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Venezuela default more likely on sovereign bonds than PDVSA's - bondholders
NEW YORK, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Venezuela is more likely to default on its sovereign bonds than on those of state-run oil company PDVSA given how essential the latter's cash flow is to the country's fortunes, bondholders and legal experts have said.
Myanmar faces mounting calls for release of Reuters journalists
UNITED NATIONS/YANGON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday that the United States was demanding "the immediate release" of two Reuters reporters arrested in Myanmar "or information as to the circumstances around their disappearance."
UPDATE 2-Myanmar faces mounting calls for release of Reuters journalists
UNITED NATIONS/YANGON, Dec 15 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday that the United States was demanding "the immediate release" of two Reuters reporters arrested in Myanmar "or information as to the circumstances around their disappearance."
Bitcoin hits new record high as warnings grow louder
LONDON (Reuters) - Bitcoin blasted to another all-time high of almost $18,000 on the Bitstamp exchange on Friday, up 9 percent on the day, as warnings grew over the risks of investing in the highly volatile and speculative instrument.
Pence trip to Middle East overshadowed by Trump's Jerusalem decision
WASHINGTON, Dec 15 (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will underscore the U.S. partnership with Israel during a trip to the Middle East next week while seeking to shore up U.S. relations with the Arab world after President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Trump officials brief Hill staff on Saudi reactors, enrichment a worry
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration briefed congressional staff this week on how the White House was considering non-proliferation standards in a potential pact to sell nuclear reactor technology to Saudi Arabia, but did not indicate whether allowing uranium enrichment would be part of any deal, congressional aides said.
UPDATE 1-Israel questions Iranian blogger after giving her asylum
JERUSALEM/LONDON, Dec 15 (Reuters) - An Iranian blogger granted asylum in Israel has been questioned by its Shin Bet internal security service on suspicion of illegal communication with Iran, an Israeli official said on Friday.
U.S. says identified target for sanctions over Myanmar crackdown
WASHINGTON/YANGON, Dec 15 (Reuters) - The United States has identified one person it might impose sanctions on over the brutal crackdown in Myanmar against minority Rohingya Muslims and is examining others, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday.
UPDATE 1-U.S. judge to lift house arrest for former Trump campaign manager Manafort
WASHINGTON, Dec 15 (Reuters) - A U.S. District Court judge on Friday said she would release former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort from house arrest once he meets certain conditions, expressing satisfaction that the $10 million he agreed to forfeit would be available if he ever failed to appear for court proceedings.
Mattis says North Korean ICBM not yet a "capable threat" against U.S.
WASHINGTON, Dec 15 (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that even as an analysis continued on North Korea's most recent missile test, he did not believe its intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) was a capable threat against the United States.
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