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Moderate senators cite progress in talks to end government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Moderate Republican and Democratic senators held talks on Sunday to break a political impasse that has kept the U.S. government shut down for two days, but it was unclear if a deal could be struck to reopen federal agencies by the start of the work week.

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Senator says FBI lost crucial texts tied to Clinton probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation has lost about five months worth of text messages between two staffers who worked on probes into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s emails and possible collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump‘s 2016 presidential campaign, according to a Republican lawmaker.

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In Women‘s March finale, Las Vegas rally kicks off voter drive

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters gathered for the Women‘s March "Power to the Polls" rally in Las Vegas on Sunday, kicking off a national drive to register a million new voters as well as put more female candidates in office and stymie President Donald Trump‘s agenda.

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In second day of shutdown, Republicans, Democrats dig in for fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans and Democrats appeared to harden their positions on Sunday as both sides hunkered down for what could be a prolonged fight, with a U.S. government shutdown in its second day.

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Turkish forces push into Syria, battle Kurdish militia

AZAZ, Syria (Reuters) - Turkey‘s army and rebel allies battled U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Syria‘s Afrin province on Sunday, stepping up a two-day-old campaign against YPG fighters that has opened a new front in Syria‘s civil war.

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Republicans, Democrats dig in for fight as shutdown enters second day

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans and Democrats appeared to harden their positions on Sunday as both sides hunkered down for what could be a prolonged fight, with a U.S. government shutdown in its second day.

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Spurned by Trump, Europeans ponder how to meet Iran ultimatum

PARIS/BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A day before Donald Trump‘s Jan. 12 ultimatum to "fix" the Iran nuclear deal, European powers met Iran‘s foreign minister to show support for it, but the effort failed to soften Trump‘s aversion to the accord, U.S. and European officials said.

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Pence arrives in Israel on visit overshadowed by Trump‘s Jerusalem declaration

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence began a visit to Israel on Sunday after being praised as a "great friend" by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and shunned by the Palestinians over U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel‘s capital.

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German SPD backs coalition talks, leader vows tough approach

BONN (Reuters) - Germany‘s Social Democrats (SPD) voted on Sunday to begin formal coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s conservatives, moving Europe‘s economic powerhouse closer to a stable government after months of political deadlock.

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German SPD votes for coalition talks with Merkel

BONN (Reuters) - Germany‘s Social Democrats (SPD) voted on Sunday to begin formal coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s conservatives, moving Europe‘s economic powerhouse one step closer to a stable government after months of political deadlock.

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Contrite Facebook executives seek to ward off more European rules

MUNICH (Reuters) - Facebook executives are fanning out across Europe this week to address the social media giant‘s slow response to abuses on its platform, seeking to avoid further legislation along the lines of a new hate speech law in Germany it says goes too far.

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Heavy casualties after overnight battle at Kabul hotel

KABUL (Reuters) - Gunmen in army uniforms who stormed Kabul‘s Intercontinental Hotel late on Saturday and battled Afghan Special Forces through the night killed more than 30 people and wounded many more, although the final toll of dead and wounded may still be higher.

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Trump urges change to Senate rule as shutdown enters second day

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday if the government shutdown stalemate continued, Republicans should fund the government by changing Senate rules, which currently require a super-majority for legislation to advance, but top Republicans immediately dismissed the idea.

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Turkish forces push into Syria, clash with Kurdish militia

AZAZ, Syria (Reuters) - Turkish ground forces advanced into northern Syria‘s Afrin region on Sunday, Ankara said after launching artillery and air strikes on a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia it aims to sweep from its border.

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At least 19 dead after overnight battle at Kabul hotel

KABUL (Reuters) - Gunmen in army uniforms who stormed Kabul‘s Intercontinental Hotel late on Saturday and battled Afghan Special Forces through the night killed at least 19 people and wounded 12 more, although the final toll of dead and wounded may still be higher.

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Amazon‘s automated grocery store of the future opens Monday

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc will open its checkout-free grocery store to the public on Monday after more than a year of testing, the company said, moving forward on an experiment that could dramatically alter brick-and-mortar retail.

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Oil producers will cooperate beyond 2018, says Saudi Arabia

MUSCAT (Reuters) - Global oil producers are in agreement that they should continue cooperating on production after their deal on supply cuts expires at the end of this year, Saudi Arabia‘s energy minister Khalid al-Falih said on Sunday.

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Turkish forces push into Syria, Kurdish militia says attacks repulsed

AZAZ, Syria (Reuters) - Turkish ground forces pushed into northern Syria‘s Afrin province on Sunday, Ankara said after launching artillery and air strikes on a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia it aims to sweep from its border.

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After overnight battle at Kabul Intercontinental, casualties still not known

KABUL (Reuters) - Gunmen in army uniforms who stormed Kabul‘s Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday and battled Afghan Special Forces for 13 hours overnight caused heavy casualties among hotel guests and staff, with the total number of dead and wounded still not known.

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Trump: Senate should change rules if shutdown stalemate continues

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Trump said on Twitter Sunday that if the government shutdown stalemate continued, Republicans should fund the government by changing Senate rules - which currently require a super-majority for appropriations bills to pass.

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German SPD leader urges party to back coalition talks with Merkel

BONN (Reuters) - Social Democrat (SPD) leader Martin Schulz appealed to his divided party on Sunday to back formal coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s conservatives, a move that would bring Germany a step closer to a stable government.

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Audi ordered to recall 127,000 vehicles over emissions: paper

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany‘s KBA automotive watchdog has detected illicit emission-control software in Audi‘s latest Euro-6 diesel models and has ordered a recall of 127,000 vehicles, Bild am Sonntag reported.

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German SPD leader implores party to back coalition talks with Merkel

BONN (Reuters) - Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz made an impassioned appeal to his party on Sunday to give the go-ahead for formal coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s conservatives, a move that would bring Germany a step closer to a stable government.

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Gunmen attack Intercontinental Hotel in Afghan capital Kabul

KABUL (Reuters) - Gunmen dressed in army uniforms who stormed Kabul‘s Intercontinental Hotel battled Afghan Special Forces for 13 hours in an overnight siege that caused heavy casualties among hotel guests, officials and witnesses said on Sunday.

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