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Minnesota lieutenant governor to replace Franken in Senate

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 1:28pm
(Reuters) - Minnesota's Democratic Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith was appointed as U.S. senator on Wednesday to replace Al Franken, who resigned after being accused of sexual harassment.

Exclusive: Saudi Aramco to push ahead with market share, expansion strategy - CEO

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 1:19pm
DAMMAM, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Saudi Aramco, the world's largest oil producer, aims to regain its lost market share after the OPEC-led supply-cut pact ends and plans to push ahead with a downstream expansion strategy to be on par with Big Oil, its chief executive said on Wednesday.

Exclusive: Ford to base Fusion production in China, ship to U.S. - sources

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:47pm
(Reuters) - Ford Motor Co plans to consolidate global production of midsize sedans in China in 2020 and ship them to the United States and Europe, three sources said on Wednesday.

U.N. expert says torture persists at Guantanamo Bay; U.S. denies

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:23pm
GENEVA (Reuters) - An independent U.N. human rights investigator said on Wednesday that he had information about an inmate being tortured at the U.S. Guantanamo Bay detention facility, despite Washington banning "enhanced interrogation techniques" almost 10 years ago.

Republicans reach deal on final tax legislation

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 11:51am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans have reached a deal on final tax legislation, the top Senate Republican tax writer said on Wednesday, an achievement that would clear the way for final votes in the Senate and House of Representatives next week.

Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith to replace Franken

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 11:39am
(Reuters) - Minnesota's Democratic Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith was appointed as U.S. senator on Wednesday to replace Al Franken, who resigned after being accused of sexual harassment, the state's governor said at a news conference.

Justice official downplays Republican criticism of Mueller

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 11:19am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Wednesday downplayed Republican lawmakers' concerns that attorneys and agents investigating Russian alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election might be biased against President Donald Trump.

Alabama win thrills Democrats as Republicans scramble for answers

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 11:15am
BIRMINGHAM, Ala./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats said on Wednesday their U.S. Senate victory in Alabama could lead to a sweeping comeback for the party in 2018 elections while Republicans sought to assess blame for a defeat in one of the nation's most conservative states.

Muslim leaders call on world to recognize East Jerusalem as Palestinian capital

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 10:46am
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Muslim leaders condemned U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Wednesday and called on the world to respond by recognizing East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.

Accused NYC bomber to formally face terrorism charges as soon as Wednesday

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 8:49am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Bangladeshi man accused of attempting a suicide bombing in one of New York City's busiest commuter hubs is expected to be formally charged as early as Wednesday with supporting a foreign terrorist organization and other crimes.

U.N. expert says inmate U.S. torture continues at Guantanamo Bay

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 8:49am
GENEVA (Reuters) - An inmate at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay is still being tortured, the U.N. special rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer said in a statement on Wednesday.

U.S. says hacker to plead guilty for role in 2016 cyber attacks

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 8:36am
(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice has caught one of the people involved in creating the Mirai botnet, a network of infected electronics equipment used to knock major websites offline in massive 2016 cyber attacks, according to court papers.

Palestinian leader says Trump's Jerusalem 'crime' prevents U.S. peace role

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 8:27am
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told Muslim leaders on Wednesday that a U.S. decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital was a crime which showed that Washington should no longer play a role in Middle East peace talks.

Iran urges Muslim nations to defend Palestinians after Trump move

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 5:55am
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday all Muslim nations should work together to defend the rights of Palestinians following Donald Trump's decision last week to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Trump to make final tax push as Republican negotiators near deal

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 5:17am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will make a final push on Wednesday to shepherd a Republican tax overhaul over the finish line, hosting congressional negotiators for lunch before delivering a speech in which he will make his closing arguments for the legislation.

Tech sector loses champion in death of San Francisco mayor

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 5:07am
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Francisco technology companies including Twitter, Salesforce.com, Uber and Airbnb lost an important ally on Tuesday with the sudden death of Mayor Ed Lee.

Exclusive: After Grenfell fire, same builders rehired to replace dangerous cladding, Reuters finds

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 4:26am
LONDON (Reuters) - Some building companies that installed dangerous cladding on social housing blocks across Britain are now winning new contracts following the Grenfell Tower blaze to remove their original work and install panels that can pass safety tests, a Reuters review shows.

U.S. prepares to open doors on billion-dollar London embassy

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 2:34am
LONDON (Reuters) - The United States' diplomatic team in London, custodians of one of the most significant bilateral relationships of the last 100 years, will next month move into a new home: a billion-dollar, 12-storey glass cube overlooking the River Thames.

Democrat Jones wins U.S. Senate seat in Alabama in blow to Trump

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:36pm
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Reuters) - Democrat Doug Jones won a bitter fight for a U.S. Senate seat in deeply conservative Alabama on Tuesday, dealing a political blow to President Donald Trump in a race marked by sexual misconduct accusations against Republican candidate Roy Moore.

Tillerson says U.S. ready to talk to North Korea; Japan wants pressure

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 10:40pm
WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, backing away from a key U.S. demand that Pyongyang must first accept that giving up its nuclear arsenal would be part of any negotiations.

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