‘Shithole’ epithet turned immigration debate into new Trump drama

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – After talking on the phone with U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday morning, Democratic Senator Dick Durbin was optimistic that a compromise deal with some Republicans to protect young “Dreamer” immigrants was on the verge of success.

Africa calls Trump racist after ‘shithole’ remark

JOHANNESBURG/LUSAKA,  (Reuters) – African politicians and diplomats labelled U.S. President Donald Trump a racist yesterday after he was reported to have described some immigrants from Africa and Haiti as coming from “shithole” countries.

New York sues Exxon, others over climate change

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City announced on Wednesday that it filed a multibillion dollar lawsuit against five top oil companies, citing their “contributions to global warming,” as it said it would divest fossil fuel investments from its $189 billion public pension funds over the next five years.

Food riots grip western Venezuela, mob reportedly slaughters cattle in field

SAN CRISTOBAL/BARINAS, Venezuela,  (Reuters) – Hungry mobs ransacked a food collection center, and a supermarket in Venezuela’s western Andean state of Merida on Thursday and reportedly even slaughtered cattle grazing in a field as unrest over food shortages spread through the country.

Four judges criticise India’s top court in rare public spat

NEW DELHI,  (Reuters) – Four justices of India’s top court yesterday criticised its distribution of cases to judges and raised concerns about judicial appointments, in an unprecedented public airing of problems at one of the country’s most respected institutions.

U.S. ambassador to Panama resigns, says cannot serve Trump

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – U.S. Ambassador to Panama John Feeley, a career diplomat and former Marine Corps helicopter pilot, has resigned, telling the State Department he no longer feels able to serve President Donald Trump.

France’s Deneuve denounces #Metoo campaign for “puritanism”

PARIS, (Reuters) – Actress Catherine Deneuve and 99 other French women on Tuesday denounced a backlash against men following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, saying the #Metoo campaign against sexual harassment amounted to “puritanism” and was fuelled by a “hatred of men.” In the aftermath of accusations against the U.S.

Trump promises to ‘take the heat’ for broad immigration deal

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he was ready to accept an onslaught of criticism if lawmakers tackle broad immigration reforms after an initial deal to help the young illegal immigrants known as Dreamers and build a wall on the U.S.

North, South Korea begin talks as Winter Olympics help break ice

SEOUL, (Reuters) – North and South Korea kicked off their first formal talks in more than two years yesterday, with both sides expressing optimism ahead of discussions on how the North’s athletes can attend the Winter Olympics in the South despite tensions.