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World Cup 2026 goes to U.S., Mexico, Canada despite frayed ties

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 11:37am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The United States, Mexico and Canada will jointly host the 2026 World Cup, overwhelmingly winning a vote by soccer's world governing body on Wednesday, even though U.S. President Donald Trump has frayed relations with his neighbors and others during his 18 months in office.

White House seeks to block Congress from killing ZTE deal: report

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 10:06am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House will try to derail an effort in the U.S. Congress to block the Trump administration's deal to allow ZTE Corp, China's No. 2 telecommunications equipment maker, to resume doing business with American suppliers, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

U.S., Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 9:57am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The 2026 World Cup will be held in the United States, Mexico and Canada after FIFA's Congress voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to back the tri-nation joint bid to host the tournament, with Morocco missing out for the fifth time.

Trump, Iran trade sharp words over oil prices ahead of OPEC meeting

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 9:34am
WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) - Donald Trump and Iran exchanged sharp words over oil prices on Wednesday, with Tehran accusing the U.S. president of contributing to volatile prices after he withdraw from a global nuclear arms deal last month.

Parkland survivors keep memory of shooting alive

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 7:05am
PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - Hundreds of seniors in red caps and gowns at their Florida high school graduation ceremony on June 3 listened intently to speakers who told them what they could achieve. "Don't let anything stop you," one said.

U.S. disaster-response force stretched thin as hurricane season starts

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 6:37am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As Hurricane Irma bore down on Florida last September, the top U.S. disaster-response official ordered all hands on deck.

Trump says North Korea no longer a nuclear threat; North highlights concessions

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 6:33am
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat, nor is it the "biggest and most dangerous problem" for the United States, President Donald Trump said on Wednesday on his return from a summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

World stocks capped by trade war concerns, central banks

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 6:12am
LONDON (Reuters) - World stocks hovered near one-month highs on Wednesday as an expected U.S. interest rate rise and risks of a fresh outbreak of trade tensions between China and the United States overshadowed a generally benign political and economic backdrop.

Arab states launch biggest assault of Yemen war with attack on main port

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 4:02am
ADEN (Reuters) - A Saudi-led alliance of Arab states launched the largest assault of Yemen's war on Wednesday with an attack on the country's main port, aiming to bring the ruling Houthi movement to its knees at the risk of worsening the world's biggest humanitarian crisis.

Investors wipe $3 billion off China's ZTE as U.S. settlement sinks in

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 3:36am
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Investors wiped about $3 billion off embattled Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE Corp's market value as it resumed trade on Wednesday after agreeing to pay up to $1.4 billion in penalties to the U.S. government.

Taliban assure Afghans of bright future once U.S. 'invaders' leave

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 3:35am
KABUL (Reuters) - The Taliban told "American invaders" to leave Afghanistan in an announcement marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, assured the people of a bright future under Islamic rule and said it had already liberated "vast areas" of the country.

M&A gates open with judge's blessing on AT&T-Time Warner merger

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 3:04am
(Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday gave a ringing endorsement to AT&T Inc's planned acquisition of Time Warner Inc without any conditions, opening the door for companies such as Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc to pursue deals to buy creators of media content.

North Korea highlights Trump concessions on war games after summit

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 1:01am
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean state media lauded on Wednesday the summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump as a resounding success, highlighting concessions by the U.S. president and the prospect of a new era of peace and prosperity on the Korean peninsula.

Asian stocks step back as investors brace for Fed, eye trade row

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 12:56am
TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares fell on Wednesday as investors braced for a Federal Reserve policy decision later in the day and any clues it might give on future rate hikes that could alter the course of global economic growth and corporate earnings.

Toyota to invest $1 billion in Southeast Asian ride-hailing firm Grab

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 12:46am
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp has agreed to invest $1 billion in Southeast Asian ride-hailing firm Grab as a lead investor in the company's ongoing financing round, which was launched after it bought the regional business of Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL].

Republican Sanford loses in South Carolina after Trump urges his ouster

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 11:44pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Mark Sanford, a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, lost a Republican congressional primary in South Carolina on Tuesday, after Trump urged voters to punish Sanford's disloyalty by tossing him from office.

Asian stocks step back as investors brace for Fed

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 10:10pm
TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares slipped back on Wednesday as investors looked to the Federal Reserve policy decision later in the day and any clues it might give on future rate hikes, shifting focus away from the historic U.S.-North Korea summit in Singapore.

Trump in surprise summit move says he will halt Korea war games

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 9:53pm
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump made a stunning concession to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday about halting military exercises, pulling a surprise at a summit that baffled allies, military officials and lawmakers from his own Republican Party.

U.S. House sets debate next week on 'Dreamer' immigration bills

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 9:46pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, in a bid to settle a divisive election-year fight among his fellow Republicans, will bring two competing immigration bills to the House floor next week that are aimed at protecting illegal "Dreamer" immigrants from deportation.

Thousands of U.S. asylum claims in doubt after Sessions' decision

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 8:51pm
(Reuters) - New limitations on asylum imposed by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions could invalidate tens of thousands of pending claims brought by women, children and men fleeing violence in their home countries, according to immigration attorneys.