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Trump poised to take executive actions on first day in office

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump is preparing to begin taking executive actions on his first day in the White House on Friday to roll back policies of outgoing President Barack Obama and implement parts of his plans to crack down on immigration and build a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border. Read More


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Avalanche destroys Italian hotel, up to 30 feared dead under snow

PENNE, Italy (Reuters) - A huge avalanche swallowed up a luxury mountain hotel in central Italy after a series of strong earthquakes rocked the area, burying up to 30 people under tonnes of snow and debris, officials said on Thursday. More »


Fortress Washington girds for days of anti-Trump protests

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington will turn into a virtual fortress ahead of Donald Trump's presidential inauguration on Friday as the U.S. capital braces for more than a quarter-million protesters expected during the Republican's swearing-in. More »


Wikileaks' founder Assange says stands by U.S. extradition offer

LONDON (Reuters) - WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up at Ecuador's London embassy since 2012, said on Thursday he stood by his offer to be extradited to the United States providing his rights were protected. More »


Davos CEOs 'go local' on supply chain in Trump era

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Business leaders in Davos, traditionally the high priests of globalization, are talking up the benefits of local production this week to shield themselves from criticism from incoming U.S. President Donald Trump. More »


U.S. Treasury nominee Mnuchin denies exploiting homeowners after crash

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump's choice to head the U.S. Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, denied on Thursday that a bank he owned had profited at the expense of vulnerable homeowners in the aftermath of the 2007-2009 housing crash. More »


U.S. strikes in Libya kill more than 80 Islamic State fighters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 80 Islamic State militants, some of whom were believed to be plotting attacks in Europe, died in U.S. air strikes on camps outside the group's former North African stronghold of Sirte in Libya, the United States said on Thursday. More »


U.S. sees indications of possible North Korea missile test-launch

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea may be preparing for a new missile test-launch, U.S. officials told Reuters on Thursday, after South Korean media reported movement of what could be components of an upgraded prototype of an intercontinental ballistic missile. More »


U.S. economy shows strength on eve of Trump presidency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. homebuilding rebounded sharply in December as a firming economy boosts demand for rental housing, while an unexpected drop in the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits last week pointed to a further tightening in the labor market. More »


Most Islamic State commanders in Mosul already killed, Iraqi general says

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Most Islamic State (IS) commanders in Mosul have been killed in battles with Iraqi government forces that raged over the past three months in the eastern side of the city, an Iraqi general said on Thursday. More »


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