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Venezuela opposition plots ‘zero hour,‘ government calls vote a ‘fraud‘

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela‘s opposition vowed on Monday to escalate protests after a massive vote against President Nicolas Maduro in an unofficial plebiscite that the leftist government mocked as a "gigantic fraud."

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Trian takes off the gloves, aiming to put Peltz on P&G‘s board

(Reuters) - Activist investor Nelson Peltz is seeking a seat on Procter & Gamble Co‘s board, taking public his frustrations with the company‘s lagging stock price and railing against its "suffocating bureaucracy."

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Labor unions, Democrats pressure Trump ahead of NAFTA priorities statement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. labor union leaders and Democratic lawmakers on Monday reminded U.S. President Donald Trump they expect him to keep election campaign promises to protect American workers in NAFTA talks, but they stopped short of demanding termination of the 1994 trade pact with Canada and Mexico.

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New York attorney general says will sue over Obamacare repeal

(Reuters) - New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman intends to sue the federal government if Republican lawmakers pass proposed legislation to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system, his office said on Monday.

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U.S. provides visas to up to 15,000 temporary workers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government is allowing 15,000 additional visas for temporary seasonal workers to help American businesses in danger of suffering irreparable harm because of a lack of such employees, the Department of Homeland Security said on Monday.

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U.S. dairy lobby increases pressure on Canada, NAFTA fight looms

OTTAWA/WINNIPEG (Reuters) - The U.S. dairy lobby is ratcheting up the pressure on Canada as talks to renegotiate NAFTA draw closer, demanding concessions the Canadian government looks unwilling to grant, according to people familiar with the file.

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Minnesota probing Australian woman‘s fatal shooting by police

(Reuters) - Officials in Minnesota on Monday were investigating why an Australian woman was shot and killed over the weekend by a police officer responding to a call the woman made about a disturbance outside her home.

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Minneapolis mayor demands answers after police kill Australian woman

(Reuters) - The mayor of Minneapolis demanded answers on Sunday after an Australian woman was shot and killed by a police officer in the city, having apparently reported a disturbance outside her home.

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Ex-U.S. diplomats seek to save State Department refugee office

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Forty former U.S. diplomats and national security officials urged Secretary of State Rex Tillerson not to eliminate the State Department office that handles refugees in a letter seen by Reuters on Monday.

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Trian launches public fight to add Peltz to P&G‘s board

(Reuters) - Trian Fund Management LP said on Monday it was seeking a seat for its billionaire chief executive on Procter & Gamble Co‘s board, as it looks to push the company to take more drastic steps to revive sales and profits.

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Iran‘s Revolutionary Guards warn U.S. against terrorist designation, new sanctions

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A senior commander in Iran‘s Revolutionary Guards warned the United States on Monday that if it designated the group a terrorist organization and applied new sanctions its action could be perilous for U.S. forces in the region.

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As London feuds, full Brexit negotiations open in Brussels

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain‘s Brexit minister pledged to "get down to work" as he kicked off a first full round of negotiations on Monday, but a year after Britons voted narrowly to leave the EU their government seemed at war with itself over the divorce terms.

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South Korea‘s new government proposes military talks with North Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea on Monday proposed military talks with North Korea, the first formal overture to Pyongyang by the government of President Moon Jae-in, to discuss ways to avoid hostile acts near the heavily militarized border.

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Low-fee BlackRock funds rake in cash but revenues disappoint

NEW YORK (Reuters) - BlackRock Inc, the world‘s biggest asset manager, reported a massive influx of cash into its low-cost funds but nonetheless fell short of Wall Street‘s forecasts as price cuts and lower performance fees dented revenue.

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Myanmar insists no North Korea links as U.S. envoy visits

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar has no military ties with North Korea, a Myanmar official said on Monday, as a U.S. diplomat responsible for North Korea arrived for talks in which he was likely to seek assurances on efforts to isolate it.

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Israeli ‘counter-terrorism boot camp‘ a tourist attraction in occupied West Bank

GUSH ETZION SETTLEMENT, West Bank (Reuters) - Taking in the scene of a simulated fruit market in an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank, a group of tourists ponders whether a poster-size figure of an Arab man holding a cellphone is a threat and should be shot.

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BlackRock second-quarter profit rises 8.6 percent

(Reuters) - BlackRock Inc , the world‘s biggest asset manager, reported an 8.6 percent rise in quarterly profit on Monday, helped by higher fees.

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Trian seeks seat for Peltz on P&G board

(Reuters) - Activist investor Nelson Peltz‘s Trian Fund Management LP is seeking a board seat at Procter & Gamble Co for Peltz, according to a regulatory filing on Monday.

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China upset about ‘negative‘ Taiwan content in U.S. defense bill

BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Monday it had lodged a stern complaint with the United States after the U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of a big annual defense bill that would expand exchanges with self-ruled Taiwan.

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Major tech firms urge U.S. to retain net neutrality rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group representing major technology firms including Alphabet Inc and Facebook Inc urged the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Monday to abandon plans to reverse the landmark 2015 rules barring internet service providers from blocking or slowing consumer access to web content.

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Not so fast: U.S. restaurant workers seek ban on surprise scheduling

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The text message came as Flavia Cabral walked to a McDonald‘s restaurant in Manhattan for her 6 p.m. shift on a May evening. It was from her manager. Business was slow and she was not needed.

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As London squabbles, full Brexit talks start in Brussels

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain‘s Brexit minister vowed to "get down to work" as he kicked off a first full round of negotiations on Monday, but a year after Britons voted narrowly to quit the EU their government still seemed at odds over what it wants.

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China upset about "negative" Taiwan content in U.S. defense bill

BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Monday it had lodged a stern complaint with the United States after the U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of a big annual defense bill that would expand exchanges with self-ruled Taiwan.

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Exclusive: Islamic State leader Baghdadi almost certainly alive - Kurdish security official

Sulaimania, IRAQ (Reuters) - A top Kurdish counter-terrorism official said on Monday he was 99 percent sure that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was alive and located south of the Syrian city of Raqqa, after reports that he had been killed.

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