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British PM May tries to sell Brexit deal but opposition mounts

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May sought to sell a draft Brexit deal to her ministers on Wednesday but faced mounting opposition from some MPs and allies who said it threatened the government and the unity of the United Kingdom. A still image from a video footage shows Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaking during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, in central London, Britain November 14, 2018. Parbul TV/Handout via Reuters TV The BBC’s political editor said anger among Brexit-supporting MPs in May’s Conservative Party was so high that it was likely they would call on Thursday for a vote of no confidence…

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UK’s Raab no longer expected to travel to Brussels today: Bloomberg

Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Dominic Raab, leaves 10 Downing Street, in London, Britain November 14, 2018.REUTERS/Henry Nicholls(Reuters) - British Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab is no longer expected to travel to Brussels on Wednesday to welcome a Brexit deal with the European Union’s chief negotiator, Michael Barnier, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing a UK diplomat. Reporting by Shubham Kalia in Bengaluru; Editing by Kevin LiffeyOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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Trump to decide on Homeland Security chief ‘shortly’: report

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen takes part in a Federal Commission on School Safety meeting at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said he would make a decision on the future of U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen soon, the Daily Caller reported on Wednesday, with speculation rampant he would soon replace her. “I’m looking at things. I haven’t made a decision yet,” Trump said in an interview with the conservative news outlet. “I will be making a decision on Homeland shortly. I have not made decisions yet. I will be making…

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U.S. senators clash with Republican leader over protecting Mueller

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. senators, defying opposition from Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, vowed on Wednesday to push for action on a bipartisan measure that would protect a federal investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election. FILE PHOTO: People gather in front of City Hall to take part in a protest to protect the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, in Los Angeles, California, U.S., November 8, 2018./File PhotoRepublican Senator Jeff Flake and Democratic Senator Chris Coons said they would take to the Senate floor at around 4:15 p.m. EST (2115 GMT), to ask for their colleagues’ consent to allow a vote that…

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National Guard to search for victims of California’s deadliest fire

PARADISE, Calif. (Reuters) - The wildfire raging in northern California spread on Wednesday as National Guard troops were called in to search for victims while firefighting crews received a little help from the weather in their battle against the deadliest blaze in the state’s history. Cal Fire firefighters comb through a house destroyed by the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, U.S., November 13, 2018. REUTERS/Terray SylvesterThe death toll from the Camp Fire remained at 48 overnight but the fire grew 5,000 acres to 135,000 (55,000 hectares), even though diminished winds and rising humidity on Tuesday had allowed firefighting crews to set up containment lines. The fire, in…

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Mattis defends Mexico border deployment in first troop visit

BASE CAMP DONNA, Texas (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis defended the deployment of thousands of troops to the border with Mexico as he traveled there on Wednesday, saying the mission was “absolutely legal” and justified, and that it was improving military readiness. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen tour Base Camp Donna in Donna, Texas, U.S., November 14, 2018. REUTERS/Phil StewartPresident Donald Trump’s politically charged decision to send U.S. troops to the Mexico border came ahead of U.S. midterm congressional elections last week, as Trump sought to strengthen border security as part of a crackdown on illegal immigration.…

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Sri Lanka showdown looms as new PM loses confidence vote

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka’s parliament passed a no-confidence motion against newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday, presenting a standoff with the opposition and throwing the country deeper into turmoil. Sri Lanka's parliament members argue in front of Speaker of the Parliament Karu Jayasuriya during the parliament session in Colombo, Sri Lanka November 14, 2018. REUTERS/StringerDeputies from Rajapaksa’s party rejected the voice vote as illegal, saying it wasn’t scheduled and that the pro-China former strongman would remain in office. President Maithripala Sirisena, who triggered the crisis by firing Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and naming Rajapaksa to the job last month, said in a letter to…

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UK PM May ‘likely’ to face leadership challenge on Thursday: BBC

Britain's Prime Minister, Theresa May, leaves 10 Downing Street, in London, Britain November 14, 2018.REUTERS/Henry NichollsLONDON (Reuters) - Brexit supporters in Theresa May’s party will “likely” call for a vote of no confidence in her as their leader on Thursday, BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said, citing a senior member of the Conservative Party. Kuenssberg said Brexiteers were so angry about May’s draft deal to leave the European Union that they were submitting letters to the head of a committee of Conservative lawmakers responsible for handling any leadership challenge. “Senior Tory (Conservative) tells me Brexiteer anger so high that seems likely there will be a call for…

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A matter of volume: threat from ascendant Chinese phones hangs over Apple

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A raft of profit warnings from Apple Inc (AAPL.O) suppliers this week has fueled investor concerns that iPhone sales, in terms of volume, have hit a wall that could spell trouble for the company’s plans to make services its main pillar of growth. FILE PHOTO: A customer compares the size of the new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max at the Apple Store in Singapore September 21, 2018. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File PhotoFor the past year, investors had largely been willing to overlook stagnating unit sales of the iPhone because average selling prices kept rising. But now fierce competition from mid-priced phones from makers such…

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EU envoys end Brexit meeting, London position unclear: sources

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union’s 27 national ambassadors meeting on the draft Brexit deal in Brussels on Wednesday ended their session with no word from London on whether the British cabinet has approved it, diplomatic sources said. Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by Alastair MacdonaldOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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