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More bombs fall on Syria‘s eastern Ghouta ahead of U.N. vote

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A new wave of bombs struck Syria‘s eastern Ghouta on Friday, which a witness in one town described as the worst yet, ahead of a U.N. Security Council vote to demand a 30-day ceasefire across the country.

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Exclusive: Trump calls meeting on biofuels policy after refiner bankruptcy

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has called a meeting early next week with key senators and Cabinet officials to discuss potential changes to biofuels policy, which is coming under increasing pressure after a Pennsylvania refiner blamed the regulation for its bankruptcy, according to four sources familiar with the matter.

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Missouri governor indicted on felony invasion of privacy charge

(Reuters) - Missouri Governor Eric Greitens was briefly taken into custody on Thursday after being indicted on a felony invasion of privacy charge in connection with an extramarital affair and a blackmail allegation involving the Republican politician, officials said.

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China seizes control of Anbang Insurance as chairman prosecuted

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The Chinese government on Friday seized control of Anbang Insurance Group Co Ltd and said its chairman had been prosecuted, a dramatic move that highlights Beijing‘s willingness to curtail big-spending conglomerates as it cracks down on financial risk.

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Australian deputy prime minister resigns after new harassment claim

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia‘s deputy prime minister said on Friday he will resign as leader of his party after weeks of pressure over an affair with a staffer that brought him into open conflict with his premier and a new allegation of sexual harassment emerged.

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GM Korea seeks to trim benefits, wages: internal letter

SEOUL (Reuters) - General Motors Co will propose a base wage freeze and no bonuses this year along with a suspension of some worker benefits at its money-losing South Korean unit to cut costs, according to an internal letter that Reuters reviewed on Friday.

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Trump to announce new sanctions against North Korea; South Korea preps for talks with North

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is due to announce its largest package of sanctions yet against North Korea to further pressure Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile program, as South Korea readies itself for more talks with the North‘s officials.

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Exclusive: U.S. tells India to cut tariffs as trade friction heats up

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - U.S. businesses and diplomats are pressing India to cut tariffs, industry and government sources say, after New Delhi‘s move to increase customs duties on dozens of products to help its flagship Make-in-India drive aggravated differences over trade.

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U.S. shale investors still waiting on payoff from oil boom

HOUSTON (Reuters) - U.S. oil production has topped 10 million barrels per day, approaching a record set in 1970, but many investors in the companies driving the shale oil revolution are still waiting for their payday.

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Australian deputy prime minister resigns after affair with staffer

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia‘s deputy prime minister said on Friday he will resign as leader of his party after weeks of pressure over an affair with a staffer that brought him into open conflict with his premier and threatened to shatter a decades-old coalition.

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Rocky path awaits Kuroda in his next BOJ term

TOKYO (Reuters) - Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda may have little to cheer about despite landing another five-year term for one of the most influential jobs in the country, if not the world.

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With Easy Ride trial, Nissan takes new step toward being Uber competitor

YOKOHAMA (Reuters) - Facing a future in which self-driving cars may curb vehicle ownership, Nissan Motor Co is taking its first steps to becoming an operator of autonomous transportation services, hoping to break into a segment set to be dominated by Uber Technologies and other technology firms.

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U.S. gun lobby slams anti-gun ‘elites‘ after Florida school massacre

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the National Rifle Association lashed out at gun control advocates on Thursday, saying Democratic elites are politicizing the latest mass school shooting in the United States to try to erode constitutionally guaranteed gun rights.

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GM to propose wage freeze, no bonuses for South Korean workers this year

SEOUL (Reuters) - General Motors Co will propose a base wage freeze and no bonuses this year as well a suspension of some worker benefits at its money-losing South Korean unit, in an effort to cut costs, showed an internal letter seen by Reuters on Friday.

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South Korea says approved visit by sanctioned North Korean to pursue peace on peninsula

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said it had approved the Winter Olympic visit by a sanctioned North Korean official, blamed for the 2010 sinking of a South Korean ship that killed 46 sailors, in the pursuit of peace and asked for public understanding.

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Regulator in China seizes control of Anbang as chairman prosecuted

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The Chinese government on Friday seized control of Anbang Insurance Group Co Ltd [ANBANG.UL], one of China‘s biggest insurance conglomerates, in a dramatic move that underscores Beijing‘s intent to crackdown on financial risk.

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Australian deputy prime minister resigns from Cabinet, remains in parliament

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said on Friday he will resign as leader of his party and will move to the backbench after weeks of pressure over an extra-marital affair with his former media secretary.

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Trump administration to target North Korea with new sanctions on Friday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration plans to announce on Friday what is being billed as the largest package of sanctions yet against North Korea to increase pressure on Pyongyang for its nuclear and ballistic missile tests, a senior administration official said.

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China insurance regulator takes control of Anbang Insurance Group, chairman prosecuted

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Anbang Insurance Group Co Ltd, one of China‘s biggest insurance conglomerates, has been taken over by the country‘s insurance regulator for one year, and its chairman has been prosecuted for economic crimes.

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Special counsel files new charges against Trump ex-aides Manafort and Gates

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The special counsel in the Russia probe filed new criminal charges on Thursday against President Donald Trump‘s former campaign aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, stepping up pressure in a legal battle that started last year.

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Exclusive: Trump calls meeting on biofuels policy blamed by bankrupt refiner

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has called a cabinet-level meeting early next week to discuss potential changes to biofuels policy, which is coming under increasing pressure after a Pennsylvania refiner blamed the regulation for its bankruptcy, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

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Two top White House advisers may leave over tensions with Trump: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Longstanding friction between U.S. President Donald Trump and two top aides, the National Security Adviser and the Chief of Staff, has grown to a point that either or both might quit soon, four senior administration officials said.

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Mueller files new charges against Trump ex-aides Manafort and Gates

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed new criminal charges on Thursday against President Donald Trump‘s ex-campaign aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates that include bank and tax fraud, stepping up pressure in a legal battle that started last year.

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Exclusive: U.S. official focused on election security being replaced

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of a federal commission who has helped U.S. states protect election systems from possible cyber attacks by Russia or others is being replaced at the behest of Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House.

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