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U.S. seeks to reassure Beijing after Trump call with Taiwan leader

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - The White House said on Monday it had sought to reassure China after President-elect Donald Trump's phone call with Taiwan's leader last week, which the Obama administration warned could undermine progress in relations with Beijing. Read More


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Security raised at L.A. rail line after threat warning from foreign country

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Federal and Los Angeles officials said on Monday they had been alerted by authorities in another country to a "specific" threat against the city's Red Line commuter rail system, prompting them to beef up security and alert the public. More »


Syria says it rejects Aleppo ceasefire if rebels remain - state media

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria rejects any ceasefire negotiated by any party in rebel-held eastern Aleppo unless what it describes as terrorist groups there depart, its Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday in a statement carried by state media. More »


Obama to deliver speech defending his counterterrorism fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will make the case on Tuesday that his counterterrorism policies have helped protect Americans from evolving international threats as he prepares to hand over the White House to a successor who has been critical of his approach. More »


Oil dips as OPEC, Russian output rises ahead of production cut

LONDON (Reuters) - Global oil prices slipped on Tuesday as crude output rose in most major export regions despite plans by OPEC and Russia to cut production, triggering fears the fuel glut that has dogged markets for over two years might last well into 2017. More »


Italian minister, after talking to Renzi, sees new election likely in February

ROME (Reuters) - Italy could have an election as early as February, a minister in Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's outgoing government said on Tuesday, speaking after talking to Renzi. More »


Rouhani says Iran will not let Trump rip up nuclear deal

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday he would not let U.S. President-elect Donald Trump rip up a global nuclear deal, warning of unspecified repercussions if Washington reneges on the agreement. More »


Libyan forces taking last few buildings from Islamic State in Sirte: officials

SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) - Libyan forces said on Tuesday they were securing the last few buildings where Islamic State militants had been making a final stand in their former North African stronghold of Sirte. More »


Islamic State shifts defenses to east Mosul: coalition commander

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Islamic State has brought its forward defenses from western Mosul towards the east as it fights against Iraqi forces in the battle to liberate the city, a coalition commanding general said. More »


France's Hollande names Cazeneuve PM as Valls prepares election bid

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday named Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve to head his Socialist government until a new president is elected next May. More »


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