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by July 27, 2017 General

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U.S. Senate to vote on Russia sanctions bill; Putin threatens retaliation

WASHINGTON/SAVONLINNA – U.S. Senate will vote on bill that would impose new sanctions on Russia, senator says, legislation that angers Moscow, which threatens to retaliate against measure. (USA-TRUMP/RUSSIA (WRAPUP 5, PIX, TV), moving shortly, by Patricia Zengerle and Denis Pinchuk, 400 words)

U.S. Senate plans vote on ‘skinny’ healthcare bill in marathon session

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Republicans embark on another push to unravel Obamacare, planning vote on stripped-down bill after failing to pass broader legislation and complete seven-year campaign to gut law that extends health coverage to millions. (USA-HEALTHCARE/ (UPDATE 6, PIX, TV), expect by 0000 GMT/8 PM ET, by Yasmeen Abutaleb and Susan Cornwell, 1,000 words)

Clashes kill four as Venezuelans protest vote for new congress

CARACAS/BARINAS, Venezuela – Clashes between Venezuelan security forces and demonstrators kill four people during latest opposition-led strike to protest against election critics say will mark end of democracy in OPEC nation. (VENEZUELA-POLITICS/ (UPDATE 5, PIX, TV), moving shortly, by Deisy Buitrago and Francisco Aguilar, 700 words)

Top U.S. general says no changes yet to transgender policy

WASHINGTON – United States’ top general tells military there is no change yet to Pentagon policy on transgender personnel, after President Donald Trump’s announcement of his plans to ban them appeared to catch senior officers by surprise. (USA-MILITARY/TRANSGENDER (UPDATE 4, PIX, TV), moved, by Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart, 912 words)

U.S. general: North Korea ICBM threat advancing faster than expected

WASHINGTON – U.S. Gen. Mark Milley, chief of staff of Army, says North Korea’s July 4 test of intercontinental ballistic missile shows its capabilities are advancing significantly and faster than many expected. (USA-NORTHKOREA/ARMY (UPDATE 1, PIX, TV), moved, 306 words)

UNITED STATES

Consumers, businesses seen powering U.S. economy

WASHINGTON – U.S. economy likely regained speed in second quarter as consumers ramped up spending and business invested more on equipment, which would confirm that sluggish performance early in year was temporary. (USA-ECONOMY/ (WRAPUP 1), expect by 0500 GMT/1 AM ET, by Lucia Mutikani, 600 words)

EXCLUSIVE-Not Made in America: Wal-Mart looks overseas for online vendors

CHICAGO – Walmart.com, trailing Amazon.com in number of goods for sale on its web site, is recruiting vendors in China and other countries to boost its online offerings in pivot away from Wal-Mart’s Made-in-America campaign. (WALMART-VENDORS/ (EXCLUSIVE, GRAPHIC), moved, by Nandita Bose, 1,193 words)

U.S. House panel approves legislation to speed deployment of self-driving cars

WASHINGTON – Influential U.S. House committee approves revised bipartisan bill on 54-0 vote that would speed deployment of self-driving cars without human controls and bar states from blocking autonomous vehicles. (USA-SELFDRIVING/VEHICLES (UPDATE 2, PIX), moving shortly, by David Shepardson, 400 words)

EUROPE

EXCLUSIVE-Russia used Facebook to try to spy on Macron campaign – sources

SAN FRANCISCO – Russian intelligence agents attempted to spy on President Emmanuel Macron’s election campaign by creating phony Facebook personas, according to U.S. congressman and two other people briefed on effort. (CYBER-FRANCE/FACEBOOK-SPIES (UPDATE 1, EXCLUSIVE, PIX), moved, by Joseph Menn, 664 words)

Charlie Gard to be moved to a hospice to die, British judge rules

LONDON – Charlie Gard will spend his final hours in hospice before ventilator that keeps him alive is turned off, judge rules, after harrowing legal battle that prompts debate over who has moral right to decide fate of a sick child. (BRITAIN-BABY/ (UPDATE 3, PIX, TV), moved, by Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton, 842 words)

MIDDLE EAST

Thousands of worshippers surge into Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque, 113 injured

JERUSALEM – Thousands of Muslim worshippers surge into Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque and at least 113 are hurt in scuffles with police after Israel lifts security measures imposed at sacred site in the face of days of violent protests. (ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS/ (UPDATE 4, PIX, TV), moved, by Luke Baker and Ali Sawafta, 788 words)

(editing by John Stonestreet)

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