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U.S. Senate to vote on Iran sanctions renewal this week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate will vote this week on a bill that would renew sanctions on Iran for 10 years, Senator Mitch McConnell, the chamber's Republican leader, said on Tuesday in remarks as he opened the daily session.

Fidel gone and Trump looming, Cuban businesses count on more reforms

HAVANA (Reuters) - While mourning Fidel Castro's death in the breezy salon of her elegant private restaurant in Havana, Niuris Higueras also hopes the reforms that allowed her business to flourish will deepen, and survive any friction with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.

Merkel faces biggest test in tilt at fourth term

ANNOUNCING last week that she will seek a fourth term in office, Germany’s Angela Merkel faces perhaps the biggest test of her career: defending the European and transatlantic status quo amid huge uncertainty for both.

A date with destiny

IT was just past midnight on Nov 9, and there I stood in the middle of Times Square in New York City, among hundreds of Americans transfixed by the live election results that were flashing across the giant screens every few seconds.

Iran warns of retaliation if U.S. breaches nuclear deal - Khamenei website

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Extending U.S. sanctions on Iran for 10 years would breach the Iranian nuclear agreement, Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei said on Wednesday, warning that Tehran would retaliate if the sanctions are approved.

Dalai Lama says will visit Trump

ULAANBAATAR (Reuters) - Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said on Wednesday that he would visit U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, a meeting that would infuriate Beijing which views the Nobel Peace Prize-winning monk as a dangerous separatist.

U.N. envoy fears 'brutal' Aleppo assault before Trump takes office

BERLIN (Reuters) - The U.N. Special Envoy for Syria on Tuesday said he was worried that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could launch a new offensive to crush eastern Aleppo before U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is inaugurated on Jan. 20.

Trump won't pursue Clinton probes on email, charity -aide indicates

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said on Tuesday he was keeping an open mind on whether to pull out of a landmark international accord to fight climate change, in a softening of his stance toward global warming.

Trump’s pullout of TPP opens way for China

TOKYO/SYDNEY: An Asia-Pacific trade deal stands almost no chance of working now that US President-elect Donald Trump has pulled the plug on it, proponents of the pact said on Tuesday, opening the way for China to assume the leadership mantle on trade.

Should I stay or should I go? U.S. civil servants gird for Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump's surprise victory in the U.S. presidential election has set off a round of resume-polishing across Washington, as the nation's federal civil servants prepare for a leader who has promised to freeze hiring and reverse many of the policies they have spent the past eight years putting in place.