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The United States has no timeline to withdraw troops from Syria but does not plan to stay indefinitely, a senior State Department official said on Friday, a strong signal that forces could stay until the fight against Islamic State militants ends.
China's Xi calls on army to be battle-ready
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's armed forces must strengthen their sense of urgency and do everything they can to prepare for battle, President Xi Jinping told a meeting of top brass on Friday.
Trump threatens years-long government shutdown, emergency powers to build wall
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump threatened to keep the U.S. government partially shut for months or years on Friday after he and Democratic leaders failed to resolve their dispute over Trump's request for $5.6 billion to build a wall on the Mexican border.
U.S. court rules for Trump on transgender military limits
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. court on Friday ruled in favor of a Trump administration policy barring certain transgender people from serving in the U.S. armed forces, handing the president his first legal victory on the issue after several defeats.
Fund managers hoping for stock rally look to emerging markets
NEW YORK (Reuters) - After emerging market stocks led global equity markets lower in a brutal 2018, some U.S.-based fund managers are betting that the asset class may have the largest rebound in the new year.
Take Five: Be careful out there! World markets themes for the week ahead
(Reuters) - Following are five big themes likely to dominate thinking of investors and traders in the coming week and the Reuters stories related to them.
Kevin Hart re-considering Oscars hosting role after DeGeneres backing
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Kevin Hart, who stepped down as host of the Oscars following criticism over past anti-gay tweets, said he is evaluating his decision after popular comedian Ellen DeGeneres revealed she supported him in the role.
Britney Spears suspends shows after dad 'almost died'
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Britney Spears said on Friday she was pulling out of her upcoming Las Vegas concerts and other work commitments to be with her family after her father was taken ill.
NFL notebook: Chiefs QB Mahomes, four rookies named All-Pro
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald headline the 2018 NFL All-Pro team announced Friday.
NFL coaching carousel: Packers reportedly to interview Gase
The Green Bay Packers have been active in trying to fill their head-coaching vacancy and plan to interview fired Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase, according to a report Friday, though a time and place have not been finalized.
BUSINESS / ECONOMICS
New York Fed President Williams takes part in Atlanta discussion
Federal Reserve Bank of New York President John Williams debates monetary policy at the zero bound, possibly shedding light on a broader debate in the Fed about changes to its framework.
5 Jan 08:00 ET / 13:00 GMT
ARTS / CULTURE / ENTERTAINMENT
CHINA-ICEFESTIVAL/ (PIX) (TV)
Harbin Ice Festival opens
The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, commonly known as Harbin Ice Festival, officially opens with a fireworks display and a light show.
5 Jan 06:30 ET / 11:30 GMT
UKRAINE-CHURCH/ (PIX) (TV)
Ukrainian President, head of new Ukrainian church visit Istanbul for ceremony marking church's independence
The Ecumenical Patriarch in Istanbul is set to sign a document granting "autocephaly" or independence to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, marking an historic split from Russia which Ukrainian leaders see as vital to the country's security. Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko and Metropolitan Epifaniy, the leader of the new church, are set to attend.
5 Jan 03:30 ET / 08:30 GMT
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