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UK's Johnson agrees to Brexit deal, but must now win over parliament

Thu, 17/10/2019 - 6:41pm
European Union leaders unanimously backed a new Brexit deal with Britain on Thursday, leaving Prime Minister Boris Johnson facing a battle to secure the UK parliament's backing for the agreement if he is to take Britain out of Europe on Oct. 31.
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UK heading for 'fairly hard' Brexit if Johnson deal passes

Thu, 17/10/2019 - 6:41pm
Britain will be on course for more distant economic ties with the European Union, making the country poorer, if Prime Minister Boris Johnson wins parliamentary backing for the Brexit deal he clinched with Brussels on Thursday.
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Turkey agrees with U.S. to pause Syria assault while Kurds withdraw

Thu, 17/10/2019 - 6:40pm
Turkey agreed on Thursday to pause its offensive in Syria for five days to let Kurdish forces withdraw from a "safe zone" Ankara had sought to capture, in a deal hailed by the Trump administration and cast by Turkey as a complete victory.
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Turkey defends Middle East policy, says Islamic State is under control

Thu, 17/10/2019 - 6:40pm
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday defended his Middle East policy, as he comes under bipartisan criticism over his administration's move to withdraw U.S. troops from northeast Syria and an agreement for a 120-hour pause to a Turkish incursion of the area.
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White House acknowledges strings attached in Trump withholding Ukraine aid

Thu, 17/10/2019 - 6:22pm
President Donald Trump's withholding of $391 million in military aid to Ukraine was linked to his request that the Ukrainians look into a claim - debunked as a conspiracy theory - about the 2016 U.S. election, a senior presidential aide said on Thursday, the first time the White House acknowledged such a connection.
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Pentagon official won't testify Friday to House impeachment probe

Thu, 17/10/2019 - 6:22pm
A top Pentagon official who oversees policy on Ukraine won't testify on Friday before the congressional committees leading an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump but is expected to do so next week, two sources told Reuters on Thursday.
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Two charged in campaign finance case with associates of Giuliani plead not guilty

Thu, 17/10/2019 - 6:21pm
Two American businessmen charged with conspiring to violate campaign finance laws with former associates of U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani pleaded not guilty on Thursday.
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Trump says he has a lot of confidence in acting chief of staff Mulvaney

Thu, 17/10/2019 - 6:21pm
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he has a lot of confidence in his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, after Mulvaney told reporters that Ukraine's investigation into the 2016 election was one of the reasons Washington had delayed aid to Kiev, before denying the White House had done that.
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UAW will keep GM strike going while members vote on new contract

Thu, 17/10/2019 - 6:11pm
The United Auto Workers union said on Thursday workers at General Motors Co will stay off the job while they vote on a proposed contract that delivers higher pay for full-time workers and better terms for temporary workers, but allows the automaker to close three U.S. plants.
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Timeline: UAW wrings higher pay from GM in deal to end strike, agrees to plant closings

Thu, 17/10/2019 - 6:11pm
The United Auto Workers union wrung higher pay and other benefits from General Motors Co as part of a tentative deal to end a month-long U.S. strike by about 48,000 workers, the union disclosed on Thursday.
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White House official denies Ukraine investigation into 2016 election was a condition for aid

Thu, 17/10/2019 - 6:10pm
Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, said on Thursday that the White House had never required Ukraine to investigate the 2016 U.S. election in exchange for military aid, reversing comments he made earlier that day.
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New York city council votes to close infamous Rikers Island jails

Thu, 17/10/2019 - 6:09pm
The New York City Council voted on Thursday to close the city's infamous Rikers Island jail complex by 2026, casting off a detention system plagued by chronic violence and decrepit facilities as part of a national rethinking of mass incarceration.
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Street fires erupt in Barcelona in fourth day of Catalan protest

Thu, 17/10/2019 - 6:03pm
Thousands gathered in Barcelona in a fourth day of protests that have led to the worst sustained street violence in Spain in decades after Catalan leaders were sentenced to lengthy jail terms for their roles in a 2017 bid for independence.
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Stocks, sterling rise on long-awaited Brexit deal

Thu, 17/10/2019 - 6:03pm
A deal on Britain's departure agreed with the European Union sent sterling to a five-month high on Thursday and hoisted European stocks to a 1-1/2-year peak before doubts about UK parliamentary support brought them back to earth.
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U.S. stocks gain on upbeat earnings, geopolitical news

Thu, 17/10/2019 - 6:01pm
Wall Street advanced on Thursday as investor sentiment was buoyed by a string of corporate earnings beats and encouraging geopolitical developments.
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Trump to host G7 summit at his Florida golf resort, sparking criticism

Thu, 17/10/2019 - 5:54pm
U.S. President Donald Trump will host next year's Group of Seven economic summit of developed nations' leaders at his Florida golf resort, a move Democrats and others decried as more evidence of the president misusing his office for personal gain.
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Morgan Stanley executives offer cautious outlook after profit beat

Thu, 17/10/2019 - 5:52pm
Morgan Stanley reported a higher-than-expected profit on Thursday, bolstered by strength in bond trading and M&A advisory, but executives were careful not to sound too optimistic about the rest of the year.
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U.S. Democrats Pelosi, Schumer call agreement with Turkey to pause Syria assault a 'sham'

Thu, 17/10/2019 - 5:49pm
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday called an agreement between the United States and Turkey on a pause in Ankara's offensive in northeastern Syria a "sham."
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Saudi Aramco delays planned IPO until after earnings update: sources

Thu, 17/10/2019 - 5:45pm
Saudi Aramco has delayed the planned launch of its initial public offering in hopes that pending third-quarter results will bolster investor confidence in the world's largest oil firm, two sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday.
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U.S. says struck ceasefire deal knowing Kurdish YPG could not hold territory

Thu, 17/10/2019 - 5:43pm
The United States struck a ceasefire agreement with Turkey on Thursday that will halt the fighting in exchange for a retreat by Kurdish YPG militia from a "safe zone" area in part because the U.S. believed the Kurds would not be able to hold that area militarily anyway, a top U.S. official said.
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