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Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon compared a Washington Post story on allegations of sexual misconduct against Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore to the newspaper's 2016 article about the "Access Hollywood" tape in which Donald Trump was heard making vulgar comments about touching women. [Source]

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Durbin: Some GOP senators wrong on Trump comments

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) asserted that President Donald Trump called certain African nations "shithole countries" during a bipartisan meeting on immigration reform at the White House last week, despite evolving explanations from some Republicans.

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'Assassination of Gianni Versace' ably wears 'Crime Story' mantle

"American Crime Story" faced a daunting challenge in following up the compulsive appeal of "The People v. O.J. Simpson." The result, "The Assassination of Gianni Versace," carves out its own distinctive approach to another high-profile, salacious murder without, perhaps inevitably, wearing the mantle quite as well.

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See moment car goes flying into second-story office

Two people were taken to hospital with minor injuries after crashing into the second floor of a dentist's office in Santa Ana, California.

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BRIEF-Comerica Inc Posts Q4 Earnings 63 Cents Per Share

* QTRLY NET INTEREST INCOME $545 MILLION VERSUS $455 MILLION LAST YEAR

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Czech PM ready to face allegations as he fights for minority government

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis on Tuesday requested that lawmakers lift his parliamentary immunity so he can face allegations of fraud as he fights to win support for a minority government.

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Tennis: Kerber consigns 2017 to the history books

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Angelique Kerber has turned the page on a horror 2017 season and is focused firmly on making a fresh start to her career, the German said after sailing into the second round at Melbourne Park on Tuesday.

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Martin Luther King III: Trump's vulgar comments are 'extremely racist'

On the 50th anniversary of his father's assassination, Martin Luther King III said Monday that he believes President Donald Trump's vulgar and demeaning language to describe immigrants from Africa were "extremely racist."

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Trump says Durbin misrepresented his comments

President Donald Trump on Monday claimed Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin "totally misrepresented" comments during an Oval Office meeting last week, where sources said Trump used vulgar and demeaning language to describe immigrants from Africa.

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Trump Comments, Infuriating Africans, May Set Back U.S. Interests

Experts fear that the president’s about remarks “shithole countries” could set back United States interests in the world’s fastest-growing continent.

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Kazakhstan Cheers New Alphabet, Except for All Those Apostrophes

A switch from the Cyrillic to Roman script is wildly popular in Kazakhstan. But in a country where almost nobody challenges the president, his policy on apostrophes is being assailed from all sides.

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Trump says Durbin 'totally misrepresented' comments

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

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Fact-checking Trump's lottery comments

CNN's Jake Tapper looks at claims President Trump has made a few times about the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. Read more at FactCheck.org

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Romney: Trump's comments 'antithetical to American values'

Mitt Romney took a swipe at President Donald Trump on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, condemning his "shithole countries" remark.

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Syrian rebel delegation in Washington seeking revival of CIA aid

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

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CDC postpones session on nuclear disaster response

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has postponed a planned session on preparing for a nuclear disaster.

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BRIEF-‍CVS Pharmacy To Create New Standards For Post-Production Alterations Of Beauty Imagery​

* ‍CVS PHARMACY MAKES COMMITMENT TO CREATE NEW STANDARDS FOR POST-PRODUCTION ALTERATIONS OF BEAUTY IMAGERY​

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Tiffany Haddish's viral story nabs her a Groupon gig

Going viral has landed actress Tiffany Haddish a new gig.

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Ancient Greek tragedy tells timeless story of Syrian flight

BERLIN (Reuters) - A group of Syrian women are adapting the Euripides' tragedy "Iphigenia", using a a play set during an ancient war to bring Berlin audiences closer to the plight of women driven...

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

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

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UPDATE 1-Brazil's GPA posts revenue gains, but food deflation weighs

SAO PAULO, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Brazilian food retailer GPA SA said on Monday its fourth quarter net revenue rose 6.8 percent from last year to 12.5 billion reais ($3.91 billion) as a nascent consumer recovery boosted sales, although food deflation limited gains.

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Hear the conflicting accounts on Trump meeting comments

CNN's Kaitlan Collins reports on the conflicting accounts from the lawmakers who attended the White House immigration reform meeting where President Trump reportedly referred to some African nations as "shithole countries."

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Box Office: 'Jumanji' dominates MLK weekend, 'The Post' leads newcomers

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Sony's "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" is dominating the North American box office to easily win the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. weekend with about $33.4 million at 3,849 sites, estimates showed Sunday.

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Review: Risk-Taking New Opera Tells a Tragic 1950s Gay Love Story

In “Fellow Travelers,” a story of persecuted gay love during the 1950s, the composer Gregory Spears demonstrates how to be original.

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Van Jones: Trump comments textbook racism

CNN's Van Jones says President Donald Trump's comments about "shithole" African nations is textbook racism because he wants to exclude people based solely on where they are from.

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GOP Rep.: Trump comments racist

Haitian-American Rep. Mia Love (R-UT) says that President Trump's comments about Haiti and African countries made during an immigration meeting with lawmakers were racist and unfortunate.

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Top U.S. diplomat for refugees to leave post

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. diplomat in charge of refugee issues plans to leave his post within days, becoming the third senior U.S. official to depart or be re-assigned from refugee work in recent weeks.

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Top U.S. diplomat for refugees to quit post: email

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. diplomat in charge of refugee issues plans to quit his post within days, according to an email seen by Reuters, becoming the third senior U.S. official to leave or be re-assigned from refugee work in recent weeks.

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Lewandowski tries to explain Trump's comments

Former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski explains to CNN's Chris Cuomo why President Trump would prefer immigrants from Norway.

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C.D.C. Postpones Session Preparing Us for Nuclear War

After the agency’s workshop attracted considerable media attention, especially given President Trump’s recent words with North Korea, the session has been postponed.

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Obama on his post-White House life

Former President Barack Obama makes his first talk show appearance since leaving office.

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Democrat Dick Durbin called out Trump for 'racist' comments, but Republicans didn't say what they heard or said they 'do not recall' slurs

A day after President Donald Trump reportedly made highly incendiary comments about immigrants and African countries, two Republican senators said they don't recall those vulgar characterizations from the President.

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Tapper: You know who loved Trump's comments?

CNN's Jake Tapper compares reactions to President's Trump "shithole countries" remarks following the President's tweeted denial.

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'Dreamer' lives in limbo as Washington battles over immigration

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jovan Rodriguez plans to go underground if protections for immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children expire, giving up on dreams of a master’s degree and a career in New York’s glittering theater world.

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BRIEF-Aflac Issues Statement Regarding Recent Allegations

* AFLAC SAYS INVESTIGATED CLAIMS MADE IN RECENT MEDIA STORIES AND "FOUND THEM TO BE WITHOUT MERIT"

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Post-trade group working to further shorten U.S. settlement cycle

NEW YORK, Jan 12 (Reuters) - The post-trade processor for U.S. stocks, as well as corporate and municipal bonds, said it is taking steps to further cut the time it takes to settle trades in a bid to reduce risk in the financial system and free up more capital.

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How Trump’s Comments Went Over With Africans

Across the continent, the president’s latest reported provocation drew a mixture of anger and bemusement.

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A Picture and its Story: Syrian pulled from rubble mourns 'martyred' young son

EASTERN GHOUTA, Syria (Reuters) - His brow dripping with blood and his skin caked with brick dust, Abu Abdallah was pulled out from under the rubble of his house near Damascus after it was blown up in an air raid.

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Haiti 'shocked' by Trump comments, summons U.S. envoy

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - Haiti on Friday expressed shock at reports that U.S. President Donald Trump referred to the Caribbean nation as a "shithole," and summoned the top U.S. diplomat in the country for an explanation.

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You can't tell the story of the US without telling the story of Haiti

You can't mention Haiti's struggles without explaining its complicated relationship with the US.

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The complicated gender history of pink

When you think about the color pink, you are probably conjuring up images of little girls in pink dresses, with pink toys like Barbie or a Disney princess in a pretty gown.

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Beijing professor dismissed as sexual harassment allegations spark campus activism

BEIJING (Reuters) - A professor in China accused of sexually harassing students under his supervision has been removed from teaching posts by a top Beijing university, in a case that has sparked national media coverage and a nascent #MeToo movement in the country.

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From Norway to Haiti, Trump’s Comments Stir Fresh Outrage

In a meeting with lawmakers, President Trump said the United States needed more immigrants from places like Norway and fewer from Haiti and African countries.

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President Trump's other insensitive comments on race, ethnicity

President Donald Trump's comments Thursday decrying the migration of citizens from "shithole countries" was criticized as racially insensitive.

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U.S. envoy erred in comments about Muslims in Netherlands: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The new U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands made mistakes and feels great remorse for falsely saying two years ago that Muslim migrants had "burned" politicians and created "no-go zones" in Holland, a State Department official said on Thursday.

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

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

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Martian ice deposits could sustain human outposts in the future

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists using images from an orbiting NASA spacecraft have detected eight sites where huge ice deposits near the Martian surface are exposed on steep slopes, a potential source of water that could help sustain future human outposts.

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Canadian companies struggle to plan for post-NAFTA world

TORONTO, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Canadian industries that would be most acutely impacted by the death of the North American Free Trade Agreement are unable to meaningfully plan for a possible post-NAFTA world given the uncertainty of what could replace it, analysts and executives said.

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Putin says it's up to Washington, not Moscow, to improve ties

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday it was up to Washington and not Moscow to improve ties between the two countries.

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Trump's FISA tweets throw Washington into chaos

President Donald Trump's sunrise tweet casting aspersions on the domestic surveillance program his own intelligence officials have called essential set off a thunderclap of concern in Washington -- and underscored the pitfalls of the President's morning television tweet-alongs.

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James Franco disputes sexual misconduct allegations

James Franco once again addressed allegations of sexual misconduct hours before more women came forward to accuse him.

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Journalist says she started notorious list of allegations against men in the media

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BRIEF-Postmedia Reports First Quarter Results

* POSTMEDIA NETWORK CANADA - IMPLEMENTED INITIATIVES WHICH ARE EXPECTED TO RESULT IN ABOUT $14 MILLION OF NET ANNUALIZED COST SAVINGS IN QUARTER

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UPDATE 1-Post Holdings to explore options for private brands business

Jan 11 (Reuters) - Post Holdings Inc said on Thursday it would explore options, including a sale, for its private brands business, which makes nut butter, dried fruits, pasta and granola products for retailers and distributors.

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YouTube pares back Logan Paul partnership after suicide video post

LOS ANGELES, Jan 10 (Reuters) - YouTube said Wednesday it is removing popular American vlogger Logan Paul from its Google Preferred platform and putting future projects with him on hold, after Paul posted a video on the platform of a suicide victim in Japan.

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2 Journalists, at Fox and Washington Post, Are Accused of Misconduct

James Rosen, a Washington correspondent, left Fox News last month, and Joel Achenbach, a Washington Post reporter, received a 90-day suspension on Wednesday.

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An Ending for a Love Story

Kenneth and Peter were together for 59 years, a rarity in their world. And when Peter died, Kenneth was ready for that last Champagne and caviar.

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Trump attempts to clear up DACA comments

President Donald Trump discusses immigration and touts the response he received following a bipartisan meeting with senators on a heavily-anticipated immigration bill. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

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Bosch says takes diesel software manipulation allegations very seriously

FRANKFURT, Jan 10 (Reuters) - German auto supplier Robert Bosch on Wednesday said it took "very seriously" allegations of diesel software manipulation, responding to a lawsuit brought by U.S. law firm Hagens Berman.

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U.S. import prices post smallest gain in five months; inventories rise

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. import prices recorded their smallest increase in five months in December and underlying imported price pressures were muted amid declining costs for food and consumer goods.

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U.S. import prices post smallest gain in five months

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. import prices recorded their smallest increase in five months in December and underlying imported price pressures were muted amid declining costs for food and consumer goods.

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Nigerian Facebook user posts graphic photos of female circumcision

A Nigerian man has caused outrage after he posted graphic pictures on Facebook showing children apparently being circumcised.

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BRIEF-Bob Evans Farms Inc Says Merger Proposal With Post Holdings Was Approved

* BOB EVANS FARMS INC SAYS MERGER PROPOSAL WITH POST HOLDINGS WAS APPROVED ON JAN 9, 2018 IN SPECIAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS -SEC FILING Source text (http://bit.ly/2DeMMJ1) Further company coverage:

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Turkey, U.S. relations may deteriorate if Washington doesn't fix mistakes

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday that relations with the United States were harmed by Washington's refusal to extradite cleric Fetullah Gulen and its provision of arms to the Kurdish militant YPG.

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Turkey, U.S. relations may deteriorate if Washington don't fix mistakes: Turkey foreign minister

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday that relations with the United States were most harmed by Washington's refusal to extradite cleric Fetullah Gulen and its provision of arms to the Kurdish militant YPG.

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El Salvador Again Feels the Hand of Washington Shaping Its Fate

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

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UPDATE 2-DoubleLine's Gundlach predicts S&P will post negative return in 2018

NEW YORK, Jan 9 (Reuters) - While U.S. stocks are now in an "accelerating phase," billionaire investor Jeffrey Gundlach is predicting that the S&P 500 will post a negative rate of return in 2018.

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UPDATE 1-DoubleLine's Gundlach predicts S&P will post negative return in 2018

NEW YORK, Jan 9 (Reuters) - While U.S. stocks are now in an "accelerating phase," billionaire investor Jeffrey Gundlach is predicting that the S&P 500 will post a negative rate of return in 2018.

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DoubleLine's Gundlach predicts S&P will post negative return in 2018

NEW YORK, Jan 9 (Reuters) - While U.S. stocks are now in an "accelerating phase," billionaire investor Jeffrey Gundlach is predicting that the S&P 500 will post a negative rate of return in 2018.

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Steve Bannon to Step Down From Breitbart Post

No one has been more closely associated with the right-wing news site in recent years, but Mr. Bannon has lost support among conservative backers as President Trump has denounced him.

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Trump's former chief strategist has come under fire for comments he made in an explosive book

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Bannon steps down from Breitbart News after comments critical of Trump

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

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On Washington: Advocates of Puerto Rico Statehood Plan to Demand Representation

The island’s political leaders say the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and poor treatment in the new tax law make clear that residents need added political clout.

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Ford taps Postmates for edge in self-driving delivery race

Las Vegas (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co on Tuesday said it will partner with delivery service Postmates Inc as the automaker starts testing ways to transport people, food and packages using its self-driving cars in a U.S. city during the first quarter.

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Scalise to undergo surgery in post-shooting treatment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Steve Scalise said he would undergo surgery on Wednesday as part of continuing treatment of wounds sustained in a June shooting.

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Jeff Bezos is the richest person in history

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Dutch PM Rutte: Britain must clarify post-Brexit relationship

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Tuesday called on Britain to clarify its future relationship with key trading partners after it leaves the European Union.

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

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

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Nigerian Migrants Get a Welcome Home. Jobs Are Another Story.

Thousands of Nigerians are being returned from Libya after failing to make it to Europe. What will they do now?

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Trump could be interviewed within weeks in Russia probe: Washington Post

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump could be interviewed within weeks as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the Washington Post reported on Monday.

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Trump could be interviewed in Special Counsel probe within weeks: Washington Post

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Special counsel Robert Mueller has told President Donald Trump's legal team that his office is likely to seek an interview with the U.S. leader as part of its Russia probe, and one could take place within weeks, the Washington Post reported on Monday.

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Met Museum needs to live up to its history & public

For the first time in 48 years, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will begin charging some of its visitors a fixed and mandatory admission fee. Starting March 1, anyone visiting the museum from outside New York state will have to pay to enter the Met's hallowed halls: $25 for adults, $17 for seniors, and $12 for students -- except those studying in Connecticut or New Jersey, who will still be covered by the museum's current pay-what-you-wish policy. New Yorkers who show proof of residence will also be able to continue paying what they like.

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U.S. to end protected status for many Salvadoran immigrants: Washington Post

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will not renew the Temporary Protected Status that has allowed 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants to remain in the United States, the Washington Post reported on Monday.

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Policeman in Washington state shot dead by suspected burglar

(Reuters) - A deputy sheriff in Washington state was fatally shot on Sunday night while chasing two suspected burglars, one of whom was found dead at the scene, police and local media said.

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Thai king orders history-themed festival paying homage to past monarchs

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn has ordered a history-themed festival for the public, a government spokesman said on Monday, as the Southeast Asian nation emerges from a year of mourning for his revered father.

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Stars transformed the red carpet. Shows featuring women won awards. Then Oprah made history.

The Golden Globes delivered a powerful, concerted message about and from women, addressing sexual harassment and gender inequity. Yet they also highlighted the at-times awkward challenge of tackling such sobering issues within an award-show format.

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Op-Ed Columnist: At the Golden Globes, Hollywood Does What Washington Won’t

There’s meaningless make-believe in the capital of politics, but there’s meaningful politics in the capital of make-believe.

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BBC editor quits China post over pay discrimination

BEIJING (Reuters) - Carrie Gracie, the China editor for Britain's public broadcaster the BBC, has resigned from her post in Beijing due to pay disparities with her male colleagues, according to an open letter she wrote.

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BBC News Editor Quits Her Post to Protest Gender Pay Gap

Carrie Gracie, the network’s China editor, said she learned last summer that her male colleagues earned 50 percent more than she did.

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Norway's Labour Party deputy leader resigns over harassment allegations

OSLO (Reuters) - The deputy head of Norway's main opposition Labour Party said on Sunday he was resigning following accusations of sexual harassment.

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Under fire, Bannon backs off explosive comments about Trump's son

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former strategist Steve Bannon on Sunday sought to back away from derogatory comments ascribed to him about Trump's son in a controversial book that sparked White House outrage and could threaten his job.

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Miller: Bannon comments are out of reality

White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller decries former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who said in Michael Wolff's new book "Fire and Fury" that Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with Russians in Trump tower was "treasonous" and "unpatriotic."

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Norway's Bjoergen eyeing medal history in Pyeongchang

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Four years after equalling the record for the number of Olympic medals won by a woman, 37-year-old cross-country skier Marit Bjoergen will be aiming to make that accolade her own in Pyeongchang as she leads the Norwegian medal charge.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Why 2017 Was the Best Year in Human History

Here’s what’s more important than a Trump tweet.

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Mega Millions numbers drawn for fourth largest jackpot in game's history

(Reuters) - Mega Millions numbers were drawn on Friday for estimated an $450 million jackpot, the fourth largest jackpot prize in the game's history, according to the California Lottery.

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North Korea agrees to talk to South after U.S.-South Korea postpone drills

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea agreed on Friday to hold official talks with South Korea next week, the first in more than two years, hours after Washington and Seoul delayed a military exercise amid a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.

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Fire at Moore accuser's Alabama home not linked to allegations: sheriff

(Reuters) - The home of an Alabama woman who accused Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexually assaulting her has been destroyed by a fire, but the local sheriff said on Friday the blaze does not appear to be linked to the case.

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BRIEF-Qualcomm Comments On Security Research On Industry-Wide Processor Vulnerabilities

* SAYS IS "AWARE OF THE SECURITY RESEARCH ON INDUSTRY-WIDE PROCESSOR VULNERABILITIES THAT HAVE BEEN REPORTED"

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CORRECTED-US STOCKS-S&P 500, Nasdaq post best week in more than a year

NEW YORK, Jan 5 (Reuters) - The S&P 500 and Nasdaq notched their best weekly gains in more than a year on Friday as technology stocks helped lift major indexes to records.

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S&P 500, Nasdaq post best week in more than a year

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The S&P 500 and Nasdaq notched their best weekly gains in more than a year on Friday as technology stocks helped lift major indexes to records.

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US STOCKS-S&P 500, Nasdaq post best week in more than a year

* Indexes up: Dow 0.9 pct, S&P 0.7 pct, Nasdaq 0.8 pct (Updates to close)

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UPDATE 3-Deutsche Bank to post third consecutive annual loss

* Revenue at bond-trading unit seen dropping 22 pct in Q4 (Adds shareholder comments published by Handelsblatt)

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UPDATE 2-Deutsche Bank to post third consecutive annual loss

* Revenue at bond-trading unit seen dropping 22 pct in Q4 (Recasts, adds background, share price reaction)

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UPDATE 1-Deutsche Bank to post small 2017 loss on U.S. tax reform, weak markets

* Bank had warned of weak Q4 revenue (Adds detail from statement, share price)

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Deutsche Bank to post small Q4 loss on U.S. tax reform, weak markets

FRANKFURT, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Deutsche Bank said it would post a small net loss in the fourth quarter after weak trading, a low level of client activity and a 1.5 billion euro ($1.81 billion) negative impact of a tax overhaul in the United States.

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REFILE-Kala Pharma posts mixed results from dry eye disease drug studies

Jan 5 (Reuters) - Kala Pharmaceuticals Inc on Friday reported mixed results from two late-stage trials testing its drug to provide temporary relief from the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease.

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Pakistan criticizes 'shifting goalposts' after U.S. aid suspension

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan said on Friday U.S. "arbitrary deadlines" and its shifting of goalposts were counterproductive to defeating common security threats in the region after the United States slashed aid to Pakistan.

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Kala Pharma posts mixed results from dry eye disease drug studies

Dec 28 (Reuters) - Kala Pharmaceuticals Inc on Friday reported mixed results from two late-stage trials testing its drug to provide temporary relief from the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease.

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North Korea agrees to talks after U.S., South Korea postpone military drills

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea agreed on Friday to hold official talks with the South next week, the first in more than two years, hours after the United States and South Korea delayed a military exercise amid a standoff over the North's nuclear and missile programs.

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On Washington: New Pot Policy by Trump Administration Draws Bipartisan Fire

Lawmakers from both parties see it as a state decision and vow to force the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, to back down.

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Fiction: A Debut Novelist’s Elegy for Post-Katrina New Orleans

“The Floating World,” by C. Morgan Babst, follows a survivor and her family through the ruined city.

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North Korea agrees to talks after U.S.-South Korea military drills are postponed

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea agreed on Friday to hold official talks with the South next week, the first in more than two years, hours after the United States and South Korea delayed a military exercise amid a standoff over the North's nuclear and missile programs.

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Book: Trump insisted on false story about Trump Tower meeting

President Donald Trump insisted that a 2016 meeting in Trump Tower was about adoption policy -- after knowledge of the meeting had become public -- despite the likelihood reporters already had evidence demonstrating the meeting had been arranged to obtain dirt on Hillary Clinton, a new book about the Trump presidency says.

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Canada's Conservatives expel senator over indigenous comments

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's opposition Conservatives kicked a lawmaker out of the party after she posted letters on her official government website that derided indigenous people and then refused to take them down from the site.

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Trump Administration Postpones an Obama Fair-Housing Rule

HUD will delay rollout of a measure requiring communities to analyze how their policies might be fostering racial and economic inequality.

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U.S. stock funds post $8.4 billion outflows during week: Lipper

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. fund investors pulled $8.4 billion from stocks and funneled $3.3 billion into taxable bonds during the most recent week, responding to a strong year of market gains...

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U.S. stock funds post $8.4 bln outflows during week -Lipper

NEW YORK, Jan 4 (Reuters) - U.S. fund investors pulled $8.4 billion from stocks and funneled $3.3 billion into taxable bonds during the most recent week, responding to a strong year of market gains defensively, Lipper data showed on Thursday.

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U.S. says Washington state Amtrak derailment damage topped $40 million

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The damage from a deadly Amtrak train crash in Washington state in December topped $40.4 million, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report on Thursday.

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History Lessons: First jobs of famous historians

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Historians study the beginnings of things, even their first work experiences. For the latest in Reuters’ “First Jobs” series, we talked to a few prominent historians about their...

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German TV director denies sexual harassment allegations

BERLIN (Reuters) - German TV director Dieter Wedel has denied accusations of sexual harassment and assault in Germany's first such case since a scandal involving Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein unleashed a global wave of abuse allegations in the entertainment and media worlds.

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'The Chi' deftly brews up South Side story

Absorbing and organic from practically the get-go, "The Chi" will inevitably draw comparisons to "The Wire," the definitive drama about the perils of inner-city life. Yet this richly detailed look at intersecting paths, cutting across generations, quickly carves its own niche, one where tragedy begets tragedy, and vengeance comes with consequences.

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U.S. says Washington Amtrak train derailment damage topped $40 million

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report Thursday that damage from a deadly December Amtrak train crash in Washington State topped $40.4 million.

Elections nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Training Early for Post-Putin Politics

With the outcome of Russia’s presidential election in March all but decided, reformers keep hoping for a real contest once Putin leaves the scene.

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When anyone gets between Trump and his starring role in his own story, he reacts, keeping the world on edge

The political bomb cyclone otherwise known as the Trump presidency has brought 2018 in with a roar.

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CBS News fires political director amid allegations of 'inappropriate behavior'

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Washington state sues Motel 6 for sharing guest data with immigration agents

Jan 3 (Reuters) - Motel 6 was sued on Wednesday by Washington state's attorney general, who accused the discount hotel chain of illegally providing guest lists to U.S. immigration authorities, knowing of their interest in people with "Latino-sounding" names.

United States International Relations nytimes.com

A Foreign Hand in Protests? Iranians See Confirmation in Their History

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s accusation resonates for many Iranians, whose country has long been subject to foreign interference.

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BRIEF-Casey's Comments On Letter From JCP Shareholder Group

* CASEYS GENERAL STORES INC - ‍MET WITH REPRESENTATIVES FROM JCP THIS PAST SUMMER​

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BRIEF-Rite Aid Posts Q3 Adj. Earnings $0.00/Shr From Continuing Operations

* Q3 ADJUSTED EARNINGS PER SHARE $0.00 FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS

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AmEx to post fourth-quarter loss on $2.4 billion hit from tax legislation

(Reuters) - American Express Co said it expects to report a fourth-quarter loss due to a $2.4 billion hit from the tax legislation which makes it cheaper for U.S. companies to repatriate profits.

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UPDATE 1-AmEx to post 4th-qtr loss on $2.4 bln hit from tax legislation

Jan 3 (Reuters) - American Express Co said it expects to report a fourth-quarter loss due to a $2.4 billion hit from the tax legislation which makes it cheaper for U.S. companies to repatriate profits.

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AmEx to post 4th-qtr loss due to $2.4 bln hit from tax legislation

Jan 3 (Reuters) - American Express Co said it expects to report a fourth-quarter loss due to a $2.4 billion hit from the tax legislation which makes it cheaper for U.S. companies to repatriate profits.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Read Trump’s Reaction to Steve Bannon’s Comments

President Trump hit back at the former White House chief strategist through a statement saying that Mr. Bannon had nothing to do with his “historic victory.”

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Automakers post lower December U.S. sales, weaker year lies ahead

DETROIT (Reuters) - Most major automakers on Wednesday reported lower December U.S. sales as they look ahead to weaker sales in 2018 that will test pricing discipline in an industry where consumer discounts are already at elevated levels.

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UPDATE 2-Automakers post lower December U.S. sales, weaker year lies ahead

DETROIT, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Most major automakers on Wednesday reported lower December U.S. sales as they look ahead to weaker sales in 2018 that will test pricing discipline in an industry where consumer discounts are already at elevated levels.

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UPDATE 2-European shares post strong rebound as dollar, Wall Street rise

* New European market rules implemented (Adds closing prices, quotes)

Fashion and Apparel nytimes.com

Bulletin Board: Post-Weinstein, How We Will Be Covering the Red Carpets

We have some plans about how to recognize the cultural moment — and would love to hear from readers about what you would like to see (and not see).

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Automakers post lower December U.S. sales; eye taxes, rate hikes

DETROIT (Reuters) - Most major automakers on Wednesday reported lower December U.S. sales despite hefty consumer discounts, as higher interest rates and a new tax code cast uncertainty over their prospects in 2018.

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UPDATE 1-Automakers post lower December U.S. sales; eye taxes, rate hikes

DETROIT, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Most major automakers on Wednesday reported lower December U.S. sales despite hefty consumer discounts, as higher interest rates and a new tax code cast uncertainty over their prospects in 2018.

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Automakers post mixed December U.S. new vehicle sales

DETROIT (Reuters) - Major automakers on Wednesday reported mixed U.S. sales figures for December, helped in part by large consumer discounts aimed at moving vehicles off dealer lots by the end of the year.

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Turkey issues detention warrants for 68 Bank Asya shareholders in post-coup probe: police

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish authorities have issued detention warrants for 68 shareholders of Bank Asya in an operation targeting the network of the cleric accused for orchestrating last year's failed coup attempt, the police said on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 1-Turkey issues detention warrants for 68 Bank Asya shareholders in post-coup probe - police

ANKARA, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Turkish authorities have issued detention warrants for 68 shareholders of Bank Asya in an operation targeting the network of the cleric accused for orchestrating last year's failed coup attempt, the police said on Wednesday.

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Turkey issues detention warrants for 68 Bank Asya shareholders in post-coup probe - NTV

ANKARA, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Turkish authorities have issued detention warrants for 68 shareholders of Bank Asya in an operation targeting the network of the cleric accused for orchestrating last year's failed coup attempt, broadcaster NTV and other media said on Wednesday.

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Romney could become Trump's new Washington foe

The Republican opposition to President Donald Trump is poised to get a new champion: Mitt Romney.

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Vice puts two executives on leave over harassment allegations

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U.S. House transportation panel chair says he will not run for re-election: Washington Examiner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Representative Bill Shuster, the chairman of the Transportation Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, will not run for re-election in November, the Washington Examiner reported on Tuesday.

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Paul posts emotional apology

YouTube star Logan Paul is facing sharp criticism after posting video of a suicide victim that he came across in a forest in Japan.

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UPDATE 1-Aurora Cannabis posts record November revenue, stock up

Jan 2 (Reuters) - Canadian medical marijuana maker Aurora Cannabis Inc said on Tuesday it sold cannabis worth C$3.1 million ($2.5 million) in November, its highest ever, helped by strong demand for its products.

Dancing nytimes.com

Critic’s Notebook: At City Ballet, History Is About to Change. How?

Peter Martins inherited George Balanchine’s roles: running the School of American Ballet and City Ballet and choreographing. Should this model persist?

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YouTube Star Logan Paul Apologizes for Posting Video Showing Dead Body

Mr. Paul, 22, posted a video that showed a body hanging from a tree in a Japanese forest that is known as a destination for suicide victims.

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Logan Paul apologizes for posting video

An apology from Logan Paul did little to quell the outrage after the social media star posted a YouTube video, showing what appears to be a body hanging from a tree in a Japanese forest known for suicides.

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Iranian crackdown intensifies after police posts attacked

LONDON (Reuters) - Police have arrested more than 450 protesters in the Iranian capital Tehran over the past three days, the deputy provincial governor said on Tuesday, as a crackdown intensified against anti-government demonstrations that began last week.

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UPDATE 1-Iranian crackdown intensifies after police posts attacked

LONDON, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Police have arrested more than 450 protesters in the Iranian capital Tehran over the past three days, the deputy provincial governor said on Tuesday, as a crackdown intensified against anti-government demonstrations that began last week.

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Oil posts strongest year opening since 2014 as Iran unrest pushes up crude

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices posted their strongest opening to a year since 2014 on Tuesday, with crude rising to mid-2015 highs amid large anti-government rallies in Iran and ongoing supply cuts led by OPEC and Russia.

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Oil posts strongest year opening since 2014; Iran unrest pushes up crude

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices posted their strongest opening to a year since 2014 on Tuesday, with crude rising to mid-2015 highs amid large anti-government rallies in Iran and ongoing supply cuts led by OPEC and Russia.

Dancing nytimes.com

Peter Martins Retires From New York City Ballet After Misconduct Allegations

Mr. Martins had been accused of sexual harassment as well as physical and verbal abuse.

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What North Korean propaganda posters reveal

To the outside world, North Korean propaganda posters are notorious for their militaristic and anti-American messages. Recent topics include Donald Trump being attacked with an axe and missiles pointing at Capitol Hill.

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Norway Labour Party's deputy leader suspended over harassment allegations

OSLO (Reuters) - The deputy head of Norway's top opposition Labour Party has temporarily stepped down from his leadership post following accusations of sexual harassment, the party said on Monday.

Airports nytimes.com

Teterboro Airport: Steeped in Glamour, History and Noise

The New Jersey airport, once a source of pride for the region, has recently fallen out of favor among neighbors who call it dangerous and noisy. Its loyalists say it is an underappreciated gem.

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Macau casinos post first annual revenue gain in 3 years

Gaming revenue in the Chinese territory of Macau rose for the first time in three years in 2017 as high-end punters' appetite for gambling recovers after a protracted government campaign against shows of wealth among public officials and slowing economic growth.

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China box office posts turnaround in 2017 with 13 percent growth

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's movie box office revenue rose 13.45 percent last year to 55.91 billion yuan ($8.59 billion), more than tripling the 2016 growth rate as foreign films won a larger share of ticket sales compared to the previous year, said the Xinhua News Agency.

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Polish group aims for history by winter scaling of world's second highest peak

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A group of Polish mountaineers set off for northern Pakistan on Sunday to start an attempt to be the first to scale K2, the world's second highest peak, in wintertime.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

On Washington: Republicans’ 2018 Resolution: Bipartisanship. Will It Last?

With their Senate majority narrowed even further and a midterm election approaching, Republicans are seeking some consensus with Democrats after a year of intense division.

Prison Escapes nytimes.com

Why an Upstate Prisoner With a History of Escape Foiled His Latest

He cooked up an ingenious scheme to break out of prison. So he tried to make a deal. But it wasn’t just any plan. And he wasn’t just any inmate.

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Man with explosives holed up inside post office in Ukraine: police

KIEV (Reuters) - A man believed to be carrying explosives is holed up in a post office in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, police spokesman Yaroslav Trakalo told the news channel 112 on Saturday.

Fires and Firefighters nytimes.com

About New York: In the Bronx, History Repeats Itself With Deadly Force

At the site of a deadly fire from a decade ago, a rebuilt home disguises the terrible loss of 10 people, nine of them children, but a mother remembers.

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The inside story of North Korea's smuggling network

A North Korean defector who used to help run Kim Jung Un's vast smuggling network describes how the nation sells its weapons and other banned items on the black market. CNN's Brian Todd reports.

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State Dept. posts Huma Abedin emails found on Anthony Weiner's laptop

The State Department posted a number of emails belonging to former top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin on Friday after the messages were found on Anthony Weiner's laptop by the FBI. Several of the released documents were found to contain information classified "confidential," and were heavily redacted.

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 3-Trump wants Postal Service to charge "much more" for Amazon shipments

WASHINGTON/SEATTLE, Dec 29 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump called on the U.S. Postal Service on Friday to charge "much more" to ship packages for Amazon, picking another fight with the online retail giant he has criticized in the past.

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Trump takes on Postal Service in tweet

On Friday morning, President Donald Trump decided to take on the U.S. Postal Service.

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Trump wants Postal Service to charge 'much more' for Amazon shipments

WASHINGTON/SEATTLE (Reuters) - President Donald Trump called on the U.S. Postal Service on Friday to charge "much more" to ship packages for Amazon Amazon, picking another fight with the online retail giant he has criticized in the past.

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UPDATE 3-Trump wants Postal Service to charge "much more" for Amazon shipments

WASHINGTON/SEATTLE, Dec 29 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump called on the U.S. Postal Service on Friday to charge "much more" to ship packages for Amazon Amazon, picking another fight with the online retail giant he has criticized in the past.

George Washington Bridge nytimes.com

At George Washington Bridge, a Fence Rises to Deter Suicides

To deter people seeking to end their lives, an 11-foot-high fence and a canopy of netting have been installed on a pathway at the edge of the 86-year-old span.

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UPDATE 2-Trump targets Amazon in call for postal service to hike prices

WASHINGTON, Dec 29 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump targeted Amazon on Friday in a call for the country's postal service to raise prices of shipments in order to recoup costs, picking another fight with the online retail giant he has criticized in the past.

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Trump targets Amazon in call for postal service to hike prices

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday targeted online retailer Amazon in a call for the country's postal service to raise prices of shipments in order to recoup costs.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Washington Memo: The Year the News Accelerated to Trump Speed

The president’s news-making in the age of the tweet and the push alert has produced something of a sensory overload that shortens the life span of even the most dominant stories.

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Three women set to make Olympics history

Writing and Writers nytimes.com

‘Spalding Gray,’ the Color? It’s a Long Story

How the monologuist inspired a best-selling paint. A dog is also involved.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Home Capital Comments On Second Statement Of Claim

* RECEIVED STATEMENT OF CLAIM ISSUED BY ROLAND KEIPER, BRIAN CHAPMAN, WHO OPTED OUT OF GLOBAL SETTLEMENT OF SECURITIES CLASS ACTION​

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Lebanese foreign minister denounced over Israel comments

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese politicians on Thursday criticized Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil over a television interview in which he was shown saying that Lebanon did not have an ideological problem with Israel and was not against it having security.

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Solange reveals illness in Instagram post

Solange Knowles has canceled her New Year's Eve gig at the AfroPunk festival in South Africa, blaming health issues.

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Goldman Sachs picks Dublin for asset management unit post-Brexit: source

LONDON (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs has picked Dublin as a center for administrative staff in its asset management business following Britain's vote to leave the European Union, a source familiar with the matter said.

Opera nytimes.com

Behind the Scenes of ‘Tosca,’ the Messiest Production in Met History

A lavish new staging of Puccini’s “Tosca,” envisioned as an act of redemption, loses three singers and two conductors. But the show must go on.

Museums nytimes.com

Behind the Scenes at the Natural History Museum

Look around the museum’s frozen tissue lab, paleontology collection, object conservation lab and more on this virtual reality tour of the American Museum of Natural History.

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Democrat: GOP rep. calling for FBI 'purge' needs a history lesson

A Democratic congresswoman says she wants to give one of her Republican colleagues "a history lesson" after he faced criticism for demanding a "purge" at the FBI and Justice Department, warning that it brings back memories of McCarthyism during the Cold War.

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Justice Dept. watchdog criticizes past handling of sexual harassment allegations

The Justice Department Inspector General has found "potential systemic issues" in how the department handles sexual harassment and misconduct allegations across its components, according to a memorandum he wrote in May to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after reviewing the handling of cases that primarily occurred in years past.

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Michael Jackson's daughter posts photo with brothers

Fans are excited about seeing Michael Jackson's three children together for Christmas.

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Virginia officials postpone lottery drawing to decide tied statehouse election

(Reuters) - A lottery drawing to settle a tied Virginia legislative race that could shift the statehouse balance of power has been indefinitely postponed, state election officials said on Tuesday, after the Democratic candidate mounted a legal fight.

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Virginia officials postpone draw to decide tied statehouse election

(Reuters) - A lottery drawing to settle a tied Virginia legislative race that could shift the statehouse balance of power has been postponed, election officials in the U.S. state said on Tuesday, after the Democrat candidate mounted a legal fight.

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I'm 6'3" with tattoo sleeves -- and I have a #MeToo story

I'm 6'3" with tattoo arm sleeves and a shaved head. I served as an Army Ranger and an FBI SWAT team leader. I don't look like someone you'd imagine as a poster child for the #MeToo movement.

Television nytimes.com

Kimmel, Covfefe, ‘Wonder Woman’: Washington’s Views on Pop Culture in 2017

Two Times reporters shared their analysis of how pop culture looks from inside the White House.

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Check out the best post-holiday sales

December 28th is set to be the fourth busiest shopping day of 2017. HLN's Jennifer Westhoven explains why and points you to the best post-holiday deals.

Child Abuse and Neglect nytimes.com

Duterte’s Son Quits Post After Battling Daughter on Social Media

Paolo Duterte’s daughter implied on Twitter that her father had beaten her, causing the vice mayor to strike back on Facebook.

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How history's first photos of snowflakes were made

In 1885, American farmer Wilson Bentley attached a camera to his microscope and took what is believed to be the very first photo of a snowflake.

Newspapers nytimes.com

Mediator: Spielberg’s ‘The Post’ Provides Fitting End to Turbulent Year for the Media

A movie offers a reminder that leaking to the press can be a patriotic act at a time when the president delights in attacking journalists.

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VW may post excellent 2017 results, CEO tells Welt am Sonntag

BERLIN (Reuters) - Volkswagen will report excellent group results this year, its chief executive said, helped by expected record vehicle sales and by spending cuts.

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FBI deputy director McCabe to retire in 2018: Washington Post

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe plans to retire next year, after months of criticism from Republicans in Congress and President Donald Trump, the Washington Post reported on Saturday.

Sexual Harassment nytimes.com

At Vice, Cutting-Edge Media and Allegations of Old-School Sexual Harassment

A media company built on subversion and outlandishness was unable to create “a safe and inclusive workplace” for women, two of its founders acknowledge.

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The history of 'A Christmas Carol'

A look at the backstory of the Charles Dicken's classic "A Christmas Carol." CNN's Nick Glass reports.

Afghanistan nytimes.com

Afghan Governor Refuses to Leave His Post, Escalating Showdown

The former warlord Atta Muhammad Noor told supporters that the Afghan president did not have the power to unilaterally remove him from office.