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Having nuclear weapons 'matter of life and death' for North Korea: agency

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 12:04pm
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Pyongyang does not plan to hold any talks with Washington about its nuclear program, a senior North Korean diplomat said on Friday, declaring that possessing nuclear weapons was a matter of life and death for North Korea, the RIA news agency reported.

France gets serious over sexual harassment after Weinstein scandal: minister

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 11:51am
PARIS (Reuters) - The Harvey Weinstein scandal is forcing a rethink of attitudes toward sexual harassment in France, a country that cherishes its self-image as the land of seduction and romance, said the minister tasked with cracking down on violence against women.

Senate panel postpones hearing with Trump lawyer Cohen in Russia probe

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 11:45am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate Intelligence Committee investigating U.S. allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 election said on Friday it had postponed a public hearing with Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's lawyer, and it would be rescheduled.

Searching for Trump card, Democrats watch Virginia governor's race

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 10:54am
RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - Speaking as a folksy physician running for Virginia governor, Democrat Ralph Northam vowed in a recent campaign ad to fight Donald Trump on cuts to education funding, environmental protections and health care access.

Raqqa to be part of 'federal Syria', U.S.-backed militia says

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 10:33am
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Raqqa will be part of a decentralized federal Syria now the city has been freed from Islamic State, the U.S.-backed militias that captured it said on Friday, tying its political future to Kurdish-led autonomy plans for northern Syria.

Iran's Guards flex muscle in Middle East despite Trump warning

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 8:48am
BEIRUT (Reuters) - A week after U.S. President Donald Trump delivered a blistering speech about Iran's Revolutionary Guards, the most powerful military and economic force in the Islamic Republic has shown it has no intention of curbing its activities in the Middle East.

Britain's May wins Brexit reprieve, faces tough weeks ahead

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 8:42am
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May won a modest reprieve in stalled Brexit talks on Friday, with European Union leaders signaling their readiness to move the negotiations forward in the coming months.

Trump launches petition against NFL players' anthem protests

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 8:27am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has stepped up the pressure on the National Football League over protests by its players during the national anthem by launching a petition and asking his supporters to show their patriotism by backing it.

Trump tax cuts gain momentum as Rand Paul goes 'all in'

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 8:06am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican senator Rand Paul on Friday appeared to back the Trump administration's sweeping tax cut plan, saying he was "all in" for massive tax cuts even as the Senate passed a key budget measure without his support one day earlier.

Spain plans new elections in Catalonia to end independence bid: opposition

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 7:55am
MADRID (Reuters) - The Spanish government has secured opposition support for dissolving Catalonia's parliament and holding new elections there in January in its bid to defuse the regional government's push for independence.

Having nuclear weapons 'matter of life and death' for North Korea: RIA

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 7:13am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Pyongyang does not plan to hold any talks with Washington about its nuclear program, a senior North Korean diplomat said on Friday, saying that possessing nuclear weapons was a matter of life and death for North Korea, the RIA news agency reported.

Low pay, no bonus: U.S. retailers struggle with hiring

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 5:52am
(Reuters) - U.S. retailers are finding it increasingly difficult to hire employees for stores and for middle and higher management as low pay and a feeling of uncertainty clouds the industry following a spate of bankruptcies and store closures.

Spain plans to force Catalonia into January elections: opposition

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 5:23am
MADRID (Reuters) - The Spanish government has secured opposition support to dissolve Catalonia's parliament and hold new elections there in January in an effort to defuse the regional government's push for independence.

Fate of New Hampshire Indonesians goes before U.S. judge in Boston

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 5:10am
BOSTON (Reuters) - The case of 47 Indonesian Christians, who fled violence in that country two decades ago and now live illegally in New Hampshire, heads to Boston federal court on Friday, where a judge will weigh whether she can intervene in an immigration matter.

Obamacare whiplash leaves states, insurers with dueling price plans

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 5:03am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's reversals in the past week on maintaining Obamacare subsidies to insurers are sowing new confusion over what kind of health insurance will be available to consumers, and at what price, when enrollment for 2018 begins in two weeks.

Moscow seeks support for Russia-Chinese roadmap on North Korea

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 3:39am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged world powers on Friday to get behind a joint Russian-Chinese roadmap for settling the crisis over North Korea's weapons program.

In Kuroda's face - researchers find ways to predict central bank changes

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 1:28am
TOKYO (Reuters) - For decades, economists have tried to guess central bank policy direction by studying subtle changes in official language -- now, researchers are finding new clues on policy, not in the words of central banker but in their faces.

Amid South Korea freeze, China says cultural exchanges take the temperature

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 1:12am
BEIJING (Reuters) - Cultural exchanges between countries need to consider the "temperature" of popular opinion and how people feel about each other, a senior Chinese official said on Friday, amid a freeze in cultural ties with South Korea over an anti-missile system.

Short on staff: Nursing crisis strains U.S. hospitals

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 12:11am
MORGANTOWN, West Virginia (Reuters) - A shortage of nurses at U.S. hospitals hit West Virginia's Charleston Area Medical Center at the worst possible time.

Dodgers beat Cubs in Game Five to reach World Series

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 12:03am
(Reuters) - The Los Angeles Dodgers are back in Major League Baseball's World Series for the first time since 1988 after beating the Chicago Cubs 11-1 on Thursday to clinch the National League Championship series 4-1.

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