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Executive actions ready to go as Trump prepares to take office

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:40:15 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump is preparing to sign executive actions on his first day in the White House on Friday to take the opening steps to crack down on immigration, build a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border and roll back outgoing President Barack Obama's policies.(image)

Fortress Washington girds for days of anti-Trump protests

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:15:28 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington turned into a virtual fortress on Thursday ahead of Donald Trump's presidential inauguration, with police ready to step in to separate protesters from Trump supporters at any sign of unrest during the festivities.(image)

Hopes fade of finding survivors buried under avalanche in Italy

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:41:49 -0500

PENNE, Italy (Reuters) - Hopes of finding survivors dwindled on Thursday more than 24 hours after an avalanche struck a luxury mountain hotel in Italy burying up to 30 people under tonnes of snow and debris.(image)

As Trump emissary to Congress, Mike Pence faces potential obstacle - his boss

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:39:03 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Shortly after Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election in November, Vice President-elect Mike Pence visited the country’s largest manufacturing lobby group, six blocks from the White House, to brainstorm about Trump's legislative agenda.(image)

Senior U.S. spy, diplomats leaving despite being asked to stay on

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:34:10 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top U.S. intelligence officer and two senior diplomats are leaving the government despite appearing on a Jan. 17 list of those asked to stay on under President-elect Donald Trump, current and former U.S. officials said on Thursday.(image)

U.S. Treasury nominee Mnuchin hammered over offshore tax havens

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:45:14 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday he would work to eliminate the need for offshore tax havens, as Democratic senators accused the Wall Street veteran of using such vehicles to shelter hedge fund money from the government.(image)

China seen posting steady fourth quarter GDP growth of 6.7 percent

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:08:30 -0500

BEIJING (Reuters) - Boosted by higher government spending and record bank lending, China is expected to report on Friday that its economy grew by a steady 6.7 percent in the fourth quarter, giving it a solid tailwind heading into what is expected to be a turbulent 2017.(image)

Davos CEOs 'go local' on supply chain in Trump era

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:33:22 -0500

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Business leaders in Davos, traditionally the high priests of globalization, are talking up the benefits of local production this week to shield themselves from criticism from incoming U.S. President Donald Trump.(image)

Trump to visit CIA headquarters on Saturday: transition official

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:37:08 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump plans to visit CIA headquarters on Saturday on his first full day as U.S. president, as he takes command of an agency that he has harshly criticized, a transition official said on Thursday.(image)

U.S. strikes in Libya kill more than 80 Islamic State fighters

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:34:29 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 80 Islamic State militants, some of whom were believed to be plotting attacks in Europe, died in U.S. air strikes on camps outside the group's former North African stronghold of Sirte in Libya, the United States said on Thursday.(image)