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Trump to offer first detailed impeachment defense as pivotal week begins

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After refusing to cooperate with the Democratic Party-led impeachment probe in the House of Representatives, President Donald Trump will on Monday offer his first comprehensive defense, before his trial begins in earnest in the Senate. Read More


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Thousands of armed activists gather at Virginia's pro-gun rally

RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - Thousands of armed pro-gun activists from across the United States rallied outside Virginia's capitol building on Monday to protest new restrictions proposed by state lawmakers, with authorities bracing for violence. More »


Supreme Court religious rights case has big implications for U.S. schools

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Despite wondering every autumn whether she can afford it, Kendra Espinoza has worked hard to keep her two daughters in a small private Christian school in Kalispell, Montana, costing about $15,000 annually for them to attend. More »


Democrats mark King's birthday on presidential campaign trail

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Reuters) - Democrats locked in a tight race for their party's presidential nomination will mark the holiday that celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. by seeking the support of black voters. More »


Meng Wanzhou's freedom on trial as China-U.S. clash plays out in Canada court

VANCOUVER/TORONTO (Reuters) - Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou will be in a Vancouver courtroom on Monday for the first day of her extradition trial, a process expected to take months - possibly years - to decide whether she can be extradited from Canada to the United States. More »


Prince Harry seeks 'more peaceful life' as reluctantly ends royal role

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Prince Harry has spoken of his sadness at being forced to give up his royal duties in a deal with Queen Elizabeth and senior Windsors, saying there was no other option if he and his wife Meghan were to seek an independent future. More »


Virus spreads to more Chinese cities, President Xi says containment is priority

BEIJING (Reuters) - An outbreak of a new coronavirus has spread to more Chinese cities, including the capital Beijing and Shanghai, authorities said on Monday, and a fourth case has been reported beyond China's borders. More »


Iran says it will quit global nuclear treaty if case goes to U.N.

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran said on Monday it could quit the global nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) if European countries refer it to the U.N. Security Council over a nuclear agreement, a move that would overturn diplomacy in its confrontation with the West. More »


Global stocks stay near record highs; focus turns to central banks, earnings

LONDON (Reuters) - World stocks traded just below record highs on Monday, pausing ahead of this week's central bank meetings, economic data and earnings, while oil prices rose to their highest in over a week after blockades began shutting down two Libyan oilfields. More »


Four protesters, two policemen killed as Iraq unrest resumes

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Six Iraqis including two police officers were killed and scores were wounded in Baghdad and other cities on Monday in clashes with security forces, medical and security sources said, as anti-government unrest resumed after a lull of several weeks. More »


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