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January 7, 2019 8:10 PM White House says Trump position unchanged as Syria withdrawal plans slow

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House sought to make the case on Monday that President Donald Trump had not changed his position on withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria, a day after his national security adviser outlined conditions for a withdrawal that could take months. Trump’s abrupt announcement last month that he was bringing home the roughly 2,000 troops 148

December 31, 2018 12:25 PM Vatican spokesman, deputy resign suddenly amid overhaul by Pope Francis

The spokesman for the Vatican and his deputy resigned suddenly Monday, weeks after Pope Francis appointed an Italian journalist -- and close friend -- as the new editorial director of communications. Vatican Spokesman Greg Burke tweeted the news that he and his deputy, Paloma Garcia Ovejero, had resigned, effective Jan. 1. "At this time of transition 121

December 23, 2018 7:00 PM Stars call on President Donald Trump to resign after government shutdown

Celebrities urged President Donald Trump to resign as commander in chief following the news of the government shutdown. Stars including George Takei, Bette Midler, Kathy Griffin, Chris Evans and Mark Hamill called on Trump to step down after the conflict over the controversial border wall and its funding. "Trump was eager to take credit for the stock 154

December 7, 2018 1:14 PM White House chief of staff Kelly to resign in days: CNN

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - John Kelly is expected to resign as U.S. President Donald Trump’s chief of staff in the coming days, CNN reported on Friday, citing unnamed sources. Representatives for the White House did not be immediately respond to a request for comment on the report. The rocky relationship between Trump and Kelly, 68, a retired Marine Corps 159

November 30, 2018 7:16 AM Sri Lanka parliament halts ministers' salaries to hinder disputed PM

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka’s parliament on Friday voted to halt payment of ministers’ salaries and travel expenses, but it remained unclear how the move would impact the disputed government of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa whose ministers boycotted the vote. The South Asian island has been locked in political gridlock for over a month since President 97

November 25, 2018 2:35 PM Slovakia will not support U.N. migration pact: prime minister

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Slovakia will not support the United Nations pact on the treatment of migrants worldwide, Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini said on Sunday after the European Union summit. The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was approved in July by all 193 member U.N. nations except the United States, which backed out last year, and is due to be ratified 88

November 18, 2018 7:57 AM 'Master race' comment by Kansas county commissioner draws calls for his resignation

Leavenworth, Kansas County Commissioner Louis Klemp is under for racial comments he made during a meeting. (Leavenworth County, Kansas YouTube channel) Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has called on a Leavenworth County commissioner to resign after he told a black woman at a public meeting that he belongs to a “master race.” “Racial and discriminative language 143

November 16, 2018 1:48 PM Forced out, Bolton aide Ricardel expresses admiration for Trump, Melania

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Forced out of the White House in a feud with first lady Melania Trump, Mira Ricardel on Friday expressed admiration for U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife as a tumultuous week ended for the former deputy national security adviser. Ricardel ran afoul of the first lady in negotiations over government resources for use in Mrs. Trump’s 86

November 14, 2018 10:30 AM Draft Brexit deal reached: Live updates

Siemens CEO: "We need to make this deal work" May must now sell the deal to her Cabinet, which is deeply divided between ardent supporters of Brexit and those who voted to Remain. To do so, she must convince the Brexiters that the text, which is expected to include an arrangement that keeps the whole of the UK in close alignment with the EU, fulfills 96

November 11, 2018 11:03 AM Eurosceptic minister shows support for British PM on Brexit

LONDON (Reuters) - Andrea Leadsom, leader of Britain’s lower house of parliament, said on Sunday she supported Prime Minister Theresa May and did not expect other ministers to resign over Brexit. Leadsom, a one-time challenger to May who campaigned to leave the European Union in the 2016 referendum, denied some reports in the local media that she was ready 102