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Russia blocks UN Security Council meeting on human rights in Syria
UNITED NATIONS, March 19 (Reuters) - Russia on Monday blocked a meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss the human rights situation in Syria.
Air strike kills 17 in Ghouta rebel town - Observatory
BEIRUT, March 19 (Reuters) - The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said an air strike killed 15 children and two women sheltering in the basement of a school in the Syrian rebel-held town of Arbin in eastern Ghouta on Monday.
BlackBerry must face renewed lawsuit in U.S. over BlackBerry 10--ruling
March 19 (Reuters) - u.s. Judge rejects blackberry request to dismiss amended lawsuit over statements related to blackberry 10 -- court ruling Decision issued by chief judge colleen mcmahon in u.s. District court in manhattan Mcmahon said new information has surfaced since the lawsuit was dismissed in 2015, and the u.s. Supreme court has changed the legal standard for assessing whether opinions are misleading Mcmahon says that in light of the new information and new legal standard, plaintiffs have made a sufficient showing that there was an intent to defraud them
G20 pushes for free trade as U.S. vows to defend national interest
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The world's financial leaders sought on Monday to endorse free trade amid concerns over U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminium, while the United States said it could not sacrifice its national interests to make the system work.
UPDATE 2-Colombia proposes IMF assistance for Venezuelan refugees
BUENOS AIRES, March 19 (Reuters) - Colombia proposed on Monday that the International Monetary Fund provide assistance to help several hundred thousand Venezuelan refugees who have fled an economic and political crisis to neighboring countries, officials at the G20 summit said.
UPDATE 1-Trump adds Washington lawyer diGenova to legal team in Russia probe
March 19 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is beefing up his legal team with a lawyer who accuses the FBI and U.S. Justice Department of trying to frame Trump with false charges of colluding with Russia during the 2016 election campaign, possibly signaling a more aggressive drive to discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
GLOBAL MARKETS-Global stocks sink in worst slide since November; eyes on Fed meeting
NEW YORK, March 19, 2018 - U.S. stocks joined a broad decline in global equity markets on Monday as traders turned cautious ahead of the Federal Reserve's policy meeting this week and amid continuing concerns about the threat of a global trade war. At the same time, shares of Facebook Inc shed nearly 7 percent after reports that a political consultancy that worked on U.S. President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign gained inappropriate access to data on 50 million of the social network's users. That decline dragged other technology stocks, which have led the market higher over the last two years.
UPDATE 4-Erdogan says Turkey may extend Afrin campaign along whole Syrian border
ANKARA/AFRIN, Syria, March 19 (Reuters) - Turkish forces will press their offensive against Kurdish YPG fighters along the length of Turkey's border with Syria and if necessary into northern Iraq, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday.
U.S. Senator Cornyn: Firing Mueller would be a mistake
WASHINGTON, March 19 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate's No. 2 Republican, John Cornyn, said on Monday that he agreed with colleagues who have said it would be a mistake for President Donald Trump to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is overseeing a probe into Russian meddling in the U.S. election.
UPDATE 1-UN envoy sees Syria partition "catastrophe," fears return of IS
GENEVA, March 19 (Reuters) - Syria is heading for a catastrophic partition and could see the return of Islamic State if there is no inclusive peace settlement, U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Monday.
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