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January 5, 2019 12:14 AM Fearing Congo violence, U.S. deploys small military force to Gabon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Friday that U.S. military personnel had deployed to Gabon in response to possible violent demonstrations in the Democratic Republic of Congo after a presidential election there. In a letter to congressional leaders, Trump said the first of about 80 military personnel arrived in Gabon on Wednesday 100

January 4, 2019 1:28 AM House Speaker Pelosi invites Trump to deliver State of Union address on January 29

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday sent a letter to President Donald Trump inviting him to deliver the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Jan. 29. Pelosi, a Democrat, sent the letter to the Republican president hours after being elected speaker of the House as the U.S. government 101

January 2, 2019 6:40 PM Trump says he expects meeting with North Korea's Kim soon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he had received a letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and expected to meet him again soon as part of the U.S. administration’s efforts to press Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons program. Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump defended his negotiations with Kim and said he had never 98

December 30, 2018 10:22 PM Hammond accused of failing to release funding for no-deal Brexit

(Reuters) - Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has been accused by his colleagues in the cabinet of failing to release the necessary funding required to prepare Britain for a no-deal Brexit, the Telegraph newspaper reported late on Sunday. British Communities Secretary James Brokenshire has written to the Treasury saying his department was given 99

December 30, 2018 3:29 PM Brazil moving its embassy to Jerusalem matter of 'when, not if': Israel's prime minister

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Brazil’s President-elect Jair Bolsonaro told him that it was a matter of “when, not if” he moves his country’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. The far-right Bolsonaro, who takes office on Tuesday and is hosting Netanyahu and the leaders of other counties for his inauguration 102

December 29, 2018 3:31 AM Australia strips citizenship from alleged Islamic State recruiter

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Australian government has stripped citizenship from a man it believes is a top recruiter for Islamic State, Australia’s home affairs minister said on Saturday. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said Melbourne-born Neil Prakash had been central to Islamic State’s efforts in the Middle East, was “a very dangerous individual” and had his citizenship 104

December 27, 2018 5:05 AM Pope's initial blind spot on sex abuse threatens legacy

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2018, file photo, Pope Francis arrives in Piazza Armerina, Sicily. It has been a wretched year for Francis, whose blind spot on clergy sex abuse conspired with events beyond his control to threaten his legacy and throw the Catholic hierarchy into a credibility crisis not seen in modern times. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File) 108

December 18, 2018 2:04 AM US 'bans Yemen mum from visiting dying toddler in California'

The Yemeni mother of a dying boy in California is being prevented from seeing him due to a US ban on visitors from her country, the family says. Two-year-old Abdullah Hassan was born with a brain disease that doctors say he will not survive. His relatives say his mother wants to see him one last time before they take him off life-support. His father 111

December 17, 2018 6:13 PM Bride reads groom letter she wrote to future husband before they ever met

A bride read her husband a letter on their wedding day that she wrote to him years before they ever met. (Lemon Tree Film House) A woman in Australia who recently got married surprised her new husband by reading him a letter she wrote him three years before they met. “It just came to me one day, an idea just formed and I started writing,” 28-year-old 116

December 17, 2018 3:09 PM Google announces $1B New York campus

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2017, file photo, people walk by Google offices in New York. Google is spending more than $1 billion to expand operations in New York City. Ruth Porat, senior vice president and chief financial officer at Google and Alphabet, said in a blog post Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, that Google is creating a more than 1.7 million square-foot 172