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Defecting North Korean soldier in critical condition, U.N. investigating

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 23:53
SEOUL (Reuters) - A North Korean soldier shot while defecting to the South has undergone several surgical procedures and is in a critical condition, South Korea's government and military said on Tuesday, with doctors expecting to save him.

Sessions looking into special counsel for Clinton issues: media reports

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 22:55
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked Justice Department prosecutors to decide if a special counsel should be appointed to investigate certain Republican concerns, including alleged wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation and the sale of a uranium company to Russia, according to media reports on Monday.

Defecting North Korean soldier shot several times after abandoning escape car

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 22:07
SEOUL (Reuters) - The North Korean soldier shot while defecting to the South on Monday was racing towards the border in a car when a wheel came loose, forcing him to escape on foot under fire from North Korean soldiers, the South Korean government and military said.

Fears for Lebanese economy if Saudis impose Qatar-style blockade

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 21:56
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese politicians and bankers believe Saudi Arabia intends to do to their country what it did to Qatar - corral Arab allies into enforcing an economic blockade unless its demands are met.

Russia, U.S. stalemate over Syria chemical weapons inquiry

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 21:53
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia said on Monday it was talking to the United States about the U.N. Security Council renewing an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria, but Washington countered that Moscow had refused to engage on a U.S.-drafted resolution.

Iran ends rescue operations, battles to shelter quake survivors: TV

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 20:27
ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran said on Tuesday that rescue operations have ended in areas hit by a powerful weekend earthquake that killed at least 450 people and injured thousands of others, state television reported.

Appeals court lets Trump travel ban go partially into effect

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 19:25
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court in California on Monday let President Donald Trump's latest travel ban go partially into effect, ruling the government can bar entry of people from six Muslim-majority countries with no connections to the United States.

Senate Republicans ask Moore to withdraw as new accuser steps forward

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 18:54
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell led a chorus of establishment Republicans on Monday urging Roy Moore, the party's Senate candidate in Alabama, to quit the race as a fifth woman came forward with allegations Moore had sexual contact with teenage girls decades ago.

Risks ahead for U.S. tax push as disputes linger, Trump returns

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 18:42
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans pushed ahead on Monday on a U.S. tax code overhaul as a Senate panel considered the issue, but risks lay ahead with major intraparty disputes unsettled and President Donald Trump returning soon from Asia as the debate heats up.

Senate reaches deal to cut number of systemically important banks

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 18:02
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of U.S. senators said on Monday they had reached a tentative deal to cut the number of banks labeled systemically risky, in a major step forward for efforts to roll back regulations enacted following the 2008 financial crisis.

Roku hits record high on Philips licensing deal

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 17:57
(Reuters) - Roku Inc's shares surged nearly 43 percent to a record high on Monday after the streaming device maker said it signed a licensing deal that would put its technology on Philips-branded televisions in the United States this year.

Tesla hit by class-action lawsuit claiming racial discrimination

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 17:37
(Reuters) - U.S. automaker Tesla Inc on Monday was hit with a class-action lawsuit claiming its California production plant is a "hotbed for racist behavior."

Shrinking GE rattles investors, shares hit 5-year low

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 17:27
(Reuters) - General Electric Co's new Chief Executive John Flannery on Monday outlined steps that will turn the biggest U.S. industrial conglomerate into a smaller, more focused company, surprising some investors who sold the company's shares to a five-year low.

Senate Republican leaders call on Alabama candidate Moore to 'step aside'

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 16:19
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell led a chorus of establishment Republicans on Monday calling for Roy Moore, the party's Senate candidate in Alabama, to withdraw from the race over allegations he had sexual contact with teenage girls decades ago.

EU readies sanctions on Venezuela, approves arms embargo

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 16:19
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union foreign ministers approved economic sanctions, including an arms embargo, on Venezuela on Monday, saying regional elections last month marred by reported irregularities had deepened the country's crisis.

U.S. court lets Trump travel ban go partially into effect

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 16:16
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court in California on Monday let President Donald Trump's latest travel ban go partially into effect, ruling the government can bar entry of people from six Muslim-majority countries with no connections to the United States.

Amazon to produce 'Lord of the Rings' television series

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 15:27
(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc has bought the global television rights to "The Lord of the Rings," the company said on Monday, in what may be its biggest and most expensive move yet to draw viewers to its streaming and shopping club Prime.

Trump to lawmakers: cut health mandate, top tax bracket

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 14:50
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump urged lawmakers on Monday to slash the top tax rate paid by the wealthy and end the Obamacare individual healthcare mandate, even as he praised their work so far on tax reform in the Republican-controlled Congress.

Strong earthquake hits Iraq and Iran, killing more than 450

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 14:41
ANKARA/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Thousands of homeless Iranians huddled against the cold late on Monday, a day after at least 450 people were killed in Iran's deadliest earthquake in more than a decade, state TV said.

U.S. hate crimes rise for second straight year: FBI

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 14:15
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of hate crimes committed in the United States rose in 2016 for the second consecutive year, with African-Americans, Jews and Muslims targeted in many of the incidents, the FBI said on Monday in an annual report.

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