Trump campaign ad on murder raises heat in shutdown fight

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – US President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign on Saturday issued a new video ad calling Democrats “complicit” in murders committed by illegal immigrants, during a government shutdown partly triggered by an impasse over immigration.

Key cardinal rebukes pope over abuse comment in rare move

TRUJILLO, Peru (Reuters) – A key US cardinal distanced himself on Saturday from comments by Pope Francis on sexual abuse, saying they had caused “great pain,” a remarkable move pointing to divisions in the Roman Catholic Church over how to treat accusers.

Several dead as gunmen attack top Kabul hotel

KABUL (Reuters) – Gunmen attacked Kabul’s Intercon-tinental Hotel on Saturday, seizing hostages and exchanging gunfire with security forces as the building in the Afghan capital caught fire and residents and staff fled.

As Trump begins second year, women stage nationwide protests

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Many thousands of women and their male supporters turned out on Saturday for the second Women’s March, a nationwide series of protests against US President Donald Trump marking the end of his tumultuous first year in office.

Venezuelans flock to Colombia in last half of 2017 -government

BOGOTA, (Reuters) – The number of Venezuelans living in Colombia jumped 62 percent in the last half of 2017 to more than 550,000, its migration authority said yesterday, as Venezuela’s economic devastation hastens migration to the neighbouring country.

Ex-Honduran minister gets nearly 2-1/2 years prison in U.S. drug case

NEW YORK, (Reuters) – A former member of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez’s cabinet was sentenced by a New York federal judge to nearly 2-1/2 years in prison yesterday, after pleading guilty to attempting to launder drug money from the Central American country.

Actor Michael Douglas accused of sexual misconduct in 1980s

NEW YORK, (Reuters) – A woman yesterday publicly accused Oscar-winning actor and producer Michael Douglas of sexual misconduct, saying he had repeatedly harassed her verbally and fondled himself in front of her when she worked for him in the 1980s.

Trump’s coal job push stumbles in most states -data

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s effort to put coal miners back to work stumbled in most coal producing states last year, even as overall employment in the downtrodden sector grew modestly, according to preliminary government data obtained by Reuters.

U.S. SEC says bitcoin funds raise ‘investor protection issues’

(Reuters) – The U.S. securities regulator on Thursday raised alarm about the safety of bitcoin-themed investments, telling the fund industry they want answers to their concerns before endorsing more than a dozen proposed products based on cryptocurrencies.

California parents starved 13 children, taunted them with pie – prosecutor

RIVERSIDE, Calif., (Reuters) – The California parents accused of imprisoning their 13 children in the family’s squalid home had beaten, starved and chained the victims to their beds for years, taunting them with apple pie, according to a prosecutor on Thursday who called it a case of “human depravity.” The father, David Turpin, 57, is also accused of sexually abusing one of his young daughters, Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin told reporters in announcing the charges before the couple’s first court appearance later on Thursday.

U.S. senators rip Trump over his attacks on the media

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – Republican U.S. Senator Jeff Flake castigated President Donald Trump yesterday for his attacks on the media, saying Trump had embraced the despotic language of former Soviet dictator Josef Stalin and inspired modern-day authoritarians.