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Trump administration says U.S. mistakenly backed China WTO accession in 2001

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 5:17pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States mistakenly supported China's membership of the World Trade Organization in 2001 on terms that have failed to force Beijing to open its economy, the Trump administration said on Friday as it prepares to clamp down on Chinese trade.

No deal reached as Schumer, Trump meet to avert government shutdown

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 3:37pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer met with President Donald Trump at the White House on Friday to search for ways to avert a U.S. government shutdown, but Schumer said afterward that disagreements remained as the clock ticked toward a midnight deadline to pass a funding bill.

In year of drama and chaos, Pence quietly advances conservative agenda

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 3:32pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the run-up to President Donald Trump’s decision last month to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Vice President Mike Pence, a conservative Christian who had long advocated for the move, did something he does only selectively: speak up.

Facebook to prioritize 'trustworthy' news sources

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 3:31pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc will begin to prioritize "trustworthy" news outlets on its stream of social media posts as it works to combat "sensationalism" and "misinformation," Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Friday.

Olympian abused by team doctor sees USA Gymnastics as 'rotten'

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 3:26pm
LANSING, Mich. (Reuters) - Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman blasted U.S. gymnastics officials on Friday for failing to protect her and other women from years of sexual abuse by former team doctor Larry Nassar, calling the sport's governing body "rotten from the inside."

U.S. to retry Senator Menendez on bribery, corruption charges

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 3:23pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department said on Friday it plans to retry Democratic U.S. Senator Robert Menendez on bribery and corruption charges after a jury was deadlocked during a trial in November.

Supreme Court to decide legality of Trump travel ban

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 2:29pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday set up a major showdown over presidential powers, agreeing to decide the legality of President Donald Trump's latest travel ban targeting people from six Muslim-majority countries.

Trump to tout U.S. economy, urge fair trade at elite Davos forum

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 1:16pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will be entering something of a lion's den when he visits the elitist enclave of Davos next week, rubbing shoulders with the same "globalists" that he campaigned against in winning the 2016 election.

Trump decries 'permissive' U.S. abortion laws at rally

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 12:30pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump criticized U.S. abortion laws as among the most permissive in the world in a speech to anti-abortion activists at the annual March for Life on Friday, and pledged his administration would always defend "the right to life."

As clock ticks, Senate scrambles to avert government shutdown

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 12:26pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate raced to avert a government shutdown on Friday ahead of a midnight deadline with no agreement on funding in sight and both parties squabbling over who is to blame for the impasse.

U.S. military puts 'great power competition' at heart of strategy: Mattis

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 12:25pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military has put countering China and Russia at the center of a new national defense strategy unveiled on Friday, the latest sign of shifting American priorities after more than a decade and a half of focusing on the fight against Islamist militants.

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.