By Vincent Kessler and John Irish
STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - Police searched through eastern France on Wednesday for a man suspected of killing at least two people in a gun attack on a Christmas market in Strasbourg and who was known to have been religiously radicalized while in jail.
Witnesses told investigators the assailant cried out "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greater) as he launched his attack on the market, the Paris prosecutor said.
Lebanese Leaders Show New Optimism on Ending Government Deadlock
BEIRUT/LONDON (Reuters) - Lebanese leaders expressed fresh confidence on Wednesday about reaching a deal to form a new government, with President Michel Aoun saying results of his efforts to break the months-long deadlock would appear this week.
Heavily indebted and with a stagnant economy, Lebanon desperately needs a new government to implement economic reforms that are required to put its public finances on a more sustainable footing and unlock pledges of foreign aid.
Pompeo Says New Mexican Government "Great' on Immigration
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday praised the new government of Mexico on immigration issues and said the two sides have discussed the importance of stemming the flow of undocumented migrants before they get to the U.S. border.
"The incoming administration's been great," Pompeo said in an interview with Fox News, citing conversations about how to control traffic from Guatemala and Honduras along Mexico's southern border.
Turkey Plans New Military Operation in Syria
By Ezgi Erkoyun
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey will start a new military operation in Syria east of the Euphrates river "in a few days", President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, a move that could further complicate relations with the United States.
Ankara and Washington have long been at odds over Syria, where the United States has backed the YPG Kurdish militia in the fight against Islamic State insurgents.
Trump Says He Is Not Concerned About Being Impeached, Defends Payments to Women
By Jeff Mason and Steve Holland
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he was not concerned that he could be impeached and that hush payments made ahead of the 2016 election by his former personal attorney Michael Cohen to two women did not violate campaign finance laws.
"It's hard to impeach somebody who hasn't done anything wrong and who's created the greatest economy in the history of our country," Trump told Reuters in an Oval Office interview.
Ex-Trump Lawyer Cohen to Be Sentenced for Hush Money Payments
By Brendan Pierson
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen will be sentenced on Wednesday for his role in the payment of hush money to women who said they had affairs with Trump and for lying to Congress about a proposed Trump Tower project in Russia that was discussed during the 2016 election campaign.
Cohen, 52, pleaded guilty in August to charges by federal prosecutors in New York that, just before the election, he paid adult film actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 and helped arrange a $150,000 payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal so the women would keep quiet about their relationships with Trump, who is married.
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