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Trump to set stage for China tariffs amid trade war fears

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 11:38am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump was expected to lay the foundation for tariffs on Chinese imports worth around $50 billion on Thursday, in a move likely to trigger retaliation from Beijing and stoke fears of a global trade war.

Congress rushes to pass funding bill before Friday deadline

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 11:27am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress raced on Thursday to approve a massive spending bill and send it to President Donald Trump before a midnight Friday government shutdown deadline, in a move that would significantly boost defense and non-military funding through Sept. 30.

Investigators scour Texas bomber's home, searching for a motive

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 10:16am
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Federal investigators on Thursday combed through the home of the 23-year-old they say was behind this month's deadly Texas bombing spree, seeking clues about what motivated his attacks the day after he killed himself in a confrontation with police.

Exclusive: U.S. miners' union to endorse two more Democrats in coal country

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 9:58am
(Reuters) - The main U.S. coal miners' union is set to endorse two Democrats running for Congress in West Virginia, two sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday - a boost for Democrats trying to win over a constituency that voted heavily for Republican Donald Trump in 2016.

Global carbon emissions hit record high in 2017

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 7:08am
LONDON (Reuters) - Global energy-related carbon emissions rose to a historic high of 32.5 gigatons last year, after three years of being flat, due to higher energy demand and the slowing of energy efficiency improvements, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said.

Americans want armed school guards and tighter gun laws: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 5:49am
(Reuters) - A majority of Americans, including Republicans, Democrats and gun owners want stricter laws on gun ownership and armed guards in schools, according to a Reuters/Ipsos national poll taken in early March.

Assad closer to Ghouta victory, as some rebels prepare to quit

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 5:48am
BEIRUT/DAMASCUS (Reuters) - The Syrian government moved closer to ending rebel resistance in eastern Ghouta as civilians streamed out of one of its besieged, bomb-battered towns on Thursday and insurgents prepared to surrender another.

Future of TV in balance as AT&T, Time Warner plead merger case

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 5:15am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fans will be glued to the "March Madness" college basketball tournament as the joint owner of rights for the games, Time Warner Inc, goes before a judge on Thursday to defend a proposed takeover by AT&T Inc.

China blames U.S. for staggering trade surplus as tariffs loom

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 5:00am
BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China blamed U.S. export restrictions for its record trade surplus with the United States, but expressed hope that a solution can be found to settle trade issues between the world's two biggest economies as U.S. tariffs loom.

China's oil futures: frazzle or dazzle for foreign traders?

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 3:52am
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's crude oil futures, to be launched on Monday, will be a major step in Beijing's years-long push to win greater sway over oil pricing, but for western traders it will likely bring frustration as well as opportunity.

Southern California on guard as heavy rains may trigger mudslides

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 3:37am
(Reuters) - The threat of dangerous mudslides will grow on Thursday as a storm rolls through coastal California, where thousands have fled from homes near hillsides that were stripped of vegetation by massive wildfires.

Sarkozy says Libya funding accusations make his life 'hell' - paper

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 2:06am
PARIS (Reuters) - French ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy told magistrates who put him under formal investigation on Wednesday that accusations that he got illicit Libyan funding for his 2007 election campaign were lies that were making his life "hell", Le Figaro newspaper said.

China calls U.S. repeat abuser of world trade rules as tariffs loom

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 2:06am
BEIJING (Reuters) - China accused the United States of "repeatedly abusing" trade practices, as Beijing braced on Thursday for an imminent announcement from U.S. President Donald Trump slapping more tariffs on Chinese imports.

Tech giants express concern over Singapore plan to fight fake news

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 1:59am
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Global tech giants including Facebook and Twitter on Thursday expressed concern about a possible Singapore plan to bring in a new law to tackle the threat of fake news, saying sufficient rules are already in place.

Best Buy cuts ties with China's Huawei: source

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 12:57am
LAS VEGAS/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Best Buy Co Inc, the largest U.S. consumer electronics retailer, will cut ties with China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, a person familiar with the matter said, amid heightened scrutiny on Chinese tech firms in the United States.

Trump defends congratulatory phone call to Putin

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 10:40pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump defended his congratulations to Vladimir Putin on the Russian president's disputed re-election victory on Wednesday, saying he wants Putin's help in solving crises from North Korea to Syria and beyond.

Zuckerberg apologizes for Facebook mistakes with user data, vows curbs

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 9:56pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg apologized on Wednesday for mistakes his company made in how it handled data belonging to 50 million of its users and promised tougher steps to restrict developers' access to such information.

Congress unveils $1.3 trillion spending bill as shutdown looms

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 9:13pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican and Democratic leaders in the U.S. Congress late on Wednesday unveiled a $1.3 trillion bill to fund the government through September, which includes an additional $80 billion in national defense spending but fails to fund some of President Donald Trump's immigration initiatives.

Texas serial bomber made video confession before blowing himself up: police

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 8:45pm
PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (Reuters) - The Texas man who police say carried out a three-week deadly bombing spree made a 25-minute video "confession" on his phone, which authorities recovered after he blew himself up on Wednesday as officers closed in to make an arrest.

Republican concedes to Democrat in close U.S. House race in Pennsylvania

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 8:34pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican candidate in a close U.S. House of Representatives special election on March 13 in Pennsylvania conceded to his Democratic opponent on Wednesday, cementing a Democratic upset in a long-time Republican area that President Donald Trump handily won in 2016.