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Congo’s new leader to meet Pompeo, senior officials in first U.S. visit -spokesman

FILE PHOTO: Felix Tshisekedi holds up the constitution during his presidential the inauguration ceremony in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, January 24, 2019. REUTERS/Olivia Acland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic Republic of Congo’s new President Felix Tshisekedi will visit Washington in early April to discuss strengthening economic and security ties, the State Department said on Tuesday. […]

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U.S. House fails to override Trump veto, upholding border wall emergency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday failed to override President Donald Trump’s first veto, leaving in place the “national emergency” he declared last month to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall that Congress has not funded. FILE PHOTO: New bollard-style U.S.-Mexico border fencing is seen in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, U.S., March […]

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U.S. expands abortion ‘gag rule,’ cuts funding to regional bloc – Pompeo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration on Tuesday expanded its anti-abortion policies, cutting funding to the Organization of American States (OAS) and prohibiting the use of U.S. tax dollars to lobby for or against abortion rights. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in Washington, […]

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U.S. Senate Republicans defeat Green New Deal resolution

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) hold a news conference for their proposed “Green New Deal” to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in 10 years, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. February 7, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Republicans on Tuesday defeated the “Green New […]

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Lawmaker still seeks Trump tax returns regardless of Mueller report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top Democrat on tax policy in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Tuesday that he is determined to seek President Donald Trump’s tax returns, despite the political victory handed to Trump by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. FILE PHOTO: Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) speaks as the House-Senate Conferees hold an open […]

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Barr plans to issue Mueller report details within weeks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General William Barr plans to issue in a matter of weeks a public version of the special counsel’s report that found President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign team did not conspire with Russia, as Trump sought to capitalise on the conclusions. Democrats attempted to change the subject to healthcare after the […]

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Strong winds hamper firefighters tackling Portuguese wildfires

LISBON (Reuters) – Hundreds of firefighters were battling a cluster of wildfires in northern Portugal on Tuesday, with strong winds and unexpected high temperatures making it tougher for authorities to put out the flames. With no rain in sight and temperatures above usual for this time of year, reaching 28 degrees Celsius in some regions […]

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Afghanistan recalls ambassador in row over Pakistan PM remarks

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan has recalled its ambassador from Pakistan over reported remarks by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan that suggested Kabul should set up an interim government, calling the comments “irresponsible.” FILE PHOTO: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks at the opening ceremony for the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai, China […]

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After devastating floods, U.S. Midwest farms need more than ‘paper towels’ to recover

(Reuters) – Missouri farmer Richard Oswald needs a lot of help to recover from flooding that left his home and farm looking like a manmade island in an inland sea. The flooded farm of Richard Oswald is seen in an aerial photo taken near Langdon, Missouri March 20, 2019. Courtesy of Richard Oswald/Handout via REUTERS. […]

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No plan yet for Barr to brief U.S. Congress on Mueller findings – sources

U.S. Attorney General William Barr leaves his house after Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of collusion between U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia in the 2016 election in McClean, Virginia, U.S., March 25, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department and FBI have yet to notify key congressional committees […]

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Russian deployment in Venezuela includes ‘cybersecurity personnel’ – U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Russian military contingent that arrived in Venezuela over the weekend, drawing U.S. condemnation, is believed to be made up of special forces, including “cybersecurity personnel,” a U.S. official told Reuters on Tuesday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the United States was still assessing the Russian deployment, which Washington […]

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U.S. Supreme Court divided on partisan electoral maps

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared divided along ideological lines again on whether the contentious practice of manipulating electoral district boundaries to entrench one party in power may violate the constitutional rights of voters, with Justice Brett Kavanaugh emerging as the potential deciding vote. More than two hours of arguments in […]

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Spanish judge to seek extradition of North Korea embassy intruders – source

MADRID (Reuters) – A Spanish judge plans to request the extradition from the United States of members of a group he suspects of forcing their way into the North Korean embassy in Madrid and trying to persuade an official there to defect, a judicial source said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: A Spanish National Police car […]

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U.S. presses Thailand for ‘expeditious’ announcement of election results

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday that Washington looks forward to working with Thailand’s newly elected government and pressed Bangkok to release the results of the weekend vote as soon as possible while investigating any irregularities. “We stand with the Thai people in calling for the expeditious announcement of voting results […]

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Trump seeks maximum advantage from Mueller report as Democrats try to change subject

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump and fellow Republicans on Tuesday sought to capitalise on a conclusion that his campaign did not collude with Russia during the 2016 election, while Democrats tried to change the subject to healthcare. Trump and his top aides attacked unidentified political opponents for starting the campaign investigation, calling the actions […]

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U.S. government had nothing to do with raid at North Korea’s Madrid embassy – State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government had nothing to do with a raid last month at North Korea’s embassy in Madrid, U.S. State Department spokesman Robert Palladino said on Tuesday. A Spanish judicial source earlier said a Spanish judge plans to request the extradition from the United States of members of a group he suspects […]

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India auctions fugitive billionaire’s art, raises $8 million

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Indian tax authorities raised about $8 million in an auction on Tuesday of rare oil paintings that were once part of fugitive billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi’s collection and seized by the government. A journalist takes photos of artworks once part of billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi’s collection ahead of their auction at a […]

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Trumps seeks maximum advantage from Mueller report as Democrats try to change subject

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump and fellow Republicans on Tuesday sought to capitalise on a conclusion that his campaign did not collude with Russia during the 2016 election, while Democrats tried to change the subject to healthcare. U.S. President Donald Trump listens to a question from reporters as he stands between Senate Majority Leader […]

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Louvre’s glass pyramid set for interactive performance for 30th anniversary

PARIS (Reuters) – The courtyard around the Louvre Museum’s famed glass pyramid is to become the stage for a giant interactive performance orchestrated by French visual artist JR as part of celebrations for the structure’s 30th anniversary. French artist JR works in the courtyard of the Louvre Museum near the glass pyramid designed by Ieoh […]

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McConnell backs push for investigation of Russia probe missteps

U.S. President Donald Trump listens to a question from reporters next to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as he arrives for a closed Senate Republican policy lunch on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 26, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday he supported a push […]