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U.S. labor board adopts business-friendly 'micro union' test

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 2:20pm
(Reuters) - A U.S. labor agency on Friday made it tougher for workers to form so-called micro unions made up of small groups of a company's employees, reversing an Obama-era decision that had been sharply criticized by companies.

U.N. council mulls call for U.S. Jerusalem decision to be withdrawn

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 1:45pm
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council is considering a draft resolution that would insist any decisions on the status of Jerusalem have no legal effect and must be rescinded after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized the city as Israel's capital.

Zuma calls for party unity as ANC meets to elect new leader

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 12:39pm
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's Jacob Zuma gave his last speech as African National Congress head on Saturday, as the only party in power since the end of apartheid prepared to pick its next leader, and likely future president, in a vote that was too close to call.

Winds fuel California wildfire, state's third largest on record

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 11:00am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A raging California wildfire on Saturday became the state's third largest blaze on record, with more devastation possible from a resurgence of the harsh winds that have fueled the deadly fire since the beginning of the month.

Canadian police probe mysterious deaths of billionaire pharma couple

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 10:40am
TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian police are investigating the mysterious deaths of pharmaceuticals billionaire Barry Sherman, founder of Apotex Inc, and his wife Honey, whose bodies were found in their Toronto mansion on Friday.

California wildfire rages as third largest recorded in state

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 8:33am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A raging California wildfire on Saturday became the state's third largest blaze on record, with more devastation possible from a resurgence of the harsh winds that have fueled the deadly fire's growth.

Ramaphosa, Dlamini-Zuma in tight race to lead South Africa's ruling ANC

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 5:13am
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The African National Congress (ANC), South Africa's only ruler since the end of apartheid, votes this weekend in a race too close to call to replace Jacob Zuma as party leader with the winner also likely to become the next president.

California wildfire close to becoming third largest ever in state

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 5:11am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California wildfire was close on Saturday to becoming the state's third largest blaze on record, with more devastation possible from a resurgence of the harsh winds that have fueled the deadly fire's growth.

Myanmar journalists' group to don black T-shirts over arrest of Reuters' reporters

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 4:48am
YANGON (Reuters) - A group of Myanmar journalists said they would begin wearing black T-shirts on Saturday in protest at the detention of two Reuters reporters accused of violating the country's Official Secrets Act, as pressure builds on Myanmar to release the pair.

P&G appoints Peltz to board despite losing proxy battle

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 4:38am
(Reuters) - Procter & Gamble Co said it appointed Nelson Peltz to its board despite the activist investor narrowly losing a months-long proxy fight, the biggest ever involving a U.S. company.

Peru's Congress prepares to oust President Kuczynski

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 3:20am
LIMA (Reuters) - President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's chances of surviving the political crisis gripping Peru faded on Friday after Congress passed a motion to start "presidential vacancy" procedures with enough votes to unseat him within a week.

Wounded North Korean defector transferred to South Korean military hospital

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 11:15pm
SEOUL (Reuters) - A North Korean soldier who suffered critical gunshot wounds during a defection dash across the border to South Korea has been transferred to a military hospital, a South Korean intelligence official said on Saturday.

Venezuela talks to resume in January after government, opposition fail to reach deal

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 9:06pm
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's government and opposition leaders will hold a new round of talks in January after failing on Friday to reach an agreement to ease a deep political and economic crisis in the troubled OPEC country.

Final Republican tax bill slashes U.S. corporate rate, voting next week

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 7:41pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans on Friday unveiled the final version of their dramatic U.S. tax overhaul - debt-financed cuts for businesses, the wealthy and some middle-class Americans - and picked up crucial support from two wavering senators ahead of planned votes by lawmakers early next week.

Final Republican tax bill slashes U.S. corporate rate: summary

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 4:51pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans' final tax legislation proposes cutting taxes as expected for businesses, the wealthy and some middle-class Americans, according to a summary seen by Reuters on Friday, with decisive votes expected next week in a critical moment for the party and President Donald Trump.

Leading U.S. antitrust senator urges hearing on Disney, Fox deal

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 4:45pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Amy Klobuchar, the top Democrat on the Senate antitrust panel, urged the subcommittee on Friday to hold a hearing on Walt Disney Co's plan to buy a number of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc businesses.

Myanmar faces mounting calls for release of Reuters journalists

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 3:58pm
UNITED NATIONS/YANGON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday that the United States was demanding "the immediate release" of two Reuters reporters arrested in Myanmar "or information as to the circumstances around their disappearance."

U.S. lawmaker probed on sex reports, second congressman denies charges

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 3:54pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee said on Friday it had begun an investigation into public reports that Democrat Ruben Kihuen engaged in sexual harassment, and a second lawmaker denied a former aide's allegations of sexual misconduct.

Senate Democrats to force vote on FCC net neutrality repeal

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 3:38pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. Senate Democrat said on Friday he would force a vote on the Federal Communications Commission's decision to repeal the 2015 landmark net neutrality rules.

U.S. judge to lift house arrest for former Trump campaign manager Manafort

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 2:49pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. District Court judge on Friday said she would release former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort from house arrest once he meets certain conditions, expressing satisfaction that the $10 million he agreed to forfeit would be available if he ever failed to appear for court proceedings.