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Trump pulls U.S. out of Pacific trade deal, loosening Asia ties

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump formally withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal on Monday, distancing America from its Asian allies, as China's influence in the region rises. | Video

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Dollar on defensive, Asia stocks subdued amid U.S. trade unease

SYDNEY The dollar was under pressure in Asia on Tuesday as U.S. President Donald Trump's focus on trade protectionism fueled suspicions his administration might seek a competitive advantage through a weaker currency.

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Deadly storm batters Eastern U.S. with wind and heavy rain

WASHINGTON A powerful storm system plowed up the U.S. Eastern seaboard with torrential showers and high winds on Monday, hindering airline and rail travel, after killing at least 21 people in the South, many in mobile homes demolished by tornadoes. | Video

Trump White House vows to stop China taking South China Sea islands

WASHINGTON The new U.S. administration of President Donald Trump vowed on Monday that the United States would prevent China from taking over territory in international waters in the South China Sea, something Chinese state media has warned would require Washington to "wage war."

Mattis speaks with NATO chief, highlighting importance of alliance

WASHINGTON U.S Secretary of Defense James Mattis, on his first full day in office, spoke with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg to highlight the importance he places on the military alliance, a Pentagon spokesman said on Monday.

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Iraqi forces claim recapture of eastern Mosul after 100 days of fighting

BAGHDAD Iraqi officials said on Monday government forces had taken complete control of eastern Mosul, 100 days after the start of their U.S.-backed campaign to dislodge Islamic State militants from the city.

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Egyptian state TV airs video of murdered Italian student Regeni

CAIRO Egyptian state television has aired footage of Italian student Giulio Regeni, who was found murdered in Cairo almost a year ago, speaking to the head of a Cairo street vendors' union who reported him to police a few weeks before his death.