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Exclusive: Discovery in the lead to acquire Scripps Networks - sources

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 6:49pm
(Reuters) - U.S. media company Discovery Communications Inc is in the lead to acquire U.S. cable TV network owner Scripps Networks Interactive Inc, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday, in a deal likely to top $12 billion.

U.N.'s Guterres concerned about risk of escalating violence in Jerusalem

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 6:07pm
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday he is concerned about the risk of violence escalating in the Old City of Jerusalem, where recent clashes between Israelis and Palestinians have been the bloodiest in years.

Bundy follower gets 68 years for role in armed Nevada standoff

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 4:46pm
(Reuters) - One of two men convicted in the first of several trials stemming from a 2014 standoff led by renegade rancher Cliven Bundy against federal authorities in Nevada was sentenced on Wednesday to 68 years in prison for his role in the armed confrontation.

Prosecutors plan video depositions in Texas truck death case

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 4:34pm
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors are planning video depositions of witnesses ahead of the trial of a man charged with driving a truck packed with illegal immigrants in Texas, where 10 people died from sweltering heat, court documents on Wednesday showed.

Israeli lawmakers vote to set high bar for ceding parts of Jerusalem

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 4:24pm
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's parliament on Wednesday passed the first of three votes needed to enact legislation that would set an extra-high threshold for any future vote on ceding parts of Jerusalem to the Palestinians.

Facebook results beat estimates as mobile ad sales soar, stock at record high

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 4:19pm
(Reuters) - Facebook Inc surpassed quarterly profit and revenue estimates on Wednesday as the social media giant found more ways to attract advertisers to its mobile app including its centerpiece product, the Facebook News Feed, sending its shares to an all-time high.

Head of Senate panel says near deal on Russia, Iran sanctions vote

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 4:17pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers are near an agreement that would pave the way for the Senate to vote on legislation imposing new sanctions on Russia and Iran, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Wednesday.

Secretary of State Tillerson says he is 'not going anywhere'

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 3:54pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday that he was "not going anywhere," denying news reports that he was considering leaving his post.

U.S. to impose stricter electronic carry-on airport screening

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 1:44pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said Wednesday it will impose new stricter security rules requiring airline travelers to remove all electronic items larger than mobile phones like tablets, e-readers and video game consoles from carry-on baggage for screening.

U.S. sanctions Venezuelan officials as pressure builds on Maduro

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 1:25pm
WASHINGTON/CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - The Trump administration imposed sanctions on 13 senior Venezuelan officials as the country's opposition launched a two-day strike on Wednesday, heaping pressure on unpopular President Nicolas Maduro to scrap plans for a controversial new congress.

Greece arrests Russian suspected of running $4 billion bitcoin laundering ring

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 1:06pm
ATHENS/MOSCOW/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Russian man suspected of being the anonymous mastermind behind one of the world's oldest crypto-currency exchanges and of laundering at least $4 billion has been arrested in Greece, police and sources said on Wednesday.

Exclusive: U.N. report accuses Saudi coalition of deadly migrant boat attack off Yemen

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 12:24pm
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. investigators accused a Saudi Arabia-led military coalition of carrying out a deadly March attack on a Somali migrant boat off Yemen and said the alliance had become a cover for some states to avoid individual blame, according to a confidential report seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

Exclusive: Venezuela police and army chiefs, PDVSA executive face U.S. sanctions - sources

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 10:55am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of Venezuela’s army, the national police chief, the country’s director of elections and a vice president for the state oil company PDVSA are among the 13 Venezuelan officials being sanctioned by the United States on Wednesday, U.S. officials told Reuters.

Trump says transgender people will be banned from U.S. military

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 10:52am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would not permit transgender people to serve in the U.S. military, citing "tremendous medical costs and disruption," an action condemned by critics as "raw prejudice" and a political stunt.

Trump slams Attorney General Sessions, FBI in latest tweets

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 10:18am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday struck out at Jeff Sessions in a fresh round of tweets, criticizing the U.S. attorney general for keeping the acting FBI director and renewing accusations about past investigations of his former presidential rival, Hillary Clinton.

Kremlin calls new U.S. sanctions 'sad news' for U.S.-Russia ties

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 7:46am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Proposed new U.S. sanctions against Russia are an extremely unfriendly act and sad news for Russia-U.S. relations and their further development, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.

In Ohio, a struggle for the soul of the Democratic Party is playing out

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 7:16am
LOWELLVILLE, Ohio (Reuters) - On a sweltering evening in a rural corner of Ohio, the struggle for the soul and identity of the Democratic Party is playing out over wine, meatballs and recriminations about Hillary Clinton’s defeat in last year’s presidential election.

Russia says its Baltic Sea war games with Chinese Navy not a threat

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 5:47am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said late on Tuesday that war games it is conducting with the Chinese Navy in the Baltic Sea, which has become a zone of heightened tensions between Moscow and the West, do not pose a threat to anyone.

Brawl over Obamacare repeal returns to Senate floor

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 5:08am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After a months-long struggle, Republicans have succeeded in bringing Obamacare repeal legislation, a centerpiece of their 2016 election campaigns, to a debate on the U.S. Senate floor. Now the hard part begins.

Aleppo's limping recovery shows limits of battered Syrian state

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 4:21am
ALEPPO, Syria (Reuters) - In eastern Aleppo, bodies still lie under the rubble, graveyards are full, people are short of electricity and bread, and some children take classes in mosques because their schools have been ruined by war.