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UPDATE 1-Illinois man receives life sentence for murder of Chinese graduate student
PEORIA, Ill., July 18 (Reuters) - An Illinois man described by prosecutors as obsessed with serial killers was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday for the kidnapping and decapitation of a Chinese graduate student two years ago.
Brexit deters top candidates for Bank of England job - FT
LONDON, July 18 (Reuters) - Former U.S. Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen and Raghuram Rajan, former governor of the Indian central bank, have been deterred from applying for the job as the governor of the Bank of England because of the political turmoil caused by Brexit, the Financial Times reported on Thursday.
U.S.-China trade talks continue, in-person meeting may be planned: Mnuchin
CHANTILLY, France/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. and Chinese officials will speak on Thursday, potentially paving the way for in-person trade talks to resume, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday, as the world's two largest economies seek to end a year-long trade war.
UPDATE 2-Incoming EU chief von der Leyen says "we don't want a hard Brexit"
BERLIN, July 18 (Reuters) - The future head of the European Commission said she would be minded to grant Britain an extension to talks on its exit from the EU if London gave good grounds, adding that an orderly departure was important to launch future ties on a good footing.
Trump says U.S. ship destroyed Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz
WASHINGTON, July 18 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said the USS Boxer destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday after the aircraft threatened the ship by flying to within 1,000 yards of it.
WRAPUP 6-U.S. demands Iran free seized ship, vows to protect Gulf oil lifeline
DUBAI, July 18 (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday demanded Iran immediately release a vessel it seized in the Gulf and a U.S. military commander in the region said the United States would work "aggressively" to ensure free passage of vessels through the vital waterway.
U.S. Justice Department may sue to block Sprint, T-Mobile merger: source
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has told T-Mobile US Inc
and Sprint Corp to wrap up a deal by the end of next week to sell assets that are to be divested as a condition of their proposed merger or face a lawsuit aimed at stopping the transaction, a source familiar with the deal said on Thursday.
Rugby-Pumas eye best chance of first win over All Blacks
BUENOS AIRES, July 18 (Reuters) - Argentina have never beaten New Zealand at rugby in 32 matches but momentum on one side and personnel changes on the other mean they may never have a better chance to end that run than on Saturday in Buenos Aires.
UPDATE 3-Trump equivocates on whether U.S. gov't is mulling Turkey sanctions
WASHINGTON, July 18 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump was unclear on Thursday over whether his administration was looking at imposing sanctions on Turkey following its purchase of Russian air defense systems, sparking confusion at a tense time for relations between the two nations.
UPDATE 1-U.N.'s Bachelet says Congresswomen opposing Trump are "fantastic"
GENEVA, July 18 (Reuters) - Four progressive Democratic members of Congress vilified by U.S. President Donald Trump are "fantastic," U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Thursday.
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