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France's Fillon says government is behind media leaks against him

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:48:15 +0000

PARIS (Reuters) - Right-wing presidential candidate Francois Fillon, hit by new damaging disclosures, accused the Socialist government on Wednesday of organising a campaign of media leaks about his financial affairs to neutralise him as a force in the election.(image)

Trump fights for support ahead of U.S. healthcare vote

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:51:58 +0000

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders appeared on Wednesday to be losing the battle to get enough support in the House of Representatives to pass their Obamacare rollback bill, watched by wary investors in financial markets.(image)

Lawmaker suggests U.S. surveillance of foreigners picked up Trump calls

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:09:49 +0000

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives intelligence committee said on Wednesday some of President Donald Trump's personal communications may have been caught up in "incidental" surveillance involving a foreign power in the months after the election.(image)

Tillerson pledges safe areas for refugees, more pressure on Islamic State

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:59:03 +0000

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday the United States would set up "interim zones of stability" to help refugees return home in the next phase of the fight against Islamic State and al Qaeda in Syria and Iraq.(image)

Philippine president says trusts China won't build on disputed shoal

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:53:05 +0000

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he trusted China would not build anything on a disputed South China Sea shoal because he was given its "word of honour" and Beijing would not want to jeopardise a new friendship.(image)

Sinn Fein says opposes extension to Northern Ireland government talks

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:45:55 +0000

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Northern Ireland's largest nationalist party Sinn Fein will oppose any extension to next week's deadline to form a new government and any attempt to return to direct British rule of the province, its president Gerry Adams said on Wednesday.(image)

'I need to be safe' - Crossing into Canada from the U.S.

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:48:03 +0000

HEMMINGFORD, Quebec (Reuters) - A Sudanese man hopped out of his taxi with a duffle bag slung around his shoulder just before daybreak, as he headed for the U.S. - Canadian border.(image)

Saudi officials say Yemen's Qaeda arm losing ability to carry out attacks abroad

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:52:52 +0000

PARIS (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's Yemeni arm is losing its ability to export militancy overseas after sustained military pressure on its operations, and Islamic State and Shi'ite militants are instead Riyadh's main internal concern, Saudi Arabian officials said on Wednesday.(image)

NATO Secretary General says looking for date for minister talks

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:45:28 +0000

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg agreed with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday to look for a date that would allow all NATO allies to attend a meeting of foreign ministers.(image)

Ukraine says sanctions on Russian banks to start from Thursday

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:55:29 +0000

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's central bank said sanctions against subsidiaries of Russian banks will take effect from Thursday, and will include prohibitions on financial operations that benefit the banks' parent structures.(image)