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Begala: McConnell should have seen this coming

My friend and CNN colleague, S.E. Cupp, (whose new show debuts on HLN on August 21) has the perfect metaphor for President Donald Trump's relationship with the Republican Party. "He uses the party like a teenage boy uses a tuxedo for prom night," she says. And she's right. He rented the suit, used it for a time, and then dropped it in a heap in the corner, without a second thought about the cigarette burns and stains. [Source]

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Former Iranian president asks Supreme Leader to end house arrests

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran's former president Mohammad Khatami has called on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to end the house arrest of opposition leaders, Khatami’s website reported Sunday, the first such public call by a senior political figure


Vietnam's president calls for tougher internet controls

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam's president called on Sunday for tougher controls on the internet in the face of dissidents who are using it to criticize the ruling Communist Party, and to combat threats to cybersecurity.

President tweets that 'sometimes you need protest in order to heal'

President Donald Trump tweeted his support for the Boston Police Department's handling of a self-described free speech rally and counterprotest march that brought thousands to the city's downtown Saturday, adding that he applauded "the many protestors in Boston who are speaking out against bigotry and hate."

Saudi Arabia

The Benefits of Standing by the President

Stephen Schwarzman of Blackstone is among President Trump’s most reliable Wall Street allies. His Washington profile helped nail a big deal in Saudi Arabia.

Kennedy Center Honors

Donald and Melania Trump to Skip Kennedy Center Honors

The White House said the president and first lady would not participate this year, “to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction.”


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.

Icahn, Carl C

Carl Icahn Quits as a Special Adviser to President Trump

The billionaire investor’s views on environmental regulations had raised criticism from Democratic lawmakers.


Carl Icahn steps down as adviser to President Trump

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


UPDATE 1-Carl Icahn steps down as adviser to U.S. President Trump

Aug 18 (Reuters) - Billionaire investor Carl Icahn on Friday ended his role as a special adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump after facing criticism that his recommendations on policy could help his own investments.


Peru court convicts two of human-rights abuses at military base

LIMA (Reuters) - A Peruvian court on Friday found guilty two of the seven former military officers who were accused of torturing and murdering civilians in a poor highland province in 1983.

President angry with chief strategist who was quoted contradicting Trump on N. Korea

President Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon is out at the White House, two administration officials told CNN on Friday.


MOVES-Stifel names new senior vice presidents

Aug 18 (Reuters) - Stifel Financial Corp said Nicholas Dukas and Jason Dukas have joined its broker-dealer unit Stifel, Nicolaus & Co Inc's private client group office as senior vice presidents of investment.

Romney to President Trump: Apologize

Mitt Romney called on President Donald Trump Friday to apologize for his comments about Charlottesville, Virginia, saying the President's remarks this week "caused racists to rejoice."

Mother of Va. victim: 'I'm not talking to the President'

The mother of the woman killed in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend said she is not interested in hearing from the President because she believes he equated her daughter to white supremacists.

Barcelona, Donald Trump, ‘The Defenders’: Your Friday Briefing

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Hend eyes Presidents Cup audition at Fiji International

(Reuters) - Australia's Scott Hend put his hand up for Presidents Cup selection after firing a six-under-par 66 to grab a share of the lead after the second round of the Fiji International on Friday.


Stolen samurai-wielding swordsman targets Taiwan Presidential Office

TAIPEI (Reuters) - A man wielding a stolen samurai sword tried to break into Taiwan's presidential palace on Friday and wounded a military policeman who stopped him, the Presidential Office said.

Europe Edition: Barcelona, Donald Trump, Malala: Your Friday Briefing

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China's top party school urges cadres to learn from Xi's teenage travails

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's top training school for Communist Party cadres has published a book on the experiences of President Xi Jinping during the Cultural Revolution, exhorting party members to learn from the events that drove his "unshaken pursuit of ideals".

Analysis: What if President Trump is just winging it?

When President Donald Trump says or does something controversial or just plain dumb, the initial analysis is almost always the same: He's doing this on purpose to distract from something else!


Found: Oldest Known Photo of a U.S. President (Socks and All)

A recently surfaced original daguerreotype taken in 1843 of John Quincy Adams will be auctioned at Sotheby’s in October.

In tweets, President says taking away 'beautiful' Confederate monuments rips apart US culture

President Donald Trump on Thursday denounced the removal of monuments to Confederate figures as "sad" and "so foolish," days after white supremacists and neo-Nazis took to Charlottesville, Virginia, to violently protest the planned removal of a statue of the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

S. Korea's President pledges 'no war on Korean peninsula'

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said US and South Korean policies are aligned on North Korea and promised there "will be no war on the Korean peninsula ever again."

Europe Edition: Donald Trump, ‘Brexit,’ Angela Merkel: Your Thursday Briefing

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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.

United States Politics and Government

News Analysis: Trump Refuses to Set a Moral Standard, Abandoning a Traditional Duty

The president’s predecessors, going back to George Washington, have all tried, with varying degrees of success, to summon Americans to a higher moral purpose.

For CEO President, collapse of business panels is a stunning rebuke


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United States Politics and Government

Jewish Trump Officials Silent on President’s Defense of Anti-Semitic Protesters

Gary D. Cohn, Steven Mnuchin and Jared Kushner have not commented publicly, though Mr. Cohn was described by those close to him as disgusted with the remarks.


BRIEF-Campbell CEO resigns from President's manufacturing jobs initiative

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Former Presidents Bush denounce racial bigotry

Former Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush joined the chorus of lawmakers speaking out to condemn the racist violence that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.

Michael Moore buses audience to Trump Tower protest

Filmmaker Michael Moore invited the audience at his one-man Broadway show to join him at a Trump Tower protest.

Donald Trump, Luther Strange, Sierra Leone: Your Wednesday Briefing

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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.


Australia accuses NZ opposition of dirty tricks over citizenship fuss

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Australian government accused a New Zealand opposition party on Wednesday of conniving to bring it down by revealing that Australia's deputy prime minister is a New Zealand citizen, and thus ineligible to sit in parliament.

After Trump's remarks, Fox News focuses on the left and the media

Only Fox News can bring down President Trump, a recent New York Times op-ed argued. "If Fox turns, it's inevitable," it said.


Indonesian president calls to safeguard pluralism from extremist threat

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's president said on Wednesday that the world's most populous Muslim-majority country needed to pull together to meet the threat of extremism and safeguard a constitution that enshrines religious freedom and diversity.

Europe Edition: Donald Trump, ‘Brexit,’ Madeira: Your Wednesday Briefing

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Michael Moore Takes His Broadway Audience on Buses to Protest Trump

Mr. Moore’s Broadway plan has made Donald J. Trump the target of his rumpled, moral ire. On Tuesday, he bused his audience to Mr. Trump’s door.

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

It was like watching a human Twitter feed.

Donald Trump, Charlottesville, North Korea: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

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BRIEF-Edmonton awards New Flyer a contract for 110 clean diesel buses

* Edmonton awards New Flyer a contract for 110 clean diesel buses

United States Politics and Government

Trump Takes Aim at Executives Leaving Presidential Council

President Trump, on a day he faced a rebuke from Walmart’s C.E.O. and another departure from his manufacturing council, said the executives were “embarrassed” for making products overseas.

Transcript: The President's Trump Tower Q and A

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Hello, everybody. Great to be back in New York with all of our friends, and some great friends outside the building, I must tell you.


Mexico's president denies campaign received funds from Odebrecht bribes

MEXICO CITY, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Mexico's president's office on Tuesday rejected allegations that bribes by Brazilian builder Odebrecht were funneled into the 2012 campaign of President Enrique Pena Nieto.


BRIEF-CAPREIT ‍announces passing of president and CEO Thomas Schwartz​

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United States International Relations

Iran’s President Threatens to Restart Nuclear Program

Hassan Rouhani says he could revive uranium-enrichment activities in “hours” if the American government imposes any further sanctions.


Indonesia police uncover alleged plot to bomb presidential palace

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian police on Tuesday arrested five suspected Islamist militants and seized chemicals near the capital, Jakarta, that they said were being used to make bombs for attacks on the presidential palace at the end of August.


BRIEF-Wabco enters into new long-term agreement with a major global manufacturer of trucks and buses

* Wabco enters into new long-term agreement with a major global manufacturer of trucks and buses; wins its largest order ever for supply of its breakthrough modular braking system platform

Europe Edition: Donald Trump, Burkina Faso, Paris: Your Tuesday Briefing

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Former Mexican presidential aide denies taking bribes from Odebrecht

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A close former aide of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, "categorically denied" allegations he received $10 million in bribes from Odebrecht during the 2012 presidential campaign and later when he headed state oil company Pemex.

The President on Monday said what many thought he should have expressed two days ago

Even the walls of Donald Trump's private New Jersey golf club weren't enough to shield the President from the withering criticism he endured for 48 hours this weekend.

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.


BRIEF-Deluxe appoints Walter Schonfeld as President, Deluxe Distribution

* Deluxe appoints Walter Schonfeld as president, Deluxe Distribution

Charlottesville, Va, Violence (August, 2017)

Transcript and Video: President Trump Speaks About Charlottesville

Mr. Trump once again addressed the violence that occurred in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend after white nationalists clashed with counterprotesters.


BRIEF-Conagra brands names Delu Jackson vice president of Precision Marketing

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Watch President's full statement

After facing two days of criticism for his response to the violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Trump condemned the attack in a statement from the White House.


Mexico ruling party says rules aimed at stopping rise of left

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Rules adopted by Mexico's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party to allow it to form coalitions and non-members to run for president were necessary to stop leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador from winning office next year, its president said.


Hundreds killed in Sierra Leone mudslide: vice president

Hundreds of people are believed to have been killed when a mudslide struck the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown on Monday, Vice President Victor Foh said.


Finland's co-ruling nationalists seek fresh start after party break-up

HELSINKI (Reuters) - A splinter group of nationalists who remained in Finland's ruling coalition after their party broke up called on Monday for big tax cuts for the middle class in a bid to improve their dismal standing in the polls.

President condemns Charlottesville attack after facing days of criticism, calls white supremacists 'repugnant'


Malaysia ruling party leaders denounce violence at Mahathir forum

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Leaders of Malaysia's ruling party have condemned violence that erupted at a forum where former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad was speaking, as political tension rises ahead of a general election that could be called in coming months.


North Korea missile re-entry technology not perfected yet: South Korea

SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) - North Korea still does not appear to have mastered missile re-entry technology and will take at least one or two more years to do so, although its ability to miniaturize a nuclear warhead is advancing quickly, South Korea's vice defense minister said.

Colombian President to Pence: No US military intervention in Venezuela

Two days after US President Donald Trump said he would not rule out a military option to intervene in Venezuela, the President of Colombia had a message for his American counterpart: Rule it out.


North Korea still needs time to perfect re-entry technology: South Korea vice defense minister

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea still does not appear to have mastered missile re-entry technology and will take at least one or two more years to do so, although its ability to miniaturize a nuclear warhead is advancing quickly, South Korea's vice defense minister said.

Aides try to explain why the President has yet to condemn white supremacists

A series of White House aides on Sunday looked to explain President Donald Trump's statement the day before that failed to condemn white supremacists or the "alt-right" for violence that left three people dead in Charlottesville, Virginia.


President Trump's reelection campaign releases television ad

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's reelection campaign released its first television advertisement on Sunday, a 30-second spot that attacks Democrats and touts the accomplishments of his first seven months in office.

Warren: Progressives have won the soul of Democratic Party

In the aftermath of last year's election, the centrist old guard is out and progressives have won the battle for the soul of the Democratic Party, Elizabeth Warren declared Saturday.


Argentina primary vote measures appetite for populist ex-president

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentines vote on Sunday in a closely watched mid-term primary election that will test their appetite for bringing back the left-wing populism of former President Cristina Fernandez.


Argentina primary vote measures appetite for populist ex president

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentines vote on Sunday in a closely watched mid-term primary election that will test their appetite for bringing back the left-wing populism of former President Cristina Fernandez.


Charlottesville violence tests Trump's presidential mettle

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (Reuters) - For President Donald Trump, this was the week when the real world began to intrude upon his presidency.

Cillizza: It's hard to imagine a less presidential statement

A group of white supremacists -- screaming racial, ethnic and misogynistic epithets -- rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday. One person was killed and 19 others were injured when a car sped into a group of counter-protesters.


Mexican president embraces party change allowing outsider candidates

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Saturday endorsed a change to the Institutional Revolutionary Party's (PRI) rules that allows outsiders to run for president, a move that gives the embattled leader greater power to anoint his successor.


Protests Rage On in Kenya After President Is Re-Elected

Many believe the election was rigged, even though international observers concluded that it was fair and transparent.

Donald Trump is loyal -- until he's not

From long before he took office, President Donald Trump has touted loyalty -- his to others, and others' to himself -- as a prize virtue.

DNC leader says GOP is 'the party of racism'

A top Democratic National Committee leader called the Republican Party "the party of racism" at a conference for liberal activists Friday, pointing to President Donald Trump's positions on immigrants and refugees.


One dead after 5.6 magnitude quake causes Peru landslides

LIMA (Reuters) - A 5.6-magnitude undersea earthquake struck the Pacific Ocean off of Peru's southern coast on Friday, triggering landslides on local roads that killed one person and wounded two, a regional governor said.

Immigration and Emigration

Ship Monitoring Rescues of Migrants Refuses to Be Rescued

A hard-right group chartered a ship to monitor the rescue of migrants. But when it ran into engine trouble on the Mediterranean, it rejected an offer of help from an aid vessel.

Inside the fight that could derail the Democratic Party

In what should be Democrats' strongest moment since November, a series of emotional and racially charged clashes are forcing the party to once again confront the problem that has plagued it for a year: How to incorporate the supporters of Bernie Sanders.


Chilean judge takes second stab at resolving murder of ex-president

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - A Chilean judge formally accused six people on Friday of assassinating a former president during the country's 1973 to 1990 dictatorship, marking the second time in a decade he has moved to resolve the enduring murder case.


Peru's president urges Venezuela's Maduro to step down

LIMA (Reuters) - Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski on Friday urged Venezuela's president Nicolas Maduro to step down, calling him a "dictator", and rejected the socialist leader's call for the two to meet face-to-face along with other presidents in the region.

President warns North Korean leader against overt threats to US territories or allies

President Donald Trump said Friday North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "will truly regret it and he will regret it fast" if he issues an overt threat or attacks Guam or a US ally.


President Uhuru Kenyatta Is Declared Victor of Kenyan Election

Mr. Kenyatta won a contest marred by allegations of vote-rigging and the killing of a top election official.


Brazil president weakened by graft charge, losing fiscal battle

BRASILIA, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Brazilian President Michel Temer has burned through political capital fighting corruption charges and is struggling to push forward his economic agenda meant to rein in a gaping budget deficit.

President again warns North Korean leader against threatening US territories or allies

Cillizza: Donald Trump is, at heart a provocateur

Over the past 96 hours, President Trump has made news three times with his over-the-top rhetoric directed at the volatile rogue regime of North Korea.

North Korea, Donald Trump, Google: Your Friday Briefing

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UPDATE 1-Union federation accuses Freeport of treating 'fired' Indonesia mine workers 'with contempt'

* Union group says Freeport treated "fired" workers "inhumanely"

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Union federation accuses copper miner Freeport of treating 'fired' workers 'with contempt'

JAKARTA, Aug 11 (Reuters) - IndustriALL Global Union, a federation of global workers unions, said on Friday that the Indonesian unit of copper miner Freeport McMoRan Inc and copper smelter PT Smelting treated "fired" workers "inhumanely and with contempt", urging both to reinstate the workers.


Cambodian PM accuses Laos of border violation, mobilizing troops

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen accused neighboring Laos on Friday of sending troops into Cambodian land in April and said they must leave by an Aug. 17 deadline and that he was mobilizing soldiers to the border area.

Cillizza: Thursday's 39 eyebrow-raising Donald Trump quotes

After largely avoiding the media since a solo press conference in mid-February, President Donald Trump held two extended press availabilities on Thursday at his Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.


Mexico ruling party's reform strengthens president ahead of 2018 vote

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A move by Mexico's ruling party to allow an outsider to run for president strengthens the hand of beleaguered leader Enrique Pena Nieto, granting him more power to pick his own candidate and opening a path for his finance minister, Jose Antonio Meade.

President says he was surprised by Manafort raid in Russia probe

President Donald Trump said he was "surprised" by the fact that the FBI conducted an early morning raid of his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort's home last month.

United States Politics and Government

President Trump Escalates Criticism of Mitch McConnell as Majority Leader

For days, Mr. Trump has trained his fire on Mr. McConnell, venting on Twitter about the Senate’s inability to pass a health care repeal bill.

The President says his warning to North Korea might not have gone far enough and won't rule out a preemptive strike


Ex-investment bank vice president pleads guilty to insider trading

Aug 10 (Reuters) - A former investment banking vice president pleaded guilty on Thursday to a U.S. charge that he engaged in insider trading in Neustar Inc shares before the advertising technology company announced it would be acquired by a private equity firm.


BRIEF-Brightcove appoints Tomer Azenkot as vice president of Americas media sales

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BRIEF-Imperva names Christopher Hylen as president and CEO

* Imperva names Christopher Hylen as president and CEO as part of leadership transition


BRIEF-New Zalando warehouses to up capacity to 10 bln euros

* Zalando co-ceo says two planned warehouses will up capacity to 10 billion euros sales

President's unorthodox approach to global leadership has him in a test of wills with N. Korean leader

President Donald Trump effectively ad-libbed his way into a test of wills with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and an unpredictable cycle of escalation -- largely due to both men's propensity for white-hot rhetoric and a desire to project strong leadership.


Mexico's ruling party moves toward allowing outsider presidential candidate

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) took a key step on Wednesday toward allowing non-party members, such as Finance Minister Jose Antonio Meade, to run for president in next year's election.

Journey's White House visit causes rift

Could turmoil over a trip by some band members of Journey to the White House lead to the break-up of the group? CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.

Politics and Government

Democratic Fight in California Is a Warning for the National Party

A bitter party leadership fight in the bluest of blue states signals the challenges Democrats face as they debate how to seize back power nationally.

United States Politics and Government

With North Korea, Past Presidents Preferred Words Over ‘Fire’

Mr. Trump’s remarks warning of “fire and fury” if North Korea continued threatening the U.S. broke with a tradition of American presidents using urgent diplomacy to quell crises with North Korea.

President Trump's 'fire and fury' is the new 'lock her up!'

Faced with a challenge that he has, as usual, turned into a personal feud, President Donald Trump has coined a new catchphrase. His threat of "fire and fury," directed at Kim Jong Un, is the nuclear equivalent of "Lock her up," which Trump used against Hillary Clinton.


Netanyahu accuses Israeli left, media of trying to oust him

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused his leftist opponents and the country's media on Wednesday of trying to oust his government by pressuring investigators to indict him "at any cost".


Polish president at loggerheads with ruling party over army

WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish President Andrzej Duda has blocked the appointment of new generals, in a fresh sign of tension between the head of state and the ruling nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party that originally backed him.


Iranian president names three women to government posts after criticism

(Reuters) - Iranian president Hassan Rouhani brought three women into the government on Wednesday, one day after being criticized on social media for submitting an all-male list of cabinet members to parliament for approval.


China hints at holding of key summer conclave ahead of party congress

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's propaganda chief on Wednesday visited government workers holidaying at the resort of Beidaihe, state media said, in the first hint that an annual conclave there of senior leaders was happening before an autumn party congress.


Tajikistan accuses Iran of involvement in 1990s civil war: TV documentary

DUSHANBE (Reuters) - Tajikistan on Wednesday accused Iran of sending assassins and saboteurs into the former Soviet republic in the 1990s, when it was embroiled in a civil war against an Islamist-led rebel force.


UPDATE 1-McDonald's Japan raises annual profit forecast as consumer appetite recovers

* Upgrades FY op forecast to Y16.5 bln from Y15 bln previously


McDonald's Japan raises annual profit forecast as consumer appetite recovers

TOKYO, Aug 9 (Reuters) - McDonald's Holdings Co Japan Ltd upgraded its full year profit outlook on Wednesday as the fast-food chain sustained a recovery from a series of food scandals that hit consumer appetites.


Kenya opposition rejects poll results showing president in lead

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga rejected early results of a presidential election on Wednesday that showed he was losing to incumbent and long-time rival Uhuru Kenyatta, stoking fears that his disgruntled supporters could take to the streets.


BRIEF-Rosetta Stone names Mathew Hulett president, language

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Kenya opposition leader rejects poll results showing presidential lead

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's president took an early lead as results from national polls rolled in Wednesday, the election board said, but the opposition dismissed the numbers as "fake" and said their own tally showed they were winning.

Opinion: Obama shows Trump how to be presidential

A decade after vicious election-related violence in Kenya left more than 1,000 dead and the country in shock, Kenyans were voting Tuesday in a hotly contested presidential election. Trust -- in politicians, in the integrity of the political system -- remains low. Fear -- that the vote will be compromised, that unscrupulous leaders will inflame the public -- runs high.


Brazil president's lawyers demand removal of top prosecutor

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Lawyers defending Brazilian President Michel Temer against corruption allegations asked the Supreme Court on Tuesday to remove the prosecutor general from the investigation, arguing he is no longer fit to lead it.


BRIEF-Consumers Energy names Leeroy Wells Jr as vice president of operations support

* Consumers Energy names Leeroy Wells Jr. as vice president of operations support Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


BRIEF-CKX Lands says President Brian Jones to resign after 2018 fiscal year​

* ‍On August 7, Brian Jones, President and Treasurer, provided notice to company of his decision to resign after 2018 fiscal year​


Taylor Swift's trial lawyer accuses Denver DJ of seeking money, fame

DENVER (Reuters) - Taylor Swift's attorney accused a Colorado DJ of seeking money and fame by targeting his client with a lawsuit, as the pop star sat in the Denver courtroom watching the proceedings.


BRIEF-MGM Resorts ‍announces appointment of Jason P. Hyland as President of MGM Resorts Japan​

* Says ‍announced appointment of Jason P. Hyland as representative officer and president of MGM Resorts Japan​


Slovak coalition determined to continue, party leader says

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Leaders of the three parties in the Slovak government will try to overcome a dispute sparked by a junior coalition partner, a senior politician said after talks on Tuesday.


Kenyans Vote in Presidential Election, Amid Fears of Violence

Concerns about vote-rigging are high, and there are worries that the country could see a repeat of the deadly clashes that followed previous elections.

South Africa's president could be forced out today

South African President Jacob Zuma faces a parliamentary vote of no-confidence Tuesday in a secret ballot that will test the loyalty of members of his party, the African National Congress (ANC).


UPDATE 1-McDonald's bumps up estimate for stores in China by 2022

SHANGHAI, Aug 8 (Reuters) - McDonald's Corp said it would almost double the number of stores in mainland China by 2022, slightly more than was expected, as part of its strategic partnership with state-backed conglomerate CITIC Ltd and Carlyle Group.


McDonald's to open 2,000 more China stores by end-2022

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - McDonald's Corp will increase its number of stores in mainland China to 4,500 by the end of 2022, up from 2,500 currently, as part of a strategic partnership with Citic Ltd and the Carlyle Group , it said on Tuesday.


How the knowledge economy causes secular stagnation: James Saft

(Reuters) - To understand secular stagnation, with its low inflation and low growth, look first at the growth of the information economy and the expansion of intangible assets.

Kenyans vote in hotly contested presidential election

Kenyans head to the polls Tuesday in a hotly contested election that pits incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta against the nation's former prime minister.

The President's approval rating is at its lowest, and only 24% trust what the White House says, CNN poll finds

Six months into his presidency, Donald Trump's overall approval rating stands at its lowest point in CNN polling, while three-quarters of Americans say they can't trust most what they hear from the White House.


Mexico's ruling PRI weighs loosening party rules to open presidential field

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The head of Mexico's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) said on Monday that the PRI's method for choosing its presidential candidate needs a shakeup, ahead of a key gathering this week when PRI members will decide on changing the rules.

Strange times for the party of Nelson Mandela

Simpiwe Madau wears his loyalty on his sleeve, strolling down First Avenue in a faded black shirt bearing the message: "I am ANC."

Cillizza: Pence wants Trump to know he's not running for president. Not at all. Zip. Zero.

The New York Times published a story over the weekend detailing the "shadow" campaign underway among ambitious Republicans to be prepared in the event that President Donald Trump doesn't run for a second term in 2020.

Conway: Pence is a loyal vice president

White House officials and Vice President Mike Pence are pushing back against a New York Times report claiming he is readying to campaign for president in 2020 should Trump not seek re-election.


On Facebook, N.F.L. Spouses Share Tips and Harrowing ‘What Ifs’

In an invitation-only group, wives grapple with issues from finding a home in a new city to living with a player’s debilitating concussive injuries.


Trump says he spoke to South Korean president about U.N. sanctions on North Korea

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said he had spoken with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday, a day after the U.N. Security Council backed new sanctions on North Korea over its intercontinental ballistic missile tests.

Pence for president? Here's what he says

Vice President Mike Pence sought to bat down a report from The New York Times on Sunday that said he would plan to run for president should President Donald Trump not seek a second term.


Pence denounces suggestion he is eyeing 2020 presidential bid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday denied a New York Times report suggesting he is eyeing a 2020 run for president, calling it "disgraceful and offensive."


Pence denounces suggestion he is eyeing 2020 U.S. presidential bid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday denounced as false a New York Times article suggesting he is eyeing a 2020 run for president, calling it "disgraceful and offensive."

West Park Presbyterian Church

Struggling to Survive, Congregations Look to Sell Houses of Worship

Across New York City, religious leaders are making deals with developers and neighbors are fighting the proposals.


Myanmar rejects allegations of human rights abuses against Rohingya

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar on Sunday rejected allegations of crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing during a crackdown against Rohingya Muslims last year, accusing the United Nations of making exaggerated claims in its report on the issue.


U.A.W. Accuses Nissan of ‘Scare Tactics’ as Workers Reject Union Bid

More than 60 percent of the roughly 3,500 voting employees opposed the union. The result underscored organized labor’s continued difficulties in the South.


Brazil's president expects weaker pension bill to pass: paper

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian President Michel Temer expects Congress to water down his proposal to overhaul pension rules and approve the new legislation by a slim majority this year, he said in a newspaper interview published on Saturday.


Brazil's president expects weaker pension bill to pass -paper

BRASILIA, Aug 5 (Reuters) - Brazilian President Michel Temer expects Congress to water down his proposal to overhaul pension rules and approve the new legislation by a slim majority this year, he said in a newspaper interview published on Saturday.


Iran's Rouhani, embarking on second term, accuses Trump over nuclear deal

LONDON (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who was sworn-in for a second term on Saturday, has accused the United States of trying to undermine Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers, telling President Donald Trump that it will be his political suicide.

A brief history of presidential vacations

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President has done what few presidents have: Gotten low approval ratings amid a strong economy


Peru appeals court says ex-president Humala to stay in jail

LIMA (Reuters) - A Peruvian appeals court ruled on Friday that former President Ollanta Humala and his wife must remain in pre-trial detention for up to 18 months while they are investigated for campaign contributions.


Germany accuses Vietnam of Cold War-style kidnapping of businessman

WOLFSBURG, Germany (Reuters) - Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Friday Germany was considering measures against Vietnam for kidnapping a former oil executive and described the abduction, denied by Hanoi, as reminiscent of Cold War spy movies.


Singapore PM's nephew says attorney-general's letter accuses him of contempt of court

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The nephew of Singapore's prime minister said on Friday he was sent a letter by the city-state's attorney general that described comments he made on his Facebook account about the "litigious" nature of the government as being contempt of court.


U.S. Vice President Pence's hawkish tone on Russia contrasts with Trump approach

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When President Donald Trump scolded U.S. lawmakers on Thursday for clamping down on Moscow with new sanctions, his message clashed with the one that Vice President Mike Pence pushed during a four-day trip this week to Eastern Europe.

Why Chelsea Handler is thanking Donald Trump

Comedian Chelsea Handler said President Donald Trump scares "the sh-- out of me" during a lively conversation with CNN's Jake Tapper on Saturday night.


BRIEF-Columbus Gold appoints Blaine Monaghan as vice president, corporate development

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Denmark's prince refuses to be buried next to his queen

Prince Henrik of Denmark looks set to launch an eternal protest after announcing he does not wish to be buried next to his wife, Queen Margrethe, over the refusal to name him king.


Vice President Pence's hawkish tone on Russia contrasts with Trump approach

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When President Donald Trump scolded U.S. lawmakers on Thursday for clamping down on Moscow with new sanctions, his message clashed with the one that Vice President Mike Pence pushed during a four-day trip this week to Eastern Europe.

Donald Trump, Robert Mueller, ‘The Dark Tower’: Your Friday Briefing

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Thailand opposition figure accuses junta of neglecting flood-hit northeast

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Floods have killed 27 people in Thailand, stoking tension in the politically divided country, with an opposition figure on Friday accusing the ruling junta of being slow to respond to the disaster.

Germany accuses Vietnam of abducting executive from Berlin

A Vietnamese executive Germany says was kidnapped in Berlin has reemerged on state television in his home country.

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Lawsuit Accuses Former Phoenix Bishop of Sexually Abusing Boy

A lawsuit claims that Bishop Thomas J. O’Brien, who led the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix for 22 years, molested a boy decades ago.

Europe Edition: Donald Trump, Robert Mueller, Russia: Your Friday Briefing

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BRIEF-Citic completes acquisition of interest in McDonald's mainland China & Hong Kong businesses

* Completion of acquiring a controlling interest in McDonald's mainland China and Hong Kong businesses

What Donald Trump doesn't get about diplomacy


Mexico coalition plan augurs shift in presidential system

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), long the country's dominant political force, must recognize its future may lie in sharing power with longtime rivals, one of its most senior lawmakers said.


BRIEF-Broadridge appoints Tim Gokey president

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West Virginia's Democratic Governor to announce party change: NYT

(Reuters) - West Virginia's Democratic Governor Jim Justice is expected to announce Thursday night at a rally with U.S. President Donald Trump that he is changing parties, the New York Times reported, citing three sources familiar with the plans.


Brazil's PSDB says to pick presidential candidate as soon as December

BRASILIA (Reuters) - The Brazilian Social Democratic Party, President Michel Temer's biggest ally, plans to launch its candidate for the 2018 presidential elections as soon as December, the party's two most senior leaders said on Thursday.


Bieber says he's 'never going to be perfect' after tour cancellation

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Justin Bieber offered a mea culpa to his fans saying he was "never going to be perfect" but hoped to learn from his mistakes, after a tumultuous week in which he abruptly canceled the rest of his world tour and accidentally hit a photographer with his truck.


There's the rub - Danish Queen's husband refuses to share her grave

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Prince Henrik of Denmark announced on Thursday he does not wish to be buried next to his wife, Queen Margrethe of Denmark, saying he is unhappy he was never acknowledged as her...


Zambian opposition leader detained, accused of defaming president

LUSAKA (Reuters) - Police arrested a Zambian opposition leader on Thursday and said he would be charged with defaming President Edgar Lungu, an offence that carries a maximum five-year prison term.


Trump pressured Mexico president on border wall payment: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump pressured the Mexican president to stop voicing opposition in public to his plan to have Mexico pay for a border wall, according to transcripts of phone calls published on Thursday that gave an insight into Trump's attempts to influence foreign leaders in his first days in office.

President made remarks during call with Mexico leader

In a leaked transcript of a call between President Trump and Mexican President Peña Nieto obtained by the Washington Post, Trump calls New Hampshire a "drug-infested den."


Probe of deadly Minneapolis school blast focuses on repair work

(Reuters) - Authorities in Minneapolis were investigating on Thursday whether contractors working at a Christian private school caused a gas explosion that leveled a building, killing two staff members and injuring nine other people.


Trump pressured Mexico president not to oppose paying for wall: Post

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump pressured Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto earlier this year to stop publicly saying that Mexico would not pay for a planned border wall between the two countries, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.


Rouhani gets Iranian supreme leader's nod as second-term president, faces risks

ANKARA (Reuters) - Hassan Rouhani won the endorsement of Iran's supreme leader for his second term of president on Thursday after an easy election win, pledging to open Iran to foreign trade and investment but facing internal hardline resistance and renewed U.S. antagonism.

GOP lawmakers are less afraid of the President's ability to punish them as his poll numbers drop

Donald Trump is facing growing resistance from Republican lawmakers who are both turned off by his chronically chaotic style and increasingly unafraid of his ability to punish them politically as the President's poll numbers plummet.


Indonesia rights body urges end to abuses in Papua after police shooting

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's human rights commission on Thursday urged President Joko Widodo to end rights violations in the easternmost province of Papua after police were alleged to have killed one person and wounded 16 others while trying to quell a protest.


Iran's supreme leader endorses Rouhani as president for second term

ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran's supreme leader formally endorsed Hassan Rouhani as president in a ceremony broadcast on state television on Thursday, after Rouhani secured a second term in a landslide election win on May 19.


Vietnam silent after Germany accuses Hanoi of kidnapping

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam's government and state media were silent on Thursday, a day after Germany accused Hanoi of kidnapping a former Vietnamese oil executive seeking asylum in Berlin in what Germany said was an "unprecedented" breach of its laws.

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Trump almost played president in 'Sharknado 3'

President Donald Trump almost played the president in "Sharknado 3." CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on what could of been.

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Brazilian Lawmakers Reject Bribery Prosecution of President Michel Temer

Despite widespread support for the criminal case to move forward, Brazilian lawmakers voted to spare President Michel Temer from standing trial on corruption charges.

Note to President Trump: The stock market has hit an all-time high in 30 of the last 54 months

President Donald Trump hasn't hesitated to tout the stock market's new all-time highs in recent days -- but the market's climb over the last decade means record-breaking numbers aren't quite as rare as they might seem.

President says leaders of Mexico and Boy Scouts called to praise him. They say they didn't.

In President Donald Trump's telling, officials from Mexico City to Boy Scouts headquarters are lighting up his phone line with praise.

Angela Rye: Presidents should get mental evaluations

Political commentator Angela Rye says there needs to be legislation for US presidents to get psychological evaluations, during a panel discussion calling into question Trump's phone calls with the Mexican President and the Boy Scouts of America.


Kenya opposition leader says ruling party can win only by rigging vote

SUSWA, Kenya (Reuters) - Kenya opposition leader Raila Odinga said the ruling party cannot win next week's national elections unless it rigs the result.

Mexican president says this call didn't happen

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto denies calling President Trump to talk about what a great job the White House has been doing to secure the US-Mexico border.

President signs bill which Congress passed in part over Russian meddling in US elections


BRIEF-Party City Q2 earnings per share $0.21

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China says restrained in face of India 'concocting' excuses over border

BEIJING (Reuters) - China accused India on Wednesday of "concocting" excuses over the illegal entry of the South Asian nation's military into Chinese territory on their disputed border, adding that China had shown great restraint.

Europe Edition: Donald Trump, France, Venezuela: Your Wednesday Briefing

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Critic's Notebook: From President Macron, a Lesson in Style

Our politicians, with their lackluster style, should look to Paris for an example of expert image management.


Japanese Foreign Minister Kishida set to take key ruling party post: NHK

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida is set to take a key policy position in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in a cabinet reshuffle on Thursday, NHK public broadcaster said on Wednesday.


China expels anti-graft inspector from party for corruption

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's anti-graft watchdog said on Wednesday one of its former senior inspectors had been expelled from the Communist Party after an investigation found he had abused his position to receive bribes.


Former Brazil President Lula faces sixth trial for corruption

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, already found guilty of corruption in one graft trial, will now face a sixth trial on charges related to a sweeping political kickback scheme that sent Latin America's biggest economy into political chaos, a judge ordered on Tuesday.

Here's how to avoid email pranksters, Mr. President

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In Donald Trump's administration, the President may be the only person not talking about Russian sanctions and the country's response.

5 Republicans who could challenge Donald Trump in 2020

At Politicon, a gathering of the politically nerdy in California this past weekend, Republican consultant Rob Stutzman made a bold prediction about the 2020 presidential race.

'No inaccuracy' in Donald Trump Jr.'s statement about 2016 meeting with Russians, White House says

White House comments on Donald Trump Jr.'s statement

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Trump weighed in, "as any father would," on the initial statement released by his son, Donald Trump Jr., regarding a June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer.

Timeline of Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting revelations

New revelations about Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting in June 2016 with a Russian lawyer have rocketed the President's eldest son to the center of allegations of collusion with Russia.