Boeing abandons outlook, takes $1 bln cost hit in MAX crisis

(Reuters) – Boeing Co yesterday abandoned its 2019 financial outlook, halted share buybacks and said lowered production due to the grounding of its fastest-selling 737 MAX jet after two fatal plane crashes in five months had cost it at least $1 billion so far.

Occidental offers $57 billion for Anadarko, topping Chevron

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Oil and gas producer Occidental Petro-leum Corp yesterday made a $57 billion bid for Anadarko Petro-leum Corp, topping Chevron Corp’s $50 billion offer and sparking the first takeover battle for a major oil company in years.

Nicaragua government rejects early elections after OAS meeting

MANAGUA,  (Reuters) – Nicaragua will not hold early elections, the government announced yesterday, after holding a meeting with the Organization of American States (OAS), which had proposed moving the next vote forward to help resolve a simmering political dispute.

Occidental offers $57 billion for Anadarko, topping Chevron

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Oil and gas producer Occidental Petroleum Corp today made a $57 billion bid for Anadarko Petroleum Corp, topping Chevron Corp’s $50 billion offer and sparking the first takeover battle for a major oil company in years.

Jussie Smollett lawyers sued by alleged hoax accomplices

(Reuters) – Two Nigerian-American brothers wrapped up in Jussie Smollett’s Chicago hate-crime hoax sued the “Empire” actor’s lawyers on Tuesday, accusing them of defamation for insisting they had “criminally attacked” the actor even after police concluded otherwise.

Facebook’s flood of languages leave it struggling to monitor content

NAIROBI/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc’s efforts to combat hate speech and other types of problematic content are being hampered by the company’s inability to keep up with a flood of new languages as mobile phones bring social media to every corner of the globe.

Sri Lanka warned of threat hours before suicide attacks – sources

COLOMBO, (Reuters) – Sri Lankan intelligence officials were tipped off about an imminent attack by Islamist militants hours before a series of suicide bombings killed more than 300 people on Easter Sunday, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.

Democrats to continue probes of Trump amid no consensus on impeachment

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – U.S. House Democrats are divided over whether to proceed directly to impeach President Donald Trump after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, but they can still hold Trump accountable without impeachment, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said yesterday.

Death toll from Colombia landslide rises to 28

BOGOTA,  (Reuters) – The death toll from a weekend landslide in the southwestern Colombian province of Cauca has risen to 28 people, the country’s disaster relief agency said yesterday.

Leader of armed group at U.S. border boasted of assassination training -FBI

LAS CRUCES, N.M./TAOS, N.M.,  (Reuters) – The head of an armed group that stops migrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally allegedly boasted of training volunteers to kill former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, an FBI agent said in court papers.

Sudan arrests several top members of former ruling party

KHARTOUM, (Reuters) – Sudanese authorities have arrested several top members of the former ruling party of ousted President Omar al-Bashir, in a move that could bolster military rulers who are under mounting pressure by protesters to hand power to civilians.

Nigeria issues arrest warrants for ex-ministers over Malabu oil deal

ABUJA/LONDON,  (Reuters) – A Nigerian judge issued arrest warrants for two former ministers and an Eni manager over the sale of offshore oilfield OPL 245 by Malabu Oil and Gas in 2011, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said on Twitter yesterday.

First shipment of Red Cross humanitarian aid arrives in Venezuela

CARACAS,  (Reuters) – The first shipment of humanitarian aid from the Red Cross intended to alleviate a dire economic crisis in Venezuela arrived in the once-prosperous, oil-rich country yesterday, a representative of the organization and a lawmaker said.