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Trump contradicts himself over Comey firing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he did not fire James Comey "because of the phony Russia investigation," contradicting his 2017 statement that he ousted the FBI director last year over the probe.

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Wall Street set to open at one-month high on strong earnings

(Reuters) - U.S. stock indexes were set to open on Wednesday at levels not seen in about a month after the latest batch of earnings including Morgan Stanley added to optimism about the U.S. corporate reporting season.

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Airlines check some Boeing 737 engines after fatal Southwest accident

SINGAPORE/PARIS (Reuters) - Airlines began inspecting some Boeing Co 737 engines on Wednesday as an investigation gathered pace into an explosion which killed a passenger on a Southwest Airlines flight in the first fatal U.S. airline accident in almost a decade.

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Return to Ward 17: Making peace with lost comrades

MELBOURNE, Australia (Reuters) - As the start of the memorial service neared, I hurriedly texted an Indonesian friend. "Is it OK for me to stand on a Muslim prayer mat?" I asked.

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Exclusive: OPEC‘s new price hawk Saudi Arabia seeks oil as high as 100 - sources

DUBAI/LONDON (Reuters) - Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia would be happy to see crude rise to 80 or even 100 a barrel, three industry sources said, a sign Riyadh will seek no changes to an OPEC supply-cutting deal even though the agreement‘s original target is within sight.

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Pompeo visits North Korea, forms ‘good relationship with Kim‘, says Trump

WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - CIA director Mike Pompeo, U.S. President Donald Trump‘s nominee to become the top U.S. diplomat, visited North Korea last week and met leader Kim Jong Un with whom he formed a "good relationship", Trump said on Wednesday.

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U.S. stock futures rise as first quarter earnings off to strong start

(Reuters) - U.S. stock futures rose on Wednesday after the latest batch of results including Wall Street bank Morgan Stanley added to optimism about the U.S. corporate reporting season.

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Russia: our response to U.S. sanctions will be precise and painful

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Valentina Matvienko, the speaker of the Russian upper house of parliament, said on Wednesday that Moscow‘s response to U.S. sanctions will be targeted and painful, Russian news agencies reported.

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With Jews largely gone from Iraq, memories survive in Israel

BAGHDAD/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Behind the high concrete walls of Baghdad‘s Jewish cemetery, Violette Saul lies at rest under a weathered and cracked tombstone, one of the last memorials to an ancient community that is now all but extinct.

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British regulator opens seven investigations into Russia‘s RT news channel

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain‘s media regulator has opened seven investigations into whether Russian news channel RT broke impartiality rules in broadcasts made since a Russian double-agent was poisoned in the English city of Salisbury last month.

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Four U.S. senators seek details on unusual cellular surveillance in D.C. area

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four U.S. senators on Wednesday urged the U.S. Homeland Security Department (DHS) to disclose additional information about unusual cellular surveillance activity that has been detected around the nation‘s capital.

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FTSE shines as world stocks near four-week highs

LONDON (Reuters) - Global stocks climbed to a near four-week high and Wall Street was gearing up for a positive open on Wednesday as strong U.S. first-quarter earnings helped revive risk appetite, driving up equities and hauling the dollar out of its slump.

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Britain opens seven investigations into Russia‘s RT news channel

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain‘s media regulator said it had opened seven investigations into whether Russian news channel RT had broken impartiality rules in broadcasts made since a Russian double-agent was poisoned in the English city of Salisbury last month.

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Whiskey sour? China importers fret over U.S. trade battle

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - When spirits dealer Daniel Taytslinbrought his first pallet of AmericanRagtime Ryewhiskeyinto Shanghai in early April, the 672 bottles faced a 5 percent import tariff at China‘s customs.

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World stocks at four-week highs as earnings rekindle risk appetite

LONDON (Reuters) - Global stocks climbed to their highest in nearly four weeks on Wednesday as strong U.S. first-quarter earnings helped revive risk appetite, driving up equities and hauling the dollar out of its slump.

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Airlines inspecting Boeing 737 engines after fatal Southwest incident

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Some major customers of Boeing Co‘s popular 737 jets including Korean Air Lines Co Ltd said on Wednesday they were inspecting engines of the type that blew apart mid-air on a fatal Southwest Airlines Co flight on Tuesday.

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Syria chemical weapons visit postponed after gunfire: sources

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - A visit by international chemical weapons inspectors to the location of a suspected poison gas attack in the Syrian town of Douma has been delayed after gunfire at the site during a visit by a U.N. security team on Tuesday, sources told Reuters.

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Regulators had ordered inspections of engine type that blew apart on Southwest plane

(Reuters) - European regulators this month began requiring an inspection by early next year of the type of engine that blew apart on a fatal Southwest Airlines flight on Tuesday, and a source said U.S. regulators were near a similar rule.

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OPCW experts unlikely to enter Syria‘s Douma on Wednesday: U.N. source

BEIRUT/DAMASCUS (Reuters) - International chemical weapons inspectors will probably not go into the Syrian town of Douma on Wednesday, a U.N. source in Syria told Reuters, marking a further delay to efforts to investigate a suspected poison gas attack there.

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OPCW experts unlikely to enter Syria‘s Douma on Wednesday - UN source

BEIRUT/DAMASCUS (Reuters) - International chemical weapons inspectors will probably not go into the Syrian town of Douma on Wednesday, a U.N. source in Syria told Reuters, marking a further delay to efforts to investigate a suspected poison gas attack there.

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OPCW experts unlikely to enter Douma on Wednesday: U.N. source

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - International chemical weapons inspectors will most probably not go into the Syrian town of Douma on Wednesday, a U.N. source in Syria told Reuters.

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One killed when engine explodes on Southwest flight

((In this April 17 story, corrects spelling of "cowling" in fifth paragraph.)

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Asian shares edge higher in step with Wall Street, China lags

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares crept ahead on Wednesday after Wall Street took heart from upbeat corporate earnings, though nagging concerns about trade barriers and the global growth outlook kept currencies and bonds subdued.

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Former FBI chief says Trump‘s leadership style ‘strikingly similar‘ to mob boss

(Reuters) - Former FBI director James Comey on Tuesday told late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert that the way U.S. President Donald Trump leads is "strikingly similar" to a mob boss.

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