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  • Trump to meet with Senate leaders on Supreme Court pick

    President Trump meets business leaders at the White House in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will meet with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday to discuss his Supreme Court choice, McConnell said. Trump also planned to meet with Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, Politico reported, citing an unidentified administration official. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said at a news conference on Monday that there would be an update in the next week or so on a nominee to fill the high court vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. ...

  • Trump signs orders reviving Keystone, Dakota pipelines

    The Keystone XL pipelineUS President Donald Trump signed executive orders Tuesday reviving the construction of two controversial oil pipelines, but said the projects would be subject to renegotiation. "It is subject to a renegotiation of terms, by us," he said of the Keystone project.

  • Dying from cancer: Could your location determine your fate?

    FILE - In this April 21, 2015 file photo, a man smokes a cigarette in New Orleans. According to research published Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in the Journal of the American Medical Association, U.S. cancer death rates have steadily climbed in parts of the country struggling with obesity, heavy smoking and other ills _ a stark contrast with the national trend and improvements in wealthier pockets of the country. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)CHICAGO (AP) — Cancer death rates are steadily rising in certain parts of the U.S. in grim contrast with the declining death rate across the nation as a whole, an exhaustive new analysis has found.

  • Egypt's el-Sissi says he is alarmed by high divorce rates

    In this handout photo provided by the Egyptian presidency, President Abdel-Fatteh el-Sissi speaks during a ceremony making Police Day, at the Police Academy in an Eastern Cairo suburb, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. El-Sissi says he is alarmed by his country's high divorce rates and is suggesting ground-breaking legislation to ban Muslim husbands from verbally declaring their spouses divorced. (Egyptian Presidency via AP)CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president said Tuesday he was alarmed by his country's high divorce rate, suggesting a ground-breaking legislation to delegalize divorces verbally declared by Muslim men to their spouses, the latest foray by the general-turned-president into thorny social and cultural issues in the most populous Arab nation.

  • China's State Grid buys Brazil electricity firm CPFL

    China's State Grid already operates 10,000 kilometres of power transmission lines in Brazil, the official Xinhua news agency reportedChina's State Grid has concluded a deal to buy a majority stake in Brazil's electricity giant CPFL for $4.5 billion, the companies announced Tuesday. The purchase of a 54.64 percent stake in CPFL for 14.19 billion reals will advance the Chinese company's presence in Brazil, a huge market with some 200 million inhabitants. The world's largest utility company and China's largest state-owned enterprise, State Grid has pursued deals around the world.

  • The Latest: Mulvaney says made 'mistake' on babysitter taxes

    The Latest: Mulvaney says made 'mistake' on babysitter taxesThe Latest on activities in Congress (all times EST): 11:25 a.m. President Donald's Trump's pick for budget director says he failed to pay more than $15,000 in payroll taxes for a babysitter because he ...

  • Israel plans 2,500 new settlement homes in occupied West Bank

    A general view shows the Israeli settlement of Ramot in an area of the occupied West Bank that Israel annexed to JerusalemBy Ori Lewis JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel announced plans on Tuesday for 2,500 more settlement homes in the occupied West Bank, the second such declaration since U.S. President Donald Trump took office signalling he would be less critical of such projects than his predecessor. A statement from the Defence Ministry, which administers lands Israel captured in a 1967 war, said the move was meant to fulfil demand for new housing "to maintain regular daily life". Most of the construction, it said, would be in existing settlement blocs that Israel intends to keep under any future peace agreement with the Palestinians.

  • Syria talks in Astana close with pledge to safeguard truce

    U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura gestures as he arrives to attend the talks on Syrian peace in Astana, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. The face-to-face meeting in Kazakhstan's capital is the latest in a long line of diplomatic initiatives aimed at ending the nearly 6-year-old civil war. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) — Russia, Iran and Turkey — sponsors of talks in Kazakhstan between Syria and rebel factions — pledged Tuesday to consolidate the country's nearly month-old cease-fire and set up a three-way mechanism to ensure compliance of all sides.

  • US stock indexes edge higher in morning trading; oil rises

    FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, file photo, a miniature reproduction of Arturo Di Modica's "Charging Bull" sculpture sits on display at a street vendor's table outside the New York Stock Exchange, in lower Manhattan. Materials companies led U.S. stock indexes slightly higher in early trading Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, as investors sized up the latest round of company earnings news. Energy stocks also rose as crude oil prices headed higher. Phone companies and health care stocks lagged the broader market. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)Materials companies led U.S. stock indexes slightly higher in morning trading Tuesday as investors sized up the latest round of company earnings news. Energy stocks also rose as crude oil prices headed higher. Phone companies and health care stocks were among the biggest laggards.

  • France, Saudi hope Syria talks lead to Geneva resumption

    Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir meets with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault in RiyadhBy Katie Paul RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia and France, both backers of Syrian rebels, said on Tuesday they hoped Syrian truce talks in Astana would lead to a resumption of U.N.-led peace efforts in Geneva and more aid to civilians suffering from five years of war. In a joint news conference, foreign ministers Jean-Marc Ayrault of France and Adel al-Jubeir of Saudi Arabia also suggested that cooperation with new U.S. President Donald Trump would be important on a range of Middle East issues.

  • Puerto Rico tries to open no-man's-land to tourism

    In this Jan. 13, 2017 photo, tourists walk toward Ferro Port lighthouse, at Verdiales Key point on the south coast of Vieques island, Puerto Rico. The tiny island long known for a former Navy bombing range is gradually working toward a different sort of boom: a growing tourist mecca. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)VIEQUES, Puerto Rico (AP) — A small island long known as a Navy bombing range is gradually trying to turn a no-man's-land into a booming tourist mecca.

  • U.S. trade commission to probe Nokia complaint against Apple

    The Apple logo is seen on the facade of the new Apple Store in ParisWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. International Trade Commission said on Tuesday it will investigate a complaint by Nokia Technologies alleging that Apple Inc has imported smart phones, tablet computers and other electronics that infringe upon its patents. The USITC said in a statement it had not yet made any decision on the merits of the case by the Finland-based Nokia Corp unit, which is seeking a cease and desist order and a limited exclusion order in the case. (Reporting by David Alexander; Editing by Susan Heavey)

  • Former German President Herzog commemorated in state funeral

    Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, chair of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany, center right, stands in front of the coffin during the state funeral of late German President Roman Herzog in the Berlin Cathedral Church in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. Herzog, who was German President between 1994 and 1999, died Jan. 10, 2017. He was 82. (AP Photo/Ferdinand Ostrop, pool)BERLIN (AP) — Former German President Roman Herzog has been commemorated in a state funeral in Berlin for his services to the country during his tenure in the 1990s.

  • France's presidential hopeful Macron pushes for Syria talks

    French presidential candidate and former French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron, speaks during a press conference at the Government House, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)BEIRUT (AP) — French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron says his country needs a more "balanced" policy toward Syria.

  • The Latest: Italy helicopter crash kills all 6 aboard

    Rescuers hug each other on the site where an helicopter crashed, in the Campo Felice ski area, central Italy, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. A helicopter ferrying an injured skier off the slopes crashed Tuesday in central Italy with at least six people aboard, another tragedy to hit a region slammed by recent earthquakes, heavy snowfall and an avalanche. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)FARINDOLA, Italy (AP) — The Latest on rescue efforts at Italian hotel struck by an avalanche (all times local):

  • Existing US home fell in December as supplies at 17-year low

    This Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, photo shows a home for sale in Mount Lebanon, Pa. Americans retreated from purchasing homes in December, as the number of properties listed for sale sank to its lowest level since 1999, according to information released Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, by the National Association of Realtors. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans retreated from purchasing homes in December, as the number of properties listed for sale sank to its lowest level since 1999.

  • All 6 dead in helicopter crash in central Italy

    All 6 dead in helicopter crash in central ItalyA helicopter ferrying an injured skier off the slopes crashed Tuesday into a mountainside in central Italy, killing all six people aboard in the latest tragedy to hit a region slammed by recent earthquakes, ...

  • Israel approves 2,500 West Bank settlement homes

    Israel approves 2,500 West Bank settlement homesIsrael said Tuesday it approved plans to build 2,500 new settler homes in the West Bank, signaling a major ramp-up of construction just days after the swearing-in of U.S. President Donald Trump, whose ...

  • Israel plans 2,500 settler homes in post-Trump expansion

    Two men observe the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim in the Palestinian West Bank from Jerusalem on January 23, 2017Israel has approved 2,500 settler homes in the occupied West Bank, officials said Tuesday, marking a major settlement expansion following the election of US President Donald Trump. The planned new homes approved by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman may be the largest number to have been given the green light since 2013, said settlement watchdog Peace Now. Settlements in both the West Bank and east Jerusalem are viewed as illegal under international law and major stumbling blocks to peace as they are built on land the Palestinians want for their own state.

  • New study: Trump to inherit $559B deficit, stable economy

    President Donald Trump speaks while hosting a breakfast with business leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. Sitting across from Trump are Vice President Mike Pence, left, and Andrew N. Liveris, Chairman and CEO of Dow Chemical Company. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has inherited a stable economy and a government that is on track to run a $559 billion budget deficit for the year, congressional analysts said Tuesday.

  • The Latest: Settler leader welcomes new West Bank homes

    The Latest: Settler leader welcomes new West Bank homesThe Latest on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after Israel announced the construction of 2,500 new settler homes in the West Bank (all times local): 6 p.m. A leader of the West Bank settlement movement ...

  • Hong Kong to return Singapore's seized troop carriers, easing tensions

    Six of the nine armoured troop carriers belonging to Singapore, from a shipment detained at a container terminal, are seen in Hong KongBy Anshuman Daga SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Hong Kong said on Tuesday it would release the nine Singaporean armoured vehicles it seized in November on their way home from military exercises in Taiwan, easing tensions between China and Singapore. After the troop carriers had been seized, Beijing, which regained sovereignty over the former British colony of Hong Kong in 1997, warned countries against maintaining military ties with Taiwan, which it views as a wayward province. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong wrote to Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying requesting the return of the carriers, and Hong Kong said it would handle the matter in accordance with its laws.

  • Germany: Social Democrats leader won't run for chancellor

    Germany: Social Democrats leader won't run for chancellorBERLIN (AP) — The leader of Germany's Social Democratic Party said Tuesday he won't stand as the party's candidate for chancellor in this fall's national election, shaking up the political landscape on the same day the country's president confirmed the election will be held Sept. 24.

  • Verizon earnings, subscriber additions fall short of estimates

    The Verizon logo is seen on one of their retail stores in San Diego, CaliforniaShares of Verizon, a Dow Jones Industrial Average component, were down 4.3 percent at $50.15 on Tuesday. Verizon added a net 591,000 retail postpaid subscribers - those who pay their bills on a monthly basis - in the quarter, far fewer than the 726,000 analysts had expected, according to market research firm FactSet StreetAccount. "The soft results in wireless serve as a stark reminder that, despite all of the understandable enthusiasm around possible regulatory reform, tax reductions, and possible consolidation, the wireless industry is still a relatively inhospitable place," wrote Craig Moffett, analyst at MoffettNathanson.

  • E-cigarettes may encourage teenagers to smoke

    E-cigarettes may encourage teenagers to smokeE-cigarettes may entice teenagers who would not have touched tobacco to smoke. According to a US study published in the journal Pediatrics, the arrival of e-cigarettes on the market has not contributed to a reduction in teenage smoking. The new study conducted by researchers from the University of California San Francisco, which surveyed 140,000 high school students between 2004 and 2014, confirms previous studies that found that e-cigarettes amount to a "gateway" to smoking addiction.

  • U.N. "racing" to prepare aid for civilians ahead of battle for west Mosul

    A man speaks on his phone next to destroyed houses at al Zohour area in MosulBy Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Tuesday it is "racing against the clock" to prepare emergency aid for hundreds of thousands of endangered civilians in Mosul with an Iraqi army offensive looming to oust Islamic State from the western half of the city. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi confirmed on Tuesday that government forces had taken complete control of eastern Mosul, 100 days after the start of the U.S.-backed campaign to retake Iraq's second largest city from Islamic State (IS) insurgents who seized it in 2014.

  • Judges rule UK parliament must approve start of Brexit

    Lead claimant Gina Miller, co-founder of investment fund SCM Private (C), makes a statement outside the Supreme Court, opposite the Houses of Parliament, in central London on January 24, 2017 after the court's ruling on triggering BrexitThe British government must win parliament's approval before starting talks to leave the EU, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, in a landmark judgement and setback for Prime Minister Theresa May. The legal case has revived divisions within British society after last June's referendum which saw 52 percent vote to leave the European Union after a bitter campaign that split the country. May had wanted to start the Brexit process -- invoking Article 50 of the EU treaty -- without a vote in parliament, but she failed to overturn a High Court ruling that said lawmakers must be consulted. "The Supreme Court rules that the government cannot trigger Article 50 without an act of parliament authorising it to do so," Supreme Court president David Neuberger said in London.

  • German SPD chief Gabriel makes way for Schulz to run against Merkel

    German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel arrives for the state funeral of former German President Roman Herzog in BerlinBy Madeline Chambers and Holger Hansen BERLIN (Reuters) - The leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) will put forward Martin Schulz, the former president of the European Parliament, to challenge conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel in a national election on September 24, sources said on Tuesday. Sigmar Gabriel's decision, reported by Stern magazine and confirmed by party sources, will make Germany's election less predictable and also signals the SPD wants to end its role as junior partner in Merkel's current right-left coalition.

  • Foreign powers back Syria truce deal, war erupts among rebels

    Participants of Syria peace talks attend meeting in AstanaBy Suleiman Al-Khalidi, John Irish and Olzhas Auyezov ASTANA (Reuters) - Russia and regional powers Turkey and Iran backed a shaky truce between Syria's warring parties on Tuesday and agreed to monitor its compliance, but on the ground rebels faced continued fighting on two fronts which could undermine the deal. After two days of deliberations in Astana, Kazakhstan's Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov said the powers had a agreed in a final communique to establish a system "to observe and ensure full compliance with the ceasefire, prevent any provocations and determine all modalities of the ceasefire." While welcoming the text, the Syrian government's chief negotiator Bashar Ja'afari said an offensive against rebels west of Damascus would carry on.

  • Spanish PM warns Brexit a 'serious threat' to economy

    Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy said Brexit posed a severe threat to the country's recovering economy, and made a plea for cohesion in EuropeSpain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy warned Tuesday that Britain's exit from the EU posed a severe threat to the country's recovering economy, and made a plea for cohesion in Europe. "Brexit is a serious threat," Rajoy told a Madrid gathering organised by conservative daily ABC. "Without wanting to go into other considerations, I will only tell you that one in five tourists who come to Spain are British, and close to 17 million Britons visited Spain last year." The Brexit-related fall of the value of the pound in recent months has caused concern that fewer Britons may travel, and has British retirees in Spain worried about their declining purchasing power.

  • EU to Trump: Trade barriers, building walls 'doomed to fail'

    EU to Trump: Trade barriers, building walls 'doomed to fail'The European Union on Tuesday told President Donald Trump that his "America First" and protectionist trade policies are "doomed to fail" and said the kind of trade deals like the one ...

  • COOKING ON DEADLINE: Filet Mignon with Pistou, Green Salad

    This October 2016 photo shows filet mignon with basil pistou in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Sarah E Crowder via AP)Wow, does this dish look classy, right? But look at the ingredient list — not too long. And look at the steps — pretty darn simple.

  • Verizon still not sure what to do about $4.8B Yahoo deal

    Verizon still not sure what to do about $4.8B Yahoo dealVerizon says it's still mulling what to do about its $4.8 billion Yahoo deal after the internet company revealed massive hacks of customer information. The telecom giant had wanted Yahoo and its huge user ...

  • Design show features projects meant to lift communities

    This undated photo provided by the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, shows an Installation view of "By the People: Designing a Better America." (Matt Flynn/Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — "By the People: Designing a Better America" is not your typical design show. There is no posh furniture, and any glitz comes intertwined with grit. The show is a paean to local ingenuity and "can do" spirit.

  • Trump plans to keep Comey as FBI director - source

    File Photo: FBI Director Comey participates in session at Intelligence and National Security Summit in WashingtonPresident Donald Trump intends to keep FBI Director James Comey in his post, a person familiar with the decision said on Tuesday, amid reports that U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies are scrutinizing Trump associates over their ties to Russia. Comey, a Republican, drew furious criticism from Democrats for announcing just 11 days before the Nov. 8 election that the FBI was looking at additional emails related to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private server. Four days after the election, Clinton privately blamed Comey for her election loss to Trump, telling donors Trump was able to use the FBI chief's comments about the emails to attack her in the waning days of the campaign.

  • Germany's Social Democrat leader Gabriel will not challenge Merkel in poll

    Sigmar Gabriel is currently vice chancellor and economy minister in Germany's "grand coalition"The leader of Germany's Social Democrats, Sigmar Gabriel, made the surprise announcement Tuesday that he would not run against Chancellor Angela Merkel in September's general election. Gabriel told Die Zeit newspaper that he would recommend that former European Parliament president Martin Schulz take his place as SPD party chairman and candidate for chancellor. The 57-year-old Gabriel is currently vice chancellor and economy minister in Merkel's loveless "grand coalition" government, as well as chairman of the SPD, Germany's oldest party which is riven by disputes between its leftist and centrist wings.

  • Trump budget pick Mulvaney faces Senate hearing

    FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2017, file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., left, meets with Budget Director-nominee Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C. on Capitol Hill in Washington. Mulvaney, President Donald Trump’s staunchly conservative choice to lead the White House budget office, is headed before the Senate Budget Committee, where panel members will probe for clues on the new administration’s plans for tackling intractable budget deficits. (AP Photo/Zach Gibson, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Mick Mulvaney, President Donald Trump's staunchly conservative choice to lead the White House budget office, says the government's "debt is a problem that must be addressed sooner, rather than later."

  • Uzbekistan pardons 40,000 in mass amnesty

    Uzbekistan has held regular amnesties for prisoners and detainees since soon after its late leader Islam Karimov came to power in 1991Ex-Soviet Uzbekistan has granted a mass amnesty to almost 40,000 convicted prisoners and detainees awaiting trial, the country's Supreme Court said Tuesday. It said the amnesty focused on women, minors, men over 60 and foreign nationals and was timed to coincide with 24 years since the passing of the country's Constitution. Uzbekistan has held regular amnesties since soon after its late leader Islam Karimov came to power in 1991.

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