against critics of his Charlottesville violence response

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump hit back on Thursday at critics of his response to racial violence in the Virginia city of Charlottesville, and defiantly reiterated his opposition to the removal of monuments to the pro-slavery Civil war Confederacy.

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* Seven Stars Cloud provides update on NextGen Exchange Group

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Alibaba beats on earnings as e-commerce remains core revenue driver

BEIJING (Reuters) - Alibaba, China's top e-commerce firm, beat analyst estimates with a 56 percent rise in first-quarter revenue, driven by strong online sales.

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Wal-Mart's margins fall on price cuts, spending on e-commerce

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Thursday reported lower quarterly margins after it cut prices and invested heavily on expanding its e-commerce operations, and its shares fell nearly 3 percent.

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Forest rangers, fire crews brace for eclipse watchers to descend on U.S. West

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Forest rangers and fire managers across the U.S. West will be on high alert as motorists flock to Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming for next week's total solar eclipse, clogging roads and straining scarce resources at the height of summer wildfire season.

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* HCI Group Inc says ‍unit homeowners choice property & casualty insurance co has received regulatory approval to write flood insurance in Maryland​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Dad believes he may have found Natalee Holloway's remains in Aruba

The father of Natalee Holloway, the American teen who disappeared in Aruba back in 2005, says he and a private investigator found human remains in Aruba that may be his daughter's body.

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A list of the active hate groups where you live

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Apple's Cook says he disagrees with Trump, vows donations to rights groups

(Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) CEO Tim Cook has joined a chorus of business leaders who have voiced their opposition to President Donald Trump after he blamed white nationalists and anti-racism activists equally for violence in Virginia over the weekend.

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Three young Hong Kong democracy leaders jailed for months

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Hong Kong appeal court on Thursday jailed three prominent young Hong Kong democracy leaders for several months for "unlawful assembly" linked to the city's months-long pro-democracy protests in 2014.

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Hostage-taking at Dutch radio station ends peacefully

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A man held a woman hostage at a radio station in the Netherlands for a little more than an hour on Thursday before he released her and was arrested, Dutch police said.

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Fed's Fischer says move to unwind bank regulation 'dangerous': FT

LONDON (Reuters) - Efforts by the United States government to loosen regulations on banks are "dangerous and extremely short-sighted", one of the U.S. central bank's top policymakers said in an interview with the Financial Times published late on Wednesday.

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Fed's Fischer says move to unwind bank regulation "dangerous" - FT

LONDON, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Efforts by the United States government to loosen regulations on banks are "dangerous and extremely short-sighted", one of the U.S. central bank's top policymakers said in an interview with the Financial Times published late on Wednesday.

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What will Kim do next? Sixth nuclear test seen critical for North Korea

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea says it has developed intercontinental missiles capable of targeting any place in the United States.

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BRIEF-Autoliv teams up with Seeing Machines to develop driver monitoring systems

* Autoliv starts collaboration with Seeing Machines to develop driver monitoring systems (DMS)

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Assad's march east compounds West's Syria dilemma

BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - Syria's war has entered a new phase as President Bashar al-Assad extends his grip in areas being captured from Islamic State, using firepower freed by Russian-backed truces in western Syria.

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Australia's Hanson wears burqa to parliament in bid to ban them

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australian far-right senator Pauline Hanson wore a burqa to parliament on Thursday as part of her campaign to ban the all-enveloping garment worn by some Muslim women, drawing a quick rebuke from the government and Muslims.

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China military criticizes 'wrong' U.S. moves on Taiwan, South China Sea

BEIJING (Reuters) - The "wrong" actions of the United States on Taiwan, its South China Sea patrols and deployment of an advanced anti-missile system in South Korea have had a large, negative influence on military trust, a senior Chinese officer said on Thursday.

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South Korea's Moon says North Korean nuclear-tipped ICBM is a 'red line'

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea would be "crossing a red line" if it put a nuclear warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile, South Korea's president said on Thursday, but the United States had promised to seek Seoul's approval before taking any military action.

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China Unicom share trading to remain suspended after deal announcement

HONG KONG, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Shares in telecoms group China Unicom's Shanghai and Hong Kong listed units would remain suspended, even a day after the group announced raising of $11.7 billion from about a dozen investors including Alibaba Group and Tencent Holdings.

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Internet firms shift stance, move to exile white supremacists

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Silicon Valley joined a swelling backlash against neo-Nazi groups in the United States on Wednesday as more technology companies removed white supremacists from their services in response to weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Violence prompts U.S. Congress review of militants

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Violent extremism, including threats from domestic militants, will top the agenda at a Sept. 12 U.S. congressional hearing, following a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned deadly.

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Republicans offer few tax plan details at high-profile event

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Republican tax writers from the U.S. House of Representatives promoted their legislative goals at a special gathering in California on Wednesday, but offered few new details about provisions that may end up in their long-sought overhaul plan.

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BRIEF-GeoPark reports second quarter 2017 results

* Qtrly consolidated oil and gas production increased by 24 percent to 26,123 boepd

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ACLU takes heat for defending white supremacist group

Last weekend's deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, has put the American Civil Liberties Union on the defensive for representing the white supremacists and generated furious debate over First Amendment speech rights.

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In a trying week for the President, Ivanka Trump has remained mostly silent

Sequestered on a two-day holiday with her husband Jared Kushner in Vermont, Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump's eldest daughter -- one of his senior advisers and the closest member of his family who is Jewish -- has yet to comment on the events of her father's Tuesday afternoon press conference.

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Kisner licks PGA wounds, regroups for Wyndham Championship

GREENSBORO, North Carolina (Reuters) - Kevin Kisner has had little time to wallow in disappointment after last week's PGA Championship and will return to action at the Wyndham Championship on Thursday.

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Former CIA director slams Trump's 'dangerous' comments

Former CIA director John Brennan slammed President Donald Trump's "dangerous" and "ugly" comments on the deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend -- writing a personal letter to CNN's Wolf Blitzer after "The Situation Room" anchor spoke publicly about the fact that he lost all four grandparents to the evils of Nazism.

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BRIEF-UnitedHealth Group ‍board approved a reduction in annual base salary to $1 mln for Stephen Hemsley

* UnitedHealth Group Inc says ‍board approved a reduction in annual base salary to $1.0 million effective September 1, 2017 for Stephen Hemsley - SEC filing​

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Fed, split by inflation, should forge on with rate hikes: Mester

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Federal Reserve policymaker on Wednesday staked out the hawkish argument for carrying on with U.S. interest rate hikes even while weak recent inflation readings have split opinions among her colleagues at the U.S. central bank.

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Lawmakers, aides weigh benefits, costs of remaining loyal to Trump

Republican lawmakers and administration aides found themselves again Wednesday weighing the costs and benefits of remaining loyal to President Donald Trump, whose equivocal statements about neo-Nazis and white supremacists marked a dramatic shift in presidential rhetoric.

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Even if statues come down, demons remain

"Repulsive" was the word used by House of Representative Speaker Paul Ryan.

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Trump's stance on Virginia violence shocks America's allies

BERLIN/LONDON (Reuters) - America's closest allies condemned U.S. President Donald Trump in unusually strong and personal terms on Wednesday after he put part of the blame for violent clashes in the state of Virginia on those marching against gun-brandishing neo-Nazis.

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U.S. civil rights group sues Nebraska prisons for overcrowding

(Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union sued the Nebraska state prison system on Wednesday to remedy what it says is overcrowding that has fueled riots, assaults and created unconstitutional conditions for prisoners.

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BRIEF-‍Berkshire Hathaway's MedPro Group expands international facility coverage capabilities for U.S. Domiciled risks

* ‍Berkshire Hathaway's Medpro Group expands international facility coverage capabilities for U.S. Domiciled risks through reinsurance program participation with MPLC & Pembroke​

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Venezuela mulls 'law against intolerance,' aimed at dissenters

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelans who express "hate or intolerance" will be jailed for up to 25 years under a bill pending in the country's newly-formed constituent assembly, a measure the opposition fears will be used by the government to further crack down on dissent.

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South African police confirm Grace Mugabe remains in the country

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African police confirmed on Wednesday that Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe remained in the country and had applied for diplomatic immunity after being accused of assaulting a 20-year-old model in an upmarket Johannesburg hotel.

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Pope, in book foreword, vows crackdown on sexual abusers and protectors

BERLIN (Reuters) - Pope Francis - in comments in the foreword of a new book - has branded sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests a "monstrosity" and pledged action against perpetrators and bishops who protected them.

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Backlash against Trump intensifies after his comments on Virginia violence

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Several leading members of Donald Trump's Republican Party and key ally Britain sharply rebuked the U.S. president on Wednesday after he insisted that white nationalists and protesters opposed to them were both to blame for deadly violence in the Virginia city of Charlottesville.

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Russian-Germans in focus amid fears of Moscow propaganda

PFORZHEIM, Germany (Reuters) - German political parties campaigning for elections next month are competing to attract 2 million voters with roots in the former Soviet Union, amid concerns that Russian propaganda could sway votes in the community.

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Kenya opposition leader will go to Supreme Court over disputed elections

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya opposition leader Raila Odinga said on Wednesday he would go to court over last week's presidential election results, ignoring calls by some election observers that he concede defeat to President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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Virginia city holds memorial service for woman killed in violence

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (Reuters) - A 32-year-old woman killed when a suspected white nationalist crashed his car into anti-racist demonstrators in Charlottesville was being remembered on Wednesday at a memorial service in this southern U.S. college town.

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South Africa's top cop confirms Grace Mugabe dodged court hearing: report

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's top policeman confirmed on Wednesday that Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe failed to appear at a court hearing the previous day to answer accusations she assaulted a 20-year-old model in an upmarket Johannesburg hotel.

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U.S. sanctions Kashmiri militant group Hizbul Mujahideen

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday said it had sanctioned Hizbul Mujahideen, the largest of the anti-Indian Kashmiri militant groups engaged in conflict in the divided Himalayan territory between Pakistan and India.

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Brazil approves Itaú Unibanco acquisition of Citigroup retail assets

BRASILIA, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Brazil's antitrust authority Cade approved on Wednesday Itaú Unibanco Holding's acquisition of Citigroup's retail banking and insurance assets in the country, conditioned on a merger concentration agreement to be signed between the parties.

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BRIEF-Orbital Tracking reports financial results for qtr ended June 30

* Orbital Tracking Corp. reports financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Army helicopter with five aboard crashes off Hawaii: U.S. Coast Guard

(Reuters) - Emergency personnel on Wednesday were responding to reports of a downed Army Black Hawk helicopter with five crew aboard off the west coast of Hawaii, according to the United States Coast Guard.

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BRIEF-Interpace Diagnostics Group says Oxford Health plans will cover co's ThyraMIR test for indeterminate thyroid nodules

* Interpace Diagnostics Group Inc - oxford health plans will cover Interpace's ThyraMIR test for indeterminate thyroid nodules effective August 1, 2017 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-CBRE Group, Kahua enter into long-term, global agreement

* CBRE Group, Inc and Kahua enter into a long-term, global agreement

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EU urges Kenyan election commission to post all results online

NAIROBI (Reuters) - European Union observers in Kenya have called on the election commission to publish all remaining forms showing vote tallies on its website to ensure the transparency and accuracy of the process.

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Tencent results blow past forecasts on strength in games, WeChat

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Tencent Holdings Ltd , China's biggest gaming and social media firm by revenue, trumped forecasts to post its best-ever quarterly results, driven by higher income from smartphone games, payments and online advertising.

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U.S.-Japan conduct air drills as North Korea watches "Yankees'" next move

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese jets conducted air maneuvers with U.S. bombers southwest of the Korean peninsula on Wednesday as North Korea considered whether to fire missiles towards the U.S.-administered territory of Guam.

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Amazon maintains UK investment push with Bristol distribution center

LONDON (Reuters) - Online retailer Amazon said on Wednesday it would create over 1,000 jobs next year when it opens a distribution center in Bristol, south west England, maintaining its investment push in Britain.

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Amazon maintains UK investment push with Bristol distribution centre

LONDON, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Online retailer Amazon said on Wednesday it would create over 1,000 jobs next year when it opens a distribution centre in Bristol, south west England, maintaining its investment push in Britain.

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China angered at U.S. criticism of religious freedom, says U.S. not perfect

BEIJING (Reuters) - China hit back on Wednesday at criticism by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of its record on religious freedom, saying the United States was not perfect and should be looking after its own affairs rather than making baseless accusations.

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In a Body-Positive Moment, Why Does Hollywood Remain Out of Step?

Melissa McCarthy has broken through in Hollywood, but her success is viewed by studios as an anomaly. Danielle Macdonald hopes to flip the script.

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BRIEF-Azrieli Group reports Q2 NOI of NIS 343 mln, up 7 pct

* Q2 NOI increased by 7 percent, and totaled NIS 343 million, compared with NIS 321 million in the same quarter last year

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Exclusive: China's Belt and Road acquisitions surge despite outbound capital crackdown

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Mergers and acquisitions by Chinese companies in countries that are part of the Belt and Road initiative are soaring, even as Beijing cracks down on China's acquisitive conglomerates to restrict capital outflows.

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Offshore drilling mergers raise hopes for sector recovery

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Mergers among offshore oil drillers are raising hopes that consolidation could bring relief to a sector struggling to emerge from an industry downturn triggered by low crude prices.

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Australian agency believes it can locate MH370 with 'unprecedented precision'

SYDNEY/KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Australia's main scientific agency said on Wednesday it believed with "unprecedented precision and certainty" that a missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft crashed into the sea northeast of an area scoured in a fruitless two-year underwater search.

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Trump-backed candidate for Senate heads to Alabama run-off

(Reuters) - A Republican candidate backed by President Donald Trump for a U.S. Senate seat from Alabama is expected to finish a distant second in a primary election on Tuesday, but will still have enough votes to advance to a run-off, local news projected.

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Trump-endorsed Senate candidate heads to Alabama run-off

(Reuters) - A Republican candidate backed by President Donald Trump for a U.S. Senate seat from Alabama is expected to finish a distant second in a primary election on Tuesday, but still have enough votes to advance to a run-off, local news projected.

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Analysis: President Trump reveals his authentic political soul in a torrent of anger

It was like watching a human Twitter feed.

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War room 2.0? U.S. Air Force upgrades Middle East command center

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar (Reuters) - With its wall-sized screens simultaneously showing America's air wars in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, this war room at the heart of America's biggest military campaigns is already something of a technological marvel.

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Banish Bannon? Trump weighs his options as top aides feud

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - For months, U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser and his chief strategist have battled for influence behind the scenes, and their feud may force another shake-up at the White House.

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Trump Says Bannon Is ‘Not a Racist,’ but His Job Status Remains in Doubt

The president defended his embattled chief strategist even as Washington waits for Mr. Bannon’s departure from the White House.

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Trump infrastructure push rolls back environmental rules

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday rolled back rules regarding environmental reviews and restrictions on government-funded building projects in flood-prone areas as part of his proposal to spend $1 trillion to fix aging U.S. infrastructure.

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BRIEF-Future FinTech Group Q2 loss/share $0.49 from continuing operations

* Future FinTech Group reports second quarter 2017 financial results

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A Combative Trump Criticizes ‘Alt-Left’ Groups in Charlottesville

The president said he did nothing wrong in his first remarks on Saturday following racial unrest in Virginia.

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BRIEF-Air Industries Group files for non-timely 10-Q - SEC filing‍​

* Air Industries Group files for non-timely 10-Q - SEC filing‍​ Source text : (http://bit.ly/2i3Ce8J) Further company coverage:

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Trump says both left- and right-wing groups to blame in Virginia clashes

NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday said both sides were to blame in the clashes in Virginia over the weekend, adding that protesters on the political left violently attacked white nationalists rallying against a decision to remove a Confederate statue.

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US STOCKS-Wall St steady; economic data offsets retailer results

* Indexes: Dow up 0.1 pct, S&P up 0.01 pct, Nasdaq down 0.1 pct (Updates to late afternoon)

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Nearly 400 bodies recovered from Sierra Leone mudslide: coroner

FREETOWN (Reuters) - Rescue workers have recovered nearly 400 bodies from a mudslide in the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown, the chief coroner said on Tuesday, as rescue operations continued and morgues struggled to find space for all the dead.

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Blackstone ends talks for NSO Group stake that prompted protest: sources

(Reuters) - Blackstone Group has pulled out of discussions to buy part of Israeli mobile surveillance software maker NSO Group, according to people familiar with the talks that had been criticized by digital privacy activists.

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Walmart’s C.E.O. Joins Group to Rebuke Trump Over Charlottesville

Doug McMillon, Walmart’s chief executive, said the president “missed a critical opportunity to help bring our country together.”

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BRIEF-Citigroup says credit card charge-offs 2.07‍​ pct in July vs 2.40 pct in June

* Credit card charge-offs 2.07‍​ percent in July versus 2.40 percent in June - SEC filing

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I used to build hate groups; now I work to stop them

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BRIEF-The China Fund responds to City of London Investment Group letter

* China Fund says it had sent a response to letter that City of London Investment Group PLC had attached to its August 10, 2017 form 13D filing​

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Trade groups call on U.S. to investigate CSX rail disruptions

(Reuters) - Dozens of U.S. trade groups have asked federal rail regulators to investigate CSX Corp's "chronic service failures," saying problems at No. 3 U.S. railroad have rippled across the North American rail network, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

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Pence says confident of peaceful Venezuela solution, seeks trade with Argentina

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said in Buenos Aires on Tuesday he was confident of reaching a "peaceable" solution for Venezuela with economic and diplomatic pressure on Nicolas Maduro's regime.

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7 charts that explain hate groups in the US

White nationalist and neo-Nazi hate groups have made headlines over the last two days for the violent clashes in Virginia on Saturday, but what does their influence look like outside of Charlottesville?

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Trump hits back at CEOs over response to Virginia violence

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump hit back on Tuesday at business leaders who quit a presidential advisory panel in protest over his response to a rally by far-right groups that turned deadly in Virginia, calling the executives "grandstanders."

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Sharapova awarded main draw wildcard at U.S. Open

(Reuters) - Former world number one Maria Sharapova will make her first grand slam appearance in over 18 months after she was awarded a main draw wildcard for the upcoming U.S. Open, the tournament organisers confirmed on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-Air industries group qtrly consolidated net sales were $17.1 million, a decrease of 11.7%

* Air Industries Group qtrly consolidated net sales were $17.1 million , a decrease of 11.7%

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NAFTA negotiators aim for 'ambitious' first round of talks: U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Negotiators from Canada, Mexico and the United States are aiming for an ambitious first round of trade talks, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday, as the countries try to fast-track a deal to modernize the pact by early next year.

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BRIEF-Coach expects to open 20-25 net Kate Spade stores in FY18, mainly in outlet channel

* CEO on Conf call- Q4 sales in Japan decreased due to fewer Chinese tourists and as company continues to cut down on distribution

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Kenyan government attempts to close down two rights groups

NAIROBI (Reuters) - The Kenyan government is trying to shut down a rights group and a pro-democracy organization who raised queries over last week's disputed presidential election, officials said on Tuesday, provoking international condemnation of the attempted closures.

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Republicans on track for tax reform this year: lawmaker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee said on Tuesday Republicans are on track to pass tax reform this year and, unlike with healthcare, are united around a common plan even as the details are still being hammered out.

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Brazil's JBS maintains plans for IPO of U.S. unit

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - The world's largest meatpacker JBS SA will press on with plans to list shares of its United States subsidiary next year, Chief Executive Officer Wesley Batista said during a conference call with analysts on Tuesday.

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German green group to pursue diesel bans as agreed steps inadequate

BERLIN (Reuters) - German efforts to overcome a diesel scandal were dealt a blow on Tuesday after prosecutors widened a Volkswagen probe and a key environmental group said steps proposed by automakers to cut pollution remained inadequate.

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BRIEF-Eagle Point Credit Co announces second quarter results

* Eagle Point Credit Company Inc announces second quarter 2017 financial results and special distribution

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BRIEF-Speedemissions Inc announces second quarter 2017 financial results

* Speedemissions Inc announces second quarter 2017 financial results

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BRIEF-Marathon Patent Group issues update to shareholders

* Marathon's existing debt obligation of about $16.0 million will be assumed by a newly formed entity controlled by DBD

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Former senior al Shabaab leader says militants should leave group

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - The one-time deputy leader of Somali Islamist militants al Shabaab called on Tuesday for others to quit the group following his defection to the government side in Mogadishu.

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Taliban urge Trump to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan

KABUL (Reuters) - The United States should withdraw all its troops from Afghanistan and stop listening to "stooges" in Kabul, the Taliban warned in an open letter to U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday.

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Iran says its drones near U.S. vessels are safe, following rules

LONDON (Reuters) - Iran's powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) rejected U.S. criticism that it flew a drone unsafely near a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Gulf and it defended its right to carry out air patrol missions in the area.

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U.S. sanctions hit Russian hopes of a 'Trump bump' for investment

MOSCOW (Reuters) - New U.S. sanctions on Moscow have forced Russian business chiefs to accept that Donald Trump's rise to power is not about to produce a "Trump Bump" in foreign investment.

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Undeterred, U.S. cities ramp up removal of Confederate statues

(Reuters) - Undeterred by the violence over the planned removal of a Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, municipal leaders in cities across the United States said they would step up efforts to pull such monuments from public spaces.

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Britain asks for interim customs deal with EU, new trade deals post-Brexit

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain has said it wants an interim customs agreement with the European Union after Brexit to allow the freest possible trade of goods, but that it will also seek the right to negotiate other trade deals -- a possible sticking point in the talks.

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Roadside bomb blast kills eight soldiers in southwest Pakistan

QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - A roadside bomb killed eight soldiers in a remote district in Pakistan's southwestern province of Baluchistan, a government official said on Tuesday, the second attack within days in the troubled region.

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Flooding kills more than 160 people across South Asia

KATHMANDU/DHAKA (Reuters) - Heavy monsoon rains in Nepal, Bangladesh and India have killed more than 160 people in the last week, officials said on Tuesday, as authorities rushed to rescue those missing or stranded in flooded areas.

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Iran could quit nuclear deal in 'hours' if new U.S. sanctions imposed: Rouhani

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran could abandon its nuclear agreement with world powers "within hours" if the United States imposes any more new sanctions, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday.

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Japan PM sends ritual offering to war dead shrine on WW2 surrender anniversary

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to a controversial shrine to war dead on Tuesday, the anniversary of Japan's World War Two surrender, but did not visit in person in an apparent effort to avoid increasing regional tensions.

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U.S. auto safety advocacy group names Obama-era official to top post

(Reuters) - U.S. auto safety advocacy group Center for Auto Safety has appointed an official with a track record in federal government consumer protection agencies as its new executive director, the industry body said on Tuesday.

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Merck and Under Armour CEOs resign from Trump council over Charlottesville

(Reuters) - The chief executives of Merck & Co Inc and Under Armour Inc resigned from U.S. President Donald Trump's American Manufacturing Council on Monday, following Trump's initially tepid response to weekend violence at a rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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More than 200 killed in Sierra Leone as mudslide sweeps away homes

FREETOWN, (Reuters) - A mudslide killed more than 200 people on the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown on Monday, sweeping away homes and leaving residents desperate for news of missing family members.

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Taylor Swift wins groping trial against DJ, awarded symbolic $1

DENVER (Reuters) - Taylor Swift won her trial against a Colorado radio personality on Monday after a jury found that the former DJ assaulted and battered the pop star by groping her bare bottom, and awarded her the symbolic $1 in damages she had sought.

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Tech companies in the crosshairs on white supremacy and free speech

TORONTO/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer had its internet domain registration revoked twice in less than 24 hours in the wake of the weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, part of a broad move by the tech industry in recent months to take a stronger hand in policing online hate-speech and incitements to violence.

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BRIEF-HNZ Group Qtrly earnings per share $0.19

* Qtrly revenue of $56.4 million, versus $57.3 million last year

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BRIEF-Prometic reports 2017 second quarter highlights and financial results

* Prometic reports 2017 second quarter highlights and financial results

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Car plows into pizzeria near Paris, killing 12-year-old girl

(Reuters) - A car plowed into the outdoor terrace of a pizzeria in the small town of Sept-Sorts east of Paris on Monday, killing a 12-year-old girl and seriously injuring several other people.

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Trump orders probe of China intellectual property practices

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Monday authorized an inquiry on whether to investigate China's alleged theft of intellectual property, the first direct action by the White House against a country Trump has painted as the U.S. chief trade villain.

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U.S. will take out any North Korean missile seen as hitting Guam: Mattis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday that the United States would know the trajectory of a missile fired by North Korea within moments and would "take it out" if the missile looked like hitting the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam.

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BRIEF-Zais Group Holdings Inc Qtrly loss per share $0.05

* Zais group holdings, inc. Reports second quarter 2017 results

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Tapper: The group Trump won't attack

CNN's Jake Tapper takes a closer look at President Trump's long history of attacking his opponents in the media, Hollywood, politics and others.

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Trump orders China IP probe as business groups urge caution

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday authorized an inquiry into whether to investigate China's alleged theft of American intellectual property, declaring it "a very big move" while the country's largest business lobby group urged the two countries to resolve differences.

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President specifically calls out white supremacists and other hate groups two days after fatal car attack

President Donald Trump directly condemned white supremacists and neo-Nazis in a statement from the White House Monday afternoon.

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'El Chapo' Guzman allowed to meet relative in U.S. jail: lawyer

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Joaquin Guzman, the Mexican drug lord known as "El Chapo" who is jailed awaiting trial in the United States, may meet with a relative to discuss ways to pay for his defense, a lawyer for Guzman said on Monday.

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Venezuela's Maduro seeks to capitalize on Trump's military threat

CARACAS (Reuters) - While U.S. Vice President Mike Pence travels to Latin America tamping down concern over his boss's threat of possible military action in Venezuela, the country's leader Nicolas Maduro sought to capitalize on local outrage by holding an "anti-imperialist" protest on Monday.

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Brexit campaigners launch bid to oust pro-EU finance minister

LONDON (Reuters) - One of the most vocal pro-Brexit campaign groups launched a campaign on Monday to oust finance minister Philip Hammond from parliament, saying he is part of a plot to stop Britain leaving the European Union.

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BRIEF-Anthera Pharmaceuticals announces result phase 3 clinical study of Sollpura will be included in the European cystic fibrosis clinical trial network

* Anthera Pharmaceuticals announces result phase 3 clinical study of Sollpura will be included in the European cystic fibrosis clinical trial network

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BRIEF-FDA confirms use of mFARS as main goal in MOXIe trial can support omaveloxolone approval in Friedreich’s Ataxia

* FDA confirms that use of mFARS as primary endpoint in part 2 of the MOXIe trial can support approval of omaveloxolone in Friedreich’s Ataxia

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Voters sense betrayal in Britain's Brexit heartlands

CHATHAM, England (Reuters) - There is a whiff of betrayal in the air across Britain's Brexit heartlands where many impatient voters fear Prime Minister Theresa May is going soft on implementing last year's decision to leave the European Union.

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U.S. tax change proposals anger builders, realtors, charities

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With U.S. Congress members focused during their August recess on finding ways to lower the corporate tax rate, industry groups and other sectors of society are gearing up to fight proposed changes to the personal income tax.

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China a sweet spot for U.S. companies’ earnings in second-quarter

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Trade tensions between Washington and Beijing may be running high but Corporate America is finding China to be a reliable source of profit growth this year.

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Between old foe and aggressive ally, no honeymoon for South Korea's Moon

SEOUL (Reuters) - Just over three months in office, South Korea's president is finding little room to maneuver between old enemy North Korea and increasing combativeness from long-time ally, the United States.

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Court finds defrauding Islamic State is a crime in Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German court has found a Syrian refugee guilty of attempting to defraud Islamic State, a court spokeswoman said on Monday, granting legal protection to a group viewed as terrorists by the European Union.

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Driver accused of murder in Charlottesville violence faces court hearing

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (Reuters) - A man said to have harbored Nazi sympathies as a teenager before a failed bid to join the U.S. Army was due in court on Monday to face charges he plowed his car into protesters opposing a white nationalist rally in Virginia, killing a woman and injuring 19.