Ethiopian crash report highlights sensors, software, leaves questions

ADDIS ABABA/SEATTLE,  (Reuters) – Faulty sensor readings and multiple automatic commands to push down the nose of a Boeing plane contributed to last month’s fatal crash in Ethiopia, leaving the crew struggling to regain control, according to a preliminary accident report.

Major study debunks myth that moderate drinking can be healthy

LONDON,  (Reuters) – Blood pressure and stroke risk rise steadily the more alcohol people drink, and previous claims that one or two drinks a day might protect against stroke are not true, according to the results of a major genetic study.

Eastern Libyan commander orders forces to move on Tripoli

TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, Libya,  (Reuters) – After years of sabre-rattling, eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar ordered his troops yesterday to march on the capital Tripoli, escalating a conflict with the internationally recognised government.

Taliban storms west Afghanistan district, kills dozens

HERAT, Afghanistan,  (Reuters) – Hundreds of Taliban fighters stormed a district in Afghanistan’s western Badghis province, with both Afghan government forces and the insurgent group suffering dozens of casualties, provincial officials said.

Wall-weary U.S. Republicans pivot toward immigrant deportations

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – The Trump administration and Republicans in the U.S. Congress, unable to fully fund a U.S.-Mexico border wall, are refocusing their immigration agenda on a proposal for simpler, faster deportations of undocumented children and families from Central America.

Brazil names major fashion company to its slavery ‘dirty list’

RIO DE JANEIRO,  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The maker of two of Brazil’s biggest fashion brands was named to the country’s “dirty list” of companies that have engaged in slave labor, with workers putting in excessive hours for scarcely any pay, government officials said yesterday.

U.S. House committee seeks Trump tax returns from IRS

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – The Democratic head of a powerful U.S. House committee asked the Internal Revenue Service for six years of President Donald Trump’s personal and business tax returns yesterday, in a long-awaited move widely expected to lead to a long court battle with the White House.

Malaysia to sell 1MDB-linked superyacht for $126 mln

KUALA LUMPUR, (Reuters) – Malaysia will sell a superyacht allegedly bought with stolen funds from state fund 1MDB to casino operator Genting Malaysia Bhd for $126 million, in the first major asset sale by Kuala Lumpur to recover billions lost from the fund.

Malaysia to sell 1MDB-linked superyacht for $126 mln

KUALA LUMPUR, (Reuters) – Malaysia will sell a superyacht allegedly bought with stolen funds from state fund 1MDB to casino operator Genting Malaysia Bhd for $126 million, in the first major asset sale by Kuala Lumpur to recover billions lost from the fund.

Labour’s Corbyn says Theresa May has not moved enough on Brexit

LONDON,  (Reuters) – Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said yesterday that Prime Minister Theresa May had not moved far enough in a first round of crisis talks aimed at breaking the domestic deadlock over Britain’s exit from the European Union.

Venezuela’s Maduro replaces electricity minister amid blackouts

CARACAS,  (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro replaced his electricity minister yesterday in a move to address a series of blackouts plaguing the country, while opposition leader Juan Guaido called on supporters to continue taking to the streets.

After court battle, Cayman Islands legalises same-sex marriage

LONDON,  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Same-sex marriage has become legal in the Cayman Islands following a landmark court case brought by a lesbian couple which their lawyers said on Monday could have implications in the wider Caribbean region and beyond.

Canada’s Trudeau sticks to guns as scandal threatens re-election

OTTAWA,  (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s insistence that there is little wrong with how he is handling the worst crisis of his tenure is frustrating lawmakers and senior party figures who believe the approach could cost him re-election this October.

U.S. airlines hit by system-wide outages

(Reuters) – U.S. airlines were hit by system-wide computer outages today related to problems with the Aerodata planning weight and balance program, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Erdogan loses hold over Turkish capital, Istanbul disputed

ANKARA,  (Reuters) – Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan suffered a severe setback as his ruling AK Party lost control of the capital Ankara for the first time in a local election and he appeared to concede defeat in the country’s largest city, Istanbul.

Popular comedian races ahead in Ukrainian presidential election

KIEV,  (Reuters) – A comedian with no political experience raced ahead in Ukraine’s presidential election yesterday, offering a fresh face to voters fed up with entrenched corruption in a country on the frontline of the West’s standoff with Russia.

Pope criticizes building walls to keep migrants out

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE,  (Reuters) – Pope Francis said yesterday that political leaders who want walls and other barriers to keep migrants out “will end up becoming prisoners of the walls they build”.

Venezuelans rally to protest chronic power outages

CARACAS, (Reuters) – Thou-sands of Venezuelan opposition sympathisers protested yesterday against recurring blackouts that crippled much of the country this month and have aggravated the OPEC nation’s economic and social crisis.

U.S. ending aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras over migrants

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – The United States is cutting off aid to the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, known collectively as the “Northern Triangle”, the State Department said yesterday, the day after President Donald Trump blasted the countries for sending migrants to the United States.

Cholera cases jump to 138 in Mozambique’s Beira after cyclone

BEIRA, Mozambique, (Reuters) – The number of confirmed cases of cholera in the cyclone-hit Mozambican port city of Beira jumped from five to 138 yesterday, as government and aid agencies battled to contain the spread of disease among the tens of thousands of victims of the storm.

White House warns Russia over troops in Venezuela, threatens sanctions

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – The White House yesterday warned Russia and other countries backing President Nicolas Maduro against sending troops and military equipment to Venezuela, saying the United States would view such actions as a “direct threat” to the region’s security.