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German SPD leader implores party to back coalition talks with Merkel

BONN (Reuters) - Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz made an impassioned appeal to his party on Sunday to give the go-ahead for formal coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, a move that would bring Germany a step closer to a stable government.

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Why is Jerusalem so central to Pence's Middle East visit?

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's planned trip to Israel on Sunday has been overshadowed by President Donald Trump's announcement last month that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and will start the process of moving its embassy there.

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Gunmen attack Intercontinental Hotel in Afghan capital Kabul

KABUL (Reuters) - Gunmen dressed in army uniforms who stormed Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel battled Afghan Special Forces for 13 hours in an overnight siege that caused heavy casualties among hotel guests, officials and witnesses said on Sunday.

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Avalanche in southeastern Turkey kills two soldiers, injures seven: hospital

ANKARA (Reuters) - An avalanche in Turkey's southeastern province of Bitlis killed two soldiers and injured another seven during a military operation, hospital sources said.

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Tensions mount in Rohingya camps ahead of planned relocation to Myanmar

GUNGDUM, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Tensions mounted on Sunday at refugee camps in Bangladesh holding hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims over an operation to send them back to Myanmar, from where they have fled following a military crackdown.

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Seoul says North Korea's Olympic participation will aid peace and ease tensions

SEOUL (Reuters) - Seoul welcomed confirmation by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that 22 North Korean athletes would compete in next month's Winter Olympics, saying on Sunday it would aid peace and the easing of tensions on the Korean peninsula.

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North Korean Pop Singer Leads Pre-Olympic Delegation to South

The advance team of North Koreans, headed by Hyon Song-wol, one of the North’s best-known propaganda singers, arrived in the South on Sunday.

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

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

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

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

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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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U.S. Army helicopter crash in California kills two soldiers: official

(Reuters) - A U.S. Army Apache attack helicopter crashed early Saturday morning in California, killing two soldiers, a spokesman for the Army said.

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Germany's SPD to vote on coalition talks with Merkel's conservatives

BONN (Reuters) - Germany's center-left Social Democrats (SPD) will decide on Sunday whether to start formal coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, a move which would bring Europe's economic powerhouse one step closer to a stable government.

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North Korean delegation arrives in South Korea for Olympics prep

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean logistics officials arrived in South Korea on Sunday after a previous cancellation briefly cast doubts on the North's participation in next month's Winter Olympics.

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First day of government shutdown ends in standoff

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

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Pence tells Egypt's Sisi that U.S. would back two-state solution

CAIRO (Reuters) - Vice President Mike Pence told Egypt's leader on Saturday the United States would support a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians if the two sides agreed to it, seeking to reassure a key Arab ally over President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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As Trump begins second year, women stage nationwide protests

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Many thousands of women and their male supporters turned out on Saturday for the second Women's March, a nationwide series of protests against U.S. President Donald Trump marking the end of his tumultuous first year in office.

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Women's March protesters blast Trump as president touts gains

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Thousands of women and their male supporters turned out on Saturday for the second Women's March, a nationwide series of protests against U.S. President Donald Trump marking the end of his tumultuous first year in office.

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

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

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Women's March draws thousands as Trump term enters second year

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters turned out across the nation for the second Women's March on Saturday, marking the first anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration with rallies aimed at channeling female activism into political gains in elections this year.

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South Africa's ANC to force Zuma to quit as president: reports

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Leaders of South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC)met on Saturday to outline the party's program for the coming year amid reports that its executive planned to force Jacob Zuma to quit as the country's president.

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UPDATE 3- South Africa's ANC to force Zuma to quit as president -reports

* Telkom chairman Jabu Mabuza named Eskom's chair (Adds new details on Eskom board, Ramaphosa quote)

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Airstrikes pound Syria's Afrin as Turkey launches 'Operation Olive Branch'

HASSA, Turkey/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey opened a new front in Syria's war on Saturday, launching airstrikes against a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Afrin province that raise the prospect of deeper strains between Ankara and NATO ally Washington.

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Turkey air strikes hit Syria's Afrin province in push to secure borders

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish warplanes struck positions of a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Syria's Afrin province on Saturday, a senior Turkish official said, in a move likely to drive a deeper wedge between Ankara and the United States.

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South Africa names Jabu Mabuza as Eskom chairman in board shake-up 

JOHANNESBURG, Jan 20 (Reuters) - South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed a new board at state-owned power utility Eskom and named Telkom's chairman Jabu Mabuza as its new chairman, the country's presidency said on Saturday.

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North Korea to send 22 athletes to Pyeongchang

LAUSANNE (Reuters) - North Korea will send 22 athletes to the Winter Games in the neighbouring South next month and compete in three sports and five disciplines, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Saturday.

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Turkish military operation in Syria's Afrin has begun - Erdogan

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday a military operation in Syria's Kurdish-controlled Afrin region had begun after cross-border shelling by the Turkish army.

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North Korea says to send delegation to prepare for Olympics on Sunday: South Korea ministry

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea will send a delegation to South Korea on Sunday to prepare for a trip by an art troupe during next month's Winter Olympics, pushing the visit back a day after earlier cancelling it, South Korea's Unification Ministry has said.

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Britain able to have bespoke deal with EU: Macron

LONDON (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday Britain would be able to have a bespoke deal with the European Union after Brexit, one of Prime Minister Theresa May's objectives.

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North Korea says to send delegation to prep for Olympics on Sunday: South Korea ministry

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea will send a delegation to South Korea on Sunday to prepare for a trip by an art troupe during next month's Winter Olympics, pushing the visit back a day after earlier cancelling it, South Korea's Unification Ministry said.

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Russia, U.S. likely to discuss North Korea in Moscow: Minister to TASS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Diplomats from Russia and the United States are likely to hold their next round of consultations on North Korea in Moscow on a date yet to be decided, TASS news agency quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov as saying on Saturday.

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Olympics: Talks under way to finalize North Korea participation

LAUSANNE (Reuters) - Talks began at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters on Saturday to finalize details on North Korea's participation at the Winter Olympics in the neighboring South next month.

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South Africa's ANC to force Zuma to quit as president: eNCA TV

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) said on Saturday it would work for close coordination between the party and the government, declining to comment on a report its executive planned to force Jacob Zuma to step down as president.

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Myanmar finalizes Rohingya repatriation preparations as doubts mount

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar was making final preparations to take back the first batch of Rohingya Muslims who had fled conflict in troubled Rakhine state, state media said on Saturday, despite growing doubts about the plan among refugees and in the United Nations.

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Tennis: Zverev collapses to defeat by South Korea's Chung

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Relentless South Korean Hyeon Chung ground fourth seed Alexander Zverev into submission in a ferocious battle of young guns to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday.

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Canceled North Korean visit to prep for Olympics 'not permanent': South Korea ministry

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's Unification Ministry said on Saturday that the sudden cancellation of a North Korean delegation's planned visit to the South to prepare for the North's art troupe during the Winter Olympics was "not a permanent cancellation".

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Trump administration says U.S. mistakenly backed China WTO accession in 2001

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States mistakenly supported China's membership of the World Trade Organization in 2001 on terms that have failed to force Beijing to open its economy, the Trump administration said on Friday as it prepares to clamp down on Chinese trade.

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BRIEF-South Jersey Industries To Postpone Investor Day Presentation

* SOUTH JERSEY INDUSTRIES: SJI TO POSTPONE INVESTOR DAY PRESENTATION

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Yun chalks up a Korean first with World Cup skeleton title

(Reuters) - South Korean slider Yun Sung-bin made history for his country on Friday by winning the men's skeleton overall World Cup and ending a run of eight titles in a row for Estonia's Martins Dukurs.

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BRIEF-Southern Company Sets Regular Quarterly Dividend Of $0.58/Shr

* SOUTHERN CO ANNOUNCES ‍REGULAR QUARTERLY DIVIDEND OF 58 CENTS PER SHARE ON COMPANY'S COMMON STOCK​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Schumer, Trump meet at White House as government shutdown looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer met with President Donald Trump at the White House on Friday to search for ways to avert a U.S. government shutdown, but Schumer said afterward that disagreements remained as the clock ticks toward a midnight deadline to pass a funding bill.

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BRIEF-South Jersey Industries Issues Medium Term Notes Of $50 Million

* SOUTH JERSEY INDUSTRIES INC - ‍ON JANUARY 16, 2018, CO ISSUED AN AGGREGATE OF $50 MILLION AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF MEDIUM TERM NOTES - SEC FILING​

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Trump to tout U.S. economy, urge fair trade at elite Davos forum

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will be entering something of a lion's den when he visits the elitist enclave of Davos next week, rubbing shoulders with the same "globalists" that he campaigned against in winning the 2016 election.

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Kansas City Southern reports results for the quarter ended December 31 - summary

Jan 19 (Reuters) - * Kansas City Southern posted quarterly adjusted earnings of $1.38 per share. The mean expectation of 18 analysts for the quarter ended December 31 was for earnings of $1.37 per share. * Revenue rose 10.34 percent to $660.40 million from a year ago; analysts expected $656.28 million. * Kansas City Southern's Reported EPS for the quarter was $5.33. * The mean earnings estimate of analysts had risen by about 0.6 percent in the last three months. * In the last 30 days six analys

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UK Takeover Panel extends deadline for IWG bidding

Jan 19 (Reuters) - The UK's Takeover Panel has extended the deadline for a consortium of companies to make an offer for British office firm IWG Plc until 1700 GMT on Feb. 2.

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As South Korea counts down to Olympics, a ghost ski resort festers

GANSEOUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - The chairs of an abandoned ski lift sit on a barren, ghostly mountainside in South Korea; like gravestones for what was one a vibrant holiday resort.

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UPDATE 3-NAFTA future clouds Kansas City Southern earnings beat

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Kansas City Southern, a U.S. railroad with extensive operations in Mexico, sought to ease investor fears on Friday over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement, touting forecasts of solid freight volumes and a stronger economy in 2018.

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UPDATE 2-NAFTA future clouds Kansas City Southern earnings beat

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Kansas City Southern, a U.S. railroad with extensive operations in Mexico, sought to ease investor fears on Friday over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement, touting forecasts of solid freight volumes and a stronger economy in 2018.

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North Korea cancels visit to prepare for Olympics in South - ministry

(Reuters) - North Korea has canceled the planned visit of a delegation to South Korea to prepare for a trip by an art troupe during next month's Winter Olympics, South Korean authorities said on Friday.

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Wild reindeer foil wind farm plan in southern Norway

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway rejected construction of a wind farm on Friday over concerns it could harm wild reindeer in southern mountains that are home to the last remaining viable populations in Europe.

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UPDATE 1-Commodity volumes lift Kansas City Southern quarterly profit, beats on revenue

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Kansas City Southern, a regional U.S. railroad with extensive operations in Mexico, reported a higher quarterly net profit on Friday, driven by revenue growth in 2017 in all six of the commodities it hauls and changes in U.S. tax law. The Kansas City, Missouri-based company posted fourth-quarter net income of $552 million, or $5.33 per diluted share, up from $130 million, or $1.21 per diluted share a year earlier.

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BRIEF-Leading Edge Materials To Commence Trading On Nasdaq First North Stockholm

* LEADING EDGE MATERIALS TO COMMENCE TRADING ON NASDAQ FIRST NORTH STOCKHOLM

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N. Korea plans pre-Olympics military parade, diplomats say

The Winter Olympics opening ceremony may not be the only parade North Korea is planning on participating in next month.

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Exclusive: Rohingya refugee leaders draw up demands ahead of repatriation

(Reuters) - Rohingya leaders in a Bangladesh refugee camp have drawn up a list of demands they want Myanmar to meet before authorities begin sending back hundreds of thousands in a repatriation process expected to begin next week and last for two years.

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Thaw on the way in southern United States

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Commuters in the southern United States will wake up to more frigid temperatures and slick roads Friday, but a thaw is expected by the weekend, forecasters say.

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Recipients of vital government programs agonize as they watch dysfunction in the nation's capital

When Washington is this broken, it's always the most vulnerable who get hurt.

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U.S. workforce shortages bolster case for Fed rate hikes

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. (Reuters) - HydraForce Inc is going to almost desperate lengths, including offering to bus in out-of-town workers, to find the muscle it needs to meet growing demand for hydraulic valves from its three factories north of Chicago.

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North Korea may hold military parade on eve of Olympics, analysts say

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea may be preparing to hold a military parade on the eve of next month's winter Olympics in South Korea, analysts and diplomats say, even as the two countries have sought to mend ties.

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South Korean group files complaint against Apple CEO over iPhone slowdown

SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean consumer group has filed a criminal complaint against Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook over slower iPhone devices, after probes in Europe into allegations the firm had deliberately shortened the life of its handsets.

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South Korea President Moon's approval rating drops on Olympics furor

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in's approval rating has fallen to a four-month low, a poll showed on Friday, after a public backlash over a decision for South and North Korea to field a joint ice hockey team at next month's Winter Olympics.

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S.Korean group files complaint against Apple CEO over iPhone slowdown

SEOUL, Jan 19 (Reuters) - A South Korean consumer group has filed a criminal complaint against Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook over slower iPhone devices, after probes in Europe into allegations the firm had deliberately shortened the life of its handsets.

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Slick driving on icy roads after deadly storm across U.S. South

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Commuters in the U.S. South endured frigid temperatures and slick driving conditions on Thursday after a storm dumped heavy snow across the region, whipped up winds that snapped power lines and led to at least a dozen deaths.

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Supreme Court blocks court order to redraw North Carolina congressional districts

The Supreme Court Thursday agreed to freeze, for now, a lower court opinion that struck down North Carolina congressional districts holding that it amounted to an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander. 

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Supreme Court blocks redrawing of North Carolina congressional maps

(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked a lower court's order for North Carolina to rework its congressional map because Republicans violated the Constitution by drawing electoral districts intended to maximize their party's chances of winning.

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Supreme Court Temporarily Blocks North Carolina Gerrymandering Ruling

The decision makes it likely the 2018 elections will be held using districts favorable to Republicans, but it is not particularly telling as the court weighs partisan gerrymandering.

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Trump Rebuked China for North Korea’s Oil Smuggling. It’s More Complicated.

The opaque world of the global maritime industry makes it exceedingly difficult to prevent North Korea from obtaining oil, despite sanctions.

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Asia and Australia Edition: North Korea, Amazon, Republicans: Your Friday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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North Korea Olympic officials in Switzerland ahead of IOC talks

GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korean Olympic officials arrived in Switzerland on Thursday ahead of weekend talks at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to finalize Pyongyang's participation in the Winter Games in South Korea next month.

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Former Trump adviser Bannon will not go to House panel Thursday: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former White House strategist Steve Bannon was not expected to return to testify before the House of Representatives' intelligence committee on Thursday, a committee source said.

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Hundreds commemorate Jewish sage at his tomb in southern Israel

NETIVOT, Israel (Reuters) - Hundreds of Jewish worshippers made a pilgrimage on Thursday to the tomb in southern Israel of a sage revered by his followers as a miracle-maker.

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Senate panel to probe Hawaii alerts as FCC investigates

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate panel plans to hold a Jan. 25 hearing on the errant Hawaii ballistic missile alert that stirred panic and anger as the Federal Communications Commission investigates the matter.

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Norfolk Southern pushing for 'more stable' rail service in 2018: CEO

LOMBARD, Ill. (Reuters) - Norfolk Southern Corp is working toward a "more stable, resilient" network for 2018 following service issues in recent months, the No. 4 U.S. railroad's top executive said on Thursday.

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Commuters in U.S. South cope with ice after deadly storm

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Commuters in the U.S. South grappled with frigid temperatures and slick driving conditions on Thursday after a storm dumped heavy snow across the region, whipped up winds that snapped power lines and led to the deaths of at least nine people.

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Senate environment panel chief backs probe into uranium imports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chair of the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee said on Thursday he wants the Commerce Department to investigate the impacts of uranium imports from Russia and central Asia on national security, backing a request from two U.S. uranium mining firms who filed the petition.

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CORRECTED-Senate environment panel chief backs probe into uranium imports

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - The chair of the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee said on Thursday he wants the Commerce Department to investigate the impacts of uranium imports from Russia and central Asia on national security, backing a request from two U.S. uranium mining firms who filed the petition.

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House intelligence panel votes to release Fusion GPS co-founder interview

The House Intelligence Committee on Thursday voted to release the transcript of its interview with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, with Democrats and Republicans joining together in a move likely to shed new light on the opposition research dossier on Trump and Russia.

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Trump's ex-aide Bannon to appear again before House intelligence panel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former White House strategist Steve Bannon was expected to return on Thursday to testify before the House of Representatives' intelligence committee, two days after refusing to answer questions about his time with the Trump administration or the transition period leading to it.

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OPEC sees more oil supply from rivals, countering its cuts and Venezuelan woes

LONDON (Reuters) - OPEC has raised its forecast for oil supply from non-member countries in 2018 as higher prices encourage U.S. shale drillers to pump more, offsetting an OPEC-led deal to clear a supply glut and a deepening plunge in Venezuelan production.

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Short track still Korea's most likely path to gold

(Reuters) - While there has been much handwringing over sluggish ticket sales for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, empty seats will not be an issue inside the Gangneung Ice Arena when short track speed skating is in session.

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Commuters in U.S. South face tough trek after deadly storm

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Commuters in the U.S. South faced frigid temperatures and dangerously slick roads on Thursday after a winter storm, responsible for at least eight deaths, thrashed the region with heavy snow and winds that snapped power lines.

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Congress to vote Thursday for funding bill to avoid government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican leaders in the U.S. Congress stepped up their efforts to pass a temporary extension in funding government operations and avert a shutdown, scheduling a vote on the measure for later Thursday.

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China's 2017 GDP growth accelerates for first time in seven years

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's economy grew faster than expected in the fourth quarter of 2017, as an export recovery helped the country post its first annual acceleration in growth in seven years, defying concerns that intensifying curbs on industry and credit would hurt expansion.

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Donald Trump, North Korea, Apple: Your Thursday Briefing

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'Pyongyang Olympics?' Backlash reveals changing attitudes in South Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) - An agreement between South and North Korea to march under a unity flag and field a joint ice hockey team at next month's Olympics was met sharp criticism by many in the South on Thursday, highlighting changing attitudes toward the country's northern neighbor.

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China's 2017 GDP growth accelerates for first time in 7 years

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's economy grew faster than expected in the fourth quarter of 2017, as an export recovery helped the country post its first annual acceleration in growth in seven years, defying concerns that intensifying curbs on industry and credit would hurt expansion.

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Iraq, BP sign agreement to boost oil production from northern Kirkuk field - Iraqi official

BAGHDAD, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Iraq signed a memorandum of understanding with BP on Thursday to boost production capacity from the northern Kirkuk oilfields, which were taken back in October by Iraqi government forces, an Iraqi oil official said.

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Two Koreas' 'one flag' emblematic of once better ties

SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korea's plan to march together under the same blue-and-white Korean peninsula flag at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics next month marks the revival of an emblem of warmer ties between the old foes from years past.

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China's fourth-quarter economic growth beats expectations

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's economy grew faster than expected in the fourth quarter from a year earlier, helped by a rebound in the industrial sector, a resilient property market and strong export growth.

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South Africa's Ramaphosa talks tough on state graft, signals departure from Zuma

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday welcomed moves taken by prosecutors against companies accused of corruption and said the ruling party would impose the policy certainty needed to attract investment to the country.

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U.S. South commuters face tough trek after deadly storm

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Commuters in the U.S. South face frigid temperatures and dangerously slick roads on Thursday after a deadly winter storm thrashed the region with heavy snow and winds that snapped power lines.

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Old hands in South Korea Bitcoin market unfazed by threats of ban

SEOUL/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Threats of a potential cryptocurrency trading ban in South Korea have scared many investors away, but some veterans of the young market are defiant, saying restrictions would be relatively easy to circumvent.

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South Korea considers shutting down domestic cryptocurrency exchanges

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean policymakers joined the global chorus of virtual-coin critics on Thursday, saying Seoul is considering shutting down domestic virtual currency exchanges as the new breed of market exposes users to speculative frenzy and crime.

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Trump: Predecessors left N. Korea to a president 'that scored the highest on tests'

Fresh off a White House doctor declaring his health excellent, President Donald Trump swiped at his predecessors on North Korea, while saying he "scored the highest on tests."

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South Korea considering shutting down all virtual currency exchanges

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's financial regulator chief said the government is considering shutting down all local virtual currency exchanges in a national policy committee meeting on Thursday.

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A Tricky Reunion on the Ice for North and South Korean Hockey

The two countries, who played against each other to acclaim last year, are set to field a joint women’s hockey team at the Winter Olympics next month.

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South Korea's financial regulator says considering shutting down all virtual currency exchanges

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's financial regulator chief says the government is considering shutting down all local virtual currency exchanges in a national policy committee meeting on Thursday.

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Olympic Détente Upends U.S. Strategy on North Korea

For the White House, the budding détente scrambles its strategy of pressuring the North, with sanctions and threats of military action, to give up its nuclear arsenal.

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Report: Bannon had a 'slip-up' before panel

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon refused to tell the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday about his time at the White House, with the exception of one major "slip-up," the website Axios reported.

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North Korea, Bannon, Apple: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing

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Exclusive: Trump accuses Russia of helping North Korea evade sanctions; says U.S. needs more missile defense

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump complained on Wednesday that Russia was helping North Korea to evade international sanctions, signaling frustration with a country he had hoped to forge friendly relations with after his 2016 election win.

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Tillerson: Evidence sanctions 'really starting to hurt' North Korea

PALO ALTO, Calif. (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday the United States is receiving evidence that international sanctions are "really starting to hurt" North Korea, and praised China for putting pressure on Pyongyang.

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Snowstorm, deep freeze leaves four dead in U.S. South

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A winter storm that caused at least four deaths in the U.S. South on Wednesday brought record low temperatures to parts of the region, where it coated roads with ice, snapped power lines and prompted schools to close.

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Trump’s Physical Revealed Serious Heart Concerns, Outside Experts Say

The White House physician had said President Trump was in “excellent” cardiac health despite having an LDL cholesterol level of 143, well above the desired number.

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Russia says North Korea summit undermines U.N., aggravates situation

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia hit out on Wednesday at a U.S.-led effort to increase international pressure on North Korea, saying it was making the situation worse and undermining the United Nations.

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Kidnappers abduct two Americans, two Canadians in Nigeria; two police killed

KADUNA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Kidnappers have abducted two Americans and two Canadians in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna, killing two police officers, a police spokesman said on Wednesday.

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Trump: Russia is not helping with N. Korea

President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused Russia of helping North Korea skirt international sanctions aimed at curbing North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

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Mexico ex-first lady would end husband's army policy if elected

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican presidential hopeful and former first lady Margarita Zavala pledged to curb violence and crime by pulling soldiers off the streets in a reversal of her husband's military-led drug strategy that ushered in a sharp increase in violence.

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Exclusive: Trump says Russia helping North Korea skirt sanctions; Pyongyang getting close on missile

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday Russia is helping North Korea get supplies in violation of international sanctions and that Pyongyang is getting "closer every day" to being able to deliver a long-range missile to the United States.

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North Korea rejects sanctions talk, ready for 'successful' Olympics: diplomat

GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korea rejects as a "provocation" a U.S.-led meeting in Vancouver that discussed tougher sanctions that Pyongyang will fight, a senior North Korean diplomat told Reuters on Wednesday.

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Kidnappers abduct two Americans, two Canadians in Nigeria, two police killed: police official

KADUNA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Kidnappers have abducted two Americans and two Canadians in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna, killing two police officers, a police spokesman said on Wednesday.

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Russia: North Korea summit undermines U.N., aggravates situation

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia hit out on Wednesday at a U.S.-led effort to increase international pressure on North Korea, saying it was making the situation worse and undermining the United Nations.

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Italy approves military mission in Niger, more troops to North Africa

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's parliament approved on Wednesday an increased military presence in Libya and the deployment of up to 470 troops in Niger to combat migration and the trafficking of people toward Europe, many of whom wash up on Italian shores.

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Russia: Vancouver meeting is aggravating situation around North Korea

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A meeting of 20 countries in the Canadian city of Vancouver to discuss ways to increase pressure on North Korea is making the situation on the Korean peninsula worse, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

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Flights canceled, schools closed across snowy U.S. South

(Reuters) - A bitter winter storm gripped much of the South on Wednesday, prompting schools to close and causing thousands of flight delays and cancellations as snow, ice and record-breaking cold hit the region.

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Koreas to form unified ice hockey team, march together in Olympics

SEOUL (Reuters) - The two Koreas will field a combined women's ice hockey team and march together under one flag at next month's Winter Olympics in the South, Seoul said on Wednesday, after a new round of talks amid a thaw in cross-border ties.

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North Korea: Our nukes only target US

North Korea's chief negotiator, Ri Son Gwon, says North Korea's atomic and hydrogen weapons are only targeting the United States and not South Korea, Russia or China.

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North and South Korean Teams to March as One at Olympics

The agreement is a milestone in inter-Korean sports relations, and Seoul has said in the past it hoped such a move could contribute to a political thaw.

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Norway's Northug almost certain to miss Olympics

(Reuters) - Double Olympic gold medallist Petter Northug will not take part in this weekend's World Cup cross-country skiing competition in Planica, Slovenia, and is almost certain to miss next month's Olympics in Pyeongchang.

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North and South Korea to march together under unified flag at Winter Olympics

North and South Korean athletes will march together at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony under a unified flag representing the entire peninsula, South Korea announced Wednesday.

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Koreas to form unified ice hockey team, march together in Winter Olympics

SEOUL (Reuters) - The two Koreas agreed during rare talks on Wednesday to form a combined women's ice hockey team to take part in next month's Winter Olympics in the South, and march together under a unified peninsula flag at the opening ceremony, a joint statement released by Seoul's unification ministry said.

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Stanley Cup winner Paek returns to Korea for Pyeongchang tilt

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Jim Paek, head coach of the South Korean men's national ice hockey team, is a man of two Olympic nations.

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Euro surge threatens profitable bond trades

LONDON (Reuters) - The euro's sizzling January rally is undermining one of the most profitable bond market trades of recent years by potentially raising hedging costs and thereby eroding profits of overseas investors.

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#MeToo effect: Calls flood U.S. sexual assault hotlines

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The phones at U.S. sexual assault hotlines have been ringing in record numbers as the #MeToo social movement spurs victims to reach out for help, sending organizations scrambling to keep up.

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Snow comes to the South, bringing frigid temps

From Texas to Maine, a storm swept in frigid temperatures and snow, putting portions of 23 states and more than 70 million people under winter weather alerts.

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As Trump heads to Davos, survey points to rising risk of war

BERLIN (Reuters) - The risk of political and economic confrontations between major powers, including outright military conflicts, has risen sharply, according to a survey released by the World Economic Forum (WEF) days before its annual gathering in Davos.

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North Korea to send cheerleaders to Olympics but Japan sees little to applaud

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea will send a 230-strong cheering squad to the Winter Olympics in the South next month, Seoul said on Wednesday after both sides held talks amid a thaw in inter-Korean ties and as Japan urged caution over the North's "charm offensive".

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North Korea to send cheerleaders to Olympics but Japan sees little to celebrate

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea will send a 230-strong cheering squad to the Winter Olympics in the South next month, Seoul said on Wednesday after both sides held talks amid a thaw in inter-Korean ties and as Japan urged caution over the North's "charm offensive".

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BRIEF-South African competition tribunal approves Maseve Mine sale transaction

* SOUTH AFRICAN COMPETITION TRIBUNAL APPROVES MASEVE MINE SALE TRANSACTION Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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N. Korea linked to new cryptocurrency attacks

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North Korea to send 230-strong cheering squad to Olympics in South, says Seoul

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea will send around 230 people as a single cheering squad to the Winter Olympics in the South next month, South Korea's unification ministry said in a statement after officials from the two Koreas held talks on Wednesday.

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Citing ‘Inexcusable’ Treatment, Advisers Quit National Parks Panel

The majority of members of the National Parks System Advisory Board have jointly resigned in protest of Trump administration policies.

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Nations to consider more North Korea sanctions, U.S. warns on military option

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Twenty nations agreed on Tuesday to consider tougher sanctions to press North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned Pyongyang it could trigger a military response if it did not chose negotiations.

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Nations at North Korea meeting commit to considering more sanctions

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - A 20-nation meeting on North Korea agreed on Tuesday to consider imposing unilateral sanctions on Pyongyang that go beyond those required by U.N. Security Council resolutions, the United States and Canada said in a joint statement.

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WH directed Bannon to avoid answering panel's questions in Russia probe, Schiff says

President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon faced angry lawmakers from both parties during a contentious interview that stretched more than 10 hours on Tuesday, as he was hit with subpoenas on multiple fronts and was accused by a top Democrat of agreeing to a White House "gag order."

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U.S. House panel to hold hearing on emergency alerts after Hawaii error

(Reuters) - A U.S. House of Representatives panel said on Tuesday it planned a hearing to review a false missile alert sent in Hawaii over the weekend that stirred panic and anger in the Pacific island state.

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North Korea rips 'lunatic' Trump as US moves B-52 bombers to Guam

The US Air Force has deployed six nuclear-capable B-52 Stratofortress bombers to Guam, according to US Pacific Air Forces, adding more firepower to the region just hours after North Korean state media mocked President Donald Trump's tweet referencing the size of his nuclear button as the "spasm of a lunatic."

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Starved California siblings treated after rescue from 'horrific' home

PERRIS, Calif. (Reuters) - The 13 siblings found starving in a filthy California home, some of them shackled to furniture, were getting food and treatment after being rescued from a "horrific" ordeal that could leave them scarred for years, authorities said on Tuesday.

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Olympics diplomacy could solve the Korea crisis

Olympics diplomacy will get its day, even if it comes beneath the shadow of the North Korean nuclear program.

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Ex-CIA officer arrested for retaining classified information

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former Central Intelligence Agency officer was arrested at an U.S. airport on Monday night in connection with charges that he illegally retained highly classified information, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday.

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U.S. withholds $65 million in Palestinian aid after Trump threat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will give a U.N. agency $60 million in aid for Palestinians refugees but withhold a further $65 million for now, the State Department said on Tuesday, as the Trump administration carried out a threat it made two weeks ago to cut funding.

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California siblings being treated after 'horrific' ordeal

PERRIS, Calif. (Reuters) - The 13 California siblings kept in "horrific" conditions by their parents, including some who were shackled to furniture, others who were starved, were being treated after an ordeal that could leave them scarred for years, authorities said on Tuesday.

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U.S.-led meeting urges North Korea pressure despite North-South detente

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - The world needs to keep up pressure on North Korea to force it to abandon its nuclear weapons program and should not be fooled by a charm offensive in engaging South Korea, participants at a 20-nation meeting on North Korea said on Tuesday.

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U.S. to provide $60 million in Palestinian aid, withhold $65 million

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will give a U.N. agency $60 million in aid for Palestinians but will withhold a further $65 million "for future consideration," a U.S. official said on Tuesday.

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U.S. government shutdown looms amid harsh immigration exchange

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Partisan finger-pointing over immigration policy on Tuesday left the U.S. Congress and the White House stumbling closer to a possible federal government shutdown by the end of the week, although Wall Street held out hopes for a deal to prevent that.

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California hostages were biological children of captors: police

PERRIS, Calif. (Reuters) - The 13 people rescued from captivity in a Southern California home on Sunday were the biological children of their captors, police Captain Gregory Fellows told reporters on Tuesday.

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Advisers urge deep discount in Venezuelan cryptocurrency offering

CARACAS (Reuters) - Advisers to the Venezuelan government are recommending it sell $2.3 billion of its new cryptocurrency, the petro, in a private offering at a discount of up to 60 percent, according to a document reviewed by Reuters.

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U.S.-led meeting says sanctions pressure on North Korea must be maintained

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Sanctions pressure must be maintained on Pyongyang to force it to abandon its nuclear weapons program, participants at a 20-nation meeting on North Korea said on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-Eurofins North America Food Division Announces Successful Purchase Of Craft Technologies

* EUROFINS NORTH AMERICA FOOD DIVISION ANNOUNCES SUCCESSFUL PURCHASE OF CRAFT TECHNOLOGIES, INC Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Gdynia Newsroom:)

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UPDATE 2-South Africa wants McKinsey and firm linked to Zuma's friends to repay $130 mln

* Opposition says Zuma should be charged over state corruption

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Bitcoin, rival cryptocurrencies plunge on crackdown fears

LONDON (Reuters) - Bitcoin slid as much as 18 percent on Tuesday to a four-week low, as fears of a regulatory crackdown on the market spread after reports suggested it was still possible that South Korea could ban trading in cryptocurrencies.

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Ex-Trump chief strategist Bannon to meet with House panel on Russia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon will meet behind closed doors on Tuesday with a U.S. House of Representatives committee that is probing whether Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

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4 South Carolina officers shot after domestic violence call

A man shot and injured four law enforcement officers late Monday and early Tuesday near a South Carolina home, a sheriff's spokesman said, after deputies initially were called there for a complaint of domestic violence.

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Four South Carolina police wounded exchanging gunfire with suspect

(Reuters) - A police officer and three sheriff's deputies were shot and wounded as they tried to apprehend a man accused of domestic violence early Tuesday morning in South Carolina's York County, the sheriff's office said.

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Without rain, South Africa's Cape Town may run out of water by April

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's Cape Town, one of the world's iconic tourist destinations, could run out of water by April as the city's worst drought in a century risks forcing residents to join queues for emergency rations.

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Parents charged after 13 siblings found starved, chained in California

PERRIS, Calif. (Reuters) - The 13 California siblings who police say were starved and chained to beds by their parents rarely left their disheveled house and, when they did, they appeared small and pale and acted strangely, neighbors said.

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Ex-Trump chief strategist Bannon meets with House panel on Russia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon will meet behind closed doors on Tuesday with a U.S. House of Representatives committee that is probing whether Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

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Japanese broadcaster sends false N. Korea missile alert

Japanese national broadcaster NHK issued an on-air apology Tuesday after issuing an alert incorrectly claiming that North Korea had launched a ballistic missile.

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Kosovo Serb leader shot dead in northern town

PRISTINA (Reuters) - A Kosovan Serb leader, Oliver Ivanovic, who was awaiting trial over the killings of ethnic Albanians during the 1998-99 war, was shot dead outside his party office in the northern town of Mitrovica on Tuesday, a state prosecutor said.

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UPDATE 1-New Zealand's a2 Milk expands U.S. business to north east

Jan 16 (Reuters) - New Zealand's a2 Milk Company Ltd said on Tuesday that it was expanding its operations in the United States to include the country's north-east region.

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The South prepares for wintry mix of snow and ice

Snow and ice are coming to Southern states that aren't so accustomed to seeing such frosty conditions.

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New Zealand's a2 Milk expands U.S. business to the North East

Jan 16 (Reuters) - New Zealand's a2 Milk Company Ltd said on Tuesday that it was expanding its operations in the United States to include the country's north-east region.

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Experts: Massive oil spill off China's coast may affect marine life for decades

A massive oil tanker that sank off the coast of China could affect marine life for decades, environmentalists and experts say.

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South Korean charged with murder of wife, son at Hong Kong Ritz-Carlton

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A South Korean man was formally charged on Tuesday with murdering his wife and six-year-old son at the five-star Ritz-Carlton hotel in Hong Kong.

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Vancouver meeting focuses on sanctions as Koreas explore detente

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - A meeting of states that backed South Korea in the Korean war will look at ways to better implement sanctions to push North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons, officials said, even as the North and South explore detente ahead of next month's Winter Olympics.

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China's economy set to slow to 6.5 percent in 2018 as government turns off cheap money: Reuters poll

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's economy is expected to cool this year as a government-led crackdown on debt risks and factory pollution drag on overall activity, a Reuters poll showed on Tuesday.

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Plan for joint Olympics team with North gets icy reception in South Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) - While Seoul forges ahead with plans to use the upcoming Winter Olympics to showcase inter-Korean unity, some South Korean athletes are "furious" at proposals to form joint teams with North Koreans, highlighting a broader lack of enthusiasm for some of the government’s peace-making plans.

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JD.com widens Southeast Asia presence by investing in Vietnam's Tiki.vn

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese online retailer JD.com Inc has made an investment in Vietnamese e-commerce firm Tiki.vn, expanding its Southeast Asia business amid growing competition in the region from Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Amazon.com Inc.

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UPDATE 1-JD.com widens Southeast Asia presence by investing in Vietnam's Tiki.vn

* JD.com co-leads investment in Tiki.vn with Vietnam's VNG Corp

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Veteran U.S. diplomat Richardson to work for Reuters reporters release

(Reuters) - Former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson said on Monday he would work toward securing the release of two Reuters journalists arrested in Myanmar in his capacity as a member of an international advisory board on the crisis in Rakhine state.

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Indonesia bourse holds minute silence for injured after floor collapse

JAKARTA, (Reuters) - Indonesia's stock exchange held a minute silence at the start of trading on Tuesday for more than 70 people injured when a mezzanine floor in the building suddenly collapsed.

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Japan investigates how to evacuate citizens from South Korea in crisis: report

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is examining how to evacuate its roughly 60,000 citizens from South Korea in the event of a crisis that closes airports, with military ships being used as shuttles, a Japanese newspaper reported on Tuesday.

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Russia's hidden world of North Korean labor

In pre-fabricated buildings, down a muddy track on the outskirts of St. Petersburg lies a world of hidden North Korean labor in Russia.

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Work provides crucial funds for N. Korea

North Korea is sending thousands of workers to Russia, then receiving the majority of their earnings despite international sanctions. CNN's Matthew Chance has an exclusive look inside one construction site.

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North Korea meeting to stress importance of sanctions - Canada

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - A summit on curbing North Korea's nuclear ambitions will focus in part on how to ensure countries fully implement all the sanctions imposed on the reclusive state, a Canadian government source said on Monday.

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Thirteen siblings found chained in California home; parents charged

PERRY, Calif. (Reuters) - A California couple has been charged with torture after police rescued their 13 malnourished children from a home where some of them had been chained to beds, and neighbors on Monday described the family as shut-ins who shunned social contact.

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US and Canada will host North Korea nuclear meeting

The United States and Canada will co-host an international summit on the North Korean nuclear threat in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Tuesday, as tensions on the Korean Peninsula settle into a steady simmer while direct talks between the north and the south continue.

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Thirteen siblings found chained, starving in California home; parents charged

(Reuters) - Thirteen malnourished siblings, ranging in age from 2 to 29, were rescued by police in California from a house where some of them had been chained to beds, and their parents have been charged with torture, officials said on Monday.

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Donald Trump, North Korea, Martin Luther King Jr.: Your Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

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North Carolina mother kills two children, jumps off bridge

(Reuters) - A North Carolina woman who liked to post videos of her children performing on YouTube fatally injured her son and daughter and then killed herself by jumping off a bridge, police said.

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BRIEF-Vermilion Energy Announces Acquisition Of Oil Assets In Southeast Saskatchewan And Southwest Manitoba

* VERMILION ENERGY INC. ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF OIL ASSETS IN SOUTHEAST SASKATCHEWAN AND SOUTHWEST MANITOBA

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North Korea meeting to stress importance of sanctions: Canada

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - A summit on curbing North Korea's nuclear ambitions will focus in part on how to ensure countries fully implement all the sanctions imposed on the reclusive state, a Canadian government source said on Monday.

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Trump says Durbin 'totally misrepresented' comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said Democratic Senator Dick Durbin "totally misrepresented" what was said at a White House meeting on immigration on Thursday, and was hurting efforts to strike a deal to protect so-called Dreamer immigrants.

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Trump thanks Qatar for efforts to combat terrorism

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday thanked the ruler of Qatar for "action to counter terrorism and extremism in all forms," the White House said in a statement that suggested a warming of ties between the two countries.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Jakarta, North Korea, the Cranberries: Your Tuesday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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Syrian rebel delegation in Washington seeking revival of CIA aid

AMMAN (Reuters) - Free Syrian Army envoys have urged U.S. officials at talks in Washington to resume a suspended CIA program of military aid if it is serious about challenging growing Iranian influence in Syria, according to Syrian opposition figures.

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Erdogan: we will 'strangle' U.S.-backed force in Syria 'before it's even born'

BEIRUT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan threatened on Monday to "strangle" a planned 30,000-strong U.S.-backed force in Syria "before it's even born," as Washington's backing for Kurdish fighters drove a wedge into relations with one of its main Middle East allies.

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South Korea's speed skaters face tough competition on home ice

(Reuters) - Picking up medals on the fast ice of the Gangneung Oval at the Winter Olympics could be a tall order for South Korea's speed skaters, according to Dutchman Bob de Jong, who is assistant coach of the hosts' national team.

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UPDATE 3-Shell OKs first UK North Sea project in six years

* Project to generate profit even at sub-$40 oil price (Adds ownership details in last paragraph)

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Washington D.C. subway train derails, no injuries reported

(Reuters) - A Washington D.C. subway train derailed early Monday, but none of the 60 passengers aboard were injured, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority said.

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Suicide attack in Baghdad kills at least 27, wounds 64

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least 27 people were killed and 64 wounded in a twin suicide bombing in central Baghdad on Monday, the deadliest attack so far this year in the Iraqi capital, an interior ministry official said.

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New U.S.-backed 'border force' in Syria infuriates Ankara, Damascus

BEIRUT/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Syria, Turkey and Russia responded vehemently on Monday to new U.S.-backed plans to set up a 30,000-strong "border force" inside Syria to protect territory held by Washington's mainly Kurdish allies.

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North Korean orchestra to perform in South during Olympics amid easing tensions

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea agreed during rare talks on Monday to send a 140-strong orchestra to perform during the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month, Seoul said, amid easing tensions after a months-long standoff over the North's weapons programs.

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Erdogan says Turkey will crush 'terror army' in northern Syria

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday the United States was trying to create a "terror army" on Turkey's southern frontier by training a Syrian border force including Kurdish militia, and pledged to crush the force before it came into being.

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BRIEF-Shell Announces Redevelopment Of Penguins Field In UK North Sea

* ANNOUNCES A FINAL INVESTMENT DECISION ON REDEVELOPMENT OF PENGUINS OIL AND GAS FIELD IN UK NORTH SEA

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Stricken tanker leaves large oil slick in East China Sea

TOKYO/BEIJING (Reuters) - A burning Iranian oil tanker that sank in the East China Sea on Sunday in the worst oil ship disaster in decades has produced a large oil slick, Chinese media and Japanese authorities said on Monday, as worries grew over damage to the marine ecosystem.

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North Korean orchestra could be music to the ears of Olympic organizers in South

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea is expecting a large North Korean delegation at next month's Winter Olympics, likely including the country's main symphony orchestra, the governor for the Games' host province said on Monday, as relations appear to start hitting the right note.

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Russia will not support U.S. bid to change Iran nuclear deal: Lavrov

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday Moscow will not support attempts by Washington to modify the Iran nuclear deal.

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South Africa to formally protest Trump's remarks

South Africa will issue a diplomatic protest to the United States Monday over US President Donald Trump's "shithole countries" comments, according to its foreign ministry.

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Koreas agree to hold Olympics talks on Wednesday, Seoul says

SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korea agreed to hold working talks on Wednesday on the North sending athletes to next month's Winter Olympics in the South, Seoul's unification ministry said, as months-long tensions over the North's weapons programs ease.

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BOJ Kuroda's optimism on economy, price outlook sends yen to 4-month high

TOKYO (Reuters) - Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda offered a positive view on the economy and inflation on Monday, sending the yen to a fourth-month high against the dollar on simmering speculation the central bank could withdraw stimulus earlier than expected.

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Russia will not support U.S. attempts to change Iran nuclear deal: Lavrov

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday Moscow will not support attempts by Washington to change the Iran nuclear deal.