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UK’s no-deal Brexit truck ‘war game’ prompts scorn

MANSTON, England (Reuters) - A convoy of nearly 90 trucks rolled through the southeast English countryside to Britain’s main port to continental Europe on Monday in a government test-run for a potentially chaotic Brexit that was mocked as a farce by opponents of the split. Prime Minister Theresa May is trying to force her Brexit deal through parliament but lawmakers are expected to reject it. If so, business chiefs and investors fear the world’s fifth-largest economy will leave the European Union at 2300 GMT on March 29 without an agreement on their future relationship. With parliament deadlocked, the ultimate destination of the Brexit project remains unclear. Possible…

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Explainer: Trump’s emergency threat on wall risks dual legal challenge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump would almost certainly face a legal challenge if he carries out his threat to get funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall by declaring a national emergency and circumventing Congress’s purse-strings power. A U.S. Border agent walks next to the secondary wall with Mexico at Border Field State Park in San Diego, California, U.S. November 20, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File PhotoLegal scholars said it was unclear exactly how such a step would play out, but they agreed that a court test would likely focus on whether an emergency actually exists on the southern border and on the limits of presidential power over taxpayer…

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Scenarios: How Trump, U.S. Congress might end border wall shutdown fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As the partial U.S. government shutdown entered its 17th day, no clear end was in sight, with Republican President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats in a standoff over his demand for $5 billion for a U.S.-Mexico border wall. The U.S. Capitol building is seen as a partial government shutdown continues in Washington, U.S., January 7, 2019. REUTERS/Jim YoungIt is hard to see how the impasse will be resolved but here are some possible scenarios for how it might play out, as well as potential winners and losers, based on interviews with lawmakers and aides in Congress and the Trump administration. A COMPROMISE EMERGES As…

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Golden Globe awards attracts 18.6 million TV viewers: NBC

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The U.S. television audience for the 2019 Golden Globe awards fell about 2 percent, but a slew of popular movies and celebrities among the nominees helped the ceremony buck a trend that has seen much steeper declines for big entertainment events. FILE PHOTO: 76th Golden Globe Awards - Photo Room - Beverly Hills, California, U.S., January 6, 2019 - Rami Malek (C) poses backstage with his award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for "Bohemian Rhapsody" along with Queen's Brian May (L) and Roger Taylor. REUTERS/Mario AnzuoniThe 18.6 million audience for Sunday’s awards, where Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody”…

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ takes upset win at Netflix-dominated Golden Globes

(This January 6 story fixes spelling of Olivia Colman’s surname in paragraph 17) By Jill Serjeant LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Queen musical “Bohemian Rhapsody” and U.S. segregation-era comedy “Green Book” took home the top Golden Globes on Sunday on a night of upsets that saw presumed favorite “A Star is Born” largely shut out, and big wins for Netflix (NFLX.O). Tears and astonishment marked the winners podium as Glenn Close for “The Wife” beat front-runner Lady Gaga as best drama actress, and “Green Book” triumphed over more high profile comedies “Vice” and “The Favourite.” “Oh my God. I just don’t believe it,” a tearful Close said of…

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Trump to address nation on immigration Tuesday at 9 p.m./0200 GMT

U.S. President Donald Trump walks before speaking to the media as he returns from Camp David to the White House in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua RobertsWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said he would address the nation on immigration and the southern border on Tuesday at 9 p.m./0200 GMT. Trump announced his prime time address on Twitter on Monday, the 16th day of a partial government shutdown triggered by his demand that Congress fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by David AlexanderOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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U.S. high court’s Ginsburg misses arguments after cancer surgery

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Monday missed oral arguments for the first time since joining the U.S. Supreme Court in 1993 as the 85-year-old liberal jurist continues to recuperate from lung cancer surgery last month. Chief Justice John Roberts addressed Ginsburg’s absence before the first of the day’s two arguments in cases before the court, saying she was “unable to be present today.” Ginsburg instead will work from home and use the case briefs and argument transcripts to participate in the cases, court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said. Ginsburg, the oldest member of the nine-justice court, underwent a surgical procedure called a pulmonary lobectomy on…

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U.S., China can reach trade deal ‘we can live with’: U.S. Commerce secretary

BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross predicted on Monday that Beijing and Washington could reach a trade deal that “we can live with” as officials from the world’s two largest economies resumed talks in a bid to end their trade dispute. Ross told CNBC the immediate trade issues would be easiest to tackle while enforcement issues and structural reforms, such as intellectual property rights and market access, would be more challenging to resolve. “I think there’s a very good chance that we will get a reasonable settlement that China can live with, that we can live with and that addresses all of the key issues,”…

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Gabon thwarts military coup attempt in President’s absence

LIBREVILLE (Reuters) - Gabon foiled an attempted military coup on Monday, arresting several plotters just hours after they took over state radio in a bid to end 50 years of rule by President Ali Bongo’s family. Government spokesman Guy-Bertrand Mapangou told Reuters that four of the five officers involved were arrested in the capital Libreville. A fifth officer fled and is being pursued, he said. In a radio message at 4:30 a.m. (0330 GMT), Lieutenant Kelly Ondo Obiang, who described himself as an officer in the Republican Guard, said Bongo’s New Year’s Eve address from Morocco, where he is recovering from a stroke, “reinforced doubts about the…

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Two suspects killed, seven captured in failed Gabon coup attempt

LIBREVILLE (Reuters) - Gabon security forces killed two suspects in a failed coup attempt in Gabon on Monday and captured seven others, government spokesman Guy-Bertrand Mapangou told reporters. The plotters seized control of the national radio station early on Monday morning and broadcast a message saying that President Ali Bongo was no longer fit for office. Reporting By Gerauds Wilfried Obangome; Writing by Aaron Ross; Editing by Edward McAllisterOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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