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Mueller submits Trump-Russia report, lawmakers urge quick release

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Friday handed in a confidential report on his investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election and any potential wrongdoing by U.S. President Donald Trump, setting off a clamour from lawmakers in both parties for the document’s quick release. Marking the end of his nearly two-year […]

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Many ‘march for love’ in New Zealand as mosques reopen

CHRISTCHURCH (Reuters) – About 3,000 people walked through Christchurch in a ‘march for love’ early on Saturday, honouring the 50 worshippers massacred in the New Zealand city a week ago, as the mosques where the shooting took place reopened for prayers. A man lets in people in batches into the reopened Al-Noor mosque in Christchurch, […]

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U.S. blacklists Venezuelan state banks after arrest of Guaido aide

WASHINGTON/CARACAS (Reuters) – The United States imposed sanctions on Friday on Venezuela’s development bank, Bandes, a day after the Trump administration warned there would be consequences for the arrest by Venezuelan authorities of opposition leader Juan Guaido’s top aide. A man stands outside the Bandes bank headquarters in Caracas, Venezuela March 22, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia […]

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Venezuela national soccer coach offers to resign after meeting Guaido envoy

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – International Friendly – Argentina v Venezuela – Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain – March 22, 2019 Venezuela coach Rafael Dudamel REUTERS/Juan Medina (Reuters) – The coach of Venezuela’s national soccer team said on Friday he had offered to resign after meeting with opposition leader Juan Guaido’s envoy to Spain, in the […]

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Trump decides against more North Korea sanctions at this time – source

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he has decided against imposing new large-scale sanctions on North Korea in a confusing tweet that seemed to imply he was reversing measures against two Chinese shipping companies, a U.S. administration source familiar with the matter said. The confusion began when Trump […]

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Explainer – How much of the Mueller report must U.S. attorney general disclose?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Now that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has submitted the report on his investigation of Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. election, Attorney General William Barr must decide how much of the document – if any – to make public. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Attorney General William Barr attends a Justice Department event in […]

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Trump, Germany’s Merkel discuss trade, NATO funding, Brexit

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel shake hands as they attend a meeting during the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 1, 2018. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump spoke by phone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday to discuss a range […]

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China chemical plant blast kills 62; Xi orders probe

YANCHENG, China (Reuters) – An explosion at a pesticide plant in eastern China has killed 62 people, state media said late on Friday, with 34 people critically injured and 28 missing, the latest casualties in a series of industrial accidents that has angered the public. The blast occurred on Thursday at the Chenjiagang Industrial Park […]

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Trump did not reverse North Korea sanctions on Chinese shipping companies – source

U.S. President Donald Trump steps from Air Force One as he arrives in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., March 22, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday did not reverse North Korea-related sanctions on two Chinese shipping companies, a U.S. administration source familiar with the matter said. The source was […]

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Factbox – A scorecard of key players in U.S. special counsel Russia probe

(Reuters) – U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller and other federal prosecutors have been investigating whether President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign conspired with Russia and whether the president unlawfully tried to obstruct the inquiry. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr. speaks during a campaign event for Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone at […]

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U.S. blacklists Venezuela bank Bandes after arrest of Guaido aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s development bank, Bandes, a day after the Trump administration warned there would be consequences for the arrest by Venezuelan authorities of opposition leader Juan Guaido’s top aide. FILE PHOTO: Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro speaks during his visit to the Hydroelectric Generation System on the Caroni […]

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U.S. lawmaker seeks Boeing whistleblowers, some MAX 737 orders in jeopardy

WASHINGTON/JAKARTA (Reuters) – A U.S. lawmaker on Friday urged current or former Boeing Co and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) employees to come forward with any information about the certification program for the 737 MAX, which has suffered two fatal crashes in five months. Boeing and the FAA are under global regulatory scrutiny over software and […]

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Canada’s SNC Lavalin eyes ways to protect business amid political crisis

MONTREAL (Reuters) – SNC Lavalin Group’s chief executive said on Friday the company is looking at ways to protect its business in the event it loses a corruption trial that has created a political crisis for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. FILE PHOTO: Neil Bruce, president and CEO of SNC-Lavalin, poses in their head offices […]

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Trump dangles investment to Caribbean leaders who back Venezuela’s Guaido

PALM BEACH, Florida (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump pledged investment in a rare meeting on Friday with five Caribbean leaders who have sided with the United States in backing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as head of state, the White House said. U.S. President Trump and first lady Melania Trump pose before a meeting […]

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Factbox – Guilty pleas, indictments abound in Trump-Russia probe

(Reuters) – Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. election has ensnared dozens of people, including several advisers to President Donald Trump and a series of Russian nationals and companies. FILE PHOTO: Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort departs from U.S. District Court in Washington, U.S., February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri […]

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Newsmaker – Under heavy fire from Trump, Mueller soldiered on in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Twelve days after being named special counsel to investigate Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Robert Mueller delivered a speech to his granddaughter’s high school graduating class at Tabor Academy in Marion, Massachusetts. FILE PHOTO: Robert Mueller, as FBI director, pauses after making an opening statement at a U.S. Senate […]

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Factbox – Smoke or fire? Contacts between Trump campaign and Russia

(Reuters) – Special Counsel Robert Mueller and other U.S. prosecutors have been investigating whether President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign conspired with Russia. Trump and Moscow have denied any collusion. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump takes part in a working visit with Caribbean leaders at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., March 22, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin […]

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Explainer – Why Trump’s legal woes go beyond the Mueller report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The closure of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. election does not mark the end of legal worries for President Donald Trump and people close to him. Other ongoing investigations and litigation are focussing on issues including his businesses and financial dealings, personal conduct, charitable foundation […]

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Mueller submits Trump-Russia inquiry report to U.S. attorney general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Friday handed in a long-awaited report on his investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election and any potential wrongdoing by U.S. President Donald Trump, setting off a clamour from lawmakers in both parties for the document’s release. Mueller submitted the report to Attorney General William […]

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Letter from U.S. attorney general to lawmakers on Mueller report

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Attorney General William Barr attends a Justice Department event in Washington, U.S., February 26, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The following is the text of the letter United States Attorney General William Barr sent to the heads of the Senate and House of Representatives Judiciary committees after Special Counsel Robert […]