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Russia has no confirmation of IS leader's death: Interfax

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 5:16am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Tuesday it could not confirm that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed in an air strike in Syria last month, the Interfax news agency quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov as saying.

Exclusive - U.S. investigators in Russia probe look at role of Flynn partner

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 4:11am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Federal investigators probing the lobbying work of ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn are focused in part on the role of Bijan Kian, Flynn’s former business partner, according to a person interviewed by the FBI. 

Will McDonald's customers wait for the new Quarter Pounder?

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 12:56am
LOS ANGELES/DALLAS (Reuters) - Tracy Moore grew impatient as she waited for a Quarter Pounder recently in the parking lot of a McDonald's restaurant in central Dallas.

Philippines launches offensive in Marawi, aims to end battle by weekend

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 12:55am
MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Philippine aircraft bombed rebel positions and ground troops launched a renewed push against Islamist militants holed up in a southern city on Tuesday, and a military spokesman said the aim was to wrap up the fighting before the weekend Eid festival.

Asia shares near two-year high as U.S. hi-tech rebound boosts mood

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 12:46am
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei rose more than 1 percent to a near two-year high on Tuesday, encouraged by rebound in U.S. hi-tech shares as investors bet on solid growth in the economy and corporate profits globally.

U.S. Coast Guard interviews container ship crew after warship collision

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 12:24am
TOKYO (Reuters) - The United States Coast Guard will on Tuesday start interviewing the crew of a Philippines-flagged container ship which collided with a U.S. warship in Japanese waters killing seven American sailors.

Another youth killed as Venezuela protesters flex muscle in street clashes

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 7:30pm
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan opposition activists battled security forces in Caracas on Monday at one of the largest demonstrations in recent weeks, aiming to dispel doubts about the movement's stamina after over two months of almost daily street clashes.

Virginia police probe Muslim girl's killing as 'road rage' incident

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 7:26pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A teenage Muslim girl killed by a bat-wielding motorist near a Virginia mosque was an apparent victim of "road rage" and her death is not being investigated as a hate crime, police said on Monday.

Tesla driver in fatal 'Autopilot' crash got numerous warnings - U.S. government

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 6:33pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A man killed in a crash last year while using the semi-autonomous driving system on his Tesla Model S sedan kept his hands off the wheel for extended periods of time despite repeated automated warnings not to do so, a U.S. government report said on Monday

As inflation misses goal, Fed's Evans calls for gradual rate hikes

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 6:29pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - With inflation stubbornly soft despite a 16-year low in the U.S. unemployment rate, the Federal Reserve should move only slowly to raise interest rates and trim its massive bond portfolio, Chicago Fed President Charles Evans said Monday.

White House says it retains right to self-defense in Syria; Moscow warns Washington

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 5:00pm
WASHINGTON/MOSCOW (Reuters) - The White House said on Monday that coalition forces fighting Islamic State militants in Syria retained the right to self-defense as Russia warned it viewed any planes flying in its area of operations as potential targets.

U.S. student who was returned from North Korea in coma has died

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 4:20pm
(Reuters) - U.S. student Otto Warmbier, who was imprisoned in North Korea for 17 months before being returned home in a coma less than a week ago, has died in a Cincinnati hospital, his family said in a statement on Monday.

Mueller team lawyer brings witness-flipping expertise to Trump probes

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 2:28pm
(Reuters) - A veteran federal prosecutor recruited onto special counsel Robert Mueller's team is known for a skill that may come in handy in the investigation of potential ties between Russia and U.S. President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign team: persuading witnesses to turn on friends, colleagues and superiors.

In Greece, refugee women and children live in limbo

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 12:51pm
CHIOS, Greece (Reuters) - Thousands of refugee woman and children are living in limbo in Greece, waiting for the day they will be reunited with their families in other European countries.

Mosul Old City battle goes house to house as Islamic State fighters defend

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 10:18am
MOSUL/BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters defended their remaining stronghold in the Old City of Mosul on Monday, moving stealthily along narrow back alleys as U.S.-backed Iraqi forces slowly advanced.

Turkish troops hold exercises in Qatar in show of support

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 7:17am
DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar held military exercises with Turkish troops on Monday, demonstrating one of its few strong alliances after two weeks of ostracism and economic isolation imposed by neighbors which accuse the U.S. ally of supporting terrorism.

Death toll in London tower block fire rises to 79: police

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 6:53am
LONDON (Reuters) - The death toll in the fire that ravaged a London tower block last week has risen to 79, police said on Monday, and the government said it was working to get a public inquiry into the disaster up and running promptly.

BRICS foreign ministers call for diplomacy to tackle Korean tensions

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 6:10am
BEIJING (Reuters) - Foreign ministers from BRICS nations called for the use of "preventative diplomacy" to tackle the situation on the Korean Peninsula, according to a communique on Monday.

Real victory will be in 5 years, says Macron camp after election win

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 4:08am
PARIS (Reuters) - President Emmanuel Macron's government on Monday promised to reshape France's political landscape as final results showed he had won the commanding parliamentary majority he wanted to push through far-reaching pro-growth reforms.

U.S. Navy confirms all 7 missing sailors from USS Fitzgerald found dead

Sun, 06/18/2017 - 10:25pm
TOKYO (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy confirmed on Monday that all seven missing sailors on the USS Fitzgerald were found dead in flooded berthing compartments after the destroyer's collision with a container ship off Japan over the weekend.