Republicans differ with Trump on whether memo undercuts Russia probe

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – Several Republican lawmakers disagreed yesterday with President Donald Trump’s assertion that a memo released last week by the House Intelligence Committee vindicated him in the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Amtrak blames freight train firm for deadly South Carolina crash

CAYCE, S.C.,  (Reuters) – Amtrak blamed a freight rail operator for causing a crash yesterday that killed two people and injured more than 100 others when one of its passenger trains was diverted onto a side track and slammed into a parked, unmanned freight train in South Carolina.

Trump says Republican memo vindicates him in Russia probe

PALM BEACH, Fla (Reuters) – US President Donald Trump said on Saturday that a controversial memo attacking federal law enforcement written by congressional Republicans vindicates him in the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

Actor Uma Thurman accuses Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actor Uma Thurman has accused movie producer Harvey Weinstein of sexually assaulting her at a London hotel after they worked together on the 1994 hit film “Pulp Fiction.” In a New York Times article on Saturday by columnist Maureen Dowd, Thurman broke her silence after saying in October that she would wait to speak out about inappropriate behaviour in the workplace because she did not want to say anything in anger.

Pressure mounts on Poland to back away from Holocaust bill

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland is seeing a resurgence of anti-Semitism over pending legislation that would impose jail terms for suggestions that the nation was complicit in the Holocaust, local minority groups warned, as pressure mounts on the president to veto the bill.

Syrian rebels down Russian plane, kill pilot

AMMAN/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Syrian rebels shot down a Russian warplane on Saturday and killed its pilot on the ground after he ejected from the plane, Russia’s defence ministry and Syrian rebels said.

UN court hands Costa Rica territorial victories over Nicaragua

THE HAGUE/SAN JOSE, (Reu-ters) – Costa Rica claimed victory over Nicaragua yesterday, after the United Nations’ highest court awarded Costa Rica disputed territory along the coastal border shared by the two Central American countries.

Exxon, Chevron shares plunge after weak results spook Street

HOUSTON, (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil Corp and Chevron Corp posted rare quarterly earnings misses yesterday as cost cuts and rising oil prices failed to offset weakness in international refining operations, sending shares of both companies plunging.

U.S. hiring accelerates; annual wage growth strongest since 2009

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – U.S. job growth surged in January and wages increased further, recording their largest annual gain in more than 8-1/2 years, bolstering expectations that inflation will push higher this year as the labour market hits full employment.

No. 3 U.S. diplomat quits in latest departure under Trump

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department’s third-ranking official, Tom Shannon, said yesterday he was stepping down, the latest senior career diplomat to exit since President Donald Trump took office a year ago.

Why Washington is inflamed over the Russia probe memo

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – The White House was working yesterday to clear the release of a Republican memo alleging bias within the FBI and Justice Department against President Donald Trump as they investigated contacts between his 2016 presidential campaign and Russia, according to an administration official.