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Feb 21, 2019

At least 70 killed in major Bangladesh blaze, toll likely to rise
As many as 70 people died in a major fire that engulfed several buildings in a centuries-old neighborhood of the Bangladesh capital, a fire official said on Thursday, warning the toll could climb as fire fighters scour the rubble.

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Feb 21, 2019

Brexit deal could be voted on by lawmakers next week: Hammond
British lawmakers could be given a vote on a revised Brexit deal as soon as next week as negotiators in Brussels scramble to clinch last-minute changes to divorce accord that would avoid a potentially disorderly exit from the European Union.

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Feb 21, 2019

Despite Putin's swagger, Russia struggles to modernize its navy
President Vladimir Putin calls improving the Russian navy's combat capabilities a priority.

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Feb 21, 2019

Remain or leave? Carmakers confront hard Brexit choices
In three cavernous former Royal Air Force hangars at an old airbase in Wales, luxury carmaker Aston Martin is forging ahead with construction of a new vehicle assembly plant.

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Feb 21, 2019

Bangladesh building fire kills at least 70, toll could climb
The death toll from a fire in a centuries-old area of the Bangladesh capital, Dhaka, jumped dramatically to 70 on Thursday, a fire official said, and could keep climbing as fire fighters combed the wreckage of the destroyed building.

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Feb 21, 2019

China customs testing coal imports for environmental reasons: foreign ministry
China's customs administration is testing coal imports for reasons including environmental protection, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Thursday.

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Feb 21, 2019

Asia shares rise on U.S.-China trade deal optimism, Aussie tumbles
Asian shares pulled ahead to fresh 4-1/2-month highs and U.S. equity futures rose on a Reuters report that the United States and China have started to tackle the stickiest issues in their trade war.

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Feb 21, 2019

Exclusive: SpaceX, Boeing design risks threaten new delays for U.S. space program
NASA has warned SpaceX and Boeing Co of design and safety concerns for their competing astronaut launch systems, according to industry sources and a new government report, threatening the U.S. bid to revive its human spaceflight program later this year.

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Feb 21, 2019

Exclusive: China's Dalian port bans Australian coal imports, sets 2019 quota - source
Customs at China's northern Dalian port has banned imports of Australian coal and will cap overall coal imports for 2019 through its harbours at 12 million tonnes, an official at Dalian Port Group told Reuters on Thursday.

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Feb 21, 2019

Johnson & Johnson receives federal subpoenas related to baby powder litigation
Johnson & Johnson said Wednesday it has received subpoenas from the U.S. Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) related to litigation involving alleged asbestos contamination in its signature Baby Powder product line.

Reuters Top News
Feb 20, 2019

Asia shares up on Fed outlook, Aussie dollar seesaws after jobs data
Asian shares pulled ahead to fresh 4-1/2-month highs on Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve affirmed it would be "patient" on further interest rate rises and as Sino-U.S. trade talks hinted of progress towards a deal in their tariff war.

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Feb 20, 2019

Exclusive: U.S., China sketch outlines of deal to end trade war - sources
The United States and China have started to outline commitments in principle on the stickiest issues in their trade dispute, marking the most significant progress yet toward ending a seven-month trade war, according to sources familiar with the negotiations.

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Feb 20, 2019

Factbox: U.S., China drafting memorandums for possible trade deal
Top U.S. and Chinese trade officials are working this week to hash out language on six broad agreements that aim to resolve the most contentious issues in their seven-month trade war.

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Feb 20, 2019

'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett charged with faking racist attack
Actor Jussie Smollett was charged on Wednesday with lying to police when he claimed he was attacked and beaten by two masked men shouting racist and homophobic slurs, Chicago police said on Wednesday as they sought his arrest.

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Feb 20, 2019

Asia shares steady after Fed minutes, Aussie rallies
Asian shares held near 4-1/2-month highs on Thursday after U.S. Federal Reserve minutes affirmed it would be "patient" on interest rate rises and risk assets got a lift from hopes of further progress in U.S.-China trade talks.

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Feb 20, 2019

As Maduro holds on, Venezuela opposition eyes negotiated transition
Venezuela's opposition is trying to convince ruling Socialist Party officials to join a transition government, shifting focus as it seeks to unseat President Nicolas Maduro, who has clung to power in the face of growing international pressure and U.S. sanctions.

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Feb 20, 2019

Venezuela's deputy U.N. military attache backs Guaido
Venezuela's deputy U.N. military attache, Colonel Pedro Chirinos, said in a video on social media that he recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country's interim president, increasing pressure on President Nicolas Maduro.

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Feb 20, 2019

Actor Jussie Smollett named suspect in criminal investigation
Actor Jussie Smollett was named as a suspect in a criminal investigation into whether he lied about being attacked by two masked men shouting racist and homophobic slurs, Chicago police said on Wednesday.

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Feb 20, 2019

Bolton says Venezuela U.N. military attache backs Guaido
U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser said on Wednesday that Venezuela's U.N. military attache has formally recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim president, increasing pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

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Feb 20, 2019

No host? No problem. Queen, Lady Gaga bring Grammys vibe to Oscars
There will not be a host and Sunday's Oscars ceremony will not open with the traditional monologue in which celebrities and politicians are skewered.

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Feb 20, 2019

Southwest shares drop as mechanics dispute escalates
Southwest Airlines Co's shares fell more than 5 percent on Wednesday after the low-cost U.S. carrier said it was investigating whether a conflict with its mechanics union was leading to a spike in flight cancellations.

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Feb 20, 2019

House Democrats move to block Trump's emergency declaration on border
Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives plan to introduce a resolution on Friday to end President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration on border security, according to aides to Representative Joaquin Castro.

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Feb 20, 2019

U.S., Central America launch plan to crack down on people smugglers
The United States and three Central American nations on Wednesday announced an effort to combat trafficking of people to the U.S.-Mexico border, days after U.S. President Donald Trump declared a national emergency, citing large-scale unlawful immigration.

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Feb 20, 2019

UK attorney general plans for unilateral exit mechanism to Irish backstop: Telegraph
UK Attorney General Geoffrey Cox is considering plans for a unilateral exit mechanism to the Irish backstop with a notice period of 12 months, the Telegraph newspaper reported http://bit.ly/2E0XHql late on Wednesday.

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Feb 20, 2019

Actor Jussie Smollett classified as suspect in criminal investigation
"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett is being classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation by Chicago Police for filing a false police report stating he was attacked in a hate crime, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said on Twitter on Wednesday.

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Feb 20, 2019

North Korea's Kim shuffles nuclear talks team after defections, spying allegations
Veteran North Korean diplomats are being sidelined from nuclear talks ahead of a second summit with the United States as recent defections and allegations of spying undermine the trust of leader Kim Jong Un, South Korean officials and experts say.

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Feb 20, 2019

U.S. House Democrats move to block Trump's emergency declaration on border
Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives plan to introduce a resolution on Friday to end President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration on border security, according to aides to Representative Joaquin Castro.

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Feb 20, 2019

North Carolina Republican's son says warned father about operative's past
The son of the Republican candidate in a disputed congressional race in North Carolina said on Wednesday he warned his father to be suspicious of a political operative now accused of running an illegal ballot operation to sway the November 2018 election.

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Feb 20, 2019

Global stocks rise on U.S.-China trade hopes; oil up again
An index of stocks across the globe hit a more than four-month high on Wednesday on hopes for progress in trade talks between the United States and China, and a supportive backdrop from major central banks also helped push risk assets higher.

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Feb 20, 2019

Trump-California rift widens as auto emissions talks fail
U.S. federal officials have decided to end negotiations with California over the Trump administration's plans to roll back fuel economy rules designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a government official said on Wednesday.

Reuters Top News
Feb 20, 2019

Wall Street ends up slightly as Fed minutes support cautious stance
U.S. stocks ended higher on Wednesday after minutes from the Federal Reserve's last meeting reaffirmed for investors that the U.S. central bank would be "patient" with respect to further interest rate hikes.

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Feb 20, 2019

'Time of the essence,' says May on latest Brussels shuttle
British Prime Minister Theresa May held "constructive" talks in Brussels on Wednesday as she sought concessions on Brexit from a skeptical European Union, her strategy under strain after the defection of three lawmakers.

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Feb 20, 2019

Constitution's 'excessive fines' ban bolstered by U.S. high court
In a decision that may curb the rise of financial penalties and property seizures in the U.S. criminal justice system, the Supreme Court on Wednesday for the first time ruled that the U.S. Constitution's ban on "excess fines" applies to states as well as the federal government.

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Feb 20, 2019

Fed flags end to balance sheet runoff, patience on rates
The Federal Reserve on Wednesday signaled they will soon lay out a plan to stop letting go of $4 trillion in bonds and other assets, but policymakers are still debating how long their newly adopted "patient" stance on U.S. rates policy will last.

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Feb 20, 2019

In U.S., pope's summit on sex abuse seen as too little, too late
In the study of his home outside Washington, former priest Tom Doyle searched a shelf packed with books to find the thick report that led him to walk away from the priesthood and become an advocate for victims of sexual abuse by clergymen.

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Feb 20, 2019

Trump team to scrap talks with California on auto emissions: official
U.S. federal officials have decided to end negotiations with California over the Trump administration's plans to roll back fuel economy rules designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a government official said on Wednesday.

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Feb 20, 2019

Asia push, Wall Street support lift stocks; oil rises
World stocks rose on Wednesday, hitting a four-month high on hopes for progress in trade talks between the United States and China, and a supportive backdrop from major central banks also helped push risk assets higher.

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Feb 20, 2019

Snow, sleet threaten U.S. East Coast, hinder hundreds of flights
A winter storm bore down on the U.S. East Coast on Wednesday, threatening to snarl New York City's evening commute after hindering air travel along the East Coast and prompting the shutdown of federal offices in Washington.

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Feb 20, 2019

Wall St. mostly edges up in volatile trade after Fed minutes
U.S. stocks were mostly higher in volatile late-afternoon trade on Wednesday as the release of the Federal Reserve's minutes from its January meeting showed policymakers thought pausing on U.S. interest rate hikes last month posed little risk.

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Feb 20, 2019

CVS profit miss, rebate questions send shares tumbling 8 percent
CVS Health Corp on Wednesday forecast 2019 profit well below Wall Street estimates due to weakness in its pharmacy business that serves long-term care facilities and slower than anticipated growth in drug prices, sending shares down 8 percent.

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Feb 20, 2019

UK's May holds 'constructive' Brexit talks with wary EU
British Prime Minister Theresa May said she held "constructive" talks in Brussels on Wednesday as she sought concessions on Brexit from a skeptical European Union, her strategy further battered by the defection of three lawmakers.

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Feb 20, 2019

January FOMC minutes: Little risk in pause
Federal Reserve policymakers thought pausing on U.S. interest rate hikes last month posed little risk and plenty of benefit, minutes from their Jan. 29-30 meeting showed, giving them time to assess the effects of a global slowdown and the Fed's rate hikes to date on U.S. economic momentum.

Reuters Top News
Feb 20, 2019

Fed minutes leave questions on balance sheet, patience
Federal Reserve policymakers on Wednesday gave little sense of how long their "patient" stance on U.S. interest rate policy would last, and while promising "before too long" a plan for their $4 trillion balance sheet, left unclear what that plan would entail.

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Feb 20, 2019

Moscow ready to cut time for nuclear strike on U.S. if necessary -Putin
Moscow will match any U.S. move to deploy new nuclear missiles closer to Russia by stationing its own missiles closer to the United States or by deploying faster missiles or both, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.

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Feb 20, 2019

Venezuela security forces kill, punish anti-Maduro protesters: Amnesty
Venezuelan security forces have executed several people and arbitrarily detained hundreds of others in a campaign to punish people who protested against President Nicolas Maduro, human rights group Amnesty International said on Wednesday.

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Feb 20, 2019

Wall Street trades lower after Fed minutes
U.S. stocks turned lower in volatile trade on Wednesday after the release of the Federal Reserve's minutes from its January meeting, when the U.S. central bank said it would be "patient" with respect to further interest rate hikes.

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Feb 20, 2019

Trump 'fear-mongering' fuels rise of U.S. hate groups to record: watchdog
The number of hate groups operating in the United States rose 7 percent to an all-time high last year, the Southern Poverty Law Center said on Wednesday, attributing the increase largely to anti-immigrant rhetoric from President Donald Trump.

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Feb 20, 2019

May in Brussels for 'detailed discussions' on Brexit with wary EU
British Prime Minister Theresa May arrived in Brussels on Wednesday for "detailed discussions" as she seeks to wring more concessions on Brexit from a skeptical European Union, her strategy further battered by the defection of three lawmakers.

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Feb 20, 2019

UBS CEO says French appeals process to take 'several years'
UBS Group expects its appeal of a French court verdict ordering the Swiss bank to pay 4.5 billion euros ($5.10 billion) for aiding tax evasion to last years, Chief Executive Sergio Ermotti told staff in a memo.

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Feb 20, 2019

Southwest shares drop as mechanics labor dispute escalates
Southwest Airlines Co's shares fell as much as 6 percent on Wednesday after the low-cost carrier said it was investigating whether a conflict with its mechanics union was leading to a spike in flight cancellations.

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Feb 20, 2019

Britain managing Huawei risks, has no evidence of spying: official
Britain is able to manage the security risks of using Huawei telecoms equipment and has not seen any evidence of malicious activity by the company, a senior official said on Wednesday, pushing back against U.S. allegations of Chinese state spying.

Reuters Top News
Feb 20, 2019

Wall Street treads water ahead of Fed minutes
U.S. stocks were little changed on Wednesday, as investors awaited the Federal Reserve's minutes from its January meeting and details on trade talks between the United States and China.

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Feb 20, 2019

U.S. dismisses Putin nuclear comments as 'propaganda'
The United States on Wednesday dismissed comments by Russian President Vladimir Putin that Moscow would match any U.S. move to deploy new nuclear missiles closer to Russia as propaganda designed to divert attention from alleged Russian violations of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

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Feb 20, 2019

Abuse victims demand to see pope, call for bishops to be fired
Victims of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy demanded on Wednesday to meet Pope Francis to press their call for the Church to apply a zero tolerance policy including the dismissal of bishops who covered up such offences.

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Feb 20, 2019

CVS 2019 profit forecast a wide miss, shares fall 9 percent
CVS Health Corp on Wednesday forecast 2019 profit well below Wall Street forecasts due to weakness in its pharmacy business that serves long-term care facilities and slower than anticipated growth in drug prices, sending shares down as much as 9 percent.

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Feb 20, 2019

Exclusive: Kinder Morgan to expand Chicago ethanol hub to calm glut concerns - sources
Kinder Morgan Inc will expand barge-loading capacity at its ethanol terminal in Chicago to help relieve a supply glut there that is driving down global prices for the biofuel, three people briefed on the company's plans told Reuters.

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Feb 20, 2019

Consultant says unaware of fraud in U.S. House race in North Carolina
A political consultant told North Carolina's elections board on Wednesday he was not aware an operative working for their Republican candidate had devised an unlawful absentee ballot operation that investigators say was an effort to sway a close congressional race.

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Feb 20, 2019

White House readies panel to question security risks of climate
The White House is readying a presidential panel that would question U.S. military and intelligence reports showing human-driven climate change poses risks to national security, according to a document seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

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Feb 20, 2019

EU won't renegotiate Brexit deal: Spain foreign ministry source
The European Union will not agree to renegotiate the deal on Britain's exit from the bloc but there might be some margin of maneuver for a statement on the Irish backstop, a Spanish foreign ministry source told Reuters.

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Feb 20, 2019

EU's Juncker sees no Brexit breakthrough in Wednesday talks with PM May
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday reiterated he had no expectations of a Brexit breakthrough when he meets British Prime Minister Theresa May in the evening.

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Feb 20, 2019

Danske Bank pulls out of Russia, Baltics after money-laundering backlash
Danske Bank will pull out of Russia and the neighboring Baltic states, the Danish lender said after Estonia ordered it to close the branch at the center of one of the largest-ever money laundering scandals.

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Feb 20, 2019

Bangladesh on UK teenager in Syria: nothing to do with us
A teenager stripped of her British citizenship in Syria is nothing to do with Bangladesh and the matter is for the British to resolve, Bangladesh's interior minister said on Wednesday.

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Feb 20, 2019

Venezuela closes maritime border with Dutch islands to stop aid
Venezuela's government on Wednesday said it had closed the country's maritime border with the Dutch Caribbean islands due to the opposition's plan to bring in humanitarian aid this Saturday to alleviate an economic crisis it denies exists.

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Feb 20, 2019

Number of U.S. hate groups hits all-time high, watchdog says
The number of hate groups operating in the United States rose 7 percent to an all-time high in 2018, reflecting an increasingly divisive debate on immigration and demographic change, the Southern Poverty Law Center said on Wednesday.

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Feb 20, 2019

Islamic State nears defeat in last Syrian enclave
Islamic State looked close to defeat in its last enclave in eastern Syria on Wednesday as civilians poured out and the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said the remaining jihadists wanted to fight to the death.

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Feb 20, 2019

Britain managing Huawei risks, has no evidence of spying - official
Britain is able to manage the security risks of using Huawei telecoms equipment and has not seen any evidence of malicious activity by the company, a senior official said on Wednesday, pushing back against U.S. allegations of Chinese state spying.

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Feb 20, 2019

Trump administration to end fuel economy talks with California: official
The Trump administration has decided to end negotiations with California over plans to roll back fuel economy rules, a government official confirmed on Wednesday.

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Feb 20, 2019

Global stocks up on Asia push, muted Wall St. eyes Fed minutes
World stocks rose on Wednesday, hitting a four-month high on hopes for progress in trade talks between the United States and China, and a supportive backdrop from major central banks also helped push risk assets higher.

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Feb 20, 2019

Revised Brexit accord being hammered out now: Bloomberg cites Spanish foreign minister
A revised Brexit accord is being hammered out at the moment, Bloomberg quoted Spain's foreign minister as saying.

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Feb 20, 2019

EU won't renegotiate Brexit but statement on backstop possible: Spain foreign ministry source
The European Union will not agree to renegotiate the deal on Britain's exit from the bloc but there might be some margin for maneuver for a statement on the Irish backstop, a Spanish foreign ministry source told Reuters.

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Feb 20, 2019

Italy confirms daughter of missing North Korea diplomat returned home
North Korea informed Italy last year that the daughter of its acting ambassador had asked to return home after her father left his post in Rome, the Italian foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

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Feb 20, 2019

Wall St. edges higher ahead of Fed minutes
U.S. stocks rose sluggishly on Wednesday, as investors awaited the Federal Reserve's minutes from its latest meeting, while assessing the latest developments in the U.S.-China trade talks.

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Feb 20, 2019

UK PM May to have detailed discussions with EU's Juncker: spokesman
British Prime Minister Theresa May will have detailed discussions with European Commision President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday, her spokesman said.

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Feb 20, 2019

Meet the sea squirt, sucking up plastic particles from the sea
A rubbery sea creature with an irritating habit of clinging to ships and invading beaches could help measure plastic pollution as it can filter tiny particles from the ocean and store them in its soft tissue.

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Feb 20, 2019

U.S. Senator says U.S. allies need to maintain 'common front' on China's Huawei
U.S. Senator Mark Warner said on Wednesday he wanted to "more fully understand" Britain's reasoning for saying it had not seen any malicious activity by China's Huawei whose equipment U.S. authorities have said could be used by China for spying.

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Feb 20, 2019

UBS to appeal after fined 4.5 billion euros in French tax fraud case
A French court found Swiss bank UBS AG guilty of illegally soliciting clients and laundering the proceeds of tax evasion, ordering it to pay 4.5 billion euros ($5.1 billion) in penalties.

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Feb 20, 2019

Schools shut, flights canceled as storm sweeps U.S. Midwest, East Coast
A winter storm swept across much of the U.S. Midwest and East Coast on Wednesday, hampering air travel and prompting officials to close federal offices in Washington and several large public school systems.

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Feb 20, 2019

Venezuela reopens maritime border with Dutch Antilles: military
Venezuelan authorities have reopened the country's maritime border with the Dutch Antilles islands after closing it on Tuesday, a regional military commander told Reuters.

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Feb 20, 2019

UK's May back in Brussels, hit by defections over Brexit
British Prime Minister Theresa May headed to Brussels on Wednesday to seek more concessions from a skeptical European Union but the surprise defection of three pro-EU lawmakers from her Conservative Party undermined her Brexit strategy.

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Feb 20, 2019

U.S. trade representative to testify on China next week
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will testify next week at a U.S. House of Representatives hearing on U.S.-China trade issues, a spokesman for the House Ways and Means Committee said on Wednesday.

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Feb 20, 2019

U.S. high court buttresses constitutional ban on 'excessive fines'
In a decision that may curb the rise of financial penalties and property seizures in the U.S. criminal justice system, the Supreme Court on Wednesday for the first time ruled that the U.S. Constitution's ban on "excess fines" applies to states as well as the federal government.

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Feb 20, 2019

Wall St. muted with focus on trade talks, Fed minutes
U.S. stocks were little changed on Wednesday as investors weighed the latest developments in trade talks between the United States and China, while waiting for minutes from the Federal Reserve's January policy-setting meeting.

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Feb 20, 2019

Southwest probes cancellations, says shutdown cost $60 million
Southwest Airlines Co added a $60 million hit from the recent U.S. government shutdown to its list of headaches on Wednesday as it investigated whether a conflict with its mechanics union was adding to a rise in flight cancellations.

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Feb 20, 2019

Guaido says he's trying to freeze Venezuelan accounts in Switzerland
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said he spoke to the president of Switzerland on Wednesday to try to freeze banks accounts belonging to the tumultuous South American nation after "irregular movements" were discovered.

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Feb 20, 2019

EU countries back copyright reforms aimed at Google, Facebook
European Union countries on Wednesday endorsed an overhaul of the bloc's copyright rules which would force Google and Facebook Inc to pay publishers for news snippets and filter out copyright-protected content on YouTube or Instagram.

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Feb 20, 2019

EU governments endorse copyright reform - statement
Representatives of European Union governments endorsed on Wednesday a deal reached with the EU Parliament on the overhaul of the bloc's copyright rules, the Romanian presidency of the EU said in a statement on Twitter.

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Feb 20, 2019

Abuse victims demand to see pope, say bishops should be sacked
Victims of sexual abuse by the Catholic clergy on Wednesday demanded to meet Pope Francis personally to press demands that bishops who covered up such offences be dismissed from the priesthood.

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Feb 20, 2019

Italy demands answers over reports daughter of North Korea diplomat abducted
Italy warned on Wednesday there would be consequences to pay if there was any truth to reports that the daughter of a missing North Korean diplomat had been abducted from Rome and whisked to Pyongyang.

Reuters Top News
Feb 20, 2019

Wall St. opens flat as investors assess U.S.-China trade talks
U.S. stocks opened little changed on Wednesday, after a handful of downbeat earnings reports, while investors weighed the latest developments in trade talks between the United States and China.

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Feb 20, 2019

Factbox: Tesla executive departures since 2016
Tesla Inc on Wednesday announced the departure of its general counsel Dane Butswinkas, just two months into the job, the latest in a string of senior level exits from the electric carmaker.

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Feb 20, 2019

UK PM May could pass Brexit deal with promise of second referendum - lawmaker
British Prime Minister Theresa May could pass her Brexit deal if she agreed to hold another referendum to see if the public accepted it, one of the lawmakers who resigned from her party over the government's handling of Brexit said on Wednesday.

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Feb 20, 2019

Pope denounces constant accusers as sex abuse survivors express anger
Pope Francis said on Wednesday that people who spent their lives denouncing the Catholic Church were friends of the devil, as survivors of sexual abuse by clergymen accused him of snubbing an invitation to meet them.

Reuters Top News
Feb 20, 2019

Islamic State closer to defeat in last Syrian enclave
Islamic State appeared closer to defeat in its last enclave in eastern Syria on Wednesday, as a civilian convoy left the besieged area where U.S.-backed forces estimate a few hundred jihadists are still holed up.

Reuters Top News
Feb 20, 2019

Three UK Conservatives quit party in protest at 'disastrous Brexit'
Three lawmakers from Britain's governing Conservatives quit over the government's "disastrous handling of Brexit" on Wednesday, in a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May's attempts to unite her party around plans to leave the European Union.

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Feb 20, 2019

Tesla's top lawyer leaves two months into the job
Tesla Inc said on Wednesday its general counsel Dane Butswinkas is leaving the electric carmaker just two months after it hired him.

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Feb 20, 2019

French court fines UBS 4.5 billion euros in tax fraud case
A French court on Wednesday found Swiss bank UBS AG guilty of illegally soliciting clients in France and laundering the proceeds of tax evasion, and ordered it to pay 4.5 billion euros ($5.1 billion) in penalties.

Reuters Top News
Feb 20, 2019

Moscow ready to cut time for nuclear strike on U.S. if necessary: Putin
Moscow will match any U.S. move to deploy new nuclear missiles closer to Russia by stationing its own missiles closer to the United States or by deploying faster missiles or both, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.

Reuters Top News
Feb 20, 2019

UBS slams French verdict in tax evasion trial
UBS slammed a French court verdict on Wednesday ordering the Swiss bank to pay 4.5 billion euros ($5.10 billion) after finding it guilty of aiding tax evasion.

Reuters Top News
Feb 20, 2019

CVS Health's forecast points to more pain at long-term care business
CVS Health Corp blamed weakness in its long-term healthcare business for a shortfall in its full-year profit forecast, indicating more troubles at the unit it bought about four years ago.

Reuters Top News
Feb 20, 2019

Southwest cuts growth forecast on government shutdown pain
Southwest Airlines Co cut its forecast for first-quarter revenue per seat mile on Wednesday, citing weak passenger demand and a $60 million hit to first-quarter sales from the longest partial U.S. government shutdown.

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