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U.S.-led coalition carried out flights to support Turkish forces in Syria

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 12:51pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S.-led coalition carried out flights in support of Turkish forces near the Islamic State-controlled Syrian town of al-Bab last week but did not carry out air strikes, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said on Tuesday.

Re-print of Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' takes Germany by storm

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 12:24pm
BERLIN (Reuters) - Sales of Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" have soared since a special edition of the Nazi leader's political treatise went on sale in Germany a year ago, the German publisher has said.

Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly leaving to join NBC

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 12:13pm
(Reuters) - Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly, a star of the U.S. cable network's primetime lineup, has decided to leave to join NBC News in a broad role that includes hosting a one-hour daytime news show, NBC announced on Tuesday.

Texas abortion provider says fetal tissue burial rule is 'offensive'

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 12:05pm
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The president of an abortion provider told a federal court on Tuesday a proposed Texas regulation requiring facilities to dispose of aborted fetal tissue through burial or cremation is unnecessary and "offensive."

Ford cancels $1.6 billion Mexican plant

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 10:17am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co said Tuesday it will cancel a planned $1.6 billion factory in Mexico and will invest $700 million at a Michigan factory as it expands its electric vehicle and hybrid offerings.

Exclusive: Trump team seeks agency records on border barriers, surveillance

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 7:10am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a wide-ranging request for documents and analysis, President-elect Donald Trump's transition team asked the Department of Homeland Security last month to assess all assets available for border wall and barrier construction.

Oil hits 18-month highs as markets eye output cuts

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 7:07am
LONDON (Reuters) - Oil prices hit 18-month highs on Tuesday, the first trading day of 2017, buoyed by hopes that a deal between OPEC and other big oil exporters to cut production, which kicked in on Sunday, will drain a global supply glut.

Trump threatens 'big border tax' on GM over Chevy Cruze production

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 6:52am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday blasted U.S. carmaker General Motors and threatened to impose a "big border tax" for making its Chevy Cruze model in Mexico.

Gunman in Istanbul nightclub attack may have trained in Syria

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 6:38am
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The gunman who killed 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Day in an attack claimed by Islamic State appears to have been well versed in guerrilla warfare and may have trained in Syria, a newspaper report and a security source said on Tuesday.

Intel seeking indirect stake in mapping firm HERE: German cartel office

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 4:41am
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Chip maker Intel has sought approval to buy a stake in HERE, a digital mapping firm controlled by Germany's carmakers Daimler , BMW and Volkswagen , a filing to the German cartel office showed.

Moscow seeks naval drills as Russian warships visit Manila

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 3:04am
MANILA (Reuters) - Russia wants to hold maritime drills with the Philippines to help combat terrorism and piracy, sending two warships to Manila for the first official navy-to-navy contact, as President Rodrigo Duterte pivots to United States' traditional rivals.

Turkish military says 18 Islamic State militants killed in clashes in Syria

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 11:03pm
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's military, backing Syrian rebels in a four-month-old operation against Islamic State militants in northern Syria, said on Tuesday that 18 of the jihadists had been killed and 37 wounded in clashes and artillery fire on Monday.

U.S. House Republicans weaken ethics body as they return to Congress

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 10:14pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives agreed on Monday to weaken a nonpartisan ethics watchdog on the grounds it had grown too intrusive, prompting Democrats to charge they were scaling back independent oversight ahead of a new legislative session.

China navy confirms carrier conducted drills in South China Sea

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 7:20pm
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's sole aircraft carrier conducted drills in the South China Sea, the navy said, days after neighboring Taiwan said the carrier and accompanying ships had passed 90 nautical miles south of the island amid renewed tension between the two sides.

Asia stocks see subdued start to 2017, dollar resumes climb

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 7:14pm
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Asian stocks began 2017 on a flat note on Tuesday, uninspired by a surge in European markets to their highest in more than a year, while the dollar resumed its climb after last week's stumble.

Tornadoes hit Mississippi as storms pound southern coastal states

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 7:11pm
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A severe storm system pounded the U.S. South on Monday with heavy rain, hail and strong winds that snapped power lines in several states along the Gulf of Mexico coast, with tornadoes reportedly touching down in Mississippi.

South Korea pushes for extradition of daughter of President Park's friend

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 7:00pm
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean authorities said on Tuesday they will proceed with steps to extradite Chung Yoo-ra, the daughter of a central figure in a South Korean political scandal that has led to a parliament vote to impeach President Park Geun-hye.

Trump on North Korea ICBM: 'It won't happen!'

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 5:59pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said on Monday that North Korea would not complete a nuclear weapon capable of reaching the United States, vowing on Twitter: "It won't happen!"

New U.S. Congress prepares to undo Obamacare, weigh Trump personnel picks

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 4:15pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A new, Republican-controlled U.S. Congress convenes on Tuesday eager to repeal major portions of President Barack Obama's healthcare law and roll back environmental and financial industry regulations, but could quickly become embroiled in fights over President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet choices.

Syrian rebels say they froze talks on Russian-backed peace conference due to ceasefire violations

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 4:10pm
AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian rebel groups said on Monday they had decided to freeze any talks about their possible participation in Syrian peace negotiations being prepared by Moscow in Kazakhstan unless the Syrian government and its Iran-backed allies end what it said were violations of a ceasefire.