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Explainer: China's rare earth supplies could be vital bargaining chip in U.S. trade war

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rare earth elements are used in a wide range of consumer products, from iPhones to electric car motors, as well as military jet engines, satellites and lasers. Learn More


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Brexit crisis: Minister quits, piling pressure on Britain's May

LONDON (Reuters) - Prominent Brexit supporter Andrea Leadsom resigned from Prime Minister Theresa May's government on Wednesday, piling pressure on the British leader after a new Brexit gambit backfired and fueled calls for her to quit. More »


Exclusive: Guaido says Washington should help Venezuela keep U.S. refiner Citgo

CARACAS (Reuters) - The United States should help Venezuela keep control over U.S. refiner Citgo by preventing its seizure by creditors seeking to collect on unpaid Venezuelan debts, opposition leader Juan Guaido said in an interview with Reuters on Wednesday. More »


Pentagon mulling U.S. military request to send 5,000 troops to Middle East: officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Defense is considering a U.S. military request to send about 5,000 additional troops to the Middle East amid increasing tensions with Iran, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Wednesday. More »


Turkey stopped purchasing Iranian oil as of May: Turkish official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Turkey stopped purchasing Iranian oil as of May as U.S. waivers granted last November to eight buyers expired, and will continue to abide by Washington's demand that it halt all imports of crude oil from the Islamic Republic, a senior Turkish official said on Wednesday. More »


India prepares to count votes, with Modi looking at second term

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India begins counting hundreds of millions of votes in its general election on Thursday, with a coalition led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party already preparing to form the next government. More »


Indonesian protesters, police clash in second night of post-election unrest

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A clash between Indonesian security forces and protesters angry over the result of last month's presidential election raged for a second night on Wednesday, turning central Jakarta into a battlefield of tear gas, rubber bullets, rocks and firecrackers. More »


Trump administration may use Iran threat to sell bombs to Saudis without Congress' approval: senator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's administration plans to use a loophole and rising tensions with Iran to sell bombs to Saudi Arabia, even though Congress blocked such sales for months over concerns about civilian deaths in the war in Yemen, Senator Chris Murphy said on Wednesday. More »


New Mexico counties revolt against migrant releases

TAOS, N.M. (Reuters) - Two more New Mexico counties have declared their opposition to taking in migrants in a growing revolt against federal authorities dropping off a surge in Central American families in the state's rural, southern communities. More »


Iran youth will witness demise of Israel, 'American civilization': Khamenei

GENEVA (Reuters) - Iran's youth will witness the demise of Israel and American civilization, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday in comments published on his official website. More »


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