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2 Key Republican Holdouts Are Now Backing The Tax Bill

2 Key Republican Holdouts Are Now Backing The Tax BillWASHINGTON ― After months of hemming and hawing ― over debt, over procedural concerns, and over who benefits most from certain provisions ― Senate Republicans appear to be headed toward easy passage of a compromise tax bill next week, with remaining GOP holdouts folding on Friday for hardly any reason at all.



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Cambodian leader gets China's backing as West condemns crackdown

Cambodian leader gets China's backing as West condemns crackdownBy Prak Chan Thul PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen won words of support from China on Monday after the United States and European Union condemned the arrest of his main rival and a widening crackdown on his critics before next year’s election. A day after Kem Sokha was arrested in a midnight raid on his house, one of his deputies said donor countries should open their eyes to Cambodia’s “false democracy” and put more pressure on Hun Sen. When asked about Kem Sokha’s arrest at a press briefing in Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China “supports the Cambodian government’s efforts to protect national security and stability.” Opposition politicians, rights groups and independent media have come under growing pressure as next year’s election approaches.



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Trump blasts Sen. Blumenthal for backing Russia probe: 'Now he judges collusion?'

Trump blasts Sen. Blumenthal for backing Russia probe: 'Now he judges collusion?'The president tore into the Connecticut Democrat after he voiced his support for Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible Kremlin ties.



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Iran urges Gulf peace mechanism, says Saudi backing militants

Iran urges Gulf peace mechanism, says Saudi backing militantsIranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday called for a permanent mechanism in the Gulf to resolve crises like the blockade against Qatar by Saudi Arabia and its allies. Speaking at a news conference on the sidelines of an annual peace mediation in Oslo, Zarif also said Saudi Arabia supported militants inside Iran. “It is absolutely imperative for our region not to only to resolve this particular conflict or dispute between our southern neighbours in the Persian Gulf through dialogue but in fact establish a permanent mechanism for consultation, conversation and conflict resolution in our region,” Zarif said.



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Israel seeks U.S. backing to avert permanent Iran foothold in Syria

Israel seeks U.S. backing to avert permanent Iran foothold in SyriaBy Matt Spetalnick and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israel is seeking an “understanding” with the Trump administration that Iran must not be allowed to establish a permanent military foothold in Syria, Israel’s intelligence minister told Reuters on Wednesday. In an interview, visiting Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz said he was also using his meetings with White House officials and key lawmakers to press for further U.S. sanctions on Iran and the Iranian-backed Lebanese militia Hezbollah, which is supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.



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Trump castigates Putin for backing ‘evil’ Assad

Trump castigates Putin for backing ‘evil’ AssadIn a departure from his previous praise of Putin, Trump blamed Russia for Assad’s continued reign, arguing Russia is responsible for brokering peace in Syria.



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France's Le Pen says lacks election funds, has no Russian backing

France's Le Pen says lacks election funds, has no Russian backingFrench far right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said on Monday she had yet to secure all the funding she needs for her election campaign with less than four weeks to go before voting begins. The National Front leader, who is running in second place in the presidential race according to opinion polls, repeated her complaint that French banks were refusing to lend her money. Speaking on Europe 1 radio after a visit last week to Moscow where she met President Vladimir Putin, she said she did not have any financial backing from Russia, nor from any Russian financial institution, but that she was trying to get a loan from a foreign bank.



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Tech Companies Backing Off Scrutiny Of Trump Travel Ban

Tech Companies Backing Off Scrutiny Of Trump Travel BanTechnology firms are backing off their challenge to the most recent version of the Trump administration's travel ban.



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In backing Syria's Assad, Russia looks to outdo Iran

In backing Syria's Assad, Russia looks to outdo IranThe rivalry between the two primary backers of the Syrian government is becoming increasingly palpable, according to Syrian officials and a Russian analyst. Iran is proud to have intervened early on in Syria’s six-year war, bolstering the Assad regime with men, weapons, and economic aid.



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GM Backing Bills That Could Block Uber, Waymo from Testing Self-Driving Cars

GM Backing Bills That Could Block Uber, Waymo from Testing Self-Driving CarsGeneral Motors says the bills protect public safety by restricting self-driving car testing to automotive manufacturers. Competitors disagree.



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