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Madrid to impose direct rule in Catalonia to quash independence bid

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 2:31pm
MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - The Spanish government will impose direct rule on Catalonia, it said on Saturday, in an unprecedented move that brought thousands of people who voted for independence onto to the streets against what they called a "coup".

Trump: Raqqa fall 'critical breakthrough', end of Islamic State in sight

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 1:51pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday hailed the defeat of Islamic State fighters in their self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa as "a critical breakthrough" in a worldwide campaign against the militants.

Spain to sack Catalan government in bid to end secessionist crisis

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 12:04pm
MADRID (Reuters) - The Spanish government will sack Catalonia's secessionist leadership and force the region into a new election, it decided on Saturday, unprecedented steps it said were needed to prevent the region breaking away.

Trump to release JFK files, subject to 'further information'

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 8:54am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that, subject to receipt of further information, he planned to allow the opening of long-secret files on the November 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy that are scheduled for release next week.

Spain will sack Catalan government, call regional election

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 8:40am
MADRID (Reuters) - The Spanish government decided on Saturday to sack the secessionist leadership of Catalonia and force the region into a new election, saying it had to take these unprecedented steps to prevent Catalan independence.

U.S. warns public about attacks on energy, industrial firms

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 8:32am
(Reuters) - The U.S government issued a rare public warning about hacking campaigns targeting energy and industrial firms, the latest evidence that cyber attacks present an increasing threat to the power industry and other public infrastructure.

Plane by plane, New York greets Puerto Ricans displaced by hurricane

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 5:01am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - There were only a few minutes left before baggage carousel No. 4 jolted to life at John F. Kennedy International Airport, soon to be ringed with people coming from Puerto Rico on one-way tickets they never would have bought if not for the hurricane.

Spanish government meets to impose direct rule in rebel Catalonia

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 4:50am
MADRID (Reuters) - The Spanish cabinet was meeting on Saturday to decide how it will impose direct rule on Catalonia and thwart a drive by the autonomous region to breakaway from Spain.

Trump administration considers pausing U.S. refugee family reunification program

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 6:32pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Trump's administration has drafted a plan to pause a program that allows family members join refugees already settled in the United States until they can undergo increased security checks, two sources with knowledge of the situation told Reuters.

Canada's Liberals look to economy to guide them past ethics scandal

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 5:46pm
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government has been badly shaken by a conflict-of-interest controversy about his finance minister, but the Liberal government's upcoming fiscal update offers an opportunity to reset the public focus on Canada's strong economy, political observers say.

U.S. court blocks immigrant teen's bid to obtain abortion

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 5:06pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday prevented a pregnant teen detained by the government as an illegal immigrant from immediately obtaining an abortion while leaving open the possibility that she could undergo the procedure within days.

Trump tax cut plan gains momentum after U.S. budget vote

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 4:59pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's tax reform plans won partial support on Friday when Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul said he was "all in" for massive tax cuts, but the party was still far from united over how to achieve the main item on its domestic agenda.

Trump considers Fed's Powell, economist Taylor to lead central bank

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 4:32pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is considering nominating Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell and Stanford University economist John Taylor for the central bank's top two jobs, in an apparent bid to reassure markets and appease conservatives hungry for change.

Partisan feud undercuts Trump-Russia probe, U.S. Democrats charge

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 3:27pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats on a congressional panel say members of its Republican majority are trying to sabotage an investigation into suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, raising concerns the two parties will reach contradictory conclusions.

Three charged in shooting after white nationalist's Florida speech

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 2:52pm
(Reuters) - A Texas man who shot at protesters after a white nationalist's speech at the University of Florida and two brothers who urged him to "kill them" have been charged with attempted homicide, police said on Friday.

Canada granting asylum to U.S. border crossers at higher rates: data

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 2:19pm
TORONTO (Reuters) - Asylum seekers who illegally crossed the U.S. border into Canada this year are obtaining refugee status at higher rates, new data shows, as authorities accept claims from people who say they feared being deported by U.S. President Donald Trump's administration.

Trump tax cut plan gains momentum after budget vote

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 1:22pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's tax reform plans won partial support on Friday when Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul said he was "all in" for massive tax cuts, but the party was still far from united over how to achieve the main item on its domestic agenda.

In Kirkuk, Kurds' joy turns to fear after Iraqi army takeover

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 1:03pm
KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - Turkmen and Arab shoppers stroll through an open-air food market in an ethnically mixed area of Kirkuk, haggling over the price of tomatoes and gossiping about their neighbors.

U.S. says 24 people harmed from recent 'attacks' in Cuba

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 12:41pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department confirmed on Friday that 24 people have suffered health effects from "attacks" in Cuba earlier this year against diplomatic personnel and that an investigation is ongoing.

Trump's Obamacare shift complicates ability to work with Democrats

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 12:40pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's disavowal this week of a bipartisan agreement to stabilize Obamacare has further eroded the already minimal trust congressional Democrats had in him, complicating prospects for gaining their cooperation on a range of issues.