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Exclusive: Only 6 percent of those subject to Trump travel ban granted U.S. waivers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government granted waivers to just 6 percent of visa applicants subject to its travel ban on a handful of countries during the first 11 months of the ban, new data reviewed by Reuters shows. FILE PHOTO - Airlines workers check passengers in for flights at the ticket counter at Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Virginia, U.S. September 24, 2017. REUTERS/James Lawler DugganTrump administration officials have pointed to the waiver process embedded in the travel ban as proof it was not motivated by animus toward Muslims, as critics have charged, but rather serves to protect the United States. In June 2018, after legal…

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U.S. House judiciary chair seeks any Mueller summaries on Trump-Russia probe report

FILE PHOTO - Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) speaks during a mark up hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 26, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua RobertsWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Judiciary Committee Jerrold Nadler called on Attorney General William Barr on Thursday to release any summaries of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia report that were prepared by Mueller’s team. Nadler, a Democrat who is also demanding release of the full Mueller report to Congress, sent a letter to Barr citing media reports that Mueller’s team prepared their own summaries of the special counsel’s report. “If these recent reports are accurate ... then those summaries…

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Turkish F-35 delivered to training base in Arizona, official says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Lockheed Martin-made F-35 fighter jet for Turkey arrived on Wednesday at a military training facility in Arizona, an Air Force official said on Thursday, amid a dispute over Ankara’s planned purchase of a Russian missile defense system. FILE PHOTO: A Lockheed Martin F-35 aircraft is seen at the ILA Air Show in Berlin, Germany, April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt/File PhotoEarlier this week, Reuters reported that the United States halted delivery of equipment related to the stealth F-35 fighter aircraft to Turkey because of concern the NATO ally’s planned purchase of the Russian system would compromise the security of the jet, the most advanced…

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Tesla’s Elon Musk and S.E.C. Have 2 Weeks to Resolve Dispute, Judge Says

A federal judge gave Elon Musk and the Securities and Exchange Commission two weeks to resolve a dispute about whether Mr. Musk had violated a settlement he reached with the commission in October and should be held in contempt of court.Judge Alison J. Nathan of Federal District Court in Manhattan told both sides to “take a deep breath” and put on “their reasonableness pants” after a roughly 90-minute hearing attended by Mr. Musk, the chief executive of the electric car company Tesla.In Round 2 of the battle between the S.E.C. and Mr. Musk, the question for the judge came down to whether the voluble entrepreneur’s Twitter post…

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Global stocks stall on trade talk uncertainty, German data hits euro

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Global stocks held near the unchanged mark on Thursday, as investors looked for more detailed signs of progress in U.S.-China trade talks while disappointing economic data out of Germany knocked the euro. The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, April 2, 2019. REUTERS/StaffMixed reports about progress on a trade deal left investors cautious about taking on more risk after a five-day run of gains that sent stocks to a six-month high. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday trade talks with China were going well and he would only accept a “great” deal as…

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Person claiming to be missing child was Ohio ex-convict

Timmothy Pitzen, missing since May 12, 2011, is shown in both an undated photo and a rendition of what he may look like at age 13 on a poster obtained by Reuters April 4, 2019. National Center for Missing & Exploited Children/Handout via REUTERS(Reuters) - The person who told Kentucky police he was missing Illinois teen Timmothy Pitzen is a grown man with a criminal record, the FBI and state records said. Brian Michael Rini, 23, told neighbors in the Kentucky town of Newport that he had escaped kidnappers and was Timmothy, who would be 14 years old, briefly raising hope that the long-lost boy had been…

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Ethiopia inquiry shows Boeing MAX hurtling uncontrolled to disaster

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopian Airlines’ doomed 737 MAX jet hit excessive speed and was forced downwards by a wrongly-triggered automation system as pilots wrestled to regain control, a preliminary report into the crash that has shaken the aviation world showed on Thursday. FILE PHOTO - Ethiopian Federal policemen stand at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia March 11, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File PhotoThree times the captain, Yared Getachew, cried “pull up”, before the Boeing Co plane plunged into a field six minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 passengers and…

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Court orders mental assessment for NZ massacre suspect, murder charges added

CHRISTCHURCH (Reuters) - Australian Brenton Tarrant appeared in a New Zealand court on Friday where the suspected white supremacist was charged with an additional 49 counts of murder following his arrest after mass shootings at two mosques last month that killed 50 worshippers and wounded dozens. People visit a memorial site for victims of the shooting, in front of Christchurch Botanic Gardens in Christchurch, New Zealand March 19, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva The High Court judge overseeing the appearance also ordered Tarrant, who was not required to submit a plea, to undergo a mental assessment to determine whether he was fit to stand trial. In an attack broadcast…

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Elon Musk safe for now as U.S. judge urges Tesla CEO, SEC to end tweet dispute

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Elon Musk’s job as Tesla Inc’s chief executive appeared safe on Thursday as a federal judge in Manhattan urged the billionaire to settle contempt allegations by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over his use of Twitter. At a hearing in Manhattan federal court, U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan gave both sides two weeks to work out their differences, and said she could rule on whether Musk violated his recent fraud settlement with the regulator if they failed. The hearing appeared to lift an overhang over Tesla, as the SEC stopped well short of recommending Musk’s removal as chief executive or even from…

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Jeff Bezos keeps Amazon voting power in divorce settlement

(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos will retain voting control of his entire $143 billion stake in the company under a divorce settlement with his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, who will own 25 percent of those shares, the couple said on Thursday, removing uncertainty over control of the online retailer. The world’s richest couple had announced their impending divorce in a joint Twitter statement in January, causing some to worry that Jeff Bezos could wind up with less Amazon voting power or that he or MacKenzie would liquidate large positions. “It takes the issue off the table, with less turbulence than you might have expected,”…

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