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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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Future of Catalonia unclear as its parliament meets for first time since election

MADRID (Reuters) - The Catalan parliament will meet on Wednesday in a first step toward forming a local government after December's elections but questions remain over whether the wealthy northeastern region will continue to push for a split from Spain.

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Russian assets give up gains as oil heads lower

MOSCOW, Jan 17 (Reuters) - The Russian rouble and stock indexes stepped further away from recent multi-month peaks on Wednesday as prices for oil, Russia's key exports, inched lower.

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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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How three elections are snarling the immigration fight

The immigration imbroglio gripping Washington is a symptom of a broader reality: American politics is being held hostage to three nation-changing elections -- one past and two that are yet to come.

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Microsoft tops Thomson Reuters top 100 global tech leaders list

Jan 17 (Reuters - Thomson Reuters Corp on Wednesday published its debut "Top 100 Global Technology Leaders" list with Microsoft Corp in the no. 1 spot, followed by chipmaker Intel Corp and network gear maker Cisco Systems Inc.

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Hong Kong democracy leader Joshua Wong jailed a second time for 2014 protest

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong, 21, was sentenced to a second jail term of three months on Wednesday for his role in the 2014 pro-democracy "Umbrella Movement" street occupations.

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Indonesian president to reshuffle cabinet: presidential palace

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo will swear in new members of cabinet on Wednesday, the presidential palace said, in what will be the third reshuffle of his five-year term.

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Fox News shelved Stormy Daniels-Trump story before election

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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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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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Kosovo Serb leader shot dead in divided town of Mitrovica

PRISTINA/BELGRADE (Reuters) - Kosovo Serb leader Oliver Ivanovic, who was standing trial over the killings of ethnic Albanians during the 1998-99 war, was shot dead on Tuesday in what Serbia called an act of terrorism.

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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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UPDATE 2-Brazil's Caixa suspends VPs after presidential order

BRASILIA, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Brazilian state lender Caixa Economic Federal suspended four of its vice presidents on Tuesday after President Michel Temer called on them to step down and defend themselves from accusations of wrongdoing.

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Warning light: Mexican car sales slump ahead of election

MEXICO CITY, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Car dealerships in Mexico City have kicked off the new year offering "clearance sales" and free insurance as 2017 models collect dust on their lots, a reminder that consumer nerves over high interest rates could slow the economy ahead of elections.

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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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Iran's leader accuses Saudis of 'treason' against Muslims

LONDON (Reuters) - Iran's supreme leader accused Saudi rulers on Tuesday of committing "treason" against Muslims by aligning themselves with the United States and Israel.

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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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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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Syrian opposition calls on Trump and EU to put pressure on Russia and Iran

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and European Union leaders should increase the pressure on President Bashar al-Assad and his allies Russia and Iran to return to talks to end Syria's civil war, Syria's chief opposition negotiator said on Monday.

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Syrian opposition calls on Trump and EU to up pressure on Russia and Iran

LONDON (Reuters) - Syria's chief opposition negotiator called on U.S. President Donald Trump and European Union leaders to increase pressure on President Bashar al-Assad, Russia and Iran to return to talks aimed at ending the six-year civil war.

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Russian pollster pulls pre-election research over closure fears

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's only major independent pollster, the Levada Center, said on Tuesday it had stopped publishing polls about the forthcoming presidential election because it feared the authorities might shut it down for perceived meddling.

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New bill targets Russia, others for future election interference

Lawmakers are set to introduce a bill that would punish any nation that tries to influence a US election, adding extra sanctions against Russia if it once again tries to interfere.

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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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Oliver Ivanovic, Kosovo Serb Leader Accused of War Crimes, Is Killed

The leader of the Citizens’ Initiative Party was shot outside the party’s offices in Mitrovica, a northern city that is sharply divided along ethnic lines.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Olympics: Norwegian biathlete Bjoerndalen misses out on Games selection

(Reuters) - Norway's Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time, will not take part in this year's Games in Pyeongchang after missing out on selection for the team, the Norwegian Biathlon Association said on Monday.

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Dear President Trump: Churchill would have been a climate leader

There could be no starker illustration of the profound differences that exist between Washington and London -- despite alignment on many other issues -- than comments this week by our two leaders on climate change and the environment.

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Syrian Kurdish leader hopes new force will counter threats from Turkey, Damascus

QAMISHLI, Syria (Reuters) - Kurdish-led regions of Syria are looking to a new U.S.-backed border force to protect them in the face of growing threats from Turkey and Damascus, a senior Kurdish politician told Reuters.

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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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Nephew of assassinated president Sadat says Egypt too repressive for election bid

CAIRO (Reuters) - The nephew of assassinated Egyptian president Anwar al-Sadat said on Monday he would not, as widely expected, challenge incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in the presidential election because an environment of fear surrounds the vote.

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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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Russian foreign minister accuses US of 'destabilizing' world

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has accused the United States of destabilizing the world, airing a list of grievances over the Trump administration's foreign policy.

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Madrid to keep ruling Catalonia if exiled ex-leader reelected: PM

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain will continue to rule the regional administration of Catalonia directly from Madrid in the event that its self-exiled former leader Carles Puigdemont is chosen as president by the Catalan parliament, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Monday.

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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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Britain scrambles two Typhoon jets to intercept Russian planes

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain scrambled two Royal Air Force Typhoon jets on Monday from Scotland to intercept Russian planes near the United Kingdom's airspace, a defense ministry spokesman said.

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Madrid to keep direct rule of Catalonia if former leader reelected: PM

MADRID (Reuters) - Madrid will continue to run Catalonia's government if sacked former leader Carles Puigdemont is voted regional president by the Catalan parliament while in self-imposed exile in Brussels, Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Monday.

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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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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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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.

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UK opposition Labour calls for investigation into Carillion collapse

LONDON, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Labour Party called for an investigation into the government's actions ahead of the collapse of British construction and services company Carillion which was forced into compulsory liquidation on Monday.

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Suicide attack in Baghdad kills at least 25, wounds 63, government says

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least 25 people were killed and 63 wounded in a twin suicide bombing in central Baghdad on Monday, the Iraqi health ministry said on its Facebook page.

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Suicide attack in Baghdad kills at least 16, wounds 65: ministry says

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least 16 people were killed and 65 wounded in a twin suicide bombing in central Baghdad on Monday, the Iraqi interior ministry said.

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In Czech Election, a Choice Between Leaning East or West

A presidential vote will help decide whether the Czech Republic continues to be drawn east toward Russia and China or fully re-embraces the European Union.

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Hawaii says lack of adequate fail-safe measures led to false missile alert

HONOLULU (Reuters) - Human error and a lack of adequate fail-safe measures during a civil defense warning drill led to the false missile alert that stirred panic across Hawaii over the weekend, a state emergency management agency spokesman acknowledged on Sunday.

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Plane skids off Turkish runway and plunges towards sea

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Pegasus Airlines flight skidded off the runway of a Turkish coastal airport and plunged down a steep slope on the edge of the Black Sea, ending up only meters from the water's edge.

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Exclusive: France expects UK to pay up, take more refugees to keep border - official

PARIS (Reuters) - France expects Britain to agree to take more asylum seekers and pay more for border security in order to maintain a frontier on the French side of the Channel, a French government official said.

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FCC says appears Hawaii had no safeguard to stop missile scare

(Reuters) - Hawaii apparently did not have adequate safeguards in place to prevent a false emergency alert about a missile attack that panicked residents for more than a half-hour before it was withdrawn, a federal official said on Sunday.

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China absence looms over Canada meeting on how to pressure North Korea

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Foreign ministers from around 20 nations gather on Tuesday to discuss how to curb North Korea's nuclear ambitions through diplomatic and financial pressure, but China, seen as a key player in any long-term solution, will be absent.

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FCC says government officials must work to prevent false alerts

(Reuters) - The chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Sunday that Hawaii apparently did not have adequate safeguards in place to prevent a false emergency alert and that government officials must work to prevent future incidents.

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Israel says it destroyed Gaza attack tunnel under Egyptian border

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli said on Sunday it had destroyed a cross-border attack tunnel that ran from Gaza into Israel and Egypt dug by Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the Palestinian enclave, and that it would destroy all attack tunnels by the year's end.

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U.S.-led coalition helps to build new Syrian force, angering Turkey

BEIRUT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The U.S.-led coalition is working with its Syrian militia allies to set up a new border force of 30,000 personnel, the coalition said on Sunday, a move that has added to Turkish anger over U.S. support for Kurdish-dominated forces in Syria.

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Iraqi PM Abadi to seek re-election, in alliance with Iran-backed group

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Sunday announced he would stand for re-election on May 12 at the head of a cross-sectarian bloc, and received the support of a powerful Shi'ite group close to Iran.

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U.S.-led coalition helps build new Syrian force, angering Turkey

BEIRUT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The U.S.-led coalition is working with its Syrian militia allies to set up a new border force of 30,000 personnel, the coalition said on Sunday, a move that has added to Turkish anger over U.S. support for Kurdish-dominated forces in Syria.

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German SPD leaders aim to improve on coalition deal with Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) - Leading members of Germany's Social Democrats vowed on Sunday to press for improvements to a coalition blueprint they have agreed with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, seeking to win over skeptical party members who can torpedo the agreement.

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Burning Iranian oil tanker sinks after January 6 accident: Chinese state TV

BEIJING (Reuters) - An Iranian oil tanker has sunk after burning for more than a week following a collision on Jan. 6 in the East China Sea, Chinese state media said on Sunday, adding that large amounts of oil are burning in the surrounding waters.

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Merkel could join Macron in Davos for epic clash with Trump

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is considering joining French President Emmanuel Macron at the World Economic Forum in Davos next week in what could turn into an epic clash of competing world views with U.S. President Donald Trump.

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South Africa's ANC leader says issue of Zuma's future "will be dealt with": eNCA

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The new leader of South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) party, Cyril Ramaphosa, said in an interview broadcast on Sunday that the issue of whether President Jacob Zuma should step down "will be dealt with."

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Iran's Rouhani mocks Trump's failure to keep election pledge

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani mocked Donald Trump for failing to kill off the Iran nuclear deal despite the US leader's 2016 election promise to do so.

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Burning Iranian oil tanker has sunk after January 6 accident: Chinese state TV

BEIJING (Reuters) - An Iranian oil tanker has sunk after burning for more than a week following a collision on Jan. 6 in the East China Sea, Chinese state media said on Sunday, adding that large amounts of oil are burning in the surrounding waters.

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Search for California mudslide survivors goes on

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The search for survivors of the deadly mudslides in parts of California's scenic Santa Barbara County continued Sunday even as hopes dwindled to find anyone else alive, officials said.

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Scottish leader says will look at independence vote by end of year

LONDON (Reuters) - Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon said on Sunday she would be able to make a judgment on whether to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence by the end of this year after a shape of a deal between Britain and the European Union becomes clear.

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Burning Iranian oil tanker finally sinks after January 6 accident: Chinese state TV

BEIJING (Reuters) - A burning Iranian oil tanker that had drifted into Japan's exclusive economic zone has sunk after a collision on Jan. 6, Chinese state television said on Sunday.

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Brexit vote may be reversed, says British campaigner Farage

LONDON (Reuters) - Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage said on Sunday he was increasingly concerned that a vote for Britain to leave the European Union could be overturned by a powerful group of the bloc's supporters.

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Myanmar, Bangladesh meet amid doubts about Rohingya repatriation plan

DHAKA/YANGON (Reuters) - Hamid Hussain, a 71-year-old Rohingya Muslim farmer, first fled Myanmar for Bangladesh in 1992. He went home the next year under a repatriation deal between the two neighbors, only to repeat the journey last September when violence flared once more.

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Exiled Cambodian opposition members set up new movement

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Foreign-based members of Cambodia's dissolved opposition party have launched a movement to demand the release of its detained leader and to call for free and fair elections and possibly protests.

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Israel says destroyed Gaza attack tunnel under Israel, Egypt borders

GAZA (Reuters) - The Israeli military said on Sunday it had destroyed a cross-border attack tunnel that ran from Gaza into Israel and Egypt, dug by the Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the Palestinian enclave.

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Venezuela government, opposition conclude talks without agreement

SANTO DOMINGO (Reuters) - Members of Venezuela's leftist government and opposition leaders concluded a round of talks in the Dominican Republic on Saturday, failing to reach a deal to address the country's political and economic crisis.

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Iraqi PM Abadi to seek re-election in May vote

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced on Sunday his candidacy for the May 12 parliamentary elections to choose a prime minister.

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Ballistic missile warning sent in error by Hawaii authorities

HONOLULU (Reuters) - An emergency alert was sent mistakenly on Saturday to Hawaii's residents warning of an imminent ballistic missile attack when an employee at the state emergency management agency pushed the "wrong button," Hawaii's governor said.

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U.S. military’s Pacific Command says ballistic missile warning sent in error to Hawaii

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military's Pacific Command said on Saturday there was no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii after an official message was mistakenly sent to Hawaii residents' mobile phones warning them of an imminent attack.

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Chelsea Manning seeks Maryland U.S. Senate seat: election filing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chelsea Manning, the transgender U.S. Army soldier who served seven years in military prison for leaking classified data, is seeking the Democratic Party's nomination for the U.S. Senate seat from Maryland, according to Federal election filings seen on Saturday.

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Nigerian Shi'ite leader, rumored dead, makes first public appearance in two years

ABUJA (Reuters) - The leader of Nigeria's Shi'ite Muslim sect, rumored to have died in detention, made his first public appearance in two years on Saturday, after police arrested dozens of members of the group during protests calling for his release this week.

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Anti-Trump demonstrators march in Swiss capital

ZURICH (Reuters) - Anti-globalisation demonstrators took to the streets of the Swiss capital on Saturday to protest against a planned visit by U.S. President Donald Trump to the World Economic Forum this month.

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No Grand Coalition! Opponents of Merkel alliance hit the road

WERNIGERODE, Germany (Reuters) - Opponents of a renewed German "grand coalition" took to the road on Saturday, hoping to persuade members of their Social Democratic Party (SPD) to vote against governing with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives for another four years.

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Czech presidential vote sets up Zeman-Drahos second round clash

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Incumbent east-looking Milos Zeman won the first round of the Czech Republic's presidential election on Saturday but runner up Jiri Drahos may pose a strong challenge in the second round in two weeks, nearly complete results showed.

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Islamic State affiliate claims deadly attack on U.S. troops in Niger

NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - The leader of Islamic State's affiliate in West Africa has claimed responsibility for an attack that killed four U.S. special forces and four soldiers from Niger in October, Mauritania's independent Nouakchott News Agency (ANI) reported on Saturday.

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Incumbent Zeman leads Czech presidential election: half votes counted

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Incumbent Milos Zeman led the first round of the Czech Republic's presidential election on Saturday with 41.99 percent of the vote, results from 51.3 percent of voting districts showed.

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South Korea and North Korea to hold working-level talks on January 15

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea and South Korea have agreed to hold working-level talks at the Tongil Pavilion on the North Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjom on Jan. 15, South Korea's unification ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

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New U.S. sanctions attempt to influence Russia before election: Tass

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A new round of U.S. sanctions expected against Moscow is an attempt to influence Russia's domestic affairs ahead of a presidential election, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying on Saturday.

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South Africa to target investment, graft under new ANC leader

EAST LONDON, South Africa (Reuters) - South Africa wants to attract foreign investors to help it kick-start economic growth and eradicate poverty and will crack down on corruption, the new leader of the ruling African National Congress said on Saturday.

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South Korea and North Korea to hold working-level talks on January 15: Yonhap

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea and South Korea have agreed to have working-level talks on Jan. 15 at the Tongil Pavilion on the North Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjom, news agency Yonhap reported.

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South Africa 'open for investment', new ANC leader Ramaphosa says

EAST LONDON, South Africa (Reuters) - South Africa is open for investment and wants to offer policy certainty as it seeks to increase economic growth and eradicate poverty, the new leader of the ruling African National Congress said on Saturday.

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Russia deploys more surface-to-air missiles in Crimean build-up

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia deployed a new division of S-400 surface-to-air missiles in Crimea on Saturday, Russian news agencies reported, in an escalation of military tensions on the Crimean peninsula.

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Chinese salvagers recover two bodies from flaming Iranian tanker

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A Chinese salvage team recovered two bodies on Saturday from a stricken Iranian oil tanker, that was still blazing a week after it caught fire and was left adrift following a collision in the East China Sea, state news agency Xinhua reported.

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Las Vegas gunman emailed about bump stocks months before rampage: documents

(Reuters) - Three months before killing 58 people and wounding more than 500 in Las Vegas last October, the gunman behind the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history sent emails discussing buying bump stocks, which can make semiautomatic rifles fire hundreds of rounds a minute, media reports on unsealed search warrants showed.

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Czechs pick between east-looking Zeman and pro-western challengers in presidential vote

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czechs wrap up voting on Saturday in the first round of a presidential election in which eight candidates are seeking to oust the incumbent Milos Zeman, whose inclination toward far-right groups and warm relations with Russia and China have split public opinion.

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U.S. charges Maryland businessman with bribing Russian official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. authorities have charged a Maryland businessman with bribing a Russian official in an effort to win contracts to ship uranium to the United States.

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Venezuela government, opposition resume talks in Dominican Republic

SANTO DOMINGO (Reuters) - Members of Venezuela's leftist government and opposition leaders resumed talks in the Dominican Republic on Friday, seeking to reach an agreement to ease a deep political and economic crisis in the OPEC country.

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U.S. consumer watchdog official takes leadership fight to appeals court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An official who hopes to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Friday took her fight to a U.S. appeals court, urging it to oust President Donald Trump's pick for the...

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Turkey warns citizens against travel to U.S. in tit-for-tat move

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey has warned its citizens against travel to the United States, saying Turks face the risk of arbitrary arrest and should take precautions if they do decide to travel, the latest tit-for-tat volley in a diplomatic feud between the NATO allies.

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Gupta: 'Competent' or 'crazy' misses the point of presidential mental health

The discussion around the health of President Trump has reached a new level of urgency this week because he will be an outpatient at Walter Reed Medical Center today, undergoing a battery of tests to determine whether he is "fit to lead," a colloquial term many use but with little clinical basis.

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Jailed leader of Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition makes first court appearance in 14 months

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The head of Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition on Friday made his first public appearance since his arrest 14 months ago, standing before an Istanbul court on charges of insulting President Tayyip Erdogan.

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Fugitive former leader cannot rule Catalonia from abroad says Madrid

MADRID (Reuters) - The Spanish government dismissed outright on Friday the possibility of former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont ruling the region from self-imposed exile in Brussels, and said Madrid would contest any attempt to do so in the courts.

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Merkel wants to seal coalition deal with SPD swiftly: source

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to conclude negotiations with the Social Democrats (SPD) on forming a coalition government by mid-February, a source in her conservative party said on Friday.

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Syrian war will drag into next decade: senior Kurdish leader

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A Russian-led effort to end the war in Syria will fail and the conflict looks set to extend into the next decade, a top Syrian Kurdish politician told Reuters in an interview.

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BRIEF-Berry Global Announces Board Of Directors Leadership Change

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In rut, Russian communists register surprise candidate to challenge Putin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian Communist Party moved to overhaul its geriatric image on Friday, registering a wealthy 57-year-old farm boss to challenge incumbent Vladimir Putin for the presidency in a gamble it hopes will revive its electoral fortunes.

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JPMorgan profit beats on higher interest rates; books tax charge

(Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co , the biggest U.S. bank by assets, reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit as gains in net interest income offset a slowdown in trading revenue.

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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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Trump to get first presidential medical exam amid questions about fitness

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump has his first medical exam as U.S. president on Friday after a week in which his mental fitness for the job has come under intense scrutiny.

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Tunisia arrests another 150 including opposition leaders over unrest

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisian authorities arrested another 150 people including local opposition leaders over unrest against price and tax rises that prompted troop deployments to restive towns, and activists called for renewed rallies at the weekend.

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Russian and Turkish foreign ministers discuss Syria by phone: Russia

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's foreign ministry said on Friday that minister Sergei Lavrov had spoken over the phone with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu about preparations for the Syrian Congress of National Dialogue.

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Russian, Iranian foreign ministers discuss Syria

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke by telephone with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif about preparations for a Russian-hosted Syrian People's Congress, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday in a statement.

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Merkel's conservatives, SPD agree on German coalition blueprint: sources

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) agreed after all-night talks on Friday to a blueprint for formal coalition negotiations, party sources said, bolstering prospects for an end to months of political uncertainty.

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Trump cancels Britain trip, blames Obama for 'peanuts' London embassy deal

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump canceled a trip to London scheduled for next month to open a new embassy, blaming Barack Obama for selling off the old one for "peanuts" in a bad deal.

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Merkel's conservatives, SPD agree German coalition blueprint: sources

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) agreed after all-night talks on Friday to a blueprint for formal coalition negotiations, party sources said, bolstering prospects for an end to months of political uncertainty.

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Obama explains 'what the Russians exploited' in new interview with Letterman

Former President Barack Obama weighed in on the potential consequences of Russian meddling in social media platforms during the 2016 election in a new interview with David Letterman.

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China's imports from North Korea plummet in December, lowest for four years

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's imports from North Korea plunged in December to their lowest level in dollar terms since at least the start of 2014, with trade curbed by U.N. sanctions aimed at persuading North Korea to abandon its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs.

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Trump cancels UK visit, says will not unveil new U.S. embassy

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump canceled a visit to London scheduled for early this year, saying he was disappointed with the "Obama administration having sold" the U.S. embassy in the British capital.

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Twenty-one hours and counting: German coalition talks drag on

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and Social Democrats (SPD) worked through the night on Thursday to resolve differences on taxes, migration and other issues blocking formation of a new "grand coalition" government.

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Trump to extend Iran sanctions relief, keeping nuclear deal intact: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will extend sanctions relief granted to Iran under its 2015 nuclear deal with the United States and other world powers, leaving the accord intact for now, according to a person familiar with the decision.

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Investigate an Accused Ally? New York Senate’s Republican Leader Says No

An accusation against Jeffrey D. Klein, a powerful senator, marks Albany’s biggest sexual harassment scandal in years. But despite anger, there are few options to investigate.

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Korea talks ease war fears in Washington, but for how long?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Talks between North and South Korea ahead of next month's Winter Olympics have eased fears of war over Pyongyang's development of nuclear missiles capable of hitting the United States - at least for now.

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Trump Boasts of ‘Very Good Relationship’ With North Korean Leader

The president’s rosy description of his relationship with Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, was a jarring reversal in tone after months of the two leaders trading taunts.

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Russians may be planning hack to cast shadow on Olympics: researchers

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A Virginia-based cybersecurity firm said on Thursday it had found early indications that Russia-based hackers may be planning attacks against anti-doping agencies in retaliation for Russia's exclusion from next month's Winter Olympic Games.

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Bipartisan U.S. Senate group crafts 'Dreamer' immigration plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Thursday reached a tentative agreement on legislation to protect young "Dreamer" immigrants from deportation, along with other immigration policy changes, and is attempting to build support for the deal in Congress.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Why Malaysia’s Opposition Picked an Old Foe as Its New Leader

Could Mahathir Mohamad dismantle the system he helped build during his previous decades in power?

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Macron sings praises of Italian prime minister ahead of election

ROME (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron heaped praise on Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni in Rome on Thursday, less than two months before national elections in Italy that opinion polls say the ruling center-left government will lose.

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Putin says Kremlin critic Navalny is U.S. pick for Russian presidency

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that opposition leader Alexei Navalny was Washington's pick for the Russian presidency, which was why the United States had complained about Navalny not being allowed to run for office.

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Putin: Kremlin critic Navalny is U.S. pick for Russian presidency

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday opposition leader Alexei Navalny appeared to be Washington's pick for the Russian presidency, which was why the United States had complained about Navalny not being allowed to run for office.

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Non-Russian airlines to operate internal charter flights for World Cup

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Foreign airlines will be allowed to carry out a limited number of charter flights between Russian cities during the World Cup in June and July, Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said on Thursday.

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U.S. says Vietnam should have notified eight state firms to WTO

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States has notified the World Trade Organization of eight Vietnamese firms it says should have been registered as state trading enterprises under the global trading rules, a U.S. filing published by the WTO showed on Thursday.

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DC to rename street in front of Russian embassy after murdered anti-Putin dissident

Washington's city council has unanimously passed a measure to rename the street in front of the Russian Embassy after Boris Nemtsov, a pro-democracy activist and critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Czech PM Babis supports incumbent Zeman in presidential election

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis backed incumbent Milos Zeman in the country's presidential election, which starts with a first round on Friday and Saturday.

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Opinion: What the leadership of Germany's Merkel will look like without Merkelism

Amid all of the uncertainty of Germany's laborious search for a new government, the one certainty is that, in the end, Angela Merkel will be Chancellor again.

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Myanmar admission soldiers killed Rohingya 'an important step': U.S. envoy

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's admission that soldiers were involved in the murder of 10 Muslims in September was an important step and the United States hoped it would be followed by more transparency and accountability, the U.S. ambassador said on Thursday.

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European powers urge Trump to preserve Iran nuclear deal

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain, France and Germany made a joint plea to Donald Trump on Thursday to uphold a pact stopping Iran getting nuclear weapons, a day before the U.S. president is expected to decide whether to re-impose sanctions in a move likely to sink the deal.

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Walmart raises minimum wage to $11 an hour in wake of U.S. tax law

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Walmart Stores Inc said on Thursday it would raise entry-level wages for hourly employees to $11 an hour as it benefits from the biggest overhaul of the U.S. tax code in 30 years.

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Hungary to hold election on April 8, PM Orban's Fidesz ahead in polls

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary will hold a parliamentary election on April 8, President Janos Ader announced on Thursday, a contest likely to give Prime Minister Viktor Orban's ruling Fidesz party a third successive term in power.

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Britain, France, Germany plead for U.S. to preserve Iran deal

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain, France, Germany and the European Union made a joint call to the United States to protect the Iran nuclear pact, saying Tehran had a right to benefit from the lifting of sanctions tied to it.

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Kremlin: U.S. report accusing Russia of election meddling harms relations

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin on Thursday described a report published by Democratic U.S. lawmakers accusing Russia of election meddling as damaging for bilateral relations, as well as for the United States itself.

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Kremlin rejects U.S. charge of meddling in Mexican presidential poll

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin dismissed a U.S. allegation it was meddling in Mexican politics ahead of a presidential election there as unfounded.

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German SPD leader says still 'big hurdles' to clear in coalition talks

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Social Democrat (SPD) leader Martin Schulz said on Thursday his party had found common ground with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives in many areas but there were still "big hurdles" to clear before they could agree to join a governing coalition.

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US military leader threatens ISIS with death by shovel

The top enlisted leader in the US military has issued a stark and graphic warning to all remaining ISIS fighters: Surrender or face a violent death at the hands of coalition forces, who will carry out the task using anything from bombs to entrenchment shovels.

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Exclusive: Canada increasingly convinced Trump will pull out of NAFTA

LONDON, Ontario (Reuters) - Canada is increasingly convinced that President Donald Trump will soon announce the United States intends to pull out of NAFTA, two government sources said on Wednesday, sending the Canadian and Mexican currencies lower and hurting stocks.

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Exclusive: Canada increasingly convinced of Trump NAFTA pullout - sources

LONDON, Ontario (Reuters) - Canada is increasingly convinced that President Donald Trump will soon announce the United States intends to pull out of NAFTA, two government sources said on Wednesday, sending the Canadian and Mexican currencies lower and hurting stocks.

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China's U.S. bond rebalancing would hold few fears for Fed

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Federal Reserve policymakers reacted coolly to a report on Wednesday that China could curb its massive U.S. debt purchases, pointing out that such rebalancing by countries can be healthy and would not likely disrupt the U.S. central bank's plan to trim its own bond portfolio.

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Exclusive: Canada increasingly sure Trump to pull plug on NAFTA - sources

LONDON, Ontario (Reuters) - Canada is increasingly convinced that U.S. President Donald Trump will soon announce that the United States intends to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, two government sources said on Wednesday.

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Darrell Issa, a California Republican, Will Not Seek Re-election to House

Mr. Issa becomes one of the most prominent in a long list of Republican retirements, adding to talk of a Democratic wave in the midterm elections.

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Fifteen dead, up to two dozen missing, after California mudslides

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rescue crews with dogs and thermal-imaging equipment searched the hills around wealthy Santa Barbara, California, on Wednesday for up to two dozen people missing after rain-driven mudslides swept through the coastal community, killing at least 15.

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Democrats target Russia, Trump on election meddling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. lawmakers accused Russia on Wednesday of a "relentless assault" on democratic institutions worldwide, and called on President Donald Trump to treat election interference as a national crisis.

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Special Report: How courts help companies keep sexual misconduct under cover

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cristina Chen-Oster, a senior salesperson in Goldman Sachs’s convertible bonds department, was a few years out of MIT when a male colleague pinned her against a wall, kissed her, groped her and tried to engage in a sexual act, she said in a lawsuit in federal court. After reporting the incident to her boss, the lawsuit alleged, she missed out on pay and promotions while her accused attacker steadily rose through the ranks.

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GOP Rep. Darrell Issa will not seek re-election

California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa will retire at the end of his term, he announced Wednesday.

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Russian man rams armored personnel carrier into shop, steals wine

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A man rammed an armored personnel carrier into a shop window before climbing through the rubble to steal a bottle of wine in a town in northern Russia on Wednesday morning, according to local media and video posted on social media.

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Russia’s Election Meddling Fits a Global Pattern, Senate Report Says

The report tracks Russian efforts in 19 countries, chronicling misinformation campaigns and the funding of far-right political causes long before the presidential election.

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Fifteen confirmed dead in California mudslide, more casualties feared

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rescue crews using helicopters and dogs searched the hills around wealthy Santa Barbara, California, on Wednesday for people trapped or killed by rain-driven mudslides that left at least 15 people dead in the coastal community.

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U.S. yields at 10-month high on report China may slow U.S. bond purchases

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Major government bond yields hit multi-month highs and world stock indexes fell on Wednesday following a report that Chinese officials have recommended slowing or halting purchases of U.S. government bonds.

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Voter panel made no findings, will destroy data: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial voter fraud panel made no early findings and will not give the Department of Homeland Security any voter data it received, the White House's top technology official said.

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U.N. endorses elections for Libya by end of 2018

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - The United Nations is committed to helping Libya organize elections by the end of this year, encouraged by the rate at which Libyans have been registering to vote, a top U.N. official said on Wednesday.

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Report: US must act now to ward off more Russian election meddling

The US will not be prepared to defend against possible Russian meddling in the 2018 midterm elections or the 2020 presidential contest unless it takes action now, according to a new report detailing the extent to which Moscow has tried to shape elections across Europe.

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Ford Sollers to hire 600 to meet growing Russian car demand

MOSCOW, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Ford's Russian joint venture Ford Sollers plans to create 600 new jobs at its Elabuga plant and institute a six-day week to meet growing demand, it said on Wednesday.

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Democrats target Russia, Trump in report on election interference

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. lawmakers called on President Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday to treat foreign election interference as a national crisis, setting up a single agency to coordinate the response and establishing a new class of sanctions to quickly punish those responsible.

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Pro-independence parties to back former Catalan leader as regional head

MADRID (Reuters) - The two main pro-independence parties in the Spanish region of Catalonia have agreed to back former leader Carles Puigdemont as candidate for regional head, raising the likelihood of a renewed push for a split from Spain this year.

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Franklin Templeton's Zahn reduces exposure to Italy ahead of election

LONDON, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Franklin Templeton's David Zahn said on Wednesday he had reduced holdings of Italian bonds in his flagship fund by around a half ahead of expected pre-election volatility, although any selloff would be an opportunity to move back into the market.

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South Korea’s Leader Credits Trump for North Korea Talks

President Moon Jae-in warned North Korea about sanctions if it resumed weapons tests, while crediting President Trump with forcing it to the table.

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Myanmar prosecutor seeks Official Secrets Act charges against two Reuters reporters

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar prosecutors sought charges on Wednesday against two Reuters reporters under the Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years, the reporters' lawyer said.

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Tennis: Rublev leading the Russian advance into Melbourne

(Reuters) - "Sound the alarm! The Russians are coming" sounds like Cold War paranoia but when applied to the world of men's tennis it might be worth sitting up and taking notice.

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Myanmar prosecutor seeks Official Secrets Act charges against two Reuters journalists

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar prosecutors sought charges on Wednesday against two Reuters reporters under the Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years, the reporters' lawyer said.

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South Korea's Moon says Trump deserves 'big' credit for North Korea talks

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in credited U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday for helping to spark the first inter-Korean talks in more than two years, and warned that Pyongyang would face stronger sanctions if provocations continued.

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Two Reuters reporters due in court in Myanmar

YANGON (Reuters) - Two Reuters journalists detained in Myanmar are due to appear in court on Wednesday, when prosecutors could request that charges be filed against them over an accusation they broke the country's Official Secrets Act.

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Bannon steps down from Breitbart News after drawing fire from Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Steve Bannon has stepped down as executive chairman of Breitbart News, the right-wing news website said on Tuesday, after he drew fire from President Donald Trump for comments that harshly criticized Trump's eldest son.

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Salvadorans say going home not an option after U.S. axes protection

RED BANK, N.J. (Reuters) - Three decades after fleeing civil war in his native El Salvador, Luis Munoz has built a life for himself in the New Jersey coastal town of Red Bank, working as a mechanic and raising three children with his wife.

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Bannon steps down from Breitbart News after comments critical of Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Steve Bannon has stepped down as executive chairman of Breitbart News, the right-wing news organization said on its website on Tuesday, after the former White House chief strategist was quoted in a book criticizing President Donald Trump.

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At least six dead in Southern California flooding, mudslides

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - At least six people died and thousands fled their homes in Southern California on Tuesday as a powerful rainstorm triggered flash floods and mudslides on slopes where a series of intense wildfires had burned off protective vegetation last month.

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U.S. crude hits three-year high as oil prices climb on tighter market

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices edged higher on Tuesday, with U.S. crude touching its highest since December 2014, supported by OPEC-led production cuts and expectations that U.S. crude inventories have dropped for an eighth week.

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U.S. hails Korea talks, despite North's rejection of denuclearization

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North and South Korea held their first talks in more than two years on Tuesday and Washington hailed them as a good first step in solving the crisis over the North's nuclear missile program, even though Pyongyang said it would not discuss weapons that were only aimed at the United States.

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Ex-Catalan President Artur Mas steps down as leader of separatist party

MADRID (Reuters) - Former Catalan president Artur Mas said on Tuesday he would step down as head of his separatist political party to pave the way for new leaders of Catalonia's independence movement after reports of internal divisions.

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Iran’s Leader Calls Trump ‘Psychotic’ and Warns of Revenge

The supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, blamed the U.S. for instigating recent protests in Iran and vowed to retaliate for the ‘‘damage’’ caused.

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Trump says he could beat Oprah Winfrey in a presidential race

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he could beat media mogul Oprah Winfrey in a presidential contest but said he did not think the actress and talk show host would run.

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North Korea tells South it will not discuss nuclear arms in future talks

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said after its first talks with South Korea in more than two years that it would not discuss its nuclear weapons with Seoul because they were aimed only at the United States, not its "brethren" in South Korea.

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Forty-two Russians appeal against Olympic bans: CAS

ZURICH (Reuters) - Forty-two Russians have lodged appeals against bans issued by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) following doping violations at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Tuesday.

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Boeing shares have more room to fly in 2018: analysts

(Reuters) - Rising demand for jet sales pushed Boeing Co's stock to the top of the Dow Jones Industrial Average in 2017, and record cash flow to fuel projects, sustain dividends and buy back shares could give it another bumper year, analysts said.

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OPEC's cheer over 2018 oil rally tinged by shale worries

DUBAI/LONDON (Reuters) - Oil's price rally this year to its highest since May 2015 may seem a source of glee for OPEC, but some in the producer group fear the gains could prompt shale companies to crank open their spigots and flood the market.

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Sport court says 42 Russians appeal IOC doping decisions

ZURICH (Reuters) - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Tuesday it has registered 42 appeals by Russian athletes seeking to overturn International Olympic Committee (IOC) penalties against them linked to doping violations at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

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Iran has foiled plot to use protests to overthrow system, leader says

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran has foiled attempts by its foreign enemies to turn legitimate protests into an insurgency to overthrow the Islamic Republic, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday.

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North Korea says it will not discuss nuclear arms in talks with South

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Tuesday it would not discuss its nuclear weapons in coming talks with Seoul because they were aimed only at the United States, not its "brethren" in South Korea.

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Oprah Winfrey 'intrigued' by U.S. presidential run: friend Gayle King

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Media magnate Oprah Winfrey is "intrigued" by the possibility of running for the U.S. presidency in 2020 but is not considering it now, a close friend said on Tuesday after Winfrey's speech at a Hollywood awards show thrust her name into the political arena.

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Oil rises above $68 to highest since May 2015 on tighter market

LONDON (Reuters) - Oil rose further above $68 a barrel on Tuesday, touching its highest since May 2015, supported by OPEC-led production cuts and expectations U.S. crude inventories fell for an eighth week.

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California Today: California Today: Republican Ed Royce Won’t Seek Re-election

Tuesday: A high-profile race after Mr. Royce’s departure, a major rainstorm, and angst in Yosemite over Starbucks.

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Zimbabwe's opposition faces rocky road to election as leader mulls exit

HARARE (Reuters) - If Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai were to stand down - as he has hinted - the party he founded would face immediate instability and could even split, handing a gift to new President Emmerson Mnangagwa in an election this year.

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Russian historian who exposed Stalin's crimes faces enforced psychiatric testing

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian historian whose exposure of Soviet leader Josef Stalin's crimes angered state officials is due to begin enforced psychiatric testing this week amid fears he will be falsely declared insane, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

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North, South Korea agree to resolve issues through dialogue

SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korea on Tuesday agreed on negotiations to resolve problems and military talks aimed at averting accidental conflict, after their first official dialogue in more than two years, as Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program fuels tension.