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U.S. sees Palestinian state on most of West Bank, some of East Jerusalem – Israeli TV

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli television said on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan would propose a Palestinian state on as much as 90 percent of the occupied West Bank, with a capital in East Jerusalem – but not including its holy sites. The White House, which has kept details of the […]

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Top Senate Democrat opposes AG nominee over concerns about Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer said on Wednesday he will oppose President Donald Trump’s attorney general nominee, William Barr, saying he is not convinced that Barr will protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe or provide Congress with a full report on Mueller’s findings. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) arrives to […]

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U.S. states act to ease unpaid federal workers’ pain

CHICAGO (Reuters) – With the U.S. government shutdown now in its fourth week, states have begun taking steps to cushion the blow for federal workers who have been tossed out of work or forced to work without pay. FILE PHOTO: A placard is placed before Senate Democrats’ news conference about government shutdown on the steps […]

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Scientists reveal ‘ideal diet’ for peoples’ and planet’s health

LONDON, (Reuters) – Scientists have unveiled what they say is an ideal diet for the health of the planet and its people – including a doubling of consumption of nuts, fruits, vegetables and legumes, and a halving of meat and sugar intake. FILE PHOTO: A vendor selects fruit for sale at a market in Lima, […]

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U.S. watchdog faults handling of government lease for Trump D.C. hotel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An internal U.S. government watchdog on Wednesday found “serious shortcomings” in federal officials’ handling of a lease by President Donald Trump’s company of a historic government building in Washington now home to a Trump International Hotel. FILE PHOTO: U.S. flags fly over the Trump International Hotel in Washington, U.S., August 3, 2018. […]

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Yemen combatants start talks in Jordan on prisoner swap deal

AMMAN (Reuters) – Yemen’s warring sides started talks in Amman on Wednesday on how to implement a prisoner exchange that will allow thousands of families to be reunited as part of U.N.-led peace efforts, U.N. officials and delegates said. Delegates from the Iran-aligned Houthi movement and the Saudi-backed Yemeni government met in the Jordanian capital […]

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Bid to keep U.S. sanctions on Russia’s Rusal fails in Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a victory for President Donald Trump, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday rejected legislation to keep sanctions on companies linked to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, including the giant aluminium firm Rusal. FILE PHOTO: Russian aluminium tycoon Oleg Deripaska waits before the talks of Russian President Vladimir Putin with South Korean President Moon […]

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United States signals it may toughen stance on Cuban lawsuits provision

WASHINGTON/HAVANA (Reuters) – The Trump administration on Wednesday shortened the U.S. government’s customary waiver of legislation that would allow Cuban Americans to sue foreign companies in Cuba, indicating it could allow the 23-year-old law to take effect for the first time. The legislation, which allows Cuban Americans to sue foreign companies in Cuba using properties […]

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Gunmen kill more than 30 Tuaregs in ongoing Mali violence

BAMAKO (Reuters) – Gunmen on motorbikes have killed more than 30 Tuareg civilians this week in northern Mali, where clashes over land and scarce water are common, an official said on Wednesday. The violence compounds an already dire security situation in the desert region used by jihadist groups to launch attacks in Mali and across […]

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With federal lawyers furloughed, court delays suit over U.S. shutdown

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A lawsuit filed by a federal employees’ union over the current U.S. government shutdown cannot move forward because the Justice Department lawyers who defend the government have been ordered not to come to work, a judge said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: Protesters hold signs during a rally outside a closed federal […]

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Norway PM Solberg succeeds in forming majority government platform – TV2

FILE PHOTO: Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg speaks during India-Norway Business Conference in New Delhi, India, January 7, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/File Photo OSLO (Reuters) – Norway’s minority centre-right government has struck a deal with the small Christian Democratic Party to form a four-party majority coalition government after weeks of negotiations, broadcaster TV2 reported on Wednesday, […]

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Celebrity’s ‘Chefs for Feds’ kitchen feeds unpaid U.S. government workers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Maurice Wilson joined dozens of fellow federal workers in Washington on Wednesday at the opening of celebrity chef Jose Andres’ emergency kitchen, grateful for a free lunch of egg sandwiches, quinoa bowls and tomato soup as the partial government shutdown dragged on. Federal workers left unpaid or furloughed by the extended partial […]

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Congressional Democrats move to stop U.S. Census citizenship question

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats in the U.S. Congress on Wednesday were moving ahead with legislation to prevent the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, following a court decision this week blocking inclusion of such information. FILE PHOTO: New citizens stand during a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization ceremony […]

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Last ditch attempt by prosecutors to keep ex-Ivorian leader in custody

THE HAGUE (Reuters) – Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court on Wednesday made a last ditch attempt to keep ex-Ivorian leader Laurent Gbagbo in custody, appealing an order for his release after he was acquitted on crimes against humanity charges. FILE PHOTO: Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo appears before the International Criminal Court in […]

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Hours after U.S. troops killed in Syria, Pence says Islamic State defeated

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Islamic State has been defeated in Syria, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday, hours after Americans were killed in a northern Syria bomb attack claimed by the militant group. Pence did not mention the attack in his address to 184 chiefs of U.S. diplomatic missions who gather annually in Washington […]

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Many coffee species threatened with extinction, scientists warn

LONDON, (Reuters) – Climate change and deforestation are putting more than half the world’s wild coffee species at risk of extinction, including the popular commercial coffees Arabica and Robusta, scientists warned on Wednesday. Research published by experts at Britain’s Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew found that current conservation measures for wild coffee species are not […]

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As shutdown lingers, Pelosi pushes Trump to delay State of Union speech

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With the partial U.S. government shutdown now in its 26th day, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday urged President Donald Trump to reschedule his State of the Union address – a move that could deny him the opportunity to use the pageantry of the speech to attack Democrats in their own chamber […]

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China brushes off global outrage over death sentence for Canadian

BEIJING/SHERBROOKE, Quebec (Reuters) – China said on Wednesday it was “not worried in the slightest” by mounting international concern over the death sentence handed to a Canadian for drug smuggling. A still image taken from CCTV video shows Canadian Robert Lloyd Schellenberg in court, where he was sentenced with a death penalty for drug smuggling, […]

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Canadian man kidnapped in Burkina Faso – official

OUAGADOUGOU/TORONTO (Reuters) – A Canadian man was kidnapped in an area of Burkina Faso that the government has warned is under growing threat from jihadist attacks, the African country’s top security official said on Wednesday. A dozen gunmen abducted the man around 1945 GMT (2:45 p.m. EST) on Tuesday at a mining site owned by […]

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U.S. watchdog cites constitutional concerns over Trump hotel lease

FILE PHOTO: U.S. flags fly over the Trump International Hotel in Washington, U.S., August 3, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) – There were “serious shortcomings” in the General Services Administration handling of President Donald Trump’s lease of a government-owned building that houses his Trump International Hotel in Washington, according to a U.S. government watchdog […]