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Israel closes Gaza border crossings after Palestinian rocket strikes

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel announced the closure of its Gaza border crossings on Thursday in response to daily rocket fire from the enclave over the past week after U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital stoked Palestinian anger...

Thursday, December 14, 2017, 3:22 AM

Asia stocks slightly up after Fed move; dollar, U.S. yields sag

By Shinichi Saoshiro TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks generally rose on Thursday after the Federal Reserve delivered a much-anticipated interest rate hike, while its caution on inflation tempered expectations for 2018 tightening, weighing on the dollar and...

Thursday, December 14, 2017, 3:22 AM

Mexico Senate committees pass controversial security bill

By Lizbeth Diaz MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican Senate committees on Wednesday approved a controversial security bill that human rights groups say risks granting excessive power to the armed forces in their already checkered role in combating...

Thursday, December 14, 2017, 3:18 AM

South Africa's Zuma appeals court ruling on state prosecutor's appointment: local media

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has filed an appeal against a court ruling that his appointment of a state prosecutor to decide whether to reinstate corruption charges against him was not valid, local media reported on Thursday....

Thursday, December 14, 2017, 3:18 AM

Bitcoin fever exposes crypto-market frailties

By Jemima Kelly and Anna Irrera LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - As bitcoin raced to another record high on Tuesday, one of the biggest providers of digital currency wallets, Coinbase, went down under the weight of traffic, leaving many of its more than 10...

Thursday, December 14, 2017, 3:11 AM

U.N.'s Guterres warns against 'sleepwalking' into war over North Korea

By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, warning against the danger of "sleepwalking" into war, said on Thursday that Security Council resolutions on North Korea's nuclear and missile programs must be fully implemented by...

Thursday, December 14, 2017, 12:42 AM

House and Senate reach deal on U.S. tax legislation: Hatch

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch said on Wednesday that Republicans in the Senate and House of Representatives had reached a deal on tax reform legislation. Asked by reporters, if an agreement had been reached in...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 2:32 PM

U.N. expert says torture persists at Guantanamo Bay; U.S. denies

By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - An independent U.N. human rights investigator said on Wednesday that he had information about an inmate being tortured at the U.S. Guantanamo Bay detention facility, despite Washington banning "enhanced interrogation...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 2:31 PM

Three men to plead guilty to crimes tied to 2016 botnet attacks

By Dustin Volz and Nate Raymond (Reuters) - A former Rutgers University student and two other men pleaded guilty to computer crimes related to the creation, sale and use of the Mirai botnet, a network of infected electronics equipment used to knock...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 2:31 PM

Muslim leaders call on world to recognize East Jerusalem as Palestinian capital

By Ali Kucukgocmen ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Muslim leaders condemned U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Wednesday and called on the world to respond by recognizing East Jerusalem as the capital of...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 2:31 PM

Exclusive: Ford to base Fusion production in China, ship to U.S. - sources

By Paul Lienert (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co plans to consolidate global production of midsize sedans in China in 2020 and ship them to the United States and Europe, three sources said on Wednesday. In North America, the Fusion sedan currently is...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 2:31 PM

Fed raises interest rates, keeps policy outlook unchanged for 2018

By Howard Schneider and Lindsay Dunsmuir WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve raised interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point on Wednesday, as anticipated, but left its rate outlook for the coming years unchanged even as policymakers...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 2:31 PM

Justice official downplays Republican criticism of Mueller

By Sarah N. Lynch and Lisa Lambert WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Wednesday downplayed Republican lawmakers' concerns that attorneys and agents investigating Russian alleged interference in the 2016...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 2:31 PM

Exclusive: Saudi Aramco to push ahead with market share, expansion strategy - CEO

By Rania El Gamal and Reem Shamseddine DAMMAM, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Saudi Aramco, the world's largest oil producer, aims to regain its lost market share after the OPEC-led supply-cut pact ends and plans to push ahead with a downstream expansion...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 2:30 PM

Airbus leadership under fire as crisis deepens

By Tim Hepher and Cyril Altmeyer TOULOUSE/PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus is engulfed in a fresh bout of speculation over the future of senior managers as corruption probes rattle the aerospace company and add fuel to a long-running clash of egos at the...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 2:30 PM

Minnesota lieutenant governor to replace Franken in Senate

By Gina Cherelus (Reuters) - Minnesota's Democratic Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith was appointed as U.S. senator on Wednesday to replace Al Franken, who resigned after being accused of sexual harassment. Smith, 59, will serve a one-...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 2:30 PM

Congress secures tax deal, Trump backs 21-percent corporate rate

By David Morgan and Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans have reached a deal on final tax legislation, the U.S. Senate's top Republican tax writer said on Wednesday, with President Donald Trump saying he would back a...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 6:12 AM

Donald Trump Jr. wants 'leak' probe, as Congress' Russia probes press on

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's eldest son asked a House of Representatives committee on Tuesday to investigate possible leaks of information about his Dec. 6 interview with lawmakers, as congressional probes of...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 6:12 AM

Tech sector loses champion in death of San Francisco mayor

By David Ingram SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Francisco technology companies including Twitter, Salesforce.com, Uber and Airbnb lost an important ally on Tuesday with the sudden death of Mayor Ed Lee. Lee courted the industry with tax breaks...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 6:12 AM

Trump's Jerusalem decision shows lack of respect for Palestinian nation: Iran's Rouhani

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital shows the United States lacks any respect for the legitimate rights of the Palestinian nation, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani tweeted on Wednesday....

Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 5:51 AM