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As Iraqi forces fight to take Mosul, car bomb in Baghdad kills 23 people

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 2:53pm
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Islamic State militants captured an Iraqi police colonel and eight other officers on Monday after they ran out of ammunition during a skirmish in the battle for western Mosul, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official said.

Exclusive: Almost half of Canadians want illegal border crossers deported - Reuters poll

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 2:51pm
WINNIPEG, Manitoba/OTTAWA (Reuters) - Nearly half of Canadians want to deport people who are illegally crossing into Canada from the United States, and a similar number disapprove of how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is handling the influx, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Monday.

U.S.-allied Kurd militia says struck Syria base deal with Russia

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 2:13pm
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said Russia was setting up a military base in northwestern Syria under a bilateral agreement and will help train its fighters - a step that would anger Turkey as it tries to block Kurdish gains near its borders.

Exclusive: Syrian Kurdish YPG aims to expand force to over 100,000

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 10:20am
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia aims to expand its force by about two-thirds to more than 100,000 fighters this year, it told Reuters, a plan that would strengthen autonomous Kurdish enclaves that are of deep concern to neighboring Turkey.

Comey confirms FBI probing alleged Russian interference in U.S. vote

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 9:57am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - FBI Director James Comey on Monday confirmed the agency was investigating possible Russian government efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election including any links between President Donald Trump's campaign and Moscow.

New U.S.-led force to deter Russia in Poland from April

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 8:49am
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A U.S.-led battalion of more than 1,100 soldiers will be deployed in Poland from the start of April, a U.S. commander said on Monday, as the alliance sets up a new force in response to Moscow's 2014 annexation of Crimea.

After Saudi king, China warmly welcomes Israel's prime minister

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 7:40am
BEIJING (Reuters) - China welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday just days after hosting Saudi Arabia's King Salman and the signing of deals worth as much as $65 billion with Riyadh, as China steps up its tentative engagement with the Middle East.

Travel ban, strong dollar seen putting damper on U.S. tourism sector

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 7:01am
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Travel and tourism's contribution to the U.S. economy will grow at a slower pace this year than in 2016 due to a strong U.S. dollar and a perception that the country is less welcoming to foreigners, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) said.

Syrian army and rebels fight fiercely in northeast Damascus

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 4:06am
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Intense clashes took place in Damascus early on Monday as the army counter-attacked rebels who had advanced in the northeast of the Syrian capital on Sunday, a war monitor said.

French watchdog clears GM's Opel of cheating on diesel emissions

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 3:43am
PARIS (Reuters) - France's consumer fraud watchdog said on Monday it had closed its investigation into diesel emissions by Opel cars and would take no further action against the General Motors brand.

'Don't use Taiwan', Taipei frets ahead of Trump-Xi meeting

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 3:29am
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's government, worried about being used as a pawn by China and the United States, said on Monday the self-ruled island must protect its own interests as concerns in Taipei rise ahead of an expected meeting of U.S and Chinese leaders.

North Korea rocket-engine test shows 'meaningful' progress: South Korea

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 1:14am
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's latest rocket-engine test showed "meaningful" progress, South Korea said on Monday, while an analyst said it was a dangerous step towards the North's goal of developing a rocket that could hit the United States.

Norway unseats Denmark as world's happiest country: report

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 1:08am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Norway displaced Denmark as the world's happiest country in a new report released on Monday that called on nations to build social trust and equality to improve the wellbeing of their citizens.

How much is an Afghan life worth? That depends

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 12:11am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In March 2014, the U.S. military paid an Afghan man just over $1,000 to compensate for killing his civilian son in an operation near the border with Iran, according to U.S. military records released to Reuters.   

Lawmakers seek FBI, NSA answers on Trump, Russia at rare public hearing

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 11:03pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The directors of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and National Security Agency will break their public silence on Monday about their investigations into possible links between Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign at a rare open congressional intelligence committee hearing.

Uber president Jeff Jones quits as turmoil continues

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 5:43pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Ride services company Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] has been thrust deeper into turmoil with the departure of company president Jeff Jones, a marketing expert hired to help bolster its reputation.

Colorado wildfire scorches woodland, at least 1,000 people evacuated

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 5:39pm
(Reuters) - A wildfire near the University of Colorado in Boulder burned through about 62 acres (25 hectares) of woodland on Sunday, prompting authorities to urge at least 1,000 people to evacuate the drought-hit region.

Tillerson meets China's Xi, says Trump hopes to meet 'soon': State Dept.

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 2:12pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met President Xi Jinping of China for 30 minutes on Sunday in Beijing and told him that U.S. President Donald Trump anticipates a meeting "soon," State Department spokesman Mark Toner said in a statement.

White House to offer balanced budget plan by mid-May: Mulvaney

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 1:16pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A detailed version of President Donald Trump's budget to be released in May will lay out plans to eventually erase U.S. deficits, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said on Sunday.

Syrian forces and rebels fight fierce clashes in northeast Damascus

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 12:48pm
BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian rebels launched a major offensive on Sunday that brought them close to the heart of the Old City of Damascus, and government forces responded with intense bombardments of rebel-held areas.

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