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Lebanon accuses Saudi Arabia of holding its PM hostage

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 10:05
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's president on Wednesday accused Saudi Arabia of holding hostage prime minister Saad al-Hariri along with his family - the first time he has explicitly said he was being held - and called this an act of aggression.

Senate Finance chairman revises tax plan to end Obamacare mandate

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 09:32
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee proposed major changes to a Republican tax reform plan, adding a repeal of Obamacare's health insurance mandate and making corporate tax cuts permanent while ending individual cuts in 2025.

Zimbabwe's army seizes power, targets 'criminals' around Mugabe

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 07:14
HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's military seized power early on Wednesday saying it was targeting "criminals" around President Robert Mugabe, the only ruler the country has known in its 37 years of independence.

Special Report: How a defrocked judge became the chief legal enforcer for Maduro's Venezuela

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 07:07
CARACAS (Reuters) - Last March, Chief Justice Maikel Moreno shocked Venezuela when his Supreme Court nullified the powers of the National Assembly and transferred them to the 32-judge tribunal.

Lebanon president says Saudi holds Hariri, calls it aggression: reports

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 06:56
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Wednesday that Saudi Arabia had detained Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, the first time he had said so publicly, and called it an act of aggression against Lebanon.

Exclusive: Amazon scraps bundled video service - sources

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 06:43
NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Inc has scrapped plans to launch an online streaming service bundling popular U.S. broadcast and cable networks because it believes it cannot make enough money on such a service, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Shareholders take aim at Murdochs with Fox voting rights push

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 06:39
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A shareholder proposal calling for Twenty-First Century Fox Inc to do away with its dual-class share structure may inflict a symbolic black eye on the media company's founder Rupert Murdoch and his family at its annual meeting on Wednesday.

Monsanto, U.S. farm groups sue California over glyphosate warnings

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 06:36
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Monsanto Co and U.S. farm groups sued California on Wednesday to stop the state from requiring cancer warnings on products containing the widely used weed killer glyphosate, which the company sells to farmers to apply to its genetically engineered crops.

Tillerson, in Myanmar, calls for credible probe of atrocities

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 06:00
NAYPYITAW (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on Wednesday for a credible investigation into reports of human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims committed by Myanmar's security forces after a meeting with its civilian and military leaders.

Zimbabwe army launches takeover against 'criminals' around Mugabe, says president 'safe'

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 04:24
HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's military seized power early on Wednesday targeting "criminals" around President Robert Mugabe but gave assurances on national television that the 93-year-old leader and his family were "safe and sound".

Tillerson calls for credible probe into rights abuses in Myanmar

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 03:56
NAYPYITAW (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday called for a credible investigation into allegations of human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims after a meeting with Myanmar's civilian and military leaders.

Exclusive: Apple to help India develop anti-spam app after face-off with regulator

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 03:53
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Apple Inc has agreed to give limited help to the Indian government to develop an anti-spam mobile application for its iOS platform, after refusing to do so based on privacy concerns, according to sources and documents seen by Reuters.

North Korea defector 'stabilized' after second surgery: South Korean surgeon

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 03:27
SEOUL (Reuters) - A North Korean soldier who suffered critical gunshot wounds during a defection dash over the border to South Korea this week stabilized on Wednesday after a second round of surgery, a doctor treating him said.

U.S. Congress urged to require Chinese journalists to register as agents

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 02:00
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A report to the U.S. Congress released on Wednesday accused Chinese state media entities of involvement in spying and propaganda and said their staff in the United States should be required to register as foreign agents.

Zimbabwe military says seizes power to stop 'criminals', President Mugabe safe

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 00:59
HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's military said it had seized power in a targeted assault on "criminals" around President Robert Mugabe who were causing social and economic suffering, but gave assurances the 93-year-old leader and his family were "safe and sound".

Senior Chinese diplomat to visit North Korea as envoy of Xi

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 23:53
BEIJING (Reuters) - A senior Chinese diplomat will visit North Korea from Friday as a special envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Beijing said, although it did not say he was planning to discuss North Korea's nuclear and ballistic programs.

Soldiers seize Zimbabwe state broadcaster, anti-Mugabe coup talk intensifies

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 22:14
HARARE (Reuters) - Soldiers deployed across the Zimbabwe capital Harare and seized the state broadcaster on Wednesday after 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF party accused the head of the military of treason, prompting frenzied speculation of a coup.

Senate Republicans tie tax plan to repeal of key Obamacare mandate

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 21:57
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans on Tuesday linked repealing a key component of Obamacare to their ambitious tax-cut plan, raising new political risks and uncertainties for the tax measure that financial markets have been monitoring closely for months.

Rainbow celebrations as Australians vote for same-sex marriage

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 21:56
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australians have voted overwhelmingly for same-sex marriage, paving the way for legislation by the end of 2017 and sparking rainbow celebrations on Wednesday, with people wearing wedding dresses and sequined suits and declaring "our love is real".

Trump administration to release rules on disclosing cyber flaws: source

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 21:52
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is expected to publicly release on Wednesday its rules for deciding whether to disclose cyber security flaws or keep them secret, a national security official told Reuters.