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'Couldn't believe what I was hearing': White House aides testify in impeachment probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senior U.S. officials told impeachment investigators in Congress on Tuesday they were concerned by President Donald Trump's effort to get Ukraine to investigate a political rival, with one White House official calling it a “shock.” Read More


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Options fade for last Hong Kong campus protesters as U.S. bill angers China

HONG KONG (Reuters) - The last band of anti-government protesters trapped inside a besieged Hong Kong university were weighing a narrowing range of options early on Wednesday as police outside appeared ready to simply wait them out. More »


U.S. House approves bill to avert government shutdown this week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday approved legislation to avert a widespread government shutdown later this week with a bill extending temporary federal funding through Dec. 20. More »


U.S. Senate passes HK rights bill backing protesters, angers Beijing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation on Tuesday aimed at protecting human rights in Hong Kong amid a crackdown on a pro-democracy protest movement, drawing condemnation from Beijing. More »


Asia shares trapped in a trade maze, oil nurses losses

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares stumbled on Wednesday as the Sino-U.S. trade talks produced nothing but a stream of conflicting messages, while concerns about a glut of supply left oil prices nursing their biggest one-day loss in seven weeks. More »


California's PG&E customers may face new round of mass outages

(Reuters) - About 180,000 California homes and businesses were notified on Tuesday they may lose power in the latest precautionary outage contemplated by utility giant PG&E to reduce wildfire risks posed by extremely dry, windy weather in the forecast. More »


Alibaba to price shares at HK$176 in $12.9 billion Hong Kong listing: sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba will raise up to $12.9 billion in its Hong Kong secondary listing and is set to price its shares at HK$176 each, a 2.8% discount to their New York share price, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. More »


A hospital and clean water: China on the charm offensive in Sri Lanka

POLONARRUWA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Amid the lush paddy fields of central Sri Lanka, a large, state-of-the-art hospital rises between the cranes and cement mixers. More »


Seller of bullets to Las Vegas gunman pleads guilty to ammo licensing offense

(Reuters) - An ammunition dealer who acknowledged selling hundreds of incendiary tracer rounds to the gunman who killed nearly 60 people at a Las Vegas music festival two years ago pleaded guilty on Tuesday to manufacturing bullets without a license. More »


U.S. housing outlook improves but not breaking new ground: Reuters poll

BENGALURU (Reuters) - The rise in U.S. home prices will continue to outpace consumer inflation until at least 2022, albeit at a slower pace than forecast three months ago, despite a majority of analysts polled by Reuters predicting an improvement in activity in the coming year. More »


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