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Senate Democrats close to majority in drive to restore net neutrality

(Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democrats said on Tuesday they had the backing of 50 members of the 100-person chamber to overturn the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s decision to reverse the Obama administration's net neutrality rules, leaving them just one vote short of a majority.

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U.S. Homeland Security chief: did not hear Trump use vulgarity during meeting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, under intense questioning from Democratic senators, said on Tuesday she did not hear President Donald Trump use a vulgarity to describe African countries during an impassioned White House meeting last week.

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Trump administration to appeal 'Dreamer' immigrant ruling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday said it will ask the Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling last week that blocked President Donald Trump's move to end a program that protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children.

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UPDATE 4-Citigroup reports $18 bln loss on one-time tax items

Jan 16 (Reuters) - Citigroup Inc posted an $18-billion quarterly loss on Tuesday because of charges related to a new U.S. tax law, but its adjusted earnings beat Wall Street expectations and management signaled that the bank may soon lift financial performance targets.

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Special counsel subpoenas former Trump aide Bannon: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon has been subpoenaed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify before a grand jury in a probe into alleged ties between Russia and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-NSK Will Probably Generate Roughly 108 Bln Yen In Group Operating Profit In The Year Through March 2019 - Nikkei

* NSK LTD WILL PROBABLY GENERATE ROUGHLY 108 BILLION YEN IN GROUP OPERATING PROFIT IN THE YEAR THROUGH MARCH 2019 - NIKKEI Source text : [http://s.nikkei.com/2DjXq3M] Further company coverage:

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Trump says he wants more immigrants from 'everywhere'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump, asked whether he wanted more immigrants from Norway, said on Tuesday that he wanted the United States to draw immigrants from nations around the world.

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Senate to vote to renew NSA's internet surveillance program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday planned to vote to advance a bill to renew the National Security Agency's warrantless internet surveillance program, as privacy advocates made a final push to derail the measure.

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Trump on Twitter (Jan 16): Border Security, immigration, fake news

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

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Security official says did not hear Trump say 'shithole' in immigration meeting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said on Tuesday that she did not hear President Donald Trump use the word "shithole" during a meeting about immigration last week at the White House.

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Ex-Trump adviser Bannon subpoenaed in special counsel Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Steve Bannon, a former top adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, has been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury as part of a special counsel's probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

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U.S. judge delays setting trial date for Trump ex-aide Manafort

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday delayed setting a trial date for President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort, who faces charges stemming from the special counsel's probe of allegations of Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election.

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MOVES-Schroders names deputy head for public policy

Jan 16 (Reuters) - Asset manager Schroders Plc on Monday appointed Elisabeth Ottawa as deputy head of public policy, effective March.

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Citigroup reports $18 billion loss on one-time tax items

(Reuters) - Citigroup Inc posted an $18-billion quarterly loss on Tuesday because of charges related to a new U.S. tax law, but its adjusted earnings beat Wall Street expectations and management signaled that the bank may soon lift financial performance targets.

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U.S. top court rejects former New York lawmaker Silver's appeal

(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected former New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's bid to avoid a retrial on corruption charges after his 2015 conviction was thrown out by a lower court.

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Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Jan 16) - Border security, immigration

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

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Homeland Security chief: Deporting 'Dreamers' not top priority

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Deporting immigrants who came to the United States illegally as children will not be a top federal law enforcement priority even if lawmakers do not pass a program to protect them, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security chief said in an interview aired on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-Citigroup Q4 2017 Adj Shr $1.28

* CITIGROUP QTRLY REPORTED LOSS PER SHARE $7.15; QTRLY ADJUSTED EARNINGS PER SHARE $1.28; QTRLY REVENUE $17.26 BILLION VERSUS $17.01 BILLION

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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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BRIEF-SP Plus Corp Announces Sale Of JV Interest In Parkmobile

* SP PLUS CORPORATION ANNOUNCES SALE OF JOINT VENTURE INTEREST IN PARKMOBILE

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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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U.S. report detailing new Russia sanctions to be issued on Jan. 29: TASS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A U.S. report detailing new sanctions against Russia will be published on Jan. 29, the TASS news agency cited U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman as saying on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-China Lodging Group reports 87 pct occupancy rate for leased and owned hotels in Q4

* CHINA LODGING GROUP, LIMITED ANNOUNCES ITS PRELIMINARY RESULTS FOR HOTEL OPERATION IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 2017

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BRIEF-Charter Court to sell interest Charter Mortgage Funding 2017-1

Jan 16 (Reuters) - Charter Court Financial Services Group Plc:

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BRIEF-Afterpay Touch Group Enters Agreement With Matrix Partners

* HAS ENTERED INTO A STRATEGIC RELATIONSHIP AND NEW SHARE ISSUANCE TRANSACTION WITH MATRIX PARTNERS

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Foreign governments, candidates, trade groups spent at Trump properties: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sixty-four trade groups, foreign governments, Republican candidates and others stayed at or held events at properties linked to U.S. President Donald Trump during Trump's first year in office, a political watchdog group said in a report released on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-Curo Announces Exercise Of Underwriter Option To Initial Public Offering

* CURO ANNOUNCES EXERCISE OF UNDERWRITER OPTION TO INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERING

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China consumer group seeks answers from Apple about slowing iPhones

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

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Trump Comments, Infuriating Africans, May Set Back U.S. Interests

Experts fear that the president’s about remarks “shithole countries” could set back United States interests in the world’s fastest-growing continent.

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BRIEF-MTY Food Group Increases Its Quarterly Dividend By 30%

* MTY FOOD GROUP INC - ‍ANNOUNCES AN INCREASE OF 30% OF ITS QUARTERLY DIVIDEND PAYMENT, WHICH INCREASES FROM 11.5¢ PER SHARE TO 15¢ PER SHARE​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Bengaluru Newsroom: +91 806 749 1136)

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Trump blames Senator Durbin for blowing immigration deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday blamed Senator Dick Durbin for blowing up talks over a deal to help immigrants brought to the country illegally as children and said the Democratic lawmaker misrepresented his comments about Haiti and African countries.

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BRIEF-Arthur J. Gallagher & Co Acquires The Daniels Group Inc

* ARTHUR J GALLAGHER & CO - ‍TERMS OF TRANSACTION WERE NOT DISCLOSED​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Bengaluru Newsroom: +91 806 749 1136)

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BRIEF-Bombardier Specialized Aircraft Says Conair Group Purchased Six Q400 Aircraft

* BOMBARDIER AND CONAIR ANNOUNCE PURCHASE AGREEMENT FOR SIX Q400 AIRCRAFT FOR CONVERSION INTO Q400 MULTIROLE AIRTANKERS‍​

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Top U.S. general says 'not giving up' on Pakistan ties

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The top U.S. military officer, Marine General Joseph Dunford, said on Monday he was committed to the U.S.-Pakistan relationship, which has been strained in recent weeks as Washington piles pressure on Islamabad to crack down on militants.

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Shell to acquire 43.8 pct interest in Silicon Ranch

Jan 15 (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell Plc said on Monday it would acquire a 43.8 percent stake in the solar company Silicon Ranch Corp from investment manager Partners Group, as part of its new energies power portfolio.

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BRIEF-Shell To Acquire 43 Pct Interest In U.S. Solar Business

* SHELL - ‍ AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE 43.83% INTEREST IN U.S. SOLAR COMPANY SILICON RANCH FROM FUNDS MANAGED AND/OR ADVISED BY PARTNERS GROUP​

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BRIEF-Leading Brands Amends Definitive Arrangement Agreement With Liquid Media Group

* LEADING BRANDS, INC.: AMENDS DEFINITIVE ARRANGEMENT AGREEMENT WITH LIQUID MEDIA GROUP, INC., AND ANNOUNCES Q3 RESULTS

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Tiffany Haddish's viral story nabs her a Groupon gig

Going viral has landed actress Tiffany Haddish a new gig.

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BRIEF-Citigroup Says "Expanded On Efforts To Assess Pay At Citi When Comparing Women To Men, And US Minorities To Non-Minorities" - Memo‍​

* CITIGROUP SAYS, IN MEMO TO STAFF, "EXPANDED ON EFFORTS TO ASSESS PAY AT CITI WHEN COMPARING WOMEN TO MEN, AND US MINORITIES TO NON-MINORITIES"‍​

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French families plan to sue retailers over baby milk recall: group

PARIS (Reuters) - Some French families affected by a recall of baby milk by dairy firm Lactalis due to salmonella contamination plan to take legal action against supermarket chains, the head of a victims group said on Monday.

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Noble Group nets less than expected from oil unit sale to Vitol

LONDON (Reuters) - Struggling commodities trader Noble Group has completed the sale of its U.S.-focused oil business to the world's largest oil trader Vitol, but net proceeds from the deal are lower than a previously announced estimate, the company said on Monday.

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BRIEF-Saeta Yield Confirms Potential Interest From Brookfield

* CONFIRMS POTENTIAL INTEREST FROM AN AFFILIATE OF BROOKFIELD ASSET MANAGEMENT

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Armed group clashes shut airport in Libyan capital

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Clashes broke out around Mitiga airport in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Monday, causing the suspension of all flights.

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Greeks strike over right-to-strike, paralyze public transport

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek bus, subway and city rail services were disrupted on Monday with some flights grounded as public transport workers and air traffic controllers walked off the job to protest a reform bill they fear will restrict their right to strike.

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Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Jan 14) - WSJ interview, DACA, tax cuts

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

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Trump says 'I'm not a racist,' keeps door open for DACA deal

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump insisted on Sunday "I'm not a racist" in response to reports that he had described immigrants from Haiti and African countries as coming from "shithole countries."

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Trump says 'I'm not a racist,' willing to reach deal on DACA

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he is "not a racist" despite reports of his derogatory comments about immigrants from Haiti and Africa, adding that he was "ready, willing and able" to reach a deal to protect immigrants brought to the United States as children.

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Republican expected to deliver speech on Senate floor comparing Trump to Stalin

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona is expected to deliver a floor speech on Wednesday in which he will compare President Donald Trump's attacks on the news media to the rhetoric of late Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.

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Trump: Program protecting young illegal immigrants 'probably' dead

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that a program that protects illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children from being deported would "probably" be discontinued.

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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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Trump denies saying he probably had good relationship with Kim

PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday disputed a newspaper's account of an interview with him last week in which he was quoted as saying he probably has a very good relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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Trump says program protecting young immigrants 'probably dead'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that a program protecting young immigrants brought to the United States illegally by their parents would probably be discontinued.

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U.S. resumes DACA applications after judge blocks end to program

(Reuters) - U.S. immigration authorities said on Saturday that it will resume accepting requests under a program that shields young people brought to the United States illegally from deportation after a court order blocked a government decision to end the program.

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Top U.S. diplomat for refugees to leave post

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. diplomat in charge of refugee issues plans to leave his post within days, becoming the third senior U.S. official to depart or be re-assigned from refugee work in recent weeks.

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Republican quits House Ethics Committee

Rep. Trey Gowdy stepped down from the House Ethics Committee this week after five years of serving on the panel.

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Chelsea Manning eyes U.S. Senate seat for Maryland

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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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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Top U.S. diplomat for refugees to quit post: email

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. diplomat in charge of refugee issues plans to quit his post within days, according to an email seen by Reuters, becoming the third senior U.S. official to leave or be re-assigned from refugee work in recent weeks.

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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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U.S. ultimatum on nuclear deal, new sanctions draw Iran threat

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Iran said on Saturday it would retaliate against new sanctions imposed by the United States after President Donald Trump set an ultimatum to fix "disastrous flaws" in a deal curbing Tehran's nuclear program.

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'Shithole' epithet turned immigration debate into new Trump drama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After talking on the phone with U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday morning, Democratic Senator Dick Durbin was optimistic that a compromise deal with some Republicans to protect young "Dreamer" immigrants was on the verge of success.

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South Korea says North Korea suggested talks to send performance group to winter olympics

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's unification ministry said on Saturday that North Korea has proposed working-level talks on the prospects of sending its performance 'art' group to the winter olympics held in the South.

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New Trump policy could strengthen role of nuclear weapons

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration could pursue development of new nuclear weaponry and explicitly leave open the possibility of nuclear retaliation for major non-nuclear attacks, if a leaked draft policy document becomes reality.

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Trump names lawyer at firm advising him as pick for labor board

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump plans to nominate as his choice to fill a vacant seat on the National Labor Relations Board a labor lawyer and partner at a law firm that has advised him and the Trump Organization on taxes since 2005.

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Pope Faces Turmoil in Chile Over Indigenous Group and Sex Abuse

Firebombs exploded at three churches in Santiago, Chile’s capital, on Friday, just days before Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Chile and Peru.

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

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

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Democrat Dick Durbin called out Trump for 'racist' comments, but Republicans didn't say what they heard or said they 'do not recall' slurs

A day after President Donald Trump reportedly made highly incendiary comments about immigrants and African countries, two Republican senators said they don't recall those vulgar characterizations from the President.

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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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Trump denies vulgar remarks about Haiti, African countries; condemnation mounts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facing strong condemnation at home and abroad, U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday denied using the word "shithole" to describe Haiti and African countries, but kept up criticism of a Senate immigration plan that he said would force the United States to admit people from countries that "are doing badly."

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Trump issues ultimatum to 'fix' Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday gave the Iran nuclear deal a final reprieve but warned European allies and Congress they had to work with him to “fix the terrible flaws” of the pact or face U.S. withdrawal.

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Supreme Court takes up fight over Texas electoral districts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a bid by Texas to revive Republican-drawn electoral districts for state legislative and U.S. congressional seats that were thrown out by a lower court for diminishing black and Hispanic voters' clout.

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Mueller to request May 14 trial date for Manafort and associate: court filing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Special Counsel in the Russia probe Robert Mueller will request a trial date of May 14 for Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort and Manafort's associate Richard Gates, Mueller said in a court filing in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Friday.

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BRIEF-Capital City Bank Group Provides Impact to Deferred Tax Asset in Q4 From Tax Act

* CAPITAL CITY BANK GROUP - OVERALL IMPACT OF TAX ACT TO REQUIRE CO TO WRITE DOWN NET DEFERRED TAX ASSET BY $4.0 MILLION, OR $0.24 PER SHARE IN Q4 2017 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Political risk looms over Republicans' welfare tinkering

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

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Democrats call on Trump to improve transparency on trade

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ten Senate Democrats complained in a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday over the lack of transparency in trade negotiations by his administration and called on him to direct agency heads to release documents on trade investigations.

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Playlist: The Playlist: Black Eyed Peas Get Serious About Injustice, and 12 More New Songs

Listen to the week's most notable news songs from Lil Peep, Karen O, Carrie Underwood and more.

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Reluctant Trump grants sanctions relief to Iran one last time

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump upheld U.S. participation in the Iran nuclear deal on Friday by granting Tehran relief from U.S. sanctions but aides said it would be the last time he would do so.

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Ex-combat pilot McSally takes on sheriff Arpaio in Arizona Senate race

(Reuters) - U.S. Representative Martha McSally, a former Air Force combat pilot, said on Friday she would run against former sheriff Joe Arpaio, a close ally of President Donald Trump, in the race for the Republican nomination for a key Senate seat from Arizona.

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Despite political risk, Republicans tinker with welfare

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

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Post-trade group working to further shorten U.S. settlement cycle

NEW YORK, Jan 12 (Reuters) - The post-trade processor for U.S. stocks, as well as corporate and municipal bonds, said it is taking steps to further cut the time it takes to settle trades in a bid to reduce risk in the financial system and free up more capital.

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BRIEF-WEC Energy Group Increases Number Of Directors On Its Board To 14

* WEC ENERGY GROUP INC - ON JAN 10, 2018, BOARD INCREASED NUMBER OF DIRECTORS CONSTITUTING THE BOARD FROM 13 TO 14 Source text : [http://bit.ly/2qXSfl4] Further company coverage:

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Trump's envoy to Netherlands: Muslim comment was 'just wrong'

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's new envoy to the Netherlands said on Friday a comment he made two years ago about Dutch politicians being set on fire by Muslim immigrants was "just wrong," two days after he refused to answer questions about what he had said.

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Trump denies 'shithole' remarks as condemnation mounts at home and abroad

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Democratic U.S. senator: Trump called African countries 'shitholes' in meeting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. Senator Dick Durbin on Friday condemned Donald Trump's use of vile language at a White House meeting on immigration, saying the president used "vulgar" language, and repeatedly called African nations "shitholes."

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U.S. ambassador to Panama resigns, says cannot serve Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to Panama John Feeley, a career diplomat and former Marine Corps helicopter pilot, has resigned, telling the State Department he no longer feels able to serve President Donald Trump.

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White House praises China reduction in North Korea trade

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House praised China's moves to reduce its trade with North Korea on Friday, saying it will help the U.S.-led effort to apply maximum pressure on Pyongyang over its nuclear program.

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Trump slams Senate immigration deal, denies offensive language

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Trump slams Senate 'Dreamer' deal, seeks to walk back 'tough' words

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U.S. Representative McSally of Arizona to seek Senate seat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Representative Martha McSally of Arizona said on Friday she would run for the Senate seat being vacated by Jeff Flake, joining a contentious primary contest.

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JPMorgan profit beats on higher interest rates; debt trading down

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

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Trump rejects senators' bipartisan 'Dreamer' immigration plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday rejected a bipartisan "Dreamer" immigration plan proposed by a group of U.S. senators, saying it did not properly fund his long-touted wall along the southern border with Mexico and calling it "a step backward."

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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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UPDATE 1-JPMorgan profit beats on higher interest rates; books tax charge

Jan 12 (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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BRIEF-Kite Realty Group Trust And University Of Notre Dame Sign JV

* KITE REALTY GROUP TRUST ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC JOINT VENTURE AT EDDY STREET COMMONS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME

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BRIEF-Zais Group Holdings To Merge With Z Acquisition LLC

* ZAIS GROUP HOLDINGS, INC. ENTERS INTO DEFINITIVE MERGER AGREEMENT; TRANSACTION WOULD RESULT IN COMPANY GOING PRIVATE

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Op-Ed Columnist: The Republicans’ Fantasy Investigation

Republicans would rather defend Donald Trump than find the truth.

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Norway's Liberals to join government: public broadcaster NRK

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway's Conservative-led government has agreed to include the small centrist Liberal Party in the cabinet, public broadcaster NRK reported on Friday.

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Japanese pop group chants cryptocurrency choruses

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese pop group hopped on the bitcoin bandwagon on Friday, dedicating themselves to singing and dancing about the cryptocurrencies that have taken the world by storm, and especially their homeland.

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China demands public apology from Delta for listing Taiwan, Tibet as countries

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's aviation authority on Friday said it had asked Delta Air Lines to investigate why Taiwan and Tibet were listed as countries on its website, and demanded an "immediate and public" apology.

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BP, Shell, Goldman express interest in filling Indian oil stockpile - govt report

* BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Goldman Sachs, Trafigura, Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals and Hindustan Petroleum Corp. have expressed interest in filling India's strategic oil reserve at Padur in the southern Karnataka state - government report

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James Franco's Two (Very Public) Sides

James Franco’s support of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements at the Golden Globes Awards prompted calls of hypocrisy from five women who have accused him of “inappropriate or sexually exploitative behavior.”

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BRIEF-Great Elm Capital prices public offering of $43 Mln of 6.75 pct notes due 2025

* GREAT ELM CAPITAL CORP. PRICES PUBLIC OFFERING OF $43.0 MILLION OF 6.75% NOTES DUE 2025 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Platinum Group Metals reports quarterly loss per share $0.08

* ‍CONTINUES TO ACTIVELY ASSESS CORPORATE AND STRATEGIC ALTERNATIVES WITH ADVISORS​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 1-U.S. Commerce Department wraps up steel probe, does not detail findings

WASHINGTON, Jan 11 (Reuters) - The U.S. Commerce Department said on Thursday it had completed its probe into whether imports of certain steel products threatened U.S. national security and sent its conclusions to President Donald Trump.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Dollars, Cents and Republican Sadism

Republican attacks on the safety net are about inflicting pain, not saving money.

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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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U.S. envoy erred in comments about Muslims in Netherlands: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The new U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands made mistakes and feels great remorse for falsely saying two years ago that Muslim migrants had "burned" politicians and created "no-go zones" in Holland, a State Department official said on Thursday.

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Trump questions taking immigrants from 'shithole countries': sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Thursday questioned why the United States would want to have immigrants from Haiti and African nations, referring to some as "shithole countries," according to two sources familiar with the comments.

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BRIEF-Hexion Inc Announces Sale Of Additives Technology Group Business

* HEXION INC. ANNOUNCES SALE OF ADDITIVES TECHNOLOGY GROUP BUSINESS

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Opinion: New York's bold move for climate justice

Americans are paying a fearsome price for global warming. The federal government's National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration reported earlier this week that the three powerful Atlantic hurricanes of 2017 -- Harvey, Irma and Maria -- cost Americans $265 billion, and massive Western forest fires another $18 billion. Scientists have shown that human-induced climate change has greatly increased the frequency and intensity of such disasters

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'A mad scramble': How Trump tweet on Pakistan blindsided U.S. officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A surprise New Year's Day tweet by President Donald Trump in which he appeared to decree an end to U.S. aid for Pakistan, sent U.S. officials scrambling to suspend security assistance without even knowing how much aid they were freezing, four U.S. officials said.

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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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Trump says messages between FBI employees were treasonous: WSJ

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Thursday that messages exchanged between employees at the Federal Bureau of Investigation who were working on a special counsel investigation into whether Russia had meddled in the 2016 election amounted to treason.

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Bipartisan 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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Trump says 'probably' has a good relationship with North Korea's Kim: WSJ

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he "probably" has a very good relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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Trump Iran decision due as allies plea for nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump was expected to decide on Thursday whether to extend sanctions relief to Iran under the 2015 nuclear deal as major European allies implored Washington to preserve the landmark arms control pact.

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Bannon to appear before Congress committee for Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon will be interviewed next week by a U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

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White House says immigration deal has not been reached

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday that an immigration deal to protect young immigrants from deportation had not been reached, contradicting the office of Republican Senator Jeff Flake, who said earlier on Thursday that an agreement had been secured.

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Treasury Secretary Mnuchin: 'I expect new sanctions on Iran'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on Thursday that he expected U.S. President Donald Trump to impose new sanctions on Iran.

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U.S. will renegotiate NAFTA or pull out: Mnuchin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Steven Mnuchin, the U.S. treasury secretary, said on Thursday that he expects the United States to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico or to pull out of the deal.

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Luxury group Kering to spin off Puma to its own shareholders

FRANKFURT/LONDON (Reuters) - Gucci-owner Kering plans to spin off German sports brand Puma to the French conglomerate's shareholders to focus squarely on its luxury brands.

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UPDATE 2-Luxury group Kering to spin off Puma to its own shareholders

* Spin-off deal comes after turnaround for Puma (Updates with Kering CFO quotes, background)

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Senate panel to vote January 17 on Powell nomination for Fed chief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Banking Committee will hold a second vote on Jan 17 over the Trump administration's nomination of Fed Governor Jerome Powell to lead the Federal Reserve, the committee's calendar showed on Thursday.

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Republicans say effort to help 'Dreamer' immigrants advances

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has reached a deal on protecting young immigrant "Dreamers" from deportation as part of a broader immigration plan, a spokesman for Republican Senator Jeff Flake said on Thursday.

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Top House Democrat wants to call 'dozens' more witnesses in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Democrat on the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, said on Thursday there are dozens of witnesses he would like called before the panel as it investigates whether President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election.

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Republican, Democrat clash on whether immigration deal reached

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator Jeff Flake said on Thursday that a bipartisan group of senators has reached a deal on protecting young immigrants, but a Democratic Senate aide disputed that any agreement had been secured.

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U.S. Davos delegation to include Mnuchin, Ross and Lighthizer: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's delegation to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this month will include Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, a senior administration official told Reuters.

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Signal partners with Microsoft to encrypt Skype messages

(Reuters) - Encrypted messaging app Signal said it had partnered with Microsoft Corp to encrypt messages on the technology giant's online communications service, Skype.

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House passes NSA spying bill after Trump tweets cause confusion

(Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill to renew the National Security Agency's warrantless internet surveillance program, overcoming objections from privacy advocates and confusion prompted by morning tweets from President Donald Trump that initially questioned the spying tool.

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U.S. Senate panel to vote January 17 on Powell nomination for Fed chief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Banking Committee will hold a second vote on Jan 17 over the Trump administration's nomination of Fed Governor Jerome Powell to lead the Federal Reserve, the committee's calendar showed on Thursday.

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Key U.S. senator says progress made on new war authorization

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Thursday that progress was being made on legislation to give Congress more control over the U.S. fight against militant groups in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere.

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House urged to cancel vote on NSA spying after Trump tweets

(Reuters) - Senior Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives urged cancellation of a vote set for Thursday on whether to renew the National Security Agency's warrantless internet surveillance program after President Donald Trump appeared to initially question the merits of the program.

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House to vote to renew NSA's internet surveillance program

(Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives plans to vote on Thursday on whether to renew the National Security Agency's warrantless internet surveillance program, which has been the target of privacy advocates who want to limit its impact on Americans.

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U.S. House to vote to renew NSA's internet surveillance program

(Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives plans to vote on Thursday on whether to renew the National Security Agency's warrantless internet surveillance program, as privacy advocates have mounted a last-ditch effort to limit its impact on Americans.

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Attorney General Sessions sets up Hezbollah investigation team

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has set up a team to investigate individuals and organizations providing support to Hezbollah, the Iran-backed Islamist group in Lebanon that the U.S. has branded a terrorist organization, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Thursday.

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BRIEF-Brookfield Asset Management Commencing Public Offering Of $500 Mln Of Notes Due 2028

* BROOKFIELD ASSET MANAGEMENT ANNOUNCES PROPOSED OFFERING OF NOTES

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BRIEF-T. Rowe Price Group Preliminary Month-End Assets Under Management Of $991 Bln As Of Dec. 31

* T. ROWE PRICE GROUP REPORTS PRELIMINARY MONTH-END ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT FOR DECEMBER 2017

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BRIEF-Shanda Group, Affiliates, Hold About 24% Of Community Health Systems Common Stock

* COMMUNITY HEALTH SYSTEMS INC - ON JAN 11, MEMBERS OF SHANDA GROUP FILED AMENDMENT TO SCHEDULE 13D TO DISCLOSE INCREASE IN INVESTMENT IN CO

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BRIEF-Keane Group Sees Revenue $498 Mln To $500 Mln For Three Months Ended Dec. 31

* KEANE GROUP SEES REVENUE $498 MILLION TO $500 MILLION FOR THREE MONTHS ENDED DEC. 31

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BRIEF-Keane Group Files For Offering 6 Mln Shares Of Common Stock By The Selling Stockholder

* KEANE GROUP INC FILES FOR OFFERING 6.0 MILLION SHARES OF COMMON STOCK BY THE SELLING STOCKHOLDER - SEC FILING Source text: [http://bit.ly/2D1Lvax] Further company coverage:

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China opposes U.S. pro-Taiwan bills welcomed by Taipei

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Thursday expressed firm opposition to a decision by the U.S. House of Representatives to pass two pieces of pro-Taiwan legislation, but Taipei welcomed them as helping to strengthen ties with Washington.

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BRIEF-Helsinn Group and MEI Pharma's Pracinostat receives orphan drug designation from European Medicines Agency

* HELSINN GROUP AND MEI PHARMA ANNOUNCE THAT PRACINOSTAT HAS RECEIVED ORPHAN DRUG DESIGNATION FROM THE EUROPEAN MEDICINES AGENCY FOR THE TREATMENT OF ACUTE MYELOID LEUKEMIA (AML) Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Clariant says respected publicity rules in Huntsman deal

ZURICH, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Swiss specialty chemicals maker Clariant said it believed it had upheld all requirements in announcing a planned Huntsman merger last May after Switzerland's exchange said it was investigating the matter.

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Factbox: Trump on Twitter (January 10) - U.S. court system, Feinstein, border wall

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

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South Korea justice ministry prepares to ban cryptocurrency trading, exchanges raided

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's justice minister said on Thursday the government is preparing a bill to ban cryptocurrency trading, throwing the virtual coin market into turmoil as the nation's police and tax authorities raided local exchanges on alleged tax evasion.

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South Korea's justice minister says preparing a bill to ban cryptocurrency trading

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's justice minister said on Thursday the ministry is preparing a bill to ban cryptocurrency trading through its exchanges.

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House Republicans’ Hard-line Immigration Stand Clashes With Trump Overture

A new proposal from House Republicans underscored how deep the divisions are between and within the two parties on immigration — just days before a deadline for a deal.

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Senate panel to discuss bitcoin with markets regulators: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate's financial services panel will hold a hearing next month with the country's top markets regulators to discuss bitcoin amid rising concerns over the risks cryptocurrencies pose to the financial system, a person with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

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BRIEF-NFI Group Announces Fourth Quarter 2017 Backlog

* NFI GROUP ANNOUNCES FOURTH QUARTER 2017 ORDERS, BACKLOG AND 2018 OUTLOOK

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Trump blasts immigration ruling, calls U.S. court system 'broken and unfair'

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted the federal court system as "broken and unfair" after a judge blocked his administration's move to end a program protecting young immigrants brought to the United States illegally by their parents.

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Exclusive: Justice Department blindsided banking agency on pot policy flip - sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When the U.S. Justice Department said last week it was reversing policy on the $7 billion marijuana business, it failed to first notify federal officials who advise banks in states where the drug is legal, sources in Congress said.

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Exclusive: U.S. Justice Department blindsided banking agency on pot policy flip - sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When the U.S. Justice Department said last week it was reversing policy on the $7 billion marijuana business, it failed to first notify federal officials who advise banks in states where the drug is legal, sources in Congress said.

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BRIEF-Capgen Capital Group Reports A 7.3 Pct Stake In Union Bankshares

* CAPGEN CAPITAL GROUP VI LP REPORTS A 7.3 PCT STAKE IN UNION BANKSHARES CORP AS OF JAN 1 - SEC FILING

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BRIEF-Softbank Group Reports Purchase Of 5.3 Million Shares Of Sprint Corp's Common Stock Between Jan 8-9

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Senate Democrats propose fines for credit reporting agency hacks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two Senate Democrats are proposing large new fines for credit reporting agencies that lose consumers' personal information in data breaches, according to a bill they introduced on Wednesday.

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Trump urged by top advisers to waive Iran sanctions: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump is being urged by some top advisers not to bring back U.S. economic sanctions on Iran this week, a move by the president that would effectively end a 2015 deal to limit Tehran's nuclear ambitions.

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Trump, on possibility of North Korea talks, says: 'Who knows where it leads?'

WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday after the first intra-Korean talks in over two years that the United States was willing to speak to North Korea "under the right circumstances," although it was far from clear whether this would pay dividends.

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Trump blasts DACA ruling, calls U.S. court system 'broken and unfair'

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump blasted the federal court system as "broken and unfair" on Wednesday after a judge blocked his administration's move to end a program protecting young immigrants brought to the United States illegally by their parents.

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California proposes more spending on schools and roads

(Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown proposed a budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year on Wednesday that would be a 5 percent increase over the current year, with greater spending on education and transportation, while he warned about a likely a economic downturn in the future.

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Trump, of possibility of North Korea talks, says: 'Who knows where it leads?'

WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday after the first intra-Korean talks in over two years that the United States was willing to speak to North Korea "under the right circumstances," although it was far from clear whether this would pay dividends.

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Some Trump advisers want him to waive Iran sanctions: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is being urged by some top advisers to waive sanctions on Iran by a Friday deadline, but privately he is expressing reluctance to do so, a senior administration official said on Wednesday.

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Republicans control Virginia House after concession, court ruling

(Reuters) - Republicans took narrow control of the Virginia House of Delegates on Wednesday after a Democrat conceded in a race decided by a tie-breaker and a federal appeals court refused to keep the winner of another disputed contest from being seated.

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Cyprus company sues ex-Trump campaign manager Manafort for fraud

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort faced a new legal headache on Wednesday after a Cyprus-based company tied to a Russian oligarch sued him and his business partner Richard Gates over allegations they committed financial fraud by misappropriating millions of dollars.

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Trump reluctant to waive Iran sanctions, eyes more curbs on businesses: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is privately reluctant to waive sanctions on Iran despite recommendations from advisers that he do so and will seek to make a decision during a meeting with national security aides on Thursday, a senior administration official said.

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Cyprus company sues ex-Trump campaign manager Manafort for financial fraud

(Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort faced a new legal headache on Wednesday after a Cyprus-based company sued him and his business partner Richard Gates over allegations they committed financial fraud by misappropriating millions of dollars.

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Divided Supreme Court may allow Ohio voter purge policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices were joined by liberal Stephen Breyer on Wednesday in signaling sympathy toward Ohio's policy of purging infrequent voters from registration rolls -- a practice critics say disenfranchises thousands of people -- in a pivotal voting rights case.

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Trump's new Netherlands envoy sheds no light on 'Muslim chaos' comment

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's new ambassador to the Netherlands, who two years ago said Muslim migrants had sown chaos in the country, cut short questions seeking clarification of those remarks in his first meeting with its media 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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Stung by Wolff book, Trump calls for stronger U.S. libel laws

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that his administration will examine whether U.S. libel laws can be strengthened after a new book questioned his mental fitness to serve as president.

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Democrat concedes in Virginia race after losing lottery drawing

(Reuters) - A Virginia Democrat who lost a tied race for the state House of Delegates in a lottery-style drawing conceded on Wednesday but said she would run again in 2019.

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Trump, of possibility of talks with North Korea, says: 'Who knows where it leads?'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday welcomed the possibility of U.S. talks with North Korea but said it was far from clear whether they would pay dividends.

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On eve of trip, Pope orders takeover of Catholic group in Peru

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has ordered the Vatican takeover of an elite Catholic society in Peru whose founder is accused of sexually and physically abusing children and former members of the group.

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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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Trump says U.S. open to talks with North Korea: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump told Moon Jae-in, the leader of South Korea, that the United States is open to talks with North Korea "at the appropriate time, under the right circumstances," the White House said on Wednesday.

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Supreme Court divided over Ohio voter purge policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative and liberal U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared at odds on Wednesday in a closely watched voting rights case, differing over whether Ohio's purging of infrequent voters from its registration rolls -- a policy critics say disenfranchises thousands of people -- violates federal law.

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Issa was one of most vulnerable Republicans

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), considered to be one of the most vulnerable Republicans in the 2018 midterm elections, has announced he's retiring after serving in Congress since 2001.

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Republican U.S. Representative Issa of California to retire: statement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Darrell Issa, who as head of the House of Representatives' Oversight Committee pursued the investigation of American deaths in Benghazi, Libya, said on Wednesday he would not seek re-election in November.

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Trump says open to talks with North Korea: Seoul statement

SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump told his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in on Wednesday he is open to talking with North Korea, the South's presidential office said after the two leaders spoke by telephone.

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U.S. Supreme Court hears Ohio voter purge case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court returned to the issue of voting rights on Wednesday as the justices began hearing arguments over whether Ohio's policy of purging infrequent voters from its registration rolls disenfranchises thousands of people and violates federal law.

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Trump calls U.S. court system 'unfair' after DACA ruling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted the U.S. court system as "broken and unfair" after a federal judge blocked his move to end the program protecting young immigrants brought to the United States illegally by their parents, commonly known as "Dreamers."

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BRIEF-‍Marcolin Group Announces Early Renewal Of Eyewear License With GUESS

* ‍MARCOLIN GROUP SAYS ANNOUNCES EARLY RENEWAL OF AN EXCLUSIVE EYEWEAR LICENSE WITH GUESS

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BRIEF-Stars Group Appoints Observer To Board Of Directors

* THE STARS GROUP APPOINTS OBSERVER TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT WITH MR. TANG HAO

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Vice President Pence to lead U.S. delegation to Winter Olympics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence will lead the U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, next month, a senior White House official said on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-Sumtra Diversified Entered Binding LoI To Acquire 100% Interest In Mjardin Group

* SUMTRA DIVERSIFIED INC - ENTERED BINDING LETTER OF INTENT TO ACQUIRE A 100% INTEREST IN MJARDIN GROUP

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BRIEF-Barna Capital Group Reports 19.5 Percent Stake In China Auto Logistics

* BARNA CAPITAL GROUP SAYS CONSIDERS ACTIVIST POSITION, POSSIBLY A SEAT ON BOARD OF CHINA AUTO LOGISTICS INC - SEC FILING

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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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U.S. Supreme Court considers legality of Ohio voter purging

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court returns to the issue of voting rights on Wednesday as the justices hear arguments over whether Ohio's policy of purging infrequent voters from its registration rolls disenfranchises thousands of people and violates federal law.

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U.S. judge blocks Trump move to end DACA program for immigrants

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge blocked President Donald Trump's administration on Tuesday from ending a program that shielded from deportation children brought to the United States illegally by their parents.

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In Ukraine, a Successful Fight for Justice, Then a Murder

Iryna Nozdrovska, a human rights lawyer, fought a corrupt court to put her sister’s killer behind bars. She was stabbed to death after winning the case.

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Factbox: Trump on Twitter (January 9) - Law enforcement, immigration

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

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Marijuana taxes and a surplus expected to boost California budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown will propose his final state budget on Wednesday, setting out a spending blueprint that last year topped $125 billion and marking the first time the state's coffers will be bolstered from sales taxes on marijuana.

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Trump promises to 'take the heat' for broad immigration deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he was ready to accept an onslaught of criticism if lawmakers tackle broad immigration reforms after an initial deal to help the young illegal immigrants known as Dreamers and build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico.

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Fusion GPS founder testified Trump associate went to FBI over Russia concerns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An associate of Donald Trump expressed concerns to the FBI about contacts between Russia and Trump's presidential election campaign team, helping to trigger the probe into possible collusion, according to closed-door testimony made public on Tuesday by a senior Democrat.

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Trump will meet with Kazakhstan's Nazarbayev at White House on January 16

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev at the White House on Jan. 16, the White House said in a statement on Tuesday.

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10 House seats that could flip due to Republican retirements

Democrats searching for the 24 seats they need to flip to win control of the House in the 2018 midterms are increasingly seeing openings in districts where tough-to-beat Republicans are retiring.

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Ex-Arizona sheriff Arpaio running for Senate

(Reuters) - Joe Arpaio, a former Arizona sheriff known for his tough stance on illegal immigration and who received a criminal pardon from President Donald Trump, announced on Tuesday that he would run for the U.S. Senate.

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Democrats vow to force vote on net neutrality

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democrats said on Tuesday they will force a vote later this year on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's reversal of landmark Obama administration net neutrality rules and will try to make it a key issue in the 2018 congressional elections.

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'Drain the Swamp' Trump suggests reviving 'earmarks' in Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump unexpectedly suggested on Tuesday that bringing back congressional "earmarks," spending habits that were banished six years ago from the federal budget process, might help an often deadlocked U.S. Congress get things done.

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Nonfiction: At a Public School in Denver, Refugee Children Find Hope and Frustration

In “The Newcomers,” Helen Thorpe documents a class of immigrant teenagers while the Trump campaign stirs up nativist resentment.

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BRIEF-Meta Financial Group Says Crestmark May Be Required To Pay Termination Fee Of $10 Mln​, If Merger Terminated

* META FINANCIAL GROUP SAYS AGREEMENT PROVIDES THAT IF MERGER TERMINATED, CRESTMARK MAY BE REQUIRED TO PAY CO TERMINATION FEE OF $10 MILLION​ - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2Ep0qJ2) Further company coverage: