Ophelia threatens Ireland with worst storm in 50 years

DUBLIN,  (Reuters) – Ireland dispatched its armed forces to bolster flood defences yesterday and warned people against non-essential travel as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia threatened the country with its worst storm in 50 years.

Drone hits commercial airliner in Canada, no injuries

(Reuters) – A drone hit an airplane landing at a Quebec City airport this week, the first time an unmanned flying object has collided with commercial aircraft in Canada, Transport Minister Marc Garneau said yesterday.

Firefighters gain edge in battle with deadly California blazes

SANTA ROSA, Calif.,  (Reuters) – Firefighters gained ground on the deadliest wildfires in California history yesterday as winds eased while searchers combed charred ruins for more victims of the blazes that have claimed at least 40 lives.

Death toll from blasts in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu tops 200

The scene of the blast (Reuters photo)   MOGADISHU,  (Reuters) – More than 200 people were killed by twin bomb blasts that struck busy junctions in the heart of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, officials said on Sunday, marking the deadliest attacks since an Islamist insurgency began in 2007.

Thousands rally in Malaysia to oust premier Najib

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Thousands of protesters gathered at an unsanctioned rally on Saturday to demand action against Prime Minister Najib Razak over the mismanagement of billions of dollars by a state fund.

Grim reality of NAFTA talks sets in after tough U.S. demands

ARLINGTON, Va. (Reuters) – Negotiators from Canada and Mexico grappled with US demands to drastically alter the North American Free Trade Agreement on Saturday, as talks over renewal of the pact vilified by President Donald Trump ran through a fourth straight day.

Powerful Hurricane Ophelia strengthens off Azores

(Reuters) – Hurricane Ophelia strengthened off the Azores islands in the northern Atlantic Ocean today  and was expected pass to the south of the archipelago later in the day before taking aim at the British Isles, the U.S.

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi sets out aid plan to end Rohingya crisis

GENEVA, (Reuters) – Aung San Suu Kyi has set out plans for a new humanitarian project to enable Myanmar’s Rakhine State to emerge as a peaceful and developed region, which a close adviser said showed her determination to fix the country’s refugee crisis.

U.S. states sue to block Trump Obamacare subsidies cut

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO, (Reuters) – Eighteen U.S. states sued President Donald Trump’s administration yesterday to stop him from scrapping a key component of Obamacare, subsidies to insurers that help millions of low-income people pay medical expenses, even as Trump invited Democratic leaders to negotiate a deal.

California wildfires rage with record death toll expected to climb

SONOMA, Calif.,  (Reuters) – Fire officials reported further headway yesterday against devastating blazes in Northern California’s wine country but said the death toll of 34, already a record for the state, would likely climb higher with more than 250 people missing.

Las Vegas police say no delay in massacre response

(Reuters) – Las Vegas police presented a third version  yesterday of the timeline of events for the Las Vegas gunman who killed 58 people and himself, saying they responded immediately to the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S.

Frustrated by Congress, Trump signs order to weaken Obamacare

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – President Donald Trump yesterday  signed an order to make it easier for Americans to buy bare-bones health insurance plans, using his presidential powers to undermine Obamacare after fellow Republicans in Congress failed to repeal the 2010 law.

Kenya vote in balance as crisis deepensafter Odinga quits

NAIROBI, (Reuters) – Kenya lurched deeper into political confusion yesterday as a court ruling and a parliamentary vote appeared to ease Uhuru Kenyatta’s path to a second term as president, a day after his chief rival quit an election they were to contest.

Spain gives Catalan leader 8 days to drop independence

MADRID/BARCELONA,  (Reuters) – Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy yesterday gave the Catalan government eight days to drop an independence bid, failing which he would suspend the Catalonia’s political autonomy and rule the region directly.

India’s top court rules sex with an underage wife is rape

NEW DELHI, (Reuters) – India’s top court on Wednesday ruled that a man is committing rape if he engages in sexual intercourse with his wife who is aged between 15 and 18, a landmark decision that will affect millions of child brides.

Bolivians protest Morales’ new bid to extend term limits

LA PAZ,  (Reuters) – Thousands of Bolivians marched through streets across the Andean country on Tuesday to protest a new bid by leftist President Evo Morales to clear the way for him to run for a fourth term in 2019.