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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Roger Stone, an ally of President Donald Trump and a longtime Republican operative, did not rule out on Sunday cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Arrested at his waterfront home in Florida on Friday in a dawn raid by FBI agents, Stone told reporters he...
US police have arrested a man suspected of killing five people, including his parents, in two separate but related shootings in the state of Louisiana. Dakota Theriot, 21, was caught on Sunday, 1,770km (1,100 miles) away at his grandmother's house in Virginia. Saturday's shootings were in Livingston and Ascension parishes, south of Louisiana state capital Baton Rouge. Authorities said the other victims...
A group calling itself the red scarves has held a march in Paris to counter weeks of anti-government protests by the yellow-vest movement. The "foulards rouges" is demanding an end to the violence witnessed at yellow-vest (gilets jaunes) rallies. The gilets jaunes movement grew out of fuel tax protests in November. It now embraces wider discontent with President Emmanuel Macron and has...
DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Japanese trade minister Hiroshige Seko on Friday urged Nissan Motor Co and Renault SA to maintain a stable alliance and expressed hope that executives from the automakers would take part in productive talks. The Renault-Nissan alliance has been shaken by the arrest of the automakers’ former chairman Carlos Ghosn on suspicion of financial misconduct. Ghosn, the...
The US Senate has rejected two bills to end the government shutdown, leaving no end in sight to the record-breaking closure of federal agencies. The Republican legislation garnered 50 votes with 47 against, with 52-44 for the Democratic bill. Both measures needed 60 votes to pass. Meanwhile, 800,000 federal workers who are struggling to cover their bills will miss another payday...
A trove of internal documents have revealed how Facebook was concerned children were spending large amounts on in-app payments without parents’ permission - but seemingly chose not to act. Discussions showed the firm decided not to implement certain safeguards as it might affect overall revenues from people paying for games. The documents formed part of a lawsuit that was settled in...
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California power company PG&E Corp, which expects to soon file for bankruptcy, said on Wednesday it would cost between $75 billion and $150 billion to fully comply with a judge’s order to inspect its power grid and remove or trim trees that could fall into power lines and trigger wildfires. PG&E said in a filing in...
A Chinese-Australian writer who went missing at the weekend has been detained in China, the Australian government says. Yang Hengjun, a former Chinese diplomat, has been held since flying from New York to Guangzhou on Saturday. China informed Australia that the 53-year-old popular blogger was in custody, but it has not clarified why. Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne urged China to handle...
The former governor of the Indonesian capital Jakarta, jailed for blasphemy in 2017, has been released early. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as Ahok, is a Christian and was Jakarta's first non-Muslim governor in 50 years. The blasphemy accusations and his two-year jail sentence were seen as a test of religious tolerance in the Muslim-majority country. At the time, the case had sparked...
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Serena Williams squandered four match points and blew a 5-1 lead in the decider as seventh seed Karolina Pliskova produced a stunning fightback to claim a 6-4 4-6 7-5 quarter-final victory over the American at the Australian Open on Wednesday. Williams, chasing a milestone 24th Grand Slam triumph, also saved two match points in the last game...

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