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January 9, 2019 10:07 AM U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo meets Iraqi Speaker in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Iraqi Speaker of Parliament Mohammed al-Halbousi in Baghdad on Wednesday, according to a statement from the Speaker’s office. Pompeo is on a tour of Middle Eastern capitals. The U.S. State Department did not immediately comment on reports of Pompeo’s visit to Iraq. Asked on Tuesday about 134

January 9, 2019 2:44 AM Trump addresses the nation, Democrats respond

President Trump claimed that "the federal government remains shut down for one reason and one reason only: because Democrats will not fund border security.” It’s not true that Democrats oppose funding for border security, they just aren't willing to meet Trump’s demand for more than $5 billion in wall funding. Congressional Democratic leaders have offered 127

January 8, 2019 10:17 PM U.S. delegation member says trade talks with China to continue Wednesday

BEIJING (Reuters) - Trade talks between the United States and China will continue on Wednesday, U.S. delegation member Steven Winberg said on Tuesday, as the world’s two largest economies seek to resolve a bitter trade dispute. The talks are going on well so far, Winberg, who is also U.S. assistant secretary for fossil energy, told reporters in Beijing 127

January 8, 2019 4:18 PM Today's market moves and business news

The Dow climbed 300 points, or 1.3%, at Tuesday’s opening bell on hopes for progress on a trade deal with China. The S&P 500 jumped 1.1%, leaving both indexes on track for their first three-day winning streak since late November. The Nasdaq advanced 1% as well, boosted by 2% rallies for Amazon and Facebook. Markets got an extra boost after President 115

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 116

January 7, 2019 5:18 PM Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez: 'No question Trump is a racist'

New Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has said there is "no question" that US President Donald Trump is a racist. In an interview with CBS News, she based her claim on "words that he uses, which are historic dog whistles of white supremacy". The White House said in a statement that Ms Ocasio-Cortez's "sheer ignorance on the matter can't 71

January 7, 2019 5:51 AM Snoop Dogg calls federal workers who vote for Trump after shutdown an expletive

Snoop Dogg performs onstage at State Farm Arena on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, in Atlanta. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Invision/AP) Snoop Dogg had some harsh words this weekend for federal workers -- and supporters in general -- who may still on team Trump after the federal government shutdown saying, "If ya'll do vote for him, ya'll some stupid mother f***ers." The 47-year-old 114

January 6, 2019 6:52 PM USS Cole bomber died in Yemen air strike

Jamal al-Badawi, the al-Qaeda militant behind the attack on the USS Cole in Yemen in 2000, died in a US air strike, President Donald Trump has confirmed. "Our great military has delivered justice for the heroes lost and wounded in the cowardly attack," Mr Trump said. Seventeen US sailors were killed and at least 40 people were wounded in the attack on the US destroyer 106

January 6, 2019 11:28 AM Iran's central bank proposes slashing four zeros from falling currency: IRNA

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s central bank has proposed slashing four zeros from the rial, state news agency IRNA reported on Sunday, after the currency plunged in a year marked by an economic crisis fueled by U.S. sanctions. “A bill to remove four zeros from the national currency was presented to the government by the central bank yesterday and I hope this matter 116

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 102