Protesters across U.S. call on Trump to reunite immigrant families

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of protesters marched in cities across the United States on Saturday to demand the Trump administration reverse an immigration crackdown that has separated children from parents at the U.S-Mexico border and led to plans for military-run detention camps.

Secret UN-Myanmar deal on Rohingya offers no guarantees on citizenship

YANGON/COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh, (Reuters) – Rohingya refugees returning to Myanmar will have no explicit guarantees of citizenship or freedom of movement throughout the country, under a secret agreement between the government and the United Nations seen by Reuters.

Hundreds gather in Annapolis to remember shooting victims

ANNAPOLIS, Md.,  (Reuters) – Hundreds of people gathered yesterday evening to remember the five people gunned down at a community newspaper office in Annapolis, Maryland, one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in U.S.

EU in migration deal

BRUSSELS, (Reuters) – European Union leaders agreed yesterday a hard-fought accord on migration after more than nine hours of talks.

Brazil’s Vale to pay 557.7 mln reais for Samarco damage in 2018

RIO DE JANEIRO,  (Reuters) – Brazilian miner Vale said yesterday it would pay 557.7 million reais ($144.42 million) in the second half of the year to restore the environment and communities damaged by a 2015 disaster at Samarco, a joint venture it has with BHP Billiton.

Australia wins landmark WTO ruling on plain tobacco packaging

GENEVA,  (Reuters) – Australia triumphed yesterday in a major trade dispute over its pioneering “plain” tobacco packaging law, with World Trade Organization judges rejecting a complaint brought by Cuba, Indonesia, Honduras and Dominican Republic.

Pence tells Central American leaders to end migrant “exodus”

GUATEMALA CITY,  (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told the leaders of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador on Thursday to end an “exodus” of illegal immigrants to the United States, urging them to dissuade people from even considering entering the country unlawfully.

South Sudan rivals sign peace agreement in Khartoum

KHARTOUM,  (Reuters) – South Sudan’s president signed a peace agreement with rebels yesterday including a ceasefire to start in 72 hours, Sudan’s foreign minister said, but rebels rejected other parts of the deal.

U.S. Supreme Court delivers blow to organized labour in fees dispute

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday dealt a big blow to organized labor, ruling that non-members cannot be forced in certain states to pay fees to unions representing public employees such as teachers and police, shutting off a key union revenue source.

U.S. top court upholds Trump travel ban targeting Muslim-majority nations

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday handed Donald Trump one of the biggest victories of his presidency, upholding his travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries and rejecting the argument that it represented unconstitutional religious discrimination.

U.S. court dismisses climate change lawsuits against oil companies

(Reuters) – A federal court in California dismissed climate change lawsuits by the cities of San Francisco and Oakland against five oil companies, saying the complaints required foreign and domestic policy decisions that were outside its purview.

Ex-Trump campaign chief Manafort loses bid to dismiss Virginia charges

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort was dealt a setback yesterday when a judge who had expressed some sympathy for Manafort’s argument that a special counsel lacked the authority to prosecute him, refused to dismiss the case.

U.S. top court backs Trump on travel ban targeting Muslim-majority nations

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday handed Donald Trump one of the biggest victories of his presidency, upholding his travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries and rejecting the argument that it represented unconstitutional religious discrimination.

U.S. approves first marijuana plant-derived drug for epilepsy

(Reuters) – The U.S. health regulator approved GW Pharmaceuticals Plc’s epilepsy treatment yesterday, making it the first cannabis-based drug to win approval in the country and opening floodgates for more research into the medicinal properties of cannabis.

Illegal immigrant parents not facing U.S. prosecution for now

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – Parents who cross illegally from Mexico to the United States with their children will not face prosecution for the time being because the government is running short of space to house them, officials said yesterday.

Bollywood needs more LGBT stories, says Indian movie star

LONDON,  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – LGBT characters should be given more screen time in Bollywood movies to help bring about a shift in cultural thinking, Indian actor Manoj Bajpayee said on the sidelines of a film festival in London aimed at championing diversity.

India speeds up environmental approvals in industry, alarms activists

PEDAVEEDU, India,  (Reuters) – India is fast-tracking environmental clearances for projects like power plants and coal mines in a bid to propel growth, setting off alarm bells among environmentalists and affected residents who say the decisions are being made too quickly.

OPEC meets Russia and allies to agree oil output boost

VIENNA,  (Reuters) – OPEC meets Russia and other allies on Saturday to clinch a new deal raising oil output, a day after agreeing a production hike within the group itself but confusing the market as to how much more oil it will pump.