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Tillerson to face Chinese ire over blame for North Korea tensions

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 6:16pm
BEIJING (Reuters) - China is likely to express its anger at being told to rein in nuclear-armed North Korea when U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives in Beijing on Saturday, his first visit to the country since taking office last month.

Victims of Marines nude photo-sharing scandal increase

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 6:11pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of victims who have come forward to investigators looking into a growing scandal involving some Marines sharing nude photos of women online has doubled to more than 20, an official from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service said on Friday.

Exclusive: Immigration judges headed to 12 U.S. cities to speed deportations

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 5:35pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is developing plans to temporarily reassign immigration judges from around the country to 12 cities to speed up deportations of illegal immigrants who have been charged with crimes, according to two administration officials.

U.S. appeals ruling against Trump's revised travel ban to higher court

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:45pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government took the legal battle over President Donald Trump's travel ban to a higher court on Friday, saying it would appeal a federal judge's decision that struck down parts of the ban on the day it was set to go into effect.

Trump administration crafting big new arms sales to Taiwan: sources

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 2:58pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is crafting a big new arms package for Taiwan that could include advanced rocket systems and anti-ship missiles to defend against China, U.S. officials said, a deal sure to anger Beijing.

Justice Department delivers documents on wiretap claim to Congress

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 1:55pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department on Friday said it delivered documents to congressional committees responding to their request for information that could shed light on President Donald Trump's claims that former President Barack Obama ordered U.S. agencies to spy on him.

Secret Service says laptop stolen from agent's car in New York

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 1:30pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Secret Service said on Friday a laptop was stolen from an agent's car in New York City but that such agency-issued computers contain multiple layers of security and are not permitted to contain classified information.

Mexican parents find drug-war mass grave, expose official apathy

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 12:00pm
VERACRUZ, Mexico (Reuters) - The discovery of one of the largest mass graves by a group of grieving parents has exposed the government's failure to investigate the missing victims in Mexico's long and bloody drug war.

Wall Street flat as tech gains offset weakness in banks

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 11:59am
(Reuters) - U.S. stocks were little changed on Friday as bank shares fell on lingering effects of the Federal Reserve's less aggressive stance on future rate hikes, while a jump in Adobe lifted the technology sector.

Trump ramps up fight for votes on U.S. healthcare overhaul

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 11:58am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday stepped up his fight for support on Republicans' plan to dismantle Obamacare, wooing some conservative lawmakers at the White House ahead of an expected vote on the legislation in the House of Representatives next week.

Head of U.N.'s ESCWA resigns over report on 'apartheid' Israel

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 11:53am
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The head of the United Nation's West Asia commission resigned on Friday, after what she described as pressure from the secretary general to withdraw a report accusing Israel of imposing an "apartheid regime" on Palestinians.

Israel intercepts missile fired at its air force in Syria

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 11:05am
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The Israeli military said it shot down one of numerous anti-aircraft missiles launched on Friday at its air force which was operating in Syria, in a rare such incident that spilled over into neighboring countries.

Exclusive: Syrian Kurdish YPG says Raqqa attack to start in early April

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 10:26am
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The head of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said a U.S.-backed assault to drive Islamic State from its de-facto capital Raqqa would begin at the start of April and the YPG would be taking part, despite fierce opposition from neighboring Turkey.

Trump backs Republican healthcare plan: U.S. health secretary

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 8:41am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump maintains his support of Republican House leaders' healthcare plan, U.S. Health Secretary Tom Price said on Friday, adding that the proposed measure tackles key issues important to the president.

Fighting for 'precious union', UK's May rebuffs Scottish independence ambitions

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 8:25am
LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May pledged on Friday to fight for the "precious, precious union" of the United Kingdom, unveiling what she called her Plan for Britain with a warning to Scotland not to pursue its independence plans.

Trump says North Korea 'behaving very badly,' China has done little to help

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 8:23am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday North Korea is "behaving very badly" and China has done little to help, hours after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said a U.S. policy of strategic patience with North Korea had ended.

UK to question Google after advertisements appear alongside extremist videos

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 8:17am
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain on Friday will question executives from Google over why advertisements marketing the government's services were appearing alongside videos carrying hate speech and extremist content on its YouTube website.

China to build on disputed shoal in South China Sea

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 6:06am
BEIJING (Reuters) - China will begin preparatory work this year for an environmental monitoring station on Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, an official said, as two U.S. senators introduced a bill to impose sanctions on its activities in the disputed waterway.

Missing from Trump's grand Navy plan: skilled workers to build the fleet

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 6:04am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump says he wants to build dozens of new warships in one of the biggest peace-time expansions of the U.S. Navy. But interviews with ship-builders, unions and a review of public and internal documents show major obstacles to that plan.

Top South Korean presidential candidate would review missile defense process: advisers

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 5:52am
SEOUL (Reuters) - The liberal South Korean politician most likely to become the country's next president would, if elected, review how the government would deploy an advanced U.S. missile defense system and would consult China, two of his top advisers said on Friday.