U.S. ready to resume North Korea talks, seeks denuclearization by 2021

WASHINGTON/SEOUL,  (Reuters) – The United States said it was ready to resume talks with North Korea after Pyongyang pledged on Wednesday to dismantle its key missile facilities and suggested it would close its main Yongbyon nuclear complex if Washington took unspecified actions.

Germany ousts spymaster over far-right violence row

BERLIN,  (Reuters) – Germany’s government said on Tuesday it would replace the head of its domestic intelligence agency who has faced accusations of harbouring far-right sympathies, putting an end to a row that exposed divisions in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government.

Indian police scrutinize major law firm in PNB fraud probe after documents moved

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI, (Reuters) – India’s largest law firm, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (CAM), is being scrutinized by federal agents after they seized documents related to the $2 billion fraud at state-run Punjab National Bank from CAM’s premises in February, a lawyer representing the government and a police source told Reuters.

Trump slaps tariffs on $200 bln in Chinese goods, spares some consumer tech

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump escalated his trade war with China yesterday, imposing 10 percent tariffs on about $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, but sparing smart watches from Apple and Fitbit and other consumer products such as bicycle helmets and baby car seats.

Carolinas brace for days of floods after Florence’s deluge

WILMINGTON/FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.,  (Reuters) – Rescue teams were trying to reach hundreds of people yesterday and racing against rising rivers and floods that could last for days after Florence dumped record rain on the Carolinas and killed at least 31 people.

Former Argentina president indicted on corruption charges

BUENOS AIRES,  (Reuters) – Argentina’s former president Cristina Fernandez was indicted yesterday on charges that her administration accepted bribes from construction companies in exchange for public works contracts, according to an indictment released by a federal judge.

Venezuelans outraged by Maduro’s steak feast at Salt Bae restaurant

CARACAS,  (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro dined on expensive steak at a “Salt Bae” restaurant in Istanbul during a stop-off returning from a visit to China, drawing furor back home where millions struggle to get enough to eat and red meat is a rare luxury.

Cuban agriculture faces another hard year as produce sales drop

HAVANA,  (Reuters) – Cuba moved nearly 15 percent less produce through domestic markets during the first six months of the year, compared with the same period in 2017, signaling another bad year for its agricultural sector, according to a government report.

Accuser of U.S. high-court nominee Kavanaugh goes public

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – A woman who had anonymously accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in the early 1980s went public yesterday, prompting Republicans to plan further discussions about his nomination before a committee vote this week.

Pakistan’s army chief visits Beijing after “Silk Road” tension

ISLAMABAD,  (Reuters) – Pakistan’s army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa began a three-day visit to China yesterday, Pakistan’s military said, days after a Pakistani minister stirred unease about Chinese Silk Road projects in the South Asian nation.

Florence punishes Carolinas with torrential rain, flooding

WILSON, N.C.,  (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Florence dumped “epic” amounts of rain on North and South Carolina as it trudged inland yesterday, triggering dangerous flooding, knocking out power in nearly 900,000 homes and businesses, and causing at least eight deaths.

Hurricane Florence deluges Carolinas ahead of landfall

WILMINGTON, N.C., (Reuters) – Heavy rain, gusting winds and rising floodwaters from Hurricane Florence deluged the Carolinas yesterday as the massive, slow-moving storm crept toward the coastline, threatening millions of people in its path with record rainfall and punishing surf.

Suu Kyi defence of jailing of Reuters journalists ‘unbelievable’ -Haley

HANOI/UNITED NATIONS,  (Reuters) – Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said yesterday the jailing of two Reuters journalists had nothing to do with freedom of expression and that they can appeal against their seven-year sentences, prompting a sharp rebuke from the United States.

India bans 328 combination drugs in setback for pharma companies

NEW DELHI,  (Reuters) – The Indian government has banned 328 combination drugs in a blow to both domestic and foreign pharmaceutical firms, but the ban has been cheered by health activists worried about growing antibiotic resistance due to the misuse of medicines.

Dozens of gas blasts rock Boston suburbs, injuring at least six

ANDOVER, Mass., (Reuters) – Dozens of explosions, apparently triggered by a natural gas pipeline rupture, rocked three communities near Boston yesterday, injuring at least six people and prompting the evacuation of hundreds, local officials said.

Former El Salvador president sentenced to 10 years in prison

SAN SALVADOR, (Reuters) – An El Salvador tribunal sentenced former President Antonio Saca to 10 years in prison yesterday after he pleaded guilty to embezzlement and money laundering charges involving more than $300 million of public funds.

Special forces presence at anti-graft protest angers Guatemalans

GUATEMALA CITY,  (Reuters) – Guatemala deployed members of the feared Kaibil special forces unit yesterday to stop protesters from interrupting a session of parliament, triggering anger among opposition leaders who say President Jimmy Morales is using the military to cow critics.

Dozens killed and injured in suicide attack at Afghan protest

KABUL,  (Reuters) – A suicide bomber in Afghanistan killed at least 32 people and wounded more than 120 at a demonstration yesterday on the highway between the eastern city of Jalalabad and the main border crossing into neighbouring Pakistan, officials said.

‘Monster’ Hurricane Florence to pummel U.S. Southeast for days

WILMINGTON, N.C.,  (Reuters) – Hurricane Florence, on track to become the first Category 4 storm to make a direct hit on North Carolina in six decades, howled closer to shore yesterday, threatening to unleash deadly pounding surf, days of torrential rain and severe flooding.