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Ryan assures Republican senators House will not pass "skinny" Obamacare repeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As the U.S. Senate edged towards a late-night vote on a pared-down bill to repeal Obamacare, House Speaker Paul Ryan assured Senate Republicans that if they approve a bill that many do not want to become law, the House will help them craft different legislation.

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Ryan assures Republican senators House will not pass ‘skinny‘ Obamacare repeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As the U.S. Senate edged towards a late-night vote on a pared-down bill to repeal Obamacare, House Speaker Paul Ryan assured Senate Republicans that if they approve a bill that many do not want to become law, the House will help them craft different legislation.

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U.S. orders Venezuela embassy families out, crisis deepens

CARACAS (Reuters) - The U.S. government ordered family members of employees at its embassy in Venezuela to leave on Thursday as a political crisis deepened ahead of a controversial vote critics contend will end democracy in the oil-rich country.

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Ryan steps in to aid Senate Republican ‘skinny‘ Obamacare repeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Thursday he was willing to help Senate Republicans advance a chaotic effort to dismantle Obamacare by committing to House-Senate negotiation, while senators debated a pared-down repeal bill to get them to that point.

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Clashes kill five as Venezuela crisis deepens ahead of vote

CARACAS (Reuters) - Clashes between Venezuelan security forces and demonstrators have killed five people during the latest opposition-led strike to protest an election on Sunday that critics contend will mark the end of democracy in the oil-rich country.

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Top Trump lieutenant Scaramucci lashes colleagues in obscene rant

(This story contains language in paragraph 3 that may be offensive to some readers; updates with Scaramucci comments from New Yorker)

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Flush times for hackers in booming cyber security job market

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - The surge in far-flung and destructive cyber attacks is not good for national security, but for an increasing number of hackers and researchers, it is great for job security.

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Senate slaps new sanctions on Russia, putting Trump in corner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted almost unanimously on Thursday to slap new sanctions on Russia, putting President Donald Trump in a tough position by forcing him to take a hard line on Moscow or veto the legislation and infuriate his own party.

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Trump ban on transgender service members alarms some military officers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump‘s sudden decision to ban transgender personnel from serving in the military has alarmed some senior military officers who were caught off guard by it.

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Hitler exhibition in Berlin bunker asks: How could it happen?

BERLIN (Reuters) - More than 70 years after Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his Berlin bunker in the final days of World War Two, an exhibition in the capital examines how he became a Nazi and what turned ordinary Germans into murderers during the Third Reich.

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Republican senators threaten to bolt from Obamacare repeal effort

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As U.S. Senate Republican leaders feverishly tried to pass a slimmed-down Obamacare repeal, some senators threatened to bring the entire effort to a halt unless there were guarantees that the bill would be significantly changed during negotiations with the House of Representatives.

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Amazon plows ahead with high sales and spending; profit plunges

(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc on Thursday reported a jump in retail sales along with a profit slump, as its rapid, costly expansion into new shopping categories and countries showed no sign of slowing.

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Senate slaps new sanctions on Russia; Putin vows retaliation

WASHINGTON/SAVONLINNA, Finland (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted nearly unanimously on Thursday to slap new sanctions on Russia despite President Donald Trump‘s objections to the legislation, which has angered Russian President Vladimir Putin who threatened to retaliate.

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Senators concerned Icahn is influencing regulators on AIG

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two prominent U.S. Democratic senators are raising questions about President Donald Trump‘s special adviser, Carl Icahn, asking in a letter on Thursday if the activist investor is attempting to persuade the government to lift its "too big to fail" tag from insurer American International Group.

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Clashes kill five as Venezuelans protest vote for new congress

CARACAS/BARINAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Clashes between Venezuelan security forces and demonstrators have killed five people during the latest opposition-led strike to protest against an election on Sunday critics say will mark the end of democracy in the OPEC nation.

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Senate backs Russia sanctions, sends bill to Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to slap new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea, despite President Donald Trump‘s objections to the legislation.

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Trump urged Washington to stop bank mergers in 2004 letter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump warned the administration of George W. Bush in 2004 that big U.S. bank mergers were "totally out of control" and should be stopped as they were forcing businesses to borrow money from foreigners, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

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U.S. says Iran rocket test breaches U.N. resolution

DUBAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran successfully tested a rocket that can deliver satellites into orbit, state television reported on Thursday, an action the United States said breaches a U.N. Security Council resolution because of its potential use in ballistic missile development.

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White House spokeswoman will not say if Trump has confidence in chief of staff Priebus

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House press secretary would not say on Thursday whether President Donald Trump had confidence in chief of staff Reince Priebus, who was challenged by the president‘s new communications director to prove he is not leaking information to reporters.

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Qatar seeks options at United Nations to overcome Gulf rift

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Qatar‘s foreign minister on Thursday accused Arab states of violating international law in their boycott of the country and described the United Nations as the "right place" for Doha to seek options to overcome measures imposed against it.

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House of Representatives boosts military spending, gives Trump border wall money

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved a 68 billion military buildup next year with legislation that also provides money to start construction of President Donald Trump‘s Mexican border wall.

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Senate to vote on Russia sanctions bill; Putin threatens retaliation

WASHINGTON/SAVONLINNA, Finland (Reuters) - The United States Senate will vote on Thursday on a bill that would impose new sanctions on Russia, a U.S. senator said, legislation that has angered Moscow who have threatened to retaliate against the measure.

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Amazon profit slumps 77 percent as costs surge, shares fall

(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc reported a 77 percent slump in quarterly profit as the company invests heavily in areas such as video content and in fast-growing economies such as India.

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Amazon profit slumps 77 percent as costs surge

(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc reported a 77 percent slump in quarterly profit as the company invests heavily in areas such as video content and in fast-growing economies such as India.

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