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Exclusive: Taiwan president says phone call with Trump can take place again

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 5:41am
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said another direct phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump could take place again and she urged the self-ruled island's political rival China to step up to its global responsibility to keep the peace as a large nation.

Asylum-seekers fleeing U.S. may find cold comfort in Canada’s courts

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 5:09am
TORONTO/WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - Migrants who applied for asylum in the United States but then fled north, fearing they would be swept up in President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown, may have miscalculated in viewing Canada as a safe haven.

Arkansas plans fourth execution in about a week

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 5:03am
(Reuters) - Arkansas plans to end its series of April executions by putting to death on Thursday an inmate convicted of murdering a cheerleader and who escaped from prison and killed two other people before being captured again.

Israel strikes Iran-supplied arms depot near Damascus airport: sources

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 3:32am
AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Israel struck an arms supply hub operated by the Lebanese group Hezbollah near Damascus airport on Thursday, Syrian rebel and regional sources said, targeting weapons regularly sent from Iran via commercial and military cargo planes.

Sanctions short-circuit Russia's electricity plans for annexed Crimea

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 3:08am
MOSCOW/SEVASTOPOL, Crimea(Reuters) - Russia's $1.3 billion plan to build two new power plants in Crimea aimed to show that Moscow could complete high-tech projects on the annexed peninsula despite Western technology sanctions.

Difficult legal path forward for Trump in sanctuary cities case

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 1:49am
NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Even if President Donald Trump wins an appeal of a court ruling blocking his executive order on sanctuary cities, arguments made by the government in the case could permanently harm its efforts to cut off wide swaths of federal funding to targeted cities, some legal experts say.

United to offer passengers up to $10,000 to surrender seats

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 12:06am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - United Airlines said on Thursday it would offer passengers who volunteer to forfeit their seats on overbooked flights up to $10,000 as part of the carrier's efforts to repair the damage from the rough removal of a passenger.

South Korea, U.S. warn of punishment for North Korea; U.S. stresses sanctions

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 11:39pm
SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - South Korea and the United States agreed on Thursday on "swift punitive measures" against North Korea in the event of more provocation, although the United States signaled sanctions and diplomatic pressure were its priorities for now.

Push for South China Sea code stirs ASEAN suspicions about Beijing's endgame

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 11:24pm
MANILA (Reuters) - China's support for finalizing a code of conduct in the hotly contested South China Sea is generating some hope in Southeast Asia of settling disputes, but those working out the terms remain unconvinced of Beijing's sincerity.

Macron campaign for French presidency off to slower start than Le Pen: poll

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 9:42pm
PARIS (Reuters) - Fewer French voters believe centrist Emmanuel Macron got off to a good start in the last lap of France's presidential election than far right leader Marine Le Pen, a poll showed on Thursday.

Uber driver charged with raping California woman in car

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 8:52pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An Uber driver accused by prosecutors of having sexually assaulted a female passenger after she sought a ride home from a gathering in the upscale seaside city of Newport Beach, California, was charged with rape on Wednesday.

China flags global naval role after new carrier launch

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 8:35pm
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China needs to raise its military capabilities to protect its growing overseas interests, its foreign minister said following the launch of China's first domestically built aircraft carrier, but he vowed not to pursue expansionism.

Republicans take next step in U.S. deregulation with Senate bill

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 5:55pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican lawmakers launched the next round in their fight against federal regulation on Wednesday, helped by at least one Democrat, as the U.S. Senate began work on legislation to change nearly every step agencies take in creating and applying new rules.

Conservatives back latest U.S. healthcare bill, obstacles remain

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 5:06pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The conservative House Freedom Caucus came out in support of a reworked U.S. healthcare overhaul bill even though it would not fully repeal Democratic former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, the group said in a statement on Wednesday.

Trump seeks to shrink federal role in education with new order

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 3:43pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday ordered Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to review the U.S. government's role in school policy, which supporters cheered as the first step in creating more local control in education and critics worried could lead to lower quality schools in poorer neighborhoods.

Venezuela death toll hits 27, protesters battle security forces

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 3:38pm
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan security forces fired scores of tear gas volleys and turned water cannons on rock-throwing protesters on a bridge in Caracas on Wednesday as the death toll from this month's anti-government unrest hit at least 27.

White House to keep paying Obamacare subsidies for now: official

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 3:02pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration will continue to pay subsidies for low-income Americans receiving healthcare coverage under Obamacare, but no decisions have been made about future funding, a White House official said on Wednesday.

U.S. FCC chairman to propose reversing 'net neutrality' rules

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 2:40pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday proposed overturning the landmark 2015 Obama-era net neutrality rules that prohibit broadband providers from giving or selling access to certain internet services over others.

U.S. chief justice alarmed at Trump administration immigration case stance

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 2:36pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts took issue on Wednesday with the Trump administration's stance in an immigration case, saying it could make it too easy for the government to strip people of citizenship for lying about minor infractions.

U.S. lawmakers look to Trump administration briefing for clear North Korea strategy

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 2:32pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers want to emerge from briefings by the Trump administration on North Korea on Wednesday with something many think has been absent from the White House so far: a clear strategy for dealing with a major national security threat.

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