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U.S. banks set for M&A wave as Trump cuts red tape

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An easing of financial rules will soon unleash pent-up mergers and acquisitions among mid-sized U.S. banks, according to deal bankers, analysts and bank executives. Read More


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Judge rejects Shkreli's request to have conviction voided: Bloomberg

(Reuters) - Biotech founder Martin Shkreli's request to have his securities fraud convictions thrown out was rejected by a judge who is set to sentence him on March 9, Bloomberg reported on Friday. More »


U.S. expected to open embassy in Jerusalem in May, official says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is expected to open its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem in May, a U.S. official told Reuters on Friday, a move from Tel Aviv that reverses decades of U.S. policy. More »


Staff return to Florida high school for first time since massacre

PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - Staff members returned for the first time on Friday to the Florida high school where 17 students and faculty were gunned down last week in one of the deadliest school attacks in U.S. history, inflaming the national debate about gun rights. More »


Former Trump campaign aide expected to plead guilty in Russia probe: reports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rick Gates, a former adviser to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, was expected to plead guilty as soon as Friday in a federal investigation into Russia's role in the election, the New York Times reported, a sign that he will likely cooperate in the probe. More »


U.S. imposes largest package of sanctions against North Korea

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday the United States would impose the "largest-ever" package of sanctions on North Korea, intensifying pressure on the reclusive country to give up its nuclear and missile programs. More »


Trump urges Mexico to block illegal immigrants from El Salvador

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday called on Mexico to do more to prevent violent illegal immigrants from El Salvador from entering the United States, again pushing his long-proposed border wall but stopping short of saying Mexico would fund it. More »


Turkish forces shell convoy headed to Syria's Afrin region

BEIRUT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The Turkish army struck a convoy entering Syria's Kurdish-held Afrin region, which Ankara said carried fighters and weapons but Kurdish forces said was made up of civilians entering with food and medicine. More »


Wall Street advances on gains in tech stocks

(Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes rose on Friday, with gains in technology stocks helping claw back some of the week's losses, which were sparked by concerns about interest rates. More »


'Sooner, faster, now' - the companies surfing the e-commerce wave

LONDON (Reuters) - Amazon's assault on the retail industry has brought misery to traditional retailers without a strong web presence. More »


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