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White House spokesman Spicer out as Trump seeks to fix image

WASHINGTON – White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigns, ending short and turbulent tenure that made him household name and butt of late-night television comedy lampoons, amid further upheaval within President Donald Trump’s inner circle. (USA-TRUMP/ (WRAPUP 5, PIX, TV), moved, by Steve Holland, 860 words)

Special counsel asks White House to save Trump Jr., Russian meeting documents

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK – Special counsel investigating possible collusion between President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia asks White House officials to preserve any records of meeting last year between president’s son and Russian lawyer, according to source with knowledge of request. (USA-TRUMP/RUSSIA (UPDATE 2), moved, by Susan Heavey and Karen Freifeld, 779 words)

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– USA-TRUMP/RUSSIA-LAWYER (UPDATE 1, EXCLUSIVE, TV, PIX), moved, by Maria Tsvetkova and Jack Stubbs, 651 words

U.S. presses Myanmar to cease military ties with North Korea

WASHINGTON – Myanmar’s military maintains ties with North Korea, though civilian-led government denies any cooperation, and Trump administration is pressing for complete break-off of remaining links, current and former U.S. officials say. (NORTHKOREA-MYANMAR/USA (EXCLUSIVE, PIX), moved, by Antoni Slodkowski, David Brunnstrom and Matt Spetalnick, 617 words)

U.S. State Department to clamp ban on travel to North Korea

WASHINGTON/SEOUL – U.S. government says it will bar Americans from traveling to North Korea due to risk of “long-term detention” in country, where U.S. student was jailed while on tour last year and later died. (NORTHKOREA-USA/TOURS (UPDATE 5, PIX), moved, by Yeganeh Torbati and Se Young Lee, 685 words)

EXCLUSIVE-U.S. immigration raids to target teenage suspected gang members

WASHINGTON – U.S. immigration agents are planning nationwide raids next week to arrest, among others, teenagers who entered country without guardians and are suspected gang members, in widening of President Donald Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigrants. (USA-IMMIGRATION/RAIDS (EXCLUSIVE, PIX), moved, by Julia Edwards Ainsley, 593 words)

Russia not reason for U.S. ending CIA arms to Syria rebels -general

ASPEN, Colo. – U.S. decision to halt CIA program equipping and training certain rebel groups fighting government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is not done as concession to Assad ally Russia, top U.S. general says. (MIDEAST-CRISIS/USA-SYRIA (UPDATE 1), moved, by Jonathan Landay, 442 words)

UNITED STATES

Trump administration seeks to sidestep border wall environmental study -sources

NEW YORK – U.S. Customs and Border Patrol plans to use 2005 anti-terror law to sidestep environmental impact study for section of President Donald Trump’s border wall that will pass through Texas national refuge for endangered ocelots, according to two government sources familiar with matter. (USA-TRUMP/BORDERWALL-ENVIRONMENT, moved, by Emily Flitter, 462 words)

AMERICAS

Venezuela opposition congress names alternative Supreme Court judges

CARACAS – Venezuela’s opposition-led congress appoints alternative judges to country’s Supreme Court, whose current pro-government members are bedrock of support for leftist President Nicolas Maduro. (VENEZUELA-POLITICS/ (UPDATE 2, PIX, TV), moving shortly, by Alexandra Ulmer and Diego Oré, 500 words)

EUROPE

Crimean scandal prompts Siemens to retreat from Russian energy

FRANKFURT/MOSCOW – Germany’s Siemens tries to distance itself from Crimean sanctions scandal, halting deliveries of power equipment to Russian state-controlled customers and reviewing supply deals. (UKRAINE-CRISIS/CRIMEA-SIEMENS (UPDATE 5, PIX), moved, by Georgina Prodhan and Gleb Stolyarov, 836 words)

Merkel may win election, but lose her finance minister

SASBACHWALDEN, Germany – Wolfgang Schaeuble has won his parliamentary seat dozen times, survived attempt on his life and guided Angela Merkel through euro zone crisis. Now, German chancellor may have to sacrifice him to secure coalition deal. (GERMANY-ELECTION/SCHAEUBLE (PIX), moved, by Michael Nienaber and Paul Carrel, 925 words)

Polish lawmakers set to back judicial overhaul, defying protesters and EU

WARSAW – Polish lawmakers are set to defy European Union and massed opposition protesters by backing judicial overhaul denounced by critics as move toward authoritarian rule. (POLAND-POLITICS/JUDICIARY (UPDATE 2, PIX, TV), moved, by Agnieszka Barteczko and Pawel Florkiewicz, 706 words)

MIDDLE EAST

Saudi source gives more detail on crown prince’s dismissal

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia – Source close to Saudi Arabia’s rulers gives further details of how Mohammed bin Nayef, former crown prince, was summarily removed from his post. MbN, as he is known, was dismissed by royal family “in the higher interests of the state” because he was incapacitated by morphine and cocaine addiction, often falling asleep at public events after he became crown prince in 2015, source tells Reuters in interview. (SAUDI-PALACE/MBN (PIX), moved, by Samia Nakhoul and Nick Tattersall, 508 words)

Six dead in worst Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed for years

JERUSALEM – Six people are killed in bloodiest spate of Israeli-Palestinian violence in years, prompted by new security Israeli measures at Jerusalem’s holiest site. (ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS/ (UPDATE 3, PIX, TV), moved, by Luke Baker and Ori Lewis, 863 words)

Hezbollah, Syria army launch offensive at Syrian-Lebanese border

BEIRUT – Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Syrian army launch offensive to drive Islamist insurgents from their last foothold on Syrian-Lebanese border, pro-Damascus military commander says. (MIDEAST-CRISIS/SYRIA-LEBANON (UPDATE 6, PIX), moved, by Laila Bassam and Tom Perry, 687 words)

(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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