Veteran Malaysian leader Mahathir scores shock election win

KUALA LUMPUR,  (Reuters) – An alliance of opposition parties spearheaded by Mahathir Mohamad won Malaysia’s general election, official results showed yesterday, setting the veteran strongman on course for a return to the prime minister’s office he occupied for 22 years.

Europeans work to save Iran deal, and business, after Trump pulls out

WASHINGTON/PARIS, (Reuters) – Dismayed European allies sought yesterday to salvage the Iran nuclear deal and preserve their Iranian trade after President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the landmark accord and ordered sanctions reimposed on Tehran.

Hawaii volcano erupts again, prompting new evacuations

PAHOA, Hawaii, (Reuters) – The Kilauea volcano erupted again yesterday, spewing toxic gases out of two new vents and prompting authorities to call for an immediate evacuation of residents from a second neighbourhood on the Big Island.

Trump says U.S. pulling out of Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said today he was reimposing economic sanctions on Iran and pulling the United States out of an international agreement aimed at stopping Tehran from obtaining a nuclear bomb.

Conoco aims to seize PDVSA oil inventories in Curacao -sources

HOUSTON,  (Reuters) – ConocoPhillips is trying to seize PDVSA’s oil assets at the 335,000-barrel-per-day (bpd) Isla refinery in Curacao, which would expand its control over the Venezuelan state-run company’s barrels for export, according to sources close to the matter.

Hezbollah allies gain in Lebanon vote, underscoring Iran sway

BEIRUT, (Reuters) – Hezbollah and its political allies made significant gains in Lebanon’s parliamentary election, official results showed, boosting an Iranian-backed movement fiercely opposed to Israel and underlining Tehran’s growing regional clout.

Kennedy Center rescinds top prizes bestowed on Bill Cosby

(Reuters) – The Kennedy Center trustees have voted to rescind Bill Cosby’s Kennedy Center Honors and Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, two of the nation’s top artistic prizes, following his sex assault conviction, the organization said yesterday.

Venezuela slams ‘supremacist policies’ of Pompeo, Trump ‘regime’

CARACAS, (Reuters) – Venezuela yesterday slammed comments by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about the government of President Nicolas Maduro, denouncing “supremacist policies” and aggression by the “regime of Donald Trump.” In a speech on Friday, Pompeo said that “a dictator today in Venezuela cripples his economy and starves his people,” and urged the State Department help to those who flee the crisis-stricken country.