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Manning served tough prison term, commutation would not send wrong signal: Obama

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:12:46 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that former military intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning had served a tough prison term and his decision to commute her 35-year sentence to about seven years served would not signal leniency toward leakers of U.S. government secrets.(image)



Trump U.N. pick echoes his criticism but breaks from him on Russia

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:04:30 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump's pick for U.N. ambassador echoed his condemnation of the world body and pledged to push for reforms at her confirmation hearing on Wednesday, but broke from the president-elect on some foreign policy issues, including Russia.(image)



Obama says good U.S.-Russia relations in world's interest

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:02:20 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday it is in the world's interest for the United States and Russia to have a constructive relationship, but Russia's return to an "adversarial spirit" under President Vladimir Putin made that difficult.(image)



Senate panel overwhelmingly approves Trump Pentagon pick

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:08:22 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to recommend President-elect Donald Trump's pick for Secretary of Defense, retired Marine General James Mattis.(image)



One habit Trump says he will keep as president: tweeting

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:51:12 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump scrapped a proposal to move news briefings out of the White House, but said he wants his team to choose who gets into the press room.(image)



China's Xi says to build new relations with United States

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:58:46 -0500

GENEVA (Reuters) - China will build a new model of relations with the United States as part of its creation of a "circle of friends" around the world, President Xi Jinping said in a speech at the United Nations in Geneva on Wednesday.(image)



Jump in manufacturing, tight labor markets show U.S. economic health: Fed

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:37:12 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A pickup in manufacturing, "widespread" reports of labor shortages and improving business investment set the stage for the Federal Reserve's December rate hike amid signs of steady economic growth across the country, the Fed reported Wednesday in its latest Beige Book compendium of economic conditions.(image)



Ex-president George H.W. Bush moved to intensive care; wife hospitalized

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:53:27 -0500

(Reuters) - Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush has been moved to an intensive-care unit at a Houston hospital with pneumonia and was stable and resting comfortably after doctors performed a procedure to clear his airway, his office said on Wednesday.(image)



World temperatures hit new high in 2016 for third year in a row

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:34:36 -0500

OSLO (Reuters) - World temperatures hit a record high for the third year in a row in 2016, creeping closer to a ceiling set for global warming with extremes including unprecedented heat in India and ice melt in the Arctic, U.S. government agencies said on Wednesday.(image)



Istanbul nightclub attacker says was directed by Islamic State: report

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:18:42 -0500

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - An Uzbek gunman who killed 39 people in Istanbul's Reina nightclub on New Year's Day told police he had changed his target at the last minute to avoid heavy security and acted on direct orders from Islamic State in Syria, a newspaper said on Wednesday.(image)