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Iran says it seized British tanker, denies U.S. brought down drone

DUBAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran said it had seized a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday but denied Washington's assertion that the U.S. Navy had downed an Iranian drone nearby this week, as tensions in the Gulf region grew again. Read More


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Saudi king approves hosting U.S. troops to enhance regional security: SPA

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's King Salman approved hosting U.S. forces in the country to boost regional security and stability, the state news agency (SPA) reported on Friday. More »


Democratic lawmakers slam Trump's latest border initiatives

McALLEN, Texas (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic lawmakers on Friday called President Donald Trump's latest anti-immigration initiatives "unacceptable" and warned his administration against misappropriating funding authorized only for humanitarian use. More »


Ex-Trump aide Hicks denies involvement in hush money talks: lawyer

(Reuters) - An attorney for former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks denied on Friday that she was involved in discussions during the 2016 presidential campaign about a hush-money payment to a porn star who claimed to have had a sexual encounter with President Donald Trump. More »


Exclusive: Ex-Russian arms tycoon quietly wields influence in British PM race

LONDON (Reuters) - A former Russian arms tycoon who had connections at the highest levels of the Kremlin is a major donor to Britain's ruling Conservative Party and counts himself a friend of the man expected to be the country's next prime minister. More »


CDC links two deaths to multi-state salmonella outbreak

(Reuters) - Two people have died following a multi-state outbreak of salmonella infections linked to backyard poultry, U.S. health officials said on Friday. More »


In battleground Florida, Republicans shrug off Trump's tweet 'kerfuffle'

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (Reuters) - An immigrant to the United States, Suzanne Vale took no offense at Republican President Donald Trump's tweet this week telling Democratic congresswomen they are free to "go back" to their ancestral homes if America is not to their liking. More »


Wall Street falls as Fed signals smaller rate cut

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes fell on Friday following a report that the Federal Reserve plans to cut interest rates by only a quarter-percentage point at the end of the month. More »


U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky to remain in Swedish custody, Trump plans to intervene

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish prosecutors on Friday extended American rapper A$AP Rocky's detention by six days amid their ongoing investigation into a street fight in Stockholm as U.S. President Donald Trump said he planned to call Sweden's prime minister about the case. More »


Riding horses and banging drums, Puerto Ricans demand that governor quit

(Reuters) - Thousands of Puerto Ricans, led by protesters on horseback and with some banging drums and singing, marched on the governor's residence on Friday demanding that he resign over hundreds of vulgar and offensive leaked chat messages. More »


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