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U.S.

Trump’s Proposal to Break Budget Deadlock Falls Flat

Senate Republicans have released a measure designed around President Donald Trump’s proposal for breaking a budget impasse, its centerpiece his demand for $5.7 billion to build a southern border wall all but guaranteeing Democratic opposition and no foreseeable end to a partial government shutdown.

U.S. to Formally Seek Extradition of Huawei Executive Meng Wanzhou

The United States will proceed with the formal extradition from Canada of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, Canada’s ambassador to the United States told the Globe and Mail, as Beijing vowed to respond to Washington’s actions.

U.S. Calls on Russia to Destroy New Missile System

The United States called on Russia on Monday to destroy a new cruise missile system which it said was a “direct and continuing violation” of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, and accused Moscow of destabilizing global security.

Democratic U.S. Senator Kamala Harris Jumps Into 2020 White House Race

First-term Democratic Senator Kamala Harris of California, a rising party star and outspoken critic of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, launched her 2020 campaign for the White House on Monday by touting her prior career as a prosecutor.

Trump Meets With Cabinet Officials to Revive Infrastructure Push

U.S. President Donald Trump is reviving efforts to win approval for a significant infrastructure plan lasting up to 13 years, two people briefed on the matter said, as the administration seeks to bring a long-stalled campaign promise back to life.

US, North Korea Start Talks Aimed at 2nd Trump-Kim Summit

The U.S. and North Korea began highly anticipated talks Friday aimed at resuming stalled efforts to end the North’s nuclear weapons program by arranging a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

U.S. Separated 'Thousands' More Immigrant Children: Watchdog

An internal watchdog auditor said on Wednesday the U.S. government separated “thousands” more children than were previously known but said that a lack of comprehensive record-keeping means the exact number is unclear.

U.S. Official: Four U.S. Soldiers Dead, Three Injured in Syria Blast

Four U.S. soldiers were killed and three wounded in a blast on Wednesday in the Syrian town of Manbij, a U.S. official said. A news site affiliated with Islamic State earlier issued a statement saying an attacker with a suicide vest had targeted a patrol of the U.S.-led coalition operating in Manbij.

Trump Says He's 'Not Keeping Anything Under Wraps,' About Meetings With Putin

President Trump has denied keeping details of his meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin from his own administration.

Los Angeles Teachers Strike For Smaller Classes, More Nurses And Librarians

Los Angeles public school teachers went on strike Monday morning, a result of failed negotiations between the teachers union and the school district. The strike has looked inevitable since Friday, when United Teachers Los Angeles rejected another offer from district leaders.

Report: Americans Are Now More Likely To Die Of An Opioid Overdose Than On The Road

For the first time in U.S. history, a leading cause of deaths, vehicle crashes, has been surpassed in likelihood by opioid overdoses, according to a new report on preventable deaths from the National Safety Council.

American From Texas Captured While Fighting for ISIS, Militia Says

The Pentagon and the anti-ISIS coalition said they are aware of reports from America's Kurdish allies in Syria that at least two American citizens who were allegedly fighting with ISIS have been captured.

US Pullout From Syria to be Done in 'Prudent' Way: Trump

President Donald Trump on Monday sought to end fears of an abrupt US pullout from Syria, saying the fight against the Islamic State group was not over and that withdrawal would be done in a "prudent" manner.

Mattis Signs Order Withdrawing U.S. Troops From Syria

Outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis has signed an order withdrawing U.S. forces from Syria, a Defense Department spokesman said on Monday, following through on a decision by President Donald Trump that helped trigger Mattis’ resignation last week.

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INTERNATIONAL

China’s Xi Warns Party of ‘Serious Dangers’ as Risks Mount

President Xi Jinping stressed the need to maintain political stability in an unusual meeting of China’s top leaders -- a fresh sign the ruling party is growing concerned about the social implications of the slowing economy.

Suicide Attackers Kill Dozens In Assault On Afghan Base

Dozens of Afghan security personnel were killed and many others were injured in coordinated attacks that lasted several hours in Afghanistan's Wardak province on Monday, officials confirmed.

Opposition Leader Pushes for Parliament Vote on New Brexit Referendum

British opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn moved a step closer to paving the way for another referendum on European Union membership by trying to use parliament to grab control of Brexit from Prime Minister Theresa May.

Brexit: May Looks For Way to Break Deadlock

Last week, Mrs May said she would focus on cross-party talks to get a Brexit deal accepted by Parliament.

Airports, Customs, Trade: Europe Preps for a Chaotic Brexit

One by one, European Union nations are spending millions, hiring thousands of workers and issuing emergency decrees to cope with the increasingly likely possibility that Britain will leave the bloc on March 29 without a plan.

Brexit Vote: What Just Happened and What Comes Next?

Prime Minister Theresa May's plan for leaving the European Union - the only one on the table - was voted down by parliament on Tuesday. And, given the constant stream of analysis and speculation, you could be forgiven for feeling a little overwhelmed by it all. So let's break it down...

Polish Mayor Dies of Stab Wounds After Attack

The centrist mayor of the Polish port city of Gdansk died on Monday, a day after a man stabbed him in the heart in front of hundreds of people at a charity event.

China Pledges to Buy 'Substantial Amount' of U.S. Goods: USTR

China has pledged to purchase “a substantial amount” of agricultural, energy and manufactured goods and services from the United States, the U.S. Trade Representative’s office said on Wednesday after U.S.-China trade talks wrapped up in Beijing.

'Unprecedented' U.S. Sanctions are Pressuring Iran: Khamenei

U.S. sanctions are putting unprecedented pressure on Iranians while “first class idiots” are running Washington’s policy, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday.

North Korea's Kim Visits China Ahead of Expected Trump Summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived Tuesday on an unannounced visit to Beijing for talks with President Xi Jinping, as preparations ramp up for an expected second summit with Donald Trump.

Turkey Appears to Snub US; No Assurances on Syrian Kurds

A senior U.S. official trying to negotiate the safety of Kurdish allies in northeastern Syria was apparently rebuffed by Turkey's president who said Tuesday there would be "no concession" in Ankara's push against what he describes as terror groups in the war-torn country.

FINANCE

Forget the Trade War: China Is Already in Crisis

Even if the second-largest economy resolves the current slowdown, it will remain mired in a debt-driven slump.

Goldman Sachs Shares Surge After Fourth-Quarter Profit Tops Expectations

Goldman Sachs shares advanced after posting fourth-quarter profit that exceeded analysts’ expectations on strength in the firm’s investment banking and investing and lending divisions.

Bank of America Shares Jump Nearly 5% After Record Earnings Report

Bank of America reported better-than-expected profit and revenue for the fourth quarter on Wednesday, driven by a strong performance from its consumer-banking business and lower taxes. The results sent the bank’s shares up nearly 5 percent in the premarket.

PG&E Prepares Bankruptcy Filing After California Wildfires

PG&E Corp, owner of the biggest U.S. power utility by number of customers, said on Monday it is preparing to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy for all of its businesses as it faces potentially crushing liabilities linked to catastrophic wildfires in 2017 and 2018.

Trump is Probably Going to Get His Way With the Federal Reserve This Year

As President Donald Trump jawbones the Federal Reserve, the likelihood that he's going get what he wants this year from the central bank continues to grow. Markets expect the Fed to hold off on rate hikes and are even anticipating the possibility of a cut during the next year or two, playing into the low-rate environment the president has espoused.

Sears to Ask Bankruptcy Judge for Approval to Liquidate

Sears Holdings Corp will ask a bankruptcy judge on Tuesday if it can proceed with liquidation after it could not reach an agreement on Chairman Edward Lampert’s $4.4 billion takeover bid, casting doubt on the survival of the 126-year-old U.S. department store chain, people familiar with the matter said.

U.S. Payrolls Rise 312,000, Wages Accelerate in Jobs Blowout

U.S. employers added the most workers in 10 months as wage gains accelerated and labor-force participation jumped, reflecting a robust job market that nevertheless faces mounting risks in 2019.

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