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U.S. judge partially blocks Trump administration birth control rules

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 6:05am
A judge in California on Sunday partially blocked a set of Trump administration rules that allow employers to opt out of providing health insurance that covers women's birth control from taking effect.

Trump threatens Turkey with economic devastation if it attacks Syrian Kurd militia

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 6:03am
U.S. President Donald Trump threatened Turkey with economic devastation if it attacks a U.S.-allied Kurdish militia in Syria, drawing a sharp rebuke from Ankara on Monday and reviving fears of another downturn in ties between the NATO allies.

Pompeo: Saudis assured me of accountability for Khashoggi murder

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 5:32am
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday that Saudi leaders assured him everyone responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi would be held accountable, as Riyadh tries to resolve its biggest political crisis in a generation.

Military cargo plane crashes in Iran, 15 killed

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 5:18am
A Boeing 707 military cargo plane crashed in bad weather on Monday west of the Iranian capital, killing 15 out of the 16 people on board, the Iranian army said.

China's exports shrink most in two years, raising risks to global economy

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 4:01am
China's exports unexpectedly fell the most in two years in December, while imports also contracted, pointing to further weakness in the world's second-largest economy in 2019 and deteriorating global demand.

China says biggest trade worries this year are external uncertainty, protectionism

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 4:01am
China's customs said on Monday that the biggest worry in trade this year is external uncertainty and protectionism, forecasting the country's trade growth may slow in 2019.

China's 2018 trade surplus with U.S. highest on record going back to 2006

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 4:01am
China's trade surplus with the United States rose to $323.32 billion last year, the highest on record going back to 2006, Reuters calculations based on customs data showed on Monday.

China car sales hit reverse for first time since 1990s

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 4:01am
Car makers in China will face more fierce competition this year, after a tough 2018 when the world's biggest auto market contracted for the first time in more than two decades, the country's top auto industry association said on Monday.

Worst is over for winter storm that clobbered U.S. Midwest, D.C. and New England

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 3:57am
The deadly winter storm that clobbered a swath of the U.S. Midwest and East Coast over the weekend is blowing out to sea, but leaves as much as 13 inches of snow in Washington, D.C. and Virginia, and frigid arctic air parked over New England.

White House asked for options to strike Iran: source

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 6:30pm
The White House's national security team last fall asked the Pentagon to provide it with options for striking Iran after a group of militants aligned with Tehran fired mortars into an area in Baghdad that is home to the U.S. Embassy, a source familiar with the matter said on Sunday.

U.S.-backed Syrian force: Islamic State in its 'final moments'

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 6:26pm
Islamic State militants are "living their final moments" in the last enclave they hold near the Iraqi border, where U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are attacking them, an SDF official said on Sunday.

Key Republican to ask FBI about report of Trump counterintelligence probe

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 5:43pm
The Republican head of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee said on Sunday he plans to ask the FBI about a report it launched a probe into whether President Donald Trump had been working on Russia's behalf, suggesting the agency may have gone too far.

Republican Senator Graham urges Trump to open U.S. government temporarily

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 5:18pm
A Republican senator close to President Donald Trump on Sunday backed a temporary re-opening of the federal government, in the 23rd day of the longest shutdown ever, to allow for talks on a spending agreement that could satisfy Trump's border security demands.

Snowstorm blankets mid-Atlantic U.S., at least seven dead in Midwest

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 5:14pm
A massive winter storm rolled eastward to the mid-Atlantic United States on Sunday after dropping more than a foot of snow on parts of the Midwest and killing at least 7 people in highway accidents on Saturday.

Exclusive: PG&E talking to banks on multibillion dollar bankruptcy financing - sources

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 5:01pm
PG&E Corp is in discussions with investment banks about a multibillion-dollar financing package to help navigate bankruptcy proceedings, a sign that Chapter 11 filing preparations are intensifying in the wake of potentially staggering liabilities from deadly wildfires, sources said on Sunday.

UK's May says parliament blocking Brexit is more likely than 'no deal'

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 4:45pm
Prime Minister Theresa May will say on Monday that lawmakers blocking Brexit is now a more likely outcome than Britain leaving the European Union without a deal.

Urging Gulf states to heal rift, U.S.'s Pompeo lands in Riyadh

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 3:22pm
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that a rift between Qatar and its Gulf Arab neighbors had gone on for too long and was threatening regional unity needed to counter Iran.

With 2,300-word letter, Macron launches debate to quell 'yellow vest' unrest

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 2:43pm
President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday kicked off a three-month national debate he hopes can quell the "yellow vest" unrest with a letter to the French in which he pledged to listen to new ideas but stuck to his core economic reform agenda.

All the rage: Beijingers vent their stress in 'anger room'

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 12:55pm
It took Smash customer Qiu Siyu just a few sharp blows with a baseball bat to wreck what looked like an old car radio, after which two friends battered telephones, audio speakers, rice cookers and even a mannequin.

U.S. warns German companies of possible sanctions over Russian pipeline

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 11:18am
The United States has warned German companies involved in the Russian-led Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline that they could face sanctions if they stick with the project.