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At ESPN, John Skipper Resigns as President, Citing Substance Addiction

George Bodenheimer, who was ESPN’s president from 1998 to 2011, will take over as the company’s acting chairman.

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South Africa's Ramaphosa wins election as ANC president

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was elected leader of the African National Congress on Monday in a close-run vote that will set the direction for the country and the scandal-plagued party that has ruled since the end of apartheid.

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U.S. vetoes U.N. call for withdrawal of Trump Jerusalem decision

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States was further isolated on Monday over President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital when it blocked a United Nations Security Council call for the declaration to be withdrawn.

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Twitter suspends account Trump retweeted

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Trump strategy document singles out Russia as bad actor globally

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's administration named Russia on Monday as a bad actor on the world stage in a policy document that offers a sober analysis of Moscow as a rival despite Trump's own bid for warmer ties with President Vladimir Putin.

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House to vote on tax bill Tuesday afternoon: aides

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on sweeping tax legislation early Tuesday afternoon, aides said, bringing President Donald Trump's goal of overhauling the U.S. tax system one step closer to fruition.

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Israel believes U.S. will veto U.N. resolution on Jerusalem

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Israel said it believes its longtime ally the United States will veto a United Nations Security Council on Monday that would call on U.S. President Donald Trump to withdraw his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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ESPN President John Skipper resigns to deal with substance addiction

(Reuters) - Walt Disney Co's John Skipper on Monday resigned from his role as ESPN president and co-chairman of the Disney Media Networks, citing substance addiction problem.

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UPDATE 1-Chile's IPSA stock index up more than 6 pct on President Pinera's win

SANTIAGO, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Chile's IPSA stock index rose more than 6 percent, hitting an all-time high on Monday, following a resounding win by conservative billionaire Sebastian Pinera in Sunday's presidential election.

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Jerusalem at Center of Diplomatic Face-Off at U.N. Security Council

Almost two weeks after President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Egypt drafted a resolution reiterating that the city’s status is to be resolved by Israel and the Palestinians.

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ESPN President John Skipper resigns

Dec 18 (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co's John Skipper on Monday resigned from his role as ESPN president and co-chairman of the Disney Media Networks, citing substance addiction problem.

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BRIEF-ESPN President John Skipper resigns, citing substance addiction problem - ESPN

* JOHN SKIPPER RESIGNED AS PRESIDENT OF ESPN AND CO-CHAIRMAN OF THE DISNEY MEDIA NETWORKS ON MONDAY - ESPN

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UPDATE 4-Lebanon detains Uber driver suspected of murdering British embassy worker - security source

BEIRUT, Dec 18 (Reuters) - A Lebanese Uber driver with a criminal record has confessed to killing a British woman who worked at the British Embassy in Beirut, a Lebanese security source said on Monday.

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EU's top court to decide whether Uber is a digital app or a taxi service

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A debate in Europe over whether ride-hailing app Uber [UBER.UL] is merely a digital company or one providing transport services will be decided when the top European Union court hands down its verdict on Wednesday in a highly anticipated case.

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MOVES-Chubb names Matt Booker as senior vice president

Dec 18 (Reuters) - Property and casualty insurer Chubb Ltd said on Monday it has named Matt Booker as senior vice president, major accounts property in the U.S.

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White House optimistic Congress will avoid government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House legislative director Marc Short said he expects Congress to pass a short-term spending bill to fund the federal government at least into January, he told CNBC in an interview on Monday, days before current funding expires on Friday.

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Stocks surge over Wall Street's Christmas gift -- a bill cutting corporate taxes that Trump could sign this week

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Analysis: What the CDC's banned words say about Trumpism

It's easy -- and obvious -- to focus on the high-profile ways in which Donald Trump is remaking American government and, by extension, American culture: His appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, his tax cut plan, his tweeting -- to name three.

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Trump's Jerusalem decision roils Pence's Middle East trip

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Lebanon detains Uber driver suspected of murdering British embassy worker: security source

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A Lebanese Uber driver with a criminal record has confessed to the killing of a British woman who worked at the British Embassy in Beirut, a Lebanese security source said on Monday.

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Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Dec 18) - Congressional Races

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

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BRIEF-Intellia Therapeutics Names John Leonard, M.D., President And CEO

* INTELLIA THERAPEUTICS NAMES JOHN LEONARD, M.D., PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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Trump is privately striking a less agitated tone on the Russia probe, but his approach has some allies worried

President Donald Trump is privately striking a less agitated tone on the Russia investigation, sources say, even insisting he'll soon be cleared in writing. But his new approach has some allies worried he's not taking the threat of the probe seriously enough.

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Palestinians may seek U.N. Assembly support if U.S. vetoes Jerusalem resolution: envoy

DUBAI (Reuters) - The Palestinian leadership may turn to the U.N. General Assembly if Washington vetoes a draft U.N. Security Council resolution to reaffirm Jerusalem's status as unresolved, after President Donald Trump's decision to recognize it as Israel's capital.

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News Analysis: Champion of the ‘Little Guy’? Trump’s Actions Tell Another Story

Instead of tearing down the establishment, President Trump’s critics say, he has helped prop it up through the tax bill, the “net neutrality” reversal and other steps.

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Trump, the C.D.C. and the Peek-a-Boo Doctrine

The administration seems to believe that if researchers can’t say “transgender,” then transgender Americans don’t exist.

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Trump in strategy document to cite China, Russia as competitors

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will declare that China and Russia are competitors seeking to challenge U.S. power and erode its security and prosperity, in a national security strategy he will lay out in a speech on Monday.

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Trump National Security Strategy Sees U.S. Confronting China and Russia

The strategy the president plans to outline Monday is at odds with his often-warm relations with the leaders of China and Russia.

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Lebanon detains suspect in murder of British embassy worker -source

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese security forces have arrested a Lebanese taxi driver suspected of killing Rebecca Dykes, a British woman who worked at the British embassy in Beirut and was found dead on Saturday, a security source said.

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China defends trade with U.S. as Trump set to brand it a competitor

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Foreign Ministry on Monday defended trade with the United States as a win-win scenario ahead of a speech by U.S. President Donald Trump laying out a new national security strategy that makes clear that China is a competitor.

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India's muted response to Trump's Jerusalem move stokes Arab unease

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A dozen Arab ambassadors have asked India to clarify its position on the U.S recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, diplomatic sources said, after New Delhi's muted response suggested a shift in support for the Palestinian cause.

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OAS says Honduran presidential election should be redone

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - The Organization of American States (OAS) said late on Sunday that Honduras should hold new presidential elections, after the electoral tribunal declared conservative President Juan Orlando Hernandez the official winner of the bitterly contested Nov. 26 presidential vote.

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James takes another shot at Trump during Washington visit

(Reuters) - LeBron James used a visit to Washington on Sunday to express his continued displeasure at Donald Trump, without once mentioning the United States president by name.

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Honduran President Declared Winner in Disputed Election

The electoral commission said President Juan Orlando Hernández had won re-election, but the fight seemed far from over.

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Honduran President Hernandez declared winner of November 26 election

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Honduras' electoral tribunal on Sunday declared conservative President Juan Orlando Hernandez the official winner of the Nov. 26 presidential election, sparking fraud accusations and calls for renewed street protests after a bitterly disputed contest.

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Paraguay senator with dictatorship ties to run for president

ASUNCION (Reuters) - Paraguayan Senator Mario Abdo Benitez, a lawmaker with ties to a former Paraguayan dictator, won the ruling Colorado Party's presidential primary on Sunday in a sharp rebuke for President Horacio Cartes, the party's flagbearer.

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Republican Senator John McCain leaves Washington before expected tax vote

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator John McCain is expected to miss an upcoming vote on a tax code overhaul, after his office said he had returned to his home in Arizona following medical treatment.

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Trump's administration's seven banned words are an attack on science

On Thursday, according to the Washington Post, policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were told by others in the Trump administration that the use of seven specific words and phrases would be prohibited. On the list are the words "vulnerable," "diversity," "entitlement," "transgender," "fetus," "evidence-based," and "science-based." The decision has not only been deemed as reckless and dangerous, but an offense to the scientific community. 

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House panel to interview publicist who arranged Trump Tower meeting

The House Intelligence Committee has at least two interviews scheduled Monday to kick off a packed week of witnesses in the panel's Russia probe.

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Trump says not considering firing U.S. special counsel Mueller

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump, when asked on Sunday if he was considering firing U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller, told reporters, "No. I'm not."

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Chile's Pinera takes commanding lead in presidential vote

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Conservative challenger Sebastian Pinera was on track to win Chile's presidential election on Sunday, after pledging to end his center-left predecessor's progressive agenda and jump-start growth in one of Latin America's most developed economies.

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UPDATE 3-Chile's Pinera takes commanding lead in presidential vote

SANTIAGO, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Conservative challenger Sebastian Pinera was on track to win Chile's presidential election on Sunday, after pledging to end his center-left predecessor's progressive agenda and jump-start growth in one of Latin America's most developed economies.

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Trump says he is not considering firing Mueller

President Donald Trump says he's not considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller, and added that his "people" are "very upset" about the counsel's decision to obtain tens of thousands of emails from the Trump transition team.

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Republicans confident tax bill to become law this week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top U.S. Republicans said on Sunday they expected Congress to pass a tax code overhaul this week, with a Senate vote as early as Tuesday and President Donald Trump aiming to sign the bill by week's end.

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British embassy employee found slain in Lebanon, sources say

A British woman found slain in Lebanon has been identified as Rebecca Dykes, according to a Lebanese security source familiar with the matter.

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Female British embassy worker found strangled near Beirut

BEIRUT/LONDON (Reuters) - A female British embassy worker has been found strangled near a highway outside Beirut, a Lebanese security source said on Sunday.

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U.N. to vote Monday on call for U.S. Jerusalem decision to be withdrawn

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council is due to vote on Monday on a draft resolution that would insist decisions on the status of Jerusalem have no legal effect and must be rescinded, diplomats said on Sunday, after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized the city as Israel's capital.

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Opinion: Trump and allies are trying to destroy Mueller

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation has come under fierce political attack. President Donald Trump and his allies are systematically attempting to destroy the legitimacy of the investigation in the eyes of the public. And without a strong congressional investigative counterpart, Mueller finds himself increasingly isolated and alone.

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Putin thanks Trump for CIA's help in stopping terror attacks

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone on Sunday after ISIS-inspired terror attacks against the city of St. Petersburg were thwarted by Russia's Federal Security Service using intelligence provided by the CIA.

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Trump Lawyer Says Mueller Illegally Obtained Transition Emails

The move was the latest in the mounting attacks by the president and his surrogates on the investigation by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III.

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Republicans confident tax bill will become law this week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top U.S. Republicans said they expected Congress to pass a tax code overhaul this week, with a Senate vote as early as Tuesday and President Donald Trump aiming to sign the bill by week's end.

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Majority of Peruvians want president ousted, poll finds

LIMA (Reuters) - A majority of Peruvians want embattled President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to leave office, a poll showed on Sunday, as his approval ratings plummeted to new lows following revelations that businesses tied to him received payments from Brazilian builder Odebrecht.

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Senator-elect Jones not joining calls for Trump resignation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat Doug Jones, who scored an upset victory last week in the U.S. Senate race in Alabama, said on Sunday he did not believe President Donald Trump needed to resign over sexual misconduct allegations against him.

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Chile choosing between billionaire and ex-journalist for president

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chileans voted in a runoff presidential election on Sunday that will determine if the world's top copper producer stays on its center-left course or joins a tide of Latin American nations turning to the right in recent years.

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Mnuchin: No reason to think Trump will fire Mueller

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says he doesn't have any reason to believe President Donald Trump will fire special counsel Robert Mueller.

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No. 2 U.S. Senate Republican expects tax bill will pass, eyes Tuesday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - John Cornyn, the No. 2 U.S. Senate Republican, said on Sunday he was confident Republicans would pass a tax overhaul bill this week.

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Jones: Trump shouldn't resign over allegations

Democratic Alabama Senator-elect Doug Jones said President Trump should not resign over sexual harassment allegations at this time.

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Iran tells France's Macron not to 'blindly follow' Trump

LONDON (Reuters) - Iran on Sunday criticized French President Emmanuel Macron over his tough stance toward Tehran and said Paris would soon lose its international credibility if it "blindly follows" U.S. President Donald Trump.

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Chile Votes in Bitterly Divisive Presidential Election

Voters will decide whether to build on President Michelle Bachelet’s agenda or give power to a right-wing billionaire and former president.

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Erdogan says Turkey aims to open embassy in East Jerusalem

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey intends to open an embassy in East Jerusalem, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday, days after leading calls at a summit of Muslim leaders for the world to recognize it as the capital of Palestine.

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Erdogan says Turkey will open embassy in East Jerusalem

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey will open an embassy in East Jerusalem, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday, days after leading calls at a summit of Muslim leaders for the world to recognize it as the capital of Palestine.

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Thales agrees 4.8 billion euro Gemalto takeover to trump rival French bid

PARIS (Reuters) - Aerospace and defense group Thales has agreed to buy chipmaker Gemalto for 4.8 billion euros ($5.6 billion), trumping an earlier bid by fellow French firm Atos to take aim at a fast-growing digital security market.

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Alabama, California, Donald Trump: Your Weekend Briefing

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

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Aerospace giant Thales agrees Gemalto takeover, trumps Atos offer

PARIS (Reuters) - Aerospace and defense technology group Thales has agreed to buy chipmaker Gemalto in an all-cash offer, promising to create a "world leader in digital security" and trumping an earlier takeover bid by tech firm Atos.

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Alec Baldwin's Trump trims the tree with 'losers' on 'SNL'

"Saturday Night Live" spoofed a festive White House with Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump decorating the Christmas "tree of shame" with "haters and losers" from 2017.

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Tens of thousands of Indonesians rally over Trump's Jerusalem stance

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Muslims marched from the main mosque in Indonesia's capital to a square in Jakarta on Sunday to protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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Trump transition accuses Mueller of improperly obtaining emails

Lawyers representing the Trump presidential transition wrote to members of Congress accusing special counsel Robert Mueller of obtaining unauthorized access to tens of thousands of transition emails, including what they claim to be documents protected by attorney-client privilege.

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Trump administration bans selected words at health agencies: paper

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration has told agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services to avoid using certain words or phrases in official documents being drafted for next year's budget, the Washington Post reported on Saturday.

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Trump and Fox News feed anti-Mueller feedback loop

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Honduran helicopter crash kills six, including president's sister

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - The sister of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez and five others died when the helicopter they were traveling in crashed on Saturday, the Honduran military said.

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Congressman will not seek relection amid misconduct probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Ruben Kihuen announced on Saturday that he will not seek re-election, becoming the latest member of Congress to end his legislative career in the face of sexual harassment allegations.

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Brazil's Workers Party formalizes support for ex-president Lula

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's leftist Workers Party (PT) approved a resolution on Saturday formally supporting the candidacy of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, as the nation's left continues to rally around the leader despite a corruption conviction.

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Trump allies say Mueller unlawfully obtained thousands of emails

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An organization established for U.S. President Donald Trump's transition to the White House a year ago said on Saturday that the special counsel investigating allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election had obtained tens of thousands of emails unlawfully.

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Trump to say in security speech that China is competitor: officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will lay out a new U.S. national security strategy on Monday based on his "America First" policy and will, among other items, make clear that China is a competitor, two senior U.S. officials said on Saturday.

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Odebrecht says dealings with Peru president were legitimate

LIMA, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Brazilian builder Odebrecht said Saturday that its recently-disclosed business ties to embattled Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski were not part of the corrupt deals it struck with politicians that it has acknowledged to prosecutors.

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U.N. council mulls call for U.S. Jerusalem decision to be withdrawn

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council is considering a draft resolution that would insist any decisions on the status of Jerusalem have no legal effect and must be rescinded after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized the city as Israel's capital.

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Trump defends tax plan as 'great Christmas gifts' to middle class

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday defended a Republican tax-cut plan against Democratic charges that it favors the rich, saying it will be "one of the great Christmas gifts" for the middle class with just days to go before Congress votes.

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Op-Ed Columnist: A War Trump Won

The defeat of the Islamic State is part of a surprisingly effective Middle East approach.

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Letters: The Republican Party in the Age of Trump

Readers respond to articles asserting that the party “is rotting” and “broke Congress.”

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Brazilian prosecutors ask state bank Caixa to remove vice presidents

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian prosecutors have asked that all the vice presidents of Caixa Economica Federal be replaced for what officials suspect are "irregularities" at the state bank, according to a document made public late on Friday.

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Trump: Tax bill is a great Christmas gift

President Donald Trump praises the GOP tax bill before departing for Camp David, saying it will mostly benefit middle-class Americans.

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Egyptian presidential hopeful apologizes to arrested supporters

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian presidential hopeful Ahmed Shafik apologized on Saturday to supporters who were arrested this week and called on authorities to resolve the situation.

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He could tell Trump 'what the hell is going on in Chicago'

President Donald Trump wants to know, "What the hell is going on in Chicago?" For R&B artist BJ the Chicago Kid, who grew up on the South Side, it's not so simple.

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‘Trump, Trump, Trump!’ How a President’s Name Became a Racial Jeer

President Trump’s surname has become a racially charged taunt, or a braying assertion that the country is being taken back from forces that threaten it.

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Peru's Congress prepares to oust President Kuczynski

LIMA (Reuters) - President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's chances of surviving the political crisis gripping Peru faded on Friday after Congress passed a motion to start "presidential vacancy" procedures with enough votes to unseat him within a week.

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Peru's President to face impeachment proceedings

Peruvian lawmakers decided to move forward with proceedings to impeach President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski amid allegations of bribery in connection to one of the largest corruption scandals in Latin America.

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Trump Administration Adds Restrictions for Visa-Waiver Countries

Countries whose citizens can visit the United States without a visa must step up their information sharing and put in effect other security measurements, American officials said.

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E.P.A. Contractor Has Spent Past Year Scouring the Agency for Anti-Trump Officials

A top executive has submitted at least 40 Freedom of Information Act requests targeting employees known to be questioning management at the E.P.A.

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Editorial: Donald Trump Seems Confused About Jerusalem

The president is showing how to take a vexing problem and make it harder.

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Trump voters react to the new GOP tax bill

Michigan supporters of President Trump share their thoughts about the GOP's new tax reform bill with CNN's Martin Savidge.

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Sen. Kennedy: I feel bad for Trump judicial nominee

Republican Sen. John Kennedy, who questioned President Trump's judicial nominee Matthew Spencer Petersen, said he feels bad for Petersen but it is his job to vet federal judge nominees.

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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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Mexico presidential race roiled as leftist front-runner embraces right wing party

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The front-runner in Mexico's 2018 election has embraced a small, socially conservative party in his bid for the presidency, sparking criticism among progressives that could splinter his support in what is expected to be a tight race.

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Peru’s President Faces Possible Ouster Over Links to Odebrecht

Lawmakers called President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski “morally handicapped” and set the stage for a vote that could lead to his removal.

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Bergen: It was this general's elite soldiers, not Trump, who defeated ISIS

Lt. Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi is virtually unknown outside Iraq, but he is a hero in his own country. When the three-star general walks into the lobby of a guesthouse in Baghdad he is quickly surrounded by well-wishers who want to take selfies with him. Iraqis know that the taciturn general was key to the long, grinding campaign that defeated ISIS.

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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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Judge blocks Trump administration rules on contraceptive coverage

(Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday blocked President Donald Trump's administration from moving forward with new rules that undermined an Obamacare requirement for employers to provide health insurance that covers women's birth control.

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Trump is reshaping the judiciary at a frenetic pace, despite the ABA calling some nominees unqualified

Under normal circumstances, confirmation hearings for district court judges aren't headline grabbers.  

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Trump lawyers set for key meeting with special counsel

President Donald Trump's private lawyers are slated to meet with special counsel Robert Mueller and members of his team as soon as next week for what the President's team considers an opportunity to gain a clearer understanding of the next steps in Mueller's probe, according to sources familiar with the matter.

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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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Judge blocks Trump administration rule on contraceptive coverage

(Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday blocked President Donald Trump's administration from moving forward with new rules that undermined an Obamacare requirement for employers to provide health insurance that covers women's birth control.

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Pence trip to Middle East overshadowed by Trump's Jerusalem decision

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will underscore the U.S. partnership with Israel during a trip to the Middle East next week while seeking to shore up U.S. relations with the Arab world after President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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Peru president fights for political life as impeachment looms

LIMA (Reuters) - Lawmakers in Peru's opposition-ruled Congress filed a motion on Friday to impeach center-right President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski on grounds he was morally unfit to lead after he resisted calls to resign over alleged corruption.

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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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Trump lets off steam on a cloudy Friday in DC

Even presidents aren't immune to some holiday stress. With a bruising week nearly over, President Donald Trump sought to let off steam 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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U.S. judge blocks Trump administration birth control rules

(Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday blocked President Donald Trump's administration from moving forward with new rules that undermined an Obamacare requirement for employers to provide health insurance that covers women's birth control.

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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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Court Temporarily Blocks Trump Order Against Contraceptive Coverage

A federal judge in Philadelphia allowed an Obama-era rule, generally requiring employers and insurers to pay for contraceptive costs, to continue.

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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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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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Peru lawmakers file motion to impeach president Kuczynski

LIMA (Reuters) - Opposition lawmakers in Peru's Congress presented a motion on Friday seeking to impeach President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski for "moral incapacity" due to his ties to Brazil's Odebrecht, a company that has admitted to paying bribes across Latin America.

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BRIEF-D.R. Horton says Chairman Donald Horton's 2017 Total Compensation Was $19.3 Mln

* D.R. HORTON INC - CHAIRMAN DONALD R. HORTON'S 2017 TOTAL COMPENSATION WAS $19.3 MILLION VERSUS $17.8 MILLION - SEC FILING‍​

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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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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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Tobacco industry trumps as India court cancels stringent health labeling rules

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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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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Trump called Putin yesterday to thank him after the Russian president praised him

President Donald Trump said Friday that he spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday to thank him for comments he made about the President's efforts to grow the American economy.

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UPDATE 1-Tobacco industry trumps as India court cancels stringent health labelling rules

* Court said federal rule on bigger tobacco warnings arbitrary

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Pics that say it all about how Trump and Sessions get along

President Donald Trump was in Quantico, Virginia, Friday morning to give a graduation speech to the FBI National Academy. Before he spoke, he was seated next to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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Israeli troops kill four Palestinians, wound 160 in protests over Jerusalem

GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli troops shot dead four Palestinians and wounded 150 others with live fire on Friday, medical officials said, as protests over U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital entered a second week.

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Israeli troops kill three Palestinians, wound scores in protests over Jerusalem

GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli troops shot dead three Palestinians and wounded 150 others on Friday, medical officials said, as protests over U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital entered a second week.

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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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Trump: Must support the men and women in blue

President Trump speaks at the FBI Academy's graduation in Quantico, Virginia, after saying the agency is "in tatters."

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Analysis: This story on Trump's Russia paranoia is terrifying

The Washington Post published a breathtaking piece this week detailing the depth and breadth of President Donald Trump's blind spot on Russia. The story is, in a word, terrifying.

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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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Bannon, Trump urge Moore to concede

Both President Donald Trump and his former chief political strategist Steve Bannon are urging Roy Moore to concede, as the defiant Republican Senate candidate refuses to admit defeat to Democrat Doug Jones.

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Trump: It's a shame what happened to the FBI

President Donald Trump, ahead of his participation at a graduation at the FBI National Academy on Friday in Quantico, Virginia, said it is "sad" what has happened to the FBI.

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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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Trump says 'Let's see' on pardoning Michael Flynn

President Donald Trump did not dismiss Friday the idea of pardoning former national security adviser Michael Flynn after he pleaded guilty earlier this month to lying to the FBI about conversations with Russia's ambassador to the US.

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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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President Trump Escalates Criticism of F.B.I. Role in Russia Inquiry

President Trump stepped up his criticism of some F.B.I. agents helping to investigate possible Russian involvement in his campaign, calling it a “very sad thing to watch.”

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Trump says U.S. wants Russia's help on North Korea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that Washington hoped to receive more help from Russian President Vladimir Putin in efforts to convince North Korea to abandon its missile and nuclear weapons program.

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Trump pick struggles with GOP senator's basic law questions

A Trump judicial nominee is being openly mocked on Twitter following a hearing Wednesday where he struggled to answer basic legal questions posed to him by a Republican senator.

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Four dead, hundreds wounded as protests over Jerusalem hit second week

Four Palestinians were killed and hundreds wounded Friday in the West Bank and Gaza during clashes between Israeli troops and protesters opposed to US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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Israeli troops wound more than 40 Palestinians in protests over U.S. Jerusalem move

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli troops shot and wounded more than 40 Palestinians in Gaza and the occupied West Bank on Friday, medical officials said, as protests over U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital entered a second week.

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Analysis: Joe Biden sure looks like he is running for president

The biggest tell to date of Joe Biden's 2020 plans came this week, when he apologized to Anita Hill.

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Erdogan says Turkey seeking to annul Trump decision on Jerusalem at U.N.

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey is launching an initiative at the United Nations to annul a decision by the United States to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday.

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BRIEF-Rigel Announces Resignation Of Ryan Maynard, Executive Vice President And CFO Effective December 31, 2017

* RESIGNATION OF RYAN MAYNARD, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER, EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 31, 2017

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Michigan voters: Blame Congress, not Trump

CNN's Poppy Harlow returns to Michigan, which helped Trump claim the presidency one year ago. Voters here said they wanted the president to reform health care, repeal NAFTA, and build a border wall. Now, they say they don't blame Trump for delays in his agenda, and wish Congress would get out of his way.

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Erdogan says Turkey starting initiatives at U.N. to annul U.S. decision on Jerusalem

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey is starting initiatives at the United Nations to annul a decision by the United States to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday.

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Kremlin: Putin and Trump agreed to exchange information on North Korea

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Friday that President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump had agreed in a phone call to exchange information about North Korea and cooperate on possible initiatives to resolve a crisis around the Asian nation.

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Mexico plots open trade course to escape Trump's NAFTA threats

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's 'America First' brand of economic nationalism is pushing Mexico to seek sanctuary in more open commercial ties elsewhere to soften the blow of a possible breakdown of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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Trump makes trouble for spouses of H-1B visa holders

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Russian parliament sets March 18 as presidential election date

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The upper house of the Russian parliament voted on Friday to set March 18 as the date of next year's presidential election.

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Report: Trump asked about fate of Fox News in Disney-Fox deal

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Albright: It's time for Congress to override Trump's foreign policy powers

It is an Article 1 moment, write Madeleine Albright and David E. Price. With the President consistently falling short of the mature judgement and discerning decision-making required of the leader of the free world, Congress has no choice but to respond and compensate.

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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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Sen. Graham: There's a 30% chance Trump will attack North Korea

Sen. Lindsey Graham offered a stunning prediction on Wednesday, estimating that there is a 30% chance President Donald Trump orders a first strike on North Korea to prevent the rogue nation from acquiring a nuclear weapon capable of hitting the United States.

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Chile presidential hopefuls end campaigns before Sunday vote

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile's presidential hopefuls ended their campaigns in downtown Santiago on Thursday ahead of an uncertain runoff election whose outcome will determine whether the world's top copper producer turns to the right or maintains its center-left track.

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Trump discusses North Korea situation with Putin: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Trump spoke by phone on Thursday with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the two leaders "discussed working together to resolve the very dangerous situation in North Korea," the White House said in a statement.

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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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Putin praises Trump, slams Russia probe

Russian President Vladimir Putin used a portion of his yearly news conference to praise Donald Trump and brushed off the ongoing investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 US presidential election. CNN's Brian Todd reports.

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On Washington: With New Focus on Sexual Misconduct, Democrats Take Aim at Trump

After purging some from their ranks, Democrats are intensifying a push to investigate the president over accusations of harassment and abuse.

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Trump and Putin speak by phone

President Donald Trump spoke Thursday with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, who earlier in the day praised progress made by the Trump administration but chastised its approach to North Korea.

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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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Analysis: Trump literally cuts the red tape on regulations

President Donald Trump took time on Thursday to discuss the efforts his administration has taken to cut down on regulation. And he did so with the help of visual aids.

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Putin, Trump discuss bilateral relations, Korean Peninsula situation: Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed bilateral relations and situation in the Korean Peninsula during a telephone call, the Kremlin said in a statement early on Friday.

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Trump congratulates Murdoch after Disney-Fox deal

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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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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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Trump Says His Regulatory Rollback Already Is the ‘Most Far-Reaching’

President Trump, showcasing his accomplishments near the end of his first year, said that for every new regulation, his administration has killed 22.

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Mexico presidential front-runner taps finance minister choice

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The front-runner for Mexico's 2018 presidential election on Thursday said U.S.-trained economist Carlos Manuel Urzua was his choice for finance minister if he won the July election.

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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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Trump supports deal for Disney to acquire Fox film, TV units -White House

WASHINGTON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday that President Donald Trump backs the deal that Walt Disney Co has struck to buy film, television and international businesses from Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.

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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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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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Trump's FCC repeals Obama-era net neutrality regulations intended to keep the web open and fair

The FCC will vote on whether to repeal net neutrality comes amid mounting protests from tech companies, consumer advocacy groups and even some Republicans in Congress.

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Chile presidential hopefuls wrap up campaigning ahead of Sunday vote

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile's presidential hopefuls were to wrap up campaigning on Thursday, three days ahead of a tight runoff election whose outcome will determine whether the world's top copper producer will turn to the right or maintain its center-left track.

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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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Hamas will reverse Trump's Jerusalem move, leader tells Gaza rally

GAZA (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Palestinians including hundreds of gunmen rallied in Gaza on Thursday to mark the 30th anniversary of Hamas's founding and its chief vowed to reverse U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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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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Op-Ed Columnist: Donald Trump, Champion of Women. (No, Really.)

On his watch, female politicians with White House ambitions are rising.

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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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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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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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Donald Trump won 81% of the vote in this small town. Life has changed little, but people remain in his corner

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‘Not a Day Goes by That I Don’t Think About Jerusalem’

Almost 600 readers wrote to us about what Jerusalem, or Al Quds, means to them.

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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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Trump voter: I was raped. I believe Moore accusers

A panel of Trump voters debate the Alabama special election and whether they believe the women who have accused Roy Moore of sexual assault and child molestation.

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Putin says Trump can claim 'fairly serious achievements' in first year

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that his US counterpart Donald Trump had made some "fairly serious achievements" since he took office and derided what he called the "espionage mania" surrounding meetings held by Trump associates with Russian officials.

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On tax cuts, Trump is the modern day JFK

How sad is it that the party that brought us John F. Kennedy's tax cuts, economic growth and higher wages is now the party that puts redistribution ahead of prosperity.

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Putin says U.S. gripped by fabricated spymania, praises Trump

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday the United States was in the grip of a fabricated spymania whipped up by President Donald Trump's opponents but he thought battered U.S.-Russia relations would recover one day.

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Former Philippine President defends controversial dengue program

MANILA (Reuters) - Former Philippine President Benigno Aquino defended on Thursday his decision to implement a controversial immunization program using a new dengue vaccine in 2016, saying it was justified with millions of people at risk of being infected by the virus.

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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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Investors call on Sanderson, Denny's, McDonald's to cut antibiotics

(Reuters) - An investor coalition that presses for corporate responsibility is calling on U.S. food companies McDonald's Corp, Denny's Corp and Sanderson Farms Inc to stop buying or producing meat raised with medically important antibiotics.