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Senators reach deal to reopen government

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers struck a deal to reopen the federal government three days into a shutdown prompted by an impasse over immigration and border security, the Senate Democratic leader said on Monday. Read More


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Five workers missing in explosion at Oklahoma drilling site: sheriff's office

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Five workers were missing in a gas explosion on Monday at an Oklahoma drilling site controlled by Red Mountain Operating Co, local officials said. More »


Sudanese authorities release Reuters, AFP journalists

CAIRO (Reuters) - Sudanese authorities on Monday released a Reuters journalist and an Agence France-Presse (AFP) reporter who were detained w1hile covering protests in Khartoum on Wednesday last week. More »


FDA releases initial review of Philip Morris' iQOS device

(Reuters) - An electronic product made by Philip Morris International Inc that heats rather than burns tobacco contains lower levels of harmful and potentially harmful compounds than cigarettes, a preliminary review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concluded on Monday. More »


Biotech M&A takes off as Sanofi and Celgene spend $20 billion

(Reuters) - Biotech deal activity exploded on Monday with French drugmaker Sanofi and U.S.-based Celgene spending a combined total of more than $20 billion to add new products for hemophilia and cancer to their medicine cabinets. More »


Turkey expects swift campaign against U.S.-backed Kurds in Syria

HASSA, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkey shelled targets in northwest Syria on Monday and said it would swiftly crush U.S.-backed Kurdish YPG fighters in an air and ground offensive on the Afrin region beyond its border. More »


U.S., EU discordant notes on Jerusalem underline Mideast policy rift

JERUSALEM/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - In a fresh display of Western discord over Middle East peace efforts, the United States said on Monday its Israel embassy would move to Jerusalem by the end of 2019, while its European Union allies voiced support for East Jerusalem as capital of a Palestinian state. More »


Catalan crisis rekindled as parliament proposes Puigdemont as leader

MADRID/COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Catalonia's parliament nominated former leader Carles Puigdemont, sacked by Spain for unilaterally declaring independence, as candidate to rule the region again in a sign of defiance to Madrid and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's government. More »


Contrite pope apologises for sexual abuse comments that 'wounded many'

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) - Pope Francis, in an extremely rare act of self-criticism, apologised to victims of clerical sex abuse on Sunday, acknowledging he had "wounded many" in comments defending a Chilean bishop who is under scrutiny. More »


Higher oil prices give Halliburton better-than-expected fourth quarter

(Reuters) - U.S. oilfield services company Halliburton Co reported a bigger-than-expected fourth-quarter profit after charges and gave an upbeat outlook for 2018, as higher oil prices continue to push U.S. production near record levels. More »


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