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As Brexit talks loom, UK PM May scrambles for deal to stay in power

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 12:59pm
LONDON/DUBLIN (Reuters) - Britain is likely to go into arduous talks on its exit from the European Union without a deal to keep Prime Minister Theresa May in power as negotiations with a Northern Irish "kingmaker" party grind into a second week.

U.S. congressman Scalise still in critical condition: hospital

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 12:52pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Steve Scalise remained in critical condition on Friday, a hospital spokeswoman, after he was shot by a gunman earlier in the week who opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing for a baseball game.

Trump acknowledges he is under investigation in Russia probe

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 11:55am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump acknowledged on Friday that he is personally under investigation as part of a widening probe into alleged Russian meddling in last year's U.S. presidential race and possible collusion by his campaign, an inquiry that has cast a shadow over his five months in office.

Germany threatens retaliation if U.S. sanctions harm its firms

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 11:38am
BERLIN/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Germany threatened on Friday to retaliate against the United States if new sanctions on Russia being proposed by the U.S. Senate end up penalizing German firms.

100,000 civilians behind Islamic State lines in Iraqi city of Mosul

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 9:26am
GENEVA (Reuters) - About 100,000 civilians remain trapped behind Islamic State lines in Mosul with a U.S.-backed government offensive to recapture the Iraqi city entering its ninth month, the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said on Friday.

Kremlin says takes negative view of proposed new U.S. sanctions

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 7:11am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin takes an extremely negative view of the proposed new U.S. sanctions against Russia and believes that they can harm other countries that have to adhere to these sanctions, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.

U.N. envoy urges North Korea to explain why freed U.S. man is in coma

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 6:22am
GENEVA (Reuters) - A United Nations human rights investigator called on North Korea on Friday to explain why an American student was in a coma when he was returned home this week after more than a year in detention there.

Philippines says some militants may have slipped out of embattled city

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 4:00am
MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - The Philippines military said on Friday that some of the Islamist militants who stormed Marawi City in the south of the country last month may have mingled with evacuees to slip away during the battle that has raged for nearly four weeks.

Russia's military says may have killed IS leader Baghdadi

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 3:14am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Defense Ministry said on Friday it was checking information that a Russian air strike near the Syrian city of Raqqa may have killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in late May.

British PM May faces mounting criticism over London tower block blaze

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 2:52am
LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May faced mounting criticism on Friday for not meeting the survivors of a deadly London tower block blaze, ratcheting up the pressure as she tries to strike a deal to stay in power after a botched election gamble.

Funds pull back from Permian as U.S. shale oil firms go into overdrive

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 1:39am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cash, people and equipment are pouring into the prolific Permian shale basin in Texas as business booms in the largest U.S. oilfield. But one group of investors is heading the other way - concerned that shale may become a victim of its own success.

At least 65 people missing or feared dead in London fire: The Sun

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 1:15am
LONDON (Reuters) - The Sun newspaper on Friday listed 65 people who it said were still missing or feared dead in a London tower block fire which police said has left 17 people dead with the death toll expected to rise.

Exclusive: U.S. nears decisions on resettlement of Australian-held refugees

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 12:57am
SYDNEY (Reuters) - The United States will tell dozens of refugees held in an Australian-run offshore detention center whether they will be offered resettlement in America within six weeks, two detainees told Reuters on Friday.

Trump to clamp down on Cuba travel, trade, curbing Obama's detente

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 12:06am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday will announce plans to tighten restrictions on Americans traveling to Cuba and clamp down on U.S. business dealings with the island’s military, rolling back parts of former President Barack Obama’s historic opening to Havana.

Annual U.S. Congress baseball game brings unity after shooting

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 10:14pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Members of the U.S. Congress took the field for their traditional Republicans vs. Democrats baseball game on Thursday, with many wearing hats to honor Representative Steve Scalise, who was critically wounded by a gunman as his Republican team practiced a day before.

Air bag maker Takata to file for bankruptcy this month: sources

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 8:02pm
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Takata Corp, the Japanese company facing billions in liabilities stemming from its defective air bag inflators, is preparing to file for bankruptcy as early as next week as it works toward a deal for financial backing from U.S. auto parts maker Key Safety Systems Inc, sources said on Thursday.

Asia stocks steady after Wall St tech rout, dollar holds gains

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 7:59pm
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Asian stocks were steady on Friday, appearing to take in stride the resumption of the U.S. technology rout overnight, while the dollar held near a two-week high after solid economic data backed the case for tighter U.S. monetary policy.

Opposing Trump, conservative bloc demands reforms to internet spy law

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 6:39pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An influential conservative bloc of Republican lawmakers on Thursday said it opposed renewal of an internet surveillance law unless major changes were made in how the U.S. government collects and uses American data, reflecting disagreement within the majority party.

Is the Fed ready to consider lifting its inflation target?

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 6:31pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Years of tepid economic recovery have Fed Chair Janet Yellen and other central bankers considering what was once unthinkable: abandoning decades-long efforts to hold inflation down and allowing price expectations to creep up.

U.S. Senate votes near unanimously for Russia, Iran sanctions

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 6:20pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted nearly unanimously on Thursday for legislation to impose new sanctions on Russia and force President Donald Trump to get Congress' approval before easing any existing sanctions on Russia.