Ecuador expels Venezuela ambassador after official says Moreno lied

Reuters - Thu, 18/10/2018 - 20:55
Ecuador expelled Venezuela's ambassador to Quito on Thursday after a Venezuelan government minister called Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno a liar.
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Trump threatens to cut foreign aid over the new migrant caravan

Associated Press - Thu, 18/10/2018 - 20:55
President Trump hasn't minced words in his tweets over a new migrant caravan moving through Central America and heading for the United States.
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Brazil president candidate Haddad accuses rival of spreading false news

Reuters - Thu, 18/10/2018 - 20:38
Brazilian presidential hopeful Fernando Haddad of the leftist Workers Party accused his right-wing rival Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday of creating a criminal group along with businessmen to spread false election-related messages on WhatsApp.
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France's Macron denies reports of visas for UK travellers

Reuters - Thu, 18/10/2018 - 20:30
French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday dismissed media reports that France was preparing to impose visas on British travellers in case of a no-deal Brexit.
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Saudi Arabia foreign minister meets German ambassador in fresh sign of thaw

Reuters - Thu, 18/10/2018 - 20:28
Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir met with German Ambassador Joerg Ranau on Thursday, state news agency SPA said on Thursday, in another sign the countries are turning the page on a diplomatic spat.
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Italy's PM defends 'beautiful' budget as EU steps up pressure

Reuters - Thu, 18/10/2018 - 20:21
Italy's Prime Minister defended the country's "beautiful" 2019 budget on Thursday, brushing off criticism of it from Brussels as European authorities stepped up pressure for changes to a draft that breaches the bloc's fiscal rules.
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EU's Moscovici plays down budget clash with Italy, says no decisions taken

Reuters - Thu, 18/10/2018 - 20:21
European Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said on Thursday that the dispute over Italy's deficit-hiking budget will take time to pan out and said Brussels wanted a calm and constructive dialogue.
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Italy's Conte downplays Rome's breach of EU fiscal rules

Reuters - Thu, 18/10/2018 - 20:18
Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Thursday its deviation from EU fiscal targets was "not large", as the European Commission warned of "particularly serious non-compliance" in its draft budget for next year.
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Dutch call off Saudi trips due to concern over missing journalist

Reuters - Thu, 18/10/2018 - 20:17
Dutch Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra on Thursday pulled out of next week's investment summit in Riyadh and a Dutch trade mission to Saudi Arabia in November was put on hold over concerns about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
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EU says Italy budget poses no stability risk to bloc

Reuters - Thu, 18/10/2018 - 20:17
Italy's planned budget plan does not pose a "Greek-like" threat to European Union financial stability, the bloc's financial services chief said on Thursday.
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Italy's draft budget is serious breach of EU rules: Commission

Reuters - Thu, 18/10/2018 - 20:15
Italy's 2019 budget draft is in serious breach of EU budget rules, the European Commission told Rome on Thursday, in a step that prepares the ground for what would be an unprecedented rejection of a member state's fiscal plan.
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U.S. gives Saudis more time on Khashoggi probe; Mnuchin spurns conference

Reuters - Thu, 18/10/2018 - 20:14
The United States on Thursday gave Saudi Arabia more time to investigate journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance but Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin abandoned plans to attend an investor conference in Riyadh, putting the high-profile event in doubt.
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EU cultivates Asian leaders on trade, climate in message to Trump

Reuters - Thu, 18/10/2018 - 19:59
The European Union sought Asian support for free trade, the Iran nuclear deal and fighting global warming at a regional summit on Thursday that included China, Japan and Russia as a counterbalance to a more protectionist United States.
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Top Afghan police chief killed in shooting, U.S. general unhurt

Reuters - Thu, 18/10/2018 - 19:58
Gen. Abdul Razeq, one of Afghanistan's most powerful security officials, was killed on Thursday when a bodyguard opened fire following a meeting in the governor's compound in the southern province of Kandahar, officials said.
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Afghanistan shooting will not change U.S. resolve in South Asia strategy: Pentagon

Reuters - Thu, 18/10/2018 - 19:57
A shooting in Afghanistan which killed one of the country's most powerful security officials will not change U.S. resolve in its South Asia strategy, the Pentagon said on Thursday.
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Despite 'big gaps', Britain and EU talk up Brexit prospects

Reuters - Thu, 18/10/2018 - 19:50
British Prime Minister Theresa May and other EU leaders voiced renewed confidence on Thursday they could secure a Brexit deal, saying they were working hard to overcome the hurdles that only days ago brought the talks to a halt.
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U.S. allows airlines to resume flights to Ukraine airports, Black Sea routes

Reuters - Thu, 18/10/2018 - 19:44
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday it would allow U.S. airlines and codeshare partners to resume flights at three Ukrainian airports and over parts of the Black Sea, citing improved safety and security in parts of Ukraine.
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U.S. student in boycott case allowed to stay in Israel: court

Reuters - Thu, 18/10/2018 - 19:33
A U.S. student who was initially barred entry into Israel under a law against foreign pro-Palestinian activists who call for boycotts of Israel will be allowed to stay in the country, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday.
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Arizona Senate candidate: Hard to say I'm a 'proud' Democrat

Associated Press - Thu, 18/10/2018 - 19:30
Arizona Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema said Wednesday it's hard for her to say she's proud to be a Democrat and acknowledged that her television advertisements intentionally don't mention her party affiliation.
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