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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the World Bank Group should be led by U.S. Treasury official David Malpass, a Trump loyalist and critic of multilateral institutions who has vowed to pursue “pro-growth” reforms at the development lender. Trump’s nomination of Malpass, the Treasury Department’s top diplomat, is subject to a vote by the World...
(Reuters) - Gold prices held steady on Wednesday after U.S. President Donald Trump, in his State of the Union speech, vowed to build a border wall, but gave little clarity over developments in the ongoing trade discussions with China. Spot gold was steady at $1,314 per ounce at 0431 GMT. U.S. gold futures were also steady at $1,318 an ounce. Trump spoke...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate passed a Mideast policy bill on Tuesday including a measure that would allow states to penalise businesses that take part in boycotts of Israel and an amendment that breaks with President Donald Trump by opposing any plans for an abrupt withdrawal of troops from Syria. The Senate backed the Strengthening America’s Security in the...
(Reuters) - UK cabinet ministers have secretly held talks on plans to delay Brexit by eight weeks, the Telegraph newspaper reported late on Tuesday. The delay would postpone Brexit to May 24. Currently, Britain is due to leave the European Union on March 29. Ministers are hoping EU will agree to a two-month “grace period” after March 29 in case Prime...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With time running down, congressional negotiators on U.S. border security funding have not settled the hot-button issues that confront them, but lawmakers expressed optimism on Monday that a deal could be struck before a Feb. 15 deadline. “I think there’s a real effort by both Republicans and Democrats, both in the House and Senate to come together...
UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea is working to ensure its nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities cannot be destroyed by military strikes, U.N. monitors said ahead of a meeting between U.S. and North Korean officials to prepare a second denuclearisation summit. The U.S. special envoy for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, will meet his North Korean counterpart on Wednesday in Pyongyang...
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia’s central bank stuck to its neutral stance on Tuesday but acknowledged downside risks to growth have increased both globally and at home as local data showed shoppers kept their wallets tightly shut during Christmas. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) trimmed its forecasts for growth and inflation in a sign that a rate hike was far...
Beijing (CNN)China's hugely successful period dramas could be facing increased scrutiny from the Communist Party and its ever-widening dragnet of cultural censorship. In the spotlight is "Story of Yanxi Palace," an epic 70-episode series about a maid's rise to power in the court of the Qianlong Emperor, who ruled China between 1735 and 1796. To call the show a smash hit...
Atlanta (CNN)The dynasty lives on. Once again, the New England Patriots are Super Bowl champions, winning Super Bowl LIII 13-3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta -- and launching Tom Brady and Bill Belichick into a different stratosphere. They have now won six Super Bowls together, extending their record for the most by a head coach and starting quarterback combination. With the...
(CNN)The Pentagon announced Sunday approximately 3,750 additional U.S. forces will deploy to the southwest border to provide additional support to Customs and Border Protection. That support includes a mobile surveillance capability through the end of September 2019 as well as placing 150 miles of concertina wire between ports of entry. The Defense Department said the total active duty forces supporting...

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