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Tillerson pledges safe areas for refugees, more pressure on Islamic State

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 1:22pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday the United States would set up "interim zones of stability" to help refugees return home in the next phase of the fight against Islamic State and al Qaeda.

Two dead, others injured in UK parliament 'terrorist incident'

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 12:12pm
LONDON (Reuters) - An assailant stabbed a policeman and was shot by police just outside Britain's parliament building in London on Wednesday in what police described as a "terrorist incident".

Sears shares sink as creditors, investors fret over going-concern risk

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:31am
(Reuters) - Sears Holdings Corp's shares slumped 16 percent on Wednesday as bondholders and investors questioned how long the retailer could remain in business, a day after the company flagged going-concern doubts.

Trump seeks to nail support for healthcare bill before House vote

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:30am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders struggled on Wednesday to get enough support in the House of Representatives to win passage of their Obamacare rollback bill, watched by wary investors in financial markets.

One in three U.S. Muslims fear for safety in Trump presidency: poll

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 9:15am
(Reuters) - More than one in three U.S. Muslims fear they could be targeted by white supremacist groups following President Donald Trump's election and 42 percent say their children have been bullied in school because of their faith, a survey found.

U.S. existing home sales fall from 10-year high

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 9:08am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. home resales fell more than expected in February amid a persistent shortage of houses on the market that is pushing up prices and sidelining potential buyers.

Sears warns of 'going concern' doubts

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 8:38am
(Reuters) - Sears Holdings Corp, once the largest U.S. retailer, warned on Tuesday about its ability to continue as a going concern after years of losses and declining sales.

Trump, Koch brothers at odds over 'Trumpcare' vote

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 6:19am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans considering whether or not to back U.S. President Donald Trump's healthcare reforms in a crucial House of Representatives vote this week face a painful choice.

Exclusive: Lead poisoning afflicts neighborhoods across California

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 6:17am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dozens of California communities have experienced recent rates of childhood lead poisoning that surpass those of Flint, Michigan, with one Fresno locale showing rates nearly three times higher, blood testing data obtained by Reuters shows.

China denies reports of building on disputed shoal

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 6:14am
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday denied reports that China will begin preparatory work this year for an environmental monitoring station on disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea.

Kremlin says French media report on Fillon's Putin introduction is 'fake news'

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 5:30am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A French media report alleging that presidential candidate Francois Fillon was paid to arrange introductions to Russian President Vladimir Putin is "fake news," Russia's Kremlin said on Wednesday.

Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch coasting toward Senate showdown

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 5:09am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, after two smooth days at his confirmation hearing, will cruise into Wednesday's session with any questions about his prospects likely shifting from the Judiciary Committee to the full Senate.

Mexico warns firms not in their interest to build border wall

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 3:32am
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's government on Tuesday warned Mexican companies that it would not be in their best "interests" to participate in the construction of U.S. President Donald Trump's border wall, though there will be no legal restrictions or sanctions to stop them if they tried.

Russia underplayed losses in recapture of Syria's Palmyra

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 3:06am
GELENDZHIK, Russia (Reuters) - Russia's force in Syria has suffered losses since late January more than three times higher than the official toll, according to evidence gathered by Reuters, a tally that shows the fight in Syria is tougher and more costly than the Kremlin has disclosed.

North Korean missile launch fails: U.S. military says

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 11:49pm
SEOUL (Reuters) - A North Korean missile launch failed on Wednesday, with the rocket exploding within seconds, the U.S. military said, the latest in a series of North Korean weapons tests to rattle its neighbors and raise tension in the region.

Trump tries to move past controversies, says he is keeping promises

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 8:19pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump argued on Tuesday that his 60 days in office have been a successful keeping of his campaign promises as he attempted to turn the page from a variety of controversies that have bedeviled his White House tenure.

Top NSA official says telephone surveillance should have been disclosed

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 7:55pm
FORT MEADE, Md. (Reuters) - The U.S. government should have publicized the existence of a program that vacuumed up in bulk Americans' telephone call data before its existence was leaked by former contractor Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency's deputy director said on Tuesday.

Andrew Puzder to step down as CKE fast-food CEO in April: company

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 6:05pm
(Reuters) - Andrew Puzder, who withdrew as nominee for U.S. Labor Secretary in the new Trump administration, is stepping down as chief executive of CKE Restaurants Holdings Inc in April, the parent of the Carl's Jr and Hardee's restaurant chains said on Tuesday.

South Korea's Park goes home after 14-hour interrogation in graft probe

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 5:30pm
SEOUL (Reuters) - Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye left prosecutors' offices early on Wednesday after being questioned in an investigation into a corruption scandal that ended her presidency this month.

U.S. reverses course and offers new dates for NATO talks

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 5:03pm
WASHINGTON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson proposed new dates on Tuesday for a NATO meeting, the State Department said, after he initially decided to skip the talks and rebuffed the alliance's efforts to reschedule them.