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Fed's Fischer says move to unwind bank regulation 'dangerous': FT

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 2:47am
LONDON (Reuters) - Efforts by the United States government to loosen regulations on banks are "dangerous and extremely short-sighted", one of the U.S. central bank's top policymakers said in an interview with the Financial Times published late on Wednesday.

China military criticizes 'wrong' U.S. moves on Taiwan, South China Sea

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 2:09am
BEIJING (Reuters) - The "wrong" actions of the United States on Taiwan, its South China Sea patrols and deployment of an advanced anti-missile system in South Korea have had a large, negative influence on military trust, a senior Chinese officer said on Thursday.

What will Kim do next? Sixth nuclear test seen critical for North Korea

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 2:07am
SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea says it has developed intercontinental missiles capable of targeting any place in the United States.

Assad's march east compounds West's Syria dilemma

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 1:11am
BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - Syria's war has entered a new phase as President Bashar al-Assad extends his grip in areas being captured from Islamic State, using firepower freed by Russian-backed truces in western Syria.

Australia's Hanson wears burqa to parliament in bid to ban them

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 1:04am
CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australian far-right senator Pauline Hanson wore a burqa to parliament on Thursday as part of her campaign to ban the all-enveloping garment worn by some Muslim women, drawing a quick rebuke from the government and Muslims.

South Korea's Moon says North Korean nuclear-tipped ICBM is a 'red line'

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:49pm
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea would be "crossing a red line" if it put a nuclear warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile, South Korea's president said on Thursday, but the United States had promised to seek Seoul's approval before taking any military action.

Trump's crisis spurs talk of White House departures

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 9:25pm
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s turnabout on the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia has rocked his administration, leading to rising speculation that some top officials may be looking for a way out.

Violence prompts U.S. Congress to discuss militant threats

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 7:48pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. congressional panel next month will hold a hearing on violent extremism, including threats from domestic militants, following a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned deadly.

Sessions slams Chicago sanctuary policies

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 4:41pm
(Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday strongly criticized the city of Chicago's political leadership, citing its so-called sanctuary policies as an example of the breakdown of law and order in the country.

Fed, split by inflation, should forge on with rate hikes: Mester

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 3:55pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Federal Reserve policymaker on Wednesday staked out the hawkish argument for carrying on with U.S. interest rate hikes even while weak recent inflation readings have split opinions among her colleagues at the U.S. central bank.

Cisco's security business revenue growth misses estimates, shares drop

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 3:55pm
(Reuters) - Cisco Systems Inc's revenue from its closely-watched security business rose less than analysts had estimated in the fourth quarter, sending the company's shares down about 2.5 percent in after-hours trading on Wednesday.

Trump's Virginia remarks frustrate Republicans' tax push

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 3:52pm
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - U.S. congressional Republican leaders were set to promote their tax reform goals at a special gathering in California on Wednesday, but their plans were overshadowed by growing furor over President Donald Trump's controversial statements on Virginia protests that turned deadly.

Twitter shutters accounts of U.S. white supremacy website

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 3:43pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc on Wednesday suspended accounts linked to the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer, keeping up pressure from Silicon Valley on white supremacists after weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Trump's stance on Virginia violence shocks America's allies

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 3:11pm
BERLIN/LONDON (Reuters) - America's closest allies condemned U.S. President Donald Trump in unusually strong and personal terms on Wednesday after he put part of the blame for violent clashes in the state of Virginia on those marching against gun-brandishing neo-Nazis.

Venezuela mulls 'law against intolerance,' aimed at dissenters

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 1:36pm
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelans who express "hate or intolerance" will be jailed for up to 25 years under a bill pending in the country's newly-formed constituent assembly, a measure the opposition fears will be used by the government to further crack down on dissent.

Fed policymakers grow more worried about weak inflation: minutes

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 1:12pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal Reserve policymakers appeared increasingly wary about recent weak inflation and some called for a halt to further interest rate hikes until it was clear the trend was transitory, according to the minutes of the central bank's last policy meeting.

Trump says ending two CEO advisory panels: tweet

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:33pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump dismantled two CEO advisory panels on Wednesday as a growing number of chief executives announced their resignations following his response to a weekend of violence in Virginia that stoked racial tensions nationwide.

Pope, in book foreword, vows crackdown on sexual abusers and protectors

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:37am
BERLIN (Reuters) - Pope Francis - in comments in the foreword of a new book - has branded sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests a "monstrosity" and pledged action against perpetrators and bishops who protected them.

Tears and tributes at Virginia memorial for rally violence victim

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:52am
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (Reuters) - With tears and tributes, hundreds of purple-clad residents packed an historic Charlottesville theater to remember the 32-year-old woman killed when a suspected white nationalist crashed his car into anti-racist demonstrators.

White House names Hicks interim communications director

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:26am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Longtime Trump communications aide Hope Hicks has been named as interim communications director, the White House said on Wednesday, in the latest personnel move for President Donald Trump as he continues to seek someone for the job.