White House probes Google after Trump accuses it of bias

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump yesterday accused Google’s search engine of promoting negative news articles and hiding “fair media” coverage of him, vowing to address the situation without providing evidence or giving details of action he might take.

Iran parliament censures Rouhani in sign pragmatists losing sway

LONDON, (Reuters) – Iran’s parliament voted on Tuesday to reject President Hassan Rouhani’s explanations for economic hardship after a dramatic grilling on live TV, a sign his pragmatic faction is losing sway to hardline rivals as new U.S.

Jailed Lula loses complaint over lack of TV network coverage

BRASILIA,  (Reuters) – Brazil’s electoral court threw out a complaint by jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva that television networks were not covering his campaign in their newscasts, even though he is a candidate in the October presidential race.

U.S., Mexico reach NAFTA deal, turn up pressure on Canada

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – The United States and Mexico agreed yesterday to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), putting pressure on Canada to agree to new terms on auto trade and dispute settlement rules to remain part of the three-nation pact.

Tony award-winning U.S. playwright Neil Simon dies at 91

(Reuters) – U.S. playwright Neil Simon, who became one of Broadway’s most prolific and popular playwrights as he combined humour, drama and introspection in works such as “The Odd Couple,” “The Goodbye Girl” and “Lost in Yonkers,” died yesterday at the age of 91, his representatives said.

Gunman kills two at video game tournament in Florida

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.,  (Reuters) – A video gamer killed two people and wounded several others yesterday when he opened fire with a handgun at a tournament that was being streamed online from a restaurant in Jacksonville, Florida, police said.

Colombian anti-corruption referendum fails to meet quorum

BOGOTA,  (Reuters) – A referendum vote on seven anti-corruption measures failed to meet quorum in Colombia yetserday, nullifying the results even though each of the measures, including a reduction in lawmakers’ salaries and term limits for public posts, got at least 99 percent support.

Anniversary of Rohingya crisis marked in Bangladesh camps, Myanmar

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) – Refugees in Bangladesh held demonstrations and prayers on Saturday to mark the passing of a year since the outbreak of a conflict in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state that drove hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims from their homes.

Iran awaiting European guarantees on oil sales, banking

(Reuters) – Iran awaiting European guarantees on the sale of Iranian oil and banking relations, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday, according to the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA).

US senator John McCain passes away at 81

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator John McCain, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam who ran unsuccessfully for president as a self-styled maverick Republican in 2008 and became a prominent critic of President Donald Trump, died on Saturday, his office said.

Trump scraps Pompeo trip to N.Korea, citing stalled nuclear diplomacy

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump yesterday abruptly canceled his top diplomat’s planned trip to North Korea, publicly acknowledging for the first time that his effort to get Pyongyang to denuclearize had stalled since his summit with North Korea’s leader.

Republican U.S. Sen. McCain ending medical treatment for brain cancer

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – U.S. Senator John McCain, the maverick Republican who survived a Vietnam War prison camp and ran unsuccessfully for president, is discontinuing medical treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer, his family said in a statement yesterday, a year after he announced his diagnosis.

Australia bans China’s Huawei from 5G mobile network, angers Beijing

SYDNEY,  (Reuters) – Australia has banned Chinese telecoms firm Huawei Technologies Co Ltd from supplying equipment for a 5G mobile network, citing risks of foreign interference and hacking which Beijing dismissed as an “excuse” to tilt the playing field against a Chinese firm.

Maersk sends first container ship through Arctic route

COPENHAGEN,  (Reuters) – A Maersk vessel loaded with Russian fish and South Korean electronics will next week become the first container ship to navigate an Arctic sea route that Russia hopes will become a new shipping highway.

Norway’s $1 trillion wealth fund should keep oil stocks – commission

OSLO,  (Reuters) – Norway’s trillion-dollar sovereign wealth fund should continue to invest in oil and gas companies, a government-appointed commission recommended yesterday, contradicting earlier advice from the central bank, and boosting the shares of oil firms.

Scotland provides free tampons to all students in world first

LONDON,  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Every student in Scotland will be offered free sanitary products in a drive to tackle “period poverty” in a country where almost one in two girls has resorted to using alternatives such as toilet roll, socks or newspapers, the government said yesterday.

Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison to become new prime minister

CANBERRA,  (Reuters) – Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison will become Australia’s new prime minister after winning a Liberal party leadership vote last night, ending an internecine battle that has scarred the conservative government ahead of an election due by May 2019.

Sessions hits back at Trump over criticism

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired back at President Donald Trump yesterday after Trump gave a scathing assessment of his leadership at the Justice Department.

U.S.-China trade talks end with no breakthrough as tariffs kick in

WASHINGTON/BEIJING,  (Reuters) – U.S. and Chinese officials ended two days of talks yesterday with no major breakthrough as their trade war escalated with activation of another round of dueling tariffs on $16 billion worth of each country’s goods.

Seizing land would send South Africa down the wrong path – U.S.

WASHINGTON/JOHANNESBURG,  (Reuters) – The United States warned South Africa yesterday that seizing land without compensation risked sending the country down the wrong path, deepening a spat over Pretoria’s efforts to fix a glaring racial disparity almost 25 years after the end of apartheid.

Trump, White House deny wrongdoing after Cohen plea deal

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – The White House pushed back forcefully on Wednesday against suggestions that a plea deal struck by President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen implicated Trump in a crime.

Lula’s rising star in Brazil election poll rattles markets

BRASILIA/SAO PAULO, (Reuters) – The popularity of imprisoned former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s has grown strongly despite his corruption conviction, an election poll yesterday showed, a result that rattled markets and raised the possibility that Lula’s running mate could ultimately become the next occupant of the country’s presidential palace.

Tsipras declares “day of liberation” after Greece exits bailout

ATHENS,  (Reuters) – Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras hailed the end of a “modern-day Odyssey” on Tuesday after Greece emerged from nine years of bailouts, saying it should never forget the harsh lessons learned under tight financial supervision by its creditors.

Jolted by ex-allies’ criminal cases, Trump faces election and legal risks

WASHINGTON/CHARLESTON, W.Va.,  (Reuters) – President Donald Trump suffered twin setbacks on Tuesday with two ex-advisers facing prison sentences – and one of them saying Trump told him to commit a crime – possibly hurting his Republican Party’s election prospects and widening a criminal probe that has overshadowed his presidency.

Cohen testifies Trump told him to commit crime by paying off women

NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen testified yesterday that Trump had directed him to commit a crime by arranging payments ahead of the 2016 presidential election to silence two women who said they had affairs with Trump.

Former Trump campaign chairman Manafort found guilty of tax and bank fraud

ALEXANDRIA, Va.,  (Reuters) – Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was convicted on Tuesday of eight counts of financial wrongdoing, giving Special Counsel Robert Mueller a victory in the first trial arising from his investigation of Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S.

Powerful quake hits Venezuela coast, no casualties reported

CARACAS,  (Reuters) – A major earthquake of magnitude 7.3 struck Venezuela’s eastern coast, home to largely poor fishing communities, on Tuesday and shook buildings in Caracas, Colombian capital Bogota, and on islands in the Caribbean.

Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen to plead guilty in deal with prosecutors -reports

NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, reached a deal with federal prosecutors in New York today to plead guilty to campaign finance violations, bank fraud and tax evasion, news media outlets reported, citing unnamed sources.

Brazil state asks top court to halt Venezuelan migration

BRASILIA,  (Reuters) – The government of the northern Brazilian state of Roraima yesterday asked the country’s supreme court to halt the entry of Venezuelan immigrants, increasing pressure on the federal government to resolve a growing regional crisis.

Taiwan loses another ally to China

(TAIPEI,  (Reuters) – Taiwan lost another ally to Beijing on Tuesday when diplomatic ties with El Salvador were severed, as China presses the remaining nations with diplomatic links to Taipei to end them.

Trump worries that Mueller interview could be a ‘perjury trap’

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said yesterday he was worried that any statements under oath he provides to Special Counsel Robert Mueller could be used to bring perjury charges against him as part of the probe into Russia’s electoral interference.

Pope vows no more cover ups on sexual abuse in letter to Catholics

VATICAN CITY,  (Reuters) – Pope Francis, facing sexual abuse crises in several countries, wrote an unprecedented letter to all Catholics yesterday, asking each one of them to help root out “this culture of death” and vowing there would be no more cover ups.

Trump has responsibility towards media, U.N. rights boss says

GENEVA,  (Reuters) – The U.N. rights chief said on Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump bears “a heavy responsibility” for how the media is portrayed and that his remarks could have a knock-on effect that could hurt journalists in other countries.