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  • Battered French bonds fight back after Bayrou-Macron alliance
  • Merkel's Bavarian allies signal open to limiting pay for top managers
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  • Sanjay Nirupam resigns as Mumbai Congress President
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  • Ajay Singh made MP Leader of Oppn
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  • BJP not pressurised Hydrocarbon project against people: Pon Radhakrishnan
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  • Former Mayor of NMC lost
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World

Leftist rival to challenge Renzi as leader of Italy's ruling party

22 Feb 2017 | 12:05 AM

By Gavin Jones ROME, Feb 21 (Reuters) Michele Emiliano, the leftist president of the southern region of Puglia, said today he would challenge former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi for the leadership of Italy's ruling Democratic Party (PD), which faces a damaging split.

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Left split, Macron fades in tight French presidential race

22 Feb 2017 | 12:01 AM

* Fillon ahead of Macron for 1st time in weeks-one poll * Polls show Le Pen holding onto gains, rattling markets * Defection of Socialist minister would be blow to Hamon * Eyes on centrist Bayrou as deadline to enter race nears * Le Pen makes waves shunning headscarf in Lebanon By Jean-Baptiste Vey and Geert De Clercq PARIS, Feb 21 (Reuters) A senior Socialist minister said today he might back centrist Emmanuel Macron in France's presidential election, a new blow to the left's hopes that could help Macron as he battles to maintain his campaign's momentum.

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China reports more severe form of bird flu, threat to poultry - WHO

21 Feb 2017 | 11:40 PM

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Feb 21 (Reuters) China has detected an evolution in the H7N9 avian flu virus that is capable of causing severe disease in poultry and requires close monitoring, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

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Syria Democratic Forces enter Deir al-Zor province for first time - Kurdish military source

21 Feb 2017 | 11:39 PM

BEIRUT, Feb 21 (Reuters) The US-backed Syria Democratic Forces alliance has crossed into Deir al-Zor province for the first time, as part of a US-backed offensive against Islamic State, a Kurdish military source said today.

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Syrian jets hit Idlib towns after rebels fire at Shi'ite villages

21 Feb 2017 | 11:28 PM

BEIRUT, Feb 21 (Reuters) Syrian government warplanes carried out several air strikes against towns in mostly rebel-held Idlib today after insurgents fired on two besieged Shi'ite villages in the province, a pro-Damascus media outlet and war monitors said.

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Mattis welcomes naming of Trump's top security adviser -Pentagon

21 Feb 2017 | 11:26 PM

WASHINGTON, Feb 21 (Reuters) US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis welcomed the naming of Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond McMaster as the new national security adviser, a Pentagon spokesman said today.

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US committed to Europe alliances - Haley

21 Feb 2017 | 11:25 PM

NEW YORK, Feb 21 (Reuters) NATO is the "strongest alliance in history" and the United States is committed to its alliances in Europe, US.

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US Supreme Court divided over cross-border shooting case

21 Feb 2017 | 11:21 PM

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON, Feb 21 (Reuters) The US Supreme Court today appeared closely divided over whether to revive a civil rights lawsuit filed by the family of a Mexican teenager against a US Border Patrol agent who fatally shot the 15-year-old from across the border in Texas in 2010.

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Trump to leave protections for US 'dreamer' migrants

21 Feb 2017 | 11:19 PM

By Julia Edwards Ainsley WASHINGTON, Feb 21 (Reuters) US President Donald Trump's administration will leave protections in place for immigrants who entered the country illegally as children, known as "dreamers," but will consider all other illegal immigrants subject to deportation, according to guidance released today.

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Turkey strips one jailed opposition leader of MP status, other leader sentenced

21 Feb 2017 | 11:17 PM

ANKARA, Feb 21 (Reuters) Turkey's parliament today stripped one of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party's (HDP) two leaders of her status as a member of parliament and jailed the other, weeks ahead of a referendum on extending the president's powers.

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France's Fillon overtakes centrist Macron in election ratings - poll

21 Feb 2017 | 11:16 PM

PARIS, Feb 21 (Reuters) French centrist politician Emmanuel Macron has lost ground to his closest election rival, conservative Francois Fillon, and might not make a May 7 runoff against far-right leader Marine Le Pen, an opinion poll showed today.

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US top court spurns Alabama death row inmate; Sotomayor outraged

21 Feb 2017 | 11:14 PM

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON, Feb 21 (Reuters) The US Supreme Court today declined to hear a death row inmate's challenge to Alabama's execution method, prompting liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor to assert that the court should have considered whether the lethal injection procedures amounted to unconstitutional cruel and unusual punishment.

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Canadian judge agrees to publication ban in mosque shooting trial

21 Feb 2017 | 11:09 PM

By Kevin Dougherty QUEBEC CITY, Feb 21 (Reuters) A Canadian judge today agreed to a publication ban on evidence against the accused shooter in an attack on a Quebec City mosque in January that killed six men and wounded 17 others.

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Germany to increase army to 198,000 by 2024 amid NATO spending row

21 Feb 2017 | 11:08 PM

BERLIN, Feb 21 (Reuters) Germany is to increase its army by 5,000 soldiers, the defence ministry said today, bringing the total to 198,000 in 2024, at a time when US pressure is mounting on European NATO members to raise military spending.

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Trump condemns 'horrible and painful' anti-Semitic threats

21 Feb 2017 | 11:07 PM

WASHINGTON, Feb 21 (Reuters) US President Donald Trump denounced anti-Semitism in the United States today in his most forceful remarks to date about a spate of threats to Jewish community centers around the country.

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Egyptian president and Jordanian king say two-state solution not up for compromise

21 Feb 2017 | 11:07 PM

CAIRO, Feb 21 (Reuters) Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Jordan's King Abdullah said in a Cairo meeting today that they were committed to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Sisi's office said in a statement.

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Trump to leave protections for 'dreamer' migrants

21 Feb 2017 | 11:06 PM

WASHINGTON, Feb 21 (Reuters) President Donald Trump's administration will leave protections in place for immigrants who entered the country illegally as children, known as "dreamers," but will consider all other illegal immigrants subject to deportation, according to guidance released today.

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Ukrainian businessman Firtash arrested in Vienna on European arrest warrant

21 Feb 2017 | 11:03 PM

VIENNA, Feb 21 (Reuters) Ukrainian businessman Dmytro Firtash was detained in Vienna on a European arrest warrant, a spokeswoman for Vienna's prosecutors said today, minutes after an Austrian court decided to extradite Firtash to the United States.

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France denies working on proposal to ease EU deportation rules

21 Feb 2017 | 11:03 PM

BRUSSELS, Feb 21 (Reuters) France denies involvement in drafting any suggestions for easing EU human rights safeguards to make it easier to deport asylum seekers, a spokesman for the French mission to the European Union said today.

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Runoff likely in Ecuador's presidential election, with most votes counted

21 Feb 2017 | 11:03 PM

QUITO, Feb 21 (Reuters) Ecuador looked set for an April runoff between leftist ruling party candidate Lenin Moreno and former banker Guillermo Lasso in its presidential election, with 94 percent of votes from the weekend's first round of voting counted today.

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Trump to reverse Obama-era environmental rules in executive orders -report

21 Feb 2017 | 11:02 PM

WASHINGTON, Feb 21 (Reuters) US President Donald Trump will reverse a handful of Obama-era environmental regulations in executive orders that could be signed as early as this week, the Washington Post reported today, citing unnamed sources with knowledge of the orders.

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Iran Supreme Leader calls on Palestinians to pursue intifada against Israel

21 Feb 2017 | 11:02 PM

BEIRUT, Feb 21 (Reuters) Iran’s Supreme Leader called on Palestinians today to pursue an uprising against Israel, suggesting the Israeli government was a "cancerous tumour" that should be confronted until Palestinians were completely liberated.

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Lights! Camera! Action! Getting ready for the Oscars' red carpet

21 Feb 2017 | 11:02 PM

By Alicia Powell LOS ANGELES, Feb 21 (Reuters) It's not just women who are getting ready for the Oscars' red carpet on Sunday.

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New US environmental agency chief to address staff amid fears of cuts

21 Feb 2017 | 11:01 PM

WASHINGTON, Feb 21 (Reuters) The new head of the US Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, will address workers at the government body for the first time today amid widespread expectations he intends to cut staff, budgets and climate change programs.

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Dutch parliament votes to regulate marijuana cultivation

21 Feb 2017 | 11:01 PM

AMSTERDAM, Feb 21 (Reuters) Dutch parliament voted today to allow the cultivation of marijuana, effectively legalising the country's longstanding tolerance policy.

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US Supreme Court rejects Alabama death penalty inmate's appeal

21 Feb 2017 | 11:00 PM

WASHINGTON, Feb 21 (Reuters) The US Supreme Court today declined to hear a death penalty appeal brought by an Alabama man convicted in the 1982 shooting death of his girlfriend's husband.

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Italian taxi drivers protest, urge crackdown on competitors

21 Feb 2017 | 11:00 PM

ROME, Feb 21 (Reuters) Italy's taxi drivers staged a sixth day of protests in major cities today and blocked central Rome to try to force the government to crack down on burgeoning limousine businesses and the app-based Uber service.

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BHP to Trump: protectionism will hurt growth, commodity demand

21 Feb 2017 | 7:51 PM

LONDON, Feb 21 (Reuters) US President Donald Trump's protectionist stance is likely to erode economic growth over the longer term and therefore demand for raw materials, the chief executive of the world's biggest miner, BHP Billiton, said today.

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Top US diplomat, security chief to visit Mexico tomorrow

21 Feb 2017 | 7:46 PM

(Adds background) WASHINGTON, Feb 21 (Reuters) Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit Mexico this week along with the Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to discuss issues including border security with the southern neighbor amid frayed relations under new US President Donald Trump.

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Norway to Britain, EU: think about us in divorce talks

21 Feb 2017 | 7:37 PM

OSLO, Feb 21 (Reuters) Norway would like to have the option to be included in any arrangements between Britain and the European Union as they negotiate a new relationship, a government minister said today.

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