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Irish government set to fall weeks before Brexit summit

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DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland's minority government looked set to collapse on Friday after the party propping it up submitted a motion of no confidence in the deputy prime minister, weeks before a summit on Britain's plans to leave the European Union. [Source]

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Australian PM says government at risk if it loses Sydney by-election

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Wednesday his government's future was at risk if it lost a Sydney by-election this weekend and failed to regain its one-seat majority, forcing it to rely on independents to survive in power.

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Tillerson says U.S. ready to talk to North Korea; Japan wants pressure

WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, backing away from a key U.S. demand that Pyongyang must first accept that giving up its nuclear arsenal would be part of any negotiations.

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Tillerson says U.S. ready to talk to North Korea; Kim promises more weapons

WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, backing away from a key U.S. demand that Pyongyang must first accept that giving up its nuclear arsenal would be part of any negotiations.

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North Korea's Kim Jong Un fetes rocket scientists, promises more weapons

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un vowed to develop more nuclear weapons on Tuesday while personally decorating scientists and officials who contributed to the development of Pyongyang's most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile, the Hwasong-15.

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Crucial details of Republican tax plan in flux as deal deadline looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Crucial details of the Republican tax plan, including the proposed corporate rate, were in flux late on Tuesday as negotiators from the U.S. Congress rushed to finalize the plan ahead of a self-imposed Wednesday deadline.

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Macron Holds a Climate Summit, and Trump Casts a Shadow

Leaders, businesspeople and investors from around the world gathered near Paris at the invitation of the French president, who warned “we are losing the battle” against climate change.

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Tillerson, in new overture to North Korea, says ready to talk without pre-conditions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered on Tuesday to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, backing away from U.S. demands that Pyongyang must first accept that any negotiations would have to be about giving up its nuclear arsenal.

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Trump signs into law U.S. government ban on Kaspersky Lab software

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump signed into law on Tuesday legislation that bans the use of Kaspersky Lab within the U.S. government, capping a months-long effort to purge the Moscow-based antivirus firm from federal agencies amid concerns it was vulnerable to Kremlin influence.

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Advocates ready legal showdown with FCC on net neutrality

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Net neutrality advocates said they are gearing up for a legal fight after abandoning attempts to convince the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to keep 2015 rules aimed at maintaining an open internet.

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Senate leader says he's confident of deal to keep government open after Dec. 22

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday he was confident the U.S. Congress would be able to reach an agreement to fund the government when the current spending bill ends on Dec. 22 and that there would be no forced government shutdown.

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U.S. slaps terror charges on accused Times Square bomber

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday brought federal charges against the suspect in Monday's attempted suicide bombing in one of New York City's busiest commuter hubs, accusing him of supporting a foreign terrorist organization.

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INEOS says Forties pipeline outage to last at least 2 weeks

** Ineos says in email to customers it expects the Forties pipeline outage in the North Sea to last "no less than two", possibly up to four weeks

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Many G.O.P. Blunders Put Seat at Risk, Even Before Scandal

Republicans made a lengthy list of errors, giving Democrats an opening well before Roy Moore was accused of sexual misbehavior.

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EU readies 'David Davis-proof' Brexit summit

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union plays down talk by Britain's Brexit minister that last week's interim accord is not binding and will launch new talks on Friday that are "David Davis-proof", a senior EU official said.

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Mexico government bans Odebrecht unit from public contracts for 4 yrs

MEXICO CITY, Dec 12 (Reuters) - The Mexican government has banned an affiliate of construction company Odebrecht from bidding for federal public contracts for four years, in an investigation stemming from the bribery scandal that has engulfed the Brazil-based builder.

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El Faro captain ignored storm reports before tragedy: U.S. authorities

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The freighter El Faro sank in 2015, killing all 33 people aboard in the worst U.S. maritime disaster in three decades, after the captain ignored reports the ship was heading directly into a strengthening hurricane, a U.S. safety board concluded on Tuesday.

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Times Square bomb suspect charged; Bangladesh questions wife

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday brought federal charges against a Bangladeshi man, accusing him of using a weapon of mass destruction in Monday's bombing of a Manhattan commuter hub.

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Poland's new PM says government policy to remain unchanged

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's new Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday in his policy speech that the Law and Justice (PiS) party government's policy will remain unchanged and it will be focused on supporting families.

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New York charges Times Square bomb suspect; Bangladesh questions wife

DHAKA/NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York officials on Tuesday said they charged a Bangladeshi man with terrorism, accusing him of setting off a pipe bomb a day earlier in a crowded Manhattan commuter hub, as investigators in his home country questioned his wife.

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Denmark's government at risk in row with nationalists over Syrian refugees

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Demands from the nationalist Danish People's Party (DF) that Syrian refugees be sent home as soon as possible are threatening to bring down the country's centre-right minority government.

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U.S. producer prices rise strongly, point to firming inflation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. producer prices rose in November as gasoline prices surged and the cost of other goods increased, leading to the largest annual gain in nearly six years.

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French government dampens Corsican nationalists' autonomy hopes

PARIS (Reuters) - France's government on Tuesday ruled out major concessions towards autonomy sought by Corsica's nationalists after they won a regional election, but said it was open to talks that took account of the island's distinctive character.

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Turkey chides Arabs for 'weak' reaction ahead of Jerusalem summit

ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey criticized what it said was a feeble Arab reaction to the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, saying on the eve of Wednesday's Muslim summit in Istanbul that some Arab countries were scared of angering Washington.

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Investigators search for clues in attempted New York subway bombing

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investigators are searching for reasons a Bangladeshi man set off a bomb strapped to his body in a New York City commuter hub during the morning rush hour in what is being characterized as an attempted terrorist attack.

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Five years after Sandy Hook, U.S. gun-control advocates switch strategy

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Five years after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school, advocates who are disappointed with the failure of efforts to limit access to firearms are changing their strategy.

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Study seen needed before lifting fracking ban in remote Australia

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Gas extraction via fracking could only resume in Australia's Northern Territory district after a study on the controversial practice is completed in two to three years, according to the recommendations of an independent group released on Tuesday.

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Japanese stocks slip before Fed; but miners, shippers rise

TOKYO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei slipped on Tuesday, reversing earlier gains as investors turned cautious ahead of this week's U.S. Federal Reserve policy meeting.

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South Korea's Moon, China's Xi to talk North Korea, trade in Beijing summit

SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) - Reining in North Korea's nuclear ambitions will top South Korean President Moon Jae-in's agenda in Beijing during a visit this week aimed at breaking the ice after a furious row with China over Seoul's deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system.

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UPDATE 3-France awards climate grants to U.S.-based scientists on summit eve

PARIS, Dec 11 (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron plans to award multi-year grants for several U.S.-based scientists to relocate to France, his office said on Monday on the eve of a climate summit hosted by the president to raise finances to counter global warming.

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Houston man arrested for trying to aid Islamic State: U.S. government

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An 18-year-old Houston man was charged on Monday with trying to support the radical group Islamic State and distributing information about how to make bombs, the U.S. Justice Department said.

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Moore and Jones hold last rallies before vote

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Subway bomber wounds self, three victims in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Bangladeshi man set off a homemade pipe bomb strapped to his body in a crowded New York City commuter hub during the morning rush hour on Monday, officials said, immediately calling it an attempted terrorist attack.

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Trump wants to send U.S. astronauts back to moon, someday Mars

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - At a time when China is working on an ambitious lunar program, President Donald Trump vowed on Monday that the United States will remain the leader in space exploration as he began a process to return Americans to the moon.

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U.S. government calls for teens' climate change lawsuit to be halted

(Reuters) - The U.S. government on Monday urged a federal appeals court to issue an order blocking a lawsuit over climate change brought by a group of Oregon teenagers, warning that allowing it to go forward could lead to a constitutional crisis.

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'Amateur' bomber targets New York commuters; suspect held

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Bangladeshi man with a homemade bomb strapped to his body set off an explosion at a New York commuter hub during rush hour on Monday morning, wounding himself and three others in what New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called an attempted terrorist attack.

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France awards climate grants to U.S.-based scientists on summit eve

PARIS (Reuters) - Emmanuel Macron plans to award multi-year grants for several U.S.-based scientists to relocate to France, his office said on Monday on the eve of a climate summit hosted by the president to raise finances to counter global warming.

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Ex-contractor says he shut Trump's Twitter account by accident

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The contractor who shut down Donald Trump's Twitter account has told Reuters he did so by mistake, but says he believes some of the U.S. president's recent tweets breach the social network's ban on hate speech.

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Trump to start process of sending Americans back to moon: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Monday will sign a directive aimed at sending Americans back to the moon and eventually to Mars, the White House said.

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Explosion rocks New York commuter hub, suspect in custody

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An explosion rocked New York's Port Authority Bus Terminal, one of the city's busiest commuter hubs, on Monday morning and police said one suspect was injured and in custody, with three other injuries reported.

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Verizon to pay $2.25 billion to NFL for five-year streaming deal: source

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc will pay around $2.25 billion for a five-year digital streaming partnership with National Football League, according to a source.

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One person in custody, several injured, in New York explosion

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An explosion rocked New York's Port Authority, one of the city's busiest commuter hubs in midtown Manhattan, during Monday morning's rush hour, injuring several people.

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EU tells Netanyahu it rejects Trump's Jerusalem move

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took his case to Europe to ask allies to join the United States in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but was met by a firm rebuff from EU foreign ministers who saw the move as a blow against the peace process.

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Verizon and NFL reach digital streaming agreement

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc and the National Football League have reached an agreement for a multi-year digital streaming deal, Verizon said on Monday.

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Small Canadian miners in pole position for electric vehicle battery boon

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Canadian developers of cobalt and lithium mines stand to benefit from a round of investments from the makers of electric vehicles and the batteries powering them, a potential game-changer for small miners short on money to develop deposits of these critical battery ingredients.

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Bakers, farmers struggle to make any dough on poor wheat crop

WINNIPEG, Manitoba/CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago's iconic sandwiches - Italian beef heroes dripping with gravy, and hot dogs loaded with pickles and hot peppers - wouldn't be such culinary institutions without the bread.

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China's graft watchdog warns officials over 'concealed' extravagance

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese officials trying to hide dishonest spending with tricks such as throwing extravagant parties in private will be targeted in a sustained campaign to root out hedonism, the top anti-graft watchdog said on Monday.

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Russian military chief criticizes U.S., Japan and South Korea drills

TOKYO (Reuters) - Russia's military chief warned on Monday that military exercises by Japan, the United States and South Korea aimed at countering North Korea only raise hysteria and create more instability in the region.

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Seeking to extend martial law in Philippine south, Duterte says militants regrouping

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday asked Congress to extend martial law on the southern island of Mindanao for a year, arguing that Islamist militants have been regrouping since a five-month urban conflict ended there in October.

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Situation on Korean Peninsula risks moving into 'hot phase': Ifax cites Russian foreign minister

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The situation on the Korean Peninsula risks to move into a "hot phase", Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned on Monday, the Interfax news agency reported.

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India government favors petcoke import ban, U.S. would be biggest loser

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's government is in favor of banning imports of petroleum coke on environmental grounds, according to a government affidavit filed with the country's top court, which could be a big blow to U.S. refiners who export heavily to the country.

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Britain's May hails new optimism in Brexit talks after deal

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May will hail "a new sense of optimism" in Brexit talks on Monday, telling parliament Britain and the European Union should sign off on a deal at a summit this week "to move forwards together" to discuss future trade ties.

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Exclusive: U.S. mall owner GGP rejects Brookfield Property's $14.8 billion offer - sources

NEW YORK (Reuters) - GGP Inc , one of the largest owners and operators of U.S. shopping centers, has rejected a $14.8 billion buyout offer from its biggest shareholder, Brookfield Property Partners LP , people familiar with the matter said on Sunday.

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Iraq holds victory parade after defeating Islamic State

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An Iraqi military parade in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone celebrated final victory over Islamic State on Sunday, with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi looking on as troops marched in formation, their bodies spelling "victory day" in Arabic.

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Max Clifford, Publicist and Sex Offender, Dies After Collapse in Prison

Mr. Clifford, once Britain’s highest-profile publicity agent, was serving an eight-year sentence for assaulting woman and girls as young as 15.

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Palestinian stabs Israeli in Jerusalem; anti-Trump protest flares in Beirut

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli security guard at Jerusalem's main bus station on Sunday, police said, and violence flared near the U.S. Embassy in Beirut over U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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Anti-Trump protests wane in Jerusalem, West Bank; flare in Beirut

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian protests waned in the occupied West Bank and in the Gaza Strip on Sunday while violence flared near the U.S. embassy in Beirut over U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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Yazidis caught in 'political football' between Baghdad, Iraqi Kurds

SINJAR, Iraq (Reuters) - Since Iraqi forces pushed the Kurds out of the Yazidis' mountainous heartland of Sinjar in northern Iraq in October, residents are wondering what could happen to them next.

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Violence flares at protest near U.S. Embassy in Lebanon

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese security forces fired tear gas and water canons at protesters near the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon on Sunday during a demonstration against President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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Syrian government returns to Geneva talks, Western envoys skeptical

GENEVA (Reuters) - The Syrian government's delegation returned to Geneva on Sunday for the resumption of talks with United Nations mediator Staffan de Mistura after more than a week's absence, but Western diplomats voiced scepticism about its willingness to engage.

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Iraq holds military parade celebrating victory over Islamic State

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An Iraqi military parade celebrating final victory over Islamic State is underway in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, an Iraqi military spokesman told Reuters on Sunday.

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With foes absent, Venezuela's socialists to gain from local vote

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's ruling Socialist Party looked set to sweep Sunday's nationwide mayoral polls, deepening opposition splits and consolidating President Nicolas Maduro's position ahead of a likely 2018 re-election campaign.

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German conservatives reject 'United States of Europe' ahead of coalition talks

BERLIN (Reuters) - Senior members of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on Saturday rejected the vision for a "United States of Europe" put forward by the Social Democrats (SPD), with whom they are hoping to form a governing coalition.

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U.N. envoy told North Korea urgent need to open channels to cut conflict risk

SEOUL/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations political affairs chief told senior North Korean officials during a visit to Pyongyang this week that there was an "urgent need to prevent miscalculations and open channels to reduce the risks of conflict," the world body said.

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Trump blasts San Francisco murder acquittal, 'Dreamer' effort

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday juxtaposed a high-profile murder case involving an illegal immigrant from Mexico with efforts in Congress to protect undocumented immigrants brought into the United States when they were children.

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Norway's Liberal Party seeks to join government

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway's Liberal Party will launch formal negotiations to join the right-wing cabinet of Prime Minister Erna Solberg, it said on Saturday, although the government would still be ruling in a minority even if the small centrist group is included.

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Palestinians to snub Pence during visit over Jerusalem move

CAIRO/GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will not meet U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during Pence's visit to the region this month, in a snub over the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the Palestinian Foreign Minister said on Saturday.

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Iraq declares final victory over Islamic State

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared final victory over Islamic State on Saturday after Iraqi forces drove its last remnants from the country, three years after the militant group captured about a third of Iraq's territory.

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Aftershocks likely from September test detected from North Korea nuclear site: USGS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two minor tremors were detected on Saturday from near North Korea's nuclear test site and were probably aftershocks from the country's massive nuclear test in early September, a U.S. Geological Survey official said.

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As coalition talks loom, German conservatives reject SPD's Europe idea

BERLIN (Reuters) - Senior members of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on Saturday rejected the vision for a United States of Europe put forward by the Social Democrats (SPD), with whom they are hoping to form a governing coalition.

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Israeli strikes kill two Gaza gunmen, anti-Trump protests less intense

GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli air strikes in Gaza killed two Palestinian gunmen on Saturday after rockets were fired from the enclave, in violence that erupted over President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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Russia says it is fully committed to nuclear missile pact

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Saturday it was fully committed to a Cold War-era pact with the United States banning intermediate-range cruise missiles, a day after Washington accused Moscow of violating the treaty.

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Islamic State completely 'evicted' from Iraq, Iraqi PM says

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Saturday that Iraqi forces had driven the last remnants of Islamic State from the country, three years after the militant group captured about a third of Iraq's territory.

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Kenyan lecturers end strike, say deal reached with government

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Lecturers in Kenya's public universities ended a strike on Saturday after reaching agreement with the government over pay and other issues, according to a statement from their union.

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Israeli strikes kill two Gaza gunmen, but anti-Trump protests subside

GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli air strikes in Gaza killed two Palestinian gunmen on Saturday after rockets were fired from the enclave, in violence that erupted over President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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Iraqi PM says Islamic State completely 'evicted' from Iraq

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Saturday that Iraqi forces had driven the last remnants of Islamic State from the country, three years after the militant group captured about a third of Iraq's territory.

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Israeli retaliation strikes kill two Palestinian gunmen in Gaza

GAZA (Reuters) - Israel launched fresh airstrikes in the Gaza Strip on Saturday in response to rocket fire from the enclave and the Palestinian Islamist Hamas group said two of its gunmen were killed in the bombings.

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North Korea says U.N. envoy expressed willingness to ease tensions

SEOUL (Reuters) - The U.N. political affairs chief expressed willingness to ease tension on the Korean peninsula during a visit to North Korea this week, state media said on Saturday, amid a rising war of words over the North's missile and nuclear programs.

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Honduras opposition parties ask for disputed election to be annulled

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Honduras' two main opposition parties on Friday presented formal requests to annul the results of the still-unresolved presidential election, deepening a political crisis that has roiled the poor, violent Central American nation.

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Honduras opposition party asks for disputed election to be annulled

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Honduras' opposition Liberal Party on Friday presented a formal request to annul the results of the still-unresolved presidential election, deepening a political crisis that has roiled the poor, violent Central American nation.

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Liberal Activists to Democrats: Protect Young Immigrants or Shut Down Government

Democrats want a deal to shield young undocumented immigrants from deportation, but liberal activists question their party’s willingness to provoke a shutdown.

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Two dead in 'Day of Rage' over Jerusalem, Palestinian president defiant

JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) - At least two people were killed in clashes with Israeli troops on Friday when thousands of Palestinians demonstrated against U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and the Palestinian president said Washington could no longer be a peace broker.

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PWC to sell government services practice -sources

WASHINGTON, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Global financial auditing and consulting company PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP is exploring the sale of its government consulting practice, which could fetch about $500 million, four people familiar with the matter said this week.

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BRIEF-Government Of Canada Names Direct Energy Business As Their New Natural Gas Provider

* DIRECT ENERGY - GOVERNMENT OF CANADA NAMED CO THEIR NEW NATURAL GAS PROVIDER FOR CORRECTIONAL SERVICES CANADA, DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE

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Environmentalists Ask: Is India’s Government Making Bad Air Worse?

As northern India is swallowed by an epic smog cloud, critics say that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s business-friendly policies are exacerbating the problem.

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One dead, scores hurt in Palestinian 'Day of Rage' over Jerusalem

JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) - Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated, scores were hurt and at least one killed in clashes with Israeli troops on a "Day of Rage" against U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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Scores injured, one dead as Palestinians hold 'Day of Rage' over Jerusalem

JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) - Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated, scores were hurt and at least one killed in clashes with Israeli troops on a "day of rage" on Friday against U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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Special Report: How Monsanto's GM cotton sowed trouble in Africa

BOBO-DIOULASSO, Burkina Faso (Reuters) - In 2000, farmers in Burkina Faso, Africa's top cotton grower, were desperate. Their cotton fetched top prices because its high-quality fiber lent a luxurious sheen to clothing and bedsheets. But pests – bollworms – were threatening the crop.

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Airbnb pushes back on Singapore's tough home rental rules

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Short-term home rental service Airbnb on Friday called Singapore's regulatory framework "untenable" as authorities said they planned to hold discussions with home-sharing platforms and resident groups soon on how such accommodation may be allowed.

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Exclusive: U.S. spy chief orders changes in 'unmasking' policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. intelligence official has ordered tighter restrictions on how the names of Americans kept secret in intelligence reports can be revealed during presidential transitions, according to documents seen by Reuters.

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How to hit your brain's 'kill switch' -- before it's too late

Many of us have found ourselves in the following situation at least once: You're driving down the road, approaching a traffic light, and it turns yellow.

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Kobe Steel's copper plant loses JIS certification - government

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) certification for copper and copper alloy seamless pipes produced by Kobe Steel Ltd's unit Shinko Metal Products has been suspended, the nation's trade ministry said on Friday.

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Congress averts government shutdown for now

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress moved rapidly on Thursday to send President Donald Trump a short-term funding bill to avert a government shutdown this weekend, leaving fights over budget priorities and a range of other controversial issues for the coming weeks.

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Rep. Franks resigns after staff members complain of harassment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Representative Trent Franks said on Thursday he would resign after two female staffers complained that he had discussed surrogacy with them.

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Congress moves to avoid government shutdown, talks resume Friday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress on Thursday moved rapidly to send President Donald Trump a short-term funding bill that would avert a government shutdown this weekend, leaving fights over budget priorities and other controversial issues for later this month.

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House Passes Two-Week Stopgap Bill to Keep Government Funded

Faced with a Friday deadline to pass a government funding measure, the House passed on Thursday a two-week fix to buy more time for negotiations.

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Trump, Democrats face off over potential government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will face off with Democratic leaders of Congress on Thursday in a high-stakes White House meeting intended to bridge differences over a spending bill and preventing a government shutdown.

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Potash CEO meets with Chilean government amid stake sale

SANTIAGO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Chief Executive Officer Jochen Tilk met on Thursday with authorities in Chile as the Canadian fertilizer company tries to divest its minority stake in Chilean lithium miner SQM ahead of its proposed merger with rival Agrium Inc .

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Hackers steal $64 million from cryptocurrency firm NiceHash

(Reuters) - Slovenian cryptocurrency mining marketplace NiceHash said it lost nearly $64 million in a hack of its payment system, the latest incident to highlight the risks that uneven oversight and security procedures pose to digital currencies such as bitcoin.

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Hamas calls for Palestinian uprising over Trump's Jerusalem plan

JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) - The Islamist group Hamas urged Palestinians on Thursday to abandon peace efforts and launch a new uprising against Israel in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as its capital.

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WikiLeaks faces U.S. probes into its 2016 election role and CIA leaks: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, are facing multiple investigations by U.S. authorities, including three congressional probes and a federal criminal inquiry, sources familiar with the investigations said.

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Exclusive: U.N. watchdogs call for probe of Taser assaults in U.S. jails

GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. special rapporteur on torture urged U.S. authorities to investigate and weigh criminal charges against jail officials in Ohio, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Arkansas for the “clearly gratuitous infliction of severe pain and suffering” from the use of Tasers on inmates, citing a Reuters report this week.

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Democratic Senator Franken to resign: CNN

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. Senator Al Franken was set to announce his resignation from office on Thursday, CNN reported, bowing to pressure from party colleagues after a string of sexual misconduct allegations against him.

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Trump and Democrats face off over potential U.S. government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will face off with Democratic leaders of Congress on Thursday in a high-stakes White House meeting intended to bridge differences over a spending bill and preventing a government shutdown.

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Trump and Democrats face off over potential government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will face off with Democratic leaders of Congress on Thursday in a high-stakes White House meeting intended to bridge differences over a spending bill and prevent a government shutdown.

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Tillerson says Ukraine is biggest obstacle to normal Russia ties

VIENNA (Reuters) - The United States would "badly" like to lift sanctions against Russia but will not do so until Moscow has pulled its forces out of eastern Ukraine and Crimea, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday, calling that the main obstacle to normal ties.

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Catalan separatists march in Brussels

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Nearly 50,000 people marched through Brussels' European quarter on Thursday in support of Catalan independence and the region's president, who has avoided arrest in Spain by taking refuge in Belgium.

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Tillerson holds tough line on Russia sanctions over Ukraine

VIENNA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held his tough line on Russia during a visit to Europe on Thursday, saying in front of his Russian counterpart that Washington would keep sanctions in place until Russian forces withdraw from Ukraine.

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Trump faces off with Democrats over potential government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will face off with Democratic leaders of Congress on Thursday in a high-stakes White House meeting intended to bridge differences over a spending bill and prevent a government shutdown.

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Hamas calls for Palestinian uprising in response to Trump's Jerusalem plan

JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) - The Islamist group Hamas urged Palestinians on Thursday to abandon peace efforts and launch a new uprising against Israel in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as its capital.

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Tillerson: Russia sanctions will stay until it withdraws from Ukraine

VIENNA (Reuters) - U.S. sanctions against Moscow will remain in place until Russia withdraws from Ukraine, United States Secretary of state Rex Tillerson said on Thursday, speaking in front of his Russian counterpart at a security conference in Vienna.

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China's Sinopec sues Venezuela in sign of fraying relations

(Reuters) - Sinopec USA, a subsidiary of Chinese oil and gas conglomerate Sinopec, has sued Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA in a U.S. court, claiming it never received full payment for an order of steel rebar.

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Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital, reversing longtime U.S. policy

WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday reversed decades of U.S. policy and recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, imperiling Middle East peace efforts and upsetting the Arab world and Western allies alike.

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Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital, defying allies, foes

WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday reversed decades of U.S. policy and recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, imperiling Middle East peace efforts and upsetting Washington's friends and foes alike.

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Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital, defying allies and foes

WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - President Donald Trump reversed decades of U.S. policy on Wednesday and recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, effectively taking sides in one of the thorniest issues in the Mideast dispute and upsetting Washington's friends and foes alike.

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Arabs, Europe, U.N. reject Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital

LONDON (Reuters) - Arabs and Muslims across the Middle East on Wednesday condemned the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital as an incendiary move in a volatile region and Palestinians said Washington was ditching its leading role as a peace mediator.

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N.F.L. Extends Roger Goodell’s Contract, Ending Weeks of Discord

A committee of owners signed off on a contract worth about $200 million over five years, ending a bitter standoff with Jerry Jones, the Cowboys’ owner.

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Gay man to run against Kentucky clerk who denied him marriage license

(Reuters) - A gay man who was denied a marriage license in Kentucky two years ago by a county clerk who refused to issue licenses for same-sex marriages will run to unseat her next year, he said on Wednesday.

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Defying warnings of unrest, Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital

WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - President Donald Trump reversed decades of U.S. policy on Wednesday and recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in defiance of warnings from around the world that the gesture risks creating further unrest in the Middle East.

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Trump warns of government shutdown threat ahead of meeting with lawmakers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday again raised the possibility of a U.S. government shutdown by week's end - blaming Democrats for that possible outcome - one day before he is due to host Republican and Democratic congressional leaders for talks on a spending bill.

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Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital, in reversal of policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump reversed decades of U.S. policy on Wednesday and recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, despite warnings from around the world that the gesture further drives a wedge between Israel and the Palestinians.

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California fires force evacuation in exclusive L.A. area

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Southern California wildfires raged into an affluent Los Angeles neighborhood on Wednesday, forcing evacuations, threatening multibillion-dollar homes and temporarily shutting a major highway.

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Economic Scene: Tax Plan Aims to Slay a Reagan Target: The Government Beast

By denying deductions for state and local taxes, the Republicans seek to force high-tax states run by Democrats to capitulate.

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MOVES-Houlihan Lokey government services bankers decamp for Baird

WASHINGTON, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Two senior investment bankers specializing in government services, aerospace and defense are departing boutique investment bank Houlihan Lokey Inc for competitor Robert W. Baird, three people familiar with the moves said on Wednesday.

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Congress tax negotiators may have final bill before Dec. 22

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress may be able to wrap up tax negotiations before Dec. 22 and send a final bill to President Donald Trump, Republican Senator John Cornyn said on Wednesday.

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Why is there uproar over Trump's Jerusalem declaration?

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is expected to announce on Wednesday that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and that it will move its embassy to the holy city.

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Frustration and fury among Arabs at Trump's Jerusalem declaration

CAIRO/AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Arabs denounced President Donald Trump's plan to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem as a slap in the face but few thought their governments would do much in response.

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Russia's Putin, pulling no surprises, says he'll seek re-election

NIZHNY NOVGOROD/MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin confirmed Russia's worst kept political secret on Wednesday, saying he would run for re-election in March 2018 - a contest he seems sure to win comfortably and extend his grip on power into a third decade.

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Palestinian leader to respond to Trump's Jerusalem announcement in TV speech

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will deliver a televised speech on Wednesday in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's anticipated announcement that Washington recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a Palestinian official said. 

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Tillerson takes tough line on Russia, open to peacekeepers

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday there could be no normal relations with Russia until Moscow ended its support for separatists in Ukraine and returned Crimea, in comments likely to reassure Western allies.

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T-Mobile rolls out buyback plan after Sprint deal talks collapse

(Reuters) - T-Mobile US Inc said its board approved the U.S. wireless carrier's first-ever buyback program, a month after the company and rival Sprint Corp ended their deal talks.

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UPDATE 2-T-Mobile rolls out buyback plan after Sprint deal talks collapse

Dec 6 (Reuters) - T-Mobile US Inc said its board approved the U.S. wireless carrier's first-ever buyback program, a month after the company and rival Sprint Corp ended their deal talks.

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Defying warnings of new conflict, Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital

WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will announce on Wednesday that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will move its embassy there, breaking with longtime U.S. policy and potentially threatening regional stability.

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Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, defying warnings of unrest

WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will announce on Wednesday that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will move its embassy there, breaking with longtime U.S. policy and potentially threatening regional stability.

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Palestinians seethe at Trump's 'insane' Jerusalem move

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinians seethed with anger and a sense of betrayal over U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize the disputed city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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Tillerson says no normalization of NATO ties with Russia

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told a NATO foreign ministers' meeting in Brussels on Wednesday that the Western allies agreed there was "no normalization" of ties with Russia.

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China pledges 'significant' market opening for foreign investors

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will "significantly" widen market access for foreign investors, state radio on Wednesday quoted vice premier Wang Yang as saying, following a recent move to raise foreign ownership limits in local financial firms.

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Britain's May working towards EU summit, progress made in talks: spokesman

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May is working towards unlocking Brexit talks at an EU summit later this month and, despite there being more work to be done, has made good progress, her spokesman said on Wednesday.

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Growing length of U.S. freight trains in federal crosshairs after crashes: GAO

SEATTLE (Reuters) - The investigative arm of the U.S. Congress is launching a probe into the safety of increasingly long freight trains being operated by CSX Corp , Union Pacific Corp and other major U.S. railroads to boost profitability, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) said.

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Netanyahu says Israel expanding Middle East ties, but not with Iran

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel is expanding ties throughout the Middle East but not with Iran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday, accusing his country's arch-foe of trying to dominate the region.

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B-1B bomber joins U.S.-South Korea drills as tensions escalate

SEOUL (Reuters) - A U.S. B-1B bomber on Wednesday joined large-scale U.S.-South Korean military exercises that North Korea has denounced as pushing the peninsula to the brink of nuclear war, as tension mounts between the North and the United States.

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U.S. B-1B bomber flies over Korean peninsula during military drills

SEOUL (Reuters) - A U.S. B-1B bomber flew over the Korean peninsula on Wednesday, the South Korean military said, as part of a large-scale joint aerial drill that has been denounced by North Korea as pushing the peninsula to the brink of nuclear war.

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In break with decades of U.S. policy, Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will announce on Wednesday that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will move its embassy there, breaking with longtime U.S. policy and potentially stirring unrest.

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U.S. B-1B bomber flew over Korean peninsula: Yonhap

(Reuters) - A U.S. B-1B bomber flew over the Korean peninsula on Wednesday as part of a large-scale joint aerial drill with South Korea, the South's Yonhap news agency reported, citing the South Korean military.

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Australian citizenship threatens government with nine more MPs in doubt

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia faces a series of by-elections that could topple the government, which trails in opinion polls and has lost its slender majority, in a bizarre citizenship crisis that has engulfed both sides of parliament.

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The race to fund the government is on

It's three days until a potential government shutdown and Republicans are still charting a path forward to head off the looming crisis.

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The Carpetbagger: How Syria’s First Oscar Contender Eluded the Government

The director of “Little Gandhi” worked with a cameraman via Skype, then had the footage smuggled out. Qualifying for the academy was another adventure.

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Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel capital, upending decades of U.S. policy

WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday will recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and set in motion the relocation of the U.S. Embassy to the ancient city, senior U.S. officials said, a decision that upends decades of U.S. policy and risks fueling violence in the Middle East.

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Trump tells Mideast leaders he will move embassy to Jerusalem, breaking with U.S. policy

WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - President Donald Trump told Israeli and Arab leaders on Tuesday that he intends to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a decision that breaks with decades of U.S. policy and risks fueling violence in the Middle East.

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Democrats flex muscles as Congress confronts a government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats have a rare chance to win major concessions in a U.S. Congress they do not control by taking advantage of a battle within the Republican Party over keeping the government open.

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Air Pollution May Harm Babies Even Before They Are Born

Pollution raised the risk of low birth weight babies, which may increase the risk for diabetes and heart disease later in life.

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Shoot-out between Colombia rebels kills 13, government says

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Thirteen people, including civilians, were killed during a confrontation between Colombia's ELN rebels and dissidents from the now-demobilized FARC guerrilla group in a remote area known for drug trafficking, the country's ombudsman said on Tuesday.

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White House says government shutdown always a possibility

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As the U.S. Congress worked to reach agreement on a short-term spending measure to keep the federal government open, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Tuesday a shutdown could still happen.

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Trump tells Mideast leaders he'll move embassy to Jerusalem; breaks with U.S. policy

WASHINGTON/GAZA (Reuters) - President Donald Trump told Arab leaders on Tuesday that he intends to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a decision that breaks with decades of U.S. policy and risks fueling further unrest in the Middle East.

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Trump tells Mideast leaders of plan to move embassy to Jerusalem in break with U.S. policy

WASHINGTON/GAZA (Reuters) - President Donald Trump told Arab leaders on Tuesday that he intends to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a move that would break with decades of U.S. policy and risks fueling further unrest in the Middle East.

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Trump tells Mideast leaders of intention to move embassy to Jerusalem: officials

WASHINGTON/GAZA (Reuters) - President Donald Trump told Palestinian and Jordanian leaders on Tuesday that he intends to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, their representatives said, amid a growing outcry across the Middle East against any unilateral U.S. decision on the ancient city.

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Pivotal Justice Kennedy poses tough questions in gay wedding case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared closely divided with likely pivotal vote Justice Anthony Kennedy posing tough questions about a Christian baker's refusal to make a wedding cake for a gay couple but also questioning whether a Colorado civil rights commission that ruled on the issue was unduly biased against religion.

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EU adopts tax haven blacklist, British territories spared

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union finance ministers adopted a blacklist of 17 jurisdictions deemed as tax havens on Tuesday, in an unprecedented step to counter worldwide tax avoidance, although they did not agree on financial levies for the listed countries.

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U.S. justices pose tough questions about baker's refusal to make gay wedding cake

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices including pivotal jurist Anthony Kennedy on Tuesday posed tough questions to lawyers representing a conservative Christian baker in Colorado who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, but also raised concerns about religious liberty implications in the closely watched case.

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Trump tells Abbas intends to move embassy to Jerusalem: Abbas spokesman

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump informed Palestinian President Mahmolud Abbas on Tuesday that he intends to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, Abbas's spokesman said.

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Trump speaks with Palestinian leader Abbas: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump spoke with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday amid reports the United States is planning to formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a source familiar with the call told Reuters.

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Buy sterling on a 'Brexit breakthrough'? Not yet, say investors

LONDON (Reuters) - Sterling investors remain hesitant about chasing the rallying pound higher even as the British government said it was close to an agreement with the European Union on how to move Brexit talks onto trade next year.

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‘Where My Activists At?’ Inside the First Teen Vogue Summit

Who needs a fusty old print magazine when you have Elaine Welteroth and Hillary Clinton in the flesh — am I right, ladies?

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Lebanon's PM rescinds resignation as government agrees deal

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri rescinded his resignation on Tuesday and said all members of the government had agreed to stay out of conflicts in Arab countries.

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Warnings mount over Trump's Jerusalem declaration, Turkey sees 'red line'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Turkey threatened on Tuesday to cut diplomatic ties with Israel if U.S. President Donald Trump recognizes Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, joining a mounting chorus of voices saying the move would unleash turmoil.

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In Brussels, Tillerson offers EU strong U.S. support

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday said the United States remains committed to Europe, offering a public statement of support for European allies worried about foreign policy under President Donald Trump.

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Britain confident of Brexit deal as May scrambles to win over Northern Irish kingmakers

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said it was a confident of a deal on Brexit just hours after a tentative agreement with the European Union over the Irish border was dashed by Prime Minister Theresa May's kingmakers in Belfast.

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Myanmar says working to ensure returns of Rohingya refugees

GENEVA (Reuters) - Myanmar told the United Nations on Tuesday that it was finalizing terms for a joint working group with Bangladesh that will launch the process of safe and voluntary return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees within about two months.

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Poland's PiS may sack PM Szydlo, replace with finance minister: sources

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party may replace Prime Minister Beata Szydlo next week with Finance Minister Mateusz Morawiecki as part of a long-expected government reshuffle, four sources told Reuters on Tuesday.

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Saudi Arabia hopes U.S. will not recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has expressed hope the United States would not recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and warned such a decision would have serious implications, state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday.

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U.S., foreign officials warn Trump not to call Jerusalem Israel's capital

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The possibility that U.S. President Donald Trump may recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital has stirred opposition from U.S. and foreign officials who fear it could unleash violence.

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Trump son, former partner due before House panel this week: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's eldest son and a former business associate of the president are due to testify to the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee this week, as it continues its investigation of possible Russian involvement in the 2016 election, a source familiar with the schedule said.

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Democrats to join Trump, Republicans in talks to avert government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic leaders in Congress on Monday accepted an invitation to meet U.S. President Donald Trump and Republicans for talks to avert a government shutdown this week, even as the Democrats pressed demands on funding priorities and protecting immigrants.

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Irish border row thwarts May bid to clinch Brexit trade deal

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May failed to clinch a deal on Monday to open talks on post-Brexit free trade with the European Union after a tentative deal with Dublin to keep EU rules in Northern Ireland angered her allies in Belfast.

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Irish furor thwarts May bid to clinch Brexit trade deal

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Theresa May failed to clinch a deal on Monday to open talks on post-Brexit free trade with the European Union after a tentative deal with Dublin to keep EU rules in Northern Ireland angered her allies in Belfast.

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Trump son, former business partner due before House panel this week: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's eldest son and a former business associate of the president are due to testify to the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee this week, as it continues its investigation of possible Russian involvement in the 2016 election, a source familiar with the schedule said.

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'Tough' May holds off Brexit deal after Irish furor

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May failed to strike a Brexit divorce deal with EU negotiators in Brussels on Monday despite earlier reports of a breakthrough agreement that would have kept British-ruled Northern Ireland aligned with EU regulations.

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'Tough' May holds off Brexit deal after Irish furore

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May failed to strike a Brexit divorce deal with EU negotiators in Brussels on Monday despite earlier reports of a breakthrough agreement that would have kept British-ruled Northern Ireland aligned with EU regulations.

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OPEC oil output falls in November to lowest since May

LONDON (Reuters) - OPEC oil output fell in November by 300,000 barrels per day (bpd) to its lowest since May, a Reuters survey found, pressured by a drop in Angolan and Iraqi exports, strong compliance with a supply cut deal and involunary declines.

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No Brexit agreement between EU and Britain after May-Juncker meeting

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - There was no agreement between the European Union and Britain on Brexit after a meeting on Monday between Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker, a source said.

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German SPD to start talks with Merkel next week if members agree

BERLIN/MUNICH (Reuters) - The leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) said on Monday he would launch talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on forming a government next week if members of his center-left party gave him the green light at a congress this weekend.

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Yemen's ex-president Saleh shot dead after switching sides in civil war

SANAA/DUBAI (Reuters) - Veteran former president Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed in a shooting on Monday after switching sides in Yemen's civil war, abandoning his Iran-aligned Houthi allies in favor of a Saudi-led coalition, foes and supporters said.

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Fed rate expectations on the rise before tax cuts passed Senate: Reuters poll

BENGALURU (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve is almost certain to raise interest rates later this month, according to a Reuters poll of economists, a majority of whom now expect three more rate rises next year compared with two when surveyed just weeks ago.

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Top court leaves in place Texas ruling questioning gay spousal benefits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear Houston's appeal of a lower court ruling that threw into doubt the city's spousal benefits to gay married municipal employees, signaling that the reach of the landmark 2015 decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide may have limits.

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Turkey says recognizing Jerusalem as capital would cause catastrophe

ANKARA (Reuters) - A formal U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel would cause catastrophe and lead to new conflict in the Middle East, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Monday.

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UK agrees to 'regulatory alignment' on both sides of Irish border

DUBLIN/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain agreed on Monday to keep Northern Ireland in "regulatory alignment" with the European Union after Brexit, Irish government sources said, raising hopes Prime Minister Theresa May can strike a deal in Brussels to start free trade talks.

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Fed rate hike expected next week, three hikes expected in 2018: Reuters poll

BENGALURU (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve is almost certain to raise interest rates later this month, according to a Reuters poll of economists, a majority of whom now expect three more rate rises next year compared with two when surveyed just weeks ago.

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Saleh party sources say Yemeni ex-president killed in Sanaa fighting: al-Arabiya TV

SANAA (Reuters) - Former President Ali Abdullah Saleh has been killed in fighting with the Iran-aligned Houthi militia raging in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television said on Monday, quoting sources in Saleh's party.

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Brexit deal agreed on all Irish issues: Irish govt. sources

DUBLIN (Reuters) - British and European Union Brexit negotiators have reached agreement on a deal for all Irish issues, including the maintenance of regulatory alignment on the island to avoid a hard border, two Irish government sources told Reuters.

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Germany's SPD lay out position for talks with Merkel

BERLIN/MUNICH (Reuters) - The leaders of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) agreed on Monday to enter talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on forming a government that could end political deadlock in Europe's largest economy.

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Houthi radio says ex-president Saleh killed in Yemen fighting, no confirmation

SANAA (Reuters) - The radio station of Yemen's Houthi-run interior ministry said on Monday the militia's former war ally turned adversary, ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, had been killed as fighting racked the capital Sanaa though there was no independent confirmation.

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Special Report: Hidden peril awaits China's banks as property binge fuels mortgage fraud frenzy

SHANGHAI/HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - When Zhu Chenxia bought a flat early last year from Lei Yarong in the up-market Nanshan district of China's southern metropolis of Shenzhen, the two women drew up three purchase agreements to cover the deal.

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Last-minute wrangling as May heads for Brussels Brexit lunch

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British negotiators were locked in last-minute talks with their European Union and Irish counterparts on Monday, trying to put together a Brexit deal that Prime Minister Theresa May might agree over lunch in Brussels.

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Catalonia's pro-independence parties seen losing majority in election: poll

NMADRID (Reuters) - Catalonia's pro-independence parties were seen losing their parliamentary majority in the regional election on Dec. 21, an official poll showed on Monday.

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May heads for Brussels as last-minute Brexit talks go on

BRUSSELS/DUBLIN (Reuters) - British negotiators were locked in last-minute talks with their European Union and Irish counterparts on Monday, trying to put together a Brexit deal that Prime Minister Theresa May might agree over lunch in Brussels.

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South Korea, U.S. launch air drills amid North Korean warnings of nuclear war

SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) - The United States and South Korea went ahead with large-scale joint aerial drills on Monday, a move North Korea had said would push the Korean peninsula to "the brink of nuclear war", ignoring calls from Russia and China to call them off.

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BRIEF-KKR Says ADIA Becomes Minority Shareholder In KKR India Financial Services

* KKR & CO LP SAYS UNIT OF ABU DHABI INVESTMENT AUTHORITY HAS BECOME A SIGNIFICANT MINORITY SHAREHOLDER IN KKR INDIA FINANCIAL SERVICES

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South Korea, U.S. kick off large-scale air exercise amid North Korean warnings

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea and the United States launched large-scale joint aerial drills on Monday, officials said, a week after North Korea said it had tested its most advanced missile as part of a weapons programme that has raised global tensions.

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G.O.P. Pushes to Avoid Government Shutdown, but the Path Is Tricky

A two-week stopgap measure would provide more time to negotiate, but obstacles loom on both sides of the aisle as lawmakers push their own priorities.

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South Korea, U.S. kick off largest air exercise amid North Korean warnings

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea and the United States launched their largest-ever joint aerial drills on Monday, officials said, a week after North Korea said it had tested its most advanced missile as part of a weapons program that has raised global tensions.