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Russian-Germans in focus amid fears of Moscow propaganda

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 9:55am
PFORZHEIM, Germany (Reuters) - German political parties campaigning for elections next month are competing to attract 2 million voters with roots in the former Soviet Union, amid concerns that Russian propaganda could sway votes in the community.

South Africa's top cop confirms Grace Mugabe dodged court hearing: report

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 9:32am
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's top policeman confirmed on Wednesday that Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe failed to appear at a court hearing the previous day to answer accusations she assaulted a 20-year-old model in an upmarket Johannesburg hotel.

Army helicopter with five aboard crashes off Hawaii: U.S. Coast Guard

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 9:27am
(Reuters) - Rescue teams searched for a downed Army Black Hawk helicopter with five crew members aboard that was last reported off the west coast of Hawaii, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Wednesday.

U.S.-Japan conduct air drills as North Korea watches next move by the 'Yankees'

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 5:12am
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese jets conducted air manoeuvres with U.S. bombers southwest of the Korean peninsula on Wednesday as North Korea considered whether to fire missiles towards the U.S.-administered territory of Guam.

Lincoln Memorial in Washington defaced with expletive

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 4:35am
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China angered at U.S. criticism of religious freedom, says U.S. not perfect

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 4:18am
BEIJING (Reuters) - China hit back on Wednesday at criticism by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of its record on religious freedom, saying the United States was not perfect and should be looking after its own affairs rather than making baseless accusations.

Australian agency believes it can locate MH370 with 'unprecedented precision'

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 2:14am
SYDNEY/KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Australia's main scientific agency said on Wednesday it believed with "unprecedented precision and certainty" that a missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft crashed into the sea northeast of an area scoured in a fruitless two-year underwater search.

Exclusive: China's Belt and Road acquisitions surge despite outbound capital crackdown

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 2:10am
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Mergers and acquisitions by Chinese companies in countries that are part of the Belt and Road initiative are soaring, even as Beijing cracks down on China's acquisitive conglomerates to restrict capital outflows.

As NAFTA talks begin, Trump's 'America First' agenda looms large

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:23am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As the United States, Canada and Mexico kick off negotiations on Wednesday to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement, the biggest uncertainty is whether a deal can pass President Donald Trump's "America First" test.

White House braces for fallout from Trump remarks on Virginia violence

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:20am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump no doubt pleased part of his political base on Tuesday by passionately arguing that both right- and left-wing extremists were responsible for violence at a white supremacist rally in Virginia on Saturday.

Texas 'bathroom bill' dies in special legislative session

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 10:09pm
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas measures criticized as being discriminatory for limiting transgender people's access to bathrooms in schools and public buildings died on Tuesday, as the House adjourned and ended its special legislative session.

War room 2.0? U.S. Air Force upgrades Middle East command center

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 6:48pm
AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar (Reuters) - With its wall-sized screens simultaneously showing America's air wars in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, this war room at the heart of America's biggest military campaigns is already something of a technological marvel.

Banish Bannon? Trump weighs his options as top aides feud

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 6:47pm
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - For months, U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser and his chief strategist have battled for influence behind the scenes, and their feud may force another shake-up at the White House.

Tech companies ramp up NAFTA lobbying on eve of trade talks

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 4:08pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Technology companies, such as Microsoft and Cisco Systems have ramped up lobbying ahead of talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, looking to avoid any future restrictions on cloud storage and to promote an international pact to eliminate technology goods tariffs.

Trump orders faster permitting on infrastructure projects

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 3:53pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order to speed approvals of permits for highways, bridges and other major building efforts as part of his proposal to spend $1 trillion to fix aging U.S. infrastructure.

Despite losing trial to Taylor Swift, DJ insists he never groped her

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 3:16pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The former Colorado radio DJ who lost a court case to Taylor Swift insisted on Tuesday that he "never grabbed" the pop star's bare buttocks while posing for a photo with her four years ago.

Americans' debt level notches a new record high

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 2:30pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Americans' debt level notched another record high in the second quarter, after having earlier in the year surpassed its pre-crisis peak, on the back of modest rises in mortgage, auto and credit card debt, where delinquencies jumped.

U.S. confident of 'peaceable' Venezuelan solution: Pence

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 2:03pm
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said in Buenos Aires on Tuesday he was confident about reaching a "peaceable" solution for Venezuela through economic and diplomatic pressure on the country's president, Nicolas Maduro.

End of U.S. payments to health insurers would cause premiums to rise: CBO

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 1:51pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Health insurance premiums for many customers on the Obamacare individual insurance markets would be 20 percent higher in 2018 if U.S. President Donald Trump follows through on a threat to stop billions of dollars of payments to health insurers, a nonpartisan congressional office said on Tuesday.

NAFTA negotiators aim for 'ambitious' first round of talks: U.S. official

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 11:10am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Negotiators from Canada, Mexico and the United States are aiming for an ambitious first round of trade talks, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday, as the countries try to fast-track a deal to modernize the pact by early next year.