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Trump administration bars Haitians from U.S. visas for low-skilled work

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Haitians will no longer be eligible for U.S. visas given to low-skilled workers, the Trump administration said on Wednesday, bringing an end to a small-scale effort to employ Haitians in the United States after a catastrophic 2010 earthquake.

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Republicans scramble for votes in Congress to keep government open

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Wednesday threw its support behind a Republican proposal to avert a government shutdown at week‘s end with a one-month extension in funding, but it was unclear whether there were enough votes to pass it in Congress.

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Exclusive: Trump accuses Russia of helping North Korea evade sanctions; says U.S. needs more missile defense

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump complained on Wednesday that Russia was helping North Korea to evade international sanctions, signaling frustration with a country he had hoped to forge friendly relations with after his 2016 election win.

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Exclusive: Trump vows to campaign intensively for Republicans, may avoid primaries

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he plans to devote much of his time this year to helping Republicans maintain control of the U.S. Congress, but suggested he may stay out of divisive intra-party primary fights.

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Snowstorm, deep freeze leaves four dead in U.S. South

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A winter storm that caused at least four deaths in the U.S. South on Wednesday brought record low temperatures to parts of the region, where it coated roads with ice, snapped power lines and prompted schools to close.

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FTC investigating Broadcom for antitrust practices

(Reuters) - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating whether chipmaker BroadcomLtd engaged in anticompetitive tactics in negotiations with customers,the company said on Wednesday.

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Trump ex-aide Bannon agrees to Mueller probe interview, avoiding grand jury

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former White House strategist Steve Bannon has reached agreement with U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller to be interviewed by Mueller‘s investigators rather than appearing before a grand jury, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

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Exclusive: Trump takes hard line on immigration, rejects ‘horrible‘ bipartisan plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday aligned himself solidly with conservative Republicans on immigration, criticizing a proposed bipartisan deal as "horrible" on border security and "very, very weak" on reforms for the legal immigration system.

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Russia says North Korea summit undermines U.N., aggravates situation

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia hit out on Wednesday at a U.S.-led effort to increase international pressure on North Korea, saying it was making the situation worse and undermining the United Nations.

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White House backs short-term government funding bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House threw its support on Wednesday behind a Republican proposal to pass a stopgap bill that would fund the U.S. government through Feb. 16 and avert a shutdown, dealing a blow to Democrats who want such a measure to include immigration protections.

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Kidnappers abduct two Americans, two Canadians in Nigeria; two police killed

KADUNA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Kidnappers have abducted two Americans and two Canadians in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna, killing two police officers, a police spokesman said on Wednesday.

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Mexico ex-first lady would end husband‘s army policy if elected

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican presidential hopeful and former first lady Margarita Zavala pledged to curb violence and crime by pulling soldiers off the streets in a reversal of her husband‘s military-led drug strategy that ushered in a sharp increase in violence.

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Exclusive: Trump says Russia helping North Korea skirt sanctions; Pyongyang getting close on missile

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday Russia is helping North Korea get supplies in violation of international sanctions and that Pyongyang is getting "closer every day" to being able to deliver a long-range missile to the United States.

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White House says it supports short-term government funding bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Wednesday it supports a short-term bill to fund the government and prevent a shutdown, even though its first preference would have been for a long-term deal.

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Twitter may notify users exposed to Russian propaganda during 2016 election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Twitter may notify users whether they were exposed to content generated by a suspected Russian propaganda service, a company executive told U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday.

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Kidnappers abduct two Americans, two Canadians in Nigeria, two police killed: police official

KADUNA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Kidnappers have abducted two Americans and two Canadians in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna, killing two police officers, a police spokesman said on Wednesday.

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Russia: North Korea summit undermines U.N., aggravates situation

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia hit out on Wednesday at a U.S.-led effort to increase international pressure on North Korea, saying it was making the situation worse and undermining the United Nations.

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Flights canceled, schools closed across snowy U.S. South

(Reuters) - A bitter winter storm gripped much of the South on Wednesday, prompting schools to close and causing thousands of flight delays and cancellations as snow, ice and record-breaking cold hit the region.

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Goldman investors rattled by latest plunge in bond trading

(Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc on Wednesday reported a sharp drop in trading revenue that renewed questions about its ability to revive a moribund profit driver or find business to replace it, sending shares down 3 percent.

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Bitcoin slumps below 10,000, half its peak, as regulatory fears intensify

LONDON/TOKYO (Reuters) - Bitcoin skidded below 10,000 on Wednesday, halving in value from its peak price, with investors gripped by fears regulators could clamp down on the volatile cryptocurrency that sky-rocketed last year.

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Tech stocks lead Wall Street higher; banks drop

(Reuters) - Wall Street‘s main indexes were lifted by modest gains in technology stocks on Wednesday, led by Microsoft, IBM and Intel.

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Republicans eye another short-term bill to fund government

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House dispatched chief of staff John Kelly to meet with Hispanic members of Congress on Wednesday to ease tensions over an immigration issue threatening to derail efforts on a funding bill to avert a partial government shutdown.

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Pennsylvania race to test Democrats‘ hopes for anti-Trump wave

HOUSTON, Pa. (Reuters) - The conservative southwest corner of Pennsylvania, a patchwork of small towns, farms and Pittsburgh suburbs where voters backed Republican Donald Trump by 20 percentage points in 2016, seems an unlikely spot for a possible Democratic renaissance.

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Wall Street opens higher as tech stocks gain

(Reuters) - Wall Street‘s main indexes opened higher on Wednesday, led by gains in technology stocks including Microsoft and IBM.

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