Bolivian court clears way for Morales to run for fourth term

LA PAZ,  (Reuters) – Bolivia’s highest court struck down limits on re-election in the country’s constitution and election laws yesterday, paving the way for socialist President Evo Morales to run for a fourth term in 2019.

SWIFT warns banks on cyber heists as hack sophistication grows

(Reuters) – SWIFT, the global messaging system used to move trillions of dollars each day, warned banks yesterday that the threat of digital heists is on the rise as hackers use increasingly sophisticated tools and techniques to launch new attacks.

TV star urges protests as his lead shrinks in Honduras vote

TEGUCIGALPA,  (Reuters) – The result of Honduras’ presidential election remained in limbo yesterday, with a gregarious TV host’s surprise lead narrowing sharply, prompting him to call on supporters to take to the streets of the capital to defend the vote.

Calls to end Africa’s ‘horrific’ land deals after Indian firm’s fallout

MUMBAI/ADDIS ABABA,  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Large-scale land deals by investors in Africa are coming under greater scrutiny after an Indian firm demanded compensation for the cancellation of its lease by Ethiopia, with analysts saying they are hurting local communities and damaging ecosystems.

Senior Saudi prince freed in $1 bln settlement agreement -official

DUBAI,  (Reuters) – Senior Saudi Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, once seen as a leading contender to the throne, was freed after reaching an “acceptable settlement agreement” with authorities paying more than $1 billion, a Saudi official said on Wednesday.

France will no longer dictate to Africans, Macron says

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso,  (Reuters) – President Emmanuel Macron today sought to make a clean break from his predecessors saying that he came from a generation that would not tell Africans what to do and would focus his efforts on bridging ties between Africa and Europe.

Trump’s tax bill faces potential Senate Republican opposition

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – A U.S. Senate Republican tax bill strongly backed by President Donald Trump faced potential opposition yesterday from two Republican lawmakers who could prevent the sweeping legislation from reaching the Senate floor.

Merkel’s CDU agrees to pursue grand coalition in Germany

BERLIN,  (Reuters) – Leaders of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party agreed yesterday to pursue a “grand coalition” with the Social Democrats (SPD) to break the political deadlock in Europe’s biggest economy.

Honduran president declares election win, rival claims lead

EGUCIGALPA, (Reuters) – Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, a center-right U.S. ally, cited multiple exit polls yesterday to declare himself victorious in a bid for a second term in the Central American nation, despite the opposition saying it was winning.

Indian police ask interfaith couples: Is it love or terror?

NEW DELHI/ KOCHI, India  (Reuters) – India’s Supreme Court will begin hearing a case on Monday that prosecutors say shows how Islamic State sympathisers are using “Love Jihad” – marrying Hindu women and converting them to Islam – to win recruits and spread their message.

Ousted Zimbabwe finance minister Chombo faces corruption charges

HARARE (Reuters) – Former Zimbabwe finance minister Ignatius Chombo, among those detained by the military before Robert Mugabe resigned as president, was charged on Saturday with corruption, including trying to defraud the central bank in 2004.

Medical supplies, UN aid workers reach Yemen after blockade eased

GENEVA/SANAA (Reuters) – Humanitarian aid workers and medical supplies began arriving in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa on Saturday, UN officials said, after the easing of a nearly three-week military blockade that sparked an international outcry.

Lebanon’s Hariri takes critical line on Hezbollah

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said on Saturday that he would not accept Iran-backed Hezbollah’s positions that “affect our Arab brothers or target the security and stability of their countries”, a statement from his press office said.