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U.S. may need stronger defense against North Korea missiles: admiral

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:32pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States may need to strengthen its missile defenses, particularly in Hawaii, given the advancing threat from North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons programs, the top U.S. commander in the Pacific told Congress on Wednesday.

White House readies order to quit NAFTA: administration official

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:21pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A draft executive order to withdraw the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement is under consideration, a senior Trump administration official said on Wednesday, confirming an earlier report from Politico.

Exclusive: Austria investigates Airbus CEO over suspected fraud

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:01pm
VIENNA (Reuters) - Airbus was plunged deeper into legal wrangling over past business dealings on Wednesday when Vienna prosecutors announced a fraud investigation into its chief executive in connection with a $2 billion fighter order over a decade ago.

Israel's 'Checkpoint Q': a daily hurdle for Palestinians

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 10:05am
QALANDIYA, West Bank (Reuters) - To one side loom towers manned by Israeli soldiers who keep watch from behind bulletproof glass. To the other stand concrete walls charred by fire bombs, pitted with bullet holes and scrawled with Palestinian graffiti. In between, barriers and steel fences block traffic or corral vehicles and pedestrians.

Islamic State developing new weapons despite losses: arms monitor

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 9:33am
ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Islamic State militants have developed an improvised explosive device (IED) that can be launched from rifles or dropped from an aerial drone, an arms monitoring group said on Wednesday.

Fox News anchor, others hit network with race bias claims

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 9:27am
(Reuters) - Fox News is facing renewed legal claims that it mistreated non-white employees, including a television anchor who said he was depicted as "the racist caricature of a black entertainer."

Israel, White House discussing Trump visit: Israeli official

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 9:24am
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel and the White House are in preliminary discussions about a visit to Israel by U.S. President Donald Trump as early as next month, an Israeli government official said on Wednesday.

Russia says U.S. missile strike on Syria was a threat to its forces

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 8:57am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu complained on Wednesday that a U.S. missile strike on a Syrian air base earlier this month had posed a threat to Russian troops and was forcing Moscow to take extra measures to protect them.

Trump slams federal court ruling on funding for 'sanctuary cities'

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 7:15am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday attacked a federal judge's ruling that blocked his executive order seeking to withhold funds from "sanctuary cities" for illegal immigrants, vowing to appeal it to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Sarkozy camp eyes power-sharing role under France's Macron

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 6:35am
PARIS (Reuters) - France's center-right party, seeking to rebound after the defeat of its presidential candidate, said on Wednesday it could share power with Emmanuel Macron if he is elected, as pollsters predict, on May 7.

Exclusive: A New York hotel deal shows how some public pension funds help to enrich Trump

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 6:32am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Public pension funds in at least seven U.S. states have invested millions of dollars in an investment fund that owns a New York hotel and pays one of President Donald Trump's companies to run it, according to a Reuters review of public records. That arrangement could put Trump at risk of violating an obscure constitutional clause, some legal experts say.

Congress moves closer to deal to avert government shutdown

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 6:30am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress was moving closer to crafting a deal to avoid shutting down at the stroke of midnight on Friday, but the details and even broad strokes of an agreement were still murky.

Twitter posts strongest growth in monthly users in a year

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 6:28am
(Reuters) - Twitter Inc reported its strongest growth in monthly active users in more than a year and a much better-than-expected quarterly profit, despite stiff competition from Facebook and Snapchat, sending its shares up 11 percent.

Trump tax plan slashing business rates to test support in Congress

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 6:09am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will release a tax plan on Wednesday proposing some deep rate cuts, mostly for businesses, including a slashed corporate income tax rate and steeply discounted tax rate for overseas corporate profits brought into the United States, officials said.

Exclusive: China seeks to cement globalization credentials at Silk Road summit

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 5:49am
SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - China says its Silk Road initiative is helping create "a new era of globalization" open to all, according to a draft communique for a summit next month on the project, as Beijing burnishes its free trade credentials amid protectionist forces elsewhere.

Turkey says detains 1,000 'secret imams' in police purge

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 4:43am
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish authorities arrested more than 1,000 people on Wednesday they said had secretly infiltrated police forces across the country on behalf of a U.S.-based cleric blamed by the government for a failed coup attempt last July.

Syrian refugees must buy travel papers - from Assad

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 4:12am
LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - When Mohamed al-Khalaf escaped from Syria and won asylum in Luxembourg last year, his wife and children stayed behind in Raqqa, the hub of Islamic State's so-called Caliphate. Khalaf applied for his family to join him, exercising a right to family life under European law.

French intelligence report says Assad forces behind April 4 sarin attack

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 3:38am
PARIS (Reuters) - French intelligence services have concluded that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad carried out a sarin nerve gas attack on April 4 in northern Syria and that Assad or his closest entourage ordered the strike, a declassified report showed.

Le Pen not an option as French far-left polls members on election round two

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 3:20am
PARIS (Reuters) - Jean-Luc Melenchon, the far left candidate who came fourth in the first round of France's presidential election with nearly 20 percent of the vote, is polling core supporters on whether they will back centrist Emmanuel Macron in the second round.

Serena says accidentally spilled news of her pregnancy

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:58am
(Reuters) - Serena Williams had no intention of sharing her pregnancy with the world last week but spilled the beans when she accidentally uploaded the "20 weeks" photo of herself on Snapchat, the world number one said on Tuesday.