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Trump to ban transgender U.S. military personnel, reversing Obama

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would ban transgender people from the U.S. military, an action appealing to some in his conservative political base but sowing confusion about the fate of thousands of transgender service members. | Video

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Greece arrests Russian suspected of running $4 bln bitcoin laundering ring

ATHENS/MOSCOW/NEW YORK A Russian man suspected of being the anonymous mastermind behind one of the world's oldest crypto-currency exchanges and of laundering at least $4 billion has been arrested in Greece, police and sources said on Wednesday.

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Hezbollah says nearing victory in battle at Lebanon-Syria border

BEIRUT The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah said on Wednesday that the group was close to defeating Nusra Front militants in the battle along the Syrian-Lebanese border.

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Israeli lawmakers vote to set high bar for ceding parts of Jerusalem

JERUSALEM Israel's parliament on Wednesday passed the first of three votes needed to enact legislation that would set an extra-high threshold for any future vote on ceding parts of Jerusalem to the Palestinians.

Israel, Middle East 10:13pm BST

U.S. Senate rejects Obamacare repeal again, eyes a 'skinny' bill

WASHINGTON Republicans in the U.S. Senate fell short again on Wednesday in their effort to end Obamacare, rejecting a measure to repeal large portions of President Barack Obama's signature law that has provided health insurance to millions of Americans. | Video

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U.S. sanctions Venezuelan officials, one killed in anti-Maduro strike

WASHINGTON/CARACAS, Venezuela The Trump administration imposed sanctions on 13 senior Venezuelan officials as the country's opposition launched a two-day strike on Wednesday, heaping pressure on unpopular President Nicolas Maduro to scrap plans for a controversial new congress.

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