Yashwant Sinha quits BJP saying India’s democracy in danger

MUMBAI, (Reuters) – One of India’s best known politicians, former finance and foreign minister Yashwant Sinha, quit the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) yesterday, saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party was undermining democratic institutions.

India approves death penalty for rape of girls under 12

NEW DELHI,  (Reuters) – India’s cabinet yesterday approved the death penalty for rapists of girls below the age of 12, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an emergency meeting in response to nationwide outrage in the wake of a series of cases.

India to seize property of super-rich fugitives – document

NEW DELHI,  (Reuters) – Indian authorities will be empowered to seize properties of super-rich fugitives whose economic offences or crimes involve sums over 1 billion rupees ($15 million), according to a government document seen by Reuters yesterday.

India approves death penalty for rape of girls under 12

NEW DELHI,  (Reuters) – India’s cabinet today approved the death penalty for rapists of girls below the age of 12, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an emergency meeting in response to nationwide outrage in the wake of a series of cases.

N.Korea says will stop nuclear tests, abolish test site

SEOUL,  (Reuters) – North Korea will immediately suspend nuclear and missile tests and abolish a nuclear test site in a bid to pursue economic growth and peace on the Korean peninsula, the North’s state media said yesterday, ahead of planned summits with South Korea and the United States.

Indian opposition moves to impeach chief justice

NEW DELHI,  (Reuters) – India’s opposition parties launched an unprecedented bid to impeach the top judge yesterday, accusing him of failing to protect the independence of the judiciary from executive interference, among other charges.

U.S. students walk out again to protest gun violence

LITTLETON, Colo.,  (Reuters) – Demanding an end to gun violence and tougher restrictions on firearm sales, thousands of students again walked out of classes across the United States on Friday in hopes of putting pressure on politicians ahead of November’s midterm elections.

Missouri governor charged with felony computer data tampering

(Reuters) – Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, already facing an invasion-of-privacy trial next month in connection with an extramarital affair, was charged separately yesterday with felony computer tampering tied to his political fund-raising.

Indian opposition moves to impeach chief justice

NEW DELHI,  (Reuters) – India’s opposition parties launched an unprecedented bid to impeach the top judge on Friday, accusing him of failing to protect the independence of the judiciary from executive interference, among other charges.

Appeals court rules against U.S. on funds for sanctuary cities

(Reuters) – A federal appeals court yesterday said the U.S. Justice Department cannot deny public safety grants to so-called sanctuary cities that limit cooperation with the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration.

U.S., Colombian probe targets Venezuela food import programme

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – The United States and Colombia on Thursday cited new evidence of fraud in Venezuela’s food import program for the needy, saying part of the funds often ended up in the hands of corrupt government officials after being funneled through businesses in nearby countries.

Ecuador opens probe of ex-President Correa over debt operations

QUITO, (Reuters) – Ecuador’s state prosecutors’ office said on Wednesday that it had opened an investigation of former President Rafael Correa and 10 former officials for alleged mismanagement of public debt during the last five years of his administration.