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U.S. government shutdown begins as spending bill fails in Senate

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 07:02:02 +0000

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government shut down at midnight on Friday after Democrats and Republicans failed to reach a last-minute deal to fund its operations, divided in a bitter dispute over immigration and border security.(image)

Former Catalan leader says he can rule from abroad, Madrid says no

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:41:42 +0000

MADRID (Reuters) - The sacked former leader of Catalonia said on Friday he could be re-elected as the region's president and rule remotely from his self-imposed exile in Brussels, but the Spanish government said it would not let that happen.(image)

Merkel upbeat SPD will approve talks with her conservatives

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:48:57 +0000

PARIS (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday she was optimistic that Social Democrats (SPD) would approve the start of formal coalition talks with her conservatives at a special party congress this weekend.(image)

Failure to launch: Egypt opposition hits roadblock on path to presidency

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:36:01 +0000

CAIRO (Reuters) - Six months into laying the groundwork for his presidential bid, Egyptian hopeful Mohamed Anwar Sadat hit a snag: he could not find a hotel prepared to hire him a space to launch his campaign.(image)

Turkey shells Syria's Afrin region, minister says operation has begun

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:42:14 +0000

SUGEDIGI, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkish artillery fired into Syria's Afrin region on Friday in what Ankara said was the start of a military campaign against the Kurdish-controlled area.(image)

U.S. Supreme Court to decide legality of Trump travel ban

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:30:29 +0000

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday set up a major showdown over presidential powers, agreeing to decide the legality of President Donald Trump's latest travel ban targeting people from six Muslim-majority countries.(image)

Merkel and Macron play up euro zone reform plans

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:09:55 +0000

PARIS (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Emmanuel Macron talked up the prospect of agreeing reforms to the euro zone on Friday, saying they were committed to strengthening the single currency bloc and Europe as a whole.(image)

Tourists saved by boat from bushfire as heatwave strikes Australia

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 06:56:19 +0000

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Holidaymakers trapped by a bushfire had to be rescued by boat from a national park south of Australia's largest city of Sydney as a heatwave struck the eastern seaboard on Saturday.(image)

Cambodia's detained opposition leader rejects new opposition movement

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 05:43:25 +0000

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodia's detained opposition leader Kem Sokha has declined to join a new movement, founded by prominent exiles following a ban on the main opposition party, his lawyer said on Saturday.(image)

California couple may have used food to control starving children

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:58:29 +0000

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The California couple accused of beating, shackling and abusing their 13 children may have used starvation as a weapon to control them, experts say, and the malnourishment would likely cause lifelong physical and mental issues for the siblings.(image)