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U.S. allies caution Trump on Syria strategy

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:11:34 -0500

WASHINGTON/PARIS (Reuters) - Key U.S. allies in Europe are quietly expressing concern over President-elect Donald Trump's approach to Syria, warning that his pledge to work more closely with Russia, Damascus' main backer, will do little to diminish the terrorist threat emanating from Syria.(image)



Trump to name Goldman executive Cohn to key economic post

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:25:11 -0500

BATON ROUGE, La. (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will likely ask a senior Goldman Sachs banker to coordinate economic policy across his administration, turning again to Wall Street for expertise in managing the world's largest economy, a transition official said on Friday.(image)



Trump packs trade team with veterans of steel wars with China

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:00:26 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump is stacking his trade transition team with veterans of the U.S. steel industry's battles with China, signaling a potentially more aggressive approach to U.S. complaints of unfair Chinese subsidies for its exports and barriers to imports.(image)



'I had to do it,' accused gunman says of South Carolina church attack

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:52:41 -0500

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Jurors in the federal hate crimes trial of Dylann Roof watched a video on Friday of the avowed white supremacist confessing to killing nine parishioners at a historic black church in South Carolina and saying he felt he "had to do it."(image)



Exxon CEO Tillerson emerges as Trump's secretary of state favorite: transition official

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:11:49 -0500

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp. chief executive officer Rex Tillerson emerged on Friday as President-elect Donald Trump's leading candidate for U.S. secretary of state, a senior transition official said.(image)



Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox bids $14 billion for UK's Sky

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:10:14 -0500

NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox Inc has struck a preliminary deal to buy the 61 percent of British pay-TV firm Sky Plc it does not already own for around $14 billion, five years after a political scandal wrecked a previous bid.(image)



Syrian government forces press attack in east Aleppo

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:14:30 -0500

ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army pressed an offensive in Aleppo on Friday with ground fighting and air strikes in an operation to retake all of the city's rebel-held east that would bring victory in the civil war closer for President Bashar al-Assad.(image)



Trump team memo on climate change alarms Energy Department staff

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:30:10 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump's Energy Department transition team sent the agency a memo this week asking for the names of people who have worked on climate change and the professional society memberships of lab workers, alarming employees and advisors.(image)



Gambia's President Jammeh says rejects outcome of Dec. 1 election

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:51:04 -0500

BANJUL (Reuters) - Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh said on Friday he rejects the outcome of last week's election that he lost to opposition leader Adama Barrow and called for fresh elections.(image)



Oil drilling advocate to be Trump pick for Interior Department

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:22:12 -0500

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will pick U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a climate-change skeptic and an advocate for expanded oil and gas development, to run the Interior Department, a Trump aide said on Friday.(image)