Trump aide Ricardel forced out after showdown with first lady

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – Mira Ricardel, the White House deputy national security adviser, was forced out of her job on Wednesday after President Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, said Ricardel did not deserve the honor of working for her husband.

Sri Lanka showdown looms as new PM loses confidence vote

COLOMBO,  (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s parliament passed a no-confidence motion against newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday, presenting a standoff with the opposition and throwing the country deeper into turmoil.

Archaeologists discover 15th century indigenous tombs in Bolivia

LA PAZ,  (Reuters) – A team of archaeologists in Bolivia said they have discovered tombs containing over a hundred bundles of artifacts and human remains dating more than 500 years old that belonged to an indigenous civilization that once inhabited the region.

World’s top aid agency to promote resilience with new body

NEW ORLEANS,  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is to set up a new body to promote resilience, a senior official said, amid growing pressure on the world’s top foreign aid donor to do more with less.

Sri Lanka showdown looms as new PM loses confidence vote

COLOMBO,  (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s parliament passed a no-confidence motion against newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today, presenting a standoff with the opposition and throwing the country deeper into turmoil.

U.S. judge to hold hearing on CNN White House lawsuit

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – A federal judge said he would hold a hearing today on CNN’s lawsuit against the Trump administration seeking the speedy reinstatement of press credentials for White House correspondent Jim Acosta, a frequent target of President Donald Trump.

U.S. Senator Graham says supports Mueller bill, urges vote

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham said yesterday he supported a bill that would protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller from any politically motivated firings and would urge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to allow a vote on it.

OAS rights group flags Brazil concerns before Bolsonaro takes office

RIO DE JANEIRO,  (Reuters) – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) yesterday expressed concerns about the state and outlook for rights in Brazil, singling out for particular worry some of the signature campaign issues of far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro.

Stan Lee, creator of Spider-Man and other Marvel superheroes, dead at 95

LOS ANGELES,  (Reuters) – Stan Lee, who dreamed up Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk, Black Panther and a cavalcade of other Marvel Comics superheroes that became mythic figures in pop culture with soaring success at the movie box office, died at the age of 95, his daughter said on Monday.

Brexit talks are nearing their endgame, UK PM May says

LONDON,  (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May said yesterday that there were still considerable unresolved issues with the European Union over Brexit as the two sides approached the “endgame” in negotiations for departure from the bloc.

Most big companies failing U.N. human rights test, ranking shows

LONDON,  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Most big companies operating in sectors at high risk of labour abuses are failing to meet human rights standards set by the United Nations, according to an analysis of 100 major companies published yesterday.

Turkey gave Khashoggi tapes to European nations, Erdogan says

ISTANBUL,  (Reuters) – Turkey has given recordings related to the killing of Jamal Khashoggi to Germany, France and Britain, President Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday, seeking to maintain international pressure on Riyadh over the Saudi journalist’s death.

U.S., EU denounce dissolution of Sri Lanka parliament

COLOMBO,  (Reuters) – Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve parliament, worsening an already major political crisis, has drawn criticism from Western powers, including the United States and the European Union.

Cuban artists urge revision of decree feared to hike censorship

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban artists and international rights activists are pushing the government to revise legislation due to take effect in December that they fear will hamper creativity and increase censorship on the Communist-run island.

Senate Democrats weigh lawsuit over Trump Justice Dept appointment

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democrats are considering legal action over President Donald Trump’s appointment of a new acting attorney general, congressional sources said yesterday, as some outside experts called the move unconstitutional.

U.S. judge halts Keystone XL oil pipeline in blow to Trump, Trudeau

WINNIPEG, Manitoba/NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – A U.S. judge in Montana has blocked construction of the Keystone XL pipeline designed to carry heavy crude oil from Canada to the United States, drawing praise yesterday from environmental groups and a rebuke from President Donald Trump.

Jo Johnson quits UK government, urges referendum to avoid Brexit chaos

LONDON,  (Reuters) – Jo Johnson, the younger brother of Boris, resigned from British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government yesterday, calling in a withering critique for another referendum to avoid her Brexit plans unleashing Britain’s greatest crisis since World War Two.

Trump limits asylum from Mexico border, caravans head north

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – President Donald Trump yesterday effectively suspended the granting of asylum to migrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, seeking fresh ways to block thousands of Central Americans traveling in caravans from entering the United States.

U.S. Democrats seek hearings on Trump’s ouster of Sessions

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – Congressional Democrats yesterday demanded emergency hearings in the U.S. House of Representatives to investigate President Donald Trump’s ouster of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, calling the move an effort to undermine a federal probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S.

U.S. appeals court rules against Trump on DACA immigration programme

(Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court in California ruled yesterday that President Donald Trump’s administration must continue a programme begun under former President Barack Obama that protects hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who were brought into the country as children.

Gunman kills 12 including deputy in crowded California bar

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., (Reuters) – A U.S. Marine Corps veteran opened fire on a crowd of mostly college students and young adults dancing at a crowded country and western bar in a suburb of Los Angeles late yesterday, killing 12 people including a sheriff’s deputy.

Chile sends 176 Haitian migrants home on criticised ‘humanitarian flight’

(Reuters) – Chile returned a planeload of Haitian immigrants to their native country yesterday in the first in a series of “humanitarian flights” criticised by migrant groups as “forced deportations.” At a Santiago sports centre, 176 people gathered to board coaches for the airport and a Chilean air force flight destined for the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince.

More potential ‘El Chapo’ jurors excused for safety fears

(Reuters) – The pool of potential jurors for the U.S. drug trafficking trial of accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman continued to shrink on Tuesday, with two people who expressed fears about their safety and one self-described “fan” of the defendant cut from the running.

Caravan migrants rest in Mexico City, some deterred by U.S. hostility

(Reuters) – Thousands of mostly Honduran migrants traveling through Mexico gathered in the capital on Tuesday after a 1,000 mile (1,600 km) journey, with a handful saying President Donald Trump’s hostility had deterred them from continuing to the United States.

U.S. reimposes Iran sanctions, Tehran decries ‘bullying’

WASHINGTON/DUBAI, Nov 5 (Reuters) – The United States on Monday restored sanctions targeting Iran’s oil, banking and transportation sectors and threatened more action to stop its “outlaw” policies, steps the Islamic Republic called economic warfare and vowed to defy.

Ireland says UK cannot unilaterally scrap border backstop

DUBLIN, (Reuters) – Ireland is willing to examine ways in which a “backstop” to keep the Irish border open after Brexit could be reviewed so long as it does not permit Britain to unilaterally walk away from it, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Monday.