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In Brussels, weakened May to outline guarantees for EU expats in Britain

LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May will outline on Thursday her approach to the "hugely important issue" of reassuring EU expatriates about their futures in Britain, at a summit that is her first Brexit test since an election sapped her authority.

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Motive sought after attacker stabs policeman at Michigan airport

(Reuters) - Federal authorities sought a motive on Wednesday after an assailant stabbed a police officer in the neck inside the main terminal of a small airport in Flint, Michigan, leading to the airport being evacuated.

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In high-level talks, U.S. asks China to do more to rein in North Korea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States pressed China on Wednesday to exert more diplomatic and economic pressure to help rein in North Korea‘s nuclear and missile programs during a round of high-level talks in Washington, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.

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For thousands of U.S. auto workers, downturn is already here

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (Reuters) - Wall Street is fretting that the U.S. auto industry is heading for a downturn, but for thousands of workers at General Motors Co factories in the United States, the hard times are already here.

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Democrats look to future after big loss in Georgia election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Frustrated Democrats pondered the party‘s future and questioned its campaign messaging on Wednesday after a demoralizing defeat in a Georgia congressional race widely seen as a referendum on President Donald Trump‘s young administration.

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Most Americans say Republican healthcare plan will be harmful: Reuters/Ipsos poll

NEW YORK (Reuters) - When U.S. Senate Republicans unveil their plan to overhaul America‘s healthcare system, they will face a skeptical public that already does not buy the justification for an earlier version that passed the House of Representatives, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday.

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Ex-Guantanamo detainee Ghailani may pursue prison prayer claim: U.S. court

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Wednesday revived a lawsuit in which Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee convicted over the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, said prison officials violated his right to participate in group prayer.

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Brussels attacker may have supported Islamic State

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A Moroccan national who attempted an attack on Brussels‘ Central Station is suspected of supporting Islamic State militants, prosecutors said on Wednesday, a day after the man tried to detonate a suitcase bomb packed with nails and gas bottles.

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U.N. chief appoints Russian diplomat to top anti-terror job

UNITED NATIONS/VIENNA (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday appointed one of Moscow‘s veteran diplomats to head a newly created U.N. Counterterrorism Office, giving a Russian a top job at the world body‘s headquarters in New York.

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Shares dogged by oil weakness; Treasury yield curve flattens

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Declines in financial and energy shares weighed on U.S. and European equity markets on Wednesday, while the U.S. Treasury yield curve hit the narrowest in nearly a decade as investors evaluated hawkish Federal Reserve policy and deteriorating inflation measures.

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Gunman made no threats to Congress before Virginia shooting: FBI

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The gunman who shot at Republican lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game did not post online any threats against or references to members of Congress before the attack, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Wednesday.

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Iraqi migrant trains at U.S. border patrol academy

ARTESIA, N.M. (Reuters) - At a training facility in the middle of a desert in New Mexico, aspiring border patrol agent Stevany Shakare sprinted laps in 103-degree Fahrenheit weather as her instructors shouted at her to run faster.

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Exclusive: U.N. chief set to name Russian diplomat to top anti-terror job - diplomats

UNITED NATIONS/VIENNA (Reuters) - United Nations chief Antonio Guterres is set to appoint a Moscow envoy in Vienna to head a newly created U.N. Office of Counterterrorism, officials and diplomats said on Wednesday, giving a Russian a top job at U.N. headquarters in New York.

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Trump seizes on Republican victory in Georgia to push agenda

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump knocked Democrats on Wednesday for obstructing his agenda, one day after a fellow Republican won a congressional race in Georgia that was widely seen as a referendum on his young, turbulent presidency.

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Oil price at seven month low, equities struggle

LONDON (Reuters) - A renewed slump in oil prices to seven-month lows dragged down world stocks and long-term bond yields on Wednesday, as bets that global inflation and interest rates will stay lower for even longer began to build again.

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U.S., China meet on North Korea after Trump points to failed Chinese effort

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top diplomats and defense chiefs from the United States and China began a day of talks in Washington on Wednesday looking for ways to press North Korea to give up its nuclear and missile programs.

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Britain‘s May promises to listen harder on Brexit: Queen‘s Speech

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May promised on Wednesday to listen more closely to businesses‘ concerns about Britain leaving the European Union as she set out a Brexit-focused government program, pared-back to reflect her weakened authority.

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Saudi king empowers young reformer son in succession shake-up

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia‘s King Salman made his son next in line to the throne on Wednesday, handing the 31-year-old sweeping powers as the kingdom seeks radical overhaul of its oil-dependent economy and faces mounting tensions with regional rival Iran.

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Saudi Arabia‘s Mohammed bin Salman promoted to Crown Prince

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia‘s King Salman made his son next in line to the throne on Wednesday, handing the 31-year-old sweeping powers as the kingdom seeks radical overhaul of its oil-dependent economy and faces mounting tensions with regional rival Iran.

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Oil drop sends global stocks, bond yields sliding

LONDON (Reuters) - A renewed slump in oil prices to seven-month lows dragged down world stocks on Wednesday and flattened bond curves as bets that inflation and interest rates will stay lower for even longer began to build again.

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Abortive Brussels attack could have been much worse: PM

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A suitcase bomb packed with nails and gas bottles could have caused heavy casualties, Belgium‘s prime minister said on Wednesday, a day after a soldier shot dead a Moroccan national attempting an attack on Brussels‘ central station.

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Syrians fear new Raqqa turmoil once Islamic State is defeated

RAQQA, Syria (Reuters) - U.S.-backed forces are closing in on Islamic State in Raqqa, but local Syrians who have escaped the battlefield are worried about what comes after the fight.

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Britain‘s May promises to listen on Brexit as queen presents government program

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May promised on Wednesday to listen more to businesses‘ concerns about Brexit as Queen Elizabeth formally opened parliament by announcing the government‘s program for the next two years.

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UK government‘s priority is to win best possible Brexit deal

LONDON (Reuters) - Queen Elizabeth said on Wednesday the priority for Prime Minister Theresa May‘s government was to secure the best possible Brexit deal for Britain and that it would seek to win the widest possible consensus on the EU exit terms.

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