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Iraqi forces close in on Mosul mosque as residents flee

Top Reuters News - Sun, 03/19/2017 - 06:16
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi army helicopters strafed and fired rockets at Islamic State positions in Mosul's Old City on Sunday as troops on the ground closed in on the strategic and symbolic prize of the al-Nuri Mosque.

U.S. Supreme Court’s ideological balance at stake in confirmation fight

Top Reuters News - Sun, 03/19/2017 - 06:06
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is sworn in for his Senate confirmation hearing on Monday, Democrats will make the case that he is a pro-business, social conservative insufficiently independent of the president.

White House tax reform may begin in late spring: Spicer

Top Reuters News - Sun, 03/19/2017 - 05:29
DUBLIN (Reuters) - President Donald Trump may begin his overhaul of the U.S. tax code as early as late spring, White House spokesman Sean Spicer has told Ireland's Sunday Independent newspaper.

Malaysia expects more arrests in Kim Jong Nam murder probe: report

Top Reuters News - Sun, 03/19/2017 - 05:08
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian police are expected to make a few more arrests, including an "important person", in connection with the murder of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, state media reported on Sunday.

As Mosul battle escalates, civilians caught in crossfire

Top Reuters News - Sun, 03/19/2017 - 03:16
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Shihab Ayed and several other men struggled to push a cart carrying the bodies of his son and wife, wrapped in blankets, through a muddy ditch nearly two miles (3 km) from their destroyed home in Mosul.

Person in custody after incident at White House gates: Secret Service

Top Reuters News - Sun, 03/19/2017 - 01:43
(Reuters) - One person was in custody after a suspicious vehicle drove up to a White House checkpoint on Saturday night, the Secret Service said, after CNN reported that the driver claimed to have a bomb.

Tillerson ends China trip with warm words from President Xi

Top Reuters News - Sun, 03/19/2017 - 00:49
BEIJING (Reuters) - With warm words from Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ended his first trip to Asia since taking office with an agreement to work together with China on North Korea and putting aside trickier issues.

VW CEO offices searched in Audi investigation: Bild am Sonntag

Top Reuters News - Sat, 03/18/2017 - 19:13
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Munich prosecutors searched the offices of Volkswagen Chief Executive Matthias Mueller as part of an investigation into diesel emission test cheating at Audi, German weekly Bild am Sonntag said.

North Korea's Kim Jong Un says engine test is 'new birth' of rocket industry

Top Reuters News - Sat, 03/18/2017 - 18:59
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea conducted a test of a newly developed high-thrust engine at its Tongchang-ri rocket launch station and leader Kim Jong Un said the successful test was "a new birth" of its rocket industry, the country's official media said on Sunday.

Rock 'n' roll icon Chuck Berry dead at age 90 in Missouri

Top Reuters News - Sat, 03/18/2017 - 18:31
(Reuters) - Rock-'n-roll pioneer Chuck Berry was found dead on Saturday at his home in Missouri, according to St. Charles County police in a statement posted on Facebook.

Unilever prepares 6 billion pound sale of food brands: newspapers

Top Reuters News - Sat, 03/18/2017 - 18:17
LONDON (Reuters) - Unilever is preparing a 6 billion pound ($7.44 billion) sale of some of its food brands, British newspapers reported on Saturday, without citing sources.

Meals on Wheels America sees surge in donations after U.S. budget

Top Reuters News - Sat, 03/18/2017 - 17:11
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Meals on Wheels America, the umbrella organization for 5,000 providers of home-delivered meals for seniors, said on Saturday that online donations have surged since the White House released a proposed budget that could lead to a big drop in its funding.

U.S. judge signs Peabody bankruptcy exit after environmental deal

Top Reuters News - Sat, 03/18/2017 - 16:14
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge formally approved Peabody Energy Corp's plan to emerge from bankruptcy late Friday after the coal producer struck a settlement with the U.S. government over legacy environmental claims at a gold and metal mining subsidiary.

Russia-backed Crimea chief says Putin should be president for life

Top Reuters News - Sat, 03/18/2017 - 15:28
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian-backed prime minister of Crimea said on Saturday that Vladimir Putin should be made president of Russia for life and that the Soviet Union would never have collapsed had Putin been in charge.

Another person tries to jump White House fence

Top Reuters News - Sat, 03/18/2017 - 14:04
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A person jumped over a bike rack in a buffer zone in front of the White House on Saturday while President Trump was in Florida, but was not able to make it over the fence into the grounds, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Twitter.

Thousands flee Iraq's Mosul as battle edges into Old City

Top Reuters News - Sat, 03/18/2017 - 12:57
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Thousands of Iraqis surged out of western Mosul on Saturday during a lull in heavy fighting in districts around the densely populated Old City where Iraqi forces are facing fierce resistance from Islamic State militants.

G20 financial leaders row back on free trade pledge

Top Reuters News - Sat, 03/18/2017 - 12:29
BADEN BADEN, Germany (Reuters) - The world's financial leaders rowed back on a pledge to keep an open and inclusive global trade system after being unable to find a suitable compromise with an increasingly protectionist United States.

U.S. favors free but fair and balanced trade: Mnuchin

Top Reuters News - Sat, 03/18/2017 - 12:22
BADEN BADEN, Germany (Reuters) - The United States continues to believe in free trade but wants to re-examine certain agreements and correct some excesses, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Saturday after G20 finance chiefs backtracked on past commitments about trade.

Trump ‘travel ban bands’ take to stage in Texas capital

Top Reuters News - Sat, 03/18/2017 - 11:49
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Bands with diaspora from the seven Muslim-majority countries on U.S. President Donald Trump’s original travel ban took to the stage in Austin to build resistance against executive orders critics see as perpetuating bigotry.

Thousands of Kurds protest against Turkey's Erdogan in Frankfurt

Top Reuters News - Sat, 03/18/2017 - 10:31
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Around 9,000 Kurdish supporters demonstrated in the German city of Frankfurt on Saturday against Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and an April referendum that would give him sweeping new powers.