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Wall St. opens lower as Trump-Kim summit begins, India-Pakistan tensions flare

U.S. stocks opened slightly lower on Wednesday, as the second U.S.-North Korean nuclear summit kicked off and tensions flared up between nuclear-armed neighbors India and Pakistan.


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Posted 2019/02/27 14:42:26

U.S. bars lithium batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft

The U.S. government said on Wednesday it is issuing new rules barring airlines from carrying potentially hazardous lithium-ion cells and batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft, and setting new requirements for transporting them on cargo planes.


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Posted 2019/02/27 14:38:25

United Methodist Church strengthens ban on same-sex marriage, LGBT clergy

The United Methodist Church voted on Tuesday to uphold and strengthen its ban on same-sex marriage and LGBT clergy in a move likely to alienate large numbers of followers who had pushed for reform.


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Posted 2019/02/27 14:36:23

Credit reporting agencies face pressure from skeptical U.S. Congress

(This Feb. 26 story corrects the name of Equifax in paragraph 2)


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Posted 2019/02/27 14:30:55

Mirror image: Trump, Kim mind their body language with handshake of equals

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un were at pains to show they were getting along in the well-choreographed first moments of their meeting in Hanoi on Wednesday, body language experts said.


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Posted 2019/02/27 14:30:37

Most Americans back transgender troops: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Nearly 60 percent of Americans said transgender people should be allowed to serve in the U.S. armed forces, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll conducted ahead of a congressional panel's review, set for Wednesday, of Trump administration curbs on transgender service.


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Posted 2019/02/27 14:17:47

Exclusive: House panel seeks to depose Trump tax, ethics attorneys

A U.S. House panel investigating President Donald Trump wants to depose Trump's long-time tax lawyer Sheri Dillon, as well as Stefan Passantino, former deputy White House Counsel in charge of compliance and ethics, according to letters sent to both of them on Wednesday and seen by Reuters.


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Posted 2019/02/27 14:07:18

Cohen to accuse Trump over WikiLeaks, Moscow project, hush payments

Michael Cohen, the former "fixer" and personal lawyer of U.S. President Donald Trump, arrived at Capitol Hill on Wednesday, where he will testify that Trump knew ahead of time about a leak of emails that would hurt his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.


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Posted 2019/02/27 14:05:01

India says expects safe return of pilot held by Pakistan

India's foreign ministry said on Wednesday it had told Pakistan's acting high commissioner that New Delhi expects the immediate and safe return of a military pilot held by Pakistan.


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Posted 2019/02/27 13:59:49

Buhari re-elected as Nigerian president, rival plans legal challenge

President Muhammadu Buhari has won a second term in Nigeria, the election board said on Wednesday, but his main rival planned a fraud challenge after a vote marred by delays, logistical glitches and scores of deaths.


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Posted 2019/02/27 13:52:40

Venezuela hit with new U.S. sanctions after clashes over food aid on border

The United States targeted Venezuela's government with new sanctions on Monday and called on allies to freeze the assets of its state-owned oil company PDVSA after deadly violence blocked humanitarian aid from reaching the country over the weekend.


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Posted 2019/02/26 05:27:30

Half of North Korea defectors suffered violence, but rights not a top summit issue

About half of 451 North Korean defectors questioned in a survey endured physical violence at the hands of North Korean authorities, a rights group said on Tuesday, as leader Kim Jong Un prepared to meet U.S. President Donald Trump for a summit.


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Posted 2019/02/26 05:26:25

Indian defense ministry says no information about air violations into Pakistan

India's defense ministry said on Tuesday that it had no information about Pakistani allegations that Indian aircraft violated Pakistani airspace.


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Posted 2019/02/26 05:09:32

R&B star R. Kelly pleads not guilty to sexually assaulting teens

Grammy-winning R&B star R. Kelly pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges that he sexually assaulted three teenage girls and a woman in alleged incidents dating back to 1998, weeks after a television documentary leveled new accusations against him.


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Posted 2019/02/26 04:48:28

Indian government confirms air strikes on militant camps inside Pakistan

Indian air force jets carried out air strikes on militant camps inside Pakistan on Tuesday, a government minister said, the first Indian comment on the raids.


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Posted 2019/02/26 04:28:15

Vatican treasurer convicted of sexually abusing 13-year-old boys

Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell has been found guilty on five charges of child sexual abuse committed more than two decades ago against 13-year-old boys in Australia - the most senior Catholic cleric to be convicted of child sex offences.


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Posted 2019/02/26 04:19:49

Cardinal Pell: Dramatic fall from grace for Vatican treasurer

For two decades, George Pell was the dominant figure in the Catholic Church in Australia - a boy from a gold mining town whose ambition, intellect and knack for befriending influential people propelled him to become the third-most senior official in the Vatican.


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Posted 2019/02/26 04:19:49

Asian shares fall from five-month highs, pound jumps on Brexit delay hopes

Asian shares lost steam on Tuesday after scaling a five-month high as investors waited to see if Washington and Beijing can clinch a trade deal, while the pound advanced on hopes UK Prime Minister Theresa May will delay a Brexit deadline.


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Posted 2019/02/26 03:34:58

Manafort asks judge for sentence far below the maximum: court filing

Lawyers for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort asked a federal judge in Washington on Monday to impose a prison term "significantly below" the statutory 10-year maximum, saying he was remorseful for his misdeeds and facing deteriorating health.


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Posted 2019/02/26 03:17:45

Lawsuit accuses Trump of kissing campaign worker without her consent

A woman who worked on Donald Trump's presidential campaign sued the president on Monday, accusing him of kissing her without consent before a 2016 rally in Tampa, Florida.


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Posted 2019/02/26 03:12:57