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Lawmakers plan to investigate whether Trump told lawyer to lie

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Investigators in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives said on Friday they plan to examine whether President Donald Trump directed his former lawyer to lie to Congress, prompted by a report by BuzzFeed News. Leading Democrats in the House said they would seek to verify the story, saying that if true it would be evidence of criminal activity by the president. BuzzFeed, citing two unnamed law enforcement sources, said Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, who is going to prison for lying to Congress, told investigators working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller that Trump had directed him to lie about efforts to build…

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Trump, North Korea’s Kim to hold second summit in late February

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in late February but will maintain economic sanctions on Pyongyang, the White House said on Friday after Trump met Pyongyang’s top nuclear negotiator. The announcement came amid a diplomatic flurry in Washington surrounding the visit of Kim Yong Chol, a hardline former spy chief, and marked a sign of movement in a denuclearization effort that has stalled since a landmark meeting between Trump and the North Korean leader in Singapore on June 12. “President Donald J. Trump met with Kim Yong Chol for an hour and a half…

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Ex-Chicago policeman sentenced to seven years in black teen’s death

CHICAGO (Reuters) - White former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was sentenced on Friday to nearly seven years in prison for shooting black teen Laquan McDonald to death in 2014 in a landmark case that highlighted racial tensions in America’s third-biggest city. Former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke and his attorney Daniel Herbert listen to proceedings during his sentencing hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., Janauary 18, 2019 Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune/Pool via REUTERSAfter a jury convicted Van Dyke of second-degree murder last fall, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Vincent Gaughan sentenced Van Dyke to 81 months in prison and said…

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In third year, U.S. women’s marches turn to 2020 elections

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two years after filling the streets of U.S. cities to protest the start of Donald Trump’s presidency, women will march again this weekend to try to build political pressure against him ahead of the 2020 elections. The loose movement around the marches has splintered as it enters its third year, and one of the various groups now involved has faced criticism it is anti-Semitic, which it denies. But leaders of the groups say momentum has not slowed, and the rallies will celebrate unprecedented gains for women in congressional and state races in last year’s midterm elections. Millions of people took part in the women’s…

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Hundreds of Central American migrants enter Mexico with few checks

TAPACHULA, Mexico (Reuters) - Hundreds of mostly Honduran migrants entered southern Mexico on Friday, joining around 1,000 other people from Central America who crossed a day earlier and putting to the test Mexico’s vows to guarantee the safe and orderly flow of people. People belonging to a caravan of migrants from Honduras en route to the United States, walk at the border crossing to Mexico in Hidalgo, Mexico, January 18, 2019. REUTERS/Jose CabezasThe cohort crossed the Guatemalan border into Chiapas state before dawn without needing the wrist bands that Mexican officials on Thursday gave migrants to wear until they could register with authorities, several migrants and an…

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Exclusive: U.S. demands regular review of China trade reform

BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is pushing for regular reviews of China’s progress on pledged trade reforms as a condition for a trade deal - and could again resort to tariffs if it deems Beijing has violated the agreement, according to sources briefed on negotiations to end the trade war between the two nations. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a working dinner after the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 1, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueA continuing threat of tariffs hanging over commerce between…

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White House adviser Kudlow says making progress on China trade talks

FILE PHOTO: White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow speaks about the upcoming G20 during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 27, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueWASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Friday that the United States and China were making progress on trade negotiations but reaching a deal would take time. “We’re making progress in negotiating on the grandest scale between the two countries ever, we’re covering everything,” Kudlow told reporters. “It’s going to take time. We are moving,” he said. “I’d love to make a deal. I’m a free trader but it’s got to be a great…

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House Speaker Pelosi accuses Trump of endangering U.S. troops, lawmakers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday accused President Donald Trump of putting American troops and civilians working in Afghanistan in danger by publicizing a planned congressional trip to the war-torn country, as tensions between the leaders spiked on the 28th day of a partial government shutdown. Trump later on Friday signaled he would turn his attention from the fight over congressional travel back to the budget standoff that has left hundreds of thousands of federal workers without paychecks, posting on Twitter that he would make a “major announcement” on Saturday at 3 p.m. EST (2000 GMT) on the “humanitarian crisis” on the country’s…

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Trump says will make ‘major’ announcement Saturday on shutdown

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the Missile Defense Review announcement at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., January 17, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Friday he will make a “major” announcement on Saturday at 3 p.m. EST (2000 GMT) on “the humanitarian crisis on our southern border” and the partial government shutdown, now in its 28th day. Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Lisa LambertOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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Wall Street extends rally on U.S.-China trade optimism

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks rallied on Friday, helping Wall Street’s major indexes advance for the fourth consecutive week, as increased hopes the United States and China would resolve their trade dispute lifted shares across sectors. The market was boosted after a Bloomberg report said China sought to raise its annual goods imports from the United States by a combined value of more than $1 trillion in order to reduce its trade surplus to zero by 2024. The news followed a report on Thursday that U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was considering lifting some or all tariffs imposed on Chinese imports. A Treasury spokesman denied Mnuchin…

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