Florence punishes Carolinas with torrential rain, flooding

WILSON, N.C.,  (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Florence dumped “epic” amounts of rain on North and South Carolina as it trudged inland yesterday, triggering dangerous flooding, knocking out power in nearly 900,000 homes and businesses, and causing at least eight deaths.

Hurricane Florence deluges Carolinas ahead of landfall

WILMINGTON, N.C., (Reuters) – Heavy rain, gusting winds and rising floodwaters from Hurricane Florence deluged the Carolinas yesterday as the massive, slow-moving storm crept toward the coastline, threatening millions of people in its path with record rainfall and punishing surf.

Suu Kyi defence of jailing of Reuters journalists ‘unbelievable’ -Haley

HANOI/UNITED NATIONS,  (Reuters) – Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said yesterday the jailing of two Reuters journalists had nothing to do with freedom of expression and that they can appeal against their seven-year sentences, prompting a sharp rebuke from the United States.

India bans 328 combination drugs in setback for pharma companies

NEW DELHI,  (Reuters) – The Indian government has banned 328 combination drugs in a blow to both domestic and foreign pharmaceutical firms, but the ban has been cheered by health activists worried about growing antibiotic resistance due to the misuse of medicines.

Dozens of gas blasts rock Boston suburbs, injuring at least six

ANDOVER, Mass., (Reuters) – Dozens of explosions, apparently triggered by a natural gas pipeline rupture, rocked three communities near Boston yesterday, injuring at least six people and prompting the evacuation of hundreds, local officials said.

Former El Salvador president sentenced to 10 years in prison

SAN SALVADOR, (Reuters) – An El Salvador tribunal sentenced former President Antonio Saca to 10 years in prison yesterday after he pleaded guilty to embezzlement and money laundering charges involving more than $300 million of public funds.

Special forces presence at anti-graft protest angers Guatemalans

GUATEMALA CITY,  (Reuters) – Guatemala deployed members of the feared Kaibil special forces unit yesterday to stop protesters from interrupting a session of parliament, triggering anger among opposition leaders who say President Jimmy Morales is using the military to cow critics.

Dozens killed and injured in suicide attack at Afghan protest

KABUL,  (Reuters) – A suicide bomber in Afghanistan killed at least 32 people and wounded more than 120 at a demonstration yesterday on the highway between the eastern city of Jalalabad and the main border crossing into neighbouring Pakistan, officials said.

‘Monster’ Hurricane Florence to pummel U.S. Southeast for days

WILMINGTON, N.C.,  (Reuters) – Hurricane Florence, on track to become the first Category 4 storm to make a direct hit on North Carolina in six decades, howled closer to shore yesterday, threatening to unleash deadly pounding surf, days of torrential rain and severe flooding.

Trump administration takes aim at International Criminal Court, PLO

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – The Trump administration yesterday threatened tough action against the International Criminal Court should it try to prosecute Americans for alleged war crimes in Afghanistan and said the PLO’s office in Washington would be closed for seeking to punish Israel through the court.

Guatemalans protest against pressure on anti-graft body

GUATEMALA CITY,  (Reuters) – Hundreds of peasant farmers and indigenous Maya blocked a major highway in Guatemala’s western highlands on Monday, demanding that President Jimmy Morales reverse a policy aimed at forcing a U.N.-backed anti-graft unit to leave the country.

Brazil ex-leader Lula not giving up fight to run in election

CURITIBA, Brazil, (Reuters) – Brazil’s imprisoned former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will not yet bow out of next month’s presidential race, waiting first to hear a Supreme Court decision on an appeal of his ban from running, his legal team said.

Greenland picks Denmark as airport project partner over Beijing

COPENHAGEN,  (Reuters) – Greenland yesterday picked Denmark as partner in a planned upgrade of two airports as it sought to defuse a diplomatic row over how the infrastructure projects, of strategic interest to both Washington and Beijing, should be financed.

As Hurricane Florence nears Carolinas, 1 million told to evacuate

HOLDEN BEACH, N.C.,  (Reuters) – Hurricane Florence, the most powerful storm to menace the Carolina coast in nearly three decades, intensified into a Category 4 hurricane yesterday, prompting evacuations of more than 1 million people to higher ground.

U.S. ‘gravely concerned’ by reports of abuse by Ugandan security forces -official

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – The United States is “gravely concerned” by reports of excessive force used by Uganda’s security forces against lawmakers and journalists in the northwestern town of Arua, a State Department official said yesterday after the country’s opposition called on Washington to suspend military support to Kampala.

CBS CEO Moonves resigns amid new allegations of sexual misconduct

(Reuters) – Leslie Moonves, the top executive at CBS Corp since 2006 and a major figure at the broadcast network and media company for more than two decades, resigned yesterday amid a new wave of allegations against him of sexual assault and harassment.

Sweden faces political deadlock after gains by far-right party

STOCKHOLM,  (Reuters) – Sweden headed for a hung parliament after an election yesterday that saw support for the nationalist Sweden Democrats surge, as one of Europe’s most liberal nations turned right amid fears over immigration.

Egypt sentences 75 to death, hundreds to jail over 2013 sit-in

CAIRO,  (Reuters) – An Egyptian court sentenced 75 people to death yesterday including prominent Islamist leaders Essam al-Erian and Mohamed Beltagi over a 2013 sit-in which ended with security forces killing hundreds of protesters.

Yemen peace talks collapse in Geneva after Houthi no-show

GENEVA,  (Reuters) – An attempt to hold peace talks for Yemen was abandoned yesterday after three days of waiting for the Houthi movement’s delegation, but the United Nations envoy vowed to press ahead with diplomacy.

Russia, Turkey, Iran fail to agree on ceasefire for Syria’s Idlib

TEHRAN,  (Reuters) – The presidents of Turkey, Iran and Russia yesterday failed to agree on a ceasefire that would forestall a Syrian government offensive in the rebel-held Idlib province which the United Nations fears could cause a humanitarian catastrophe involving tens of thousands of civilians.

Unrest intensifies in Iraq as Iranian consulate and oil facility stormed

BASRA/ERBIL, Iraq, (Reuters) – Civil unrest fueled by anger against perceived corruption and misrule by Iraq’s political elite intensified across the south of the country yesterday, as protesters stormed the Iranian consulate in Basra while others briefly took workers hostage at a nearby oilfield.

Trump’s Supreme Court nominee on track as Senate hearing ends

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court pick, yesterday appeared on track for Senate confirmation after a contentious four-day hearing in which he avoided any major stumbles even as Democrats tried to derail his nomination.

Brazil presidential election front-runner unlikely to return to campaign after stabbing

SAO PAULO/JUIZ DE FORA, Brazil,  (Reuters) – Brazil’s presidential race was thrown into chaos yesterday with the far-right front-runner Jair Bolsonaro in serious but stable condition in an intensive care unit after being stabbed at a rally, his wound severe enough that his son said he was unlikely to be able to return to campaigning before the Oct.