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Civilian witness contradicts Myanmar police on Reuters reporters' arrest: defense

YANGON (Reuters) - The first civilian to testify in the case of two Reuters reporters accused of violating Myanmar's Official Secrets Act contradicted police and prosecutors on Wednesday about where the pair were arrested, a defense lawyer said. Read More

 

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Fed's Harker sees two U.S. rate hikes this year

(Reuters) - Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank President Patrick Harker on Wednesday said he still thinks just two interest-rate hikes this year is "likely appropriate," but signaled he is open to more if needed. More »

 

Trump meets with students, teachers after gun violence

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump, a strong supporter of gun rights, planned to meet on Wednesday with parents, students and teachers who have been victims of gun violence, including those affected by last week's school shooting in Florida. More »

 

Secret Service reopens area around White House after suspicious car

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Secret Service reopened streets around the White House and allowed workers back into an evacuated building on Wednesday after authorities cleared a suspicious car parked nearby. More »

 

Billy Graham, preacher to millions, adviser to presidents, dies at 99

(Reuters) - U.S. evangelist Billy Graham, who counseled presidents and preached to millions across the world from his native North Carolina to communist North Korea during his 70 years on the pulpit, died on Wednesday at the age of 99, a spokesman said. More »

 

Broadcom cuts Qualcomm bid to $117 billion

(Reuters) - Broadcom Corp on Wednesday fired its latest salvo against Qualcomm Inc by lowering its takeover offer to $117 billion from $121 billion, a day after the U.S. chipmaker increased its own offer for NXP Semiconductors NV . More »

 

Drought-hit Cape Town dreads 'Day Zero' when taps will run dry

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - A tough water-saving regime and the generosity of farmers have given South Africa's main tourist hub welcome respite from a severe drought and helped push back a dreaded "Day Zero" when Cape Town's taps are expected to run dry. More »

 

Putin nemesis Navalny, barred from election, tries political siege

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Two young anti-Putin activists trudged through a snow-logged Moscow housing estate on a recent Saturday, putting up fliers promoting a boycott of a presidential election next month. More »

 

Bodies recovered from Iran plane crash site

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The bodies of seven victims of Sunday's air crash in Iran were brought down from the mountainous crash site on Wednesday, according to Mizan, the official news site of the Iranian judiciary. More »

 

Stakes rise in Turkey's Afrin assault as pro-Assad militia arrive

BEIRUT/ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey warned on Wednesday that pro-Damascus forces would face "serious consequences" for entering Syria's Afrin region to help Kurdish fighters repel a Turkish offensive. More »

 

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