Antigua “losing all hope” of U.S. payout in gambling dispute

GENEVA, (Reuters) – Antigua and Barbuda is “losing all hope” of a financial settlement in a long-running dispute with the United States and it may ask the head of the World Trade Organization to mediate, Antiguan ambassador Ronald Sanders told the WTO today.

Antigua “losing all hope” of U.S. payout in gambling dispute

GENEVA, (Reuters) – Antigua and Barbuda is “losing all hope” of a financial settlement in a long-running dispute with the United States and it may ask the head of the World Trade Organization to mediate, Antiguan ambassador Ronald Sanders told the WTO today.

U.S. military may house immigrant children as Trump policy beset by confusion

WASHINGTON/MCALLEN, Texas, (Reuters) – The U.S. military has been asked to get ready to house up to 20,000 immigrant children, officials said yesterday, as President Donald Trump’s efforts to roll back a widely condemned policy of separating children from their parents were beset by confusion.

May faces down pro-EU rebel lawmakers to win Brexit vote

LONDON,  (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May won a crucial Brexit vote in parliament on Wednesday, keeping her divided government’s plans to end more than 40 years of British partnership with the European Union on track.

U.S. State Department imposes visa ban on several DRCongo officials

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – The United States said on Thursday it had imposed visa bans on several senior officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo for corruption tied to the country’s electoral process to send a “strong signal” about the need for a peaceful transfer of power.

India, top buyer of U.S. almonds, hits back with higher duties

NEW DELHI,  (Reuters) – India, the world’s biggest buyer of U.S. almonds, raised import duties on the commodity by 20 percent, a government order said, joining the European Union and China in retaliating against President Donald Trump’s tariff hikes on steel and aluminium.

Scottish government wins fracking case against INEOS

EDINBURGH/LONDON,  (Reuters) – Scotland’s highest court ruled against petrochemicals company INEOS yesterday, after it challenged a devolved Scottish government moratorium against fracking for oil and gas.

U.S. quits U.N. human rights body, citing bias vs Israel, alarming critics

WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS,  (Reuters) – The United States withdrew from a “hypocritical and self-serving” United Nations Human Rights Council yesterday over what it called chronic bias against Israel and a lack of reform, a move activists warned would make advancing human rights globally even more difficult.

Trump threatens China with new tariffs on $200 bln in goods

WASHINGTON/BEIJING,  (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump threatened yesterday to impose a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods, prompting a swift warning from Beijing of retaliation, as the trade conflict between the world’s two biggest economies quickly escalated.

As outrage grows over children, White House defends immigration policy

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – The Trump administration yesterday defended its hardline immigration policy at the U.S.-Mexico border as furor grew over the separation of immigrant parents and children, including video of youngsters sitting in concrete-floored cages.

Democrats, activists rally against Trump’s family separation policy

ELIZABETH, N.J.,  (Reuters) – Democratic lawmakers joined protesters outside immigration detention facilities in New Jersey and Texas yesterday for Father’s Day demonstrations against the Trump administration’s practice of separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Fraying Australia and China relations face testing times in Canberra

SYDNEY,  (Reuters) – Australia’s relationship with top trading partner China faces a testing two weeks as Canberra prepares to pass laws designed to limit Beijing’s influence in domestic affairs amid pressure on some of its fastest growing exports.

Merkel seeks EU migrant talks as German coalition crisis looms

BERLIN, (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel, struggling to avert a crisis within her coalition on migrant policy, is trying to set up a meeting of some EU states to discuss the issue before a leaders summit on June 28-29, a German newspaper reported on Sunday.

Turkish warplanes strike Kurdish militants in Iraq’s Qandil

ANKARA, (Reuters) – Turkish warplanes have struck a meeting of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Iraq’s Qandil Mountains, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday, adding that Ankara believed high-profile militants had been hit.

Austria calls on Germany to clarify spying allegations

VIENNA, (Reuters) – Austria called on Germany to fully clarify allegations that German intelligence agents systematically spied on politicians, international organisations and companies on Austrian territory, as reported by two newspapers on Saturday.

Deadly shoot-out, fire break Nicaragua truce; talks proceed

MANAGUA, Nicaragua,  (Reuters) – Eight people died on Saturday in a shoot-out and fire that shattered a truce struck hours earlier between President Daniel Ortega and protesters, and civic leaders condemned the violence while vowing to continue talks with the government.

Trump sets tariffs on $50 bln in Chinese goods; Beijing strikes back

WASHINGTON/BEIJING, (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said he was pushing ahead with hefty tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese imports yesterday, and the smoldering trade war between the world’s two largest economies showed signs of igniting as Beijing immediately vowed to respond in kind.

Arab forces seize entrances to airport in Yemen’s main port city

ADEN, (Reuters) – Forces from an alliance of Arab states seized two entrances to the airport in Yemen’s main port city yesterday, in an offensive against the Iran-aligned Houthi movement that the United Nations fears could trigger a famine imperilling millions of lives.

U.S. prosecutors pull encrypted messages from phones seized in Cohen raids

NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors investigating U.S. President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen have extracted more than 700 pages of messages sent using encrypted programs like WhatsApp and Signal on phones seized from Cohen, according to a court filing yesterday.