CBS sues controlling Redstone family in bid for independence

(Reuters) – CBS Corp filed a lawsuit yesterday to reduce the voting power of controlling shareholder National Amusements Inc, the movie theater company owned by Sumner and Shari Redstone, in an act of defiance aimed at thwarting the Redstones’ plan to merge CBS with Viacom Inc .

Pompeo: U.S. to lift sanctions if N.Korea dismantles nuclear weapons programme

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said yesterday that Washington would agree to lift sanctions on North Korea if the country agrees to completely dismantle its nuclear weapons program, a move that would create economic prosperity that “will rival” that of South Korea.

Malaysian police raid apartments linked to ousted PM Najib’s family

KUALA LUMPUR,  (Reuters) – Police yesterday raided a deluxe Kuala Lumpur apartment block at which relatives of ousted Prime Minister Najib Razak had been staying as they searched for sensitive documents the new government fears may be taken out of the country, two senior police officers said.

Nicaraguan military says will not suppress protests – AFP

MANAGUA, (Reuters) – The Nicaraguan military said it would not attempt to repress anti-government protests that have rocked the Central American nation since last month, news agency Agence France-Presse reported yesterday.

North Korea details plans to dismantle nuclear bomb test site

SEOUL/WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – North Korea has scheduled the dismantlement of its nuclear bomb test site for sometime between May 23 and 25 in order to uphold its pledge to discontinue nuclear tests, the country’s state media reported yesterday a month ahead of a historic summit.

Top Trump aide says protected immigrants need path to citizenship

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – Immigrants from Honduras, Haiti, El Salvador and other countries who were given protected status to live in the United States should have a path to citizenship, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told National Public Radio on Friday.

PDVSA to shut Curacao refinery amid fight with Conoco – sources

(Reuters) – Venezuela’s state-run oil company PDVSA is preparing to shut a Caribbean refinery that is running out of crude amid threats by ConocoPhillips to seize cargoes sent to resupply the facility, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation.

Macau billionaire gets 4 years prison for bribing U.N. officials

NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – Billionaire Macau real estate developer Ng Lap Seng was sentenced to four years in prison yesterday after being found guilty last July of bribing two United Nations ambassadors to help him build a multibillion dollar conference center.

India and Nepal PMs launch construction of 900 MW power plant

KATHMANDU, (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday visited Nepal to launch building work with his counterpart K.P.Sharma Oli on the country’s biggest hydroelectric project, as New Delhi seeks to rebuild trust in the Himalayan republic, where China has made deep inroads.

Negotiators fail to reach NAFTA deal, Trump launches new attack

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – Senior American, Canadian and Mexican officials yesterday ended a week of talks without a deal to modernize NAFTA, agreeing instead to resume negotiations soon, ahead of a deadline next week issued by U.S House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan.

Kenyan rose-farm dam bursts, “sea of water” kills 47

SOLAI, Kenya,  (Reuters) – A dam on a commercial flower farm in Kenya’s Rift Valley burst after weeks of torrential rain, unleashing a “sea of water” that careered down a hillside and smashed into two villages, killing at least 47 people.

Mahathir, 92, sworn in as Malaysia’s seventh prime minister

KUALA LUMPUR,  (Reuters) – Mahathir Mohamad was sworn in as Malaysia’s seventh prime minister yesterday after a stunning election comeback, defeating the coalition that has ruled the nation for six decades since independence from Britain.

Trump seeks ‘very meaningful’ summit in Singapore with N. Korea

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said yesterday he had high hopes of “doing something very meaningful” to curtail North Korea’s nuclear ambitions at a summit in Singapore next month, after Pyongyang smoothed the way for talks by freeing three American prisoners.