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Trump defends FBI 'spying' claims amid outrage

Democrats not invited to review election probe files

Two Republican lawmakers, and no Democrats, are expected to attend a meeting scheduled for Thursday to review classified information relating to Trump's suggestion the FBI might have used an informant to gather information on his 2016 election campaign, the White House said.

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Venezuela expels U.S. envoys in response to sanctions

President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday ordered the expulsion of two top U.S. diplomats in Caracas in retaliation for a new round of sanctions over Venezuela's widely-condemned election, accusing them of a 'conspiracy' that was denied by the State Department.

Asian shares pressured as Trump tempers Sino-U.S. trade optimism

Asian shares were mostly weaker on Wednesday with investors cautious after U.S. President Donald Trump tempered optimism over progress made in trade talks between the world's two largest economic powers.MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.3 percent, while Japan's Nikkei lost 1.2 percent to end at a 1-1/2-week low and the Shanghai Composite Index retreated 1.1 percent.

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