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U.S. judge in Russia probe orders sealed hearing in Gates case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge has ordered a closed hearing for Friday in the Russia probe case of Rick Gates, a former campaign aide for President Donald Trump, according to a court filing on Thursday.

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Toys are not us, investors to Target

(Reuters) - Target Corp should hold off on plans to cash in on a perceived advantage in toys after the collapse of Toys "R" Us, several of the company‘s investors told Reuters, worried it could eat up capital desperately needed in an Amazon-dominated retail world.

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Kremlin critic Navalny held, then released ahead of Russian election

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was briefly detained by police on Thursday and accused of organizing illegal protests, weeks ahead of a presidential election in which he has been barred from running.

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Trump says arming some teachers would stop shootings ‘instantly‘

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday pushed his call to arm teachers following last week‘s school massacre in Florida, saying it would be limited to those with military or special training but "would solve the problem instantly."

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Trump says weighing possibility of ‘the best‘ teachers having guns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday sought to clarify his support for arming teachers in the wake of a deadly school shooting in Florida, saying he only wanted to examine the idea and would limit it to those with military or special training.

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Man lobs grenade at U.S. embassy in Montenegro, then blows himself up

PODGORICA (Reuters) - An unidentified man threw an explosive device, probably a hand grenade, at the U.S. embassy building in Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, around midnight before blowing himself up, the government said on Thursday.

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Exclusive: As Trump trashes NAFTA, Mexico turns to Brazilian corn

CHICAGO/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican buyers imported ten times more corn from Brazil last year amid concern that NAFTA renegotiations could disrupt their U.S. supplies, according to government data and top grains merchants.

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Easy fixes to school security prove elusive after Florida shooting

(Reuters) - Two weeks before a gunman fatally shot 17 people at a Florida high school, Bill Lee, the president of the state‘s school administrators association, warned that Florida‘s schools were vulnerable to just such an attack.

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Buffett letter may tout optimism as broader market worries ebb

(Reuters) - Warren Buffett may use part of his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway Inc shareholders, due on Saturday, to renew his optimism about America, at a time economic growth is on the upswing and U.S. stocks sit near record highs despite rising interest rates.

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Russian opposition leader Navalny briefly held ahead of March election

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detained by police on Thursday but then released a short while later, weeks ahead of a presidential election in which he has been barred from running.

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Russian opposition leader Navalny released in Moscow

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was released by police on Thursday less than an hour after he was detained in Moscow.

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Iran says may withdraw from nuclear deal if banks continue to stay away

LONDON (Reuters) - Iran will withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal if there is no economic benefit and major banks continue to shun the Islamic Republic, its deputy foreign minister said on Thursday.

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Russian opposition leader Navalny held ahead of March election

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said on Thursday he had been detained by police, weeks ahead of a presidential election in which he has been barred from running.

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U.N. pleads for truce to avert ‘massacre‘ as strikes hit Syria‘s Ghouta for fifth day

AMMAN (Reuters) - Warplanes pounded the last rebel enclave near the Syrian capital for a fifth straight day on Thursday, as the United Nations pleaded for a truce to halt one of the fiercest air assaults of the seven-year civil and prevent a "massacre".

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Uber will aggressively invest in Southeast Asia, won‘t let SoftBank rule it: CEO

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc‘s [UBER.UL] chief executive pledged to continue investing aggressively in Southeast Asia even though the U.S. ride hailing firm expects to lose money in the fast growing market due to costly battles with rivals such as Grab.

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Uber will aggressively invest in SE Asia, won‘t let SoftBank rule it: CEO

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc‘s [UBER.UL] chief executive pledged to continue investing aggressively in Southeast Asia even though the U.S. ride hailing firm expects to lose money in the fast growing market due to costly battles with rivals such as Grab.

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North Korean closing Olympics delegation includes man blamed for deadly sinking

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea will send a high-level delegation to South Korea for the Winter Olympics closing ceremony, officials said on Thursday, including the man blamed for the 2010 sinking of a South Korean navy ship that killed 46 sailors.

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Uber will aggressively invest in SE Asia, preserve strategy post SoftBank deal

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc‘s chief executive pledged to continue investing aggressively in Southeast Asia even though the U.S. ride hailing firm expects to lose money in the fast growing market due to costly battles with rivals such as Grab.

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Iran will withdraw from nuclear deal if there is no economic benefit, deputy minister says

LONDON (Reuters) - Iran will withdraw from the landmark 2015 nuclear deal if there is no economic benefit from it and major banks continue to fail to do business with the Islamic Republic, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said on Thursday.

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Strikes hit Syria‘s Ghouta for fifth day as U.N. pleads for ceasefire

AMMAN (Reuters) - Warplanes pounded the last rebel enclave near the Syrian capital for a fifth straight day on Thursday, as the United Nations pleaded for a halt to one of the fiercest air assaults of the seven-year civil war.

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Man throws grenade at U.S. embassy in Montenegro, then blows himself up

PODGORICA (Reuters) - An unidentified man threw an explosive device, probably a hand grenade, at the U.S. embassy building in Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, around midnight before blowing himself up, the government said on Thursday.

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Iran says we do not want nuclear weapons, there is no sunset clause in nuclear deal

LONDON (Reuters) - Iran‘s commitment to not seek nuclear weapons is permanent and there is no so-called sunset clause in the Iran nuclear deal, the country‘s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said on Thursday.

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Russian curling medalist guilty of doping violation, says CAS

PYEONGCHANG/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Olympic curler Alexander Krushelnitsky has been found guilty of an anti-doping violation after testing positive for the banned substance meldonium, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Thursday.

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U.S. women end drought with shootout win over Canada

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored the winner in the shootout as the United States beat Canada 3-2 on Thursday to win their first gold medal in women‘s Olympic ice hockey since 1998 and snap a streak of four consecutive golds for their arch-rivals.

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