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As Maduro holds on, Venezuela opposition eyes negotiated transition

15 min 12 sec ago
Venezuela's opposition is trying to convince ruling Socialist Party officials to join a transition government, shifting focus as it seeks to unseat President Nicolas Maduro, who has clung to power in the face of growing international pressure and U.S. sanctions.
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Bolton says Venezuela U.N. military attache backs Guaido

15 min 47 sec ago
U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser said on Wednesday that Venezuela's U.N. military attache has formally recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim president, increasing pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
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No host? No problem. Queen, Lady Gaga bring Grammys vibe to Oscars

22 min 53 sec ago
There will not be a host and Sunday's Oscars ceremony will not open with the traditional monologue in which celebrities and politicians are skewered.
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Constitution's 'excessive fines' ban bolstered by U.S. high court

25 min 23 sec ago
In a decision that may curb the rise of financial penalties and property seizures in the U.S. criminal justice system, the Supreme Court on Wednesday for the first time ruled that the U.S. Constitution's ban on "excess fines" applies to states as well as the federal government.
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Southwest shares drop as mechanics dispute escalates

27 min 6 sec ago
Southwest Airlines Co's shares fell more than 5 percent on Wednesday after the low-cost U.S. carrier said it was investigating whether a conflict with its mechanics union was leading to a spike in flight cancellations.
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House Democrats move to block Trump's emergency declaration on border

51 min 12 sec ago
Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives plan to introduce a resolution on Friday to end President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration on border security, according to aides to Representative Joaquin Castro.
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In U.S., pope's summit on sex abuse seen as too little, too late

55 min 14 sec ago
In the study of his home outside Washington, victims’ advocate Tom Doyle searched a shelf packed with books to find the thick report that led him to stop practicing as a priest and devote himself to helping those who had been sexually abused by clergymen.
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U.S., Central America launch plan to crack down on people smugglers

1 hour 3 min ago
The United States and three Central American nations on Wednesday announced an effort to combat trafficking of people to the U.S.-Mexico border, days after U.S. President Donald Trump declared a national emergency, citing large-scale unlawful immigration.
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Actor Jussie Smollett classified as suspect in criminal investigation

1 hour 5 min ago
"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett is being classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation by Chicago police for filing a false report stating he was attacked in a hate crime, a police spokesman said on Twitter on Wednesday.
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'Time of the essence,' says May on latest Brussels shuttle

1 hour 8 min ago
British Prime Minister Theresa May held "constructive" talks in Brussels on Wednesday as she sought concessions on Brexit from a skeptical European Union, her strategy under strain after the defection of three lawmakers.
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UK attorney general plans for unilateral exit mechanism to Irish backstop: Telegraph

1 hour 9 min ago
UK Attorney General Geoffrey Cox is considering plans for a unilateral exit mechanism to the Irish backstop with a notice period of 12 months, the Telegraph newspaper reported http://bit.ly/2E0XHql late on Wednesday.
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Moscow ready to cut time for nuclear strike on U.S. if necessary: Putin

1 hour 11 min ago
Moscow will match any U.S. move to deploy new nuclear missiles closer to Russia by stationing its own missiles closer to the United States or by deploying faster missiles or both, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.
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Britain managing Huawei risks, has no evidence of spying: official

1 hour 18 min ago
Britain is able to manage the security risks of using Huawei telecoms equipment and has not seen any evidence of malicious activity by the company, a senior official said on Wednesday, pushing back against U.S. allegations of Chinese state spying.
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North Korea's Kim shuffles nuclear talks team after defections, spying allegations

1 hour 30 min ago
Veteran North Korean diplomats are being sidelined from nuclear talks ahead of a second summit with the United States as recent defections and allegations of spying undermine the trust of leader Kim Jong Un, South Korean officials and experts say.
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Wall Street ends up slightly as Fed minutes support cautious stance

1 hour 31 min ago
U.S. stocks ended higher on Wednesday after minutes from the Federal Reserve's last meeting reaffirmed for investors that the U.S. central bank would be "patient" with respect to further interest rate hikes.
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Fed flags end to balance sheet runoff, patience on rates

1 hour 32 min ago
The Federal Reserve on Wednesday signaled they will soon lay out a plan to stop letting go of $4 trillion in bonds and other assets, but policymakers are still debating how long their newly adopted "patient" stance on U.S. rates policy will last.
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North Carolina Republican's son says warned father about operative's past

1 hour 58 min ago
The son of the Republican candidate in a disputed congressional race in North Carolina said on Wednesday he warned his father to be suspicious of a political operative now accused of running an illegal ballot operation to sway the November 2018 election.
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Global stocks rise on U.S.-China trade hopes; oil up again

2 hours 9 min ago
An index of stocks across the globe hit a more than four-month high on Wednesday on hopes for progress in trade talks between the United States and China, and a supportive backdrop from major central banks also helped push risk assets higher.
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Trump-California rift widens as auto emissions talks fail

2 hours 21 min ago
U.S. federal officials have decided to end negotiations with California over the Trump administration's plans to roll back fuel economy rules designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a government official said on Wednesday.
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French TV cuts Facebook live feed from Jewish cemetery after anti-Semitic abuse

2 hours 38 min ago
A French TV channel said on Wednesday it had been forced to cut short a live Facebook broadcast from a desecrated Jewish cemetery in eastern France because of an onslaught of anti-Semitic commentary.
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