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By Andrei Makhovsky MINSK (Reuters) - Belarus authorities detained hundreds of people on Saturday during an attempt to hold a street protest in the capital Minsk, amid rising public anger over falling living standards and an unpopular tax on the unemployed. A Reuters reporter saw hundreds of police deployed to block off access points to the square where the protests were due to take place. Saturday's demonstration is the latest in a wave of protests since February that pose the biggest challenge in years to President Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled the ex-Soviet state with an iron fist for nearly a quarter of a century.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Five more Democrats said Friday that they will vote against Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and will support a filibuster against him.
Emails sent under a pseudonym by current US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson when he was still CEO of ExxonMobil, and which are sought by a court, cannot be produced, lawyers for the oil giant said. According to a letter dated March 21 and sent Wednesday by ExxonMobil to AFP, these emails, sent under the name Wayne Tracker, cannot be recovered for the period from September 5, 2014 to November 28, 2014. The letter is addressed to the Supreme Court of the State of New York as part of an investigation opened in November 2015 by State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
US stocks mostly rebounded Wednesday ahead of a key congressional vote on health care, but doubts about the prospects for President Donald Trump's broader agenda weighed on European and Asian equities.
The United States will increase pressure on Islamic State and al Qaeda and work to set up "interim zones of stability" to help refugees return home in the next phase of the battle to defeat the groups, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday. Addressing top officials from an international coalition of 68 nations battling Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Tillerson did not elaborate on where the United States planned to set up these safety zones. "The United States will increase our pressure on ISIS and al Qaeda and will work to establish interim zones of stability, through ceasefires, to allow refugees to return home," he told the meeting at the State Department.
President Donald Trump traveled down Pennsylvania Avenue to the US Congress Tuesday, warning fellow Republicans not to oppose his healthcare reforms in a key vote this week. In a significant flex of presidential muscle, Trump warned House Republicans they will face the electorate's wrath if they do not vote to repeal and replace Obamacare this Thursday. For years Republicans have promised to overturn Obama's reform, describing it as government overreach, but some lawmakers have balked at their own party's replacement plan.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - President Donald Trump is trying to give the teetering Republican plan to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's health care law a new sense of urgency by saying he'd like to get it over with and move on to his preferred agenda items.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has described European lawmakers as "crazies" in a salty-tongued rebuttal of criticism of his deadly drug war, while vowing again that all traffickers will be killed. Duterte fired his broadside in a late-night speech Sunday in Myanmar after the European Parliament issued a resolution last week condemning "the high number of extrajudicial killings" in his war on drugs. Why don't you mind your own business," said Duterte, who frequently uses swear words and other abusive language against his critics.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has confirmed 124 Supreme Court justices since the United States was founded. Neil Gorsuch wants to be the newest member of the relatively small group of men and women who guide the nation's judicial branch.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued a staunch joint defence of free trade Sunday, as the United States pushes towards greater protectionism. "We want free and open markets," Merkel said in a speech in Hanover, a day before the world's biggest computer trade fair, CeBIT, kicks off in the central German city. The event is partnered with Japan this year.
The women are all U.S. citizens.
On NBC's "Meet the Press," Rep. Adam Schiff - the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee - defended his committee's investigation, saying: "At the outset of the investigation, there was circumstantial evidence of collusion.
Viewers tuning into The Rachel Maddow Show on March 14 were disappointed to see, after much hype and 20 minutes of on-air build up, that an expected bombshell turned out to be a giant dud. Maddow saw a surge of viewers to her program, following teaser tweets about obtaining President Trump's tax returns. Maddow eventually revealed two pages of Trump's 2005 tax return. The forms showed that Trump earned $150 million that year and paid $38 million in taxes. Maddow's source, financial journalist David Cay Johnston, claimed to have received the documents in his mailbox. Despite the tax return not yielding anything of real significance, Mr. Trump still went out of his way denounce the...
By Douglas Busvine NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A saffron-robed Hindu holy man was sworn in on Sunday to lead India's most populous state, sealing what appears to be a shift in course by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that could redefine the world's largest democracy as a Hindu nation. The choice as Uttar Pradesh chief minister of Yogi Adityanath, a firebrand Hindu ascetic with a history of agitation against minority Muslims, stunned observers who said it marked a departure from the platform of development for all on which Modi rose to national power in 2014. "Modi is saying India is a Hindu country and shall remain so," veteran journalist and commentator Shekhar Gupta told Reuters.
By Lawrence Hurley and Andrew Chung WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is sworn in for his Senate confirmation hearing on Monday, Democrats will make the case that he is a pro-business, social conservative insufficiently independent of the president. In a bid to place hurdles in the way of Gorsuch's expected confirmation by the Republican-controlled Senate, Democrats on the judiciary committee have said they will probe him on several fronts based mainly on his record as a federal appeals court judge and a Justice Department appointee under former President George W. Bush.
The US Secret Service bolstered security at the White House after a man was arrested after making threats at one its checkpoints, an official said. "On March 18, 2017 at approximately 11:05 pm, an individual drove a vehicle up to a Secret Service checkpoint located at 15th Street and E Street NW," a Secret Service spokesman said in the latest of a series of White House security concerns. "Upon contact with the individual, US Secret Service Uniform Division Officers detained the individual and declared his vehicle suspicious.
NEW YORK (AP) - A plane from Chicago that landed at LaGuardia Airport on Saturday got stuck in a snowdrift while turning off the runway and had to be pulled out by a tug.
The secretary of state's maiden Asia trip was embroiled in controversy after he cut short his appointments in Seoul, reportedly because he was exhausted.
Hundreds of rebels and civilians began leaving the last opposition-held district of Syria's Homs on Saturday under a controversial deal that will bring the whole city under government control. The Russian-supervised evacuation of Waer was agreed earlier this month and is expected to last several weeks. The new agreement aims to finalise implementation of a "reconciliation deal" that has already seen several phases of rebel evacuation from Waer district, but which had stalled in recent months.
How could they even breathe in there?
Ahead of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's first visit to President Trump's White House, Yahoo News & Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga takes a look at Merkel's rise to power in Europe and whether she can hold on to her chancellorship for a fourth term.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Latest on NYC emergency medical technician fatally struck by a stolen ambulance (all times local):
Somali pirates on Thursday handed over an oil tanker and eight Sri Lankan hostages captured just days ago, the Oceans Beyond Piracy NGO told AFP, bringing to a close the first such attack since 2012. Earlier on Thursday the Puntland coastguard had threatened to use force if the talks to convince the pirates to release the vessel failed.
A Federal Police soldier runs for cover during fighting against Islamic State militants in western Mosul, Iraq; Cooper, an assistance dog for Philip Eaglesham, left, yawns as Britain's Prince Harry leads a panel discussion at King's College in London; snow-covered Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, spews lava during an eruption. These are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Getty/Reuters/Zuma)
The US State Department said Wednesday that it is testing new media coverage rules as its boss Rex Tillerson traveled to Asia with no accredited reporters in tow -- a break with 50 years of tradition. Now Tillerson has angered US and foreign correspondents accredited to cover the State Department by traveling to Asia on Tuesday with just one journalist -- from a conservative publication called the Independent Journal Review.
On Wednesday, March 15, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and Ranking Member Adam Schiff discus the committee's Russia investigation.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Congressional Budget Office report on a Republican health care bill set off an intense reaction in Washington, and some on both sides of the debate are playing loose with the facts.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A Jordanian woman has been charged in connection with a 2001 bombing of a Jerusalem pizza restaurant that killed 15 people and injured dozens of others.
By Katharine Houreld NAIROBI (Reuters) - Somali pirates are suspected of hijacking a Sri Lankan-flagged fuel freighter that sent a distress call, turned off its tracking system and altered course for the Somali coast, a piracy expert said on Tuesday. If confirmed, Monday's incident would be the first hijack of a commercial ship by Somali pirates since 2012. The Aris 13 was believed to be carrying eight crew, said John Steed of the aid group Oceans Beyond Piracy.
Several US states run by Democrats on Monday stepped up the pressure in federal court for the suspension of Republican President Donald Trump's amended travel ban, if possible before it takes effect Thursday. The state of Washington -- with the support of California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and Oregon -- has asked the same Seattle judge who issued a stay against Trump's first executive order on immigration to block the new measure. The first version of the order, signed by Trump on January 27, triggered howls of protest at home and abroad as well as chaos at US airports as some people were detained upon arrival and either held for hours or sent back to where they came from.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - Just days away from an election in which he hopes to secure a third term, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte didn't want to be seen as backing down to Turkish threats.
Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings is interviewed on "This Week."
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - A day after a court removed her from power over a corruption scandal, ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye maintained her silence on Saturday as her opponents and supporters divided the capital's streets with massive rallies that showed a nation deeply split over its future.
The biggest foreign investor in Ukraine expressed alarm Thursday over a weeks-long blockade of railway lines for transporting coal between the separatist east and the rest of the ex-Soviet state. Global steel giant ArcelorMittal expressed concern over the stoppage and said its operations near the war zone had been affected by the "challenging situation". ArcelorMittal bills itself as the world's largest integrated steel and mining company.
Uber on Wednesday promised not to use a recently uncovered "Greyball" software program to trick regulators trying to catch drivers breaking the law. The smartphone-summoned ride service last week acknowledged the use of the secret software program to steer drivers away from trouble, including sting operations by local authorities to catch lawbreakers. According to Uber, the tool was used in cities where it was not banned from operating, and the main intent was to protect drivers from disruption by competitors using the smartphone application to interfere instead of summon legitimate rides.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has offered former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman the position as U.S. ambassador to Russia, a high-profile and sensitive post amid investigations into the contacts between Russian officials and the Trump campaign.
Confide, an encrypted communications app that has become popular within the White House, was shown to have significant security flaws that could leave accounts and messages compromised.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House voted decisively Wednesday to approve a $578 billion spending bill that keeps the U.S. armed forces operating through September and sets the stage for substantial increases to the Pentagon's budget advocated by President Donald Trump.
New York (AFP) - Oil prices slumped to their lowest level of 2017 Wednesday following a bearish US supply report that also dented American petroleum-linked shares.
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By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Malaysia has warned that an investigation into the murder of the North Korean leader's half brother "may take longer than what we hope," as Pyongyang ally China said on Wednesday that no international action should be considered until it is finished. Malaysia has said assassins used VX nerve agent, a chemical listed by the United Nations as a weapon of mass destruction, to kill Kim Jong Un's estranged half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Feb. 13.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A woman in labor demanded a friend inject her with heroin and methamphetamine before firefighters arrived at their home and she gave birth while entering an ambulance, New Hampshire police said Wednesday.
A US government-commissioned review concluded Caterpillar intentionally committed tax and financial reporting fraud, the New York Times reported Wednesday. Federal agents last week raided the Illinois headquarters of the US industrial giant, which failed to account for $7.9 billion in overseas income for tax purposes, according to a report by Leslie Robinson, an accounting professor at Dartmouth College. Robinson said Caterpillar's actions were "deliberate" and "fraudulent rather than negligent," according to the newspaper.
As researchers look for ways to improve LGBT health, one issue hasn't received much attention with respect to this population, although it is an equal-opportunity process: aging. Now, groundbreaking research is taking a closer look at the unique ways middle-age and older LGBT adults experience getting older, revealing some key obstacles and disparities. An estimated 2.4 percent of the older population self-identifies as LGBT, with many more who haven't yet "come out," according to Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen, principal investigator of the multifaceted study, "Aging With Pride: National Health, Aging and Sexuality/Gender." "We need to develop interventions to reduce disparities, promote...
A top U.S. military commander called the attack 'an unspeakable crime.'
British Prime Minister Theresa May has sacked Michael Heseltine, a senior figure in her Conservative Party, from various advisory roles for rebelling against the government in a Brexit vote in the House of Lords. Heseltine, 83, a former deputy prime minister nicknamed "Tarzan" for his mane of hair and macho reputation, said he was called away from dinner with his wife late Tuesday to be sacked. Heseltine, who had been working three to four days a week in an advisory role for the government, said he was surprised at the suddenness of his sacking, since his position on Britain leaving the European Union was already well known.
China Reacts to U.S.; North Korean Tensions; Iranian Losses in Syria; EUCOM Fights off Drones; And Lots More