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Weah sworn in as Liberia president, says he will end corruption

MONROVIA (Reuters) - George Weah, the former international soccer star who won the presidency of Liberia last month, promised a crackdown on corruption as he was sworn in on Monday.

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More talks are needed, Democratic aide says

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Germany's SPD want to renegotiate key issues in coalition talks with Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) want to renegotiate key issues agreed in a blueprint for a coalition with the conservatives during formal coalition talks that the center-left party narrowly voted for, leader Martin Schulz said on Monday.

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Trilobites: They Hunt. They Gather. They’re Very Good at Talking About Smells.

A study of hunter-gatherers on the Malay Peninsula suggests that culture plays a role in how we describe the odors all around us.

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Iraq parliament confirms May 12 as date for elections: State TV

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's parliament has confirmed May 12 as the date for holding a parliamentary election, state TV reported on Monday.

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South Korea's Moon hopes inter-Korean thaw 'opens door' for nuclear talks with U.S.

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Monday a thaw in relations between the two Koreas ahead of next month's Winter Olympics presented a "precious chance" to bring about talks between the United States and North Korea over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.

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A President Not Sure of What He Wants Complicates the Shutdown Impasse

Democrats struggle with a president who says he wants to compromise but then is reined in by his own staff, while Republican leaders are loath to guess at his intentions.

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Schumer: WH talks like negotiating with Jell-O

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) provides details on negotiations he had with President Donald Trump that were intended to avert a government shutdown.

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Merkel readies for intense German coalition talks after tight SPD vote

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives start preparing for formal coalition talks with the Social Democrats (SPD) on Monday, wasting no time after the center-left party narrowly voted to go ahead following months of political deadlock.

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Moderate senators cite progress in talks to end government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Moderate Republican and Democratic senators held talks on Sunday to break a political impasse that has kept the U.S. government shut down for two days, but it was unclear if a deal could be struck to reopen federal agencies by the start of the work week.

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Mexico senator quits party to join leftist presidential frontrunner

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican opposition Senator Gabriela Cuevas on Sunday said she will leave the center-right National Action Party (PAN) to join the campaign of leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who leads polls ahead of July's presidential election.

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Advent in talks to buy 50 percent of Wal-Mart's Brazilian unit: report

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Private equity firm Advent is in talks to buy 50 percent of Wal-Mart Stores Inc's operations in Brazil, according to a report in Brazil's O Globo newspaper on Sunday.

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Advent in talks to buy 50 pct of Wal-Mart's Brazilian unit -report

SAO PAULO, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Private equity firm Advent is in talks to buy 50 percent of Wal-Mart Stores Inc's operations in Brazil, according to a report in Brazil's O Globo newspaper on Sunday.

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Colombian negotiator returning to Ecuador for talks with ELN rebels

BOGOTA (Reuters) - The Colombian government's head negotiator at peace talks with the ELN rebel group will return to Ecuador to seek a new ceasefire, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said on Sunday, after being recalled to Bogota following a surge in guerrilla attacks.

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German SPD backs coalition talks, leader vows tough approach

BONN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) voted on Sunday to begin formal coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, moving Europe's economic powerhouse closer to a stable government after months of political deadlock.

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Vice President Pence arrives in Israel

BEN-GURION AIRPORT, Israel (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence began a visit to Israel on Sunday after being praised as a "great friend" by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and shunned by the Palestinians over U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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German SPD votes for coalition talks with Merkel

BONN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) voted on Sunday to begin formal coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, moving Europe's economic powerhouse one step closer to a stable government after months of political deadlock.

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German SPD votes to pursue coalition talks with Merkel

BONN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) voted on Sunday to begin formal coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, moving Europe's economic powerhouse one step closer to a stable government after months of political uncertainty.

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Pence tells U.S. troops: no immigration talks until government reopens

(Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Sunday that the Trump administration would not reopen talks with Democratic lawmakers on "illegal immigration" until the U.S. government shutdown had concluded.

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Kremlin: no talks yet about any new Putin-Trump meeting: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - There are no talks yet about any potential new meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying on Sunday by state run RIA news agency.

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German SPD leader urges party to back coalition talks with Merkel

BONN (Reuters) - Social Democrat (SPD) leader Martin Schulz appealed to his divided party on Sunday to back formal coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, a move that would bring Germany a step closer to a stable government.

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French President Macron has 'a very direct relationship with Trump'

Their first meeting in Brussels was symbolized by a prolonged, white-knuckle handshake -- and months later it appears French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump continue to have forceful exchanges.

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German SPD leader implores party to back coalition talks with Merkel

BONN (Reuters) - Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz made an impassioned appeal to his party on Sunday to give the go-ahead for formal coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, a move that would bring Germany a step closer to a stable government.

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Somali president sacks Mogadishu mayor, names replacement

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi sacked the mayor of the capital Mogadishu and appointed his information minister to replace him on Sunday.

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Michigan State Trustee Asks President to Resign Over Nassar Scandal

Breaking ranks with the board, the trustee said new leadership would “allow the healing process to begin” after a former university doctor pleaded guilty to sex abuse.

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REFILE-SoFi in talks with top Twitter exec about CEO position-WSJ

Jan 20 (Reuters) - Social Finance Inc (SoFi) is in discussions with Anthony Noto, a top Twitter Inc executive, to become the online lender's chief executive, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday, citing sources.

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SoFi in talks with top Twitter exec about CEO position: WSJ

(Reuters) - Social Finance Inc (SoFi) is in discussions with Anthony Noto, a top Twitter Inc executive, to become the online lender's chief executive, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday, citing sources.

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SoFi in talks with top Twitter exec about CEO position-WSJ

Jan 20 (Reuters) - Social Finance Inc (SoFi) is in discussions with Anthony Noto, a top Twitter Inc executive, to become the online lender's chief executive, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday, citing sources.

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Germany's SPD to vote on coalition talks with Merkel's conservatives

BONN (Reuters) - Germany's center-left Social Democrats (SPD) will decide on Sunday whether to start formal coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, a move which would bring Europe's economic powerhouse one step closer to a stable government.

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Schumer: WH talks are like 'negotiating with Jell-O'

Sen. Chuck Schumer jabbed President Donald Trump on Saturday in his most sensitive spot — effectively telling the President, you just don't get the art of the deal.

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Trump to Democrats: no immigration talk until U.S. government reopened

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers took a tough stance on Saturday after the U.S. Congress failed to fund federal agencies, saying they would not negotiate on immigration until Democrats help end the government shutdown.

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Women's March protesters blast Trump as president touts gains

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Thousands of women and their male supporters turned out on Saturday for the second Women's March, a nationwide series of protests against U.S. President Donald Trump marking the end of his tumultuous first year in office.

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Trying to Defend President Trump’s Derision, Diplomatically

In embassies around the world, some of America’s diplomats are being dressed down by their host nations. Others are considering leaving their posts.

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Opinion: Islam Teaches Us That Life Is a Test. So Is This President.

What life has been like as an imam during Donald Trump’s first year in office.

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Trump to Democrats: no immigration talk until government reopened

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers took a tough stance on Saturday after the U.S. Congress failed to fund federal agencies, saying they would not negotiate on immigration until Democrats help end the government shutdown.

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South Africa's ANC to force Zuma to quit as president: reports

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Leaders of South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC)met on Saturday to outline the party's program for the coming year amid reports that its executive planned to force Jacob Zuma to quit as the country's president.

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UPDATE 3- South Africa's ANC to force Zuma to quit as president -reports

* Telkom chairman Jabu Mabuza named Eskom's chair (Adds new details on Eskom board, Ramaphosa quote)

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German SPD leaders upbeat as biggest branch backs coalition talks

BERLIN (Reuters) - Senior members of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) said on Saturday they were confident the party would approve the start of formal coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives at a special congress.

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Olympics: Talks under way to finalize North Korea participation

LAUSANNE (Reuters) - Talks began at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters on Saturday to finalize details on North Korea's participation at the Winter Olympics in the neighboring South next month.

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South Africa's ANC to force Zuma to quit as president: eNCA TV

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) said on Saturday it would work for close coordination between the party and the government, declining to comment on a report its executive planned to force Jacob Zuma to step down as president.

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Sen. Schumer's message to the President

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks after the Senate fails to pass a deal to fund the government.

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UPDATE 1-Twitter to notify users exposed to Russian propaganda during U.S. elections

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Twitter Inc, which is reviewing Russian interference during the 2016 U.S. elections, said on Friday it would notify some of its users whether they were exposed to content generated by a suspected Russian propaganda service.

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Cuba, U.S. hold talks on law enforcement despite tensions

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban and U.S. officials concluded on Friday a week of talks on law enforcement cooperation in Washington with a meeting on the combat against illicit drug trafficking, at a time of heightened tensions between the old Cold War foes.

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Rent-A-Center, Vintage Capital sign standstill deal amid buyout talks

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Buyout firm Vintage Capital Management LLC has agreed not to raise its stake in its acquisition target Rent-A-Center Inc or seek to gain control of its board as they talk about a potential deal, the furniture retailer said on Friday.

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Calls Grow for Michigan State University President to Resign Over Nassar Case

The school’s board of trustees asked for a state inquiry over whether officials ignored or covered up abuse complaints over Larry Nassar.

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Twitter to notify users exposed to Russian propaganda during U.S. elections

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Twitter Inc, which is reviewing Russian interference during the 2016 U.S. elections, said on Friday it would notify some of its users whether they were exposed to content generated by a suspected Russian propaganda service.

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McDonald's 'joint employment' trial delayed amid settlement talks

(Reuters) - McDonald's Corp and a U.S. labor board are in talks to settle a case claiming the fast food company is liable for purported labor law violations by its franchisees, leading a judge on Friday to pause a trial that began in 2015.

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UPDATE 1-McDonald's 'joint employment' trial delayed amid settlement talks

Jan 19 (Reuters) - McDonald's Corp and a U.S. labor board are in talks to settle a case claiming the fast food company is liable for purported labor law violations by its franchisees, leading a judge on Friday to pause a trial that began in 2015.

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Trump in 2013: President responsible for shutdown

President Donald Trump told Fox News in 2013 that the blame for a government shutdown ultimately goes to the president.

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Canadian cannabis firm Aurora in talks to buy both CanniMed and Newstrike -sources

TORONTO, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Canadian marijuana producer Aurora Cannabis Inc is in talks with rivals CanniMed Therapeutics Inc and Newstrike Resources Ltd to acquire both companies in a friendly deal, people familiar with the situation told Reuters on Friday.

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Merkel upbeat SPD will approve talks with her conservatives

PARIS (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday she was optimistic that Social Democrats (SPD) would approve the start of formal coalition talks with her conservatives at a special party congress this weekend.

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BRIEF-Airbus in talks with British Airways on new A380s sale - Bloomberg

* AIRBUS IS IN TALKS WITH BRITISH AIRWAYS ON NEW A380S SALE - BLOOMBERG CITING SOURCES Source: https://bloom.bg/2DrF9SX Further company coverage:

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Lowe's nominates directors after 'constructive' talks with D.E. Shaw

(Reuters) - Home improvement chain Lowe's Cos Inc said it has nominated two independent board members and plans to add a third following "constructive" talks with hedge fund D.E. Shaw Group, which has taken an activist stake, sending shares up 3 percent on Friday.

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UPDATE 3-Lowe's nominates directors after 'constructive' talks with D.E. Shaw

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Home improvement chain Lowe's Cos Inc said it has nominated two independent board members and plans to add a third following "constructive" talks with hedge fund D.E. Shaw Group, which has taken an activist stake, sending shares up 3 percent on Friday.

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NAFTA talks seen ending happily, despite growls from Trump

BENGALURU/SAO PAULO (Reuters) - The North American Free Trade Agreement will probably be renegotiated successfully with only marginal changes, said a large majority of economists in a Reuters poll, despite the Trump administration's saber-rattling.

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Could Taliban finally return to Afghan peace talks? Obstacles abound

KABUL (Reuters) - Exploratory meetings in Pakistan between a high-level Taliban delegation and a representative of a prominent Afghan politician have fueled speculation of a revival of long-stalled talks on ending Afghanistan's 16-year war that kills thousands each year.

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Far from home, Mexican migrants eager to influence presidential race

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Tijuana native Alma Martinez will cast her first-ever vote for a Mexican president this July, but from across the country's northern border, where she is among hundreds of thousands of co-nationals whose participation could be decisive in a close race.

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Lowe's names two directors after talks with activist investor

(Reuters) - Lowe's Cos Inc said on Friday it added two board members, a week after reports that hedge fund D.E. Shaw & Co had built an active stake in the home improvement chain, sending its shares up 2 percent.

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BRIEF-Seacor Marine Announces Confirmation Of "Stalking Horse" Bid To Form JV With Montco Offshore

* SEACOR MARINE ANNOUNCES CONFIRMATION OF “STALKING HORSE” BID TO FORM JOINT VENTURE WITH MONTCO OFFSHORE, INC.

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Artists mark one year of Trump as president

This weekend marks the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump's inauguration. It also marks the one-year anniversary of the Women's March his election inspired, the largest single-day protest in the nation's history.

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China detains rights lawyer critical of President Xi Jinping: wife

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing authorities on Friday took outspoken rights lawyer Yu Wensheng into custody as he was taking his child to school, his wife told Reuters, days after Yu said he was stripped of his legal license for criticizing President Xi Jinping.

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South Korea President Moon's approval rating drops on Olympics furor

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in's approval rating has fallen to a four-month low, a poll showed on Friday, after a public backlash over a decision for South and North Korea to field a joint ice hockey team at next month's Winter Olympics.

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The Chaos President vs. His Iron-Fisted Chief of Staff

President Trump’s public airing of grievances with John Kelly was perhaps an inevitable clash between two temperamentally similar but philosophically different alpha males.

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Op-Ed Columnist: President Trump Brings People Together

North and South Korea have agreed to march their athletes together under one flag at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics next month.

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China births drop 3.5 percent in 2017 - China Daily

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Births in mainland China fell by 3.5 percent to 17.23 million last year, the China Daily reported on Friday, citing figures from the country's statistics bureau.

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Pope lands in Peru as president seeks help in political crisis

LIMA (Reuters) - Pope Francis arrived in Peru on Thursday, as the Andean nation's president appealed to him to help put the country back on track after a political crisis nearly ousted him from office a month ago.

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North Korea Olympic officials in Switzerland ahead of IOC talks

GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korean Olympic officials arrived in Switzerland on Thursday ahead of weekend talks at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to finalize Pyongyang's participation in the Winter Games in South Korea next month.

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Tillerson to visit Europe next week for talks on Iran, Syria: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Europe next week, stopping in London and Paris for talks on Iran and Syria before heading on to Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum and then to Warsaw, the State Department said on Thursday.

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Growing pains for #MeToo as Ansari tale sparks backlash talk

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Less than four months after the #MeToo movement inspired a national conversation about sexual misconduct and led to the downfall of dozens of powerful American men, a backlash seems to be underway.

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Former Trump adviser Bannon will not go to House panel Thursday: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former White House strategist Steve Bannon was not expected to return to testify before the House of Representatives' intelligence committee on Thursday, a committee source said.

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Venezuela talks off in row over fugitive ex-policeman's death

CARACAS (Reuters) - Talks between Venezuela's government and the opposition coalition foundered on Thursday after the opposition denied providing information that led to the death of a rogue former policeman and six other anti-government militants.

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Trump muddles talks on government funding ahead of House vote on shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump complicated Republican efforts on Thursday to reach agreement on a temporary extension of government funding to avert a shutdown, blasting a plan to entice Democrats by funding a children's health insurance program.

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Bannon given more time to sort out with WH what he can tell Hill investigators

The House Intelligence Committee has agreed to give former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon until the end of the month to return to the panel and finish his closed-door interview, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.

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Trump's ex-aide Bannon to appear again before House intelligence panel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former White House strategist Steve Bannon was expected to return on Thursday to testify before the House of Representatives' intelligence committee, two days after refusing to answer questions about his time with the Trump administration or the transition period leading to it.

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BRIEF-La Quinta Names Keith Cline President And CEO Of Corepoint Lodging

* LA QUINTA HOLDINGS NAMES KEITH A. CLINE PRESIDENT AND CEO OF COREPOINT LODGING INC.

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Czech PM Babis, wary of who becomes president, rushes to form new government

PRAGUE (Reuters) - New Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis is rushing to form a new government, possibly by the end of February, before a new presidential term begins.

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South Africa's Ramaphosa talks tough on state graft, signals departure from Zuma

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday welcomed moves taken by prosecutors against companies accused of corruption and said the ruling party would impose the policy certainty needed to attract investment to the country.

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Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa says to hold elections in four to five months

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe will hold elections in four to five months, a newspaper on Thursday quoted President Emmerson Mnangagwa as saying, the first time since independence the southern African state will conduct a vote that does not involve former ruler Robert Mugabe.

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Trump: Predecessors left N. Korea to a president 'that scored the highest on tests'

Fresh off a White House doctor declaring his health excellent, President Donald Trump swiped at his predecessors on North Korea, while saying he "scored the highest on tests."

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White House did not tell Bannon to invoke executive privilege: Kelly

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's Chief of Staff John Kelly told Fox News on Wednesday the White House did not tell former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon to invoke executive privilege in closed testimony before Congress on its probe of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

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Report: Bannon had a 'slip-up' before panel

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon refused to tell the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday about his time at the White House, with the exception of one major "slip-up," the website Axios reported.

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Bannon's appearance reveals WH effort to restrict testimony

The White House is working behind the scenes to limit the testimony to congressional investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, according to multiple sources.

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North Korea, Bannon, Apple: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

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Tillerson's staff prints out the President's tweets for him to read

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's staff prints out President Donald Trump's tweets for him to read, Tillerson said Wednesday, noting he does not have any social media accounts of his own.

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White House chief of staff tells Democrats he worked to change the President's stance on immigration

White House chief of staff John Kelly, in talking about the wall and immigration, told Democratic lawmakers Wednesday that some of President Donald Trump's positions as a candidate were uninformed, sources told CNN.

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Trump on shutdown talks: 'Working on it'

President Donald Trump promised that his administration is "working on it" as he faced a flurry of questions Wednesday about discussions to reach an immigration deal and fund the government.

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With eye on Brexit talks, May to deepen security ties with France

LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) - Britain and France will agree on Thursday to deepen security cooperation, a move which Prime Minister Theresa May hopes will win her goodwill in talks on leaving the European Union.

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Neighbor: We tried to talk to the kids once. They froze.

When Kimberly Milligan moved into her California home in 2015, she was told her grandson might soon have a playmate, since a family of 12 lived across the street.

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Trump ex-aide Bannon agrees to Mueller probe interview, avoiding grand jury

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former White House strategist Steve Bannon has reached agreement with U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller to be interviewed by Mueller's investigators rather than appearing before a grand jury, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

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North Korea rejects sanctions talk, ready for 'successful' Olympics: diplomat

GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korea rejects as a "provocation" a U.S.-led meeting in Vancouver that discussed tougher sanctions that Pyongyang will fight, a senior North Korean diplomat told Reuters on Wednesday.

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Farage backs off second Brexit referendum talk as EU says UK still welcome

STRASBOURG (Reuters) - Leading British anti-EU campaigner Nigel Farage rowed back on Wednesday from remarks favoring a second referendum on Brexit, a week after he unleashed a new round of debate and a chorus of invitations from European politicians for Britain to reconsider.

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Taliban leader approved Islamabad meeting on Afghan peace talks: sources

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A delegation approved by the Taliban's supreme leader visited the Pakistani capital this week for exploratory talks on restarting peace negotiations to end Afghanistan's 16-year war, two senior officials in the movement said.

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Bannon Agrees to Cooperate With Mueller Inquiry

Stephen K. Bannon, the president’s former chief strategist, will be interviewed by investigators for the special counsel rather than go in front of a grand jury.

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Congo armed groups uniting against President Kabila: U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) - Militias in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are uniting in opposition to President Joseph Kabila, a senior U.N. official there told a news conference in Geneva on Wednesday.

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Flake says President charts a 'dangerous path' with attacks on truth, asks Congress to be a check on him

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, took to the Senate floor Wednesday morning to rebuke the President for his repeated remarks on "fake news."

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Bannon will do interview with special counsel, avoiding grand jury for now

Steve Bannon has struck a deal with special counsel Robert Mueller's team and will be interviewed by prosecutors instead of testifying before the grand jury, two people familiar with the process told CNN. He is expected to cooperate with the special counsel, the sources said.

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U.N. mediator invites Syria, opposition to Vienna talks next week

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria said on Wednesday he had invited the Syrian government and opposition to a special meeting to be held next week in Vienna, Austria.

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Sen. Jeff Flake defends free press — and criticizes the President for his constant cries of 'fake news'

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Trump's ex-aide Bannon strikes deal to avoid grand jury testimony: CNN

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former White House strategist Steve Bannon has struck a deal to be interviewed by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team instead of appearing before a grand jury, CNN reported on Wednesday, citing sources close to Bannon.

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Mexico left-wing presidential contender retains lead: poll

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's left-wing presidential contender retained his lead in this year's election race as the ruling party hopeful failed to gain traction, a poll showed on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 1-Vale could be 'natural' owner for Samarco, in talks with BHP -director

SAO PAULO, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Brazil's Vale is in talks with Anglo American BHP Billiton Plc on options for their joint venture Samarco, and it may be easier for Vale to resolve that miner's problems as sole owner, a director of the Brazilian mining company said on Wednesday.

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Top German Social Democrats urge party to back coalition talks with Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) - Leading German Social Democrats (SPD) urged delegates on Tuesday to back coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and warned that shunning another tie-up would further damage the party's already dire ratings.

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Vale could be a 'natural' owner for Samarco; in talks with BHP -director

SAO PAULO, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Miner Vale SA is in talks with BHP Billiton Plc on options for their Brazilian joint venture Samarco, and Vale could be a 'natural' owner of the project, a director of the Brazilian mining company said on Wednesday.

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Talk: Kevin O’Leary Is Unmoved by Your Tears

The “Shark Tank” star on running for office in Canada, not glamorizing entrepreneurship and whether his co-stars deserve to burn in hell for being too nice.

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How three elections are snarling the immigration fight

The immigration imbroglio gripping Washington is a symptom of a broader reality: American politics is being held hostage to three nation-changing elections -- one past and two that are yet to come.

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Rep. Collins: If I were Bannon, I'd answer lawmakers' questions

Commenting on Steve Bannon's Tuesday meeting with the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Chris Collins said he would be inclined to answer lawmakers' questions if he were in the hotseat.

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Schiff: Bannon's refusal to answer questions 'unprecedented'

Steve Bannon's refusal to answer questions during his meeting with the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday was "unprecedented," according to Rep. Adam Schiff.

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Schiff: White House imposed gag order on Bannon

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) says the White House placed a "gag order" on Steve Bannon during his meeting with the House Intelligence Committee regarding the Russia investigation.

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Former Trump aide Bannon refuses to comply with House subpoena

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon declined on Tuesday to comply with a subpoena ordering him to answer questions from a U.S. House intelligence panel about his time at the White House as part of its investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the U.S. election.

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Guatemalan president reshuffles cabinet halfway through term

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales reshuffled his cabinet on Tuesday, changing his ministers for the environment, the economy and social development as he reached the halfway point of his four-year term.

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DACA talks back to starting line after Trump meeting

After months of frenzied negotiations, talks on Capitol Hill on immigration policy were suddenly muted Tuesday, as lawmakers returned faced the continued controversy of over President Donald Trump's vulgar remarks and the looming threat of a government shutdown.

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WH directed Bannon to avoid answering panel's questions in Russia probe, Schiff says

President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon faced angry lawmakers from both parties during a contentious interview that stretched more than 10 hours on Tuesday, as he was hit with subpoenas on multiple fronts and was accused by a top Democrat of agreeing to a White House "gag order."

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Right and Left React to President Trump’s Comments on Immigration

Writers from across the political spectrum on the president’s immigration preferences and what role ethnicity should play in policymaking.

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Indonesian president to reshuffle cabinet: presidential palace

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo will swear in new members of cabinet on Wednesday, the presidential palace said, in what will be the third reshuffle of his five-year term.

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BRIEF-Sony Names ‍Jim Ryan Deputy President Of Sony Interactive Entertainment​

* SONY INTERACTIVE- ‍JIM RYAN NAMED NEW DEPUTY PRESIDENT OF SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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President, like most Americans, should lose some weight. 10-15 pounds this year, doctor says.

President Donald Trump's doctor, Dr. Ronny Jackson, characterized the president's health as "excellent," but like the majority of Americans, Trump is overweight and he doesn't get enough exercise.

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This is the cognitive test the president took

Before President Donald Trump's physical examination on Friday, Dr. Ronny Jackson had decided he wasn't going to perform a cognitive assessment. Jackson said he didn't feel the test was necessary. But the president requested he be tested, anyway.

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Special counsel subpoenas former Trump aide Bannon: NYTimes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon has been subpoenaed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify before a grand jury in a probe of alleged ties between Russia and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

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Stephen Bannon, California, Bitcoin: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

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GE reignites break-up talk after $11 billion insurance, tax hit

NEW YORK (Reuters) - General Electric Co indicated it is looking closely at breaking itself up on Tuesday as the conglomerate announced more than $11 billion in charges from its long-term care insurance portfolio and new U.S. tax laws.

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UPDATE 7-GE reignites break-up talk after $11 bln insurance, tax hit

* GE Capital to make statutory reserve contributions of $15 bln

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Special counsel subpoenas former Trump aide Bannon: NYT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon has been subpoenaed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify before a grand jury in a probe into alleged ties between Russia and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

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President asked the White House doctor for a cognitive exam after speculation about Trump's mental fitness

Dr. Ronny Jackson, the White House physician who last week declared President Donald Trump in "excellent health," provided more details of the President's medical exam during a briefing on Tuesday.

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UPDATE 2-Brazil's Caixa suspends VPs after presidential order

BRASILIA, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Brazilian state lender Caixa Economic Federal suspended four of its vice presidents on Tuesday after President Michel Temer called on them to step down and defend themselves from accusations of wrongdoing.

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California-Trump administration fuel-efficiency talks intensify

DETROIT, Jan 16 (Reuters) - California and the Trump administration will hold a series of new talks over fuel efficiency rules as the auto industry still hopes for a deal to retain nationwide requirements.

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GE renews break-up talk after $11 billion insurance, tax hit

(Reuters) - General Electric Co again raised the prospect of breaking up the conglomerate on Tuesday as it announced more than $11 billion in charges from its long-term care insurance portfolio and new U.S. tax laws.

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Aside from Trump limelight, Davos discreetly pushes peace talks

GENEVA (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will hog the limelight at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos next week, but behind the scenes some of the world's leading diplomats will be working on some of humanity's knottiest conflicts.

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UPDATE 6-GE renews break-up talk after $11 bln insurance, tax hit

* GE Capital to make statutory reserve contributions of $15 bln

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Durbin: We talked about skin color, not jobs

Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) says he didn't take an oath of secrecy when he entered the immigration meeting in the Oval Office and he felt duty-bound to speak out about President Donald Trump's comments.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Bannon, California, Netanyahu: Your Morning Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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Special counsel subpoenas former Trump aide Bannon: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon has been subpoenaed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify before a grand jury in a probe into alleged ties between Russia and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

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NYT: Mueller subpoenas Bannon in Russia probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller subpoenaed former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon last week, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

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Ex-Trump adviser Bannon subpoenaed in special counsel Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Steve Bannon, a former top adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, has been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury as part of a special counsel's probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

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Opinion: Pros/cons if Trump talks to Mueller

The Washington Post reported last week that special counsel Robert Mueller has told President Donald Trump's legal team that his office will likely seek an interview with the President. Trump indicated he might be willing to be interviewed by Mueller's team, but more recently, he said, "We'll see what happens."

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Bannon Is Subpoenaed in Mueller’s Russia Investigation

The move marks the first time the special counsel is known to have used a grand jury subpoena to seek information from a member of President Trump’s inner circle.

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GE renews break-up talk as it discloses $11 billion fourth quarter hit

(Reuters) - General Electric Co again raised the prospect of breaking up the conglomerate on Tuesday as it announced more than $11 billion in charges from its long-term care insurance portfolio and new U.S. tax laws.

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Here's why we have to keep talking about Aziz Ansari

When I see a well-known male figure in entertainment, politics or media trending on Twitter because of sexual harassment allegations, my heart sinks. Him? But he seemed like one of the good ones? Then comes the onslaught of tone-deaf think pieces, such as Andrew Sullivan's take on the #MeToo movement in The Daily Intelligencer in which he decrees that secretly removing a condom during sex or drunkenly badgering female colleagues via text message are really just "minor offenses." Pieces such as Sullivan's brutally analyze and, in the worst cases, litigate the veracity of claims made by the woman (or women) who have come forward to share experiences of abuse or assault.

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Ex-Trump chief strategist Bannon to meet with House panel on Russia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon will meet behind closed doors on Tuesday with a U.S. House of Representatives committee that is probing whether Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

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Steve Bannon to face House Russia investigators

Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump's former chief strategist whose political fortunes have taken a roller-coaster fall in the wake of his comments in a scathing book on Trump, will be questioned on Tuesday by lawmakers about the Trump team and Russia.

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Ex-Trump chief strategist Bannon meets with House panel on Russia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon will meet behind closed doors on Tuesday with a U.S. House of Representatives committee that is probing whether Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

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China rights lawyer says legal license revoked after criticizing President Xi Jinping

BEIJING (Reuters) - A prominent Chinese rights lawyer who wrote an open letter criticizing President Xi Jinping said on Monday that authorities had revoked his license to practice law.

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As Shutdown Talk Rises, Trump’s Immigration Words Pose Risks for Both Parties

The fight over President Trump’s vulgar comment is exposing divisions in both parties, raising the risk of a government shutdown with unknown political consequences.

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Op-Ed Columnist: The President and the Porn Star

Trump’s sexual license has turned the culture wars upside down.

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Turkey’s President Assails U.S.-Trained Kurdish Border Force

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey criticized a proposed American-trained force that could put thousands of Kurdish militia on the Turkish border.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Talking Apocalypse With My Son

For this mother, this all feels a lot like Bomb Shelter Redux.

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UPDATE 2-HSH Nordbank suitors J.C. Flowers and Cerberus to begin exclusive talks

* Bid topped 700 mln euros -source (Adds detail on consortium)

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Ugandan lawyers seek to quash Museveni 'president for life' law

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda's leading lawyers sought on Monday to overturn a law that critics say would allow incumbent leader Yoweri Museveni to effectively become president for life.

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Baghdad reports 'atmosphere of trust' in talks with Kurdistan region

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's central government said "an atmosphere of trust" marked talks held on Monday with the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region to resolve a conflict that triggered armed clashes in October.

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UPDATE 1-HSH Nordbank suitors J.C. Flowers and Cerberus to begin exclusive talks

* Bid topped 700 mln euros -source (Adds detail on bid, rivals)

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Dear President Trump: Churchill would have been a climate leader

There could be no starker illustration of the profound differences that exist between Washington and London -- despite alignment on many other issues -- than comments this week by our two leaders on climate change and the environment.

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U.S. diplomat has talks Pakistan amid tension over Trump 'deceit' tweet

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A senior U.S. diplomat had talks in Pakistan on Monday following an outcry over President Donald Trump's accusation that the nuclear-armed South Asian state had engaged in "lies and deceit" as a U.S. ally in the war in neighboring Afghanistan.

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J.C. Flowers, Cerberus enter exclusive talks over HSH Nordbank buy-sources

BERLIN/FRANKFURT, Jan 15 (Reuters) - The state owners of Germany's HSH Nordbank on Monday granted prospective buyers J.C. Flowers and Cerberus exclusivity as long-running attempts to privatise the ailing bank near conclusion, two people close to the matter said.

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BMW optimistic on favorable outcome to NAFTA talks

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - BMW is optimistic Washington's drive to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will result in a deal that benefits the German carmaker, it said on Monday.

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BMW optimistic on favourable outcome to NAFTA talks

FRANKFURT, Jan 15 (Reuters) - BMW is optimistic Washington's drive to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will result in a deal that benefits the German carmaker, it said on Monday.

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Nephew of assassinated president Sadat says Egypt too repressive for election bid

CAIRO (Reuters) - The nephew of assassinated Egyptian president Anwar al-Sadat said on Monday he would not, as widely expected, challenge incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in the presidential election because an environment of fear surrounds the vote.

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Canada's RNC Minerals in talks to fund battery material mine

TORONTO, Jan 15 (Reuters) - RNC Minerals is in talks with commodity traders, mine operators and financiers to help secure $1 billion to build the world's biggest nickel and cobalt project next year, the Canadian miner said.

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Philippines' president made call on China's sea research - spokesman

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte personally made a decision to let China conduct scientific research off the Philippines' Pacific coast, his spokesman said on Monday, despite concern among critics about threats to maritime sovereignty.

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Ivana Trump says the US President is 'definitely not racist'

US President Donald Trump may occasionally say "silly" things but he's "definitely not racist," his first wife Ivana Trump said Monday.

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WaPo: President Trump averages 5-6 false claims a day

In a recent analysis, The Washington Post reported that President Trump has made over 2,000 false claims before the end of his first full year in office.

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BRIEF-Enghouse Systems names Vince Mifsud as president

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Koreas agree to hold Olympics talks on Wednesday, Seoul says

SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korea agreed to hold working talks on Wednesday on the North sending athletes to next month's Winter Olympics in the South, Seoul's unification ministry said, as months-long tensions over the North's weapons programs ease.

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North Korea requests talks on Olympics with South on Jan. 17: South Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has requested working talks on sending its athletes to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics be held on Jan. 17 at the truce village of Panmunjom, the South's unification ministry said in a mobile text message.

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China sees 1,300 fugitives returned from overseas in 2017: China Daily

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A total of 1,300 fugitives were returned to China from overseas last year, including 347 corrupt officials, the China Daily reported on Monday, citing figures from the country's corruption watchdog.

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Colombia's ELN rebels must halt attacks, restart talks: U.N.

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's ELN rebel group must cease attacks and re-start peace talks with the government to end more than a half-century of war, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Sunday, amid renewed violence after the end of a ceasefire between the two sides.

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Liberia President’s Ouster by Party May Raise Questions Over Her Legacy

Senior members of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Unity Party accused her of supporting the opposition candidate George Weah, who is now president-elect.

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Peru ex-President Fujimori hospitalized with heart problems: media

LIMA (Reuters) - Alberto Fujimori, Peru's former authoritarian president who was freed from a 25-year prison sentence with a humanitarian pardon last Christmas Eve, was hospitalized with heart problems on Sunday, his doctor told local newspaper El Comercio.

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UPDATE 2-Carillion holds survival talks under close UK government watch

LONDON, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Carillion held further emergency funding talks on Sunday as the British government said it hoped that the struggling construction and services company's partners will find the cash it needs to stay in business.

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Afghans Say Talks With Taliban Are Underway; Insurgents Deny It

A private television station showed images from informal meetings that began in Turkey over the weekend between Afghan officials and insurgents.

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Gabbard to Trump: Talk with N. Korea

In an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) questions what President Trump is doing to eliminate the nuclear threat posed by North Korea.

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Airbus in talks on 70-80 million euro deal to end German probe: paper

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Airbus is in talks with German prosecutors to end an investigation into the sale of Eurofighter jets to Austria in exchange for a settlement of between 70 million and 80 million euros ($85 million to $98 million), a German newspaper reported.

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'SNL' mocks President Oprah hype

After Oprah's rousing speech at the Golden Globes, "Saturday Night Live" joined in on Oprah's presidential hype.

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UPDATE 1-Saudi Prince Alwaleed in settlement talks with government -sources

DUBAI/JEDDAH, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, detained for over two months in an anti-corruption crackdown, is negotiating a possible settlement with authorities but so far has not agreed on terms, a senior Saudi official said.

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Saudi Prince Alwaleed in settlement talks with government: sources

DUBAI/JEDDAH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, detained for over two months in an anti-corruption crackdown, is negotiating a possible settlement with authorities but so far has not agreed on terms, a senior Saudi official said.

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Saudi Prince Alwaleed in settlement talks with government -sources

DUBAI/JEDDAH, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, detained for over two months in an anti-corruption crackdown, is negotiating a possible settlement with authorities but so far has not agreed on terms, a senior Saudi official said.

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Watch Bill Murray spoof Bannon on 'SNL'

Bill Murray surprised the audience on NBC's "Saturday Night Live", debuting in the show's opening sketch as former Trump White House chief strategist, Steve Bannon.

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Bill Murray debuts his Steve Bannon on 'SNL'

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Venezuela government, opposition conclude talks without agreement

SANTO DOMINGO (Reuters) - Members of Venezuela's leftist government and opposition leaders concluded a round of talks in the Dominican Republic on Saturday, failing to reach a deal to address the country's political and economic crisis.

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Norwegian: No thank you, President Trump

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Airbus says in talks to end German Eurofighter investigation

PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus said on Saturday it was in talks with Munich prosecutors that could lead to the termination of their investigation into alleged corruption in the sale of Eurofighter combat jets to Austria in 2003.

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Czech presidential vote sets up Zeman-Drahos second round clash

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Incumbent east-looking Milos Zeman won the first round of the Czech Republic's presidential election on Saturday but runner up Jiri Drahos may pose a strong challenge in the second round in two weeks, nearly complete results showed.

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Incumbent Zeman leads Czech presidential election: half votes counted

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Incumbent Milos Zeman led the first round of the Czech Republic's presidential election on Saturday with 41.99 percent of the vote, results from 51.3 percent of voting districts showed.

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

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

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

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

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South Korea says North Korea suggested talks to send performance group to winter olympics

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's unification ministry said on Saturday that North Korea has proposed working-level talks on the prospects of sending its performance 'art' group to the winter olympics held in the South.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Mr. President, Your Toga Is Showing

Maybe he isn’t as unprecedented a leader as we think. All hail!

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Former Argentine vice president freed pending corruption trial

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina's former economy minister and vice president, Amado Boudou, was freed from jail on Friday after an appeals court ruled that he was unlikely to interfere in a corruption case against him.

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Czechs pick between east-looking Zeman and pro-western challengers in presidential vote

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czechs wrap up voting on Saturday in the first round of a presidential election in which eight candidates are seeking to oust the incumbent Milos Zeman, whose inclination toward far-right groups and warm relations with Russia and China have split public opinion.

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Venezuela government, opposition resume talks in Dominican Republic

SANTO DOMINGO (Reuters) - Members of Venezuela's leftist government and opposition leaders resumed talks in the Dominican Republic on Friday, seeking to reach an agreement to ease a deep political and economic crisis in the OPEC country.

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News Analysis: A President Who Fans, Rather Than Douses, the Nation’s Racial Fires

After his latest incendiary comments, the president’s critics say there is no doubt he is a racist. The White House calls such suggestions “insulting.”

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HSH Nordbank may pick bidder for exclusive talks next week -sources

BERLIN, Jan 12 (Reuters) - The state owners of Germany's HSH Nordbank may decide to enter exclusive negotiations with one of the remaining bidders for the bank next week as the long-running privatisation process nears conclusion, two people close to the matter said.

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President honors MLK Jr. amid cries of racism

President Donald Trump signed a proclamation Friday declaring Martin Luther King Jr. Day, one day after making disparaging comments about Haiti and African countries.

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One word from Trump gets newsrooms talking about another

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Gupta: 'Competent' or 'crazy' misses the point of presidential mental health

The discussion around the health of President Trump has reached a new level of urgency this week because he will be an outpatient at Walter Reed Medical Center today, undergoing a battery of tests to determine whether he is "fit to lead," a colloquial term many use but with little clinical basis.

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Eastward-looking Zeman is favorite as Czechs vote for president

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czechs started voting on Friday in the first round of a presidential election in which eight candidates are seeking to defeat incumbent Milos Zeman, whose brash style and leanings toward eastern powers have sharply divided opinion.

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Past presidents' physicals: What we learned

President Donald Trump is scheduled to undergo a physical examination Friday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. The exam will be conducted by US Navy Rear Adm. Dr. Ronny Jackson, the same physician who performed President Barack Obama's last two physicals while in office.

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South Korea proposes talks on North Korea's participation in winter Olympics

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea has proposed holding working-level talks with North Korea on the latter's participation in the winter Olympics set for next month, the south's unification ministry said on Friday.

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Trump set for first doctor's exam as president

Doctors and nurses will poke and prod President Donald Trump on Friday during his first known medical checkup since taking office, the results providing the most accurate gauge yet of how a year being commander in chief has worn on the presidential frame.

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Trump to get first presidential medical exam amid questions about fitness

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump has his first medical exam as U.S. president on Friday after a week in which his mental fitness for the job has come under intense scrutiny.

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Indonesia in talks with Rio Tinto for Freeport acquisition - official

* Indonesia holding talks with Rio Tinto in connection with Freeport Indonesia (PT-FI) acquisition, unable to disclose details yet, PT Inalum CEO Budi Gunadi Sadikin said on Friday

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

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