Brazil’s Temer wins Congressional votes to block graft charge

BRASILIA, (Reuters) – Brazil’s lower house of Congress voted yesterday to reject a corruption charge against President Michel Temer for allegedly taking bribes, saving him from facing a possible Supreme Court trial that could have ousted him from office.

Venezuela inflated turnout in controversial vote -election firm

LONDON/CARACAS,  (Reuters) – Venezuela inflated the turnout figures for its constituent assembly election by at least 1 million votes, the company that provides the country’s voting machines said yesterday, an accusation the government quickly dismissed as “irresponsible.” Earlier in the day Reuters exclusively reported that only 3.7 million people had voted by 5:30 p.m.

Dow pole vaults 22,000, but beware the landing

NEW YORK, (Reuters) – The blue-chip Dow Jones Industrial Average closed over the 22,000 mark for the first time yesterday, but investor fears about the sustainability of the gains took the shine off the round number milestone.

Britain’s outspoken Prince Philip bows out of public life

LONDON, (Reuters) – Prince Philip, the 96-year-old husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, bowed out of public life yesterday with his final solo appearance at an official event, ending a royal career marked by occasional gaffes that landed him in hot water.

More video emerges of suspected drug planting by Baltimore police

(Reuters) – The Baltimore Police Department suspended seven officers after body camera video emerged that the city’s public defender said appeared to show them planting drugs in a car during a traffic stop, the second such episode in the city in two weeks.

All eyes on Venezuela military after protests, vote

CARACAS/SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela, (Reuters) – Venezuelan soldiers are increasingly weary of the popular backlash against their role in quelling anti-government protests and all eyes are on the military to see if it will remain loyal to President Nicolas Maduro.

Communist-run Cuba puts brakes on private sector expansion

HAVANA, (Reuters) – Communist-run Cuba said on Tuesday it was suspending issuing new licenses for certain private-sector activities from bed-and-breakfasts to restaurants until it had implemented new measures to curb wrongdoing such as tax evasion.

China hits back at Trump criticism over N Korea

BEIJING (Reuters) – China hit back yesterday after US President Donald Trump tweeted he was “very disappointed” in China following North Korea’s latest missile test, saying the problem did not arise in China and that all sides need to work for a solution.

US embassy in Moscow says locked out of diplomatic property

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The US embassy in Moscow accused Russian authorities yesterday of barring diplomatic staff from a property on the outskirts of Moscow, after having earlier agreed to grant access until midday today for them to retrieve belongings.

Peruvian ex-president asks appeals court to free him from jail

LIMA (Reuters) – Peru’s former left-leaning president Ollanta Humala and his wife asked an appeals court yesterday to free them from jail where they have been ordered to spend up to 18 months before a trial over allegations they took illegal funds from Brazilian builder Odebrecht.

Communications chief Scaramucci out in new White House upheaval

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, is leaving the job after little over a week, the White House said on Monday, in the latest staff upheaval to hit the Republican’s six-month-old presidency.

Deadly protests mar Venezuela ballot as voters snub Maduro assembly

CARACAS/SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela, (Reuters) – Deadly protests rocked Venezuela yesterday as voters broadly boycotted an election for a constitutional super-body that unpopular leftist President Nicolas Maduro vowed would begin a “new era of combat” in the crisis-stricken nation.

Ousted Pakistani PM Sharif lines up brother to take over

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced plans yesterday for his brother Shahbaz to take over as leader of the country and lashed out at the Supreme Court ruling that barred him from office.

US ‘sweetheart’ of Venezuela sees worrying signs of authoritarianism

CARACAS (Reuters) – Dubbed the “sweetheart” of Venezuela’s socialist revolution more than a decade ago by former President Hugo Chavez, American lawyer Eva Golinger accompanied him to eat lunch with Bashar al-Assad, dine with Muammar Gaddafi and drink cocktails with Vladimir Putin.