By William Schomberg | LONDON LONDON British finance minister Philip Hammond said on Tuesday the world’s fifth-biggest economy faced tough times as it tries to avoid a damaging “cliff-edge” departure from the European Union. A day after the start of Brexit talks, Hammond sought to soften the more confrontational tone towards the bloc taken by
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By Susan Cornwell | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON U.S. Democrats took to the Senate floor on Monday to throw a spotlight on behind-the-scenes efforts by the Republican majority to repeal former President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, known as Obamacare. In a series of floor motions, inquiries and lengthy speeches, Democrats criticized the closed-door meetings that Republicans have
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By Jonathan Landay | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON Special prosecutor Robert Mueller will hold talks this week with senior Senate Judiciary Committee members to ensure that there is no conflict between his investigation of potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign and the panel’s probe, two congressional aides said on Monday. Mueller, a former FBI director,
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By Alastair Macdonald and Elizabeth Piper | BRUSSELS BRUSSELS The British and EU Brexit negotiators agreed how to organize talks on Britain’s divorce at a first meeting in Brussels on Monday, where both sides stressed goodwill but also the huge complexity and tight deadline. “We’ve laid solid foundations for future discussions and an ambitious but
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By David Shepardson | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with the chief executives of technology companies including Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) on Monday as the White House looks to the private sector for help in cutting government waste and improving information technology services. White House senior adviser Jared Kushner,
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