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Republicans in Congress push for vote to avoid shutdown

13 hours 7 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican leaders in the U.S. Congress stepped up their efforts to pass a temporary extension in funding and prevent the federal government from shutting down, scheduling a vote on the measure for later on Thursday.

Trump says border wall stance has not 'evolved,' Mexico will pay

13 hours 27 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday defended his proposed wall along the U.S. southern border, saying his position "has never changed or evolved," and that Mexico would pay for the barrier "directly, or indirectly."

Bus fire kills 52 Uzbeks traveling in Kazakhstan: Kazakh government

14 hours 15 min ago
ALMATY (Reuters) - A bus fire in northwestern Kazakhstan killed 52 Uzbek citizens on a route used by migrant workers heading to Russia, the Kazakh Interior Ministry said on Thursday.

After Trump denial, Netanyahu clarifies remarks on timeframe for U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

15 hours 58 min ago
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took a step back on Thursday from comments, challenged by U.S. President Donald Trump, that envisioned a one-year timeframe for the planned relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

China's fourth-quarter economic growth beats expectations

16 hours 23 min ago
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's economy grew faster than expected in the fourth quarter from a year earlier, helped by a rebound in the industrial sector, a resilient property market and strong export growth.

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

17 hours 35 min ago
ATLANTA (Reuters) - Commuters in the U.S. South face frigid temperatures and dangerously slick roads on Thursday after a deadly winter storm thrashed the region with heavy snow and winds that snapped power lines.

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

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 10:37pm
SEOUL/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Threats of a potential cryptocurrency trading ban in South Korea have scared many investors away, but some veterans of the young market are defiant, saying restrictions would be relatively easy to circumvent.

Intel: Problem in patches for Spectre, Meltdown extends to newer chips

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 8:05pm
(Reuters) - Data center computers with Intel Corp's newer chips might reboot more often than normal because of problems with the patches issued to fix the so-called Spectre and Meltdown security flaws, the company said on Wednesday.

Coach tells ex-USA gymnastics doctor Nassar in court to 'go to hell'

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 7:06pm
LANSING, Mich. (Reuters) - A coach who sent dozens of young girls for treatment to USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, who pleaded guilty to molesting female athletes, told the disgraced physicians on Wednesday to "go to hell" for his crimes.

Exclusive: Trump denies U.S. embassy to be moved to Jerusalem within a year

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 6:43pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump denied on Wednesday that the planned relocation of the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would take place within a year, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he expected the controversial move to happen by then.

Trump administration bars Haitians from U.S. visas for low-skilled work

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 6:33pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Haitians will no longer be eligible for U.S. visas given to low-skilled workers, the Trump administration said on Wednesday, bringing an end to a small-scale effort to employ Haitians in the United States after a catastrophic 2010 earthquake.

Republicans scramble for votes in Congress to keep government open

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 6:30pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Wednesday threw its support behind a Republican proposal to avert a government shutdown at week's end with a one-month extension in funding, but it was unclear whether there were enough votes to pass it in Congress.

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

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 5:01pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump complained on Wednesday that Russia was helping North Korea to evade international sanctions, signaling frustration with a country he had hoped to forge friendly relations with after his 2016 election win.

Exclusive: Trump vows to campaign intensively for Republicans, may avoid primaries

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 4:21pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he plans to devote much of his time this year to helping Republicans maintain control of the U.S. Congress, but suggested he may stay out of divisive intra-party primary fights.

Exclusive: Trump takes hard line on immigration, rejects 'horrible' bipartisan plan

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 3:37pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday aligned himself solidly with conservative Republicans on immigration, criticizing a proposed bipartisan deal as "horrible" on U.S. border security and "very, very weak" on reforms for the legal immigration system.

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

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 3:18pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday Russia is helping North Korea evade international sanctions and that Pyongyang is getting "closer every day" to being able to deliver a long-range missile to the United States.

White House backs short-term government funding bill

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 3:05pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House threw its support on Wednesday behind a Republican proposal to pass a stopgap bill that would fund the U.S. government through Feb. 16 and avert a shutdown, dealing a blow to Democrats who want such a measure to include immigration protections.

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

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 2:50pm
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A winter storm that caused at least four deaths in the U.S. South on Wednesday brought record low temperatures to parts of the region, where it coated roads with ice, snapped power lines and prompted schools to close.

Trump ex-aide Bannon agrees to Mueller probe interview, avoiding grand jury

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 2:06pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former White House strategist Steve Bannon has reached agreement with U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller to be interviewed by Mueller's investigators rather than appearing before a grand jury, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

FTC investigating Broadcom for antitrust practices

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 2:02pm
(Reuters) - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating whether chipmaker Broadcom Ltd engaged in anticompetitive tactics in negotiations with customers, the company said on Wednesday.