India’s PNB seeks to soothe investors after uncovering massive fraud

NEW DELHI, (Reuters) – Punjab National Bank, India’s second-largest state-run lender, sought to soothe investors yesterday after the discovery of a $1.77 billion scam at a single branch sent its shares plunging and raised fears about the scale of fraud in the sector.

Australian govt fractures as deputy PM calls Turnbull ‘inept’

SYDNEY, (Reuters) – A major rift opened up in Australia’s coalition government on Friday as Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce refused to resign over an affair with a staff member, and blasted Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s condemnation of his behaviour as “inept”.

Ex-student arrested after 17 shot dead at Florida high school

PARKLAND, Fla.,  (Reuters) – A 19-year-old gunman returned to the Florida high school where he had once been expelled for disciplinary problems and opened fire with an assault-style rifle yesterday, killing 17 people and injuring more than a dozen others before he was arrested, authorities said.

South African police raid Gupta home, pressure cranks up on Zuma

JOHANNESBURG,  (Reuters) – Heavily armed South African police raided the luxury home of the Gupta family today as part of a probe into allegations the three brothers had corrupt links to President Jacob Zuma, who has been ordered by the ruling ANC to quit as head of state.

Israeli police recommend bribery charges against Netanyahu

JERUSALEM, (Reuters) – Israeli police yesterday recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for bribery, opening the way for what could be the biggest challenge yet to the right-wing leader’s political survival.

Dutch foreign minister quits after lying about Putin meeting

AMSTERDAM,  (Reuters) – Dutch Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra resigned yesterday after admitting that he had lied about attending a meeting in 2006 at which he said Russian President Vladimir Putin had outlined a strategy for building a greater Russia.

South Africa’s ANC decides to remove Zuma as head of state -source

PRETORIA/JOHANNESBURG,  (Reuters) – South Africa’s African National Con-gress party executive committee has decided to “recall,” or remove, President Jacob Zuma as head of state, a senior ANC source told Reuters yesterday, after a 13-hour meeting of the party’s top leadership.

Trump plan to slash spending on diplomacy, aid raises hackles in Congress

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposed slashing of funds for diplomacy and foreign aid faced immediate resistance in Congress yesterday, as some of his fellow Republicans joined Democrats in opposing cuts to what they see as essential “soft power” spending in the face of global threats.

Brazil will not shut border to Venezuelans, seeks to organize flow

SAO PAULO,  (Reuters) – Brazil will not block Venezuelans from entering the country through the border in the northern state of Roraima, but has launched a task force to organize the flow and provide resources for cities and states dealing with the refugees.

U.S. charges five ex-Venezuelan officials in PDVSA bribe case

(Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors yesterday announced charges against five former Venezuelan officials accused of soliciting bribes in exchange for helping vendors win favorable treatment from state oil company PDVSA, the latest case to stem from a $1 billion graft probe.

Brazil will not shut border to Venezuelans, seeks to organize flow

SAO PAULO,  (Reuters) – Brazil will not block Venezuelans from entering the country through the border in the northern state of Roraima, but has launched a task force to organize the flow and provide resources for cities and states dealing with the refugees.

Pakistani human rights champion Asma Jahangir dies

LAHORE, Pakistan, (Reuters) – Pakistani human rights campaigner Asma Jahangir, who faced death threats by fighting for unpopular causes and was jailed in the 1980s for her pro-democracy work during military rule, died on Sunday in Lahore.

Kim Jong Un invites South Korean president for summit: South Korea

SEOUL/PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in for talks in Pyongyang, South Korean officials said on Saturday, setting the stage for the first meeting of Korean leaders in more than 10 years.

North Korea says unable to pay UN dues, blames sanctions

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – North Korea is unable to pay its share of the 2018 UN budgets because of international sanctions on its foreign exchange bank and has asked a senior UN official for help, the country’s UN mission said in a statement.