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Trump signs order to move controversial oil pipelines forward

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump signed orders on Tuesday smoothing the path for the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, rolling back key Obama administration environmental actions in favor of expanding energy infrastructure.

In Trump freeze, U.S. agencies delay rules affecting farm towns

NEW YORK/CHICAGO The Environmental Protection Agency will delay implementation of the Renewable Fuels Standard and the Agriculture Department will pause rules affecting livestock as part of a freeze on regulations imposed by President Donald Trump's administration, trade groups said on Tuesday.

Minnesota governor says diagnosed with prostate cancer

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, who collapsed while delivering his state-of-the-state address in St. Paul, said on Tuesday he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer but planned to stay on the job while undergoing treatment.

Foreign powers back Syria truce deal, war erupts among rebels

ASTANA Russia and regional powers Turkey and Iran backed a shaky truce between Syria's warring parties on Tuesday and agreed to monitor its compliance, but on the ground rebels faced continued fighting on two fronts which could undermine the deal.

Stocks, dollar rise; investors eye earnings

NEW YORK Stocks rose on Tuesday as investors looked past U.S. President Donald Trump's protectionist rhetoric and focused on encouraging economic data and quarterly earnings reports.

Factbox: Dakota Access Pipeline's long journey

U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday allowing the Dakota Access Pipeline to go forward, after months of protests from Native American groups and climate activists pushed the Obama administration to ask for additional environmental review for the controversial project.

Trump talks to U.S. automakers, pushes for new American plants

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump urged the chief executives of the Big Three U.S. automakers on Tuesday to build more cars in the country, pressing his pledge to bring jobs to America and discourage the car industry from investing in Mexico.

Trump signs executive orders on manufacturing, infrastructure

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order directing that the permitting process and regulatory burden for domestic manufacturers should be streamlined to reduce what he called "the incredibly cumbersome, long, horrible" process.

From analog to emoji, Oscar nominees react with joy

LOS ANGELES As the Academy Award nominations were announced on Tuesday, "Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins was unpacking his suitcase at an Amsterdam hotel, and his publicist was sliding handwritten notes under his door to inform him of the film's eight Oscar nods.

PM Abadi says Iraq's oil is for Iraqis, in reaction to Trump

BAGHDAD Iraq's oil is the property of Iraqis, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday, in reaction to U.S. President Donald Trump who argued that the United States should have taken possession of the nation's crude reserves.

Syrian rebels battle jihadists in northern Syria

BEIRUT Heavy fighting erupted in northwestern Syria on Tuesday between a powerful jihadist organization and more moderate rebel groups, threatening to further weaken the opposition to President Bashar al-Assad in its biggest territorial stronghold.

U.S. Senate panel advances Ross, Chao nominations on voice vote

WASHINGTON A U.S. Senate committee swiftly approved Republican President Donald Trump's nominees for commerce and transportation secretaries by voice vote on Tuesday, signaling that they will face little resistance to approval by the full Senate.

Trump plans to keep Comey as FBI director: source

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump intends to keep FBI Director James Comey in his post, a person familiar with the decision said on Tuesday, amid reports that U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies are scrutinizing Trump associates over their ties to Russia.

China says will protect South China Sea sovereignty

BEIJING/WASHINGTON China said on Tuesday it had "irrefutable" sovereignty over disputed islands in the South China Sea after the White House vowed to defend "international territories" in the strategic waterway.

Syrian government says to continue Wadi Barada offensive

ASTANA The Syrian government will continue its offensive in the Wadi Barada area northwest of Damascus as long as the capital remains deprived of water, its chief negotiator Bashar Ja'afari told reporters in Astana on Tuesday.

After U.S. exit, Asian nations try to save TPP trade deal

WELLINGTON/TOKYO Australia and New Zealand said on Tuesday they hope to salvage the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by encouraging China and other Asian countries to join the trade pact after U.S. President Donald Trump kept a promise to abandon the accord.

Trump makes early move on restricting abortions around the world

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday reinstated a global gag rule that bans U.S.-funded groups around the world from discussing abortion, a move that was widely expected but nonetheless dismayed women's rights advocates.

Syrian rebels say no plan to sign communique at Astana talks

ASTANA The Syrian rebel delegation has no plans to sign a communique at the Astana talks, its spokesman Yahya al-Aridi told reporters on Tuesday, the second day of indirect negotiations between the rebels and the Damascus government.