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Britain sees Brexit progress, again calls on EU to ‘meet us halfway’

LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Brexit minister Dominic Raab voiced confidence on Tuesday that Britain and the European Union would make progress on their divorce at a summit next week, but again asked the bloc to meet London “halfway” on the most difficult areas. An anti-Brexit placard is fixed to traffic barriers opposite the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, October 9, 2018. REUTERS/Simon DawsonBrexit negotiations have stepped up before the summit next Wednesday and Thursday, and the EU has signaled that its officials believe a deal is within grasp. But one of the most difficult obstacles to securing the so-called withdrawal agreement, the Irish border, has yet to…

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Michael shuts nearly 40 percent of U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil output

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Nearly 40 percent of daily crude oil production was lost from offshore U.S. Gulf of Mexico wells on Tuesday because of platform evacuations and shut-ins ahead of Hurricane Michael. Oil producers - including Anadarko Petroleum Corp (APC.N), BHP Billiton (BLT.L), BP (BP.L) and Chevron Corp (CVX.N) - have since Monday evacuated personnel from 75 platforms as the storm made its way through the central Gulf on the way to landfall on Wednesday on the Florida Panhandle. The country’s largest privately owned crude terminal, the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port LLC, said on Tuesday it had halted operations at its marine terminal. The facility is the…

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LOOP suspends operations at Marine Terminal ahead of Hurricane Michael

(Reuters) - The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP) on Tuesday said it has suspended operations at its marine terminal ahead of Hurricane Michael. “There are no other interruptions in receipts or deliveries at the Clovelly Hub,” the company said on its website. Oil producers - including Anadarko Petroleum Corp (APC.N), BHP Billiton (BLT.L), BP (BP.L) and Chevron Corp (CVX.N) - have since Monday evacuated personnel from 75 platforms as Hurricane Michael made its way through the central Gulf on its way to landfall on Wednesday at the Florida Panhandle. Nearly 40 percent of daily crude oil production was lost from offshore U.S. Gulf of Mexico wells on…

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Japan’s women sailors serve on frontline of gender equality

ABOARD JS KAGA (Reuters) - Women serving on Japan’s biggest warship, the Kaga, are a tight-knit group on the frontline of a push to transform the Japanese navy into a mixed-gender fighting force, where men outnumber them more than 10 to one. Yuma Osaki, a navigator, runs back to her post after a flag raising ceremony on the flight deck of Japanese helicopter carrier Kaga before its departure for naval drills in the Indian Ocean, Indonesia, September 22, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-HoonThe Maritime Self Defence Force (MSDF) needs more women because falling birth rates mean it has too few men to crew warships in home waters or on…

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For Kavanaugh, a collegial start to Supreme Court career

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Brett Kavanaugh spent a collegial first day on the bench as a U.S. Supreme Court justice on Tuesday that contrasted sharply with the venom of his confirmation process, taking an active role in arguments alongside his eight new colleagues. Kavanaugh, a veteran of such proceedings after 12 years on an influential U.S. appeals court, looked at ease as he asked several questions during two hours of lively oral arguments involving a federal sentencing law for repeat offenders. It seemed like business as usual in the ornate courtroom, three days after Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Republican-led Senate despite being accused of sexual assault by…

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Pompeo: can see a path to North Korea denuclearization

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday he had made “real progress” on his recent trip to North Korea and can now see a path toward the U.S. goal of eliminating the Asian nation’s nuclear weapons. “I returned late last night from North Korea from a trip where we made real progress. While there’s still a long way to go and much work to do, we can now see a path where we will achieve (our) ultimate goal, which is the full and final verified denuclearization of North Korea,” he told reporters during a visit to the White House. Reporting by Lisa…

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Trump says next summit with North Korea’s Kim to come after November U.S. elections

WASHINGTON/ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would be held after U.S. congressional elections on Nov. 6. Speaking to reporters as he flew to Iowa for a political rally, Trump said: “It’ll be after the midterms. I just can’t leave now.” Earlier on Tuesday, Trump told reporters that plans were being made for his second summit with Kim and that he thought “incredible” progress had been made in U.S. talks with the long-isolated North Asian country. He said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had very good talks with Kim over the…

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Trump’s U.N. envoy Haley resigns, rules out 2020 run for office

WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Nikki Haley, a rising Republican star, said on Tuesday she was stepping down as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, but knocked down speculation that she might challenge President Donald Trump at the next election. Sitting beside Trump in the Oval Office, Haley said her 18-month stint at the United Nations had been “an honor of a lifetime” and that she would stay on until the end of the year. A former governor of South Carolina and the daughter of Indian immigrants, Haley, 46, is the highest profile woman in Trump’s Cabinet and has often been seen as a possible presidential candidate. Haley…

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Trump: summit with North Korea’s Kim will be after U.S. elections on November 6

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his second summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will be held after the U.S. midterm elections on Nov. 6. U.S. President Donald Trump waves prior to departing Washington from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., October 9, 2018. REUTERS/Leah MillisSpeaking to reporters as he flew to Iowa for a political rally, Trump said: “It’ll be after the midterms. I just can’t leave now.” Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad ZarghamOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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No rest for Nikki Haley? Political future fuels speculation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley exits President Donald Trump’s cabinet as the most high-profile female member, potentially putting her back into play as a candidate for a Republican Party struggling with women voters. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley sits in the Oval Office of the White House during a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump after it was announced the president had accepted Haley's resignation in Washington, U.S., October 9, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstIn her out-of-the-blue announcement on Tuesday, Haley, 46, pointedly tried to shut down talk that she would run for any office in 2020, including challenging Trump…

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