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Trump urges change to Senate rule as shutdown enters second day

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 11:07am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday if the government shutdown stalemate continued, Republicans should fund the government by changing Senate rules, which currently require a super-majority for legislation to advance, but top Republicans immediately dismissed the idea.

Contrite Facebook executives seek to ward off more European rules

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 10:42am
MUNICH (Reuters) - Facebook executives are fanning out across Europe this week to address the social media giant’s slow response to abuses on its platform, seeking to avoid further legislation along the lines of a new hate speech law in Germany it says goes too far.

At least 19 dead after overnight battle at Kabul hotel

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 9:27am
KABUL (Reuters) - Gunmen in army uniforms who stormed Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel late on Saturday and battled Afghan Special Forces through the night killed at least 19 people and wounded 12 more, although the final toll of dead and wounded may still be higher.

Amazon's automated grocery store of the future opens Monday

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 9:17am
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Inc will open its checkout-free grocery store to the public on Monday after more than a year of testing, the company said, moving forward on an experiment that could dramatically alter brick-and-mortar retail.

Turkish forces push into Syria, Kurdish militia says attacks repulsed

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 9:13am
AZAZ, Syria (Reuters) - Turkish ground forces pushed into northern Syria's Afrin province on Sunday, Ankara said after launching artillery and air strikes on a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia it aims to sweep from its border.

Trump: Senate should change rules if shutdown stalemate continues

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 9:01am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that if the government shutdown stalemate continued, Republicans should fund the government by changing Senate rules, which currently require a super-majority for appropriations bills to pass.

Oil producers will cooperate beyond 2018, says Saudi Arabia

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 8:54am
MUSCAT (Reuters) - Global oil producers are in agreement that they should continue cooperating on production after their deal on supply cuts expires at the end of this year, Saudi Arabia's energy minister Khalid al-Falih said on Sunday.

Why is Jerusalem so central to Pence's Middle East visit?

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 6:20am
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's planned trip to Israel on Sunday has been overshadowed by President Donald Trump's announcement last month that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and will start the process of moving its embassy there.

Gunmen attack Intercontinental Hotel in Afghan capital Kabul

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 6:08am
KABUL (Reuters) - Gunmen dressed in army uniforms who stormed Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel battled Afghan Special Forces for 13 hours in an overnight siege that caused heavy casualties among hotel guests, officials and witnesses said on Sunday.

Audi ordered to recall 127,000 vehicles over emissions -paper

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 5:26am
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's KBA automotive watchdog has detected illicit emission-control software in Audi's latest Euro-6 diesel models and has ordered a recall of 127,000 vehicles, Bild am Sonntag reported.

Tensions mount in Rohingya camps ahead of planned relocation to Myanmar

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 4:41am
GUNGDUM, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Tensions mounted on Sunday at refugee camps in Bangladesh holding hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims over an operation to send them back to Myanmar, from where they have fled following a military crackdown.

Seoul says North Korea's Olympic participation will aid peace and ease tensions

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 3:38am
SEOUL (Reuters) - Seoul welcomed confirmation by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that 22 North Korean athletes would compete in next month's Winter Olympics, saying on Sunday it would aid peace and the easing of tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Europe readies riposte to Trump's 'America First' push in Davos

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 2:50am
DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - European leaders will be out in force at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week to defend multilateralism before U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to deliver his "America First" message.

While political prisoners released, Myanmar's judicial reforms stall

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 12:47am
YANGON (Reuters) - Hundreds of political prisoners have been released from Myanmar's jails in amnesties in recent years, including dozens freed in January 2016, days before democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi’s party took power for the first time.

U.S. Army helicopter crash in California kills two soldiers: official

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 10:15pm
(Reuters) - A U.S. Army Apache attack helicopter crashed early Saturday morning in California, killing two soldiers, a spokesman for the Army said.

First day of government shutdown ends in standoff

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 9:32pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers were locked in a standoff with Democrats on Saturday over the U.S. government shutdown, with Republicans saying they would not negotiate on immigration until the government is reopened.

North Korean delegation arrives in South Korea for Olympics prep

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 9:24pm
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean logistics officials arrived in South Korea on Sunday after a previous cancellation briefly cast doubts on the North's participation in next month's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Republican congressman removed from ethics committee

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 8:42pm
(Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan removed Representative Patrick Meehan from the House Ethics Committee on Saturday following sexual misconduct allegations, Ryan's office said.

Germany's SPD to vote on coalition talks with Merkel's conservatives

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 8:06pm
BONN (Reuters) - Germany's center-left Social Democrats (SPD) will decide on Sunday whether to start formal coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, a move which would bring Europe's economic powerhouse one step closer to a stable government.

Trump to Democrats: no immigration talk until U.S. government reopened

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 5:56pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers took a tough stance on Saturday after the U.S. Congress failed to fund federal agencies, saying they would not negotiate on immigration until Democrats help end the government shutdown.