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U.S. to send 300 Marines to Afghanistan's Helmand province

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 6:11am
KABUL (Reuters) - About 300 U.S. Marines will be sent to Afghanistan's Helmand province to assist Afghan security forces battling Taliban insurgents in intelligence and logistics matters, the unit's commander said over the weekend.

HMD Global launches first Nokia smartphone

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 6:40pm
HELSINKI (Reuters) - HMD Global, the Finnish company that owns the rights to use Nokia's brand on mobile phones, announced on Sunday its first smartphone, targeted for Chinese users with a price of 1,699 yuan ($246).

Police say gun was returned to Florida airport shooting suspect last year

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 3:56pm
(Reuters) - Police in Alaska said on Saturday they had returned a handgun to the Florida airport shooting suspect which was temporarily taken from him when he underwent a mental evaluation late last year.

Iraq says deal reached over Bashiqa, Turkey says issue will be solved

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 1:47pm
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Saturday an agreement had been reached with Turkey over an Iraqi demand that Turkish forces withdraw from the Bashiqa camp near Mosul in the north of the country, Iraqi state TV reported.

U.S. consular official shot in Mexico, in stable condition

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 12:54pm
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - An American consular official was shot in Guadalajara, Mexico's second largest city in the restive western state of Jalisco, but is now in stable condition, Mexican authorities said on Saturday.

Djokovic makes statement in epic win over Murray in Doha final

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 12:51pm
(Reuters) - Novak Djokovic made an immense statement in his bid to rule men's tennis again when he defeated Andy Murray, the man who deposed him as world number one, 6-3 5-7 6-4 in an epic Qatar Open final in Doha on Saturday.

Ivory Coast president confirms deal to end two-day army mutiny

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 12:44pm
ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara confirmed on Saturday that a deal had been reached with disgruntled soldiers to end a two-day revolt that spread unrest across the West African nation.

New policies coming to America could take weight off Fed: Powell

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 12:43pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A push by Washington for more business-friendly regulation and fiscal support for the economy could improve America's mix of policies which in recent years have relied too much on the Federal Reserve, Fed Governor Jerome Powell said.

Fuel truck blast kills dozens in north Syrian border town

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 11:27am
BEIRUT (Reuters) - A fuel truck exploded in the busy center of a rebel-held town near Syria's border with Turkey on Saturday, killing dozens of people and wounding dozens more, several sources said.

Germany's Gabriel says EU break-up no longer unthinkable

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 9:21am
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's insistence on austerity in the euro zone has left Europe more divided than ever and a break-up of the European Union is no longer inconceivable, German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel told Der Spiegel magazine.

Iraqi forces close in on Tigris in IS stronghold Mosul

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 8:35am
MOSUL, Iraq/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi special forces closed in on the Tigris river that runs through central Mosul on Saturday, advancing in parallel with other troops and forcing Islamic State to retreat in its last major stronghold in the country.

Obama says Sanders' supporters helped undermine Obamacare

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 6:59pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday that criticism from the left wing of his own Democratic Party helped feed into the unpopularity of Obamacare, his signature healthcare reform law.

In emotional farewell speech, Michelle Obama praises diversity

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 6:57pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - First lady Michelle Obama made an impassioned case for embracing diversity and welcoming all religious groups on Friday in a not-so-veiled message to her husband's successor two weeks ahead of Inauguration Day.

Four ordered held without bail over Chicago torture shown on Facebook

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 6:26pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Four African-Americans accused of attacking an 18-year-old white man with special needs while making anti-white racial taunts in an assault broadcast on Facebook were ordered held without bail by a Chicago judge on Friday.

South Carolina jury to deliberate church shooter's fate next week

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 5:42pm
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Jurors could begin deliberating on Tuesday whether white supremacist Dylann Roof should be sentenced to death or life in prison for killing nine black people at a historic church in Charleston, South Carolina, a federal judge said on Friday.

Brazil gang kills 31, many hacked to death, as prison violence explodes

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 5:35pm
RIO DE JANEIRO/SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Jailed members of Brazil's most powerful drug gang killed 31 inmates at a penitentiary on Friday, decapitating and cutting out the hearts of most of them, in revenge for a separate prison massacre that left 56 dead this week.

In sign of more hawkish Fed, Evans nods to three rate hikes

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 4:16pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago Federal Reserve President Charles Evans said on Friday the central bank could raise interest rates three times this year, faster than he had expected just a few months ago and in line with the majority of his colleagues.