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December 22, 2018 5:08 PM U.S. State Department says special envoy McGurk resigns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Brett McGurk, the special envoy for the global coalition to defeat Islamic State, submitted his resignation on Friday, effective Dec. 31, a U.S. State Department official said on Saturday. A person familiar with the matter said McGurk has quit because he objected to President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out U.S. troops from Syria 72

December 22, 2018 9:17 AM Somalia blast kills at least 6 near presidential palace

NAIROBI, Kenya – An explosives-packed vehicle detonated at a military checkpoint near Somalia's presidential palace, killing at least six people and wounding several others, police said. The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group, which often targets Mogadishu, claimed responsibility for the attack. Those killed include three staffers from the London-based 131

December 22, 2018 6:49 AM Iran executes businessman for economic crimes: state TV

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran on Saturday executed a businessman sentenced to death by a fast-track court set up to fight economic crimes, state television reported, following an outcry against profiteering and corruption that has seen dozens of people jailed. The new Islamic revolutionary courts — whose rulings cannot be appealed, except in the case of death 107

December 22, 2018 5:10 AM Road to the government shutdown

The White House budget director and incoming chief of staff Mick Mulvaney technically shuts down the government. He's technically in charge of formally shutting down the quarter of the government that will lack funding starting at midnight tonight. Mulvaney spent several hours on the Hill today, shuttling between the House and the Senate with Mike Pence 99

December 22, 2018 3:06 AM Trump hopes partial shutdown of government will not last long

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that a partial shutdown of the government would hopefully not last long, after Republican senators failed to muster the votes needed to approve a funding measure that included $5 billion for a border wall fiercely opposed by Democrats. “We’re going to have a shutdown. There’s nothing we can do about 148

December 21, 2018 10:26 PM Trump fundraiser Broidy hit with another setback in Qatar lawsuit

(Reuters) - A former top fundraiser for U.S. President Donald Trump suffered another legal setback on Friday in his efforts to pin the blame on Qatar for a hack of his emails, as a judge tossed his lawsuit against a veteran United Nations diplomat. Elliott Broidy, a businessman who held senior finance posts in Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and his inaugural 141

December 21, 2018 9:59 PM U.S. government appears headed toward partial shutdown; negotiations continue

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government appeared headed toward a partial shutdown, even as negotiations continued, after Senate leaders determined there was not support for President Donald Trump’s demand for $5 billion in border wall funding. The U.S. Senate will continue to negotiate with the White House and Republicans in the House of Representatives 83

December 21, 2018 6:34 PM Here’s what $5 billion in border wall funding would buy

As Congress battles over President Trump’s demand for $5 billion in border-wall funding, Homeland Security officials explained Friday what that money could actually buy. According to DHS officials, the funding would cover the construction of 215 miles of “wall system” on the southern border. But DHS officials say it could cover the replacement of “dilapidated 149

December 21, 2018 6:17 PM Government shutdown: Live updates

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, speaking from the Senate floor moments ago, said President Trump was throwing a "temper tantrum" over the spending bill. "In a short time, the Senate will take part in a pointless exercise to demonstrate to our House colleagues and the President what everyone here already knows. There are not the votes in the Senate 91

December 21, 2018 11:05 AM Trump, Congress careen toward partial government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government was headed to a partial shutdown unless President Donald Trump and Congress can cut a deal on Friday on their long-running battle over Trump’s demand for a wall on the border with Mexico. Funding for a range of federal agencies is set to expire at midnight on Friday. Trump pushed Republican allies in the House 167