U.S. judge suspends deportations of reunited immigrant families

SAN DIEGO, (Reuters) – A U.S. judge temporarily barred the U.S. government yesterday from the rapid deportation of immigrant parents reunited with their children, while a court considers the impact on children’s rights to seek asylum.

World Cup Pussy Riot pitch intruders jailed for 15 days

MOSCOW,  (Reuters) – A Moscow court yesterday handed down 15-day jail sentences on four members of the Pussy Riot protest group who interrupted Sunday’s World Cup final between France and Croatia when they ran onto the pitch wearing fake police uniforms.

Volcanic lava ‘bomb’ injures 23 people on tour boat in Hawaii

HONOLULU, (Reuters) – A blob of hot volcanic lava struck an ocean tour boat just off the Big Island of Hawaii yesterday, injuring nearly two dozen people in the worst casualty incident to date from the ongoing eruption of the Kilauea Volcano, authorities said.

World’s oldest bread found at prehistoric site in Jordan

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – Charred remains of a flatbread baked about 14,500 years ago in a stone fireplace at a site in northeastern Jordan have given researchers a delectable surprise: people began making bread, a vital staple food, millennia before they developed agriculture.

Violent Nicaragua protests claim another 10 lives -rights group

MANAGUA,  (Reuters) – Nicaraguan police and paramilitary groups loyal to President Daniel Ortega killed at least 10 people yesterday, a human rights association said, as the death toll from violent clashes in the Central American country continues to rise.

Anti-Kremlin protesters invade pitch during World Cup final

MOSCOW,  (Reuters) – The World Cup final between France and Croatia yesterday was briefly interrupted when four intruders affiliated to anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot ran onto the pitch before being hauled off by stewards.

Trump plans to run again in 2020

LONDON, (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said in an interview that he intends to run for re-election in the 2020 election, The Mail on Sunday newspaper reported.

Cuba to recognize private property in new constitution

HAVANA, (Reuters) – Communist-run Cuba will officially recognize private property, something it has long rejected as a vestige of capitalism, under a new constitution that also creates the position of prime minister alongside the president, state media reported on Saturday.

Nicaragua students freed from church after violent night, one killed

MANAGUA, (Reuters) – Catholic bishops on Saturday secured the release of dozens of Nicaraguan student protesters trapped overnight inside in a church under a hail of gunfire from armed pro-government supporters, who killed at least one person inside, a human rights group said.

Ousted Pakistan PM arrested on return, as bomber kills scores

LAHORE,  (Reuters) – Ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam, both facing lengthy prison terms, were arrested minutes after landing in the country yesterday as they returned seeking to revitalise their flagging party ahead of a July 25 election.

U.S. grand jury indicts 12 Russian spies in 2016 election hacking

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – A federal grand jury today indicted 12 Russian military intelligence officers on charges of hacking the computer networks of 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party, the Justice Department said.

Trump blasts UK PM May’s Brexit plan, says it puts trade deal in doubt

BLENHEIM PALACE, England,  (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said a free trade deal with Britain might be impossible if London went ahead with Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposals for post-Brexit ties with the European Union, in damaging remarks that could widen domestic criticism of her plans.

Failure to educate girls could cost world $30 trillion – report

NEW YORK,  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Failing to let girls finish their education could cost the world as much as $30 trillion in lost earnings and productivity, yet more than 130 million girls are out of school globally, the World Bank said on Wednesday.

Jury orders J&J to pay $4.7 bln in Missouri asbestos cancer case

(Reuters) – A Missouri jury yesterday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a record $4.69 billion to 22 women who alleged the company’s talc-based products, including its baby powder, contain asbestos and caused them to develop ovarian cancer.

After Trump’s spending demands, NATO summit turns to Afghanistan

BRUSSELS, (Reuters) – NATO leaders will try today to move beyond U.S. President Donald Trump’s demands for higher defence spending, and focus on ending the long war in Afghanistan, in the second day of a summit in Brussels underscored by transatlantic tensions.

Thai boys wave to the world in first video since their rescue

CHIANG RAI, Thailand,  (Reuters) – The first video of the Thai boys rescued from a flooded cave after 17 days was released yesterday, showing them smiling and waving from their hospital beds, looking thin but fine after an ordeal that has gripped the world.

May presses on with Brexit plan after high-profile resignations

LONDON,  (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May won the support of senior ministers and an endorsement from Europe’s most powerful leader, Angela Merkel, yesterday, surviving the explosive resignations of two top cabinet members in protest at her Brexit plans.

U.S. ramps up trade row with China, threatens new tariffs

WASHINGTON/BEIJING,  (Reuters) – The Trump administration raised the stakes in its trade dispute with China yesterday, saying it would slap 10 percent tariffs on an extra $200 billion worth of Chinese imports.

Eurosceptic British ministers quit in blow to May’s Brexit plan

LONDON, (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May’s foreign minister and Brexit negotiator quit yesterday in protest at her plans to keep close trade ties with the European Union after Britain leaves the bloc, stirring rebellion in her party’s ranks.

Ex-foes Ethiopia, Eritrea eye peace dividend after historic deal

JOHANNESBURG,  (Reuters) – After declaring an end yesterday to a costly two-decade military stalemate, Ethiopia and Eritrea – one a rising African star, the other among the world’s most isolationist nations – appear poised to reap a lucrative peace dividend.

Chris set to become hurricane, Beryl poses flood threat to Puerto Rico

(Reuters) – Tropical Storm Chris strengthened in the mid-Atlantic and was expected to become a hurricane on Monday evening or Tuesday, while the former Hurricane Beryl dwindled into a heavy rainstorm threatening to bring flooding to Puerto Rico, forecasters said.

Ethiopia and Eritrea declare war over, promise peace and shared ports

ADDIS ABABA,  (Reuters) – Ethiopia and Eritrea declared their “state of war” over today and agreed to open embassies, develop ports and resume flights, concrete signs of a stunning rapprochement that has swept away two decades of hostility in a matter of weeks.