UK woman dies after poisoning by Soviet-era nerve agent

LONDON,  (Reuters) – A British woman died yesterday after she was poisoned by the same nerve agent that struck a former Russian spy in March and triggered a crisis in relations between Western capitals and Moscow.

China open for trade with east Europe as clash with U.S. ramps up

SOFIA, (Reuters) – China remains open for trade with foreign partners and can only benefit from an economically strong Europe, its premier said on Saturday as he pressed for expanded ties with the continent’s eastern wing while waging a tariff war with Washington.

May wins support from divided UK government on Brexit plan

LONDON,  (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May secured a cabinet agreement yesterday for her plans to leave the European Union, overcoming rifts among her ministers to win support for “a business-friendly” proposal aimed at spurring stalled Brexit talks.

Mozambique airline board sacked after PM left stranded

MAPUTO,  (Reuters) – The board of Mozambique’s national airline, LAM, has been sacked after the carrier cancelled flights this week because of financial difficulties that meant it could not pay for fuel, at one point marooning Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario.

Ousted Pakistani PM Sharif gets 10-year jail term ahead of polls

ISLAMABAD, July 6 (Reuters) – A Pakistani court on Friday sentenced ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in prison for corrupt practices linked to his family’s purchase of upscale London flats, in a major blow to his party ahead of general elections on July 25.

South Syrian rebels agree surrender deal, Assad takes crossing

AMMAN/BEIRUT,  (Reuters) – South Syrian rebels agreed to give up arms in a Russian-brokered ceasefire deal yesterday, rebel sources said, surrendering Deraa province to the government in another major victory for President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian allies.

Duelling tariffs raise fears of long U.S.-China trade battle

BEIJING/WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – A U.S.-China trade fight resulting in duties on $34 billion worth of each other’s imports was seen dragging on for a potentially prolonged period, as Washington and Beijing flexed their muscles with no sign of negotiations to ease tensions.

Ousted Pakistani PM Sharif sentenced to 10 years in prison

ISLAMABAD,  (Reuters) – A Pakistani anti-corruption court today sentenced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in prison over the purchase of upscale London flats, prosecution lawyer Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi said.

Conoco to depose Citgo in hunt for PDVSA’s Caribbean assets

HOUSTON,  (Reuters) – ConocoPhillips moved to bring Venezuelan PDVSA’s U.S. refining unit Citgo Petroleum into its legal battles to enforce a $2 billion arbitration award against the South American country’s nationalization of its Venezuelan assets.

Ethiopia reform wave rolls on, opposition no longer “terrorists”

ADDIS ABABA,  (Reuters) – Ethiopia fired its prisons chief and took three opposition groups off its “terrorist” list yesterday, the latest steps in Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s bold push to shake the African giant from decades of security-obsessed rule.

Under fire for ethics scandals, U.S. EPA chief Pruitt resigns

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, who had been lauded by President Donald Trump for his aggressive efforts to roll back environmental regulations, resigned yesterday under heavy fire for a series of ethics-related controversies.

China warns U.S. is “opening fire” on global economy with tariff threats

BEIJING, (Reuters) – China’s commerce ministry said yesterday the United States is “opening fire on the entire world”, warning that Washington’s proposed tariffs on Chinese goods will hit international supply chains, including foreign companies in the world’s second-largest economy.

Police pluck woman who scaled Statue of Liberty, ending standoff

NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – A woman who scaled the stone pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, the iconic tribute to freedom and democracy that graces New York Harbor, was snatched by police officers and lowered to safety yesterday after a three-hour standoff that led to the evacuation of the landmark on America’s Independence Day.

Woes deepen at Cuba’s flagship airline

HAVANA, (Reuters) – In the busy summer travel period in Cuba, a long line of people wait for hours in the sweltering heat outside the Havana office of state-owned airline Cubana, many of them eager to visit families in the provinces.

Ecuador judge orders Belgium-based ex-president Correa be jailed

QUITO,  (Reuters) – An Ecuadorean judge yesterday ordered that ex-President Rafael Correa be jailed as part of a case involving the kidnapping of a lawmaker, setting up a showdown with the Belgium-based leftist politician who vowed to appeal and defy the orders.

Ex-Brazil tycoon Batista handed 30-year sentence for corruption

SAO PAULO,  (Reuters) – Eike Batista, the former mining and oil magnate who was once Brazil’s richest man, was convicted and sentenced to 30 years in prison for bribing Rio de Janeiro state’s disgraced ex-governor, according to a court document published on Tuesday.

Former Malaysian PM Najib arrested in graft probe

KUALA LUMPUR, (Reuters) – Malaysian anti-corruption agents arrested former Prime Minister Najib Razak on Tuesday following a probe into how money went missing from a state fund he founded almost a decade ago and authorities said he would be charged in court on Wednesday.

Merkel to fight another day after settling migration row

BERLIN, (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives settled a row over migration that threatened to topple her fragile governing coalition late last evening after talks with her rebellious interior minister led him to drop his threat to resign.

Junior soccer team found alive in Thai cave after nine days

CHIANG RAI, Thailand, (Reuters) – Twelve boys and their assistant soccer coach have been found alive by rescuers inside a Thai cave complex nine days after they went missing, Chiang Rai province’s governor said yesterday.

Trump, Lopez Obrador discuss immigration, trade during first call

MEXICO CITY,  (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump and Mexico’s next leader, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador discussed immigration, trade and security issues in a phone call yesterday, the two mavericks beginning a dialogue amid strained relations between the neighbours.

Interior minister offers to resign, in blow to German coalition

MUNICH/BERLIN,  (Reuters) – German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer offered his resignation to party colleagues late yesterday, party officials said, escalating a row over migration with Chancellor Angela Merkel that threatens her fragile government.

Iran’s rulers face discontent as U.S. pressure mounts

ANKARA,  (Reuters) – Mounting pressure from the Trump administration combined with discontent among many Iranians at the state of the economy are rattling the Islamic Republic, with little sign that its leaders have the answers, officials and analysts say.

Eleven members of same family found dead in house in India

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI,  (Reuters) – Eleven members of a family were found dead in India’s capital yesterday, most of them hanging from the ceiling of their home, blindfolded, gagged and with hands tied behind the back, with police unable to offer any concrete explanation about what happened.