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Trump blocks Pelosi trip as tensions mount over government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s conflict with Democrats over a partial U.S. government shutdown escalated on Thursday with Trump denying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi use of military aircraft for an overseas trip in apparent retaliation for her suggestion that he delay the annual State of the Union address. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi […]

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100% Pure? New Zealand’s deteriorating water raises a stink

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand’s clean, green image took a beating this summer as tourists travelling through the countryside posted pictures of lakes and rivers off limits due to contamination by farm effluent, garbage and human faeces. FILE PHOTO – A general view of Queenstown September 14, 2011. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth/File Photo A booming dairy farming […]

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Trump blocks Pelosi trip as shutdown tensions mount

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s conflict with Democrats over a partial U.S. government shutdown escalated on Thursday with Trump denying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi use of military aircraft for an overseas trip in apparent retaliation for her suggestion that he delay the annual State of the Union address. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi […]

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Death toll in militia clashes in Libya’s capital rises to 10

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The death toll from clashes between rival militias in the Libyan capital Tripoli has risen to 10 killed and 41 wounded, the health ministry said on Thursday. Fighting broke out this week between rival armed groups in the south of the capital, breaching a shaky ceasefire brokered by the United Nations in […]

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China’s envoy to Canada says Huawei 5G ban would have repercussions

OTTAWA (Reuters) – China’s envoy to Canada on Thursday warned Ottawa there would be repercussions if it banned technology firm Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] from supplying equipment to Canadian 5G networks, the latest blast in a deepening bilateral dispute. FILE PHOTO: China’s Ambassador to Canada Lu Shaye delivers a speech during the Belt and […]

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African Union cites ‘serious doubts’, urges delay to final Congo election result

ADDIS ABABA/KINSHASA (Reuters) – The African Union on Thursday called on Democratic Republic of Congo to suspend the release of the final results of its disputed presidential election due to its doubts over the provisional results. President of Chad Idriss Deby talks to Republic of the Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso during the High Level […]

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Car bomber kills 10 in Colombia police academy attack

BOGOTA (Reuters) – A car bomb exploded at a police academy in Colombia’s capital Bogota on Thursday, killing at least 10 people and wounding over 50 in an attack that prompted fears of a return to the country’s violent past. Authorities said the car broke through checkpoints into the grounds of the General Santander School […]

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U.S. believes Islamic State likely responsible for Manbij blast – sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government believes the Islamic State militant group, which claimed Wednesday’s attack in northern Syria that killed four Americans, is likely responsible, although it has not reached a firm conclusion, two U.S. government sources said on Thursday. The bomb attack killed two U.S. troops and two civilians working for the U.S. […]

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Norway’s PM Solberg forms majority centre-right government

OSLO (Reuters) – Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg struck a deal on Thursday to form a centre-right majority government by adding the small Christian Democratic Party to her minority three-party coalition. FILE PHOTO: Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg delivers a speech at the Paris Peace Forum after the commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day, 100 years […]

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African Union calls on Congo to delay release of final vote

KINSHASA (Reuters) – The African Union on Thursday called on Democratic Republic of Congo to suspend the release of the final results of its disputed presidential election due to its doubts over the provisional results. The final tally is scheduled to be released by the election commission once the constitutional court has ruled on challenges […]

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Morocco foils 89,000 illegal migration attempts in 2018 – interior ministry

MARRAKECH (Reuters) – Morocco stopped 89,000 people from illegally migrating in 2018, up 37 percent compared to a year earlier, the interior ministry said on Thursday, as the country became the main launchpad in the Mediterranean for Europe-bound migrants. Morocco, which other Africans can visit without visas, has become a major gateway for migrants into […]

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U.N. members owe $2 billion in debt to peacekeeping, U.S. owes a third

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. member states owe nearly $2 billion (1.54 billion pounds) in peacekeeping funds, United Nations chief Antonio Guterres has warned, with the United States responsible for more than a third of that. FILE PHOTO: UN peacekeepers (UNIFIL) patrol the border with Israel near the village of Kfar Kila, Lebanon December 4, […]

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U.S. separated ‘thousands’ more immigrant children than known – watchdog

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. government may have separated “thousands” more immigrant children from their parents than previously known but inadequate record-keeping means the exact number is still unclear, an internal watchdog said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Immigrant children are led by staff in single file between tents at a detention facility next to […]

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Sudan protesters, police clash as anti-Bashir unrest widens

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Stone-throwing Sudanese demonstrators battled security forces in Khartoum on Thursday, witnesses said, and a child and a doctor were reported killed at the start of a fifth week of protests against President Omar al-Bashir’s 30-year-old rule. Sudanese demonstrators gather as they participate in anti-government protests in Khartoum, Sudan January 17, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed […]

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Cancelled Pelosi trip was to visit U.S. troops in Afghanistan – spokesman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had planned to visit U.S. troops in Afghanistan and receive security and intelligence briefings, her spokesman said after President Donald Trump pulled the military plane that was to take her there. “The purpose of the trip was to express appreciation & thanks to our men & women […]

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Factbox – Italy approves citizens’ income poverty relief scheme

ROME (Reuters) – The Italian government on Thursday approved a new poverty relief scheme known as the “citizens’ income”, fulfilling a long-standing election promise of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, which governs with the far-right League. Following are some of the main features of the scheme, which will launch in April: COST The citizens’ income will […]

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In third year, U.S. women’s marches turn to 2020 elections

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two years after filling the streets of U.S. cities to protest the start of Donald Trump’s presidency, women will march again this weekend to try to build political pressure against him ahead of the 2020 elections. FILE PHOTO: People participate in a Women’s March to protest against U.S. President Donald Trump in […]

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Chinese envoy to Canada warns against any future Huawei 5G ban

FILE PHOTO: China’s Ambassador to Canada Lu Shaye delivers a speech during the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Conference at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, December 14, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Wattie/File Photo OTTAWA (Reuters) – China’s envoy to Canada on Thursday warned Ottawa of possible repercussions if it banned technology firm Huawei from supplying equipment […]

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Trump pulls military plane from Pelosi overseas trip in shutdown fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday stopped House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi from using a military plane for an overseas trip, in a tit for tat after the Democratic leader’s suggestion he postpone the State of the Union address during the partial government shutdown. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) […]

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Factbox – Italian early-retirement option rolls back 2011 pension reform

ROME (Reuters) – The Italian government on Thursday approved a scheme to allow people to retire earlier, rolling back a 2011 law that had sharply raised the pensionable age. Following are the main features of the reform, which takes effect in April: COST The reform will cost 4 billion euros (3.51 billion pounds) in 2019, […]