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Merkel, Schulz urge undecided Germans to vote with far right gaining

BERLIN/GREIFSWALD, Germany (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel, poised to win a fourth term in Sunday‘s election, urged supporters on Saturday to keep fighting for votes with a third of the electorate still undecided.

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In Mexico, frantic rescuers keep up search for quake survivors

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - An army of trained rescuers and scores of volunteers carefully combed through the rubble of Mexico‘s most deadly earthquake in decades on Saturday, hoping against diminishing odds to pull more survivors out nearly four days after the disaster struck.

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Failing dam creates new crisis on Puerto Rico amid flooding from Hurricane Maria

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Emergency officials in Puerto Rico raced on Saturday to evacuate tens of thousands of people from a river valley below a dam in the island‘s northwest, which is on the verge of collapse under the weight of flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

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Iran successfully tested new ballistic missile: state media

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran has successfully tested a new ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km (1,200 miles) which it displayed at a military parade on Friday, state media reported on Saturday.

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Britain‘s minister for London slams ‘blanket ban‘ on Uber

LONDON (Reuters) - A British government minister has criticized the London authorities for deciding to strip Uber of its taxi licence, a major setback to the U.S. technology firm that has become a big player in the city‘s transport system.

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Failing dam poses new crisis on Puerto Rico amid flooding from Hurricane Maria

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Emergency officials in Puerto Rico raced on Saturday to evacuate tens of thousands of people from a river valley below a dam in the island‘s northwest on the verge of collapse under the weight of flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

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Wisconsin, Ohio, California among states targeted by Russian hackers in 2016 race

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Wisconsin, Ohio, California and 10 other states said on Friday they were among 21 states that Russian government hackers targeted in an effort to sway the 2016 presidential election in favor of Donald Trump though no votes were changed.

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Trump takes center stage in fractious Senate race in Alabama

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama (Reuters) - President Donald Trump injected himself into a bitter U.S. Senate primary fight in Alabama on Friday, putting to the test his ability to enlist his anti-establishment voters to come to the aid of an endangered Republican incumbent.

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‘Unfit‘ Uber stripped of London license, CEO tweets ‘pls work w/us‘

LONDON (Reuters) - London deemed Uber unfit to run a taxi service on Friday and stripped it of its license to operate from the end of next week in a major blow to the U.S. firm and 3.5 million users in one of the world‘s wealthiest cities.

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Exclusive: U.S. agency claims huge hole in Westinghouse‘s pension plan

WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - Employees of U.S. nuclear power firm Westinghouse Electric Co LLC, which is bankrupt and reeling from a failed reactor project, got a nasty surprise recently: in the eyes of the U.S. government‘s pension insurer, its retirement plan has a massive shortfall.

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Wisconsin, Ohio, Minnesota among states targeted by Russian hackers in 2016 race

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Wisconsin, Ohio and several other states said on Friday they were among 21 states that Russian government hackers targeted in an effort to sway the 2016 presidential election in favor of Donald Trump though no votes were changed.

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Hurricane Maria skirts Turks and Caicos as Puerto Rico endures fresh flooding

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Hurricane Maria, the second major hurricane to wreak havoc in the Caribbean this month, skirted by the Turks and Caicos Islands on Friday and was blamed for fresh flooding on Puerto Rico two days after ravaging the U.S. island territory.

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Wisconsin, 20 other U.S. states targeted by Russian hackers in 2016 election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Wisconsin, a key state in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, said on Friday it was one of the 21 states that the federal government notified were targeted by Russian government hackers but no votes were changed.

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Senator McCain opposes Obamacare repeal bill, a possible fatal blow

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator John McCain said on Friday he opposes the latest Republican bill to dismantle Obamacare, dealing the measure what could be a fatal blow given the party‘s slim Senate majority.

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U.S. challenged by rising North Korea tensions, Russia urges calm

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia urged "hot heads" to calm down on Friday as the United States admitted it felt "challenged" by North Korea‘s warning that it could test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific and President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un traded more insults.

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Trump administration drops guidance on college sex-crime probes

(Reuters) - The Trump administration on Friday reversed Obama-era guidelines on how colleges should handle sexual assault allegations that it said treated the accused unfairly.

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Senate‘s McCain opposes Obamacare repeal bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator John McCain said on Friday he opposes the latest Republican bill to dismantle Obamacare, dealing the measure a heavy blow, with several other Republicans still undecided on the measure.

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Hurricane Maria lashes Turks and Caicos, fresh flooding in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Hurricane Maria lashed the Turks and Caicos Islands on Friday and was blamed for fresh flooding on Puerto Rico, where it had already destroyed homes and knocked out power during its rampage through the Caribbean.

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Hurricane-ravaged U.S. cities hit by rising cleanup costs

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Communities in Texas and Florida, each swamped by a hurricane within two weeks of one another, are rewriting debris removal contracts and paying millions of dollars more to lure trucks, as subcontractors say costs have jumped.

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Hurricane Maria heads north after clobbering Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Hurricane Maria lashed the Turks and Caicos Islands on Friday after destroying homes, causing widespread flooding, crippling economies and killing at least 25 people on Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands.

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Trump administration drops Obama-era guidance on college sex crimes

(Reuters) - U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said on Friday her department was issuing new interim guidelines to colleges on how to handle sexual assault allegations, rescinding Obama administration rules that it said treated the accused unfairly.

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‘Unfit‘ Uber stripped of London license

LONDON (Reuters) - London deemed Uber unfit to run a taxi service on Friday and stripped it of its license to operate from the end of next week in a major blow to the U.S. firm and 3.5 million users in one of the world‘s wealthiest cities.

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At least 25 dead after Hurricane Maria hits Caribbean

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Hurricane Maria lashed the Turks and Caicos Islands on Friday after destroying homes, causing widespread flooding, crippling economies and killing at least 25 people on Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands.

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Exclusive: VW moves to secure cobalt supplies in shift to electric cars

LONDON (Reuters) - Germany‘s Volkswagen is moving to secure long-term supplies of cobalt, a vital component of rechargeable batteries, as the group accelerates its ambitious shift to electric cars.

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