Yemen’s Saleh says ready for ‘new page’ with Saudi-led coalition

ADEN (Reuters) – Former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh said on Saturday he was ready for a “new page” in ties with the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen if it stopped attacks on his country, in a move that could pave the way to end nearly three years of war.

US Senate approves major tax cuts in victory for Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The US Senate narrowly approved a tax overhaul on Saturday, moving Republicans and President Donald Trump a big step closer to their goal of slashing taxes for businesses and the rich while offering everyday Americans a mixed bag of changes.

Trump says Flynn’s actions during presidential transition were lawful

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US President Donald Trump said on Saturday that actions by his disgraced former national security adviser Michael Flynn during the presidential transition were lawful and said that there was no collusion between his 2016 White House campaign and Russia.

UK social mobility chief quits- Sunday Times

LONDON (Reuters) – The head of Britain’s Social Mobility Commission has quit, accusing Prime Minister Theresa May of being too fixated on Brexit to improve the prospects of those from less privileged backgrounds, The Sunday Times newspaper reported.

Pope says his defence of Rohingya got through in Myanmar

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Saturday defended his strategy of avoiding the term “Rohingya” in Myanmar, saying he believed he got his message across to both the civilian and military leadership without shutting down dialogue.

Flynn pleads guilty to lying on Russia, cooperates with U.S. probe

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – Former U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty yesterday to lying to the FBI about contacts with Russia and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors delving deeper into the actions of President Donald Trump’s inner circle before he took office in January.

Trump likely to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital next week -official

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – President Donald Trump is likely to announce next week that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a senior administration official said yesterday, a move that would upend decades of American policy and possibly inflame tensions in the Middle East.

U.S. Senate Republicans trim tax bill to secure needed votes

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – Senate Republicans rallied around a U.S. tax overhaul bill yesterday, with Maine moderate Susan Collins announcing her support for it after obtaining agreements for several changes, giving the sweeping legislation sufficient votes to win passage.

Zimbabwe’s military muscles into first post-Mugabe cabinet

HARARE, (Reuters) – Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa appointed senior military officials to top posts in his first cabinet on Friday in what was widely seen as a reward for the army’s role in the removal of his predecessor, Robert Mugabe.

Venezuela arrests ex-oil bosses for graft in widening purge

CARACAS,  (Reuters) – Venezuelan authorities yesterday arrested two once-powerful officials who had run the oil ministry and state energy company PDVSA as part of a deepening industry purge also seen as a power play by leftist President Nicolas Maduro.

Bolivia’s Morales says he’ll seek 4th term, spurs protests

LA PAZ,  (Reuters) – Bolivian President Evo Morales said yesterday that opposition from the United States convinced him to run for a fourth term in 2019, spurring a second day of protests after the constitutional court eliminated term limits.

U.S. attorney general Sessions evasive on Russia probe -congressmen

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions refused to answer questions yesterday during a closed congressional hearing about whether President Donald Trump ever instructed him to hinder the Justice Department’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to Democratic lawmakers who attended.

Vicky recaptured

(Trinidad Express) Police have found escaped fraud accused Vicky Boodram. She was hiding out in Penal, not far from her family home in Siparia.

Record fall in migration to UK in year after Brexit vote

LONDON,  (Reuters) – Net migration to Britain fell by the largest amount on record in the 12 months after the Brexit vote, with more than three-quarters of the drop due to more EU citizens leaving and fewer arriving, official data showed on Thursday.

NBC News fires ‘Today’ co-host Matt Lauer for sexual misconduct

NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – NBC News fired Matt Lauer, the popular host of its “Today” morning show, yesterday after a female colleague accused him of inappropriate sexual behaviour, the network said, making him the latest rich and powerful man to be felled by such accusations.