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Saudi Arabia expands crackdown on women‘s rights activists

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has arrested at least three more women‘s rights activists in a widening crackdown just weeks before a ban on women driving is set to end, international rights watchdogs said on Tuesday.

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U.S. sanctions five Iranians it says assisted Yemen‘s Houthis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on five Iranians it said had provided Yemen‘s Houthis with expertise and weaponry that were then used to launch missiles at cities and oil infrastructure in Saudi Arabia.

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U.N. seeks help of oil traders to enforce North Korea sanctions

LONDON (Reuters) - A U.N. monitoring group wants to enlist the help of the world‘s biggest oil trading companies to enforce sanctions that cap the amount of crude and related products North Korea can import, the coordinator said.

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Japan, Russia, Turkey bring potential U.S. tariff retaliation to 3.5 billion

GENEVA (Reuters) - Japan, Russia and Turkey have warned the United States about potential retaliation for its tariffs on steel and aluminum, the World Trade Organization said on Tuesday, bringing the total U.S. tariff bill to around 3.5 billion annually.

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J.C. Penney CEO Ellison jumps ship to Lowe‘s

(Reuters) - J.C. Penney‘s Chief Executive Officer Marvin Ellison is leaving the struggling retailer to join home improvement chain Lowe‘s Cos Inc , the companies said on Tuesday, sending shares in the U.S. department store chain down 4 percent.

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Trump seeks delay in Summer Zervos‘ defamation lawsuit

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump asked New York state‘s highest court to delay a defamation lawsuit against him by a former contestant on "The Apprentice" television show who claimed he sexually harassed her.

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Trump to press South Korea‘s Moon before summit with North

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday as U.S. officials try to assess North Korea‘s intentions after Pyongyang threatened to pull out of a planned June 12 summit to discuss denuclearization.

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Italy‘s 5-Star defends academic record of prime minister candidate

ROME (Reuters) - A little-known law professor, put forward by the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and far-right League as their prime ministerial candidate, was accused on Tuesday of inflating his international academic credentials.

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Catharsis for Malaysia graft buster recounting threats endured over scandal

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian anti-graft agent Mohd Shukri Abdull‘s eyes welled with tears on Tuesday as he recalled death threats and how he was branded a traitor, while nearby, officers took a statement from the main target of his investigation, ex-premier Najib Razak.

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Texas mulls school safety days after mass shooting

SANTA FE, Texas (Reuters) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott is set to begin a three-day series of discussions with educators and law enforcement officials on improving school safety on Tuesday, days after a teenager killed 10 people at a Houston-area high school.

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Venezuelans buy bus tickets out after Maduro wins re-election

CARACAS (Reuters) - Betsabeth Casique saved for eight months for bus tickets out of Venezuela for herself and her three children. At 1.4 million bolivars each, they are worth what she earns in a month working as a nurse.

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Mexican truckers travel in fear as highway robberies bleed economy

PUEBLA, Mexico (Reuters) - Glancing constantly at his rear view mirror, truck driver "El Flaco" journeys the highways of Mexico haunted by the memory of when he was kidnapped with his security detail by bandits disguised as police officers two years ago.

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Robots fight weeds in challenge to agrochemical giants

YVERDON-LES-BAINS, Switzerland/CHICAGO (Reuters) - In a field of sugar beet in Switzerland, a solar-powered robot that looks like a table on wheels scans the rows of crops with its camera, identifies weeds and zaps them with jets of blue liquid from its mechanical tentacles.

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As U.S. shrinks refugee operations, new arrivals in Kansas town lose a lifeline

GARDEN CITY, Kansas (Reuters) - In his first whirlwind weeks in the United States, Wimber Htoo, 23, racked up a list of accomplishments. He learned to use the bus, applied for a social security card and obtained a state ID, all new experiences for Htoo, a member of the Karen minority who fled Myanmar as a teenager for a refugee camp in Thailand.

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From Burkina to Zimbabwe, U.S. aid cuts squeeze family planning services

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - The Marie Stopes Ladies who drive from village to village in the remote north of Burkina Faso offering free contraception, advice on family planning, sexual health and sometimes abortion, may have to stop work in June.

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China, U.S. near deal on ZTE reprieve; Beijing cuts auto tariffs

BEIJING (Reuters) - Washington neared a deal to lift its ban on U.S. firms supplying Chinese telecoms gear maker ZTE Corp, sources said on Tuesday, and Beijing announced tariff cuts on car imports, further easing trade tensions between the world‘s two largest economies.

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Gender, guns, partisan infighting define state nominating contests

(Reuters) - Voters in several states are casting ballots on Tuesday for candidates who could make U.S. political history.

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Canada granting refugee status to fewer illegal border crossers

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada is rejecting more refugee claims from people who crossed the border illegally as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau‘s government seeks to dissuade, block and turn back thousands more, according to new data obtained by Reuters.

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Ousted Malaysian government accused of covering up state fund scandal

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - The government of ousted Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak deceived parliament over the finances of state fund 1MDB and suppressed an investigation by intimidating and purging anti-corruption agents, officials said on Tuesday.

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Tesla‘s Musk admits Model 3 braking issue, promises fix

(Reuters) - Tesla Inc‘s Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk admitted late on Monday there was a braking issue with the Model 3 sedan, pointed out by Consumer Reports, and said it can be fixed with a firmware update that the electric car maker will be rolling out in a few days.

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Minibus bomb causes heavy casualties in southern Afghan city

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A minibus packed with explosives blew up in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Tuesday causing dozens of casualties, officials said, as fighting continued across the country during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

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U.S. bolsters Asia ballistic missile defense as Trump-Kim summit nears

YOKOSUKA, Japan (Reuters) - The USS Milius, one of the U.S. Navy‘s most advanced guided missile destroyers, arrived in Japan on Tuesday to reinforce defenses against any ballistic missile attacks by North Korea, or anyone else in East Asia.

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Tesla‘s Musk admits Model 3 braking flaw, promises fix

(Reuters) - Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said late on Monday that the braking issue on Tesla Inc‘s Model 3 sedan, pointed out by Consumer Reports, can be fixed with a firmware update which the electric car maker will be rolling out in a few days.

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China slashes auto import tariffs in boost to BMW, Tesla

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - China will steeply cut import tariffs for automobiles and car parts, opening up greater access to the world‘s largest auto market amid an easing of trade tensions with the United States.

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