Lebanon PM Hariri resigns, assails Iran and Hezbollah

BEIRUT, (Reuters) – Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri resigned yesterday saying he believed there was an assassination plot against him and accusing Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah of sowing strife in the Arab world.

No prison for U.S. Army deserter Bergdahl, who Trump wanted dead

FORT BRAGG, N.C., (Reuters) – U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl yesterday was spared prison for endangering his comrades in arms when he deserted in Afghanistan in 2009, a sentence swiftly condemned by President Donald Trump, who while seeking election had called for his execution.

Funeral of slain Malta blogger hears warning to her killers

VALLETTA, (Reuters) – Thousands of mourners at a funeral yesterday for slain Maltese anti-corruption blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia heard a plea for the protection of journalistic freedoms and a warning to her unknown killers that they face “the justice of God.” The island’s president, prime minister and opposition leader, all targeted in Caruana Galizia’s writing, stayed away from the private ceremony, but European Parliament President Antonio Tajani attended as a guest of the family.

Canada imposes sanctions on 30 Russians over death of lawyer

OTTAWA, (Reuters) – Canada imposed sanctions yesterday against 30 Russian officials whom it said were complicit in the 2009 prison death of Sergei Magnitsky, an anti-corruption lawyer who was jailed after alleging a massive tax fraud.

Venezuela to restructure foreign debt, default looms as possibility

CARACAS,  (Reuters) – Venezuela yesterday announced plans to restructure its burgeoning foreign debt, a move that may lead to a default by the cash-strapped OPEC nation whose collapsing socialist economy has left its population struggling to find food and medicine.

U.S. Republicans debut tax bill, Trump seeks first win

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled a tax bill yesterday that would cost $1.51 trillion and deliver deep tax cuts as promised by President Donald Trump, setting off a race in Congress to give him his first major legislative win.

Apple sees strong holiday sales, smooth sailing for iPhone X

SAN FRANCISCO, (Reuters) – Apple Inc on Thursday reported better-than-expected earnings and offered a rosy forecast for the holiday shopping season, allaying investor concerns about production delays on the new iPhone X and demonstrating remarkable strength across its growing line of products and services.

U.S. Senate Democrats demand that Sessions testify again on Russia

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – Senate Democrats yesterday demanded that Attorney General Jeff Sessions be recalled to testify on the Trump campaign’s Russia contacts after the disclosure of an effort to set up a meeting between then-Republican candidate Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.