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Obama shortens sentence of Manning, who gave secrets to WikiLeaks

WASHINGTON President Barack Obama on Tuesday shortened the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former U.S. military intelligence analyst who was responsible for a 2010 leak of classified materials to anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, the biggest such breach in U.S. history. | Video

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Despite showman reputation, Trump inauguration shaping up as low-key

WASHINGTON Donald Trump made his name with opulent hotels and a dramatic reality TV show, but his inauguration on Friday as the 45th U.S. president is shaping up as a more understated affair, with big names in entertainment staying away.

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Stocks, dollar steady after Trump-led dip

LONDON Stock markets steadied and the dollar recovered some ground on Wednesday after unease over how U.S. policy will develop under Donald Trump's presidency drove the currency to its weakest since early December.

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Trump's U.N. pick to echo his criticism of world body, offer some praise

WASHINGTON Donald Trump's pick for U.N. ambassador will echo his condemnation of the world body's treatment of Israel at her Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday, although offering some praise for an organization the president-elect has disparaged.

Woman sues Trump in New York for defamation over sexual assault denial

LOS ANGELES One of about a dozen women who previously accused President-elect Donald Trump of making unwanted sexual advances filed a lawsuit against him in New York on Tuesday, alleging he had made false and defamatory statements about her in rejecting the accusation, causing her emotional and economic harm. | Video

Jan 17 2017

Senate Democrats ask Trump attorney general pick to recuse himself from Russia probes

WASHINGTON Nine Democratic senators asked President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to be U.S. attorney general, Senator Jeff Sessions, on Tuesday to recuse himself from any FBI or Justice Department investigation into Russia's efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.

Politics, Election 2016 Jan 17 2017

Virginia inmate facing execution argues against drug 'cocktail'

WASHINGTON A Virginia inmate set to be executed on Wednesday for murdering two young sisters during a 2006 killing spree has asked the Supreme Court for a stay, arguing that the first-ever use of compounded lethal drugs violates his constitutional rights.


Iraqi troops advance in northeastern Mosul: military

BAGHDAD Iraqi army units advanced further into northeastern Mosul on Wednesday, pushing back Islamic State as they fought for the few districts still held by militants east of the Tigris river, a military statement said.