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Trump dismisses Russia contacts as 'peanut stuff' after previous denials

President Donald Trump tried to brush off a question in a recent interview about his associates' interactions with Russians ahead of and during his presidential campaign by saying it was just "peanut stuff," despite his earlier blanket denials of any such interactions.

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GOP leaders still lack funding plan as shutdown looms

House Republicans are eager to give Trump his wall, but it’s not clear how they’ll get there amid low morale among departing GOP lawmakers.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May survives no-confidence vote amid Brexit turmoil

May's leadership was on the line as lawmakers struggle over what the U.K.'s relationship with the European Union will be after the March 29 Brexit ...

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Julián Castro, Former Housing Secretary, Takes Step Toward a Presidential Run

The former housing secretary in the Obama administration and the former mayor of San Antonio announced he was forming a presidential exploratory ...

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Where’s the collusion with Russia?

What people are saying about special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of the 2016 presidential ...

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Democrat Julian Castro Takes First Steps Toward a 2020 Presidential Run

The Texas Democrat is forming a presidential exploratory committee

Trump shifts from Russia denials to calling it 'peanut stuff'

President Donald Trump tried to brush off a question in a recent interview about his associates' interactions with Russians ahead of and during his presidential campaign by saying it was just "peanut stuff," despite his earlier blanket denials of any such interactions.

Theresa May survives crucial no-confidence vote amid Brexit uncertainty

The prime minister said she will fight on.

Julian Castro announces he's exploring presidential bid in video

The former Obama Housing secretary is among the first to officially declare his intentions in what is expected to be a crowded 2020 Democratic field.

St. Michael's cancels basketball, football seasons amid sex assault scandal

A prestigious Toronto private school rocked by allegations of assault and sexual assault by students has cancelled several sports programs.

KBW downgrades bank sector on poor economic outlook, says other analysts will follow

The banking industry has been hammered lately amid worries about the U.S. economy as the yield curve has flattened and even inverted, signaling diminished expectations for growth.

Tencent Music pops in market debut, after opening at $14.10

The highly anticipated initial public offering comes amid heightened tensions between the Chinese and U.S. governments. 

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Julián Castro calls Latinos to action as he moves toward 2020 run

Democrat says the community needs people who will ‘produce good policies’ as he announces an exploratory committeeJulián Castro may have the worst poker face in American politics as the Democratic party prepares for an intense contest to pick ...

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Theresa May Fights No-Confidence Vote Amid Brexit Disarray

The U.K. prime minister promised to contest the ballot of her party’s lawmakers, scheduled for Wednesday evening, “with everything I’ve got.”

U.K. PM Theresa May survives non-confidence vote on her leadership amid Brexit turmoil

British Prime Minister Theresa May has survived a vote of non-confidence triggered by strong ...

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Markets Rise Amid Political Chaos in U.K. and Mixed Signals on Trade Truce

The pound whipsawed on Wednesday after Conservative lawmakers scheduled a vote on the leadership of Prime Minister Theresa May.

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Brazil court grants Nissan ex-boss Ghosn access to Rio apartment

A Brazilian court decided on Wednesday that ousted Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn or his daughter should have the right to access a contested Rio apartment to retrieve personal belongings, according to a legal document seen by Reuters.

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Brazil’s New President Isn’t Even in Office Yet and He’s Already Damaged Our Health Care

Our public health system is a jewel. Can it survive four years of recklessness?

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Hillary Clinton joins Bollywood stars as super-rich Indians wed

The daughter of India's richest man got married on Wednesday in a traditional ceremony in Mumbai attended by Bollywood stars and former U.S. ...

Mom accused of kidnapping son and fleeing to Brazil speaks out

A woman accused of abducting her son in a case that drew international attention is speaking out in her first U.S. interview. Marcelle Guimaraes, a ...

Environmental agents set machines on fire in Amazon rainforest to curb illegal mining 'epidemic'

Environmental enforcement agents deep in the Amazon rainforest carried out an operation against a ...

US consumer prices unchanged in November, amid decline in gasoline prices

The Labor Department said Wednesday that the unchanged inflation reading last month followed a 0.3 percent jump in prices in October. 

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Heather D. Heyer’s mother has a message for Trump: ‘Please think before you speak’

Susan Bro’s comment was prompted by a question about the president's reaction to the violence in Charlottesville.

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Francis honors Virgin of Guadalupe, patron of Americas

Pope Francis is urging the faithful make service the focus of their faith and not resort to violence as he honored the patron of the Americas, the Virgin of Guadalupe, with a special Mass

UK PM Theresa May faces vote of no confidence over Brexit

The prime minister said she will fight on.

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