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Exclusive: Venezuela skirts U.S. sanctions by funneling oil sales via Russia

President Nicolas Maduro is funneling cashflow from Venezuelan oil sales through Russian state energy giant Rosneft as he seeks to evade U.S. sanctions designed to oust him from power, according to sources and documents reviewed by Reuters.

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U.S., Russia say cannot support a U.N. call for Libya truce: diplomats

The United States and Russia both said on Thursday they could not support a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire in Libya at this time, diplomats said, as mortar bombs crashed down on a suburb of the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

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Man who entered New York cathedral with gasoline charged with attempted arson

A 37-year-old man was charged on Thursday with attempted arson, reckless endangerment and trespassing after he walked into St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City with two full gasoline cans, lighter fluid and lighters on Wednesday, police said.

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Some U.S. lawmakers will see less-redacted version of Mueller report next week

Some U.S. lawmakers will be able to read a less-redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report beginning next week, the Justice Department said in a letter on Thursday to the chairmen of the House and Senate judiciary committees.

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U.S. launches four-state study to find ways to reduce opioid overdose deaths

U.S. health officials on Thursday said they will spend $350 million in four states to study ways to best deal with the nation’s opioid crisis on the local level, with a goal of reducing opioid-related overdose deaths by 40 percent over three years in selected communities in those states.

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Explainer: Five ways Trump’s moves to stem border surge have hit hurdles

Grappling with a ballooning number of migrants at the U.S. southern border, President Donald Trump has suggested increasingly bold steps to fulfill his signature campaign pledge to stem illegal immigration.

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U.S. court upholds most of California’s ‘sanctuary’ migrant laws

The Trump administration lost a court bid on Thursday aimed at striking down California’s “sanctuary” statutes that prevent local law enforcement from helping the U.S. government’s crackdown on illegal immigration.

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Factbox: New revelations from the Mueller report

There are several aspects of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. election campaign that were not previously known until the release of his report on Thursday.

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North Korea urges Trump to drop Pompeo from talks; U.S. plays down weapons test

North Korea said on Thursday it no longer wanted to deal with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and that he should be replaced in talks by someone more mature, hours after it announced its first weapons test since nuclear talks broke down.

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Pope washes feet of prisoners at Holy Thursday service

Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of 12 prisoners on Thursday at a traditional service, telling them to shun any inmate hierarchy structure or law of the strongest and to help each other instead.

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Pinterest, Zoom shares surge in market debuts after IPOs

Shares of Pinterest Inc surged almost 30 percent in their stock market debut on Thursday, valuing the online scrapbook company at around $16 billion and signaling investor appetite for new tech listings.

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Officials pay tribute to victims of Madeira tourist bus crash

In a show of solidarity, the foreign ministers of Germany and Portugal laid two wreaths near the site where 29 German tourists died on Wednesday after their bus overturned on the Portuguese island of Madeira.

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Stocks mixed as strong U.S. retail sales offset weak European manufacturing data

A gauge of global stocks fell on Thursday after underwhelming manufacturing surveys from Asia and Europe, though it pared losses as Wall Street edged higher on strong U.S. retail sales data and earnings from industrial companies.

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Wall Street closes slightly higher, industrials lead

Industrials led the S&P 500 and the Dow moderately higher on Thursday in the wake of robust U.S. economic data and a string of healthy corporate earnings reports.

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Man who carried gas cans into NY cathedral charged with attempted arson

A 37-year-old man who entered New York’s famed St. Patrick’s Cathedral carrying two full gasoline cans, lighter fluid and lighters was charged with attempted arson on Thursday, police said.

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Stocks erase weekly gains on lackluster manufacturing data

A gauge of global stocks erased this week’s gains on Thursday after underwhelming manufacturing surveys from Asia and Europe and continued weakness in U.S. healthcare shares spurred profit-taking ahead of an extended Easter holiday weekend.

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Earnings deluge could make or break sentiment

Next week will go a long way in determining whether investors should be concerned about the dawning of an earnings recession or whether back-to-back quarters of negative growth can be avoided in what is the heaviest week for profit reporting by U.S. companies.

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House Democratic leader Hoyer: impeachment ‘not worthwhile’: CNN

U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said after the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Thursday that impeachment of President Donald Trump was not worthwhile with an election coming up in 18 months.

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Help each other, pope tells prisoners at foot washing rite

Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of 12 prisoners on Thursday at a traditional service, telling them to shun any inmate hierarchy structure or law of the strongest and to help each other instead.

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In unflattering detail, Mueller report reveals Trump actions to impede inquiry

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Wall Street gains on positive earnings, upbeat data

Industrials led Wall Street higher on Thursday in the wake of upbeat economic data and a string of healthy corporate earnings.

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Mueller’s Russia report details Trump actions to impede inquiry

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Mortar bombs land on Tripoli suburb as two-week battle rages on

Mortar bombs crashed down on a suburb of Tripoli on Thursday, almost hitting a clinic and adding to people’s suffering after two weeks of an offensive by eastern troops on the Libyan capital, which is held by an internationally recognized government.

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Pinterest, Zoom shares surge in market debut after IPOs

Shares of Pinterest Inc surged 25 percent in their debut on Thursday, giving the online scrapbook company a market capitalization of $15.8 billion and signaling increased investor appetite for new tech listings.

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Factbox: Key quotes from Special Counsel Mueller’s report

The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday released a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his nearly two-year investigation into whether President Donald Trump and his 2016 campaign colluded with Russia or attempted to obstruct probes.