Car bomb at Colombian police academy kills 9, injures 24

BOGOTA,  (Reuters) – A car bomb exploded at a police academy in Colombia’s capital Bogota yesterday, killing at least nine people and wounding over 20 in an attack that prompted fears of a return to the country’s violent past.

Trump lawyer Giuliani says does not know if campaign colluded with Russia

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who along with the president has repeatedly denied that any collusion occurred between Russia and other people in Trump’s 2016 campaign, retreated from those earlier broad statements, saying he had no idea whether any aides colluded with Moscow during that time.

Venezuela to receive 2,000 Cuban doctors pulled from Brazil -Maduro

CARACAS,  (Reuters) – Venezuela will receive 2,000 Cuban doctors who left Brazil following a dispute between the Communist-run island and the government of far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who ordered an end to their stay after taking office this year.

Hitachi freezes UK nuclear project as Brexit crisis deepens

TOKYO/LONDON,  (Reuters) – Japan’s Hitachi Ltd decided on Thursday to freeze a 3 trillion yen ($28 billion) nuclear power project in Wales as Britain scrabbles for a way to exit the European Union, dealing a blow to UK plans for the replacement of ageing plants.

As shutdown lingers, Pelosi pushes Trump to delay State of Union speech

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – With the partial U.S. government shutdown now in its 26th day, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi  yesterday urged President Donald Trump to reschedule his State of the Union address – a move that could deny him the opportunity to use the pageantry of the speech to attack Democrats in their own chamber over the impasse.

In Papua New Guinea, Exxon’s giant LNG project fuels frustration

PORT MORESBY,  (Reuters) – From her red-roofed home near Papua New Guinea’s capital of Port Moresby, Isabelle Dikana Iveiri overlooks a giant plant used by Exxon Mobil Corp to liquefy billions of dollars’ worth of natural gas before it is shipped to Asian buyers.

Venezuela’s Maduro offers few fresh ideas as economy circles drain

CARACAS,  (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro kicked off his new term with a state-of-the-nation speech yesterday but offered little in the way of fresh proposals to help the increasingly isolated country escape hyperinflationary collapse or a further downward spiral in 2019.

Striking Los Angeles teachers picket in rain with no deal imminent

LOS ANGELES,  (Reuters) – More than 30,000 Los Angeles teachers demanding pay raises and smaller classes walked off the job in America’s second-largest school system yesterday, marching downtown in the rain after negotiations over a new contract broke down.

Trump’s attorney general nominee vows to shield Russia probe from politics

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s attorney general nominee, William Barr, will pledge at his confirmation hearing to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe and stress his own independence from the White House, according to prepared testimony released yesterday.

Venezuela opposition leader Guaido ‘not afraid’ after detention

CARABALLEDA, Venezuela,  (Reuters) – Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido yesterday said that President Nicolas Maduro’s adversaries were “not afraid” even though he was briefly detained by intelligence agents, days after announcing he would be willing to replace the increasingly isolated president.

Key Republican to ask FBI about report of Trump counterintelligence probe

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – The Republican head of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee said yesterday he plans to ask the FBI about a report it launched a probe into whether President Donald Trump had been working on Russia’s behalf, suggesting the agency may have gone too far.

Absences among U.S. airport screeners jump as shutdown drags on

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – Unscheduled absences among federal airport security screeners jumped yesterday, forcing a checkpoint and ticket counter to close in Houston, as a partial government shutdown that has frozen pay checks moved into its 23rd day.

U.S. government shutdown breaks record, with no end in sight

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – A partial U.S. government shutdown over President Donald Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border entered its 22nd day yesterday, making it the longest shuttering of federal agencies in U.S.

U.S. House Democrats eye reported FBI probe of Trump

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – A U.S. House of Representatives committee will look into a newspaper report that the FBI investigated whether President Donald Trump has been working on behalf of Russia, against U.S.

Congo election runner-up to press fraud dispute in court

KINSHASA,  (Reuters) – The runner-up in Democratic Republic of Congo’s presidential election said yesterday he in fact won a landslide victory with more than 60 percent of votes and will file a formal fraud complaint.

Leader of Venezuela Congress says he is prepared to assume presidency

CARACAS,  (Reuters) – The leader of Venezuela’s opposition-led congress said on Friday he was prepared to assume the country’s presidency on an interim basis and call elections, just one day after leftist President Nicolas Maduro was sworn in for a disputed second term.

Trump promises changes to visas for skilled workers

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said yesterday he is planning changes to the H-1B programme that grants temporarily visas to highly educated immigrants who work in specialty occupations such as technology or medicine.

Myanmar court rejects appeal by jailed Reuters reporters

YANGON, (Reuters) – A Myanmar court on Friday rejected the appeal of two Reuters reporters sentenced to seven years in jail on charges of breaking the Official Secrets Act, saying the defence had not provided sufficient evidence to show they were innocent.

Tens of thousands march in Argentina against Macri’s austerity

LIMA,  (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Argentines marched through Buenos Aires yesterday carrying torches, in the first of a series of planned protests against President Mauricio Macri’s austerity program and the soaring cost of public services.

In first, Native American tribe displaced by sea gets land to relocate

NEW YORK, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A small Native American tribe in Louisiana whose land has nearly vanished into the sea has moved a step closer to relocating its community further inland after authorities acquired new land for the move, part of a first-of-its-kind project.

Trump storms out of talks on shutdown, bemoans ‘total waste of time’

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump stormed out of talks with Democratic congressional leaders yesterday over funding for a border wall with Mexico and reopening the government, complaining the meeting at the White House was “a total waste of time.” On the 19th day of a partial government shutdown caused by the dispute over the wall, a short meeting that included Trump, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer ended in acrimony with no sign of a resolution.