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Trump government shutdown threat rattles markets

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s threat to shut down U.S. government to secure funding for wall along Mexican border rattles markets and casts shadow over efforts in Congress to raise country’s debt ceiling and pass spending bills. (USA-TRUMP/BUDGET (UPDATE 2), moving shortly, by Chuck Mikolajczak and Doina Chiacu, 1,000 words)

Mexico, Canada dismiss Trump threats to scrap NAFTA trade pact

MEXICO CITY/OTTAWA – Mexico and Canada dismiss U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to scrap NAFTA, describing it as negotiating tactic designed to gain advantage during talks to update one of world’s bigger trading blocs. (USA-TRUMP/NAFTA-MEXICO (UPDATE 2, PIX), moved, by Gabriel Stargardter and David Ljunggren, 393 words)

Pakistan rejects role of ‘scapegoat for U.S. failures’ in Afghanistan

KARACHI, Pakistan – Pakistan rejects U.S. criticism of its efforts to fight terrorism, saying it should not be made scapegoat for failure of U.S. military to win war in Afghanistan. (USA-TRUMP/PAKISTAN (UPDATE 1, PIX), moved, by Syed Raza Hassan, 459 words)

U.S. Navy relieves 7th Fleet commander in wake of collisions in Asia

WASHINGTON/TOKYO – U.S. Navy says it removes 7th Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin after series of collisions involving its warships in Asia as search goes on for 10 sailors missing since latest mishap. (USA-NAVY/CRASH (UPDATE 3, PIX, TV, GRAPHIC), moved, by Phil Stewart and Tim Kelly, 627 words)

North Korea presses rocket program, amid signs of drama easing

SEOUL – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un orders more solid-fuel rocket engines, state media report, as he pursues nuclear and missile programs amid standoff with Washington, but there are signs of tension easing. (NORTHKOREA-MISSILES/ (WRAPUP 3, PIX, TV), moved, by Christine Kim, 858 words)

Egypt’s Sisi meets Kushner after U.S. holds back aid

CAIRO – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi meets U.S. presidential adviser Jared Kushner after United States decides to withhold millions of dollars in aid. (USA-EGYPT/ (UPDATE 3, PIX, TV), moved, by Ahmed Aboulenein, 548 words)


As Taser warns of more risks, cities bear a burden in court

CINCINNATI – Over the years, Taser International, now called Axon Enterprise, issues more and more warnings about how and when its stun guns should be deployed. As those warnings grow, some police say they have trouble abiding by all alerts. And departments more often find themselves alone in courtroom as defendants in wrongful death litigation. This is second story in series, “Shock Tactics,” on Taser, weapon that transforms policing. (USA-TASER/LEGAL (SPECIAL REPORT, PIX, TV), moved, by Tim Reid, Peter Eisler, Jason Szep and M.B. Pell, 3,650 words)

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– USA-TASER/RULING (SPECIAL REPORT), moved, by Jason Szep, Peter Eisler and Tim Reid, 998 words


U.S. new home sales hit seven-month low as prices soar

WASHINGTON – New U.S. single-family home sales unexpectedly fall, dropping to their lowest in seven months amid surge in prices, raising concerns of slowdown in housing market recovery. (USA-ECONOMY/ (WRAPUP 2, PIX), moving shortly, by Lucia Mutikani, 700 words)


EXCLUSIVE-Mexico studies supplying Petrocaribe oil if Venezuela government falls – sources

MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s government begins studying possibility of stepping in to replace Venezuelan oil program Petrocaribe if government of President Nicolas Maduro were to fall, according to three officials with knowledge of plan. (VENEZUELA-POLITICS/MEXICO (UPDATE 1, EXCLUSIVE, PIX), moved, by Gabriel Stargardter, 865 words)

Guatemala leader seeks ouster of U.N.-backed anti-graft chief – sources

GUATEMALA CITY – Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales will request removal of Ivan Velasquez, Colombian head of U.N.-backed investigative body known as CICIG probing his family for suspected graft, two government officials say. (GUATEMALA-CORRUPTION/ (UPDATE 1, PIX), moving shortly, by Sofia Menchu, 340 words)


Britain outlines plans to break free of European Court after Brexit

LONDON – Britain outlines several escape routes from “direct jurisdiction” of European Court of Justice after Brexit, one of Prime Minister Theresa May’s key aims in talks to unstitch 40 years of EU membership. (BRITAIN-EU/COURT (UPDATE 4, PIX), moved, by Elizabeth Piper, 680 words)

Spain to review police response to Barcelona attack

BARCELONA – Regional police may have missed opportunity to uncover militant plot ahead of deadly Barcelona attack due to procedural errors and lack of communication, police sources and individuals close to investigation say. (SPAIN-SECURITY/POLICE (PIX, TV), moved, by Angus Berwick and Julien Toyer, 1,058 words)

Danish police identify torso as missing submarine journalist

COPENHAGEN – Police identify headless female torso washed ashore in Copenhagen as that of Swedish reporter Kim Wall, who they believe was killed by Danish inventor on board his home-made submarine. (DENMARK-SUBMARINE/ (UPDATE 4, TV, PIX), moved, by Julie Astrid Thomsen and Teis Jensen, 657 words)


In economic crisis, Angola votes for first new leader in 38 years

LUANDA – Angolans vote in parliamentary election expected to usher in ruling party’s defense minister as first new leader of Africa’s second-biggest oil producer in 38 years. (ANGOLA-ELECTION/ (UPDATE 4, PIX, TV), moving shortly, by Stephen Eisenhammer, 800 words)


Air strikes near Houthi checkpoint kill at least 35 in Yemen

DUBAI – At least 35 people are killed in air strikes that hit hotel near Houthi-controlled checkpoint north of Yemeni capital, Sanaa, medic and Houthi-run television station say, blaming attack on Saudi-led coalition forces. (YEMEN-SECURITY/ (UPDATE 4, PIX, TV), moved, 566 words)

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