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Republicans plan healthcare vote; Obama and TV host denounce bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Republicans announced plans to vote next week on their latest bid to scuttle Obamacare even as a popular comedian who has become part of the U.S. healthcare debate denounced the bill and former President Barack Obama on Wednesday warned of "real human suffering."

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U.S. weighs whether to stay in Iran nuclear deal

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States said on Wednesday it is weighing whether the Iranian nuclear deal serves its security interests even as Iran said it did not expect Washington to abandon the agreement.

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Islamists lure youngsters in the Philippines with payments, promise of paradise

MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - When he saw his commander holding the severed head of one of his neighbors, teenage Islamist fighter Jalil knew it was time to escape from Marawi City.

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Mexico rescuers work into night to save trapped girl as quake toll tops 230

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican rescuers on Wednesday labored for a second night amid the rubble to save possible survivors of the country‘s most lethal earthquake in a generation, including a girl trapped under a school in Mexico City, as the death toll exceeded 230.

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Apple concedes new watch has connectivity glitch

(Reuters) - Apple Inc‘s on Wednesday conceded its latest smartwatch unveiled a week ago has problems with its most important feature: the ability make phone calls and access data without an iPhone nearby.

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Republicans plan healthcare vote, Obama and TV host denounce bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Republicans announced plans to vote next week on their latest bid to scuttle Obamacare even as a popular comedian who has become part of the U.S. healthcare debate denounced the bill and former President Barack Obama on Wednesday warned of "real human suffering."

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Fed keeps U.S. rates steady, to start portfolio drawdown in October

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged on Wednesday but signaled it still expects one more increase by the end of the year despite a recent bout of low inflation.

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Trump urges ‘strong and swift‘ U.N. action to end Rohingya crisis

UNITED NATIONS/COX‘S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump wants the United Nations Security Council to take "strong and swift action" to end violence against Myanmar‘s Rohingya Muslims, Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday, declaring the crisis a threat to world.

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Hurricane Maria brings destruction, heavy floods to Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Hurricane Maria rampaged across Puerto Rico on Wednesday as the strongest storm to hit the U.S. territory in nearly 90 years, bringing widespread flooding and knocking out power across the island after killing at least nine people in the Caribbean.

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Iran says it does not expect U.S. to leave nuclear deal

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iran vowed on Wednesday not to be the first nation to violate the Iran nuclear deal and said it did not expect the United States to abandon it despite President Donald Trump‘s fierce criticism.

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U.S. home sales hit 12-month low, Harvey weighs on Houston

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. home resales fell to their lowest in a year in August as Hurricane Harvey depressed activity in Houston and a persistent shortage of properties on the market sidelined buyers.

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Hurricane Maria hammers Puerto Rico, causes wide destruction

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Hurricane Maria rampaged across Puerto Rico on Wednesday as the strongest storm to hit the U.S. territory in nearly 90 years, causing major flooding, damaging homes and knocking out power to the whole island after killing at least nine people in the Caribbean.

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Rescuers get closer to trapped girl as Mexico quake toll passes 220

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Rescuers frantically worked to dig a young girl out from under the rubble of a partially collapsed school in Mexico City on Wednesday, offering a small glimmer of hope amid devastation from a major earthquake that killed at least 224 people.

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Fed keeps rates steady, to start portfolio drawdown in October

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged on Wednesday but signaled it still expects one more increase by the end of the year despite recent weak inflation readings.

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California sues Trump administration over border wall

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California filed a lawsuit on Wednesday over the Trump administration‘s plan to construct a wall along the border with Mexico, adding to the obstacles facing one of the Republican president‘s key campaign promises.

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Fed keeps rates steady, approves portfolio cuts in October

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged on Wednesday but signaled it still expects one more increase by the end of the year despite recent weak inflation readings.

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Waymo seeking 2.6 billion from Uber for one trade secret: lawyer

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc‘s Waymo unit is seeking about 2.6 billion from Uber for the alleged theft of one of several trade secrets in a lawsuit over self-driving cars, a lawyer for Uber said on Wednesday.

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Waymo seeking 2.6 billion for one trade secret against Uber

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An Uber [UBER.UL] lawyer on Wednesday said Alphabet Inc‘s Waymo unit is seeking about 2.6 billion for the alleged theft of one of several trade secrets in a lawsuit over self-driving cars.

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California to file lawsuit over Trump border wall

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California‘s attorney general plans to file a lawsuit on Wednesday challenging President Donald Trump‘s plan to construct a wall along the border with Mexico, the state AG‘s office said, adding to the obstacles facing a key Trump campaign promise.

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Iran says it will not be the first to violate nuclear deal

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iran vowed on Wednesday not to be the first nation to violate the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

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Hurricane Maria blasts Puerto Rico, kills at least nine in Caribbean

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico on Wednesday as the strongest storm to hit the U.S. territory in nearly 90 years, turning streets into debris-laden rivers, damaging buildings and cutting power, after killing at least nine people in the Caribbean.

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Rescuers in desperate search for girl as Mexico quake toll hits 225

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Rescuers frantically worked to dig a young girl out from under the rubble of a partially collapsed school on Wednesday, a small glimmer of hope amid devastation from a major earthquake that killed at least 225 people across central Mexico.

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Exclusive: From Russia with fuel: North Korean ships may be undermining sanctions

MOSCOW (Reuters) - At least eight North Korean ships that left Russia with a cargo of fuel this year headed for their homeland despite declaring other destinations, a ploy that U.S. officials say is often used to undermine sanctions.

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Trump made decision on Iran nuclear deal but does not reveal it

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he had made his decision on whether or not the United States will remain in a 2015 nuclear accord between Iran and world powers, but he declined to reveal it.

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