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Trump's son-in-law launches Middle East peace effort

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 5:49pm
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, met Israeli and Palestinian leaders on Wednesday to try to revive long-fractured Middle East peacemaking that Washington acknowledged will take some time.

In Brussels, weakened May to outline guarantees for EU expats in Britain

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 4:43pm
LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May will outline on Thursday her approach to the "hugely important issue" of reassuring EU expatriates about their futures in Britain, at a summit that is her first Brexit test since an election sapped her authority.

Motive sought after attacker stabs policeman at Michigan airport

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 3:18pm
(Reuters) - Federal authorities sought a motive on Wednesday after an assailant stabbed a police officer in the neck inside the main terminal of a small airport in Flint, Michigan, leading to the airport being evacuated.

For thousands of U.S. auto workers, downturn is already here

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 2:47pm
LORDSTOWN, Ohio (Reuters) - Wall Street is fretting that the U.S. auto industry is heading for a downturn, but for thousands of workers at General Motors Co factories in the United States, the hard times are already here.

Most Americans say Republican healthcare plan will be harmful: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 1:37pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - When U.S. Senate Republicans unveil their plan to overhaul America's healthcare system, they will face a skeptical public that already does not buy the justification for an earlier version that passed the House of Representatives, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday. 

Ex-Guantanamo detainee Ghailani may pursue prison prayer claim: U.S. court

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 12:54pm
(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Wednesday revived a lawsuit in which Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee convicted over the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, said prison officials violated his right to participate in group prayer.

U.N. chief appoints Russian diplomat to top anti-terror job

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 11:36am
UNITED NATIONS/VIENNA (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday appointed one of Moscow's veteran diplomats to head a newly created U.N. Counterterrorism Office, giving a Russian a top job at the world body's headquarters in New York.

Gunman made no threats to Congress before Virginia shooting: FBI

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 10:17am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The gunman who shot at Republican lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game did not post online any threats against or references to members of Congress before the attack, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Wednesday.

Iraqi migrant trains at U.S. border patrol academy

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 10:08am
ARTESIA, N.M. (Reuters) - At a training facility in the middle of a desert in New Mexico, aspiring border patrol agent Stevany Shakare sprinted laps in 103-degree Fahrenheit weather as her instructors shouted at her to run faster.

Exclusive: U.N. chief set to name Russian diplomat to top anti-terror job - diplomats

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 9:47am
UNITED NATIONS/VIENNA (Reuters) - United Nations chief Antonio Guterres is set to appoint a Moscow envoy in Vienna to head a newly created U.N. Office of Counterterrorism, officials and diplomats said on Wednesday, giving a Russian a top job at U.N. headquarters in New York.

Trump seizes on Republican victory in Georgia to push agenda

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 9:39am
SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump knocked Democrats on Wednesday for obstructing his agenda, one day after a fellow Republican won a congressional race in Georgia that was widely seen as a referendum on his young, turbulent presidency.

U.S., China meet on North Korea after Trump points to failed Chinese effort

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 9:39am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top diplomats and defense chiefs from the United States and China began a day of talks in Washington on Wednesday looking for ways to press North Korea to give up its nuclear and missile programs.

Syrians fear new Raqqa turmoil once Islamic State is defeated

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 7:22am
RAQQA, Syria (Reuters) - U.S.-backed forces are closing in on Islamic State in Raqqa, but local Syrians who have escaped the battlefield are worried about what comes after the fight.

Britain's May promises to listen on Brexit as queen presents government program

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 7:05am
LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May promised on Wednesday to listen more to businesses' concerns about Brexit as Queen Elizabeth formally opened parliament by announcing the government's program for the next two years.

Israel would go 'all-out' if war breaks out again with Lebanon: air force chief

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 4:24am
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel would use all its strength from the start in any new war with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, the chief of the Israeli air force said on Wednesday, sending a firm warning a decade after their last conflict.

Belgium avoided serious attack in station blast: interior minister

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 4:22am
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgium has avoided a serious attack, its interior minister said on Wednesday, after a suspected suicide bomber planning to explode a large bomb caused only a minor explosion in Brussels' central station late on Tuesday.

America’s hungriest wind and solar power users: big companies

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 3:49am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Major U.S. corporations such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc and General Motors Co have become some of America’s biggest buyers of renewable energy, driving growth in an industry seen as key to helping the United States cut carbon emissions.

Iraqi forces advance on Mosul mosque where IS declared caliphate

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 2:04am
ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - U.S.-backed Iraqi forces said they began a push on Wednesday toward the mosque of Mosul, where Islamic State declared a self-styled caliphate three years ago.

Japan missile defense drill aims to ease concern over North Korean threat

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 1:23am
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan opened a missile defense drill to the public on Wednesday, a move it says will reassure the country it is ready to counter any missile attack by neighboring North Korea.

Uber co-founder Kalanick resigns as chief executive

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 1:22am
(Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc co-founder Travis Kalanick stepped down as chief executive of the ride-hailing service, following intense pressure from investors, a company spokesman said on Wednesday.