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U.S. health agency revokes Obama-era Planned Parenthood protection

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 12:07pm
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. health officials on Friday said they were revoking legal guidance issued by the Obama Administration that had sought to discourage states from trying to defund organizations that provide abortion services, such as Planned Parenthood.

Turkey shells Syria's Afrin region, minister says operation has begun

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:43am
SUGEDIGI, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkish artillery fired into Syria's Afrin region on Friday in what Ankara said was the start of a military campaign against the Kurdish-controlled area.

Clock running out to avert U.S. government shutdown as Trump blames Democrats

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 9:18am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump postponed plans to leave Washington on Friday while the U.S. Congress faced a midnight deadline to come up with funding legislation to avoid federal agency shutdowns.

Clock running out to avert government shutdown as Trump blames Democrats

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 6:37am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Racing against a midnight deadline, the U.S. Congress will try on Friday to send President Donald Trump legislation to keep the government operating and avoid federal agency shutdowns that would otherwise begin on Saturday.

Trump to address U.S. anti-abortion march, cementing U-turn on issue

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 5:16am
(Reuters) - Donald Trump will become the third sitting U.S. president to address anti-abortion activists at the annual March for Life on Friday, highlighting his shift in recent years from a supporter of women's access to abortion to a powerful opponent.

China looks to call bluff on Trump trade action

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 3:32am
BEIJING (Reuters) - As influential voices within the U.S. business community warn China that U.S. President Donald Trump is serious about tough action over Beijing's trade practices, there is little sense of a crisis in the Chinese capital, where officials think he is bluffing.

Exclusive: Rohingya refugee leaders draw up demands ahead of repatriation

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 3:22am
KUTUPALONG, Bangldesh (Reuters) - Rohingya leaders in a Bangladesh refugee camp have drawn up a list of demands they want Myanmar to meet before authorities begin sending back hundreds of thousands in a repatriation process expected to begin next week and last for two years.

U.S. workforce shortages bolster case for Fed rate hikes

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 12:48am
LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. (Reuters) - HydraForce Inc is going to almost desperate lengths, including offering to bus in out-of-town workers, to find the muscle it needs to meet growing demand for hydraulic valves from its three factories north of Chicago.

North Korea may hold military parade on eve of Olympics, analysts say

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 12:42am
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea may be preparing to hold a military parade on the eve of next month's winter Olympics in South Korea, analysts and diplomats say, even as the two countries have sought to mend ties.

Trump administration appeals against 'Dreamer' immigrant ruling to top court

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 9:19pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to quickly overturn a lower court ruling that blocked President Donald Trump's move to end a program that protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children.

House passes short-term spending bill, Senate fight erupts

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 8:26pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation to avoid a U.S. government shutdown at midnight on Friday advanced in Congress as the House of Representatives on Thursday night approved an extension of federal funds through Feb. 16, although the bill faced uncertain prospects in the Senate.

Sales of Trump properties suggestive of money-laundering: researcher

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 7:27pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Testimony to the U.S. Congress by the head of a political research firm indicates that the Trump Organization's sales of properties to Russian nationals may have involved money-laundering, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said on Thursday.

U.S. government to shield health workers under 'religious freedom'

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 6:37pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government is seeking to further protect the "conscience and religious freedom" of health workers whose beliefs prevent them from carrying out abortions and other procedures, in an effort likely to please conservative Christian activists and other supporters of President Donald Trump.

House Republicans cite progress in averting government shutdown

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 6:28pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Republicans said late on Thursday they had made progress toward passing a short-term extension of government funding to avert a politically embarrassing shutdown, after a day of tough negotiations and confusion when President Donald Trump offered mixed signals on the stopgap plan.

Empty prisons, grounded warplanes: U.S. budget dysfunction hits home

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 6:20pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three hours west of Chicago, a federal prison stands ready to take in thousands of inmates and hire hundreds of guards, but its expansion is on hold, awaiting approval from a U.S. Congress that is again paralyzed by budget disputes.

U.S. to dismiss charges against 129 people in Trump inaugural protests

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 6:17pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department intends to dismiss criminal charges against 129 defendants in connection with the protests that took place during President Donald Trump's Jan. 20, 2017 inauguration, according to a court filing on Thursday.

Amazon's review of Toronto could escalate tension with Trump

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 6:05pm
TORONTO (Reuters) - Inc's inclusion of Canada's largest city on a list of 20 finalists for a massive new campus could escalate tensions between the tech giant and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Possible money laundering alleged in sales of Trump properties: Rep. Schiff

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 6:01pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Testimony to the U.S. Congress by the head of a research firm indicates that the Trump Organization's sales of properties to Russian nationals may have involved money-laundering, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said on Thursday.

Supreme Court blocks redrawing of North Carolina congressional maps

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 5:48pm
(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked a lower court's order for North Carolina to rework its congressional map because Republicans violated the Constitution by drawing electoral districts intended to maximize their party's chances of winning.

Exclusive: Boeing willing to preserve Brazil's 'golden share' in Embraer deal

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 3:24pm
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Boeing Co is working to overcome the Brazilian military's objections to its proposed tie-up with Embraer SA with alternatives that would preserve the government's strategic veto rights and ensure safeguards for its defense programs, four people familiar with the matter told Reuters.