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China calls Iowa governor Branstad 'old friend' after report of ambassador pick
BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Wednesday the governor of the U.S. state of Iowa, Terry Branstad, was an "old friend" after a report that he had accepted President-elect Donald Trump's offer to become the next U.S. ambassador to China.
(Wed, 07 Dec 2016 04:07:14 -0500)

Monitor says Syrian army seizes Aleppo Old City from rebels
BEIRUT (Reuters) - A war monitor said on Wednesday the Syrian army had seized control of all parts of the Old City of Aleppo which had been held by rebels, part of an advance which has seen insurgents lose around two thirds of their main urban stronghold over the past two weeks.
(Wed, 07 Dec 2016 04:19:24 -0500)

Trump on Boeing's Air Force One contract: 'Cancel order!'
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump urged the government on Tuesday to cancel an order with Boeing Co for a revamped Air Force One - one of the most prominent symbols of the U.S. presidency - saying costs were out of control.
(Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:56:13 -0500)

Authorities identify all but one of 36 Oakland fire victims
OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - Authorities in Oakland, California, said on Tuesday they had identified all but one of the 36 victims whose bodies were pulled from the debris of a fire that ripped through a dance party at a warehouse at the weekend.
(Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:42:41 -0500)

SoftBank's Son pledges $50 billion, Foxconn eyes U.S. expansion as Trump woos Asian firms
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two of Asia's biggest technology companies said they were looking to expand investment in the United States, as President-elect Donald Trump pushes to bring manufacturing and jobs back home.
(Wed, 07 Dec 2016 04:20:13 -0500)

Exclusive: In mammoth task, BP sends almost three million barrels of U.S. oil to Asia
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil major BP is shipping almost three million barrels of U.S. crude to customers across Asia, pioneering a lengthy and complex operation likely to become more popular after OPEC last week announced deep production cuts.
(Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:52:58 -0500)

Over 50 dead, dozens missing after quake hits Indonesia's Aceh
PIDIE JAYA/JAKARTA, Indonesia (Reuters) - The death toll from a strong earthquake that hit northern Indonesia's Aceh province on Wednesday has doubled to at least 50, Indonesia's disaster agency said, as rescuers searched dozens of collapsed buildings for trapped survivors.
(Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:40:01 -0500)

Apple says iPhone 6 battery fires in China likely caused by external factors
BEIJING (Reuters) - Apple Inc said external factors were the likely cause of iPhone 6 battery fires detailed in a Chinese consumer protection report that featured widely in state media earlier this week and created a buzz on social media.
(Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:57:48 -0500)

Iraqi army launches fresh assault toward Mosul center
BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi army units surged toward the center of Mosul on Tuesday in an attack from the city's southeastern edges that could give fresh impetus to the seven-week-old battle for Islamic State's Iraqi stronghold.
(Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:10:38 -0500)

U.S., state courts issue conflicting rulings on Michigan vote recount
(Reuters) - A Michigan state appeals court on Tuesday ordered a halt to the recount of that state's presidential election vote sought by Green Party candidate Jill Stein, while a federal appeals court ordered the process to proceed.
(Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:13:26 -0500)

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