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U.S. housing starts hit one-year high; permits increase

14 hours 12 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. homebuilding jumped to a one-year high in October likely as disruptions caused by recent hurricanes in the South faded and communities in the region started replacing houses damaged by flooding.

Exclusive: North Korea rules out negotiations on nuclear weapons

14 hours 39 min ago
GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korea on Friday ruled out negotiations with Washington as long as joint U.S-South Korea military exercises continue, and said that Pyongyang's atomic weapons program would remain as a deterrent against a U.S. nuclear threat.

U.S. envoy says no communication, no signal from North Korea amid nuclear crisis

15 hours 32 min ago
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea and the United States agreed on Friday to keep working for a peaceful end to the North Korean nuclear crisis, but a U.S. envoy said it was difficult to gauge the reclusive North's intentions as there has been "no signal".

U.S. towns, cities fear taxpayer revolt if Republicans kill deduction

15 hours 57 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - From Pataskala, Ohio, to Conroe, Texas, local government leaders worry that if Republican tax-overhaul plans moving through the U.S. Congress become law, it will be harder for them to pave streets, put out fires, fight crime and pay teachers.

Special Report: Ivanka Trump and the fugitive from Panama

16 hours 4 min ago
By Ned Parker, Stephen Grey, Stefanie Eschenbacher, Roman Anin, Brad Brooks and Christine Murray

Mob boss and mass murderer Riina dies of natural causes

16 hours 21 min ago
ROME (Reuters) - Salvatore "Toto" Riina, the Sicilian Mafia's most powerful boss of the 20th century who was convicted for ordering dozens of murders, died of natural causes early on Friday after almost a quarter of a century in jail.

Saudi Arabia swapping assets for freedom of some held in graft purge: sources

16 hours 23 min ago
BEIRUT/RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi authorities are striking agreements with some of those detained in an anti-corruption crackdown, asking them to hand over assets and cash in return for their freedom, sources familiar with the matter said.

U.S. envoy says no communication, no signal from North amid nuclear crisis

16 hours 52 min ago
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea and the United States agreed on Friday to keep working for a peaceful end to the North Korean nuclear crisis, but a U.S. envoy said it was difficult to gauge the reclusive North's intentions as there has been "no signal".

Mafia boss and mass murderer Riina dies in jail

19 hours 2 min ago
ROME (Reuters) - Salvatore "Toto" Riina, the Sicilian Mafia's most powerful boss of the 20th century who was convicted for ordering dozens of murders, died of natural causes early on Friday after almost a quarter of a century in jail.

'There's no going back,' Zimbabwe's party tells Mugabe

19 hours 4 min ago
HARARE (Reuters) - Leaders of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's party are making plans to force him from office if the 93-year-old leader resists pressure from the army to quit, a senior party source said on Friday.

Saudi Arabia striking deals with people detained in anti-graft purge: sources

19 hours 12 min ago
(Reuters) - Saudi authorities are striking agreements with some of those detained in an anti-corruption crackdown, asking them to hand over assets and cash in return for their freedom, sources familiar with the matter said.

Injured defector's parasites and diet hint at hard life in North Korea

19 hours 39 min ago
SEOUL (Reuters) - Parasitic worms found in a North Korean soldier, critically injured during a desperate defection, highlight nutrition and hygiene problems that experts say have plagued the isolated country for decades.

Cambodia faces U.S., EU action after banning opposition

20 hours 21 sec ago
PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - The United States stopped election support for Cambodia with a promise of more "concrete steps" and the European Union threatened vital trade preferences after the main opposition party to Prime Minister Hun Sen was banned.

New $200,000 Tesla Roadster speeds in front of electric big-rig truck

21 hours 56 min ago
HAWTHORNE, Calif. (Reuters) - Tesla Inc upstaged its own debut of an electric heavy duty truck when a red Roadster pulled out of the big rig's trailer and Chief Executive Elon Musk said the new $200,000 sports car would be the fastest production car ever.

South Korea, U.S. reaffirm need for peaceful resolution of North Korea problem

23 hours 18 min ago
SEOUL (Reuters) - The nuclear envoys of South Korea and the United States held bilateral talks on Friday and addressed measures to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue peacefully and diplomatically, the South's foreign ministry said.

Woman accuses Senator Al Franken of unwanted groping, kiss

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 23:37
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A radio broadcaster accused U.S. Senator Al Franken on Thursday of touching her breasts while she slept and forcing a kiss on her in 2006 when he was still a comedian and the two were preparing to perform before U.S. troops in the Middle East.

Tax overhaul drama moves to Senate as House approves its bill

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 22:27
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans took important steps on Thursday toward the biggest U.S. tax-code overhaul since the 1980s, with the House of Representatives approving a broad package of tax cuts, and a Senate panel advancing its own version of the legislation sought by senior lawmakers and President Donald Trump.

Fate of Zimbabwe's Mugabe hangs in the balance amid coup confusion

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 21:39
HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's fate hung in the balance on Friday as he apparently resisted efforts to make him step down following a seizure of power by the army, until this week a key pillar of his 37-year-rule.

Images suggest North Korea 'aggressive' work on ballistic missile submarine: institute

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 21:02
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Satellite images taken this month of a North Korean naval shipyard indicate Pyongyang is pursuing an "aggressive schedule" to build its first operational ballistic missile submarine, a U.S. institute reported on Thursday.

Tax overhaul drama moves to U.S. Senate as House approves its bill

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 20:14
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans took an important step on Thursday toward the biggest U.S. tax-code overhaul since the 1980s as the House of Representatives approved a broad package of tax cuts sought by senior lawmakers and President Donald Trump.

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