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Republicans back tough Iran line; Trump says nothing off table

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 1:03pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senior U.S. congressional Republicans said on Thursday they would support new sanctions on Iran, and President Donald Trump said "nothing is off the table" in dealing with Tehran in the wake of its test-firing of a ballistic missile.

Canada's Trudeau decides not to poke U.S. 'grizzly bear' for now

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 12:59pm
OTTAWA/WINNIPEG (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is taking a low key approach to dealing with U.S. President Donald Trump, seeking to avoid clashes while indirectly signaling the two leaders' differences to a domestic audience.

U.S. makes limited exceptions to sanctions on Russian spy agency

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 12:37pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday adjusted sanctions on Russian intelligence agency FSB, making limited exceptions to the measures put in place by former President Barack Obama over accusations Moscow tried to influence the U.S. presidential election with cyber attacks on political organizations.

Tillerson calls for unity, understanding as he starts at State Department

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 12:33pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for understanding and unity as he took the helm at the State Department on Thursday, as many countries seek greater clarity over foreign policy moves taken by the White House that have antagonized a range of allies.

Trump says his travel ban needed to ensure U.S. religious freedom

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 10:27am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump defended his order to temporarily bar entry to people from seven majority-Muslim nations, which has come under intense criticism at home and abroad, saying on Thursday it was crucial to ensuring religious freedom and tolerance in America.

Trump threatens U.C. Berkeley after protests stop far-right speech

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 10:25am
(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Thursday to cut funding to the University of California at Berkeley after protesters smashed windows and set fires at the liberal-leaning school, forcing the cancellation of an appearance by a far-right Breitbart News editor.

U.S. hopes to have border wall finished within two years: official

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 10:23am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said on Thursday he hoped to have a wall along the southern U.S. border with Mexico finished within two years, according to an interview with Fox News.

Senate panel approves Trump EPA chief pick over Democrats' boycott

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 10:11am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Senate committee suspended rules on Thursday to approve President Donald Trump's controversial choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday amid a boycott of his nomination by the panel's Democratic members.

Syrian army says it will press on against Islamic State near Aleppo

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 7:36am
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army signaled on Thursday it would press on with operations against Islamic State northeast of Aleppo, in a veiled warning to Turkey which backs a separate military campaign in northern Syria.