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Britain, U.S. sending planes, troops to deter Russia in the east

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:43:26 -0400

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain said on Wednesday it will send fighter jets to Romania next year and the United States promised troops, tanks and artillery to Poland in NATO's biggest military build-up on Russia's borders since the Cold War.(image)

Republicans may be on verge of losing Senate majority: aides

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:26:22 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican Party's two-year run in the majority of the U.S. Senate is at serious risk and may well end on Nov. 8, senior congressional aides said on Wednesday, blaming Donald Trump as a drag on down-ballot Republican candidates.(image)

Islamic State holds up Iraqi army south of Mosul

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:37:25 -0400

QAYYARA/BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters kept up on Wednesday their fierce defense of the southern approaches to Mosul, which has held up Iraqi troops there and forced an elite army unit east of the city to put a more rapid advance on hold.(image)

Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star vandalized on video

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:42:54 -0400

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was defaced by a vandal wielding a sledgehammer and a pick-axe on Wednesday in an act captured on video, police said.(image)

Boeing rally lifts Dow, Apple weighs on S&P, Nasdaq

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:36:57 -0400

(Reuters) - A rally in Boeing's shares helped the Dow reverse course in the early afternoon session on Wednesday, while Apple continued to weigh on the Nasdaq and the S&P 500.(image)

Venezuela opposition escalates protests against Maduro 'dictatorship'

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:42:49 -0400

CARACAS (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of opposition supporters rallied across Venezuela on Wednesday against socialist President Nicolas Maduro, whom they accuse of becoming a dictator by blocking a plebiscite to remove him.(image)

U.S. abstains for first time on U.N. call for end to Cuba embargo

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:26:49 -0400

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday abstained for the first time from a United Nations General Assembly vote on a resolution calling for an end to a U.S. economic embargo on Cuba, after opposing such measures every year for 24 years.(image)

Pope Francis the manager - surprising, secretive, shrewd

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:27:13 -0400

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Father Ernest Simoni, a 88-year-old Albanian, was watching Pope Francis on television this month when, to his astonishment, he heard the pontiff mention his name.(image)

Pro-immigrant protesters snarl New York City morning commute

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:40:08 -0400

(Reuters) - Pro-immigrant protesters chained themselves together and blocked lanes on the George Washington Bridge between New Jersey and New York City on Wednesday, briefly halting traffic during the morning rush on the busiest U.S. bridge.(image)

Getting North Korea to give up nuclear bomb probably 'lost cause': U.S. spy chief

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 06:13:08 -0400

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. policy of trying to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons "is probably a lost cause" and the best that could be hoped for is a cap on the country's nuclear capability, the Director of U.S. National Intelligence James Clapper said on Tuesday.(image)