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  • WASHINGTON, Jan 20- The world's most powerful government shut down on Saturday after President Donald Trump and the U.S. Congress failed to reach a deal on funding for federal agencies, highlighting America's deep political divisions. Last week, Trump rejected a bipartisan Senate deal that would have accomplished that as well as hand the White House $2.7...

  • NEW DELHI, Jan 20- India's biggest explorer Oil and Natural Gas Corp has agreed to buy the government's majority stake in state-refiner Hindustan Petroleum Corp for 369 billion rupees, ONGC said on Saturday. Purchasing a stake in India's third biggest state-owned refiner would also help ONGC to diversify its cash flow and reduce its vulnerability to changing...

  • WARSAW, Jan 20- Irish low-cost airline Ryanair said it had filed a complaint to European competition authorities over a Polish airport company's alleged refusal to expand Warsaw's Modlin airport which Ryanair uses as its Polish base. Its biggest rivals include Polish state carrier LOT operating from Warsaw's main Chopin airport. Plans to expand Modlin-- a...

  • FRANKFURT, Jan 20- German car parts maker Schaeffler sees no merit in splitting the company, contrasting with peers such as Continental, Delphi or Autoliv, which have spun off units or are considering doing so. "In my eyes, it would be unwise if the units would go their separate ways," Chief Executive Klaus Rosenfeld was quoted by German weekly Automobilwoche as...

  • LONDON— French President Emmanuel Macron has suggested that Britain is likely to negotiate a unique relationship with the European Union before it leaves the bloc next year, while stressing that any agreement must be consistent with EU rules. In remarks released Saturday, Macron told the BBC's Andrew Marr television program that Britain cannot maintain its...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 20- For President Donald Trump, this weekend was supposed to be a celebration. Even as the White House began pointing the finger at Democrats, the Republican president came under fire. Trump, who in July 2016 said: "Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it," has asserted that past government shutdowns were the fault of the...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 20- The world's most powerful government shut down on Saturday after President Donald Trump and the U.S. Congress failed to reach a deal on funding for federal agencies, highlighting the country's deep political divisions. Last week, Trump rejected a bipartisan Senate deal that would have accomplished that as well as hand the White House $2.7...

  • The bill needed 60 votes in the 100- member Senate but only 50 supported it. Huddled negotiations between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer were unsuccessful, and the U.S. government technically ran out of money at midnight. His inability to cut a deal despite enjoying a Republican majority in both houses of...

  • Even as the White House began pointing the finger at Democrats on Friday in a steady messaging effort, blame for the shutdown also was directed at the Republican president. "It's almost like you were rooting for a shutdown," said Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of Trump after the Senate refused to approve a shutdown-averting funding bill.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 19- The U.S. government shut down at midnight on Friday after Democrats and Republicans failed to reach a last-minute deal to fund its operations, divided in a bitter dispute over immigration and border security. The bill needed 60 votes in the 100- member Senate but fell short, with only 50 supporting it. Huddled negotiations by Senate Majority...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 19- The U.S. government officially shut down at midnight on Friday after Democrats and Republicans failed to reach a last-minute deal to fund its operations, divided in a bitter dispute over immigration and border security. The bill needed 60 votes in the 100- member Senate but fell short with only 50 supporting it. Huddled negotiations by Senate...

  • WASHINGTON— The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunction. The slide toward closure lacked for high drama: The Senate vote was all but predetermined, and since the...

  • WASHINGTON— The Latest on the budget battle in Congress:. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is accusing President Donald Trump of reneging on a deal he thought they had neared on immigration and spending. The New York Democrat said on the Senate floor that after a White House meeting Friday with Trump, he thought "in my heart" that senators could complete an...

  • In a dramatic late-night session, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell left voting open despite appearing to fall well short of the 60 votes needed to keep alive a stopgap bill that would fund the government through Feb. 16. As the clock ticked toward midnight, McConnell and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer huddled in negotiations in a room just off the...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 19- The U.S. Senate was short of the votes needed to approve a bill to keep the federal government running as a midnight deadline loomed on Friday night, but high-level negotiations continued. In a dramatic late-night session, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell left voting open despite appearing to fall well short of the 60 votes needed to...

  • SHANGHAI, Jan 20- China will impose "special emissions restrictions" on enterprises in major industrial sectors in northern China later this year, as it bids to ensure its war on pollution continues once a tough winter anti-smog campaign ends in March. To meet politically crucial air quality targets last year, China forced 28 cities in northern China to cut...

  • The company said it would email 677,775 people in the United States who followed, retweeted or liked content from accounts associated with the Internet Research Agency during the election. The top Democrat on the U.S. House of Representatives intelligence committee on Friday praised Twitter's move and urged technology companies to keep looking into abuse...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 19- U.S. lawmakers raced against the clock to avert a federal government shutdown on Friday but it was not clear if hectic negotiations would bring a deal before a midnight deadline. Trump met with Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer at the White House earlier on Friday in search of a breakthrough. The Republican-controlled House of...

  • "I've never seen any single hashtag that has had this amount of activity behind it," said Bret Schafer, an analyst who helps runs the Hamilton 68 dashboard, a project with the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund. Peter King, a New York Republican, revealed a brief report produced by Republican staff dealing with Trump's wiretapping...

  • Jan 19- Greg Abel, considered by many investors the top contender to succeed Warren Buffett as Berkshire Hathaway Inc's chief executive officer, on Friday reported owning about $2.1 million of the conglomerate's stock. Abel, who along with Ajit Jain was named a Berkshire vice chairman and director last week, disclosed his stake a day after Jain reported a $109...