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Ship hired to find MH370 arrives in search zone

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A vessel hired to search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 and solve one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries has reached the remote spot in the Indian Ocean where Australian scientists believe the plane went down, Reuters shipping data shows.

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Taiwan president says does not exclude possibility of China attack

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said that she does not exclude the possibility of China attacking the self-ruled island, amid heightened tensions between the two sides including an increasing number of Chinese military drills near Taiwan.

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BRIEF-Twenty-First Century Fox Says Anticipate Regulatory Approval Of Deal With Sky By June 30

* ‍WILL CONTINUE TO ENGAGE WITH CMA ON SKY DEAL AHEAD OF PUBLICATION OF FINAL REPORT IN MAY​

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Aid groups urge rethink of Rohingya repatriations without safeguards

PALONG KHALI, Bangladesh (Reuters) - The U.N. refugee agency and other groups have urged a rethink of a plan to send Muslim Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar amid fears of forced repatriations without safeguards such as guaranteed citizenship after they fled to Bangladesh to escape bloodshed at home.

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PRESS DIGEST-New York Times business news - Jan 23

Jan 23 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories on the New York Times business pages. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

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UPDATE 1-Trump deals blow to solar makers; forcing industry to look elsewhere for growth

* Governments in Asia threaten reaction to U.S. protectionism

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Sooner or later, Trump must take a position on whether to allow some 700,000 people brought illegally to the US as children to stay

By escaping the government shutdown drama without losing face, President Donald Trump can claim a short-term victory.

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Trump deals blow to solar makers, industry to focus on growth away from U.S.

* Governments in Asia threaten reaction to U.S. protectionism

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Vermont becomes first state to legalize marijuana through legislature

Vermont, the "Green Mountain State," has become the first state to legalize marijuana by passing a law in the legislature rather than by use of a ballot measure.

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Exclusive: Looted cash, gold helps Islamic State recruit in Philippines

MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Islamist insurgents looted cash, gold and jewelry worth tens of millions of dollars when they occupied a southern Philippines town last year, treasure one of their leaders has used to recruit around 250 fighters for fresh attacks.

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Comedian Bill Cosby back on stage for first gig since sex scandals

(Reuters) - U.S. comedian Bill Cosby performed his first stand-up gig since being swept up in sex scandals, joking in Philadelphia on Monday about his blindness and fueling criticism on social media, according to video posted online.

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China blasts Trump's new trade tariffs

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Haitians stage protest, mock Trump over 'shithole' comments

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - About two thousand people took to the streets of Haiti's capital on Monday to protest comments attributed to U.S. President Donald Trump about the nation being a "shithole" country, which caused uproar in the world's first independent black republic.

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Melania won't join Trump in Davos

First lady Melania Trump, in a change of plans, will not be joining President Donald Trump on his trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, later this week.

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More asylum-seekers to leave remote Australian camps for U.S. resettlement: source

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Another 58 asylum-seekers held in an Australian-run detention center on Papua New Guinea (PNG) will leave on Tuesday for resettlement in the United States under a controversial refugee swap deal, a source familiar with the plan told Reuters.

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Michigan State president faces pressure to quit amid Nassar scandal

Clasina Syrovy's anger in a Michigan courtroom on Monday wasn't directed only at Larry Nassar, the disgraced former gymnastics physician who she says sexually abused her.

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South Korea government rejects 'Pyongyang Olympics' criticism

SEOUL (Reuters) - Seoul's presidential Blue House rejected criticism on Tuesday that next month's Winter Games will be the "Pyongyang Olympics", saying the event will help defuse tensions over North Korea's weapons programs.

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Campaign complaint filed over reported Trump porn star payment

The group Common Cause has lodged complaints alleging that a reported hush payment for a porn star to stay quiet about an alleged affair with Donald Trump in 2006, before he was elected President, constitutes a campaign finance violation.

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Trump picks guest for 1st state visit

President Donald Trump is expected to invite French President Emmanuel Macron to Washington for an official state visit later this year, the first of his presidency, according to two diplomatic sources.

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Trump touts African-American job gains

President Trump takes credit for African-American job gains and a record low unemployment rate, but that may not translate into support from black communities. CNN's Athena Jones reports.

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Trump slaps steep U.S. tariffs on imported washers, solar panels

WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump slapped steep tariffs on imported washing machines and solar panels on Monday, giving a boost to Whirlpool Corp and dealing a setback to the renewable energy industry in the first of several potential trade restrictions.

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UPDATE 2-Trump slaps steep U.S. tariffs on imported washers, solar panels

WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES, Jan 22 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump slapped steep tariffs on imported washing machines and solar panels on Monday, giving a boost to Whirlpool Corp and dealing a setback to the renewable energy industry in the first of several potential trade restrictions.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Brazil markets steady ahead of ex-president Lula's trial

(Updates with final prices, Mexican details) By Bruno Federowski BRASILIA, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Brazilian markets were range-bound on Monday as traders avoided big bets ahead of the trial of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who is leading opinion polls for this year's elections. Lula has vowed to reverse part of President Michel Temer's reform agenda if elected, but he could be barred from running if a higher court upholds his conviction for corruption at trial on Wednesda

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China's Xinjiang to build 'Great Wall' to protect border: governor

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's violence-prone far western region of Xinjiang will build a "Great Wall" around its borders to prevent the infiltration of militants from outside the country, state media reported on Tuesday citing the regional governor.

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Begala: Trump takes immigration cues from 'Pres. Stephen Miller'

The shutdown has made the President look like an empty suit: one who can sit at a conference table in a TV studio--or the Cabinet room-- but who ultimately lets an advisor run the show, writes Paul Begala.

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Hurry up, German conservative urges Social Democrats on coalition

BERLIN (Reuters) - A leading member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives has urged Social Democrats (SPD) to finish coalition talks within two to three weeks, warning that Germans were losing trust in democracy after months without a new government.

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Editorial: The Jell-O President and the Shutdown

Now Donald Trump and the Republicans must do right by the Dreamers.

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Trump anxious to return to immigration negotiations

President Donald Trump is impatient to return to the immigration negotiating table, despite advice from some aides that he allow lawmakers to strike their own agreement, people who have spoken with him said.

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Judge orders U.S. government to seek consent to give data to AT&T, Time Warner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The judge hearing the Justice Department's lawsuit to stop AT&T from buying Time Warner ordered the department on Monday to seek permission to give the two companies access to rivals' pricing data.

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Trump slaps tax on imported solar cells and washing machines

The announcement came Monday from U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

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Morocco's king appoints five new ministers

RABAT (Reuters) - Morocco's king appointed five new ministers on Monday, a government statement said, after several top officials were dismissed in October for failing to improve the economic situation in a region shaken by protests.

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WH: Trump has '100% confidence' in Wilbur Ross

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says President Trump has not lost confidence in Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross after Ross reportedly drew the President's ire for falling asleep in meetings.

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Brazil holds breath for court ruling on Lula's future

PORTO ALEGRE (Reuters) - Brazilian politicians, voters and investors will find out on Wednesday whether an appeals court will allow the country's most popular leader, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, to run for president this year after being found guilty of accepting a bribe.

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* WORLD ACCEPTANCE CORPORATION NAMES JIM WANSERSKI INTERIM PRESIDENT AND CEO

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Trump Slaps Steep Tariffs on Imported Washing Machines and Solar Products

The Trump administration said it would impose tariffs of 20 percent on washing machines and 30 percent on solar cells and modules next year.

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Publisher pulls former Trump appointee's book over racist remarks

Former Trump administration appointee Carl Higbie's book is being pulled from the market by its publisher after CNN's KFile unearthed racist, sexist, anti-Muslim and anti-gay remarks Higbie made as a radio host.

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Trump Is Killing the American Dream

It has been endangered for some decades now, but his racist policies are hastening its demise.

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Heavy snow humbles the global elite at Davos summit

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - The global economy and geopolitical tensions are taking a back seat to a more immediate problem at this year's Davos summit of political and business leaders: heavy snow is burying the venue.

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Gambia arrests top Jammeh generals after they return from exile

BANJUL (Reuters) - Military authorities in Gambia arrested two of ex-strongman Yahya Jammeh's generals after they returned unexpectedly from exile over the weekend, the army said in a statement on Monday.

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Even with shutdown deal, Trump ad shows xenophobia

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Seven killed in bar shooting in drug-producing Colombian province

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Gunmen killed seven people on Sunday in a bar in Colombia's Antioquia province, where the National Liberation Army (ELN) rebel group and the Gulf Clan drug gang are locked in a dispute over territory, police said.

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Trump says to make immigration deal only if good for U.S.: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Monday that he would make a deal on immigration only if he sees it as beneficial for the country.

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U.S. aid chief visits Raqqa amid stabilization push

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government's aid chief, Mark Green, made an unannounced visit to Raqqa in Syria on Monday, the most senior U.S. civilian official from the Trump administration to visit the war-struck northern city months after it was retaken from Islamic State.

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Ask The Times: On Trust and Transparency: A.G. Sulzberger, Our New Publisher, Answers Readers’ Questions

When we solicited questions last month for our new publisher, A. G. Sulzberger, our readers responded in droves — to the tune of some 2,500 submissions. Here are his responses.

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Lindsey Graham: Time for the 'Gang of 60'

One of the founding members of the bipartisan "Gang of Six" on immigration says the group will exist no longer -- replaced by efforts to build a much larger coalition.

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'Put Trump in his place': nationalism awakens in Mexican presidential race

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Donald Trump's habit of slapping down Mexico is feeding nationalist sentiment in the country's presidential election campaign, prompting contenders to defy him and strengthening the hand of the frontrunner, who is courting the anti-establishment vote.

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Pakistani principal shot dead by student over blasphemy dispute

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A Pakistani student shot and killed his school principal on Monday, in a dispute over the student skipping classes to attend rallies supporting the country's strict blasphemy laws, a police official said. 

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U.S. requires tougher cargo screening from Middle East airports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said on Monday it will require six Middle Eastern carriers to undergo enhanced cargo screening as part of an effort to raise global aviation security.

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Treaty opposing violence against women will lead to 'moral decay', Bulgarian church says

SOFIA (Reuters) - The Bulgarian Orthodox Church on Monday urged lawmakers not to ratify a treaty designed to combat violence against women and domestic violence, saying it was opening the door to "moral decay".

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U.S. aid chief makes unannounced visit to Syrian city of Raqqa

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government's aid chief, Mark Green, made an unannounced visit to Raqqa in Syria on Monday, the most senior U.S. civilian official to visit the war-struck city months after American-backed militia retook the area from Islamic State.

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What's next: The Senate and House vote on a 3-week fix, then it goes to President Trump

The Senate is set to have a key vote at noon Monday on a bill to reopen the government and fund it for three weeks, though it's unclear if this plan will win over enough Democrats to pass.

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UPDATE 1-With Versailles business summit, Macron seeks to bank on global appeal

* Macron holds Versailles summit two days before Davos gathering

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Host Kristen Bell takes a shot at the first lady

Kristen Bell did not hold back when she took the stage as the first-ever host of the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night.

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Trump on Twitter (Jan 22) - Democrats

The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.

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Trump plans to speak post-shutdown vote, source says

President Donald Trump plans to publicly tout the end of the government shutdown stalemate on Monday, a White House official told CNN, despite being publicly absent from the debate over the weekend.

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Pakistani PM says 'committed' to seizing Islamist charities

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday said his government will push ahead with plans to seize control of charities run by an Islamist designated a terrorist by Washington, and warned the United States not to weaken Pakistan.

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In Gaza, UNRWA chief says U.S. aid cut risks more Mideast instability

GAZA (Reuters) - The head of the U.N. agency that helps Palestinian refugees said on Monday that U.S. plans to cut funding to the body were abrupt and harmful and risked destabilizing the Middle East.

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Trump's attendance at Davos economic forum in doubt due to shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's attendance at the World Economic Forum in Davos in the Swiss alps was in doubt on Monday as the U.S. government shutdown stretched into a third day.

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The Point: Why Trump was irrelevant in the shutdown talks

The big story coming out of the first weekend of the 2018 government shutdown was this: Where is President Donald Trump?

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South Africa's ANC says deciding whether to remove Zuma as president

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) is in the process of deciding whether to cut short President Jacob Zuma's tenure as head of state, the party's secretary general told a news conference on Monday.

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U.S. to send diplomatic team to Europe to discuss Iran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States plans to send a diplomatic team to Europe to discuss the Iran nuclear deal and countering Iranian activities in the Middle East, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Monday according to a U.S. pool reporter.

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Egypt's former supply minister cleared in wheat buying scandal

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's public prosecutor has closed a case against former supply minister Khaled Hanafi for corruption in wheat buying, judicial sources said, clearing him of charges related to a high profile scandal that rocked the world's biggest grain buyer.

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New Jersey's first lady: 'I was sexually assaulted'

At the Women's March in New Jersey, the state's first lady Tammy Murphy shared something she'd kept private for decades

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World leaders are starting to go around Trump

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Trump: Pleased Democrats came to their senses

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Analysis: Why Trump is irrelevant in the shutdown talks

The big story coming out of the first weekend of the 2018 government shutdown was this: Where is President Donald Trump?

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Abbas wins renewed EU backing for Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union assured President Mahmoud Abbas it supported his ambition to have East Jerusalem as capital of a Palestinian state, in the bloc's latest rejection of U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Yes, Trump Is Weak. So Is Congress.

The legislative branch needs to assert itself in the face of presidential chaos.

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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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EU puts more North Koreans under sanctions over nuclear tests

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union imposed travel bans and asset freezes on North Koreans accused of helping Pyongyang evade United Nations sanctions linked to the secretive country's nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

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BRIEF-Halliburton "encouraged by international markets for the first time in three years" : conf call

* HALLIBURTON SAYS INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS STARTED TO SHOW SIGNS OF RECOVERY IN THE LATTER HALF OF THE YEAR- CONF CALL

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WH aide defends anti-immigrant Trump campaign ad

White House legislative director Marc Short defended Monday a recent re-election campaign ad from President Donald Trump that called Democrats "complicit in every murder committed by illegal immigrants."

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Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Jan 22) - Democrats

The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.

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Screen time: Mental health menace or scapegoat?

"Have smartphones destroyed a generation?" Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, asked in an adapted excerpt of her controversial book, "iGen."

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Saudi-led air strike kills seven Yemenis: residents

SAADA, Yemen (Reuters) - Saudi-led coalition aircraft on Monday struck a building in northern Yemen that housed a clinic, killing seven people, five of them children, residents said, the latest in a series of raids that have drawn international condemnation.

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South Africa's ANC discussed Zuma's exit this week - secretary general

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's ruling party discussed this week removing President Jacob Zuma as head of state but no decision or date for his departure was agreed, Secretary General Ace Magashule said on Monday.

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Explainer: Britain's Lords sharpen knives for EU exit laws, but can they block Brexit?

LONDON (Reuters) - Legislation to end Britain's European Union membership begins months of debate in the upper house of parliament this month and is likely to be given a rough ride by largely pro-EU lawmakers.

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Abbas wins EU backing for Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's foreign policy chief assured President Mahmoud Abbas at a meeting in Brussels on Monday that the EU supported his ambition to have East Jerusalem as capital of a Palestinian state.

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Russia says Syria congress set for Jan. 29, as planned

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia plans to host a congress of Syrian national dialogue next week as planned, according to a document circulated by the foreign ministry on Monday.

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The last time these teams met in the Super Bowl, the Eagles lost 24-21

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have the opportunity to win their sixth Super Bowl together.

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REFILE-UPDATE 1-Qatar Airways says delivery of first Airbus A350-1000 delayed until next month

DOHA, Jan 22 (Reuters) - The delivery of Qatar Airways' first Airbus A350-1000 has been delayed until February due to the "complex seat configuration" of the airline's business class, its chief executive said on Monday.

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BRIEF-Liberty Media Announces Launch Of Process To Refinance Formula 1 First Lien Term Loan

* LIBERTY MEDIA ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF PROCESS TO REFINANCE FORMULA 1 FIRST LIEN TERM LOAN

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Catalan crisis rekindled as parliament proposes Puigdemont as leader

MADRID/COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - The Catalan parliament on Monday proposed Carles Puigdemont as candidate for president, dealing a blow to central government efforts to derail an independence movement that has plunged Spain into political crisis.

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'Shoot me' if I become a dictator: Philippine leader tells troops to protect constitution

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday instructed the army and police to shoot him if he became a dictator and stayed on beyond his term, a scenario his foes are warning against, amid moves by his loyalists to change the constitution.

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Rex Tillerson visits new U.S. embassy in London that Trump criticized

LONDON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited the new $1 billion U.S. embassy in London on Monday, just days after his boss Donald Trump criticized the move to new diplomatic premises as part of a bad deal agreed by the administration of Barack Obama.

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Catalonia's Puigdemont lands in Denmark as Spain seeks new warrant

COPENHAGEN/MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's prosecutor sought on Monday to reactivate a European arrest warrant against Carles Puigdemont, as the former Catalan leader landed in Denmark for his first trip away from Belgium in three months of self-imposed exile.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Racism Represents an American Tradition

His crude comments should lead to an honest reckoning with the sentiments behind our policies.

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Malaysia arrests two men linked to Islamic State over planned attacks

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia has arrested two men believed to have links with militant group Islamic State, including one who allegedly walked around its capital armed with a knife aiming to kill Buddhist monks, police said on Monday.

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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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Rescuers in rebel-held Syrian area accuse government of gas attack

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Rescue workers in a Syrian rebel-held enclave east of Damascus accused government forces of using chlorine gas during bombardment of the area on Monday, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 13 people had suffered suffocation.

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French jail guards start nationwide strike in showdown with government

PARIS (Reuters) - French prison guards launched a nationwide strike on Monday in a showdown with President Emmanuel Macron's government over staff levels and violence that they say is spiraling out of control inside the country's overcrowded jails.

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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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Iran says warplanes warned off two western vessels during drill

LONDON (Reuters) - Iranian warplanes warned off two "coalition vessels" during military drill in waters off the country's southeast, a senior naval officer said, in the latest confrontation between Iranian and western forces that patrol the Gulf.

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Turkey says campaign against Kurdish YPG in Afrin will be swift

HASSA, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkey shelled targets in northern Syria on Monday and said its three-day-old operation against Kurdish YPG fighters who control the Afrin region would be completed swiftly.

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Iranian planes warned off two 'coalition vessels' during military drill: Tasnim news

LONDON (Reuters) - Iranian warplanes warned off two "coalition vessels" during military drill in waters off the country's southeast, an Iranian general was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency on Monday.

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Germany's SPD wants Merkel to sweeten coalition deal

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) on Monday demanded concessions on immigration and healthcare from Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives in looming coalition talks that the center-left party voted for at the weekend.

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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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Opinion: This time bankruptcy won't get Trump out of a mess

"When the going gets tough, the tough get going," the saying goes. But in Donald Trump's case, that expression could be amended to: "When the going gets tough, Trump files for bankruptcy" -- at least with respect to his ventures that hit especially hard times.

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Vietnam jails former politburo official for 13 years in graft crackdown

HANOI (Reuters) - A court in Vietnam on Monday sentenced a former politburo official to 13 years in prison and another high-profile energy official to life imprisonment for embezzlement and violating state rules, in a corruption crackdown, state media said.

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Bangladesh says start of Rohingya return to Myanmar delayed

PALONGKHALI, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Bangladesh has delayed the repatriation of Rohingya Muslim refugees to Myanmar, set to start on Tuesday, because the process of compiling and verifying the list of people to be sent back is incomplete, a senior Bangladesh official said.

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Kristen Bell jabs at first lady Melania Trump

Kristen Bell took the stage as the first-ever host of the SAG Awards and referenced the first lady, who said that combating cyberbullying would be her key focus during her time in the White House.

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'First lady' of SAG Awards jabs Melania

Kristen Bell took the stage as the first-ever host of the SAG Awards and referenced the first lady, who said that combating cyberbullying would be her key focus during her time in the White House.

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Operation in Syria to have very limited impact on Turkish economy: Simsek

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's military operation against a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Syria's Afrin region will have a very limited impact on the Turkish economy and budget, Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek said on Monday.

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Philippines raises volcano alert again; hazardous eruption seen imminent

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines raised the alert level at its Mayon volcano on Monday after a loud explosion in the wake of increased activity made a hazardous eruption likelier, prompting authorities to close all schools and urge residents to stay indoors.

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Bomb at pork stall in market in Thailand's south kills three, wounds 22

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A motorcycle bomb exploded in a market in Thailand's southern Yala province on Monday, killing three people and wounding 22, a spokesman for the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) said, the first such attack in the region in months.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Coming to Davos: Macron and Trump Cross Paths Again

While the presidents of America and France have much in common, their ideas of greatness are continents apart.

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Bangladesh says Rohingya return to Myanmar is delayed

GUNGDUM, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Bangladesh said that the repatriation of Muslim Rohingya refugees to Myanmar will not happen on Tuesday as planned because arrangements were incomplete.

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Japan's Abe avoids timeline for amending pacifist constitution

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe opened a new session of parliament on Monday with familiar promises for economic reform and stronger defense, but steered clear of setting a timeline for his goal of revising the post-war, pacifist constitution.

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SAG Awards 2018: ‘Three Billboards’ Triumphs; #MeToo Gets Stage Time

James Franco, who did attend, and Aziz Ansari, who didn’t, lost in their categories on a night when women’s empowerment was a theme.

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Vietnam jails former PetroVietnam official for life, another for 13 years

HANOI (Reuters) - A court in Vietnam sentenced one former official from state oil and gas group PetroVietnam to life in prison and another to 13 years on Monday for embezzlement and violating state rules amid a widespread corruption crackdown, state media said.

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Philippine news site head meets investigators over 'suspicious' complaint

MANILA (Reuters) - The head of a Philippine news site ordered closed for ownership violations met state investigators on Monday to answer what she called a "suspicious" complaint about a five-year-old story, as domestic fears grow of an impending crackdown on media.

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Host Kristen Bell starts the show by taking a shot at Melania Trump

Kristen Bell did not hold back when she took the stage as the first-ever host of the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night.

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'Fake news' crutch used by SE Asian leaders to control media, critics charge

MANILA/BANGKOK (Reuters) - Governments across Southeast Asia have a history of using laws and the judiciary to curb press freedoms - now, they have found a handy crutch to lean on as they intensify clampdowns: U.S. President Donald Trump's "fake news" mantra.

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Japanese capital holds first North Korean missile attack drill

TOKYO (Reuters) - Tokyo held its first missile evacuation drill on Monday with volunteers taking cover in subway stations and other underground spaces that would double as shelters for the Japanese capital in the event of a North Korean missile strike.

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Vietnam sentences former official to 13 years jail amid corruption crackdown: state media

HANOI (Reuters) - A court in Vietnam sentenced a former politburo member to 13 years in prison on Thursday for violating state regulations amid a widespread corruption crackdown, the state-run Voice of Vietnam reported.

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In Tokyo meeting, officials seek to forge ahead with TPP even as Canada wavers

TOKYO (Reuters) - As trade officials gather in Tokyo this week to try and forge ahead with a trade pact that U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned last year, the new 11-member club risks getting bogged down by resistance from Canada.

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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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Trust in U.S. institutions plunges in Trump's first year

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Trust in U.S. institutions, particularly the government, has plunged in President Donald Trump's first year in office, according to a leading survey released on the eve of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

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Landslide pushes Colombian bus into ravine, killing at least 13

BOGOTA (Reuters) - At least 13 people, including a newborn, were killed on Sunday when a landslide pushed a bus into a ravine in southwest Colombia, the disaster relief agency said.

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Bomb in market in Thailand's south kills three, wounds 18: security official

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A motorcycle bomb exploded in a market in Thailand's southern Yala province on Monday, killing three people and wounding 18, a spokesman for the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) said.

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Editorial: Lobbyists Romp in Trump’s Washington

In his Inaugural Address, President Trump promised to upend the money-grubbing culture of the capital. It’s only gotten worse.

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U.S. Commerce Dept sends Trump aluminum probe findings -officials

WASHINGTON, Jan 21 (Reuters) - The U.S. Commerce Department has sent President Donald Trump the results of its national security probe into aluminum imports, Trump administration officials said on Sunday, while declining to disclose details.

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Train hits barrier in Sydney, at least 15 hurt: Australian ambulance official

SYDNEY (Reuters) - At least 15 people were injured on Monday when a train crashed into a barrier in the northwest of Sydney, Australia's largest city, and were being treated by emergency services personnel, an ambulance spokesman said.

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Saudi-led coalition to give $1.5 billion in Yemen aid, expand port capacity

RIYADH (Reuters) - A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia said on Monday it would commit $1.5 billion in new humanitarian aid for Yemen where it is supporting the internationally recognized government against Iran-aligned Houthis in a three-year-old civil war.

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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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Pope ends Latin American trip with warning about political corruption

LIMA (Reuters) - Pope Francis celebrated an open air Mass for more than 1 million people on Sunday, ending a trip to Chile and Peru marked by tough talk on political corruption but a backlash over what many see as his insufficient resolve to tackle sexual abuse in the Church.

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Instead of negotiating, Trump has let lawmakers and staff do the work

President Donald Trump may be presiding over the first government shutdown ever to occur when one party controls Washington, but in his own telling he is just beginning to master the ways of the capital.

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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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Protesters demanding jobs clash with police in Tunisian town

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia police fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators demanding jobs in the southern town of Metlaoui on Sunday, witnesses said, days after violent protests across the country against price hikes subsided.

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Guatemala businessman, wanted on graft charges, seeks U.S. asylum

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Former Guatemalan presidential candidate Manuel Baldizon, who is wanted on graft charges, has sought asylum in the United States after he was detained while trying to enter without a visa, authorities in the Central American nation said.

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The Interpreter: Trump’s Hard-Line Israel Position Exports U.S. Culture War Abroad

Picking sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has long been taboo in American policy. Domestic politics best explain the president’s break with this practice.

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Pope warns Latin America about corruption, mentions Odebrecht

LIMA (Reuters) - Pope Francis wrapped up his trip to Chile and Peru on Sunday by warning that Latin America was in a deep crisis from corruption, with politics in most countries "more sick than well."

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With 25,339 murders in 2017, Mexico suffers record homicide tally

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - There were more than 25,000 murders across drug-ravaged Mexico in 2017, the highest annual tally since modern records began, government data showed.

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Will Trump skip Super Bowl interview?

So far the president has not committed to a Super Bowl Sunday sit-down interview. But he likes to be "unpredictable," Olivia Nuzzi points out. April Ryan and John Gizzi also discuss Trump's accessibility to the press corps.

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Congolese security forces kill six while dispersing anti-Kabila protest

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese security forces shot dead at least six people and fired tear gas to disperse a banned protest against President Joseph Kabila organized by the Catholic church on Sunday, a U.N. peacekeeping mission in the country said.

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Pence arrives in Israel on visit overshadowed by Trump's Jerusalem declaration

JERUSALEM (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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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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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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Activists gather in Vegas and other cities to rebuff Trump and to cheer each other

Activists and demonstrators gathered Sunday for a second day of Women's Marches, reaffirming their criticism of President Donald Trump and his administration while celebrating each other and the #MeToo movement.

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Pope brings down the house, joking with cloistered nuns

LIMA (Reuters) - Pope Francis brought down the house, or more precisely the church, on Sunday when he addressed cloistered nuns who were given special permission to leave their convents to see him.

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Greeks rally against use of "Macedonia" in name dispute with Skopje

THESSALONIKI, Greece (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of Greeks in the northern city of Thessaloniki rallied on Sunday to protest against the use of the name "Macedonia" in any solution to a row between Athens and Skopje over the name of the former Yugoslav republic.

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Spain to seek ex-Catalan leader's arrest if travels to Denmark

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's state prosecution service said on Sunday it would seek the arrest of former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont if he traveled from Belgium to Denmark on Monday to attend a debate he is billed to host.

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Trump urges change to Senate rule as shutdown enters second day

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday if the government shutdown stalemate continued, Republicans should fund the government by changing Senate rules, which currently require a super-majority for legislation to advance, but top Republicans immediately dismissed the idea.

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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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Guatemala businessman to face graft charges after U.S. deportation

(Reuters) - Former Guatemalan presidential candidate Manuel Baldizon was detained while trying to enter the United States without a visa and is awaiting deportation, the Central American nation's prosecutor's office said on Sunday, adding he would face graft charges upon his return.

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State of the Cartoonion: Trump's new diet

On this week's State of the Cartoonion, Jake Tapper takes a look at the new diet regimen that President Trump must embrace after his first presidential physical.

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Spurned by Trump, Europeans ponder how to meet Iran ultimatum

PARIS/BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A day before Donald Trump's Jan. 12 ultimatum to "fix" the Iran nuclear deal, European powers met Iran's foreign minister to show support for it, but the effort failed to soften Trump's aversion to the accord, U.S. and European officials said.

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Bernie Sanders: Trump's new immigration ad 'is really sad'

Sen. Bernie Sanders denounced a web ad recently put out by President Donald Trump's reelection campaign, which called Democrats "complicit in every murder committed by illegal immigrants."

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Jordan's king tells Pence U.S. must rebuild trust after Jerusalem decision

AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan's King Abdullah told U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday he looked to Washington to rebuild "trust and confidence" in moving towards a two-state solution in Israel after President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the country's capital.

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Mines still claim legs and lives in Libya's Benghazi, months after war ceased

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - As military deminers warily picked their way through streets wrecked by war in Benghazi, a loud blast rang out - a familiar sound in the Libyan city, areas of which are riddled with deadly explosives and booby traps.

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New Trump ad: Dems complicit in murders

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) responds to a new ad released by President Donald Trump's reelection campaign accusing Democrats of being "complicit in all murders" committed by undocumented immigrants.

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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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Trump wants Senate Republicans to use the so-called 'nuclear option' to help end the government shutdown

The White House on Sunday called for Senate Republicans to eliminate the filibuster as the funding impasse continued into its second day.

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Trump: Senate should change rules if shutdown stalemate continues

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Trump said on Twitter Sunday that if the government shutdown stalemate continued, Republicans should fund the government by changing Senate rules - which currently require a super-majority for appropriations bills to pass.

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Alpine skiing: Switzerland's Gut claims first win since injury

CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (Reuters) - Swiss Lara Gut won the World Cup Super G at Cortina on Sunday to claim her first win since last February's knee injury and signal her return to form in time for the Winter Olympics.

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Lawmakers go back to work today, but there's not much hope Senate Democrats will agree to fund the government until Trump agrees to deal with DACA

The government shutdown went into a second day Sunday with recriminations deepening between the parties and with no sign of progress towards ending the impasse.

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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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Iran's Rouhani says wants to improve ties with Iraqi Kurds

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday called for boosting relations with the Iraqi Kurdish region as part of a united Iraq, Iranian media reported, after ties were strained over an independence referendum in the area last year.

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Iraq's supreme court rules against election delay

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's Supreme Federal Court on Sunday ruled against calls by Sunni and Kurdish lawmakers to delay a parliamentary election, expected to be called for May, to allow hundreds of thousands of people displaced by war to return home.

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Sen. Duckworth calls Trump 'draft dodger' in fiery speech

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), who lost both of her legs in the Iraq War, calls President Trump a "draft dodger" amid the ongoing debate about the government shutdown.

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Turkish forces push into Syria, Kurdish militia says attacks repulsed

AZAZ, Syria (Reuters) - Turkish ground forces pushed into northern Syria's Afrin province on Sunday, the army said, after Turkey launched artillery and air strikes on a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia it aims to sweep from its border.

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Merkel, Macron to deepen Franco-German cooperation, strengthen EU

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday they wanted to deepen Franco-German cooperation and give the European Union a fresh push towards closer integration.

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Trump, Syria, Women’s March: Your Weekend Briefing

Here’s what you need to know about the week’s top stories.

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Jordan's king says East Jerusalem must be capital of Palestinian state

AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan's King Abdullah expressed concern on Sunday over a decision by Washington to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and said the only solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict was a two-state one.

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After a Wild Week for Trump, ‘S.N.L.’ Asks, ‘What Even Matters Anymore?’

“Saturday Night Live” featured a particularly topical game show hosted by Jessica Chastain and plenty of coverage of the saga of Stormy Daniels.

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Andy who? Briton Edmund reaches first grand slam quarter-final

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Britain's Kyle Edmund reached the quarter-finals of a grand slam for the first time after coming from a set down to oust Italian Andreas Seppi 6-7(4) 7-5 6-2 6-3 in the fourth round of the Australian Open on Sunday.

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Turkey says ground forces push into Syria, Kurdish militia says attack repulsed

AZAZ, Syria (Reuters) - Turkish ground forces pushed into northern Syria's Afrin province on Sunday, media cited the prime minister as saying, as Ankara stepped up artillery attacks on a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia it aims to sweep from its border.

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At least five dead in attack on Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel

KABUL (Reuters) - Gunmen dressed in army uniforms who stormed Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel battled Afghan Special Forces for 13 hours in an overnight siege that left at least five people dead, officials and witnesses said on Sunday.

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Tennis: Edmund ousts Seppi to reach first grand slam quarter-final

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Britain's Kyle Edmund reached the quarter-finals of a grand slam for the first time after coming from a set down to oust Italian Andreas Seppi 6-7(4) 7-5 6-2 6-3 in the fourth round of the Australian Open on Sunday.

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Europe readies riposte to Trump's 'America First' push in Davos

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - European leaders will be out in force at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week to defend multilateralism before U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to deliver his "America First" message.

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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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Turkish army says has hit 153 targets so far in northern Syrian operation

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The Turkish military has so far hit 153 Kurdish militant targets in its operation in northern Syria's Afrin region, the army said in a statement on Sunday.

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Europe readies riposte to Trump's "America First" push in Davos

DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 21 (Reuters) - European leaders will be out in force at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week to defend multilateralism before U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to deliver his "America First" message.

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Russia's Lavrov, U.S.' Tillerson discuss north Syria situation

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson discussed the Syrian conflict in a telephone call, in particular ways to bring stability to the country's north, the Russian foreign ministry said on Sunday.

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'SNL' mocks Trump's medical exam

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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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Rockets from Syria hit Turkish border town: Anadolu

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Four rockets fired from Syria hit the Turkish southern border town of Kilis early on Sunday damaging houses, state-run Anadolu Agency said.

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Kabul Intercontinental Hotel siege ends, all gunmen killed: government

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan Special Forces ended an overnight siege at Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel on Sunday, killing the last surviving attacker, said Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish.

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Afghan Special Forces battle to regain control of Kabul hotel

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan Special Forces moved through Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel floor by floor on Sunday fighting the surviving gunmen who attacked the hotel a day earlier, seizing hostages and staging an overnight siege.

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Porn star cashes in on Trump controversy

On the heels of an alleged affair with then-businessman Donald Trump, adult film star Stormy Daniels is making a public appearance at a club in Greenville, South Carolina.

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All the best flubs from Trump's first year

On President Trump's first anniversary in office, CNN's Jeanne Moos takes a look back at all his best flubs.

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Trump campaign ad ties Democrats to murders by illegal immigrants

Hours into the government shutdown, President Donald Trump's reelection campaign released a hard-right ad accusing Democrats of being "complicit in all murders" committed by undocumented immigrants.

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First day of government shutdown ends in standoff

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers were locked in a standoff with Democrats on Saturday over the U.S. government shutdown, with Republicans saying they would not negotiate on immigration until the government is reopened.

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Migrants stuck in Serbia want to move on

BELGRADE (Reuters) - After traversing several countries en route to the rich West, Najibullah, a former policeman from the Afghan town of Kholm, his pregnant wife and four children, got stuck in Serbia.

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Smiling through shutdown: WH releases Trump anniversary images

President Donald Trump spends his one-year anniversary in office dealing with a government shutdown.

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Trump campaign ad on murder raises heat in shutdown fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's presidential campaign on Saturday issued a new video ad calling Democrats "complicit" in murders committed by illegal immigrants, during a government shutdown partly triggered by an impasse over immigration.

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Trump tweets: It's 'a perfect day for all Women to March'

President Donald Trump, his government shut down on the anniversary of his inauguration, on Saturday acknowledged the thousands taking part in the Women's March with a tweet seemingly "mansplaining" the historic occasion.

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New Trump campaign ad on murder raises heat in shutdown fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's presidential campaign on Saturday issued a new video ad calling Democrats "complicit" in murders committed by illegal immigrants, during a government shutdown partly triggered by an impasse over immigration.

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Several dead as gunmen attack top Kabul hotel

KABUL (Reuters) - Gunmen attacked Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday, seizing hostages and exchanging gunfire with security forces as the building in the Afghan capital caught fire and residents and staff fled.

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As Trump begins second year, women stage nationwide protests

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Many 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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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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Tunisian forces kill top aide of Al Qaeda leader in Maghreb: official

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisian security forces have killed a top aide of Abu Musab Abdul Wadud, the leader of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), an official source told Reuters on Saturday.

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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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China says U.S. warship violated its South China Sea sovereignty

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy destroyer sailed near a disputed shoal claimed by China in the South China Sea this week, U.S. officials said on Saturday, and Beijing vowed to take "necessary measures" to protect its sovereignty.

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Several dead as gunmen attack top Kabul hotel, take hostages

KABUL (Reuters) - Gunmen attacked Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday, seizing hostages and exchanging gunfire with security forces as the building in the Afghan capital caught fire and residents and staff fled.

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Tens of thousands of Romanians brave snow for corruption protest

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Romanians marched through heavy snow in Bucharest on Saturday in protest against corruption and attempts by the ruling Social Democrats to weaken judicial independence.

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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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Two dead, several hurt in Prague hotel fire

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Two people died and nine were injured in a fire at a hotel in the center of Prague on Saturday night, fire and rescue officials said.

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Gray Matter: Is Trump Warping Our Sense of Time?

The past year has been an emotional roller coaster. Did it feel long, or did the time fly by? It depends.

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Gunmen attack Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel, take hostages, deaths reported

KABUL (Reuters) - A group of as many as four gunmen attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday night, seizing hostages and exchanging gunfire with security forces as the building caught fire and residents and staff fled.