Sri Lanka’s wartime defencechief sued in U.S. over allegedtorture and murder

COLOMBO, (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who oversaw the crushing of Tamil Tiger rebels under his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa’s rule a decade ago, is being sued in two cases in the United States for his alleged role in torture and murder, according to a lawyer and court documents.

Trinidad brothers charged with teen’s murder

(Trinidad Express) Two brothers yesterday appear-ed before a Sangre Grande magistrate charged with the shooting death of 17-year-old Isaiah Deshawn Hitlal earlier this year.

Panty thief gets four years jail

(Trinidad Guardian) A self-con­fessed panty thief was sent to prison for four years yesterday af­ter elud­ing of­fi­cers for al­most a year.

EU to agree Brexit delay but France pushes for conditions

PARIS/BERLIN/BRUSSELS,  (Reuters) – European Union leaders will grant Prime Minister Theresa May a second delay to Brexit but they could demand she accepts a much longer extension as France pushed for conditions to limit Britain’s ability to undermine the bloc.

New York declares measles emergency, blasts misinformation fueling outbreak

NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – A measles outbreak in Brooklyn, primarily among Orthodox Jewish children, prompted New York City yesterday to declare a public health emergency, requiring unvaccinated people in the affected areas to get the vaccine or face fines The city’s largest outbreak since 1991 of the once virtually eradicated disease has mainly been confined to the Orthodox Jewish community in the borough’s Williamsburg neighborhood, with 285 cases confirmed since October, Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference.

Trini charged with plotting ISIS-inspired attack in US

(Trinidad Express) A Trinidad and Tobago-born man living in Maryland in the United States is accused of plotting to mow down pedestrians at a popular Washington-area dining and shopping destination using a stolen U-Haul truck in an ISIS-inspired attack.

Venezuela removes 8 tonnes of gold from central bank -sources

CARACAS,  (Reuters) – Venezuela removed eight tonnes of gold from the central bank’s vaults last week, and the cash-strapped socialist state is expected to sell the bullion abroad as it seeks to raise hard currency in the face of U.S.

New York declares measles emergency, blasts misinformation fueling outbreak

NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – A measles outbreak in Brooklyn, primarily among Orthodox Jewish children, prompted New York City today to declare a public health emergency, requiring unvaccinated people in the affected areas to get the vaccine or face fines The city’s largest outbreak since 1991 of the once virtually eradicated virus has mainly been confined to the Orthodox Jewish community in the borough’s Williamsburg neighbourhood, with 285 cases confirmed since October, Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference.

Venezuela removes 8 tonnes of gold from central bank -sources

CARACAS,  (Reuters) – Venezuela removed eight tonnes of gold from the central bank’s vaults last week, and the cash-strapped socialist state is expected to sell the bullion abroad as it seeks to raise hard currency in the face of U.S.

More than 11 million face eviction, displacement as India booms

BANGKOK,  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – At least 11 million people in India risk being uprooted from their homes and land as authorities build highways and airports and cordon off forests, activists said on Tuesday, undermining a government push to provide housing for all citizens by 2022.

U.S. judge halts Trump policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico

(Reuters) – A U.S. judge yesterday halted the Trump administration’s policy of sending some asylum seekers back across the southern border to wait out their cases in Mexico, stopping a program the government planned to expand to stem a recent flood of migrants.

Battle rages for Libya’s capital, airport bombed

TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, Libya,  (Reuters) – A warplane attacked Tripoli’s only functioning airport yesterday as eastern forces advancing on the Libyan capital disregarded international appeals for a truce in the latest of a cycle of warfare since Muammar Gaddafi’s fall in 2011.

Brazil tribal lands under new threat from farmers, miners

RAPOSA SERRA DO SOL, Brazil,  (Reuters) – A decade after the Macuxi people won a bloody legal battle to expel rice planters from their reservation in a remote part of Brazil, their hold over ancestral lands has come under threat again from new right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro.

Rwanda honours those killed ingenocide 25 years ago

KIGALI,  (Reuters) – Rwanda began a week of solemn ceremonies on Sunday to commemorate the lives of 800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutus murdered during the Rwandan genocide, a three-month-killing spree that began 25 years ago.

Venezuelans rally to demand power, water and end to Maduro

CARACAS, (Reuters) – After weeks of power cuts and limited access to water, tens of thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets yesterday to back opposition leader Juan Guaido and protest against President Nicolas Maduro, who they accuse of wrecking the economy.

White House to Democrats seeking Trump tax returns: ‘Never’

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s tax returns will never be handed over to Democratic lawmakers, White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said today, defying an effort in Congress to learn more about the real estate mogul’s personal finances.

Pakistan says it has intelligence of new Indian attack this month

KARACHI, (Reuters) – Pakistan has “reliable intelligence” that India will attack again this month, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said today, as tension over a February standoff between the two nuclear-armed neighbours had appeared to ease.

In astrophysics milestone, first photo of black hole expected

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – Scientists are expected to unveil on Wednesday the first-ever photograph of a black hole, a breakthrough in astrophysics providing insight into celestial monsters with gravitational fields so intense no matter or light can escape.

Pakistan PM accuses India of war hysteria over downed F-16 claim

Karachi,Pakistan/MUMBAI,  (Reuters) – Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan blamed India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for “whipping up war hysteria” over claims that India shot down a Pakistani F-16 during a standoff in February, saying the truth is always the best policy.

Ancient four-legged whale from Peru walked on land, swam in sea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Scientists have unearthed fossils in a coastal desert of southern Peru of a four-legged whale that thrived both in the sea and on land about 43 million years ago in a discovery that illuminates a pivotal stage in early cetacean evolution.

East Libyan troops close on Tripoli, clashes near former airport

TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, Libya,  (Reuters) – Eastern Libyan troops commanded by Khalifa Haftar said yesterday they had advanced into the southern outskirts of the capital Tripoli in a dangerous thrust against the internationally recognised government.

Fight begins over Trump’s taxes, lawyer slams Democrats’ request

(Reuters) – An attorney for President Donald Trump yesterday blasted U.S. House Democrats’ request for six years of Trump’s tax returns as “a misguided attempt” to politicize the tax laws, accusing lawmakers of harassment and interference in IRS audits.

Rising number of businesses cut ties with Brunei over gay sex death penalty

LONDON,  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Travel agents, London’s transport network and finance houses were among a rising number of companies yesterday to cut ties with businesses owned by Brunei to protest over the Sultanate’s introduction of the death penalty for gay sex and adultery.