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In a year marked by tumultuous change, many of us turned to political and social commentary for insight and answers. Some op-eds and newspaper editorials inspired action, others led to emotions ranging from sympathy to outrage. We've already shared 30 of CNN Opinion's top takes from 2017, and here are excerpts from some that appeared in other places but which also drove the conversation. [Source]

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While political prisoners released, Myanmar's judicial reforms stall

YANGON (Reuters) - Hundreds of political prisoners have been released from Myanmar's jails in amnesties in recent years, including dozens freed in January 2016, days before democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi’s party took power for the first time.

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Opinion: The Political Mythbuster in Chief

In shattering comforting fictions about how things work in America, he’s made us face our country’s lack of decency and shame. Finally.

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UPDATE 2-Social media companies accelerate removals of online hate speech -EU

* Improvement means legislation less likely -EU commissioner (Adds Google comment)

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Social media companies accelerate removals of online hate speech -EU

BRUSSELS, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Social media companies Facebook , Twitter and Google's YouTube have greatly accelerated their removals of online hate speech, reviewing over two thirds of complaints within 24 hours, new EU figures show.

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Pope lands in Peru as president seeks help in political crisis

LIMA (Reuters) - Pope Francis arrived in Peru on Thursday, as the Andean nation's president appealed to him to help put the country back on track after a political crisis nearly ousted him from office a month ago.

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Questions and Answers About This Year’s Flu Season

The virus is widespread, and the vaccine is a poor match. But while some areas are hit hard, others have been spared, and deaths are not unusually common this season.

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Trilobites: Being Antisocial Leads to a Longer Life. For Marmots.

Unlike most mammals, yellow-bellied marmots with more active social lives died younger than those that kept to themselves, scientists found after tracking them for 13 years.

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In replacing Dudley, New York Fed aims to avoid political pitfalls

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Unions and groups advocating for retirees, teachers, housing, and workers' benefits are among those visiting the ornate conference rooms of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to lobby for a less conventional candidate to serve as its next president.

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In replacing Dudley, NY Fed aims to avoid political pitfalls

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Unions and groups advocating for retirees, teachers, housing, and workers' benefits are among those visiting the ornate conference rooms of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to lobby for a less conventional candidate to serve as its next president.

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Top German Social Democrats urge party to back coalition talks with Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) - Leading German Social Democrats (SPD) urged delegates on Tuesday to back coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and warned that shunning another tie-up would further damage the party's already dire ratings.

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Motor racing: Hamilton misses sponsor event but back on social media

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton pulled out of his first sponsor engagement of the year on Tuesday but reappeared on social media after wiping his accounts clean over the Christmas break.

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California family projected happy, wholesome image on social media

The Turpin family, on social media at least, is just like the rest of us -- posting the best pictures showing everyone smiling and having a great time during family trips and other special occasions.

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Split Social Democrats could sink Merkel's coalition plans

BERLIN (Reuters) - The leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) tried on Tuesday to quash a grassroots rebellion against a blueprint agreed with Angela Merkel's conservatives to enter formal talks on a "grand coalition" which could scupper her plan for a fourth term.

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China consumer group seeks answers from Apple about slowing iPhones

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A Chinese consumer group has asked Apple for information about the slowing of older iPhones after operating system updates, demanding a reply before Friday, state news agency Xinhua reported.

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Romania's PM resigns after Social Democrats withdraw backing

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania's Prime Minister Mihai Tudose resigned on Monday after his Social Democrat Party (PSD) leaders withdrew backing for him in an overwhelming vote, making him the second premier ousted by the party in less than seven months.

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Romania's PM resigns after Social Democrats withdraw backing for him: sources

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania's Prime Minister Mihai Tudose resigned on Monday, after his ruling Social Democrat Party (PSD) leaders withdrew political backing for him in an overwhelming vote, the second premier to be ousted by his party in less than seven months.

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We're 5 days away from a shutdown, and there are more questions than answers

President Donald Trump -- with the quiet, but strong support of congressional Republican leaders -- has rejected the lone bipartisan proposal on the table to address the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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RPT-INSIGHT-China's COFCO makes painful cuts in drive to lead global food trade

LONDON/PARIS/BEIJING, Jan 12 (Reuters) - China's COFCO International is in the throes of a staffing upheaval as the group pursues its professed ambition of sitting at the top table of global agricultural traders.

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RPT-U.S. 'socially screened' funds draw second-biggest inflows ever

NEW YORK, Jan 12 (Reuters) - U.S. investors poured $4.7 billion into so-called socially responsible mutual funds and exchange-traded funds in 2017, the category's second-biggest annual inflow ever, with managers pointing to Trump administration policies as a reason for the move.

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Chile Slams World Bank Amid Charges of Political Bias

Chile’s left-leaning government demands an investigation after a World Bank economist says the nation’s drop in a business survey was politically motivated.

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Left-wing German Social Democrats lobby against Merkel alliance

BERLIN (Reuters) - Left-wing German Social Democrats lobbied party members on Saturday against joining Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives in a re-run of their 2013-2017 alliance, a week before delegates are asked to back a coalition blueprint.

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House Republicans want answers on Apple throttling older iPhone speeds: letter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four U.S. House Republicans, including the chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, on Friday wrote Apple Inc chief executive Tim Cook asking him to answer questions about its disclosure that it slowed older iPhones with flagging batteries.

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U.S. 'socially screened' funds draw second-biggest inflows ever

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. investors poured $4.7 billion into so-called socially responsible mutual funds and exchange-traded funds in 2017, the category's second-biggest annual inflow ever, with...

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Political risk looms over Republicans' welfare tinkering

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Political danger signs are flashing, but conservatives in Washington are pushing forward with proposals to change America's social safety net, an agenda even fellow Republican President Donald Trump recently shied away from.

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Despite political risk, Republicans tinker with welfare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Political danger signs are flashing, but conservatives in Washington are pushing forward with proposals to change America's social safety net, an agenda even fellow Republican President Donald Trump recently shied away from.

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Coalition deal leaves Merkel's fate in hands of Social Democrats

BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel has survived as German chancellor but the coalition deal she clinched on Friday puts her fate in the hands of her Social Democrat (SPD) partners and risks eroding support from her close allies before the end of her fourth term.

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France's Macron welcomes Merkel's deal with Social Democrats, says good for Europe

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday welcomed a deal in Germany between Chancellor Angela Merkel and Social Democrat (SPD) that paves the way for a coalition government, saying its provisional terms were good for Europe.

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INSIGHT-China's COFCO makes painful cuts in drive to lead global food trade

LONDON/PARIS/BEIJING, Jan 12 (Reuters) - China's COFCO International is in the throes of a staffing upheaval as the group pursues its professed ambition of sitting at the top table of global agricultural traders.

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Merkel strikes deal with social democrats, opening way to new German government

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel struck a deal with Social Democrat (SPD) rivals on Friday to open government coalition talks, easing months of uncertainty that has undermined Germany's global role and raised questions about her political future.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Social Media Is Making Us Dumber. Here’s Exhibit A.

Steven Pinker is a liberal, Jewish professor. But social media convinced people that he’s a darling of the alt-right.

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Hamilton's social silence has the Formula One fans talking

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton's social media posts have long been a talking point in Formula One but the absence of any from the four times world champion so far this year is also attracting attention.

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Smaller social network tied to bigger diabetes risk

(Reuters Health) - - Socially isolated people may be more likely to develop diabetes than adults with closer ties to family and friends, a recent study suggests.

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Review: In ‘The Insult,’ the Dispute Is Personal. And Political.

Lebanon’s energetic Oscar entry is the story of a quarrel that escalates into greater conflict.

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German Social Democrats wary as coalition talks enter crunch stage

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Social Democrats sounded downbeat about their coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on Wednesday, a day before both camps decide whether they want to move to formal negotiations on establishing a new government.

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Turkey says Syrian strikes in Idlib undermine political process

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday the Syrian army was striking moderate opposition forces in Idlib province and this was undermining efforts to reach a political solution to the war in Syria.

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U.S. case against banker is 'political coup attempt': Turkey's Erdogan

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday condemned a U.S. sanctions-busting case against a Turkish bank executive as a "political coup attempt" and a joint effort by the CIA and FBI to undermine Ankara.

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Kendrick Lamar brings his political message to the game

Kendrick Lamar brought his pointed political message to the CFP National Championship halftime show on Monday night, but if fans were hoping to see President Donald Trump's reaction to the performance, they were disappointed.

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Nonfiction: From ‘Fire and Fury’ to Political Firestorm

Michael Wolff has everyone talking about a possibly dysfunctional president.

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Invoking 25th amendment would require a political apocalypse

The 25th Amendment is back in the news so this bears repeating. Again. The type of event in which you could imagine President Donald Trump's Cabinet and his vice president engaging in a political mutiny against him and removing him from power using the 25th Amendment would require something like a presidential coma or a disagreement of such epic proportions as to threaten the fabric of the country or it's very existence.

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Schiff: Clinton investigation is political

House Intelligence Committee ranking member Adam Schiff suggested Sunday that the White House pressed federal authorities to investigate allegations of corruption against the Clinton Foundation, the charity of former President Bill and Hillary Clinton.

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In a fiery CNN interview, Stephen Miller blasted Steve Bannon and called the President a 'political genius'

Trump policy adviser Stephen Miller kept up the drumbeat against former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, calling his comments in a new book on President Donald Trump "grotesque."

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Merkel optimistic at start of government talks with Social Democrats

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday she was "optimistic" going into exploratory talks with the Social Democrats (SPD), whose leader Martin Schulz said his party would not draw any red lines at the start of discussions.

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Analysis: The definitive rankings of Trump's nicknames for his political enemies

President Donald Trump has a knack for nicknames.

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Formula One hails growth in social media, TV audiences

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One was the fastest growing sports brand across social media in 2017 while television and digital viewing figures also increased, the commercial rights holder said on Friday.

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Iranian Nobel laureate urges U.S. to back protests with 'political sanctions'

LONDON (Reuters) - Iranian Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi urged the United States and international community to support nationwide protests in Iran with political sanctions and not economic measures that could hit the general population.

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Social Q’s: Must I Keep This Useless Gift?

And: the price of end-of-life care, socializing with new parents, and a bystander’s stance on everyday sexism.

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Iran accuses US of 'grotesque' meddling through social media

Iran has written a letter to the United Nations accusing the US of using Facebook and Twitter to meddle in its affairs.

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

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Friends of arrested Reuters reporter in Myanmar pour out hearts on social media

YANGON (Reuters) - Ever since Reuters Myanmar reporter Wa Lone was arrested on Dec. 12 on suspicion of violating the Official Secrets Act, friends and former colleagues have poured out their hearts and expressed hopes for his release on social media.

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Social Media Shudders After Trump Mocks North Korea’s ‘Button’

The president’s tweet that he has a “much bigger” arsenal of nuclear weapons was met with dread and humor, of both the gallows and locker-room varieties.

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Political thriller gets Oscar buzz

Steven Spielberg directs Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in "The Post," a political thriller based on the release of the Pentagon Papers. Rick Damigella has the story.

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Protests in Iran, an offering from North Korea, political 'dirt' from Papadopoulos: The world doesn't stop

From widespread protests in Iran to new developments in the standoff between the US and North Korea, there was no shortage of news during the holiday season.

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Mom of man killed by police after prank call wants answers

Lisa Finch, the mother of a man who was shot and killed by the Wichita Police Department in a prank call gone wrong, says she still has more questions than answers about the deadly encounter.

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In address, Merkel promises more work on social divisions

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel, under mounting pressure after three months of failing to form a new conservative-led coalition, vowed on Sunday to address growing social divisions.

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UPDATE 1-In address, Merkel promises more work on social divisions

* Schaeuble says a minority government is possible (Adds comment from Siemens CEO, political expert)

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2017 political moments sure to melt the heart

It has been a year. Natural disasters, mass shootings and sexual harassment have -- deservedly -- dominated the news cycle.

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Merkel eyes social cohesion as she presses for new government

BERLIN (Reuters) - Conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel, under pressure after three months of failing to form a new ruling coalition, on Sunday vowed to address growing social divisions as she worked rapidly to build a stable German government.

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How the Russia Inquiry Began: A Campaign Aide, Drinks and Talk of Political Dirt

George Papadopoulos, a Trump foreign policy adviser, was the improbable match that set off a blaze that has consumed the first year of the Trump administration.

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Inside the Hollywood Home of Social Media’s Stars. (Don’t Be Shy.)

High jinks and networking abound at 1600 Vine Street, the apartment complex minting the next generation of Instagram and YouTube celebrities.

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Price protests turn political in Iran as rallies spread

DUBAI (Reuters) - Demonstrators chanted anti-government slogans in several cities across Iran on Friday, Iranian news agencies and social media reports said, as price protests turned into the largest wave of demonstrations since nationwide pro-reform unrest in 2009.

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2017 in political illustrations

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BRIEF-Renren Announces Acquisition Of U.S. Trucking Social Platform Trucker Path Inc

* RENREN ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF U.S. TRUCKING SOCIAL PLATFORM TRUCKER PATH INC.

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Yes or No? Simple answers to your tax questions

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: What Happened to Germany’s Social Democrats?

Once the largest party in Germany, it failed to see the contradiction between globalization and the welfare state.

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INSIGHT-In Pakistan, questions raised over GE's flagship power turbines

* Pakistan ordered record-setting GE turbines to ease shortfall

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CORRECTED-INSIGHT-In Pakistan, questions raised over GE's flagship power turbines

* Pakistan ordered record-setting GE turbines to ease shortfall

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Art Review: From the Personal to the Political, 19 Artists to Watch Next Year

“Fictions,” the latest of the Studio Museum in Harlem’s regular surveys of black and Latino artists, highlights personal narratives and social justice.

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The 9 most memeable political personalities of 2017

2017 was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the year of covfefe.

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Obama warns over the use of divisive social media in interview with Prince Harry

Former US President Barack Obama has urged people in leadership positions not to use social media in a way that fosters division.

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Fujimori family pulls Peru back into political turmoil

Nearly two decades since Alberto Fujimori and his family occupied Peru's presidential palace and gripped the Andean nation's attention during one of its most turbulent chapters, they are once more at the center of political upheaval.

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Turkish lawyers say decree grants impunity for political violence

ANKARA (Reuters) - A new emergency decree in Turkey could allow vigilantes to carry out political violence with impunity against opponents of the government suspected of involvement in last year's coup attempt, Turkey's main lawyers' groups said on Monday.

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

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

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Editorials: Santa’s Manhattan Homes

... including the house where Virginia wrote the letter that inspired what is ranked as America’s most “unforgettable” editorial.

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The commentary that set your water cooler abuzz

In a year marked by tumultuous change, many of us turned to political and social commentary for insight and answers. Some op-eds and newspaper editorials inspired action, others led to emotions ranging from sympathy to outrage. We've already shared 30 of CNN Opinion's top takes from 2017, and here are excerpts from some that appeared in other places but which also drove the conversation.

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A tragic injury to a Syrian infant sparks a social media campaign spotlighting a humanitarian crisis

Karim Abdel Rahman -- a Syrian infant who lost his left eye two months ago in an artillery attack -- has become a symbol of the carnage and the humanitarian crisis in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta.

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BRIEF-Net Insight Appoints Interim CFO

* ERIK SKÃ…NSBERG WILL ACT AS INTERIM CFO, STARTING JANUARY 15. Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Gdynia Newsroom)

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UPDATE 1-INSIGHT-Three months that shook Ryanair: How cancellations sparked a pilot revolt

* But coordinated strikes forced O'Leary's hand (Adds RIC, detail on IAA rule change))

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RPT-INSIGHT-Three months that shook Ryanair: How cancellations sparked a pilot revolt

DUBLIN, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Within hours of the news on Sept. 15 that thousands of Ryanair flights had been cancelled in Europe, pilots' WhatsApp groups exploded with pent-up frustration.

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British PM fires political ally over porn scandal

British Prime Minister Theresa May has fired her closest political ally after he admitted lying over the presence of pornography on a computer in his parliamentary office.

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A month after Border Patrol agent's death, no answers

One month after a Border Patrol agent died and another was injured in a nighttime incident near Van Horn, Texas, FBI investigators still have drawn no clear conclusion about what happened, according to Jeanette Harper, an FBI special agent and spokeswoman for the agency's El Paso office.

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U.S. tax bill may face lawsuits with long odds but political payoffs

(Reuters) - Democratic-leaning states may take legal action to challenge the cap on deductions of state and local taxes under the sweeping overhaul of the U.S. tax code, and even though such lawsuits would face long odds they could help galvanize Democrats for next year's mid-term election.

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INSIGHT-Three months that shook Ryanair: How cancellations sparked a pilot revolt

DUBLIN, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Within hours of the news on Sept. 15 that thousands of Ryanair flights had been cancelled in Europe, pilots' WhatsApp groups exploded with pent-up frustration.

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Op-Ed Contributor: I Am a Political Prisoner in Argentina

A Kafkaesque process aggravates my cancer and robs me of the time I have left.

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Afghanistan political turmoil deepens as regional leader ousted

KABUL (Reuters) - One of the main parties behind Afghanistan's Western-backed government warned President Ashraf Ghani that it could withdraw its support unless he reversed the dismissal of one of its most powerful regional governors this week.

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Germany takes political vacuum in its stride, for now

BERLIN (Reuters) - Largely unperturbed by Angela Merkel's failure to form a government after a September election, many Germans are taking the prospect of several more months of coalition talks in their stride.

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U.S. investigators seek answers from train crew in Washington derailment

DUPONT, Wash. (Reuters) - U.S. safety inspectors probing the deadly wreck of a passenger train that careened off a bridge onto a highway in Washington state are eager to question the engineer and a conductor-in-training who were in the cab of the locomotive, officials said on Tuesday.

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The Sweet Spot: When the Body-Shaming Bully on Social Media Is Mom

A reader who is obese asks how to confront her most hurtful — and most familiar — critic.

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The political GIFs of 2017 (Yes, there's a lot of Trump)

'Twas the last day of GIFmas, when throughout DC,

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Thai junta to lift ban on political activity, paving way for election

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Tuesday he would use a special order that gives the military sweeping powers to lift a ban on political activity that has been in place since a 2014 coup, paving the way for a 2018 general election.

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Books of The Times: A Political Scandal’s Trauma, Seen From the Inside

Nicholas Montemarano’s new novel, “The Senator’s Children,” is about a family weathering the fallout of a scandal like the one that derailed the presidential aspirations of John Edwards.

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Powerful Afghan regional leader ousted as political picture clouds

KABUL (Reuters) - One of Afghanistan's most powerful regional politicians was ousted as governor of the northern province of Balkh on Monday, setting up a confrontation that adds to the uncertainty around President Ashraf Ghani's Western-backed government.

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BRIEF-Opic Board Approves $400 Mln In Financing, Political Risk Insurance For Wind Power Project In Ukraine

* OVERSEAS PRIVATE INVESTMENT CORP - OPIC BOARD APPROVES $400 MILLION IN FINANCING, POLITICAL RISK INSURANCE FOR WIND POWER PROJECT IN UKRAINE

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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' leans into political fray

The film touches on some hot-button political issues by dealing with the super-rich and offering an egalitarian message. (Spoilers)

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UPDATE 1-Facebook defends itself against critics of social media

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Friday struck back against scientific researchers and tech industry insiders who have criticized the world's biggest social media network and its competitors for transforming how people behave and express emotion.

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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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Facebook defends itself against critics of social media

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Friday struck back against scientific researchers and tech industry insiders who have criticized the world's biggest social media network and its competitors for transforming how people behave and express emotion.

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Families of dementia patients see positive effect of social robot seal

(Reuters Health) - Paro, a robotic baby harp seal, seems to improve dementia patients’ mood and increase opportunities for communication with family members, according to a small study.

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Social media may help chronically ill connect to doctors, fellow patients

(Reuters Health) - Social media groups that bring together patients, family, friends and healthcare providers can improve patients’ outlook and reduce their anxiety and depression, a recent U.S. study suggests.

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Social media won't win the suburban vote

A century ago, the philosopher John Dewey coined the term "social endosmosis" to describe an ideal democracy, made up of many parts dependent on each other. He warned of the dangers of a community whose interests limit "full interaction with other groups, so that its prevailing purpose is the protection of what it has got, instead of reorganization and progress through wider relationships. ... isolation makes for rigidity and formal institutionalizing of life, for static and selfish ideals within the group."

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China summons Australian envoy over political meddling allegations

SYDNEY (Reuters) - China summoned Australia's ambassador to lodge a complaint last week over Canberra's allegation that Beijing had sought to interfere in Australian politics, a source familiar with the diplomatic action told Reuters on Thursday.

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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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UPDATE 3-Italian bonds, bank stocks hit as prospect of March election reignites political uncertainty

* Broader markets await Fed rate decision (Adds stocks market reaction, quotes)

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EMERGING MARKETS-U.S. political woes lift emerging stocks, FX ahead of Fed

LONDON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Emerging stocks and currencies sailed higher on Wednesday ahead of an expected Federal Reserve interest rate hike, lifted by U.S. assets nursing losses after President Donald Trump's Republicans suffered an election defeat.

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INSIGHT-Did Sanofi, WHO ignore warning signals on dengue vaccine?

* Vaccine can make risk of severe disease higher in some cases

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Britain urged to prosecute social media firms over online abuse

LONDON (Reuters) - Social media companies should face prosecution for failing to remove racist and extremist material from their websites, according to a report by an influential committee.

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Partial power-share can end German political dilemma, some in SPD say

BERLIN (Reuters) - Wary of renewing a coalition with conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany's Social Democrats are instead contemplating a so-called "cooperation" arrangement that would see them agree on a minimal program but leave contested matters up for debate.

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Facebook to book advertising revenue locally amid political pressure

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Social media giant Facebook said on Tuesday it would start booking advertising revenue locally instead of re-routing it via its international headquarters in Dublin although the move is unlikely to result in it paying much more tax.

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Maradona statue provokes mirth on social media

It's been quite the year for football's gods being honored with statues -- not least in the reaction they have provoked.

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A Nation Answers a Sobbing Boy’s Plea: ‘Why Do They Bully?’

After his mother shared a video of him, Keaton Jones received a flood of support from football players, actors and thousands of other well-wishers.

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Buoyed by mayoral votes, Venezuela socialists eye presidency race

CARACAS (Reuters) - President Nicolas Maduro has set his sights on Venezuela's 2018 presidential election after the ruling Socialist Party as predicted dominated mayoral polls with the help of a partial boycott by a crumbling opposition.

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Merkel, Social Democrats seek clarity on coalition talks

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) say they hope to find clarity soon on prospects for a new ruling coalition as they gear up for exploratory talks this week.

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Buoyed by mayoral votes, Venezuela's socialists eye 2018 presidency race

CARACAS (Reuters) - President Nicolas Maduro set his sights on Venezuela's 2018 presidential election after the ruling Socialist Party predictably dominated mayoral polls with the help of a partial boycott by a demoralized opposition.

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Venezuela socialists winning local vote, Maduro joyous

CARACAS (Reuters) - President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government was on course to sweep Venezuela's nationwide mayoral elections on Sunday, deepening opposition disarray and strengthening his hand ahead of a likely 2018 re-election campaign.

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With foes abstaining, Venezuela mayoral contests to boost socialists

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelans voted on Sunday in mayoral races that the ruling Socialist Party looked sure to sweep, deepening opposition disarray and strengthening President Nicolas Maduro ahead of a probable 2018 re-election campaign.

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With foes abstaining, Venezuela mayoral contests look set to boost Socialists

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelans voted on Sunday in mayoral races that the ruling Socialist Party looked sure to sweep, deepening opposition disarray and strengthening President Nicolas Maduro ahead of a probable 2018 re-election campaign.

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Crucial 48 hours at Mar-a-Lago may hold answers

A critical 48-hour timeline at Donald Trump's Mar-A-Lago estate in December 2017 could hold answers in the Russia investigation. CNN's Dave Briggs has more.

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

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

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'SNL': Kids grill Santa on political scandals

A group of precocious kids had some tough questions for Santa Claus on "Saturday Night Live."

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

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

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BRIEF-Social Reality Says On Dec 4, Co Entered Into Settlement Agreement With tronc Inc And Tribune Content Agency LLC

* SOCIAL REALITY INC - ON DEC 4, CO ENTERED INTO A SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT WITH TRONC INC AND TRIBUNE CONTENT AGENCY LLC - SEC FILING

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U.S. tax revamp still incomplete as Republicans eye social program cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Even before completing their overhaul of the U.S. tax code, Republicans in Washington have begun turning their attention to changes and possible cuts in the social safety net of government programs for the poor, children, elderly and disabled Americans.

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Abdul-Jabbar urges athletes to continue political protests

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - NBA Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says NFL players and other professional athletes should continue their protests against police brutality in the United States and has rejected the notion that speaking out is in any way unpatriotic.

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UPDATE 1-UN calls on social media giants to control platforms used to lure African migrants

GENEVA, Dec 8 (Reuters) - The U.N. migration agency called on social media giants on Friday to control their platforms that it said are being used by smugglers to lure West African migrants to Libya where they face detention, torture and slavery.

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Tax bill could make 'dark money' political contributions tax deductible

For the first time in American politics, anonymous "dark money" political donations could become tax-deductible. That's if a provision currently being debated between House and Senate negotiators makes it into the final tax bill.

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U.N. calls on social media giants to control platforms used to lure African migrants

GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. migration agency called on social media giants on Friday to control their platforms that it said are being used by smugglers to lure West African migrants to Libya where they face detention, torture and slavery.

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On Washington: Al Franken’s Improbable Political Rise and Sudden Fall

Mr. Franken came to the Senate as an instant star, but he was brought down by accusations of inappropriate behavior and a Democratic need to clean house.

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Australia’s Shifting Political Order

The same-sex marriage debate showed that attitudes on gender and sexuality do not fit neatly into the traditional conservative-progressive divide.

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‘The Last Jedi’: 6 Burning Questions (and Answers) Before You Watch

What is a porg, how did Leia become a general and what happened in the last movie?

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INSIGHT-Displaced by mining, Peru villagers spurn shiny new town

NUEVA FUERABAMBA, Peru Dec 7 (Reuters) - This remote town in Peru's southern Andes was supposed to serve as a model for how companies can help communities uprooted by mining.

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For Trump, an Embassy in Jerusalem Is a Political Decision, Not a Diplomatic One

The president seemed to relish playing a familiar role: the political insurgent, defying foreign policy orthodoxy on behalf of the people who elected him.

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The top tweeted political account was ...

President Donald Trump's Twitter handle appeared in more tweets than any other elected official in the US in 2017, according to data from the social network. The fact that many of the top political hashtags were related to Trump, like #resist and #MAGA, probably didn't hurt.

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INSIGHT-Wooden dams and river jams: U.S. strains to ship record grains

ABOARD THE OLIVER C. SHEARER, Ohio River, Dec 5 (Reuters) - A merica's worst traffic jam this fall occurred on the Ohio River, where a line of about 50 miles of boats hauling grains and other products turned into a waterborne parking lot, as ship captains waited for the river to reopen.

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GOP political arm will send money to Alabama where Roy Moore vies for Senate amid accusations

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Australia, citing concerns over China, cracks down on foreign political influence

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia, concerned about rising Chinese influence, will ban foreign political donations as part of a crackdown aimed at preventing external interference in domestic politics, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Tuesday.

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The Neediest Cases Fund: At 76, Studying Social Work After Reaching for a Helping Hand

Selwyn Allen, a longtime carpenter, fell behind on his rent while fighting bladder cancer. Now he’s seeking to make a late-in-life career change.

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GOP's next goal: Shred the social safety net

The Republican tax bill and its aftermath prove two things about our politics today. First, no matter how much they might insist otherwise, Republicans consistently prioritize the economic advantage and security of big business and the very wealthy at the expense of middle- and low-income Americans. And, second, no matter how much he might insist otherwise, Donald Trump is in perfect lockstep with the core of the Republican economic agenda.

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British PM's social mobility board quits over failing the poor

LONDON (Reuters) - All four members of the British government's Social Mobility Commission have quit accusing Prime Minister Theresa May of being too fixated on Brexit to improve the prospects of those from poor backgrounds.

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Venezuela political talks end without deal, new meeting planned Dec. 15

CARACAS (Reuters) - Members of Venezuela's government and opposition coalition failed to reach a deal in a new round of talks in the Dominican Republic on Saturday aimed at resolving the OPEC nation's protracted political crisis, but planned to meet in two weeks to try again.

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UK social mobility chief quits: Sunday Times

LONDON (Reuters) - The head of Britain's Social Mobility Commission has quit, accusing Prime Minister Theresa May of being too fixated on Brexit to improve the prospects of those from less privileged backgrounds, The Sunday Times newspaper reported.

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News Analysis: Republicans Near a Big Win — but Will It Lift Them Politically?

Senate passage of a trillion-dollar tax cut will be a much-needed Republican victory, but it remains to be seen whether it lifts them out of their political ditch.

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INSIGHT-Pleas to flee, a desperate video: Inside Venezuela's oil industry purge

CARACAS, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Days before masked agents arrested him, family and friends pleaded with Eulogio Del Pino to flee, warning that he could be next among executives detained or pursued, one after another, in a mounting purge of Venezuela's faltering oil industry.

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Political risk on Wall Street? Buy the dip!

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An abrupt stock selloff on Friday, sparked by a report that magnified concerns about President Donald Trump's potential links with Russia, prompted Wall Street's favorite reaction in recent months: "Buy the dip."

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U.S. remains committed to Libyan political agreement: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States remains committed to the Libyan Political Agreement, the State Department said in a statement following U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's meeting with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj on Friday.

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Turks flock to social media for gold trader sanctions case

ANKARA (Reuters) - Allegations of wrongdoing by Turkey's political and financial leaders have transfixed the country this week, but with some newspapers focusing instead on courtroom conspiracies and clothes, many Turks have been left hungry for news.

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President Xi says China will not export its political system

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will not export its political system, President Xi Jinping told a forum for foreign political groups on Friday, as the ruling Communist Party seeks to boost its global image and take a more assertive international role.

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Merkel, SPD leader agreed to start talks to solve political impasse: party source

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel, her Bavarian ally Horst Seehofer and SPD leader Martin Schulz agreed during a meeting late on Thursday to enter talks to find a way out of the political impasse, a party official said on Friday.

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UPDATE 1-VW truck boss urges Germany to resolve political deadlock

* Sector needs clear rules from government, regulators (Adds detail)

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Illegal immigrant acquitted of murder in politically charged San Francisco trial

(Reuters) - An illegal immigrant from Mexico was acquitted of murder and manslaughter by a San Francisco jury on Thursday in the fatal shooting of a woman that Donald Trump used as a rallying cry against "sanctuary cities" during his presidential campaign.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Brazilian, Chilean equities slip as political concerns weigh

SAO PAULO, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Brazil's benchmark equities index and currency lost ground on Thursday as markets remained jittery about the uneven progress of a pension reform bill seen as key to shoring up the nation's fiscal health. Worldwide, emerging markets came under heavy selling pressure even as U.S. equity markets rallied, with the MSCI International EM price index posting a 1.8 percent loss for its steepest drop in six months. Brazilian President Michel Temer is loo

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Germany's Social Democrats refuse to jump into bed with Merkel quickly

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrat Foreign Minister said his party would not be quick to agree to another grand coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives as party leaders met with the president in a bid to end the country's political deadlock.

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Seeking Russian Presidency, Socialite Hits the Campaign Trail

Ksenia Sobchak, a television journalist and opposition candidate, opened a campaign office and vowed to stir a “national discussion about what is wrong with Russia.”

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Trump allies fear lack of political strategy

President Donald Trump's allies are increasingly concerned by what they see as a deficit of strategic political advice driving the White House as the party creeps ever-closer to a crucial political year.

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U.N. tribunal seeks answers after stunned by courtroom suicide

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - A U.N. tribunal that was stunned by the courtroom suicide of a Bosnian Croat war criminal said on Thursday it was working with Dutch investigators to piece together how he smuggled a fatal dose of poison into the high-security building.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Vietnam Wants to Control Social Media? Too Late.

The government fears that political activism online hurts the state, but regulating internet content will hurt it even more.

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How to Fix Global Warming: We Talk to Tech Innovators, Entrepreneurs and Political Leaders

Gov. Jerry Brown of California will headline ClimateTECH, a new conference from The New York Times, on Wednesday night. Here’s how to watch and what to know.

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UPDATE 1-INSIGHT-Build fast, fix later: speed hurts quality at Tesla, some workers say

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 29 (Reuters) - After Tesla's Model S sedans and Model X SUVs roll off the company's Fremont, California assembly line, the electric vehicles usually make another stop - for repairs, nine current and former employees have told Reuters.

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Zimbabwe's Mugabe is gone, but political kow-towing still abounds

HARARE (Reuters) - Robert Mugabe's 37-year rule may be over, but a culture of political fawning by the Zimbabwean state media and fear of those in authority still flourishes.

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Al Franken, Battling for His Political Life, Apologizes for Groping

Responding to accusations of serial groping, Senator Al Franken tells women and the press that he is “tremendously sorry” and vows to regain women’s trust.

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The Talk of Turkey? A Politically Charged Trial in New York

Turkish officials are watching closing as the U.S. prepares to try two prominent Turks accused of helping their country violate the embargo against Iran.

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Advertising: Brands Heed Social Media. They’re Advised Not to Forget Word of Mouth.

While online comments can be a valuable tool for gauging public sentiment, a study found that consumers may send different messages when talking with family and friends.

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Merkel points to grand coalition with Social Democrats

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday welcomed the prospect of talks on a "grand coalition" with her Social Democrat (SPD) rivals and defended the record of the previous such government, saying it had worked well.

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Hooray for Fiona the Hippo, Our Bundle of Social-Media Joy

“I feel like I represent Beyoncé,” said the Cincinnati zoo’s vice president of marketing. “People fly across the world to just catch a glimpse.”

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Cordray resigns from U.S. consumer agency, triggers political showdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Richard Cordray, the director of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, formally resigned on Friday and named a deputy director as his replacement, setting the stage for a political and legal battle over the regulator's leadership.

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CEE MARKETS-Political spat over leu weakens it near record lows

* Romanian PM slams central bank for letting leu weaken * Romanian bond yields consolidate, but remain fragile * Zloty and crown drift off highs, forint regains ground By Sandor Peto and Luiza Ilie BUDAPEST/BUCHAREST, Nov 24 (Reuters) - The leu eased to levels near record lows on Friday after Romanian Prime Minister Mihai Tudose criticised the central bank (NBR) for not intervening to stop the currency's slide. The leu, which traded at 4.655 against the euro at 1108 GMT,

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UPDATE 1-What political crisis? German business morale hits record high

* SPD readiness to talk could unlock political impasse (Recasts with detail, background)

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On the Paris Stage, Plays Get Personal and Political

Recent productions in the French capital examine the response to terrorism, deep loss and questions of national identity.

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Why Cyntoia Brown, who is spending life in prison for murder, is all over social media

This week, the case of a woman named Cyntoia Brown went viral on social media, even though she has already been in jail for more than ten years.

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RPT-INSIGHT-How 'princess' of Angola lost her oil crown

LUANDA/LONDON, Nov 23 (Reuters) - On Oct. 6, with the dust still settling on Angola's first change of power in 38 years, new President João Lourenço sat down with international oil majors at the presidential palace in Luanda.

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Syria opposition meeting in Riyadh sees no role for Assad in political transition

AMMAN (Reuters) - Syria's main opposition stuck by its demand on Thursday that President Bashar al-Assad play no role in an interim period under any U.N.-sponsored peace deal, despite speculation it could soften its stance because of Assad's battlefield strength.

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INSIGHT-How 'princess' of Angola lost her oil crown

LUANDA/LONDON, Nov 23 (Reuters) - On Oct. 6, with the dust still settling on Angola's first change of power in 38 years, new President João Lourenço sat down with international oil majors at the presidential palace in Luanda.

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Merkel ally urges Social Democrats to consider new German 'grand coalition'

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) should reconsider their opposition to joining a new "grand coalition" with Angela Merkel's conservatives because Europe needs a stable government in Berlin, a senior ally of the chancellor said on Thursday.

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On Washington: Blast From the Past: The Current Political World Mirrors 2009

Elements that foreshadowed steep losses for Democrats eight years ago are in place for Republicans today.

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German Social Democrats face pressure over coalition talks

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) faced pressure on Wednesday to consider offering coalition talks to Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives to settle the worst political crisis in modern German history.

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The social media answer to stressful U.S holiday: Friendsgiving

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Americans overwhelmed by crowded highways and the prospect of cooking a turkey and all the trimmings for the Thanksgiving holiday dinner are turning for relief to the latest...

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Tencent to bring world's hottest video game to China, promises socialist values

BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese gaming giant Tencent Holdings Ltd is bringing "Playerunknown's Battleground", the world's hottest video game, to China, but with a twist. The gory, battle royale-style game will get a socialist makeover to meet stringent Chinese rules.

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Some German Social Democrats question rejection of grand coalition

BERLIN (Reuters) - A group of Social Democrat (SPD) deputies is questioning their party's rejection of a renewed 'grand coalition' with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives to resolve Germany's worst political crisis of modern times, according to Bild newspaper.

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Siding with Roy Moore is another case of the President using his own version of the truth for his political needs

When reality boxes in President Donald Trump, he simply chooses his own alternative, convenient truth.

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Hewlett Packard CEO Whitman says she has no plans for political office

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Hewlett Packard Enterprise Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman, who announced on Tuesday she will step down early next year, said she has no plans to run for public office.

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Mark Zuckerberg is no longer king of social. Meet 'Pony' Ma

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German political grandees press parties to compromise for stability

BERLIN (Reuters) - Two veteran allies of Chancellor Angela Merkel appealed to Germany's parties on Tuesday to strike compromise to form a stable government that could drag Europe's biggest economy out of a political impasse.

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UPDATE 1-European shares reverse early losses, DAX immune to political worries

* Aggreko, Melrose among biggest fallers (Adds more stocks, quote)

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World stocks pare gains as German political impasse hits Europe

LONDON (Reuters) - European stocks opened lower on Tuesday and the euro hit an eight-day low against sterling as a governing crisis in Germany weighed on markets.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-World stocks pare gains as German political impasse hits Europe

LONDON, Nov 21 (Reuters) - European stocks opened lower on Tuesday and the euro hit an eight-day low against sterling as a governing crisis in Germany weighed on markets.

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RPT-COLUMN-Euro political risk creeps back on markets' radar as German talks fail: McGeever

LONDON, Nov 20 (Reuters) - In an ironic twist for world markets, the collapse of German government coalition talks has suddenly revived the spectre of European political risk that appeared to have been laid to rest with the election of France's Emmanuel Macron in May.

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RPT-INSIGHT-Italian banks face long, uphill road to modernisation

* Past peak of bad loan crisis, Italian banks face new mission

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China supports Cambodia's crackdown on political opposition

BEIJING (Reuters) - China supports Cambodia's efforts to protect political stability and believes it will smoothly hold elections next year, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Cambodian counterpart, after the country's main opposition party was dissolved.

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Germany and the Age of Political Absolutism

The collapse of coalition talks on Sunday doesn’t mean the country is collapsing. But it does show how much the far right has changed German politics.

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COLUMN-Euro political risk creeps back on markets' radar as German talks fail: McGeever

LONDON, Nov 20 (Reuters) - In an ironic twist for world markets, the collapse of German government coalition talks has suddenly revived the spectre of European political risk that appeared to have been laid to rest with the election of France's Emmanuel Macron in May.

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Angels or demons? Political shadow hangs over Victoria's Secret China show

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Victoria's Secret's glitzy annual fashion show hits the stage in China on Monday night for the first time, but will do so without several of its "angels" and star names who had...

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Bill Clinton, Roy Moore and the Power of Social Identity

How a partisan lens leads people to different interpretations of the same facts.

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Political Clashes in Kenya Leave Several Dead

The opposition politician Raila Odinga returned from abroad, and his supporters clashed with the police.

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Contrasting fates of two senators and Paul Ryan reveal the tenuous thread on which all political careers hang

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EU summit to agree on European social standards to woo voters

GOTHENBURG, Sweden (Reuters) - European Union leaders will proclaim a set of 20 "social rights" on Friday in a bid to make the EU more appealing to voters and counter euroskeptic sentiment across the bloc.

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Suicide bomb attack near Afghan political gathering kills nine

KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomb attack in the Afghan capital on Thursday near a gathering of supporters of an influential regional leader killed at least nine people and wounded many, the interior ministry said.

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Explosion rocks Afghan capital near political gathering, seven dead

KABUL (Reuters) - At least seven people were killed and many wounded in a suicide bomb blast that in the Afghan capital on Thursday near a gathering of supporters of regional leader Atta Mohammad Noor, according to the interior ministry.

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Explosion rocks Afghan capital near political gathering: security official

KABUL (Reuters) - An explosion rocked the Afghan capital on Thursday near a gathering of supporters of regional leader Atta Mohammad Noor and casualties were feared, a security official said.

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Photos: Mugabe's political life and career

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Red or dead: China shoot-em-up video game plays up socialist values

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A popular Chinese video game, which involves battling other players with a variety of weapons, is showing off its red credentials after recent criticism by regulators of violent games in the world's biggest gaming market.

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Talk: St. Vincent Didn’t Mean to Write a Political Album

The singer on being inspired by Jenny Holzer and just who is pictured on the cover of her album.

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Zimbabwe political crisis: What's happening?

It has all the markings of a coup: a solemn soldier addressing the nation on state television in a beret and fatigues, armored vehicles in the capital and jittery, puzzled citizens.