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California wildfire close to becoming third largest ever in state

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California wildfire was close on Saturday to becoming the state's third largest blaze on record, with more devastation possible from a resurgence of the harsh winds that have fueled the deadly fire's growth.

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Attorney General Sessions has lukewarm praise for FBI after Trump attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who oversees the Federal Bureau of Investigation, on Friday offered a tepid endorsement of the nation's leading law enforcement agency, which has been under attack by President Donald Trump and other Republicans.

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Final Republican tax bill slashes U.S. corporate rate, voting next week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans on Friday unveiled the final version of their dramatic U.S. tax overhaul - debt-financed cuts for businesses, the wealthy and some middle-class Americans - and picked up crucial support from two wavering senators ahead of planned votes by lawmakers early next week.

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BRIEF-Centene's Washington Subsidiary Reaches Agreement With State Of Washington

* CENTENE'S WASHINGTON SUBSIDIARY REACHES AGREEMENT WITH STATE OF WASHINGTON

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State of the Art: Facebook Conceded It Might Make You Feel Bad. Here’s How to Interpret That.

In a remarkable blog post, Facebook cited research showing that “passively consuming” social media made people feel worse. It also said it was trying to fix the problem.

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Factbox: Trump on Twitter (December 15) - Quantico

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

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Final Republican tax bill slashes U.S. corporate rate: summary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans' final tax legislation proposes cutting taxes as expected for businesses, the wealthy and some middle-class Americans, according to a summary seen by Reuters on Friday, with decisive votes expected next week in a critical moment for the party and President Donald Trump.

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BRIEF-Merit Medical Entered Into Third Amendment To Second Amended & Restated Credit Agreement & Incremental Increase Agreement

* MERIT MEDICAL SYSTEMS - ON DEC 13, MERIT ENTERED INTO THIRD AMENDMENT TO SECOND AMENDED & RESTATED CREDIT AGREEMENT & INCREMENTAL INCREASE AGREEMENT

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U.S. lawmaker probed on sex reports, second congressman denies charges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee said on Friday it had begun an investigation into public reports that Democrat Ruben Kihuen engaged in sexual harassment, and a second lawmaker denied a former aide's allegations of sexual misconduct.

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Senate Democrats to force vote on FCC net neutrality repeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. Senate Democrat said on Friday he would force a vote on the Federal Communications Commission's decision to repeal the 2015 landmark net neutrality rules.

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Republicans finish tax bill, gain support from Rubio, Corker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican negotiators in the U.S. Congress put the finishing touches on a sweeping tax overhaul on Friday and picked up support from two more wavering senators as they raced toward votes on final approval next week.

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U.S. Justice Department, AT&T settlement talks failed: court filing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice and AT&T Inc have held unsuccessful settlement talks over the wireless and pay-TV company's bid to buy movie and TV show maker Time Warner Inc , the two sides said in a court filing on Friday.

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U.S. judge to lift house arrest for former Trump campaign manager Manafort

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. District Court judge on Friday said she would release former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort from house arrest once he meets certain conditions, expressing satisfaction that the $10 million he agreed to forfeit would be available if he ever failed to appear for court proceedings.

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Trump officials brief Hill staff on Saudi reactors, enrichment a worry

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Trump administration officials briefed congressional staff this week on how the White House was considering non-proliferation standards in a potential agreement to sell nuclear reactor technology to Saudi Arabia, but did not indicate whether allowing uranium enrichment would be part of any deal, aides said.

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Attorney General Sessions notes FBI bias charges, defends agency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Friday the Justice Department "will take seriously concerns that have been expressed" about bias within the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but defended the agency against suggestions it was dysfunctional.

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Penn State's 'shocking apathy' to drinking blamed in hazing death

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania State University's "shocking apathy" to alcohol abuse contributed to the death of a student after he consumed 18 drinks in less than an hour and a half during a fraternity initiation, according a report issued on Friday.

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Trump officials brief senators on Saudi reactors, enrichment a worry

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Trump administration officials briefed senators this week on how the White House was considering non-proliferation standards in a potential agreement to sell nuclear reactor technology to Saudi Arabia, but did not indicate whether allowing uranium enrichment would be part of any deal, congressional aides said.

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House ethics committee investigates Democrat Kihuen on harassment reports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee said on Friday it has begun an investigation into public reports that Democrat Ruben Kihuen engaged in sexual harassment, adding that announcing the probe was not a sign the committee already has determined the Nevada Representative violated any rules.

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Penn State slammed for ignoring reports on hazing

A scathing grand jury report released Friday described alcohol-fueled fraternity hazing at Penn State University and said the rituals were a pervasive and dangerous practice that the university has been apathetic to and failed to prevent for years.

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Republicans finish tax bill, will release details later in day

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican negotiators in the U.S. Congress put the finishing touches on a sweeping tax overhaul and will release the details later on Friday, including plans for an expanded child tax credit aimed at winning the support of two wavering senators.

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BRIEF-Verifone Systems Unit Enters Asset Purchase Agreement With Curb Technologies

* VERIFONE SYSTEMS SAYS ON DEC 11, UNIT ENTERED INTO ASSET PURCHASE AGREEMENT WITH CURB TECHNOLOGIES - SEC FILING

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House ethics committee investigating Democrat Kihuen on harassment allegations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee said on Friday it has begun an investigation into public reports that Democrat Ruben Kihuen engaged in sexual harassment, adding that starting the probe is not a sign that the Nevada Representative violated any rules.

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'Shocking apathy' to alcohol abuse at Penn State: grand jury

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania State University's "shocking apathy" to alcohol abuse permitted crimes that led to the fraternity hazing death of 19-year-old Timothy Piazza, a grand jury found on Friday.

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Republicans race to finish tax bill and win over reluctant senators

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican negotiators in the U.S. Congress worked furiously on Friday to put the finishing touches on a sweeping tax overhaul and expanded a child tax credit in an effort to win the support of two wavering senators.

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'The Post' is about the state of America, star Hanks says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Steven Spielberg's new movie "The Post" isn't just a 1971 tale of press freedom or the place of women in the workplace.

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Penn State showed 'shocking apathy' to alcohol abuse, grand jury says

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania State University's "shocking apathy" to alcohol abuse permitted crimes that led to the fraternity hazing death of 19-year-old Timothy Piazza, a grand jury found on Friday.

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BRIEF-Teamsters, Expressjet ERJ Reach Tentative Agreement

* REACHED TENTATIVE AGREEMENT WITH EXPRESSJET ERJ, COVERING ABOUT 500 EMPLOYEES

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Trump administration issues new rules on U.S. visa waivers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration put new requirements in place on Friday for the 38 countries participating in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program, including that they use U.S. counterterrorism data to screen travelers, officials said.

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Trump urges Moore to concede Alabama Senate race

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump called on fellow Republican Roy Moore on Friday to concede to Democrat Doug Jones in the Alabama U.S. Senate race, following the party's stinging loss in the southern U.S. state earlier this week.

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Republicans alter tax bill in bid to win over reluctant senators

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican negotiators in the U.S. Congress on Friday expanded a child tax credit that is part of sweeping tax legislation in order to shore up support for passage, but it was still unclear whether the move was enough to satisfy two balking senators.

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BRIEF-Kingold Jewelry Inc's Unit Enters Trust Loan Agreement

* SAYS ON DEC 1, CO'S UNIT ENTERED INTO A TRUST LOAN AGREEMENT OF RMB 1 BILLION WITH ZHESHANG JINHUI TRUST

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Trump urges Moore to concede Alabama U.S. Senate race

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump called on fellow Republican Roy Moore on Friday to concede to Democrat Doug Jones in the Alabama U.S. Senate race, following the party's stinging loss in the southern U.S. state earlier this week.

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Rubio repeats concerns on U.S. tax bill ahead of expected vote next week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican Senator Marco Rubio on Friday repeated his concerns that an expansion of child tax credit in a tax bill his party's leaders hope to pass next week is too little to win his support, keeping a cloud over prospects for the legislation's passage.

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U.S. institutes new requirements for Visa Waiver Program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is instituting new requirements for the 38 countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program, including that they screen travelers using U.S. counterterrorism data, Trump administration officials said on Friday.

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India state court cancels 2014 federal rule on stringent tobacco pack warnings

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - An Indian court on Friday quashed federal rules that mandated stringent graphic health warnings on tobacco products, lawyers involved in the case said, in a decision seen as a major victory for the tobacco industry and a setback for health advocates.

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Amazon to pay 100 million euros to settle Italy tax dispute: statement

MILAN (Reuters) - Italy's inland revenue service said on Friday it had reached an agreement with Amazon to settle outstanding tax claims covering the period 2011-2015.

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BRIEF-Jeld-Wen Says Co, Units Entered Into Amendment To Term Loan Credit Agreement

* JELD-WEN SAYS ON DEC 14, CO, UNITS ENTERED INTO AMENDMENT TO TERM LOAN CREDIT AGREEMENT - SEC FILING

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BRIEF-Scandium International Mining Revises Renewed Existing Scandium Product Offtake Sales Agreement

* SCANDIUM INTERNATIONAL MINING- ON DEC 14, 2017 HAS REVISED, RENEWED EXISTING SCANDIUM PRODUCT OFFTAKE SALES AGREEMENT ENTERED IN 2015 WITH ALCERECO INC

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EU to move on Brexit talks, Irish 'riddle' remains

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is poised on Friday to move talks forward with London on Britain's exit from the bloc as leaders warm to the British premier but there was little clarity on trade issues and Austria warned the Irish border issue remained a "riddle".

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These states could be the next Alabama

Could the next Roy Moore be awaiting Republicans in Arizona or Nevada?

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BRIEF-Byte Power Group's ‍Unit Enters Into Heads Of Agreement With Synstream Energy

* ‍ UNIT ENTERS INTO HEADS OF AGREEMENT WITH SYNSTREAM ENERGY CORP TO BE ICO ADVISOR TO SYNSTREAM​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Factbox: Trump on Twitter (December 14) - Stock market, federal regulations

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

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House committee questions head of Trump campaign data firm: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Members of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee on Thursday interviewed the head of a data analysis firm to determine whether Donald Trump's election campaign team sought his help to find thousands of emails missing from Hillary Clinton's private server, three sources familiar with the session said.

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Net neutrality repeal gives Democrats fresh way to reach millennials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission vote on Thursday to roll back net neutrality rules could galvanize young voters, a move Democrats hope will send millennials to the polls in greater numbers and bolster their chances in next year's elections.

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Prosecutors say Long Island woman tried to use bitcoin to aid Islamic State

(Reuters) - A suburban New York hospital technician accused of using bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to launder money meant for the militant group Islamic State was arrested on charges of money laundering in support of a foreign terrorist organization and bank fraud, prosecutors said Thursday.

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New York woman charged with laundering money to help Islamic State

(Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors said Thursday that they had charged a Long Island, New York woman with laundering more than $85,000 in fraudulently obtained money through Bitcoin to help Islamic State.

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Alphabet's X sells new wireless internet tech to Indian state

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's X research division said on Thursday that India's Andhra Pradesh state government would buy its newly developed technology that has the potential to provide high-speed wireless internet to millions of people without laying cable.

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Republicans join push to lift secrecy around misconduct in Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Prominent Republican senators on Thursday embraced a push to overhaul rules for addressing sexual harassment in the U.S. Congress, signing on to a bill that would protect victims and require lawmakers to pay for their own settlements.

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BRIEF-Oncor And Sempra Energy Reach Settlement Agreement With Several Key Texas Stakeholders

* ONCOR AND SEMPRA ENERGY REACH SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT WITH SEVERAL KEY TEXAS STAKEHOLDERS

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U.S. states sue Trump administration for not granting student-loan relief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration is breaking the law in not granting loan relief to students defrauded by Corinthian Colleges and other defunct for-profit schools, according to four U.S. state attorneys general who sued the Education Department and Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday.

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As Republican tax vote nears, more senators waver

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's drive to win passage of a sweeping Republican tax bill in the U.S. Congress hit potential obstacles on Thursday as two more Republican senators insisted on changes, joining a list of lawmakers whose support is uncertain.

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Homegrown attacks rising worry in U.S. as Islamic State weakens abroad

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The online video's message was clear: Supporters of Islamic State who could not travel overseas to join the militant group should carry out attacks wherever they were in the United States or Europe.

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Fund managers seek stocks benefiting from Democratic gains in 2018 U.S. elections

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The surprise victory by Democrats in Tuesday's Alabama election for a U.S. senator is prompting fund managers to prepare for more losses by the Republican party in the 2018 mid-term Congressional elections.

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Republican Representative Farenthold will not seek re-election

AUSTIN, Texas/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican Representative Blake Farenthold said he would not seek re-election in November, denying allegations of sexual harassment by former staffers but admitting he allowed an unprofessional culture to flourish in his Capitol Hill office.

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House Speaker Ryan mulls retirement after 2018 elections: Politico

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan has told confidants he would like to retire after the 2018 congressional elections, Politico reported on Thursday, but the Wisconsin lawmaker and an aide played down the report, saying he wasn't quitting any time soon.

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UPDATE 1-New York state AG to sue over net neutrality reversal

WASHINGTON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and at least two other state law enforcement chiefs said on Thursday he would lead a multi-state legal challenge to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission vote to reverse landmark 2015 net neutrality rules.

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As Republican tax bill vote nears, two senators demand changes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's drive to win passage of a sweeping tax bill hit a potential obstacle on Thursday as two Republican senators, who previously backed the measure, insisted on a change to its child tax credit.

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Republican Senator Lee undecided on tax bill, seeks child credit changes: aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican Senator Mike Lee has not decided whether to support a Republican tax bill and wants changes to the child tax credit, an aide to the lawmaker said on Thursday.

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More than 20 Islamic State militants killed in Syria: U.S.-led coalition

WASHINGTON/AMMAN (Reuters) - A Pentagon-backed rebel group and the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State killed more than 20 Islamic State fighters and detained a number of militants in the southern Syrian desert near a base, the coalition said on Thursday.

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U.S. tax bill to preserve key renewable energy credits, sources say

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The final version of comprehensive tax legislation being negotiated by House and Senate lawmakers will preserve key renewable energy tax credits that were once at risk of being removed, congressional and business sources said on Thursday.

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House Speaker Ryan mulling retirement after 2018 elections: Politico

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Paul Ryan, the Republican speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, would like to retire after the November congressional elections, Politico said on Thursday, but he said he was not quitting.

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Republican Senator Lee now undecided on tax bill: aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator Mike Lee, unhappy with his party's tax legislation provision on child tax credits, is "undecided" on whether he will vote for the measure if changes are not included, spokesman Conn Carroll said on Thursday.

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New York state AG to sue over net neutrality reversal

WASHINGTON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said on Thursday he would lead a multi-state legal challenge to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission vote to reverse landmark the 2015 net neutrality rules.

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BRIEF-Gtt Signs New Global Services Agreement With Chevron Transport Corporation Ltd

* SIGNS NEW GLOBAL SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH CHEVRON TRANSPORT CORPORATION LTD.

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U.S. bill to allow property and income or sales tax deductions: key lawmaker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee indicated on Thursday that a Republican tax bill will allow property and income or sales taxes to be deducted under the state and local income tax deduction.

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Senator McCain will vote on tax bill -No. 2 Republican

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator John McCain, who is receiving treatment for brain cancer and has missed votes this week, will be available next week to vote on the tax compromise bill, John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the U.S. Senate, said on Thursday.

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Arms supplied by U.S., Saudi ended up with Islamic State, researchers say

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Arms provided by the United States and Saudi Arabia to Syrian opposition groups frequently ended up in the hands of Islamic State, an arms monitoring group that analyzed weapons found on the battlefield said on Thursday.

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U.S. Republican Representative Farenthold will not seek re-election: reports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Representative Blake Farenthold will not seek re-election in November after allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior from former staffers, according to news reports on Thursday.

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Pence delays Middle East trip in case needed for U.S. tax vote

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will delay an upcoming Middle East trip by a few days in case a tie-breaking vote is needed from him for tax cut legislation in Congress, a senior White House official said on Thursday.

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Republican Representative Farenthold will not seek re-election: Politico

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Representative Blake Farenthold will not seek re-election in 2018 after allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior from former staffers, Politico reported on Thursday, citing a source familiar with the matter.

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BRIEF-Jaguar Health ‍Enters Collaboration Agreement With SEED For Equilevia​

* JAGUAR HEALTH INC - ‍ENTERED COLLABORATION AGREEMENT WITH SEED MENA BUSINESSMEN SERVICES FOR EQUILEVIA​

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Pence delays Middle East trip in case vote needed on tax legislation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Mike Pence will delay an upcoming Middle East trip by a couple of days in case a tie-breaking vote is needed from him for tax cut legislation in Congress, a senior White House official said on Thursday.

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India PM Modi's party seen sweeping state polls in popularity boost

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling group will sweep an election in his home state of Gujarat, surveys showed on Thursday, shaking off the most serious challenge yet from a combined opposition.

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A poor Kentucky community remains hopeful

One year into Trump's presidency, CNN's Poppy Harlow returns to Beattyville, Kentucky, where more than half of the residents live in poverty. They're still hopeful the President will help their Appalachian community, but are not waiting on Washington to bring change.

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BRIEF-Rockwell Medical Signs Exclusive License Agreement With Comercializadora BioRenal SpA

* ROCKWELL MEDICAL SIGNS EXCLUSIVE LICENSE AGREEMENT WITH COMERCIALIZADORA BIORENAL SPA TO COMMERCIALIZE TRIFERIC® IN CHILE

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Alabama Senate race winner urges Republican rival to 'move on'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Alabama Democrat Doug Jones, who won a bitter fight for a U.S. Senate seat this week, called on his Republican opponent to concede the race and help heal the Southern state after a deeply divisive contest.

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Mulvaney says U.S. tax bill votes could be Tuesday, Wednesday: CNBC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said on Thursday he believed votes on tax overhaul legislation could occur in the Senate and House of Representatives as early as Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.

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BRIEF-Mineral Hill Industries Terminates Share Purchase Agreement With 12 Shareholders Of CPS Energy Resources

* MINERAL HILL INDUSTRIES - TERMINATED SHARE PURCHASE AGREEMENT WITH 12 SHAREHOLDERS OF CPS ENERGY RESOURCES DUE TO NON-COMPLIANCE WITH TERMS OF SPA Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Column: New U.S. state retirement plans are welcome, but why so expensive?

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Next month, Oregon will become the first U.S. state to start automatically signing up workers to save for retirement if they do not already have a workplace 401(k).

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With no deal on children's health plan, U.S. states scramble for Plan B

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For Nancy Minoui of Portland, Oregon, and Crystal Lett of Dublin, Ohio, Congress' failure to fund the Children's Health Insurance Program is not some distant tale of political wrangling.

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These states are running out of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program

Sixteen states will run out of federal funding for CHIP -- the Children's Health Insurance Program -- by the end of January, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Three-quarters of all states expect to exhaust funds by the end of March unless Congress can agree to fund it.

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Do not expect postcard-sized tax return from Republican plan: experts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Since mid-2016, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan has carried around a "postcard" that he has said shows how easy it will be for Americans to file their taxes once Republicans are finished their tax overhaul.

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South Africa's Zuma appeals court ruling on state prosecutor's appointment: local media

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has filed an appeal against a court ruling that his appointment of a state prosecutor to decide whether to reinstate corruption charges against him was not valid, local media reported on Thursday.

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BRIEF-Wynn Resorts Says Reached Agreement To Purchase Land From Wynn Las Vegas For $336 Mln

* WYNN RESORTS REACHES AGREEMENT TO PURCHASE LAND ACROSS FROM WYNN LAS VEGAS FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT

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Kentucky lawmaker a 'probable suicide' amid sexual misconduct accusations

(Reuters) - Kentucky state Representative Dan Johnson, who was facing sexual assault accusations, died in a probable suicide on Wednesday, Bullitt County Coroner Dave Billings said.

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Trump's eldest son testifies to Senate committee in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's eldest son met with the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday as part of the panel's investigation into Russia, the 2016 U.S. election and whether his father's election campaign colluded with Moscow.

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BRIEF-Conn's Inc Says Entered Into Agreement To Securitize Aggregate Of $669.3 Mln Of Consumer Receivables

* CONN'S- ‍ANNOUNCED THAT IT HAS ENTERED INTO AN AGREEMENT TO SECURITIZE AN AGGREGATE OF $669.3 MILLION OF CONSUMER RECEIVABLES Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-At&T Mobility, Communications Workers Of America Reach Tentative Agreement In Orange Contract Negotiations

* AT&T MOBILITY, COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA REACH TENTATIVE AGREEMENT IN ORANGE CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS

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Stop-gap bill unveiled to fund U.S. government until Jan. 19

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday introduced a bill to fund the government until Jan. 19 while Congress works on longer-term legislation, the panel said in a statement.

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Russell Simmons’s Statement on Rape Allegations

The music mogul released a statement in which he denied accusations by three women who say Mr. Simmons raped them.

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Senator McCain treated for side effects of cancer therapy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator John McCain was undergoing treatment at a military hospital outside Washington for side effects of cancer therapy, his office said on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-Hmg Courtland Properties says Jy-Tv Associates Entered Agreement With Cardone Real Estate Acquisitions

* HMG COURTLAND PROPERTIES - JY-TV ASSOCIATES ENTERED AGREEMENT WITH CARDONE REAL ESTATE ACQUISITIONS TO SELL APARTMENTS FOR ABOUT $50.3 MILLION-SEC FILING Source text: [http://bit.ly/2AAFuRH] Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Sotherly Hotels Enters Hotel Purchase & Sale Agreement To Buy Hyatt Centric Arlington

* SOTHERLY HOTELS INC - ENTERED HOTEL PURCHASE & SALE AGREEMENT TO BUY HYATT CENTRIC ARLINGTON HOTEL FOR ABOUT $81 MILLION - SEC FILING Source text: [http://bit.ly/2j0oDwl] Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Chesapeake Utilities Says Unit Filed With FERC Uncontested Settlement Agreement

* CHESAPEAKE UTILITIES - UNIT FILED WITH FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION UNCONTESTED SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT ASSOCIATED WITH CURRENT RATE CASE PROCEEDING

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Trump 'dossier' firm: Republicans leaked bank records in retaliation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A firm that commissioned a "dossier" detailing links between then-presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign and Russia said in a court filing that Republicans leaked the company's banking data to the media for partisan political purposes.

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Two Trump judicial nominations rebuffed by Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees will not be confirmed by the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate following criticism over controversial statements they made, a White House official said.

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After Alabama upset, Democrats see new prospects in U.S. South

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The solidly Republican South suddenly looks a little less solid.

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Senior justice official dismisses Republican charges of bias in Trump probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Wednesday dismissed Republican lawmakers' charges that attorneys and agents investigating allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 election are biased against President Donald Trump.

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BRIEF-Altice USA, Charter, Comcast Reach Agreement To Form New Interconnect In New York DMA

* ALTICE USA, CHARTER AND COMCAST REACH AGREEMENT TO FORM NEW INTERCONNECT IN THE NEW YORK DMA

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Brazil's Temer back in hospital for prostate tests

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian President Michel Temer canceled his scheduled meetings on Wednesday and flew to São Paulo for tests to evaluate surgery he had in October to reduce the size of his prostate, his office said.

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Alabama win thrills Democrats as Republicans point fingers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats said on Wednesday their U.S. Senate victory in Alabama could lead to a sweeping comeback for the party in 2018 elections while Republicans sought to assess blame for a defeat in one of the nation's most conservative states.

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UPDATE 2-Medtronic settles states' probe into Infuse marketing for $12 mln

BOSTON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Medtronic Plc has agreed to pay $12 million to resolve claims that the company engaged in a deceptive marketing strategy to promote its Infuse bone graft product used in spinal surgery, the Massachusetts attorney general said on Wednesday.

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Medtronic settles states' probe into Infuse marketing for $12 million

BOSTON (Reuters) - Medtronic Plc has agreed to pay $12 million to resolve claims that the company engaged in a deceptive marketing strategy to promote its Infuse bone graft product used in spinal surgery, the Massachusetts attorney general said on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 1-Medtronic settles states' probe into Infuse marketing for $12 mln

BOSTON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Medtronic Plc has agreed to pay $12 million to resolve claims that the company engaged in a deceptive marketing strategy to promote its Infuse bone graft product used in spinal surgery, the Massachusetts attorney general said on Wednesday.

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Minnesota lieutenant governor to replace Franken in Senate

(Reuters) - Minnesota's Democratic Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith was appointed as U.S. senator by the state's governor on Wednesday to replace Al Franken, who resigned after being accused of sexual harassment.

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Control of Virginia state House at stake as recounts begin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Virginia officials started recounts on Wednesday in the first of four state House of Delegates races, a process that could lead to a Democratic takeover of the chamber after the party's historic election gains last month.

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Justice official downplays Republican criticism of Mueller

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Wednesday downplayed Republican lawmakers' concerns that attorneys and agents investigating Russian alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election might be biased against President Donald Trump.

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Republicans rush to nail down tax deal as Trump readies final push

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans scrambled on Wednesday to hammer out a final tax bill, as U.S. President Donald Trump prepared to make his closing arguments in a speech promoting the party's plan to slash taxes for corporations and wealthy Americans.

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U.S. House to stop using public funds for harassment settlements: speaker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Wednesday that Congress was working on a package of reforms that would prohibit using taxpayer money for settlements in sexual harassment claims lodged against lawmakers' offices.

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Alabama win thrills Democrats as Republicans scramble for answers

BIRMINGHAM, Ala./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats said on Wednesday their U.S. Senate victory in Alabama could lead to a sweeping comeback for the party in 2018 elections while Republicans sought to assess blame for a defeat in one of the nation's most conservative states.

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Trump's eldest son testifies to U.S. Senate committee in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's eldest son met with the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday as part of the panel's investigation into Russia, the 2016 U.S. election and whether his father's election campaign colluded with Moscow.

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White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman resigns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former reality television star-turned political aide to U.S. President Donald Trump, has resigned from the White House to "pursue other opportunities," Trump's spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Wednesday.

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Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith to replace Franken

(Reuters) - Minnesota's Democratic Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith was appointed as U.S. senator on Wednesday to replace Al Franken, who resigned after being accused of sexual harassment, the state's governor said at a news conference.

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Republicans double down on attacks on Mueller after anti-Trump texts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican lawmakers doubled down on attacks against Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday, after new details emerged about anti-Trump text messages sent by an FBI agent who worked on the Russia investigation.

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Top U.S. Senate Democrat hopeful Congress will help 'Dreamers' by year end

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate said bipartisan negotiations to protect undocumented people who immigrated to the United States as children were making very good progress, and that he hoped a bill could clear Congress by year-end.

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BRIEF-EBay Signs Agreement to Acquire Terapeak

* SAYS HAS SIGNED AN AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE TERAPEAK; FINANCIAL TERMS OF THE DEAL WERE NOT DISCLOSED‍​ Source text : http://bit.ly/2nXOaMh Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Elliott Issues Statement In Response To Qualcomm's Statement On Fair Value Of NXP

* ELLIOTT ADVISORS (UK) LIMITED ISSUES STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO QUALCOMM'S STATEMENT REGARDING THE FAIR VALUE OF NXP Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Comtech Telecommunications Receives $9.4 Million Order for Solid-State Power Amplifiers for In-Flight Connectivity

* COMTECH TELECOMMUNICATIONS-GOT ORDER FOR MORE THAN $9.4 MILLION FOR SOLID-STATE POWER AMPLIFIERSTO BE USED IN AIRBORNE, IN-FLIGHT CONNECTIVITY APPLICATION Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Congress to stop using public funds for harassment settlements: U.S. speaker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Republican Speaker Paul Ryan said on Wednesday that Congress would stop using taxpayer money for settlements in sexual harassment claims lodged against lawmakers' offices.

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Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith to replace Franken: report

(Reuters) - Minnesota's governor will appoint Democratic Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith as U.S. senator to replace Al Franken, who resigned after being accused of sexual harassment, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on Wednesday, citing sources.

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BRIEF-Trakopolis IOT Enters Into Agreement With Texas-Based Oilfield Services Company

* TRAKOPOLIS IOT CORP SAYS HAS ENTERED INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH A TEXAS-BASED OILFIELD SERVICES COMPANY

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BRIEF-Olympic Steel Increases And Extends Asset Based Credit Agreement To Support Future Growth

* OLYMPIC STEEL INCREASES AND EXTENDS ASSET BASED CREDIT AGREEMENT TO SUPPORT FUTURE GROWTH

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State of the Art: How 2017 Became a Turning Point for Tech Giants

For the first time, big tech companies began to accept responsibility in 2017 for how their platforms affect the world. The scope of that change remains unclear.

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Text Messages in Hand, Republicans Plan to Accuse Justice Department of Bias

A chorus of Republicans, including some party mainstays, are questioning the impartiality of the Justice Department and F.B.I. to discredit the Trump investigation.

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BRIEF-‍Yandex, Sberbank enter into agreement for Yandex.Market joint venture​

* ‍YANDEX AND SBERBANK ENTER INTO BINDING AGREEMENT FOR YANDEX.MARKET JOINT VENTURE​

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Alabama Secretary of State: 'Highly unlikely' Jones is not the winner

Secretary of State of Alabama John Merrill said it was "highly unlikely" that Democrat Doug Jones would not be certified as the winner of Tuesday's special election for the US Senate.

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Trump loses his big bet on Alabama U.S. Senate race

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In backing Roy Moore in Alabama's U.S. Senate race even though the candidate faced allegations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls, President Donald Trump made a risky bet - and lost big.

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FBI officials said Clinton 'has to win' race to White House: NYT

(Reuters) - Senior FBI officials who helped probe Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign told a colleague that Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had to win the race to the White House, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

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Democrat Jones wins U.S. Senate seat in Alabama in blow to Trump

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Reuters) - Democrat Doug Jones won a bitter fight for a U.S. Senate seat in deeply conservative Alabama on Tuesday, U.S. media projected, dealing a political blow to President Donald Trump in a race marked by accusations of sexual misconduct against Republican candidate Roy Moore.

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Republican Moore holds slight lead in bitter U.S. Senate race in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Reuters) - A bitter U.S. Senate race in Alabama with high stakes for President Donald Trump was too close to call on Tuesday, with Republican Roy Moore leading despite allegations against the candidate of sexual misconduct toward teenagers.

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Polls close in tight Alabama Senate race with high stakes for Trump

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Reuters) - Polls closed on Tuesday in a bitter U.S. Senate race in Alabama with high stakes for President Donald Trump, who has endorsed fellow Republican Roy Moore despite allegations against the candidate of sexual misconduct toward teenagers.

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Factbox: Trump on Twitter (December 12) - Democrats, Kirsten Gillibrand, Chuck Schumer

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

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Minnesota joins U.S. states limiting controversial farm chemical

CHICAGO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Minnesota became the latest U.S. state on Tuesday to restrict controversial weed killers made by Monsanto Co and BASF SE that were linked to widespread crop damage, while Arkansas took a step back from imposing new limits.

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Donald Trump Jr. wants 'leak' probe, as Congress' Russia probes press on

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's eldest son asked a House of Representatives committee on Tuesday to investigate possible leaks of information about his Dec. 6 interview with lawmakers, as congressional probes of Russia and the 2016 election picked up steam ahead of the New Year.

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Trump to meet House, Senate tax cut negotiators Wednesday: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday will host congressional negotiators for lunch to discuss their progress toward tax cut legislation, the White House said.

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BRIEF-Sinclair Raises Additional Term Loans And Amends Bank Credit Agreement

* SINCLAIR RAISES ADDITIONAL TERM LOANS AND AMENDS BANK CREDIT AGREEMENT

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Senator Grassley expresses reservations on two Trump judge nominees

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican chairman of the U.S. Senate committee that handles judicial nominations on Tuesday raised concerns about two of President Donald Trump's picks for lower court positions, citing controversial statements each has made.

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U.S. judge orders special counsel to turn over evidence on Michael Flynn

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. District Court judge ordered Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Tuesday to turn over any potential evidence that could be material for when he sentences President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

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BRIEF-Nektar Therapeutics Says Received Notice Of Termination From Daiichi Of Collaboration Agreement

* NEKTAR THERAPEUTICS - ON DEC 6, CO RECEIVED NOTICE OF TERMINATION FROM DAIICHI OF COLLABORATION AGREEMENT WHICH WILL BECOME EFFECTIVE AS OF FEB 4, 2018

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BRIEF-New York REIT, New York Recovery Operating Partnership Entered Into Amendment To Loan Agreement

* NEW YORK REIT SAYS ON DEC 6, CO & NEW YORK RECOVERY OPERATING PARTNERSHIP ENTERED INTO AMENDMENT TO LOAN AGREEMENT DATED DEC 20, 2016 - SEC FILING

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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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Senators say effort to protect 'Dreamers' making progress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan push in the Senate to protect undocumented people who immigrated to the United States as children is gaining momentum as lawmakers try to wrap up negotiations, Republican Senator Jeff Flake said on Tuesday.

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Tillerson seeks to ease skepticism about U.S. State Department reorganization

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, dogged by media speculation about how long he will last as top U.S. diplomat, tried to ease skepticism among staff about his leadership and planned State Department reorganization on Tuesday.

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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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Senator Gillibrand calls Trump Twitter post 'sexist smear'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand fired back at President Donald Trump on Tuesday and said she would not be silenced after he attacked her on Twitter for calling for an investigation into accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct against him.

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Alabama voters choose senator in race with high stakes for Trump

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Reuters) - Voters in Alabama headed to the polls on Tuesday in a hard-fought U.S. Senate race with high stakes for President Donald Trump, who has endorsed fellow Republican Roy Moore in spite of allegations against him of sexual misconduct toward teenagers.

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Trump will announce new U.S. security strategy on Monday: adviser

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will announce a new security strategy on Monday, White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster said on Tuesday.

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White House to host fresh biofuels talks to help refiners: sources

(Reuters) - The White House will host talks between the rival oil and ethanol industries on Wednesday in hopes of brokering a deal to help refiners struggling to meet the country's biofuels policy, according to sources familiar with the matter.

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Republicans Nearing Agreement on Final Tax Bill

Senator John Cornyn said a deal to reconcile the House and Senate tax bills could be reached on Tuesday.

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'DACA' bill to help young immigrants nearing Senate deal: Senator Flake

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan push in the Senate to protect undocumented people who immigrated to the United States as children is gaining momentum as lawmakers try to wrap up negotiations this month, Republican Senator Jeff Flake said on Tuesday.

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U.S. Congress to let Iran deadline pass, leave decision to Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress will allow a deadline on re-imposing sanctions on Iran to pass this week, congressional and White House aides said on Tuesday, leaving a pact between world powers and Tehran intact at least temporarily.

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Trump signs defense policy bill, urges U.S. Congress to fund it

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump signed the annual defense policy bill on Tuesday and urged Congress to fully fund the measure and lift the budget caps that have forced limits on U.S. defense spending for several years.

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BRIEF-International Brotherhood Of Teamsters Says The Kroger Master Agreement Has Concluded

* INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS - AFTER 7 MONTHS OF NEGOTIATIONS THE KROGER MASTER AGREEMENT, INCLUDING 5 LOCAL UNION SUPPLEMENTS CONCLUDED

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This state bumps Hawaii from the top of the list

Despite years of efforts to even out health disparities across the United States, some states are dramatically healthier than others, according to a new report.

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California and Washington state join carbon pledge in defiance of Trump

PARIS (Reuters) - California and Washington state joined five nations on the Pacific coast of the Americas on Tuesday to agree to step up the use of a price on carbon dioxide emissions as a central economic policy to slow climate change.

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House Speaker Ryan says he believes upbeat Treasury tax study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday defended a one-page analysis by the Treasury Department that asserted a tax plan pushed by the Republican-led Congress would pay for itself in 10 years.

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Land and Buildings reiterates Hudson's Bay real estate worth more

Dec 12 (Reuters) - Activist investor Land and Buildings on Tuesday reiterated that Canadian department store operator Hudson's Bay Co's real estate assets were worth substantially more than the company's current market valuation.

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BRIEF-JG Wentworth Says Co, Units Filed Voluntary Cases Under Chapter 11 In United States Bankruptcy Court

* JG WENTWORTH SAYS ON DEC 12, CO, UNITS FILED VOLUNTARY CASES UNDER CHAPTER 11 IN UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR DISTRICT OF DELAWARE - SEC FILING

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BRIEF-Rockwell Medical Signs License Agreement With Quimica Europea To Commercialize Triferic In Peru

* ROCKWELL MEDICAL SIGNS EXCLUSIVE LICENSE AGREEMENT WITH QUIMICA EUROPEA TO COMMERCIALIZE TRIFERIC IN PERU

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BRIEF-International Paper Co Enters Into A $660 Million Five-Year Credit Agreement

* ON DEC 8, CO ENTERED INTO A $660 MILLION FIVE-YEAR CREDIT AGREEMENT

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BRIEF-Hillenbrand Enters Second Amended Credit Agreement Among Co

* ON DEC 8, ENTERED SECOND AMENDED CREDIT AGREEMENT AMONG CO, WITH ITS SUBSIDIARY BORROWERS AND SUBSIDIARY GUARANTORS- SEC FILING

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BRIEF-Abcann Enters Into Agreement To Acquire Leading Medical Cannabis Clinic

* ABCANN ENTERS INTO AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE LEADING MEDICAL CANNABIS CLINIC

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BRIEF-Emergent Biosolutions Awarded Department Of National Defence Contract

* EMERGENT BIOSOLUTIONS AWARDED DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE CONTRACT TO SUPPLY ANTHRASIL TO THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT

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Make EU gentleman's agreement with Britain binding: EU lawmakers

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Parliament will insist on quickly making the deal reached between the European Union and Britain on divorce terms legally binding, worried London may not honor a gentleman's agreement, the parliament's chief Brexit coordinator said.

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Kremlin: We see Trump's tweets as official statements

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Tweets by U.S. President Donald Trump are viewed in Moscow as his official position and read by his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.

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Voters head to polls in Alabama race with high stakes for Trump

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Reuters) - Voters in Alabama were headed to the polls on Tuesday in a hard-fought U.S. Senate race in which President Donald Trump has endorsed fellow Republican Roy Moore, whose campaign has been clouded by allegations of sexual misconduct toward teenagers.

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Blackstone's real estate fund buys 10 pct stake in Logicor- FT

Dec 12 (Reuters) - Blackstone Group LP's real estate fund is taking a 10 percent stake in European warehouse firm Logicor Ltd , the Financial Times reported on Tuesday citing people briefed on the matter.

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Doubts about U.S. State redesign deepen with erroneous comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson holds a town hall with staff on Tuesday amid skepticism about his planned agency reorganization that has been aggravated by his recent inaccurate comments about the State Department, a dozen current and former officials said.

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BRIEF-Wintrust Announces Veterans First Mortgage Acquisition Agreement

* WINTRUST ANNOUNCES VETERANS FIRST MORTGAGE ACQUISITION AGREEMENT

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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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Republican Moore embraces Trump message on eve of Alabama election

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore touted his ties to President Donald Trump on Monday in the final stretch of an election campaign in Alabama in which Moore has battled accusations of sexual misconduct toward teenagers.

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BRIEF-Toshiba Says Has Not Reached Agreement Now With Western Digital On Ending Legal Dispute

* TOSHIBA SAYS HAS NOT REACHED AGREEMENT NOW WITH WESTERN DIGITAL ON ENDING LEGAL DISPUTE Further company coverage: (Reporting By Chris Gallagher)

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Uber fights ban on cash payments in Mexican state

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc said on Monday that it had appealed regulations that have barred it from accepting cash fares in the Mexican state of Puebla, in a new challenge to clampdowns on the ride-hailing service in Latin America.

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BRIEF-Lions Gate Entertainment Entered Amendment No. 1 To Certain Credit & Guarantee Agreement

* LIONS GATE ENTERTAINMENT SAYS ENTERED AMENDMENT NO. 1 TO CERTAIN CREDIT & GUARANTEE AGREEMENT DATED DEC 8, 2016 - SEC FILING

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U.S. Treasury tax study slammed as 'fake math' by Democrats

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury Department on Monday released a one-page analysis of the economic and fiscal impact of a Republican tax overhaul plan that was swiftly criticized by a number of tax experts and attacked as "fake math" by Democrats.

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U.S. Treasury adds cash management measures due to debt limit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday announced cash management measures to avoid a U.S. default.

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Women accusing Trump of sexual misconduct seek congressional probe

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three women who have accused U.S. President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct called on Monday for a congressional investigation into his behavior amid a wave of similar accusations against prominent men in Hollywood, the media and politics.

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Nuclear plan backer denies Inauguration Day text with top Trump aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A company promoting a plan for the United States and Russia to jointly build nuclear reactors in the Middle East denied in a letter made public on Monday that its director received an Inauguration Day text message from incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn saying the project was "good to go."

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Nearly half of Americans still oppose Republican tax bill: Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - As Republicans in the U.S. Congress rush to finish their tax plan, the legislation is not getting more popular with the public, with nearly half of Americans still opposed to it, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Monday.

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U.S. military must accept transgender recruits by Jan. 1, judge rules

(Reuters) - Transgender people will be able to join the U.S. military as of Jan. 1, a federal judge ruled on Monday, denying a request by President Donald Trump's administration to enforce his ban on transgender troops while the government appeals an order blocking it.

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Trump to give speech on U.S. tax overhaul on Wednesday: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will deliver a speech on the plan to overhaul the nation's tax code on Wednesday, the White House said on Monday.

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Trump makes 'robo-call' for Moore as Democrat Jones takes lead in Alabama race

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump sought to boost Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore by releasing a recorded phone call on his behalf in the final stretch of a bitter Alabama election fight marked by accusations of sexual misconduct against Moore.

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Judge tells ex-Trump adviser Manafort to stop communicating with media

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. District Court judge told President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort on Monday to stop communicating with the media in ways that might affect the outcome of his trial but she agreed to consider a proposal to ease his bail restrictions.

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Hunting Taliban and Islamic State Fighters, From 20,000 Feet

B-52s have once again been called into action in Afghanistan. A New York Times correspondent flew on one.

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BRIEF-Archer Daniels Midland Reaches Agreement To Sell Bolivian Oilseeds Operations

* SAYS ‍UNTIL CLOSE OF DEAL, ADM WILL CONTINUE TO OPERATE ITS OILSEEDS BUSINESS IN BOLIVIA​

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BRIEF-Sorrento Therapeutics Enteres Into Securities Purchase Agreement

* SORRENTO THERAPEUTICS SAYS ON DEC 11, CO ENTERED INTO SECURITIES PURCHASE AGREEMENT - SEC FILING

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BRIEF-Edgewater Wireless Announces Fully Committed Non-Brokered Private Placement

* EDGEWATER WIRELESS ANNOUNCES FULLY COMMITTED NON-BROKERED PRIVATE PLACEMENT

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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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Kuwait replaces oil and finance ministers: state news agency

DUBAI (Reuters) - Kuwait replaced its oil and finance ministers in a cabinet reshuffle on Monday, state news agency KUNA reported.

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Trump records 'robo-call' for Moore ahead of Alabama vote

BIRMINGHAM, Ala (Reuters) - President Donald Trump sought to boost Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore by releasing a recorded phone call on his behalf in the final stretch of a bitter Alabama election fight marked by accusations of sexual misconduct against Moore.

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Powell faces early test of policy view as tax cuts near approval

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Incoming Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell, chosen by U.S. President Donald Trump to keep the recovery humming, appears set to let an expected trillion=dollar tax cut run its course through the economy as weak wage growth and inflation buttress his view that the economy remains underpowered.

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Britain committed to no hard Irish border, whatever outcome of Brexit talks - Davis

LONDON, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Britain intends to prevent a hard border in Ireland after leaving the European Union whatever the outcome of talks with the bloc, UK's Brexit minister said on Monday, saying comments that this was not legally enforceable were taken out of context.

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Nikkei flat as real estate, construction stocks weigh

TOKYO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks struggled for traction on Monday as gains in financial shares were offset by drops in real estate and construction companies, with Obayashi Corp diving more than 8 percent.

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Roy Moore campaign casts Alabama race as referendum on Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The campaign of Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for U.S. senator in Alabama who has been accused of sexual misconduct, appealed on Sunday to President Donald Trump's supporters, saying a vote for Moore would be a vote for Trump's agenda.

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Senator Collins says undecided on final tax bill vote

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins, whose support was crucial in passing the Senate tax reform bill earlier this month, said on Sunday she has not yet decided whether she will back the final measure negotiated by House and Senate leaders.

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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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Haley: Women accusers should be heard, even if Trump is target

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Sunday she believes any woman who has felt violated or mistreated by a man has every right to speak up, even if it is President Donald Trump they are accusing.

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Democrats eye gains in Pennsylvania trial on 'goofy' gerrymandering

LOWER MERION, Pa. (Reuters) - In Pennsylvania state Senator Daylin Leach's bid to win a seat vital to the Democratic Party's chances in 2018 elections of taking control of the U.S. Congress, his opponents may not be his biggest obstacle.

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Britain offered 'statement of intent' on Irish border to unlock talks: Davis

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Brexit minister David Davis described the government's pledge to prevent any return to a hard border with Ireland after Britain leaves the European Union as "a statement of intent" rather than a legally binding move.

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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.