News Amid confusion, Republicans toil to reach deal to avert shutdown 2018-01-18T13:59:20.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans plowed ahead on Thursday with efforts to reach agreement on a temporary extension of government funding to avert a politically embarrassing shutdown despite mixed signals from President Donald Trump on elements of the stopgap plan. Senate passes bill renewing NSA's internet surveillance program 2018-01-18T13:58:02.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a bill to renew the National Security Agency’s warrantless internet surveillance program for six years and with minimal changes, overcoming objections from civil liberties advocates that it did too little to safeguard the privacy of Americ... Trump muddles talks on government funding ahead of House vote on shutdown 2018-01-18T12:21:37.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump complicated Republican efforts on Thursday to reach agreement on a temporary extension of government funding to avert a shutdown, blasting a plan to entice Democrats by funding a children's health insurance program. Trump administration's infrastructure plan taking shape 2018-01-18T12:17:01.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is finalizing its long-awaited infrastructure plan, which would push most of the financing of projects to private investment and state and local taxpayers, according to sources familiar with the proposal taking shape. Commuters in U.S. South cope with ice after deadly storm 2018-01-18T11:59:41.000000000-05:00 ATLANTA (Reuters) - Commuters in the U.S. South grappled with frigid temperatures and slick driving conditions on Thursday after a storm dumped heavy snow across the region, whipped up winds that snapped power lines and led to the deaths of at least nine people. 'Pyongyang Olympics?' Backlash reveals changing attitudes in South Korea 2018-01-18T11:36:16.000000000-05:00 SEOUL (Reuters) - An agreement between South and North Korea to march under a unity flag and field a joint ice hockey team at next month's Olympics was met by sharp criticism from many in the South on Thursday, highlighting changing attitudes toward the country's northern neighbor. Congress to vote Thursday for funding bill to avoid government shutdown 2018-01-18T09:42:03.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican leaders in the U.S. Congress intensified efforts to pass a temporary extension in funding government operations and avert a shutdown, scheduling a vote on the measure for later Thursday. China's 2017 GDP growth accelerates for first time in seven years 2018-01-18T09:33:50.000000000-05:00 BEIJING (Reuters) - China's economy grew faster than expected in the fourth quarter of 2017, as an export recovery helped the country post its first annual acceleration in growth in seven years, defying concerns that intensifying curbs on industry and credit would hurt expansion. OPEC sees more oil supply from rivals, countering its cuts and Venezuelan woes 2018-01-18T08:49:00.000000000-05:00 LONDON (Reuters) - OPEC has raised its forecast for oil supply from non-member countries in 2018 as higher prices encourage U.S. shale drillers to pump more, offsetting an OPEC-led deal to clear a supply glut and a deepening plunge in Venezuelan production. Exclusive: Trump denies U.S. embassy to be moved to Jerusalem within a year 2018-01-18T08:29:38.000000000-05:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump denied on Wednesday that the planned relocation of the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would take place within a year, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he expected the controversial move to happen by then.