Zimbabwe’s Grace Mugabe says model attacked her with knife

Grace Mugabe (R) accuses Gabriella Engels of attacking her with a knife   JOHANNESBURG, (Reuters) – Zimbabwe’s First Lady, Grace Mugabe, has denied assaulting South African model Gabriella Engels with an electric cable in a Johannesburg hotel suite last month, saying an “intoxicated and unhinged” Engels attacked her with a knife.

Weakening but still potent Irma aims full force at Florida’s Gulf Coast

FORT MYERS, Fla./ MIAMI (Reuters) – A weakening but still potent Hurricane Irma lashed Florida’s Gulf Coast yesterday with tree-bending winds, pounding rain and surging surf, leaving millions of homes and businesses without power while flooding streets and swaying skyscrapers across the state in Miami.

Hurricane Irma thrives on fateful mix of ‘ideal’ conditions

(Reuters) – Hurricane Irma, a deadly, devastating force of nature, rapidly coalesced from a low-pressure blip west of Africa into one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record, following an unhindered atmospheric path and fed by unusually warm seas.

Mexico’s strongest quake in 85 years kills dozens in the poor south

JUCHITAN, Mexico,  (Reuters) – At least 60 people died when the most powerful earthquake to hit Mexico in over eight decades tore through buildings and forced mass evacuations in the poor southern states of Oaxaca and Chiapas, triggering alerts as far away as Southeast Asia.

North Korea-U.S. tensions are not Mexico’s business -diplomat

MEXICO CITY,  (Reuters) – North Korea’s ambassador to Mexico yesterday said its tensions with the United States were not Mexico City’s business after President Enrique Pena Nieto ordered that he leave the country in protest over Pyongyang’s nuclear tests.

Suu Kyi says Myanmar trying to protect all citizens in strife-torn state

YANGON/COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh,  (Reuters) – Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said yesterday her government was doing its best to protect everyone in the strife-torn state of Rakhine, as the estimated number of Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh leapt by 18,000 in one day, to 164,000.

Trump: ‘Sad day’ for North Korea if U.S. takes military action

WASHINGTON/BEIJING,  (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said yesterday he would prefer not to use military action against North Korea to counter its nuclear and missile threat but that if he did it would be a “very sad day” for the leadership in Pyongyang.

Spain blocks Catalan independence vote, threatens charges

MADRID,  (Reuters) – Spain’s central authorities moved yesterday to crush plans by the northeastern region of Catalonia to hold an independence referendum and took steps to prosecute regional lawmakers backing the ballot.

Trump ends ‘Dreamer’ immigration programme, places onus on Congress

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – President Donald Trump yesterday scrapped an Obama-era program that protects from deportation immigrants brought illegally into the United States as children, delaying implementation until March and giving a gridlocked Congress six months to decide the fate of almost 800,000 young people.

Brazil prosecutors say bribe won Rio right to host 2016 Olympics

Carlos Arthur Nuzman RIO DE JANEIRO/PARIS,  (Reuters) – Police raided the home of Brazil’s Olympics chief Carlos Arthur Nuzman today, accusing him of brokering a deal to bribe International Olympic Committee members to bring the 2016 Games to Rio de Janeiro with the backing of the former state governor.