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Republicans revamp U.S. health bill, boost benefits to older Americans

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 12:01pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Republicans are working on changes to their healthcare overhaul bill to provide more generous tax credits for older Americans and to add a work requirement for the Medicaid program for the poor, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Sunday.

Germany's SPD endorses Schulz as leader and Merkel challenger

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 11:10am
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) on Sunday formally endorsed former European Parliament President Martin Schulz as their leader and challenger to Chancellor Angela Merkel in what is set to be a tightly contested national election in September.

Leak is the 'one crime we know' of in Russia probe: Nunes

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 9:44am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican head of a congressional panel investigating accusations of Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. election said on Sunday a leak involving former Trump aide Michael Flynn was a crime and that the panel was probing whether other names were leaked.

Markets welcome G20's FX stance, wary on trade split

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 9:13am
LONDON (Reuters) - Financial leaders from the world's biggest economies found common ground on foreign exchange at a G20 meeting on Saturday but failed to agree on trade, highlighting a global shift towards protectionism and setting a cautious tone for financial markets next week.

U.S. Republicans working on Medicaid, tax credit changes: Ryan

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 8:33am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Republicans are working on changes to their healthcare overhaul bill that would implement a work requirement for the Medicaid program for the poor, as well as boost tax credits for older, lower income people, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Sunday.

Scottish leader softens stance on possible independence vote timing

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 7:28am
LONDON (Reuters) - Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Sunday softened her stance on the potential timing of a second independence referendum after Prime Minister Theresa May rejected her call to hold a vote before Britain leaves the European Union.

Iraqi forces close in on Mosul mosque as residents flee

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 6:11am
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi army helicopters strafed and fired rockets at Islamic State positions in Mosul's Old City on Sunday as troops on the ground closed in on the strategic and symbolic prize of the al-Nuri Mosque.

Philippines' Duterte welcomes prospect of ICC case, says 'brutal' war on drugs to go on

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 6:02am
MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday welcomed the prospect of the International Criminal Court (ICC) putting him on trial over his bloody war on drugs, saying he would not be intimidated and his campaign would be unrelenting and "brutal".

Exclusive: Libya's NOC says expects to regain Es Sider, Ras Lanuf oil ports

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 5:53am
TUNIS (Reuters) - Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) has been coordinating with military forces from eastern Libya and has "no reason to believe" it will not regain control of the Es Sider and Ras Lanuf oil ports, NOC's chairman said.

Germany rejects Trump's claim it owes NATO and U.S. 'vast sums' for defense

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 5:41am
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Sunday rejected U.S. President Donald Trump's claim that Germany owes NATO and the United States "vast sums" of money for defense.

G20 trade wording considered a setback for export champion Germany

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 5:36am
BADEN-BADEN (Reuters) - The failure of the world's financial leaders to agree on resisting protectionism and support free trade marks a setback in the G20 process and poses a risk for growth of export-driven economies such as host Germany, economists said on Sunday.

Smoothly but warily, U.S. and China stick to script in Tillerson visit

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 5:32am
BEIJING (Reuters) - Despite a long list of potential pitfalls, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's visit to China, the first by a senior member of the Trump administration, passed off relatively smoothly although there were no tangible gains to show.

U.S. Supreme Court’s ideological balance at stake in confirmation fight

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 5:06am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is sworn in for his Senate confirmation hearing on Monday, Democrats will make the case that he is a pro-business, social conservative insufficiently independent of the president.

Malaysia expects more arrests in Kim Jong Nam murder probe: report

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 4:08am
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian police are expected to make a few more arrests, including an "important person", in connection with the murder of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, state media reported on Sunday.

As Mosul battle escalates, civilians caught in crossfire

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 2:16am
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Shihab Ayed and several other men struggled to push a cart carrying the bodies of his son and wife, wrapped in blankets, through a muddy ditch nearly two miles (3 km) from their destroyed home in Mosul.

Person in custody after incident at White House gates: Secret Service

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 12:43am
(Reuters) - One person was in custody after a suspicious vehicle drove up to a White House checkpoint on Saturday night, the Secret Service said, after CNN reported that the driver claimed to have a bomb.

Tillerson ends China trip with warm words from President Xi

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 11:49pm
BEIJING (Reuters) - With warm words from Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ended his first trip to Asia since taking office with an agreement to work together with China on North Korea and putting aside trickier issues.

VW CEO offices searched in Audi investigation: Bild am Sonntag

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 6:13pm
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Munich prosecutors searched the offices of Volkswagen Chief Executive Matthias Mueller as part of an investigation into diesel emission test cheating at Audi, German weekly Bild am Sonntag said.

North Korea's Kim Jong Un says engine test is 'new birth' of rocket industry

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 5:59pm
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea conducted a test of a newly developed high-thrust engine at its Tongchang-ri rocket launch station and leader Kim Jong Un said the successful test was "a new birth" of its rocket industry, the country's official media said on Sunday.

Rock'n'roll pioneer Chuck Berry dead at 90

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 5:55pm
(Reuters) - Chuck Berry, who duck-walked his way into the pantheon of rock'n'roll as one of its most influential guitarists and the creator of raucous anthems that defined its early sound and heartbeat, died on Saturday at his Missouri home. He was 90.