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Afghan Taliban say kidnapped U.S. professor is seriously ill

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 3:33am
KABUL (Reuters) - The Afghan Taliban said on Monday that Kevin King, one of two professors from the American University of Afghanistan who were kidnapped at gunpoint in Kabul last year, is seriously ill and needs urgent medical attention.

Spain's control over Catalonia to be tested on Monday as work resumes

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 3:00am
MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's control over Catalonia will be tested on Monday when politicians and civil servants return to work amid uncertainty over whether they will accept direct rule imposed by the central government to stop the region's independence bid.

Kevin Spacey apologizes after actor says he was subjected to sexual advance when only 14

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 2:42am
(Reuters) - Kevin Spacey apologized on Sunday to fellow actor Anthony Rapp for a 1986 incident in which Rapp said Spacey made a sexual advance to him when Rapp was only 14.

U.S. regulator wants to loosen leash on Wells Fargo: sources

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 12:28am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A leading U.S. regulator wants to make it easier for Wells Fargo to pay employees when they leave, loosening a restriction in place since a phony accounts scandal hit the bank last year, according to people familiar with the matter.

Actor Kevin Spacey declares he lives life as a gay man

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 12:14am
(Reuters) - After years of refusing to address rumors about his sexuality, Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey said on Sunday he has chosen to live his life as a gay man.

As militant threats shift, U.S. Senate revives war authorization debate

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 12:05am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers will grill top Trump administration officials on Monday about a new authorization for the use of military force for the campaign against Islamic State and other militant groups, Congress' most significant step in years toward taking back control of its constitutional right to authorize war.

Most of NFL's Houston Texans kneel during anthem after owner's 'inmates' remark

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 9:47pm
(Reuters) - Most of the National Football League's Houston Texans team knelt in protest as the national anthem was played for Sunday's game in Seattle, an apparent rebuke of team owner Bob McNair for his remark about "inmates running the prison."

Special counsel's Russia probe entering new phase with first charges

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 6:11pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The investigation into possible Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election will enter a new phase as early as Monday, when the first charges resulting from the probe could be unsealed and a target taken into custody.

Puerto Rico moves to cancel Whitefish power contract after uproar

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 5:49pm
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Puerto Rico's government power company said on Sunday it would move to cancel a $300 million repair contract with a tiny Montana company to restore power to the storm-hit U.S. territory after an uproar over the deal.

U.S. envoy Haley's blunt diplomacy targets South Sudan, Congo

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 5:07pm
JUBA, South Sudan/KITCHANGA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - In a mountainous camp for displaced Congolese, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley wrapped her arm around an inconsolable woman who recounted being raped twice.

Trump tax overhaul under intensifying fire as Congress readies bill

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 1:55pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's plan for overhauling the U.S. tax system faced growing opposition from interest groups on Sunday, as Republicans prepare to unveil sweeping legislation that could eliminate some of the most popular tax breaks to help pay for lower taxes.

Philippines' Duterte says to deal with Trump in 'most righteous way'

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 11:57am
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Kurdish leader Barzani's dream of independence led to downfall

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 11:39am
ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Masoud Barzani, who spent decades leading the long-oppressed Kurds, confirmed on Sunday he was stepping down as president of the Kurdistan Regional Government after his drive for independence backfired.

Republican senator wants Democrats to testify on Trump dossier

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 10:58am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a Republican member of the Intelligence Committee, said Democrats should be called again to testify about reports that their party and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign paid for parts of a dossier that detailed accusations about President Donald Trump's ties to Russia.

Trump and Netanyahu share a kiss on West Bank wall mural

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 10:46am
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (Reuters) - Another Donald Trump mural believed to be the work of Australian graffiti artist Lushsux has popped up on Israel's barrier in the occupied West Bank, this time depicting the U.S. president sharing a kiss with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Rouhani says Iran will keep producing missiles, state TV reports

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 8:56am
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran will continue to produce missiles for its defense and does not consider that a violation of international accords, President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday in a speech broadcast on state television.

Hundreds of thousands march for unified Spain, poll shows depths of division

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 8:55am
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of supporters of a unified Spain filled Barcelona's streets on Sunday in one of the biggest shows of force yet by the so-called silent majority that has watched as regional political leaders push for Catalan independence.

Kenya opposition leader calls for calm in slum hit by deadly violence

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 8:15am
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga called for calm on Sunday as he visited a slum in the capital that was hit by violence when a political stand-off over a repeat presidential election fed into rising ethnic tensions.

Losses, looting as Philippine war's fortunate few return home

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 8:09am
MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Khaliluddin Ismail returned home on Sunday after five months of war in the southern Philippines to find his house ransacked. But he's still smiling.

Iceland leans toward leftist government in snap election

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 8:05am
REYKJAVIK (Reuters) - Icelanders, angry over a string of political scandals, ousted their center-right government in an election that could pave the way for a charismatic young opposition leader to form a left-leaning coalition, final vote counts showed on Sunday.