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China says hopes U.S. can abandon bias, view China objectively

BEIJING China said on Thursday it hopes the United States can abandon its bias and see China objectively, following U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's call for a broader alliance to check instances of Beijing's "disadvantageous" influence in Asia.

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White House says Trump's cheque to military family has been sent 8:30am BST

That was the message from the White House on Wednesday after the father of a slain U.S. Army sergeant said a generous offer from President Donald Trump had not materialised. | Video

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Exclusive - Trump selects Washington lawyer Joe Simons to head FTC: official 2:18am BST

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump has selected Joseph Simons, an antitrust attorney from a Washington law firm, to head the Federal Trade Commission, a White House official said on Wednesday.

The not-quite-independent U.S. immigration courts 18 Oct 2017

NEW YORK U.S. immigration courts are administrative courts within the Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review. Unlike federal court judges, whose authority stems from the U.S. Constitution’s establishment of an independent judicial branch, immigration judges fall under the executive branch and thus are hired, and can be fired, by the attorney general.

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Tillerson to visit Pakistan as well as India - senior U.S. official 18 Oct 2017

WASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will Pakistan next week during an Asian trip that will also take him to the country's rival India, a senior official at the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday.

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Trump tries to sell tax reform to Democrats 18 Oct 2017

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump intensified his efforts to sell Democrats on his tax reform plan on Wednesday even as Senate Republicans edged closer to passing a budget measure that would push forward a tax bill without Democratic support.

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U.S. economy hums along, still few signs of pickup in inflation -Fed 18 Oct 2017

WASHINGTON The U.S. economy expanded at a modest to moderate pace in September through early October despite the impact of hurricanes on some regions, the Federal Reserve said in its latest snapshot of the U.S. economy released on Wednesday, but there were still few signs of an acceleration in inflation.

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'Fake news!' - Ireland rebukes Trump over corporate tax claim 18 Oct 2017

DUBLIN U.S. President Donald Trump's assertion that he had heard Ireland was going to cut its already low corporate tax rate is "fake news", Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday.

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U.S. housing starts hit one-year low; building permits tumble 18 Oct 2017

WASHINGTON U.S. homebuilding fell to a one-year low in September as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma disrupted the construction of single-family homes in the South, suggesting housing probably remained a drag on economic growth in the third quarter.

U.S.-Turkey to continue talks on visa suspension - Turkish sources 18 Oct 2017

ANKARA Turkey and a visiting U.S. delegation have agreed to continue talks to resolve as soon as possible a diplomatic dispute which led to them suspending visa services, Turkish foreign ministry sources said on Wednesday.