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CHICAGO (Reuters) - A blast of Arctic air from the polar vortex brought dangerous, bone-chilling cold to a wide swath of the United States on Tuesday, stretching from the Dakotas through Maine, with snow expected as far south as Alabama and Georgia. The Midwest was the hardest-hit region, as temperatures plunged below zero Fahrenheit (minus 18 degrees Celsius). By nightfall...
SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean appeals court on Wednesday nearly doubled jail time for a former speed skating coach convicted of hitting a two-time Olympic champion, citing a need to warn sports officials against the use of violence as a training tool. The case, and the athlete’s accusation that the coach had also sexually abused her, has triggered South...
(Reuters) - Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has not ruled out leaving the club this season if they do not strengthen the squad in the January transfer window. Benitez’s contract with Newcastle ends in June but the lack of new recruits to help the 17th-placed club retain its Premier League status has frustrated the Spaniard enough to consider his future...
(Reuters) - A day after Howard Schultz said he might run for U.S. president, a heckler shouted “don’t help elect Trump” at the former Starbucks CEO, voicing concerns that his independent bid could help President Donald Trump win re-election in 2020. In an interview with CBS’ “60 minutes” aired on Sunday, Schultz said he was seriously thinking of running as...
BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Tuesday unveiled a flurry of measures aimed at spurring sales of items ranging from cars and appliances to information services, as the world’s second-largest economy grows at its slowest pace in nearly 30 years. In a statement on its website, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said restrictions will be loosened on the second-hand...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump expressed skepticism on Sunday that U.S. lawmakers seeking to avoid another government shutdown could reach a deal on border security that he would accept, as he renewed his vow to build a wall on the southern border with Mexico. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump said chances were low that Congress...
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - There is no proof that Beijing’s detention of a Chinese-born Australian writer is related to the arrest of Canadians in China, Australian Defence Minister Christopher Pyne said on Monday. Yang Hengjun was detained in southern China earlier this month and taken to Beijing where China has said he was held under “coercive measures”, a euphemism for detention,...
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The Brazilian prosecutor running talks to settle a lawsuit over a 2015 tailings dam rupture at the Samarco mine told Reuters on Saturday that a deadly dam burst on Friday at a mine run by Vale SA could scramble those sensitive negotiations. Federal prosecutor Jose Adercio Sampaio said that depending on Vale’s culpability in the...
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Thousands of Australians are expected to protest on Saturday as a national holiday intended to celebrate the birth of modern Australia divides the country. Australia Day on Jan. 26 marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the “First Fleet” to Sydney Cove, carrying mainly convicts and troops from Britain. For many indigenous Australians, who trace their lineage...
MILAN (Reuters) - Germany and France are making fun of Italy and the European Union with their treaty to give Germany a permanent seat at the United Nations, Italian daily Corriere della Sera on Friday cited Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte as saying. “They are only thinking of their national interests,” Corriere cited Conte as saying. On Tuesday, the leaders of...

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