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Trump: no transgender people will serve in U.S. military - Twitter

1 hour 35 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would not allow transgender individuals to serve in the U.S. military in any capacity.

Kremlin calls new U.S. sanctions 'sad news' for U.S.-Russia ties

1 hour 57 min ago
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Proposed new U.S. sanctions against Russia are an extremely unfriendly act and sad news for Russia-U.S. relations and their further development, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.

Russia says its Baltic Sea war games with Chinese Navy not a threat

4 hours 15 min ago
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said late on Tuesday that war games it is conducting with the Chinese Navy in the Baltic Sea, which has become a zone of heightened tensions between Moscow and the West, do not pose a threat to anyone.

Moscow warns new U.S. sanctions take ties into uncharted waters

4 hours 28 min ago
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia warned on Wednesday that new U.S. sanctions against Moscow approved by the House of Representatives take already battered ties into uncharted waters and said it was close to taking retaliatory measures of its own.

In Ohio, a struggle for the soul of the Democratic Party is playing out

4 hours 31 min ago
LOWELLVILLE, Ohio (Reuters) - On a sweltering evening in a rural corner of Ohio, the struggle for the soul and identity of the Democratic Party is playing out over wine, meatballs and recriminations about Hillary Clinton’s defeat in last year’s presidential election.

Brawl over Obamacare repeal returns to Senate floor

4 hours 54 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After a months-long struggle, Republicans have succeeded in bringing Obamacare repeal legislation, a centerpiece of their 2016 election campaigns, to a debate on the U.S. Senate floor. Now the hard part begins.

Aleppo's limping recovery shows limits of battered Syrian state

5 hours 41 min ago
ALEPPO, Syria (Reuters) - In eastern Aleppo, bodies still lie under the rubble, graveyards are full, people are short of electricity and bread, and some children take classes in mosques because their schools have been ruined by war.

Iran will respond to any new U.S. sanctions: deputy foreign minister

7 hours 48 sec ago
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran will respond if the U.S. government passes new sanctions, deputy foreign minister Abbas Araqchi said Wednesday, according to state media.

Fed expected to leave rates unchanged; balance sheet in focus

9 hours 53 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve is expected to hold interest rates unchanged on Wednesday and possibly hint that it will start winding down its massive holdings of bonds as soon as September in what would be a vote of confidence in the U.S. economy.

White House targets leakers, may restructure communications: Scaramucci

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 23:08
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's new communications director Anthony Scaramucci said on Tuesday he would probably restructure the communications operation at the White House and would fire staff if leaks did not cease.

U.S. energy secretary duped into fake interview with Russian comedians

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 21:53
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry optimistically discussed expanding American coal exports to Ukraine and other energy matters during a lengthy phone call this month with a Russian prankster who Perry thought was Ukraine's prime minister.

Robert Durst unfaithful to wife before her disappearance, friend says

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 21:21
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Real estate scion Robert Durst and his wife were unfaithful to each other before she went missing in 1982, a friend of Durst said in court on Tuesday, in testimony that could be used by prosecutors to show there was discord in the marriage.

Trump warns 'emboldened' Iran to comply with nuclear deal

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 21:20
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump issued a veiled threat against Iran on Tuesday, warning Tehran to adhere to the terms of a nuclear deal with world powers or else face "big, big problems."

Texas Senate votes to curb transgender access to public bathrooms

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 21:16
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The Republican-controlled Texas Senate gave preliminary approval on Tuesday to a bill that restricts bathroom access for transgender people, endorsing a piece of legislation derided by civil liberties advocates as discriminatory.

Exclusive: Viacom willing to make an all-cash deal to buy Scripps Networks - sources

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 20:34
(Reuters) - Viacom Inc has informed Scripps Networks Interactive it is willing to pay all cash to acquire the U.S. TV network operator, sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

Fairy tales overcome nightmares at South Korea’s militarized border town

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 20:19
SEOUL (Reuters) - A half-hour's drive north of Seoul, along a highway lined with barbed wire, lie two shopping malls the size of several football stadiums, a stone's throw from the world's most militarized border.

Wisconsin company offers employees microchip implants

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 19:17
(Reuters) - A Wisconsin vending machine company is offering its employees a chance to have a microchip implanted in their hands that they could use to buy snacks, log in to computers or use the copy machine.

Sessions sets limits on U.S. federal funding for sanctuary cities

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 17:48
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday released a memo restricting Justice Department grants from going to so-called sanctuary cities that do not cooperate with federal immigration agents.

North Korea could carry out missile test soon: U.S. officials

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 17:22
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials said on Tuesday they have seen increased North Korean activity at a site in the western city of Kusong that could be preparations for another missile test within days.

Geek fight! Musk says Zuckerberg naive about killer robots

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 16:54
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Silicon Valley baron Elon Musk insulted rival billionaire Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday, escalating a tech wizard war of words over whether robots will become smart enough to kill their human creators.