Pakistan PM faces pressure after damning corruption probe report

ISLAMABAD,  (Reuters) – Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was fighting for his political future yesterday after judicial investigators ruled his family had accumulated unusual wealth, with his allies denouncing the findings and vowing he would clear his name.

China sends troops to Djibouti for opening of military base

BEIJING, (Reuters) – Ships carrying Chinese military personnel for Beijing’s first overseas military base, in Djibouti in the Horn of Africa, have left China to begin setting up the facility, state news agency Xinhua has reported.

Iraqi PM declares victory over Islamic State in Mosul

MOSUL/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraq’s prime minister declared victory over Islamic State in Mosul yesterday, three years after the militants seized the city and made it the stronghold of a “caliphate” they said would take over the world.

UN lauds US-Russian truce in Syria, but warns on partition risk

GENEVA (Reuters) – Agreements to de-escalate the fighting in Syria could simplify the conflict and help to stabilise the country, but such accords must be an interim measure and avoid partition, UN envoy Staffan de Mistura told a news conference yesterday.

US isolated on climate at summit of world leaders

HAMBURG (Reuters) – Leaders from the world’s leading economies broke with US President Donald Trump on climate policy at a G20 summit yesterday, in a rare public admission of disagreement and blow to multilateral cooperation.

At G20, Ivanka Trump takes the spotlight – and a seat

HAMBURG (Reuters) – US President Donald Trump shared the G20 spotlight yesterday with his daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump, as she helped launch a loan programme for women and caused a stir by briefly occupying her dad’s seat at the table with world leaders.

Granted house arrest, Venezuela opposition leader vows to fight on

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s best-known jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez celebrated a surprise return to his family after being granted house arrest yesterday with a promise to fight on following three years’ imprisonment for leading anti-government protests.

Trump and Putin find chemistry, draw criticism in first meeting

HAMBURG (Reuters) – In a meeting that ran longer than either side had planned, US President Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin discussed alleged Russian meddling in the US election yesterday but agreed to focus on better ties rather than litigating the past.

US, Russia, Jordan reach ceasefire deal for southwest Syria

HAMBURG (Reuters) – The United States, Russia and Jordan have reached a ceasefire and “de-escalation agreement” in southwestern Syria, one of the combat zones in a six-year-old civil war, Washington and Moscow said yesterday.

US plans to test THAAD missile defenses as N Korea tensions mount

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States plans to carry out a new test of its THAAD missile defense system against an intermediate-range ballistic missile in the coming days, two US officials told Reuters yesterday, as tensions with North Korea climb.

Mexico, US vow to bolster joint fight against drug cartels

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico and the United States are seeking to forge closer ties to fight arms trafficking and organized crime, Mexico’s interior minister said yesterday, as he and US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly vowed to redouble efforts to battle drug cartels.

Guatemala clears way to extradite ex-Mexican governor

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – Guatemala’s Supreme Court yesterday ratified the extradition of Javier Duarte, a former state governor from Mexico’s ruling party wanted on charges of embezzlement and organized crime, and he could soon be turned over to Mexican authorities, a top official said.

Virginia executes man for killing guard, deputy in 2006

(Reuters) – The state of Virginia executed a man yesterday convicted of the 2006 killings of a security guard and a sheriff’s deputy, despite claims that he was mentally ill and questions over whether the execution drugs would work as planned.

US prepared to use force on North Korea ‘if we must’ – UN envoy

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States cautioned yesterday it was ready to use force if need be to stop North Korea’s nuclear missile program but said it preferred global diplomatic action against Pyongyang for defying world powers by test launching a ballistic missile that could hit Alaska.

NATO allies look for reassurance from Trump in Warsaw

WARSAW (Reuters) – US President Donald Trump meets eastern NATO allies in Warsaw today amid expectations he will reaffirm Washington’s commitment to counter threats from Russia after unnerving them in May by failing to endorse the principle of collective defence.