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South Korean officials to press for Iran sanctions waiver in United States

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - South Korean government officials are expected to press for extending a sanctions waiver on Iran's petroleum exports that expires in May on a visit to Washington this week.

Venezuela blames 'attack' as another crippling blackout hits

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela blamed an "attack" on its electric system for a blackout on Monday, the second to hit the OPEC nation this month, that shuttered businesses, plunged the main airport into darkness and left commuters stranded in the capital.

U.S. House panel again postpones Trump business associate, to focus on Mueller report

(Reuters) - The House of Representatives intelligence committee said on Monday it was postponing the testimony of a former business associate of President Donald Trump so that it can focus on questioning officials related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe.

Brazil ex-president Temer released by judge, prosecutors to appeal

BRASILIA (Reuters) - A Brazilian appeals court judge on Monday released former President Michel Temer from jail following his high-profile arrest on graft charges last week, which marked a fresh landmark in the country's battle against political corruption.

BA jet flies to wrong city, lands in Scotland instead of Germany

LONDON (Reuters) - British Airways has been forced to apologise after a flight from London to Dusseldorf landed more than 600 miles (965 km) away in Edinburgh by mistake.

Brazil's Israel embassy move requires more study - president's spokesman

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil's decision on whether to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem deserves deeper study, and that is what President Jair Bolsonaro is doing, his spokesman said on Monday.

Trump critic Michael Avenatti arrested in $20 million Nike 'shakedown' -prosecutors

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Michael Avenatti, the lawyer who represented adult film star Stormy Daniels in her legal battles with U.S. President Donald Trump, was charged Monday with extortion in what prosecutors called an attempt to "shake down" Nike Inc for over $20 million.

Republicans block U.S. Senate Democrats' move on making Mueller report public

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell on Monday blocked a second attempt by Democrats to pass a measure aimed at prodding the Justice Department to release to the public Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Unpredictable German export policies threaten arms projects with France -French envoy

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's unpredictable arms export policies and long wait times for export licenses threaten the future of big Franco-German projects to develop new tanks, combat jets and drones, France's ambassador to Germany said in an essay published on Monday.

U.S. calls Russia deployment of planes to Venezuela 'reckless escalation'

WASHINGTON/CARACAS (Reuters) - The United States on Monday accused Russia of "reckless escalation" of the situation in Venezuela by deploying military planes and personnel to the crisis-stricken South American nation that Washington has hit with crippling sanctions.

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