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Jeff Sessions orders review of gun background check system

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday ordered a review of a government database used for background checks on gun buyers, after a man who killed 26 people in a Texas church was left off the system despite having a criminal record. Read More

 

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U.S. Senate candidate Moore's spokesman resigns as allegations roil campaign

(Reuters) - The communications director for U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore has resigned amid the Alabama Republican's efforts to combat allegations of sexual misconduct that have roiled his campaign. More »

 

Fed policymakers say rate increase likely warranted soon: minutes

WASHINGTON, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Many Federal Reserve policymakers expect that interest rates will have to be raised in the "near term," according to the minutes of the U.S. central bank's last policy meeting released on Wednesday. More »

 

Iraqi forces launch operation to clear desert bordering Syria of Islamic State

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces launched an operation on Thursday to clear the desert bordering Syria of Islamic State, a final campaign to rid Iraq of the militant group, the military said in a statement. More »

 

U.S. judge strikes down Texas measure to limit second-trimester abortions

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. district judge on Wednesday struck down parts of a Texas law that would ban the most common type of second-trimester abortions in the state, after plaintiffs argued the procedure was safe, legal and necessary for women's health. More »

 

Broadcom considering sweetened Qualcomm bid: sources

(Reuters) - Chipmaker Broadcom Ltd is considering raising its offer to buy rival Qualcomm Inc by offering more of its own stock, following consultation with several of Qualcomm's top shareholders, according to people familiar with the matter. More »

 

Myanmar, Bangladesh to ink Rohingya return deal amid concern over army's role

NAYPYITAW (Reuters) - Myanmar expects to sign an accord on Thursday over terms for the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh, a government official said, amid concern that Myanmar's powerful generals could prove obstructive. More »

 

Waiting for May, Brussels eyes December Brexit deal

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - When Theresa May visits Brussels on Friday, EU negotiators will be listening intently for signs the British prime minister is preparing to risk a domestic backlash and raise her offer to secure a Brexit deal in December. More »

 

Amazon starts Australian trial after months of hype

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's Australian arm began an order-taking trial on Thursday, giving life to the hype which has preceded its arrival in the world's No. 12 economy and weighed on the shares of the brick-and-mortar retail sector. More »

 

JPMorgan's Dimon says Trump likely to be a one-term president

CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jamie Dimon, chief executive officer of JPMorgan Chase & Co, on Wednesday said he expects to see a new U.S. president in 2021 and advised the Democratic party to come up with a "pro-free enterprise" agenda for jobs and economic growth instead. More »

 

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