Democrats, activists rally against Trump’s family separation policy

ELIZABETH, N.J.,  (Reuters) – Democratic lawmakers joined protesters outside immigration detention facilities in New Jersey and Texas yesterday for Father’s Day demonstrations against the Trump administration’s practice of separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Merkel seeks EU migrant talks as German coalition crisis looms

BERLIN, (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel, struggling to avert a crisis within her coalition on migrant policy, is trying to set up a meeting of some EU states to discuss the issue before a leaders summit on June 28-29, a German newspaper reported on Sunday.

Turkish warplanes strike Kurdish militants in Iraq’s Qandil

ANKARA, (Reuters) – Turkish warplanes have struck a meeting of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Iraq’s Qandil Mountains, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday, adding that Ankara believed high-profile militants had been hit.

Austria calls on Germany to clarify spying allegations

VIENNA, (Reuters) – Austria called on Germany to fully clarify allegations that German intelligence agents systematically spied on politicians, international organisations and companies on Austrian territory, as reported by two newspapers on Saturday.

Deadly shoot-out, fire break Nicaragua truce; talks proceed

MANAGUA, Nicaragua,  (Reuters) – Eight people died on Saturday in a shoot-out and fire that shattered a truce struck hours earlier between President Daniel Ortega and protesters, and civic leaders condemned the violence while vowing to continue talks with the government.

Trump sets tariffs on $50 bln in Chinese goods; Beijing strikes back

WASHINGTON/BEIJING, (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said he was pushing ahead with hefty tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese imports yesterday, and the smoldering trade war between the world’s two largest economies showed signs of igniting as Beijing immediately vowed to respond in kind.

Arab forces seize entrances to airport in Yemen’s main port city

ADEN, (Reuters) – Forces from an alliance of Arab states seized two entrances to the airport in Yemen’s main port city yesterday, in an offensive against the Iran-aligned Houthi movement that the United Nations fears could trigger a famine imperilling millions of lives.

U.S. prosecutors pull encrypted messages from phones seized in Cohen raids

NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors investigating U.S. President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen have extracted more than 700 pages of messages sent using encrypted programs like WhatsApp and Signal on phones seized from Cohen, according to a court filing yesterday.

U.S. judge sends ex-Trump campaign head Manafort to jail pre-trial

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – A judge yesterday sent longtime Republican political operator and businessman Paul Manafort to jail pending trial after a charge of witness tampering, the latest episode in a slow fall from grace of a man who was President Donald Trump’s campaign chairman in 2016.

New York sues Trump and his charity over ‘self-dealing’

NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – The New York state attorney general sued U.S. President Donald Trump, three of his children and his foundation on Thursday, saying he illegally used the nonprofit as a personal “checkbook” for his own benefit, including his 2016 presidential campaign.

Attack shuts major Libyan oil ports, slashing production

BENGHAZI, Libya/LONDON  (Reuters) – The major Libyan oil ports of Ras Lanuf and Es Sider were closed and evacuated yesterday after armed brigades opposed to the powerful eastern commander Khalifa Haftar stormed them, causing a production loss of 240,000 barrels per day (bpd).

AT&T closes $85 billion deal for Time Warner

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – AT&T Inc, the No. 2 wireless carrier, on Thursday closed its $85 billion deal to acquire media company Time Warner Inc after it reached an agreement with U.S.