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Trump vows military build-up, hammers nationalist themes

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:59:18 -0500

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said he would make a massive budget request for one of the "greatest military buildups in American history" on Friday in a feisty, campaign-style speech extolling robust nationalism to eager conservative activists.(image)

In sweeping move, Trump puts regulation monitors in U.S. agencies

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:55:26 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday to place "regulatory reform" task forces and officers within federal agencies in what may be the most far reaching effort to pare back U.S. red tape in recent decades.(image)

Former Border Patrol officials question Trump plan to add agents

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:37:59 -0500

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. Department of Homeland Security plan to add more than 5,000 border enforcement agents will present logistical challenges and might be unnecessary, according to former government officials familiar with earlier pushes to accelerate border hiring.(image)

Details emerge of Republicans' plans to replace Obamacare

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:52:54 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Details of potential Obamacare replacements by U.S. House Republicans emerged in news reports on Friday, as Republican lawmakers have vowed to introduce new legislation in the coming weeks.(image)

Trump asks NASA to explore putting crew on rocket's debut flight

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:55:03 -0500

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - The Trump administration has directed NASA to study whether it is feasible to fly astronauts on the debut flight of the agency’s heavy-lift rocket, a mission currently planned to be unmanned and targeted to launch in late 2018, officials said on Friday.(image)

Trump proposal for terrorist listing of Iran Revolutionary Guard in limbo: sources

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:21:45 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A proposal the Trump administration is considering to designate Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization has stalled over warnings from defense and intelligence officials that the move could backfire, according to officials familiar with the matter.(image)

Kansas man charged with killing Indian in possible hate crime

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:24:02 -0500

KANSAS CITY/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A 51-year-old man has been charged with killing an engineer from India and wounding two other men when he opened fire in a Kansas bar in what federal authorities were investigating on Friday as a possible bias-motivated crime that shocked the victim's home country.(image)

One question at U.N. Syria talks: What does Russia want?

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:30:28 -0500

GENEVA (Reuters) - The first U.N.-led Syria peace talks in almost a year are in danger of getting lost in procedure, as officials obsess about who will meet whom, but behind the scenes diplomats say it's largely up to Russia to call the tune.(image)

Ghosts of past tech IPOs could haunt Snap's performance

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:04:54 -0500

(Reuters) - Snap Inc appears set to make a splash next week with the biggest tech stock debut since Facebook Inc, but history suggests investors shut out of the initial public offering would be better off waiting a bit to chase this unicorn on the open market.(image)

Iraqi forces punch into western Mosul, launch air strikes in Syria

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:50:22 -0500

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - U.S.-backed Iraqi forces pushed into western Mosul on Friday after retaking the city's airport from Islamic State, as aid agencies warned the most dangerous phase of the offensive was about to begin for hundreds of thousands of civilians.(image)