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Trump aide Ricardel forced out after showdown with first lady

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 5:35pm
Mira Ricardel, the White House deputy national security adviser, was forced out of her job on Wednesday after President Donald Trump's wife, Melania, said Ricardel did not deserve the honor of working for her husband.

As Congress taps leaders, House's McCarthy fends off rival

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 5:33pm
Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday chose Kevin McCarthy as their party's leader for the new Congress that will convene in January, denying the top post to conservative Jim Jordan.

After cabinet backing, May girds for Brexit battle in UK parliament

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 5:22pm
British Prime Minister Theresa May won the backing of her senior ministers for a draft European Union divorce deal on Wednesday, freeing her to tackle the much more perilous struggle of getting parliament to approve the agreement.

Factbox: What draft Brexit deal says of Irish border and contested 'backstop'

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 5:21pm
British Prime Minister Theresa May's cabinet on Wednesday approved a draft Brexit deal with the European Union, more than 500 pages of legal text that was long held up by disagreements between the two sides on the Irish border.

U.S. Senate's Flake takes a stand on protecting Mueller probe

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 5:20pm
A lone Republican lawmaker on Wednesday vowed to block judicial nominations in the U.S. Senate until Republican leader Mitch McConnell agrees to hold a vote on a measure to protect a probe into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election.

Exclusive: China sends written response to U.S. trade reform demands - U.S. government sources

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 5:20pm
China has delivered a written response to U.S. demands for wide-ranging trade reforms, three U.S. government sources said on Wednesday, a move that could trigger negotiations to bring an end to a withering trade war between the world's top economies.

Justice Department calls Trump appointment of Whitaker lawful

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 5:13pm
The Justice Department on Wednesday defended the legality of President Donald Trump's appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general to replace the ousted Jeff Sessions, rejecting the views of critics that the move ran afoul of the U.S. Constitution and federal law.

Irish PM welcomes Brexit deal as one of his better days in politics

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 4:59pm
Ireland achieved all its key priorities in Britain's withdrawal agreement with the European Union, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday, adding that its approval by the British government marked one of the better days in his career.

DUP leader makes UK PM May aware of concerns in a 'frank' meeting

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 4:59pm
The leader of the small Northern Irish party propping up British Prime Minister Theresa May’s minority government said it made her aware of its concerns around the draft agreement on withdrawal from the European Union in a "frank meeting" on Wednesday.

Trump endorses U.S. House prison reform bill

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 4:57pm
President Donald Trump endorsed a bipartisan U.S. House bill on Wednesday intended to reform the federal prison system and help inmates prepare for life after their release, but the legislation faces an uncertain future in the Senate.

'Not enough room': migrant flows strain Mexican border shelters

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 4:47pm
The arrival in the Mexican border city of Tijuana of the first few hundred travelers from migrant caravans is stretching to the limit shelters already overflowing with other people, and sparking signs of friction among the population.

Manafort business partner Gates still assisting with Mueller probe: filing

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 4:26pm
Rick Gates, a former business partner of President Donald Trump's ex-campaign chairman Paul Manafort, is still cooperating with several ongoing investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to a court filing on Wednesday.

Mattis defends Mexico border deployment in first troop visit

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 4:12pm
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis defended the deployment of thousands of troops to the border with Mexico as he traveled there on Wednesday, saying the mission was "absolutely legal" and justified, and that it was improving military readiness.

UK PM May's deal will appall many, DUP lawmaker says

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 4:12pm
The Brexit deal struck by British Prime Minister Theresa May will be appalling to many people who will judge it when it comes to a vote in parliament, a lawmaker from the Northern Irish party that supports May's government said on Wednesday.

EU's Barnier hails 'decisive step' toward Brexit

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 4:01pm
The European Union's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said the British government's agreement on Wednesday to a draft treaty was a "decisive step" toward ensuring Britain's orderly withdrawal from the bloc.

Israeli defense minister quits over Gaza truce in blow to Netanyahu

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 6:04am
Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced his resignation on Wednesday in protest at a Gaza ceasefire that he called a "capitulation to terror", weakening Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's conservative coalition government.

U.S. safety board to hold hearing on fatal Southwest engine explosion

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 6:03am
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is set to hold an investigative hearing on Wednesday about a midair incident in April during which an engine on a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 exploded over Pennsylvania, killing one passenger.

National Guard to help search for remains from California's deadliest wildfire

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 6:02am
National Guard troops were due to arrive on Wednesday to help search for more victims in the charred, ash-strewn ruins where the northern California town of Paradise stood, before it was erased in the deadliest, most destructive wildfire in state history.

British PM May tries to sell Brexit deal to ministers

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 5:54am
Prime Minister Theresa May will try to convince senior ministers on Wednesday to accept a draft European Union divorce deal that opponents say threatens both her government and the unity of the United Kingdom.

Instant view: UK PM May faces a fight to seal Brexit deal

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 5:54am
Prime Minister Theresa May faces one of the most the most dangerous moments of her premiership as she tries to convince senior ministers and parliament to accept a draft divorce deal agreed with the European Union.