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U.S. farmers scramble to contain trade-war damage, find new markets

ADDIEVILLE, Ill.(Reuters) - Clouds crowded the Illinois sky as Nick Harre walked away from his combine at the peak of harvest to join four fellow farmers in greeting some unlikely visitors. Members of Illinois Soybean Growers Association and a trade group of grain buyers from Sri Lanka inspect soybeans of Pioneer-DuPont Seed facility in Addieville, Illinois U.S., September 19, 2018. Picture taken September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Lawrence BryantInside a nearby seed barn, they made their pitch to eight Sri Lankan government officials: Please buy our soybeans. The wooing of such a tiny market underscores the depth of U.S. farmers’ problems after losing their biggest customer, China, to a…

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Israeli defense minister quits over Gaza truce in blow to Netanyahu

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced his resignation on Wednesday in protest at a Gaza ceasefire that he called a “capitulation to terror”, weakening Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s conservative coalition government. Israel's Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman delivers a statement to the media following his party, Yisrael Beitenu, faction meting at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem November 14, 2018. REUTERS/Ammar Awad“Were I to stay in office, I would not be able to look southern residents in the eye,” Lieberman told reporters, referring to Israelis subjected to a surge in Palestinian rocket attacks before Tuesday’s truce took hold. Lieberman said his resignation, which will go…

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House Democrat to probe census citizenship question

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The lawmaker expected to head the powerful House Oversight Committee in the new U.S. Congress says one of his first priorities will be investigating why President Donald Trump’s administration decided to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census questionnaire. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) speaks with reporters after meeting with President Donald Trump about prescription drug prices at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File PhotoDemocratic Representative Elijah Cummings told Reuters he had not yet prioritized all the issues his committee would examine when his party takes over leadership of the House of Representatives in January. “There are…

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British PM May tries to sell Brexit deal to ministers

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May will try to convince senior ministers on Wednesday to accept a draft European Union divorce deal that opponents say threatens both her government and the unity of the United Kingdom. Britain's Prime Minister, Theresa May, leaves 10 Downing Street, in London, Britain November 14, 2018. REUTERS/Henry NichollsThe weakest British leader in a generation, she has to try to get the deal approved by parliament before exiting the bloc on March 29, 2019. Brexit campaigners in May’s Conservative Party accused her of surrendering to the EU and said they would vote down the deal. The Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP)…

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EU-UK Brexit deal sees July 2020 decision on keeping Irish border open: EU sources

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The draft accord reached between the EU and Britain envisages a July 2020 decision on what would have to be done to safeguard an open Irish border after the post-Brexit transition runs its course and if a new trade deal is not in place, EU sources said. Britain would then have two choices. One would be extending the transition period once beyond December 2020, possibly until the end of 2021. The other would be going into a “bare-bones” customs arrangement that would cover all of the United Kingdom but in which its province of Northern Ireland would be aligned more closely with the EU’s…

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EU summit likely on November 25 if UK cabinet backs Brexit deal: Irish PM

DUBLIN (Reuters) - If Britain’s cabinet supports a draft divorce agreement struck by Brexit negotiators, a summit of European Union leaders will more than likely be held on Nov. 25, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday. “Obviously a lot of things can go wrong today and over the next couple of days, but should the UK cabinet be in a position this afternoon to say that it is content with the text, it is proposed that the Commission taskforce would be in a position tonight perhaps to publish the text, with the possibility or probability of a European Council meeting around November 25,” Varadkar told…

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UK PM May: Our deal delivers Brexit, there will be no second referendum

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May said her draft Brexit deal delivered on the outcome of a 2016 vote to leave the European Union, and that her government would never hold a second public vote on the subject. “We will not rerun the referendum, we will not renege on the decision of the British people,” she said. “We will deliver Brexit and the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union on the 29th of March 2019.” Reporting by Elizabeth Piper, writing by William James; editing by Kate HoltonOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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National Guard to help search for remains from California’s deadliest wildfire

PARADISE, Calif. (Reuters) - National Guard troops were due to arrive on Wednesday to help search for more victims in the charred, ash-strewn ruins where the northern California town of Paradise stood, before it was erased in the deadliest, most destructive wildfire in state history. Cal Fire firefighters comb through a house destroyed by the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, U.S., November 13, 2018. REUTERS/Terray SylvesterThe Guard contingent, about 100 military police trained to look for and identify human remains, will reinforce the coroner-led recovery teams, cadaver dogs and forensic anthropologists already scouring the ghostly landscape of a fire that has killed at least 48 people. The…

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Instant View: UK PM May faces a fight to seal Brexit deal

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May faces one of the most the most dangerous moments of her premiership as she tries to convince senior ministers and parliament to accept a draft divorce deal agreed with the European Union. A stall sells Union flag themed items in Westminster, London, Britain, November 13, 2018. REUTERS/Simon DawsonHere is reaction: JEREMY CORBYN, LEADER OF THE MAIN OPPOSITION LABOUR PARTY “We will look at the details of what has been agreed when they are available. But from what we know of the shambolic handling of these negotiations, this is unlikely to be a good deal for the country. “Labour has been…

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