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U.S. must stick to WTO rules when overhauling tax code: EU, German officials

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 2:53pm
BERLIN (Reuters) - The new U.S. administration should keep its international obligations and common trade rules in mind when overhauling its tax code to favor exports over imports, senior European and German government officials said on Tuesday.

Exclusive: North Korea has no fear of U.S. sanctions move, will pursue nuclear arms - envoy

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 2:44pm
GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korea has nothing to fear from any U.S. move to broaden sanctions aimed at cutting it off from the global financial system and will pursue "acceleration" of its nuclear and missile programs, a Pyongyang envoy told Reuters on Tuesday.

Twitter suspended more than 636,000 accounts since 2015 to tackle extremism

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:03pm
(Reuters) - Twitter Inc said on Tuesday it had suspended more than 636,000 accounts since the middle of 2015 as the company steps up efforts to tackle "violent extremism" on its microblogging platform.

Supreme Court reins in president's appointment powers

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 11:52am
(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday put new restrictions on presidential powers, limiting a president's authority to staff certain top government posts in a case involving an appointment to the National Labor Relations Board.

Trump to address Republican lawmakers in latest healthcare push

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 8:54am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump was set to meet with House Republicans on Tuesday to shore up support for the party's healthcare bill to replace Obamacare, increasing pressure to pass his first major legislative initiative despite rifts within their ranks.

Goldman to move hundreds of staff from London pre-Brexit: Europe CEO

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 8:42am
LONDON (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs will begin moving hundreds of people out of London before any Brexit deal is struck as part of its contingency plans for Britain leaving the European Union, the Wall Street firm's Europe CEO said.

Iraqi forces try to bring civilians out of east Mosul, U.S. pledges more support

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 8:33am
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi government forces attempted to evacuate civilians from Mosul's Islamic State-held Old City on Tuesday so that troops could clear the area, but militant snipers hampered the effort, Iraqi officers said.

Advertisers seek more control after unintended Breitbart spots

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 7:06am
(Reuters) - Some advertisers are working overtime to scrub their spots from websites including Breitbart News, an unintended consequence of the automated ad buying systems that are meant to lower costs and allow for more targeted advertising.

U.S. bans large electronics from 10 airports, mainly in Middle East

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 5:10am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration confirmed Tuesday it is imposing new restrictions on electronic devices carried by travelers coming to the United States from 10 airports mainly in the Middle East and North Africa in response to unspecified terror threats.

Democrats set to grill Trump's Supreme Court nominee

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 5:06am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch faces a grueling day of questioning from Democrats on Tuesday on how he might rule on contentious social issues like abortion and whether he is sufficiently independent from the man who picked him, President Donald Trump.

Google to revamp policies, hire staff after UK ad scandal

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 4:20am
LONDON (Reuters) - Google vowed on Tuesday to police its websites better by ramping up staff numbers and overhauling its policies after several companies deserted the internet giant for failing to keep their adverts off hate-filled videos.

Syrian rebels launch offensive on Damascus gateway, retake ground

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 2:52am
AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian rebels stormed a major road junction leading into the heart of Damascus on Tuesday as they launched an offensive to regain ground lost to the army over the weekend, rebels and state media said.

IRA street fighter turned statesman, Martin McGuinness dies aged 66

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 2:30am
BELFAST (Reuters) - Martin McGuinness, the former Irish Republican Army commander who laid down his arms and turned peacemaker to help end Northern Ireland's 30-year conflict, died on Tuesday after a decade as deputy first minister of the British province.

South Korea's Park apologizes, promises cooperation in graft probe

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 8:57pm
SEOUL (Reuters) - Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye apologized to the country on Tuesday as she arrived at prosecutors' offices for questioning as a criminal suspect in a widening corruption investigation that has already cost her the presidency.

Exclusive: Tillerson plans to skip NATO meeting, visit Russia in April - sources

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 8:53pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to skip an April 5-6 meeting of NATO foreign ministers for a U.S. visit by the Chinese president and will travel to Russia later in the month, U.S. officials said on Monday, a step allies may see as putting Moscow's concerns ahead of theirs.

Exclusive: Trump administration weighing broad sanctions on North Korea - U.S. official

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 8:03pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is considering sweeping sanctions aimed at cutting North Korea off from the global financial system as part of a broad review of measures to counter Pyongyang's nuclear and missile threat, a senior U.S. official said on Monday.

Republicans tweak Obamacare bill as Trump moves to promote overhaul

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 8:03pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans on Monday recrafted their Obamacare replacement bill in hopes of satisfying critics as U.S. President Donald Trump prepared to promote his first major legislative initiative on Capitol Hill.

Trump's Russian imbroglio prompts Republican rethink on surveillance law

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 6:14pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some Republican lawmakers appear to be reassessing whether to make changes to a surveillance law that allows broad snooping of Internet communications, citing concerns over the handling of classified intercepts after leaks of conversations between Russian officials and American associates of President Donald Trump.

U.S. to ban some airline passengers from carrying larger electronics

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 5:58pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. authorities are planning to ban passengers traveling on certain U.S.-bound foreign airline flights from carrying into the cabin larger electronic devices in response to an unspecified terrorism threat, U.S. officials told Reuters on Monday.

Exclusive: Toshiba's Westinghouse seeks U.S. bankruptcy financing - sources

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 5:16pm
(Reuters) - Westinghouse Electric Co LLC, the nuclear power plant developer owned by Japanese electronics company Toshiba Corp , is taking offers for a financing package to help it go through U.S. bankruptcy, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.