Trump, Saudi Arabia warn Iran against Middle East conflict

RIYADH, (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump issued a new threat to Tehran yesterday, tweeting that a conflict would be the “official end” of Iran, as Saudi Arabia warned it stood ready to respond with “all strength” and said it was up to Iran to avoid war.

Bank staff flagged Trump, Kushner transactions for watchdog -NYTimes

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – Anti-money laundering specialists at Deutsche Bank AG recommended in 2016 and 2017 that multiple transactions involving entities controlled by President Donald Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, be reported to a federal financial-crimes watchdog, the New York Times reported yesterday.

Exxon evacuates foreign staff from Iraqi oilfield

BASRA, Iraq/DUBAI,  (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil has evacuated all of its foreign staff, around 60 people, from Iraq’s West Qurna 1 oilfield and is flying them out to Dubai, a senior Iraqi official and three other sources told Reuters yesterday.

Brazil education freeze spurs biggest protests yet against Bolsonaro government

BRASILIA/SAO PAULO,  (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in cities across Brazil yesterday to rally against education spending freezes in the biggest demonstrations yet against President Jair Bolsonaro, who called marchers “useful idiots and imbeciles.” Brazil’s National Student Union called for protests against what it called spending cuts, after the Education Ministry said it was freezing nearly a quarter of discretionary spending due to the government’s precarious fiscal situation.

Trump pardons ex-media mogul Conrad Black

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – President Donald Trump yesterday signed a full pardon for former media mogul Conrad Black, who was convicted in 2007 of fraud and obstruction of justice and spent 3-1/2 years in prison.

U.S. orders suspension of flights between the U.S. and Venezuela

WASHINGTON/CARACAS,  (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday ordered the suspension of all commercial passenger and cargo flights between the United States and Venezuela, citing reports of unrest and violence around airports in the South American country.

UK’s ITV axes ‘Jeremy Kyle Show’ after death of participant

LONDON,  (Reuters) – British broadcaster ITV has cancelled “The Jeremy Kyle Show”, a tabloid talkshow that features confrontations between guests over issues like infidelity, betrayal and addiction, after a participant died a week after recording the programme.

Senior Conservatives tell May to ditch Brexit talks with Labour

LONDON,  (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May was told by senior members of her own party today to abandon talks to find a Brexit compromise with the opposition Labour Party as pressure mounted on her to name a date for standing down.