South African police confirm Grace Mugabe remains in the country

Grace Mugabe   JOHANNESBURG,  (Reuters) – South African police confirmed on Wednesday that Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe remained in the country and had applied for diplomatic immunity after being accused of assaulting a 20-year-old model in an upmarket Johannesburg hotel.

UN experts condemn racist violence in U.S., urge investigations

UN experts condemn racist violence in U.S., urge investigations GENEVA, (Reuters) – United Nations human rights experts called on the United States today to combat rising racist violence and xenophobia and to prosecute perpetrators of hate crimes.

Trump infrastructure push rolls back environmental rules

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump yesterday rolled back rules regarding environmental reviews and restrictions on government-funded building projects in flood-prone areas as part of his proposal to spend $1 trillion to fix aging U.S.

India, China soldiers involved in border altercation – Indian sources

NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR, India, (Reuters) – Indian and Chinese soldiers were involved in an altercation in the western Himalayas on Tuesday, Indian sources said, further raising tensions between the two countries which are already locked in a two-month standoff in another part of the disputed border.

Trump orders probe of China’s intellectual property practices

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – President Donald Trump yesterday authorized an inquiry into China’s alleged theft of intellectual property in the first direct trade measure by his administration against Beijing, but one that is unlikely to prompt near-term change.

India restores hospital oxygen supply as anger mounts over child deaths

GORAKHPUR, India, (Reuters) – Indian health authorities yesterday delivered oxygen to a public hospital where 63 people have died of encephalitis in recent days, nearly half of them children, as it ran out of medical supplies because of unpaid bills, triggering public outrage.

Trump to sign executive order Tuesday on infrastructure projects

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – President Donald Trump will sign an executive order today “establishing discipline and accountability in the environmental review and permitting process for infrastructure projects,” the White House said in a statement yesterday.

Trump yields to pressure, calls neo-Nazis and KKK criminals

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va./WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump denounced neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan as criminals and thugs on Monday, bowing to mounting political pressure to condemn such groups explicitly after a white-nationalist rally turned deadly in Virginia.

Mexican cop behind El Chapo’s arrest sent to US for safety -sources

MEXICO CITY,  (Reuters) – A Mexican federal police officer who captured drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in northwest Mexico last year was moved for his own safety to a posting at the Mexican embassy in Washington, DC, according to two Mexican law enforcement sources.

After criticism, White House says Trump condemns KKK, neo-Nazis

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s remarks condemning violence at a white nationalist rally were meant to include the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi groups, the White House said yesterday, a day after he was criticized across the political spectrum for not explicitly denouncing white supremacists.

Victim in Virginia melee wept for social justice, her boss says

(Reuters) – Heather Heyer came to downtown Charlottesville with her friends to make a stand against white nationalists who converged on the Virginia college town to demand the city keep a statue honoring a Confederate war hero, her boss said on Sunday.

At least one dead as US white nationalists ignite Virginia clashes

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (Reuters) – At least one person died and 30 were injured in a day of violent clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters in Virginia yesterday, with the state’s governor blaming the neo-Nazis for sparking the violence and demanding that they go home.

In call with Trump, China’s Xi urges restraint over North Korea

BEDMINSTER, N.J./BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s President Xi Jinping said there needs to be a peaceful resolution to the North Korean nuclear issue, and in a telephone call with US President Donald Trump he urged all sides to avoid words or action that raise tensions.