Venezuela blames ‘attack’ as another crippling blackout hits

CARACAS,  (Reuters) – Venezuela blamed an “attack” on its electric system for a blackout yesterday, the second to hit the OPEC nation this month, that shuttered businesses, plunged the main airport into darkness and left commuters stranded in the capital.

Mueller finds no Trump-Russia conspiracy but some questions left unresolved

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of collusion between President Donald Trump’s election team and Russia in the 2016 election but left unresolved the question of whether Trump had tried to obstruct justice by undermining investigations that have dogged his presidency.

Mali leader sacks generals, disbands vigilantes after massacre

BAMAKO,  (Reuters) – Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita sacked and replaced two generals and disbanded an anti-jihadi vigilante group yesterday, a day after gunmen massacred 134 Fulani herders in the country’s troubled central region.

Letter from U.S. attorney general to Congress on Mueller report

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – The following is the text of the letter United States Attorney General William Barr sent to Congress on Sunday summarizing a report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on his investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election:   Dear Chairman Graham, Chairman Nadler, Ranking Member Feinstein, and Ranking Member Collins:   As a supplement to the notification provided on Friday, march 22, 2019, I am writing today to advise you of the principal conclusions reached by Special Counsel Robert Mueller III and to inform you about the status of my initial review of the report he has prepared.

Hundreds of thousands march in London to demand new Brexit referendum

LONDON (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of people opposed to Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union marched through central London yesterday to demand a new referendum as the deepening Brexit crisis risked sinking Prime Minister Theresa May’s premiership.

Venezuela’s Guaido says Maduro is in his final phase

LECHERIA, Venezuela, (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s administration has reached its final stage and there will soon be a change in government, opposition leader Juan Guaido said, adding that his allies have spoken with high-ranking military members about changing sides.

Islamic State ‘caliphate’ defeated, yet threat persists

DEIR AL-ZOR PROVINCE, Syria, (Reuters) – U.S.-backed forces proclaimed the capture of Islamic State’s last territory in Syria yesterday, eliminating its rule over a self-proclaimed “caliphate”, but the jihadists remain a threat from sleeper cells around the world.

UK PM May’s ministers move to oust her, Sunday Times says

LONDON, (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May’s top ministers are moving to oust her within days, The Sunday Times reported, as her Brexit strategy lay in tatters just weeks before the United Kingdom was due to leave the European Union.

Passengers airlifted from cruise ship in storm off Norway

Passengers airlifted from cruise ship in storm off Norway * About 1OSLO, (Reuters) – Rescue helicopters evacuated dozens of people from a luxury cruise ship which suffered engine failure on Saturday in stormy weather off the west coast of Norway, police and rescue workers said.

U.S. blacklists Venezuelan state banks after arrest of Guaido aide

WASHINGTON/CARACAS, (Reuters) – The United States imposed sanctions yesterday on Venezuela’s development bank, Bandes, a day after the Trump administration warned there would be consequences for the arrest by Venezuelan authorities of opposition leader Juan Guaido’s top aide.

IADB cancels China meeting after Beijing bars Venezuela representative

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – The Inter-American Development Bank yesterday called off next week’s meeting of its 48 member countries in China after Beijing refused to allow a representative of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to attend, two sources with knowledge of the decision said.

May gets two-week Brexit reprieve from impatient EU

BRUSSELS,  (Reuters) – European Union leaders have given Prime Minister Theresa May two weeks’ reprieve, until April 12, before Britain could lurch out of the EU if she fails to persuade lawmakers to back the withdrawal treaty she concluded with Brussels.

Ethiopians cheer as London museum returns plundered royal hair

LONDON,  (Reuters) – A London museum has handed back locks of hair cut from the corpse of an Ethiopian emperor during a British invasion 150 years ago, after a campaign by activists seeking the return of hundreds of pieces of colonial plunder.

Rescue teams race to save hundreds trapped by Mozambique cyclone

BEIRA, Mozambique,  (Reuters) – Aid workers rushed to save people trapped by floods around the Mozambican port city of Beira yesterday, after a powerful cyclone killed hundreds and left a trail of destruction across swathes of southeast Africa.

U.S. Senator Rubio visits Haiti amid political crisis there

PORT-AU-PRINCE,  (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio met yesterday with the Haitian president and members of parliament and discussed the formation of a new Cabinet following the ouster this week of Jean Henry Ceant as prime minister.

Citigroup to sell Venezuelan gold in setback to President Maduro -sources

CARACAS,  (Reuters) – Citigroup Inc plans to sell several tons of gold placed as collateral by Venezuela’s central bank on a $1.6 billion loan after the deadline for repurchasing them expired this month, sources said, a setback for President Nicolas Maduro’s efforts to hold onto the country’s fast-shrinking reserves.

Canada’s Trudeau under pressure as MP quits, budget criticized

OTTAWA/TORONTO,  (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau remained under pressure over a corruption scandal yesterday as a legislator quit his party’s caucus and a pre-election budget aimed at swaying key voters appeared to offer too little to stem the tide of negative news.

Amnesty faults electric vehicle batteries as carbon intensive

LONDON,  (Reuters) – Amnesty International attacked the electric vehicle (EV) industry yesterday for selling itself as environmentally friendly while producing many of its batteries using polluting fossil fuels and unethically sourced minerals.

Boeing reshuffles top engineers amid 737 MAX crisis

SEATTLE,  (Reuters) – Boeing Co’s commercial airplane division, facing its biggest crisis in years following deadly crashes of its flagship 737 MAX aircraft, has brought in a new vice president of engineering while dedicating another top executive to the aircraft investigations, a company email showed yesterday.

May seeks Brexit delay after third vote on her deal is derailed

LONDON,  (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May will ask the European Union to delay Brexit by at least three months after her plan to hold a third vote on her fraught divorce deal was thrown into disarray by a surprise intervention from the speaker of parliament.