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U.N. Security Council imposes new sanctions on North Korea over missile test

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 2:43pm
UNITED NATIONS/SEOUL (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Friday for its Nov. 29 intercontinental ballistic missile test, seeking to limit its access to refined petroleum products and crude oil and its earnings from workers abroad.

Amtrak engineer remarked on train speed 6 seconds before crash: NTSB

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 1:37pm
(Reuters) - The engineer of an Amtrak passenger train that derailed off a bridge onto a highway near Seattle remarked that the train was speeding six seconds before the accident, U.S. investigators said on Friday.

House panel asks Trump ex-top aide Bannon to testify: Bloomberg

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 11:35am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Steve Bannon, a former top White House strategist and a former chief campaign aide to Donald Trump, has been asked to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives intelligence panel next month, Bloomberg News reported.

Trump signs tax, government spending bills into law

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 11:33am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump signed Republicans' massive $1.5 trillion tax overhaul into law on Friday, cementing the biggest legislative victory of his first year in office, and also approved a short-term spending bill that averts a possible government shutdown.

Arab states believe U.S. aid secure despite defying Trump Jerusalem move

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 11:32am
AMMAN/CAIRO (Reuters) - Leading Arab allies threatened with cuts in aid by Donald Trump said on Friday they had no choice but to defy the U.S. president over his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and did not believe he would follow through.

Bitcoin plunges below $12,000, heads for worst week since 2013

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 10:44am
NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - Bitcoin plunged by a quarter to below $12,000 on Friday as investors dumped the cryptocurrency in manic trading after its blistering ascent to a peak close to $20,000 prompted warnings by experts of a bubble.

Ford CEO apologizes, voices zero tolerance for harassment

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 9:47am
(Reuters) - Ford Motor Co chief executive Jim Hackett has apologized to employees for accusations detailed in a New York Times report that management at two Chicago plants did not respond adequately to complaints of sexual harassment.

Tougher North Korea sanctions could hit home, analysts say ahead of U.N. vote

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 9:43am
SEOUL (Reuters) - Newly proposed sanctions on North Korea could have a significant effect on the isolated country's already struggling economy, analysts said ahead of an expected U.N. Security Council vote on Friday, which will hinge on support from China and Russia.

IOC bans 11 Russian winter athletes for life for Sochi 2014 doping

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 9:41am
ZURICH (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee said on Friday it had banned 11 Russian athletes for life after they committed doping offences at the 2014 Sochi winter games.

Two Palestinians killed in anti-U.S. protests after U.N. vote on Jerusalem - health official

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 9:08am
GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli troops shot dead at least two Palestinians on Friday, a Gaza health official said, as protests intensified against Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

International Olympic Committee bans 11 Russian winter athletes for doping

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 9:04am
ZURICH (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee said it has banned 11 Russian athletes for life after they committed doping offences at the 2014 Sochi winter games.

U.S. backs re-election of Honduran president despite dispute

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 8:42am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday backed the re-election of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, a U.S. ally, who was certified the winner in last month's presidential contest in Honduras despite allegations of fraud by the opposition.

U.S. experts resign from monitoring China’s ZTE Corp: sources

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 6:07am
(Reuters) - Two consulting firms hired to help the United States police ZTE Corp’s compliance with trade sanctions have resigned, according to four people familiar with the matter.

U.S. tax break could push startups to share the wealth

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 6:04am
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Startup companies came away with a significant victory in the U.S. tax overhaul -- a chance to defer the often-onerous tax bill that is attached to company stock options.

Catalan separatists win vote, thwarting Rajoy's bid to solve crisis

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 5:58am
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Separatists looked set on Friday to regain power in Catalonia after voters rejected Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's attempt to neuter the independence movement to defuse Spain's biggest political crisis in decades.

Callista Gingrich becomes Trump's envoy to pope as differences mount

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 5:38am
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Callista Gingrich, wife of the former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, on Friday became U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, which is at odds with Washington over immigration, climate change and Jerusalem.

Belarus adopts crypto-currency law to woo foreign investors

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 5:20am
MINSK (Reuters) - Belarus has legalized transactions in crypto-currencies, part of a drive to foster private sector growth and attract foreign investment by liberalizing parts of its Soviet-style economy.

Robot growing pains: Two U.S. factories show tensions of going digital

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 5:15am
COLUMBUS, Ind. (Reuters) - When Sandy Vierling took a job at a new robot-packed factory her company built just a few miles from an older plant where she made automotive exhaust systems, she crossed into the future of manufacturing in the United States.

As Republicans aim to ride economy to election victory, a warning from voters in key district

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 5:09am
KING OF PRUSSIA, Pennsylvania/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the Fox & Hound sports bar, next to a shopping mall in suburban Philadelphia, four Democrats are giving speeches to potential voters as they begin their journey to try to unseat Republican congressman Pat Meehan in next year's elections.

Ski slopes and beaches forgotten: tax takes precedence

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 5:06am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - There will be no holiday slowdown this year for tax consultant Jonathan Traub, who skipped hitting the ski slopes with his family and hunkered down in his Colorado condo to prep for a webcast.