At least 59 killed as train hits crowd in northern India

AMRITSAR, India,  (Reuters) – A commuter train travelling at high speed ran through a crowd of people on the rail tracks in northern India killing at least 59 people yesterday, state officials said, making it India’s worst rail disaster this year.

Indian temple controversy turns political as protests grow

KOCHI/NEW DELHI, (Reuters) – A senior leader of India’s ruling party warned on Friday that protesters in the southern state of Kerala would take the law into their hands if officials attempted to let women enter a hill temple at the centre of a raging controversy.

Colgate halts Venezuela detergent plant for lack of boxes

VALENCIA, Venezuela,  (Reuters) – U.S. consumer goods maker Colgate-Palmolive Co has halted production at its detergent and dish soap plant in Venezuela because it lacked cardboard boxes to ship products, a union leader said yesterday.

Exxon Mobil bets big on China LNG, sidesteps trade war

HOUSTON/SINGAPORE,  (Reuters) – In the middle of a Sino-U.S. trade war, the world’s largest publicly traded oil and gas company is turning toward Beijing for business at a time when most of Corporate America is looking elsewhere to avoid the threat of tariffs.

Sober start as recreational marijuana becomes legal in Canada

TORONTO/VANCOUVER,  (Reuters) – Canada became the first industrialized nation to legalize recreational cannabis yesterday, but a lawful buzz will be hard to come by in its biggest cities like Toronto and Vancouver, where stores are not yet open.

Family members say seven Venezuelans killed in remote gold mine

TUMEREMO, Venezuela, (Reuters) – Seven people were killed near a remote gold mine in southeastern Venezuela, family members said on Wednesday, the latest in a number of violent incidents related to illegal mining in the crisis-stricken country.

India minister quits to fight sexual harassment allegations

NEW DELHI, (Reuters) – Indian minister M.J.Akbar said today he had resigned to fight allegations of sexual harassment levied by several women, the biggest scalp in the country’s #MeToo movement that gathered momentum last week.

EU leaders prepare hardball Brexit summit choice for May

BRUSSELS/LUXEMBOURG,  (Reuters) – European Union leaders will give British Prime Minister Theresa May a tough reception in Brussels today, warning her to rally support at home for the Brexit deal on offer or be cut loose without one in March.

Death toll from Florida hurricane at least 29, hundreds missing

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla., (Reuters) – The death toll from Hurricane Michael rose to at least 29 yesterday as crews scoured debris for hundreds of people reported missing in the Florida Panhandle, nearly a week after the storm flattened whole communities.

Leading U.S. senator accuses Saudi prince of ordering Khashoggi killing

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican close to President Donald Trump, today accused Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of ordering the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and called him a “rogue crown prince” who is jeopardizing relations with the United States.

Russian Orthodox Church breaks with Constantinople in row over Ukraine

MINSK,  (Reuters) – The Russian Orthodox Church said yesterday it had decided to sever all relations with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in protest over its endorsement of Ukraine’s request for an “autocephalous”, or independent, church.

Idaho wildlife official resigns over uproar about killing baboon family

SALMON, Idaho, (Reuters) – An Idaho wildlife official was forced to resign yesterday after photographs of him posing with a family of baboons and other wild creatures he killed in September during a hunting trip in Africa went viral online, igniting a firestorm of criticism.

Saudi king orders probe in Khashoggi case, Turkey to search consulate

ANKARA/WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman today ordered an internal probe into the unexplained disappearance of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi as a joint Turkish-Saudi team was set to search the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where he was last seen on Oct.

Slain Salvadoran bishop Romero and Pope Paul VI become saints

VATICAN CITY,  (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Sunday made saints of two of the most contentious Roman Catholic figures of the 20th century — murdered Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VI, who reigned over one of the Church’s most turbulent eras and enshrined its opposition to contraception.

Heeding China’s call, Hong Kong tightens grip on dissent

HONG KONG, (Reuters) – As Hong Kong’s government hews closer to Beijing, officials are taking a tough line on perceived national security threats, even deploying an elite police unit for political monitoring and surveillance – a sharp escalation in rhetoric and action.

Could developing-world cities make or break the 1.5C warming goal?

BARCELONA, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The future that fast-growing cities in South Asia and Africa choose – cleaner and safer, or dirtier and more dangerous – will be pivotal to efforts to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, scientists said in a key U.N.

U.S. pastor Brunson released by Turkish court, set to fly home

(Reuters) – An American evangelical Christian pastor at the centre of a row between Ankara and Washington looked set to fly home on Friday after a Turkish court freed him, a move that may signal a step towards mending ties between the allies.

Hurricane Michael tears Florida towns apart, 6 dead

(Reuters) – Hurricane Michael’s violence was visible yesterday in shattered Florida coastal towns, where rows of homes were ripped from foundations and roofs were peeled off schools by the near-record-force storm blamed for six deaths.

Kanye West defends support for Trump, in front of Trump

(Reuters) Rapper Kanye West, with a stream of consciousness speech in the Oval Office and a burst of profanity, defended his support for President Donald Trump yesterday, to the great delight of Trump himself.

Trump wary of halting Saudi arms sales over journalist

(Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said yesterday that he saw no reason to cut off arms sales to Saudi Arabia because of the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, possibly setting up a clash with the U.S.

Apple Watch, hired jet, mystery vehicle figure in search for missing Saudi dissident

(Reuters) – Jamal Khashoggi believed he was safe in Turkey. Khashoggi, a veteran Saudi journalist and newspaper editor, had lived in exile in Washington for more than a year, writing a column for the Washington Post in which he regularly criticized his country’s crackdown on dissent, its war in Yemen and sanctions imposed on Qatar.

Pope compares having an abortion to ‘hiring a hit man’

(Reuters) – Pope Francis yesterday compared having an abortion to “hiring a “hit man” to eliminate a problematic person, in comments sure to be welcomed by conservative Catholics who have accused the pontiff of not speaking out enough on “cultural war” issues.

Death toll from Nigeria floods reaches 199

(Reuters) – The death toll from floods across much of central and southern Nigeria has reached 199, the national disaster agency said on Wednesday, almost doubling the number of people killed from three weeks earlier.

Brazil’s far-right Bolsonaro: No coalition politics in cabinet picks

(Reuters) – Far-right Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro vowed yesterday to appoint non-partisan ministers, breaking with the tradition of building cabinets through coalitions, as part of his bid to tackle graft in Latin America’s largest economy.

Haiti says 17 killed in quake, more than 2,000 homes damaged

(Reuters) The weekend earthquake which battered Haiti killed 17 people, authorities said on Tuesday, and damaged or destroyed nearly 2,500 houses, sparking fears that many buildings are in a precarious state in the impoverished Caribbean country.