Ex-Trump campaign aide Papadopoulos sentenced to 14 days in prison

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – George Papadopoulos, a former aide to then-Republican candidate Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, was sentenced on Friday to 14 days in prison after pleading guilty last year to lying to federal agents investigating whether campaign members coordinated with Russia before the election.

India throws out ban on gay sex, but challenges remain

NEW DELHI,  (Reuters) – India’s top court scrapped a colonial-era ban on gay sex yesterday, in a landmark judgement that sparked celebrations across India and elsewhere in South Asia, where activists hope to push for similar reform.

Brazil’s jailed Lula set to give up run for presidency -sources

BRASILIA,  (Reuters) – Brazil’s jailed former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is preparing to give up his bid to run in next month’s presidential election, three party sources said, after he lost two appeals at the Supreme Court yesterday.

Nauru demands China apologise for “disrespect” at Pacific forum

WELLINGTON/SYDNEY,  (Reuters) – The tiny Micronesian state of Nauru is demanding a formal apology after a dispute with China’s representative at this week’s Pacific Islands Forum brought to the surface tensions with Beijing over its support for Taiwan.

Supreme Court nominee evasive on scope of Trump’s presidential power

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee, embraced judicial independence yesterday but sidestepped Senate Democrats’ questions on whether a president can pardon himself or fire a prosecutor investigating him.

Britain charges two Russians for state-backed plot to kill Skripals

LONDON,  (Reuters) – Britain charged two Russians in absentia yesterday with the attempted murder of a former Russian spy and his daughter, and said the suspects were military intelligence officers almost certainly acting on orders from high up in the Russian state.

Chaos grips Senate hearing on Trump Supreme Court pick Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – Chaos engulfed the U.S. Senate confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick, as Democrats yesterday complained bitterly about Republicans withholding documents about the nominee’s past White House service and shouting protesters were arrested in droves.

Trump accuses Sessions of hurting U.S. Republican congressional races

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump yesterday launched a fresh attack on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, accusing him of jeopardizing the chances of re-election for two Republican congressmen by bringing criminal charges against them just before the midterm elections.

Argentina unveils ‘emergency’ austerity measures, grain export taxes

BUENOS AIRES,  (Reuters) – Argentine President Mauricio Macri  yesterday announced new taxes on exports in the world’s third-biggest soy producer and steep cuts to spending in an “emergency” bid to balance next year’s budget, as his center-right government aims to persuade the IMF to speed up a $50 billion loan program.

Massive fire tears through Rio’s 200-year old National Museum

RIO DE JANEIRO,  (Reuters) – A massive fire raced through Brazil’s 200-year-old National Museum in Rio de Janeiro yesterday, probably destroying its collection of more than 20 million items, ranging from archeological finds to historical memorabilia.

As fighter jets streak overhead, McCain is buried in Annapolis

ANNAPOLIS, Md.,  (Reuters) – Fighter jets roared over the U.S. Naval Academy yesterday in a final tribute to former Senator John McCain as the Vietnam War hero and two-time presidential candidate was laid to rest at the military college that began his career six decades ago.

Some 400 prisoners escape prison in Tripoli chaos

TRIPOLI,  (Reuters) – Some 400 prisoners escaped from a jail in Libya’s capital yesterday while fighting between rival armed groups raged nearby, a judiciary official said as the United Nations called for the warring parties to meet on Tuesday.

Britain will not compromise over Brexit plan – PM May

LONDON, (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May said she would not compromise with Brussels over her plans for Brexit as a media report said rivals in her party were set to publish their own proposal calling for a cleaner break with the European Union.

North Korea preparing toned-down military parade – analysts

SEOUL, (Reuters) – Satellite imagery shows North Korea is poised to stage another military parade amid new worries that diplomatic efforts on denuclearisation are stalling, though analysts say it is unclear whether it will showcase any of the country’s largest ballistic missiles.

Cafe blast kills pro-Moscow rebel leader in east Ukraine

MOSCOW/KIEV (Reuters) – The leader of Russian-backed separatists in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine was killed in an explosion at a cafe on Friday, prompting Russia to accuse Ukraine of assassinating him while Kiev blamed separatist infighting.

U.S. to move ahead with Mexico trade pact, keep talking to Canada

WASHINGTON/TORONTO, (Reuters) – Contentious U.S.-Canada trade talks ended on Friday with no deal to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement after the mood soured, and President Donald Trump notified Congress of his intent to sign a bilateral trade pact with Mexico.

Argentina peso firms as central bank intervenes, IMF voices support

BUENOS AIRES, (Reuters) – Argentina’s beleaguered peso bounced back slightly on Friday after the central bank auctioned $250 million in dollar reserves and the International Monetary Fund issued a strong statement of support for President Mauricio Macri’s government.

Trump vows to ‘get involved’ if Justice Dep’t, FBI don’t do their job

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Thursday Attorney General Jeff Sessions was safe in his job until November but warned, at a campaign-style rally in Indiana, that he would “get involved” if the FBI and Justice Department didn’t “start doing their job.” Trump told Bloomberg News in an interview that Sessions, whom he has repeatedly attacked for recusing himself from oversight of the Russia probe, was safe in his job until the November congressional elections.

U.N. fears chemical weapons in Syria battle with “10,000 terrorists”

GENEVA, (Reuters) – The United Nations called on Russia, Iran and Turkey on Thursday to forestall a battle in Syria’s Idlib province which would affect millions of civilians and could see both militants and the government potentially using chlorine as a chemical weapon.

Brazil may limit entrance of Venezuelans via northern border -Temer

BRASÍLIA, (Reuters) – The Brazilian government may restrict entrance of Venezuelans at the border in the remote northwestern state of Roraima, President Michel Temer said yesterday, after a flood of migrants has strained local services and sparked violence with residents.

UN accuses Nicaragua govt of widespread rights violations

GENEVA,  (Reuters) – Nicaragua’s government turned a blind eye while armed mobs rounded up protesters, some of whom were later raped with rifles and tortured in detention, the United Nations said  yesterday in a report rejected as biased by Managua.

Sept 7 shutdown in T&T over refinery decision, says unions

(Trinidad Express) On September 7, there may be no nurses in the hospitals, no maxi and taxi drivers on the roads and no teachers in schools as the Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) has called on the workforce to engage in a day of “rest and reflection”.

IMF studying Argentina request for early help as peso crashes

BUENOS AIRES,  (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund said it was studying a request from Argentina to speed up disbursement of a $50 billion loan program after a collapse in investor confidence in President Mauricio Macri’s government sent the peso tumbling more than 7 percent on Wednesday.

In latest White House exit, Trump to lose counsel McGahn

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – White House counsel Don McGahn, whose relationship with President Donald Trump has been strained by the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, is set to leave the job in coming weeks.

Brazil sends army to border as Venezuelans flee crisis at home

LIMA,  (Reuters) – Brazil said it was sending armed forces to keep order near the Venezuelan border area, while Peru declared a health emergency, as a regional crisis sparked by thousands of Venezuelans fleeing economic collapse escalated yesterday.