News Trump to make final tax push as Republican negotiators near deal 2017-12-13T09:27:46.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will make a final push on Wednesday to shepherd a Republican tax overhaul across the finish line, hosting congressional negotiators for lunch before a speech in which he will make closing arguments for the legislation. Palestinian leader says Trump's Jerusalem 'crime' prevents U.S. peace role 2017-12-13T09:27:06.000000000-05:00 ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told Muslim leaders on Wednesday that a U.S. decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital was a crime which showed that Washington should no longer play a role in Middle East peace talks. Tillerson says U.S. ready to talk to North Korea; Japan wants pressure 2017-12-13T09:24:47.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, backing away from a key U.S. demand that Pyongyang must first accept that giving up its nuclear arsenal would be part of any negotiations. Exclusive: After Grenfell fire, same builders rehired to replace dangerous cladding, Reuters finds 2017-12-13T08:53:01.000000000-05:00 LONDON (Reuters) - Some building companies that installed dangerous cladding on social housing blocks across Britain are now winning new contracts following the Grenfell Tower blaze to remove their original work and install panels that can pass safety tests, a Reuters review shows. U.N. expert says U.S. torture continues at Guantanamo Bay 2017-12-13T08:43:38.000000000-05:00 GENEVA (Reuters) - An inmate at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay is still being tortured, the U.N. special rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer said in a statement on Wednesday. Democrat Jones wins U.S. Senate seat in Alabama in blow to Trump 2017-12-13T08:42:38.000000000-05:00 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Reuters) - Democrat Doug Jones won a bitter fight for a U.S. Senate seat in deeply conservative Alabama on Tuesday, dealing a political blow to President Donald Trump in a race defined by sexual misconduct accusations against Republican candidate Roy Moore. U.S. slaps terror charges on accused Times Square bomber 2017-12-13T08:20:14.000000000-05:00 NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday brought federal charges against the suspect in Monday's attempted suicide bombing in one of New York City's busiest commuter hubs, accusing him of supporting a foreign terrorist organization. Iran urges Muslim nations to defend Palestinians after Trump move 2017-12-13T06:55:01.000000000-05:00 ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday all Muslim nations should work together to defend the rights of Palestinians following Donald Trump's decision last week to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Tech sector loses champion in death of San Francisco mayor 2017-12-13T06:07:49.000000000-05:00 SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Francisco technology companies including Twitter, Salesforce.com, Uber and Airbnb lost an important ally on Tuesday with the sudden death of Mayor Ed Lee. Trump's Jerusalem decision shows lack of respect for Palestinian nation: Iran's Rouhani 2017-12-13T05:57:28.000000000-05:00 ISTANBUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital shows the United States lacks any respect for the legitimate rights of the Palestinian nation, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani tweeted on Wednesday.