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Walmart holiday-quarter sales jump, says consumers still spending

Walmart Inc posted its strongest holiday quarter in at least a decade on Tuesday, boosted by higher grocery and e-commerce sales, and said it saw no signs of weakness in U.S. consumer spending despite recent signs of a slowdown.


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Posted 2019/02/19 23:10:30

Bernie Sanders seeks U.S. presidency again in 2020

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, the Vermont progressive whose 2016 White House campaign garnered fervent grassroots support and pushed the Democratic Party sharply to the left, said on Tuesday he would again seek the party's presidential nomination in 2020.


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Posted 2019/02/19 22:49:49

Trump aides ignored legal warnings in pushing reactor plan: Democratic report

Top White House aides ignored repeated warnings they could be breaking the law as they worked with former U.S. officials and a close friend of President Donald Trump to advance a multi-billion-dollar plan to build nuclear reactors in the Middle East, Democratic lawmakers alleged in a report released Tuesday.


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Posted 2019/02/19 22:38:56

Wall Street rises modestly on Walmart bump

U.S. stocks gained ground on Tuesday as upbeat results from Walmart boosted investor sentiment and high-level U.S.-China trade talks resumed in Washington.


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Posted 2019/02/19 22:36:17

Venezuela shuts border with Caribbean islands ahead of aid efforts

Venezuela on Tuesday shut the maritime border with nearby Dutch Caribbean islands ahead of an opposition effort to bring in humanitarian aid from foreign territories including neighboring Curacao despite the protests of President Nicolas Maduro.


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Posted 2019/02/19 22:24:48

Brazil to send aid to Venezuela together with U.S.: spokesman

Brazil will deliver humanitarian aid to the Venezuelan border by Feb. 23 together with the United States at the request of Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaidó, presidential spokesman General Otavio Rego Barros said on Tuesday.


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Posted 2019/02/19 22:24:48

Pakistani PM warns India against attack, urges talks on Kashmir blast

Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Tuesday Pakistan would retaliate if India attacked in response to a bombing in the disputed Kashmir region, which India blamed on Pakistan.


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Posted 2019/02/19 22:01:47

Former Trump adviser Stone ordered to appear in court over Instagram posts

Roger Stone, a former political adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, was ordered on Tuesday to appear in court this week over Instagram posts that chastised and appeared to threaten the judge presiding over his criminal trial.


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Posted 2019/02/19 21:40:04

Gold hits 10-month peak on growth worries; dollar dips

Gold prices rose to a 10-month high on Tuesday as concerns over a global economic slowdown spurred a safe-haven bid and were also supported by a weaker U.S. dollar, which fell on optimism for a breakthrough in U.S.-China trade talks.


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Posted 2019/02/19 21:19:34

Justice Thomas calls for reconsidering landmark U.S. defamation ruling

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on Tuesday urged the court to reconsider its landmark precedent that made it harder for public figures to sue for defamation even as he joined in a decision to end a defamation suit against comedian Bill Cosby.


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Posted 2019/02/19 20:47:25

Trump signs directive in move to create a U.S. Space Force

President Donald Trump on Tuesday took a step needed for lawmakers to begin the lengthy process of creating a U.S. Space Force, a new branch of the military dedicated to handling threats in space.


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Posted 2019/02/19 20:38:54

Enough! Thousands decry anti-Semitism in France after spike in attacks

Thousands of people rallied across France after a surge of anti-Semitic attacks in recent weeks that culminated on Tuesday with vandals daubing swastikas and anti-Jewish slogans on dozens of graves in a Jewish cemetery.


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Posted 2019/02/19 20:05:44

U.S. opens probe into Brazilian oil bribery scheme: sources

(Corrects ninth paragraph of Feb. 7 story to say Brazilian prosecutors alleged bribes were paid to Petrobras insiders, not to the company itself)


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Posted 2019/02/19 19:15:22

Air strikes hit Islamic State pocket as Syrian fighters press attack

Air strikes targeted Islamic State's last pocket in eastern Syria late on Tuesday as U.S.-backed fighters pressed for a victory that would bring the jihadists' self-proclaimed caliphate to its bloody end.


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Posted 2019/02/19 19:09:54

Assad adviser rejects idea of granting Syrian Kurds autonomy

A senior adviser to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday flatly rejected the idea of giving Syrian Kurds a measure of autonomy, saying such a move would open the door to the partition of the country.


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Posted 2019/02/19 19:09:54

Walmart holiday quarter sales top estimates, shares jump

Walmart Inc reported an estimate-beating jump in holiday quarter comparable sales on Tuesday as a strong economy boosted consumer spending and fueled more e-commerce purchases, sending shares of the world's larger retailer up almost 5 percent.


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Posted 2019/02/19 13:15:37

Haute-couture designer Karl Lagerfeld dies aged 85

German haute-couture designer Karl Lagerfeld, artistic director at Chanel and an icon of the global fashion industry for over half a century, has died, a source at the French fashion house said on Tuesday. He was 85.


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Posted 2019/02/19 13:13:18

Pakistan urges U.N. to intervene over Kashmir tension with India

Pakistan's foreign minister appealed to the U.N. Secretary General on Tuesday to help ease tension with India that has escalated sharply following a suicide bomb attack in the Indian part of disputed Kashmir, that India blamed on Pakistan.


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Posted 2019/02/19 13:03:10

Chanel deputy director Viard to succeed Lagerfeld: Chanel source

Virginie Viard, deputy artistic director of Chanel, will become chief designer of the fashion house following the death of haute couture icon Karl Lagerfeld, a source at Chanel said on Tuesday.


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Posted 2019/02/19 13:02:01

Bernie Sanders to seek U.S. presidency again in 2020

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, the progressive populist who mounted a fierce challenge to front-runner Hillary Clinton in the 2016 White House campaign, said on Tuesday he will again seek the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in 2020.


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Posted 2019/02/19 12:57:01