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Yazidis caught in 'political football' between Baghdad, Iraqi Kurds

Top Reuters News - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 07:45
SINJAR, Iraq (Reuters) - Since Iraqi forces pushed the Kurds out of the Yazidis' mountainous heartland of Sinjar in northern Iraq in October, residents are wondering what could happen to them next.

Anti-Trump protests wane in Jerusalem, West Bank; flare in Beirut

Top Reuters News - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 07:37
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian protests waned in the occupied West Bank and in the Gaza Strip on Sunday while violence flared near the U.S. embassy in Beirut over U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Bangladesh minister says wants to 'wipe out' Manila bank for heist role

Top Reuters News - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 07:18
DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh's finance minister said late on Saturday he wanted to "wipe out" a Philippines bank that was used to channel $81 million stolen from the Bangladeshi central bank's account with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York last year.

Democrats eye gains in Pennsylvania trial on 'goofy' gerrymandering

Top Reuters News - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 07:13
LOWER MERION, Pa. (Reuters) - In Pennsylvania state Senator Daylin Leach's bid to win a seat vital to the Democratic Party's chances in 2018 elections of taking control of the U.S. Congress, his opponents may not be his biggest obstacle.

Crews battling California wildfires gird for return of high winds

Top Reuters News - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 06:06
VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Santa Ana winds that have stoked wildfires across Southern California, destroying hundreds of buildings and forcing evacuations of some 200,000 people are forecast to return in force on Sunday, authorities said.

Japan, U.S., South Korea to hold missile tracking drill amid North Korea crisis

Top Reuters News - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 04:07
TOKYO (Reuters) - The United States, Japan and South Korea will hold two days of missile tracking drills starting on Monday, Japan's Maritime Self-Defence Force said, as tensions rise in the region over North Korea's fast-developing weapons programmes.

Iraq holds military parade celebrating victory over Islamic State

Top Reuters News - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 03:48
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An Iraqi military parade celebrating final victory over Islamic State is underway in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, an Iraqi military spokesman told Reuters on Sunday.

After bitcoin’s wild week, traders brace for futures launch

Top Reuters News - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 01:45
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The newest way to bet on bitcoin, the cyptocurrency that has taken Wall Street by storm with its stratospheric price rise and wild daily gyrations, will arrive on Sunday when bitcoin futures start trading.

With foes absent, Venezuela's socialists to gain from local vote

Top Reuters News - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 01:06
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's ruling Socialist Party looked set to sweep Sunday's nationwide mayoral polls, deepening opposition splits and consolidating President Nicolas Maduro's position ahead of a likely 2018 re-election campaign.

California firefighters make gains ahead of strong winds

Top Reuters News - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 18:53
VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters in Southern California made progress on Saturday in their multifront battle against a slew of wildfires that have killed at least one person, destroyed hundreds of buildings and forced more than 200,000 people from their homes this week.

United 2026 bid needs to build support for U.S. not stadiums

Top Reuters News - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 16:31
TORONTO (Reuters) - The heads of a joint bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada to host the 2026 World Cup trumpeted a winning plan on Saturday that technically ticks most if not all the boxes FIFA wants, but could miss the mark when it comes to winning friends.

German conservatives reject 'United States of Europe' ahead of coalition talks

Top Reuters News - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 16:25
BERLIN (Reuters) - Senior members of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on Saturday rejected the vision for a "United States of Europe" put forward by the Social Democrats (SPD), with whom they are hoping to form a governing coalition.

U.N. envoy told North Korea urgent need to open channels to cut conflict risk

Top Reuters News - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 16:11
SEOUL/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations political affairs chief told senior North Korean officials during a visit to Pyongyang this week that there was an "urgent need to prevent miscalculations and open channels to reduce the risks of conflict," the world body said.

Trump blasts San Francisco murder acquittal, 'Dreamer' effort

Top Reuters News - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 15:22
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday juxtaposed a high-profile murder case involving an illegal immigrant from Mexico with efforts in Congress to protect undocumented immigrants brought into the United States when they were children.

Trump attends civil rights museum opening; black leaders stay away

Top Reuters News - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 13:28
JACKSON, Miss. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump flew to Mississippi on Saturday to attend the opening of a civil rights museum, but his visit was marred by the absence of top African-American leaders who stayed away in protest of his policies and record on race relations.

Iraq declares final victory over Islamic State

Top Reuters News - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 13:08
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared final victory over Islamic State on Saturday after Iraqi forces drove its last remnants from the country, three years after the militant group captured about a third of Iraq's territory.

Palestinians to snub Pence during visit over Jerusalem move

Top Reuters News - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 12:53
CAIRO/GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will not meet U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during Pence's visit to the region this month, in a snub over the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the Palestinian Foreign Minister said on Saturday.

Ukrainian author of Manafort op-ed says sought input to avoid errors

Top Reuters News - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 12:51
KIEV (Reuters) - The author of an article that U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller believes Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort ghost-wrote in violation of a gag order said on Saturday he had sought input on the op-ed before publishing to avoid errors.

Strong winds pose fresh threat in California wildfires

Top Reuters News - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 12:20
VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown will survey the destruction of the state's devastating wildfires on Saturday, as firefighters rushed to contain the blazes before dry desert winds were expected to intensify.

Aftershocks likely from September test detected from North Korea nuclear site: USGS

Top Reuters News - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 11:37
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two minor tremors were detected on Saturday from near North Korea's nuclear test site and were probably aftershocks from the country's massive nuclear test in early September, a U.S. Geological Survey official said.

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