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.

U.S. judge sends ex-Trump campaign head Manafort to jail pre-trial

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – A judge yesterday sent longtime Republican political operator and businessman Paul Manafort to jail pending trial after a charge of witness tampering, the latest episode in a slow fall from grace of a man who was President Donald Trump’s campaign chairman in 2016.

New York sues Trump and his charity over ‘self-dealing’

NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – The New York state attorney general sued U.S. President Donald Trump, three of his children and his foundation on Thursday, saying he illegally used the nonprofit as a personal “checkbook” for his own benefit, including his 2016 presidential campaign.

Attack shuts major Libyan oil ports, slashing production

BENGHAZI, Libya/LONDON  (Reuters) – The major Libyan oil ports of Ras Lanuf and Es Sider were closed and evacuated yesterday after armed brigades opposed to the powerful eastern commander Khalifa Haftar stormed them, causing a production loss of 240,000 barrels per day (bpd).

AT&T closes $85 billion deal for Time Warner

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – AT&T Inc, the No. 2 wireless carrier, on Thursday closed its $85 billion deal to acquire media company Time Warner Inc after it reached an agreement with U.S.

Arab states launch biggest assault of Yemen war with attack on main port

ADEN,  (Reuters) – A Saudi-led alliance of Arab states launched an attack on Yemen’s main port city yesterday in the largest battle of the Yemen war, aiming to bring the ruling Houthi movement to its knees at the risk of worsening the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis.

Trump in surprise summit move says he will halt Korea war games

SINGAPORE,  (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump made a stunning concession to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday about halting military exercises, pulling a surprise at a summit that baffled allies, military officials and lawmakers from his own Republican Party.

Britain’s May defuses revolt in parliament over Brexit plans

LONDON,  (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May defused a rebellion in parliament over her Brexit plans yesterday but only after having to compromise and hand lawmakers more control over Britain’s departure from the European Union.

Bank of Chile trading down after hackers rob millions in cyberattack

SANTIAGO, (Reuters) – Shares in the Bank of Chile were down yesterday after it confirmed hackers had siphoned off $10 million of its funds, mainly to Hong Kong, though the country’s second-largest commercial bank said no client accounts had been impacted.

Trump and North Korea’s Kim in Singapore for historic summit

SINGAPORE, (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Singapore yesterday for a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that could lay the groundwork for ending a nuclear stand-off between the old foes and the transformation of the isolated Asian nation.

In Guatemala, woman searches for 50 relatives buried by volcano

SAN MIGUEL LOS LOTES, Guatemala,  (Reuters) – Eufemia Garcia watched in horror as Guatemala’s Fuego volcano sent scalding ash and gas surging over her home a week ago, burying her children and grandson among 50 of her extended family.

In bombshell, Trump says U.S. backs out of G7 communique, criticizes Trudeau

LA MALBAIE, Quebec, (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday said he had instructed his representatives not to endorse a joint communique put out by the Group of Seven leaders after what he called Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s “false statements” at a news conference.

Afghan Taliban raise hopes with surprise Eid ceasefire

KABUL,  (Reuters) – The Afghan Taliban on Saturday announced a surprise three-day ceasefire over the Muslim Eid holiday in the middle of June, their first offer of its kind, days after the government declared an unconditional ceasefire of its own.

U.S., EU take small step on trade, but no breakthrough at G7 summit

LA MALBAIE, Quebec,  (Reuters) – The United States and European Union will establish a dialogue on trade within the next two weeks, a French official said yesterday, signaling a modest step forward for bitterly divided allies at a Group of Seven summit in Canada.

Special counsel indicts Russian, adds charges against Manafort

(Reuters) U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed charges yesterday against a political operative with alleged ties to Russian intelligence, bringing his probe into possible collusion by the Trump presidential campaign a step closer to the Kremlin’s door.

China slaps anti-dumping deposit on Brazilian chicken

BEIJING, (Reuters) – China will impose temporary anti-dumping measures on imports of Brazilian chicken meat, it said yesterday, at the same time as the United States pressures Beijing to reopen its market to American poultry products.

Celebrity U.S. chef, TV host Bourdain dies of suicide at 61

(Reuters) – U.S. celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, host of CNN’s food-and-travel-focused “Parts Unknown” television series, killed himself in a French hotel room, officials said on Friday, in the second high-profile suicide of a U.S.

Argentina clinches $50 bln IMF financing deal, to speed up cuts

BUENOS AIRES, (Reuters) – Argentina and the International Monetary Fund said yesterday they reached an agreement for a three-year, $50 billion standby lending arrangement, which the government said it sought to provide a safety net and avoid the frequent crises of the country’s past.