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‘The world is watching’, Kushner tells Saudi crown prince on Khashoggi

WASHINGTON/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - White House adviser Jared Kushner said on Monday he had urged Saudi Arabia’s crown prince to be transparent about the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, and told him “the world is watching” Riyadh’s account of the journalist’s disappearance. Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s de facto ruler, disappeared three weeks ago after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain documents for his upcoming marriage. Riyadh initially denied knowledge of his fate before saying he was killed in a fight in the consulate, a reaction greeted skeptically by several Western governments, straining relations with the…

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UK’s May tries to calm Brexit rebels, says deal almost done

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May urged restive lawmakers to back her in the final stages of Britain’s exit from the European Union, saying talks were in their most difficult stage even if a deal was close. FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves a news conference at the European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium October 18, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File PhotoFacing some of the fiercest attacks to date over her Brexit plans after again failing to clinch a deal at an EU summit last week, May tried to calm passions in parliament where her strategy has angered euroskeptics and EU supporters alike. “Serving our…

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Wall Street drops as China support fades, earnings disappoint

(Reuters) - The S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average traded slightly lower on Monday, as early gains tracking a rally in China market faded with oil and financial stocks pushing the indexes lower. Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., October 22, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidBut a near 2 percent gain for Amazon and Apple at the start of a big week for technology earnings, helped the Nasdaq gain and lifted the S&P technology sector more than 1 percent. U.S. stocks opened higher following a 4-percent surge in Chinese stocks and positive sentiment across Europe on Moody’s decision…

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State of Play: Democrats threaten Trump’s grip on the Great Lakes

TOLEDO, Ohio (Reuters) - Two years ago, Ohio and other states in the former industrial heartlands of the Great Lakes region catapulted Donald Trump into the White House. Today, in the final stretch to November’s congressional elections, they are showing that Trumpism has its limits as Democrats make surprising gains in races across the region, according to opinion polls. Last week, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray, often described as a liberal “progressive populist,” campaigned in working-class Toledo in a race that has remained tight with election day just two weeks away — a sign of a resurgence in his party in Ohio. “We will change this state…

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Republicans fear Democratic ‘blue wave’ spreading to once-safe districts

SPOTSYLVANIA, Virginia (Reuters) - The last time U.S. congressional elections were held in this central Virginia district, Meg Sneed voted for the Republican incumbent, Representative Dave Brat. Her friend, Cheryll Lesser, did not vote at all. Last week, the two women sat in the second row at a campaign event in a martial arts studio listening to the Democrat running against Brat, Abigail Spanberger. They nodded in agreement with much of what she had to say. But the real reason they were there was basic: Donald Trump. They don’t like the president, and they were not about to vote for anyone, like Brat, who supports him. “More…

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State of Play: Tightening Arizona race threatens Democrats’ slim Senate hopes

PHOENIX, Ariz. (Reuters) - For most of this year, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona has run what has been viewed widely as one of the best races in the nation. But with less than a month to go to Election Day, there are doubts whether she can make it across the finish line. Her matchup with Republican Martha McSally appears to be tightening at the same time that some voters are casting their ballots with the start of early voting in the state. That is unwelcome news for Democrats, who just weeks ago believed they had a chance to gain more than the two…

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Dow, S&P 500 drop as dollar rises, yield curve flattens

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were slightly lower in choppy trade on Monday while the dollar strengthened and the U.S. yield curve flattened after European equities reversed earlier gains to close lower. U.S. futures had pointed to gains, but the major indexes turned negative soon after Wall Street opened and then oscillated throughout the morning. Asian stocks rose after China promised to stabilize its economy and offset the impact of U.S. tariffs. The U.S. dollar rose as the British pound fell on news that Brexit negotiations with the European Union over Northern Ireland remain in flux and as the euro continued its slide on political uncertainty…

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U.S. wants ruling on ‘Dreamers’ in Supreme Court’s current term

(Corrects first paragraph of a story from Oct. 17 to clarify that “Dreamers” are in the United States illegally. A prior version said they entered the country illegally.) A woman leaves the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offices in New York, August 15, 2012. REUTERS/Keith Bedford By Tom Hals (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday it will ask the Supreme Court to intervene if an appellate court has not ruled by Oct. 31 on whether the Trump administration can end protections for “Dreamers” who are young immigrants in the country illegally. In a letter to the clerk of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of…

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Russia pledges to act to ‘restore’ military balance if U.S. quits nuclear arms pact

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Monday it would be forced to respond in kind to restore the military balance with the United States if President Donald Trump carried through on a threat to quit a landmark nuclear arms treaty and began developing new missiles. National flags of Russia and the U.S. fly at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow, Russia April 11, 2017. REUTERS/Maxim ShemetovBut Russia also signaled it may be willing to give some ground, with a senior Kremlin official telling Trump’s national security advisor that Russia was ready to address U.S. concerns about how the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty was being implemented. Trump drew…

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UK might need to seek a short extension to Brexit transition: May

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday that London might ask for a short extension of a planned transition period to ease its exit from the European Union. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is seen after the ASEM leaders group photo opportunity during a summit in Brussels, Belgium October 19, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville“There are some limited circumstances in which it could be argued that an extension to the implementation period might be preferable if we were certain it was only for a short time,” May told parliament. May was speaking to lawmakers about an EU leaders summit held last week. Her attempts to…

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