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Venezuela opposition congress names alternative Supreme Court judges

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela‘s opposition-led congress on Friday appointed alternative judges to the country‘s Supreme Court, whose current pro-government members have been a bedrock of support for leftist President Nicolas Maduro.

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Activists, executives tell Texas Senate to ditch bathroom bill

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Transgender activists and business leaders urged a Texas Senate panel on Friday to scrap legislation that would limit bathroom access for transgender people, saying it was a discriminatory measure that would hurt the state‘s economy.

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Wells Fargo ordered to pay 575,000, reinstate whistleblower

(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Labor on Friday ordered Wells Fargo & Co to pay 575,000 and rehire a whistleblower the bank dismissed in September 2011 after the former employee raised concerns over the opening of customer accounts without their knowledge, the agency said in a statement.

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Sean Spicer resigns as Trump seeks to repair public image

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House spokesman Sean Spicer resigned on Friday, ending a brief and turbulent tenure that made him a household name, amid further upheaval within President Donald Trump‘s inner circle.

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U.S. State Department to ban American travel to North Korea

WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - The U.S. government will ban Americans from traveling to North Korea due to "the serious risk of arrest" after an American student was jailed while on a tour and later died, the State Department said on Friday.

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Special counsel asks White House to save Trump Jr., Russian meeting documents

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The special counsel investigating possible collusion between President Donald Trump‘s 2016 campaign and Russia has asked White House officials to preserve any records of a meeting last year between the president‘s son and a Russian lawyer, according to a source with knowledge of the request.

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White House spokesman Sean Spicer resigns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House spokesman Sean Spicer resigned on Friday, ending a brief, turbulent tenure that gained global notoriety, after President Donald Trump named adviser and Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci as his top communications official.

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U.S. police seek missing Burundi students near Canada border

(Reuters) - U.S. law enforcement authorities on Friday were seeking six teenagers from Burundi who went missing after a robotics competition in Washington, two of whom had been spotted crossing the border into Canada.

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Iran skips opportunity to upset nuclear deal over U.S. sanctions: sources

VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran decided on Friday for the second time since January not to upset its nuclear pact with six world powers, two informed sources said, despite public statements by Tehran accusing the United States of violating the deal.

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Sean Spicer resigns as White House spokesman: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sean Spicer, who has been serving in a dual role for President Donald Trump as press secretary and communications director, abruptly resigned on Friday after Trump chose Anthony Scaramucci as the new communications director, a White House official said.

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Transgender activists tell Texas Senate to ditch bathroom bill

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Transgender activists told a Texas Senate panel on Friday to scrap legislation that would limit bathroom access for transgender people, saying it was discriminatory and would place them at greater risk of being assaulted.

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White House spokesman Sean Spicer resigns: New York Times

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House spokesman Sean Spicer resigned on Friday after U.S. President Donald Trump appointed Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci as his top communications official, the New York Times reported, citing a person with direct knowledge of the exchange.

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Global pizza brands battle for Russia‘s far-flung regions

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Global pizza brands Domino‘s and Papa John‘s are preparing an assault on Russia‘s provinces, betting they can turn a profit far from Moscow as online card payments become more widespread and consumers get to know foreign brands better.

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Trump picks financier Scaramucci to head White House communications: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump picked Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci, a long-time supporter, to be his White House communications director on Friday, a White House official said.

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U.S. to ban Americans‘ travel to North Korea: State Department

WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - The U.S. government will ban Americans from traveling to North Korea due to "the serious risk of arrest" after a U.S. student was jailed while on a tour and later died, the State Department said on Friday.

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GE shares fall as profit slumps, investors await new CEO‘s targets

(Reuters) - General Electric Co‘s shares dropped sharply on Friday after it posted a 59-percent decline in second-quarter profit and put off an expected cut to 2018 earnings targets until November, when new CEO John Flannery will be four months into his job.

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U.S. to ban its citizens‘ travel to North Korea: U.S. official

SEOUL (Reuters) - The U.S. government will ban U.S. citizens from traveling to North Korea after the death of a U.S. student arrested there while on a tour, a U.S. official and tour agencies that arrange trips to the country said on Friday.

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Burundi relying on U.S. police to find missing robotics teenagers: official

(Reuters) - Burundi is counting on U.S. law enforcement officials to find six teenagers who went missing after a robotics competition in Washington, an official with the East African country‘s embassy said on Friday.

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GE profit slumps; shares in ‘limbo‘ as investors await new CEO‘s targets

(Reuters) - General Electric Co‘s profit fell nearly 60 percent in the second quarter and it put off an expected "reset" of 2018 earnings targets, sending shares down sharply.

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Exclusive: Moscow lawyer who met Trump Jr. had Russian spy agency as client

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian lawyer who met Donald Trump Jr. after his father won the Republican nomination for the 2016 U.S. presidential election counted Russia‘s FSB security service among her clients for years, Russian court documents seen by Reuters show.

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Turkey seeks to cool row with Germany as Berlin reviews arms requests

BERLIN (Reuters) - Turkey‘s economy minister sought to calm rising tensions with Germany on Friday as Berlin said it was reviewing all applications for arms projects from Ankara.

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‘Let‘s get the hell out of here‘ - quake off Greece and Turkey kills two

KOS, Greece/ANKARA (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake killed two people on the Greek holiday island of Kos in the early hours of Friday, sending tourists fleeing into the streets, and causing disruption in the nearby Turkish tourist hub of Bodrum.

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GE profit falls 59 percent; cash flow up in quarter

(Reuters) - General Electric Co‘s profit fell nearly 60 percent in the second quarter, largely due to the sale of its appliances business, but cash flow rose, sales topped expectations and its shares were slightly lower.

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Philippines‘ Duterte says will never visit ‘lousy‘ United States

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hit back on Friday at U.S. lawmakers opposed to the prospect of his visiting the White House, saying he would never go to the United States, which he called a "lousy" country.

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