Trump ex-lawyer Cohen given 3 years in prison as risks rise for Trump

NEW YORK, D (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison yesterday for crimes including orchestrating hush payments to women in violation of campaign laws before the 2016 election, and he promised to keep cooperating with the U.S.

Canada warns U.S. not to politicize extradition cases

OTTAWA,  (Reuters) – Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland yesterday  warned the United States not to politicize extradition cases, a day after President Donald Trump said he could intervene in the affair of a Chinese executive detained in Canada at Washington’s request.

Germany secures access to vast lithium deposit in Bolivia

BERLIN, (Reuters) – Germany and Bolivia yesterday sealed a partnership for the industrial use of lithium, a key raw material for battery cell production, in an important step to become less dependent on Asian market leaders in the dawning age of electric cars.

UK leader May battles leadership revolt

LONDON,  (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May vowed to fight for her job in a leadership challenge on Wednesday triggered by Conservative lawmakers, saying a change could jeopardise Britain’s divorce from the European Union.

Gunman kills 3 people in French Christmas market, flees

STRASBOURG, France,  (Reuters) – A gunman on a security watchlist killed three people and wounded a dozen others near the picturesque Christmas market in the historic French city of Strasbourg last evening before fleeing.

Indian central bank head quits after months of government pressure

MUMBAI,  (Reuters) – The Governor of India’s central bank, Urjit Patel, resigned abruptly yesterday after a months-long tussle over policy with the government that has raised concerns about the bank’s independence as a national election nears.

Huawei CFO seeks bail on health concerns; Canada wants her in jail

TORONTO/BEIJING, (Reuters) – The CFO of China’s Huawei Technolo-gies Co Ltd argued that she should be released on bail while awaiting an extradition hearing, citing her longstanding ties to Canada, properties she owns in Vancouver and fears for her health while incarcerated, court documents showed yesterday.

Peruvians back anti-corruption reforms in referendum: exit poll

Lima,  (Reuters) – Peruvians showed strong support in a referendum yesterday for political and judicial reforms introduced by the new President Martin Vizcarra to target corruption in one of Latin America’s most promising economies, according to an exit poll.

China calls on Canada to free Huawei CFO or face consequences

BEIJING/OTTAWA, (Reuters) – China warned Canada yesterday that there would be severe consequences if it did not immediately release Huawei Technologies Co Ltd’s chief financial officer, calling the case “extremely nasty.” Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s global chief financial officer, was arrested in Canada on Dec.

U.N. climate negotiators sweat over detail and divides

KATOWICE, Poland, (Reuters) – Half-way through talks to breathe life into the Paris climate deal, negotiators haggled over how to share the cost of curbing global warming and struggled to bridge deep political divides.

U.S. prosecutors name Trump in hush payments, detail Russian contacts

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors said yesterday President Donald Trump directed his personal lawyer to make illegal hush payments to two women ahead of the 2016 election, and also detailed a previously unknown attempt by a Russian to help the Trump campaign.

U.S. accuses Huawei CFO of Iran sanctions cover-up; hearing adjourned

VANCOUVER/LONDON,  (Reuters) – Huawei Technologies Co Ltd’s chief financial officer faces U.S. accusations that she covered up her company’s links to a firm that tried to sell equipment to Iran despite sanctions, a Canadian prosecutor said yesterday, arguing against giving her bail while she awaits extradition.

U.S. appeals court will not restore Trump asylum order

SAN FRANCISCO,  (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court handed President Donald Trump a defeat yesterday when it refused to allow his order barring asylum for immigrants who enter the country illegally to take effect, while a court challenge proceeds.

Bank robbery shootout in Brazil kills 14

BRASILIA, (Reuters) – Fourteen people including six hostages were killed early yesterday in a shootout between police and bank robbers attempting to blow up ATMs at two banks in a small town in northeastern Brazil, authorities said.

Peru to propose Lima Group nations cut ties with Venezuela

LIMA,  (Reuters) – Peru wants about a dozen countries in the region to break diplomatic relations with Venezuela in the hope of pressuring President Nicolas Maduro and bringing down his government, Peru’s foreign minister said yesterday.

Shell reviews deals involving ex-executive accused of bribery

LONDON,  (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell has concluded that a Nigerian oilfield sale where it suspects an executive took bribes was not linked to a separate court case in which he and Shell face corruption charges over a $1.1 billion offshore acquisition.

Former President George H.W. Bush laid to rest in Texas

COLLEGE STATION, Texas,  (Reuters) – Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush was laid to rest at his presidential library in College Station, Texas, yesterday, following funeral services at his longtime church in Houston.

U.S. fails to win enough support at U.N. to condemn Hamas

UNITED NATIONS,  (Reuters) – A U.S. attempt to get the United Nations to condemn violence by Palestinian militant group Hamas for the first time failed yesterday because the draft resolution fell short of votes needed in the General Assembly.

Palladium outshines gold for first time in 16 years

BENGALURU,  (Reuters) – Palladium is more valuable than gold for the first time since 2002, with prices soaring by around 50 percent in less than four months to record levels — just as gold failed to capitalise on some seemingly bullish scenarios.

Body of former President Bush returns to Houston for funeral

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush was hailed at his state funeral yesterday as a warrior-statesman of uncommon personal kindness who went from being a hero of American conflicts to representing a bygone era of civility in politics.

#MeToo has brought fear and respect to Bollywood says star

NEW DELHI,  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A wave of #MeToo revelations in India has created fear among sex pests and more respect for women in one of the world’s largest film industries, Bollywood star Farhan Akhtar said yesterday.

Cuba eases new rules on private sector after criticism

HAVANA, (Reuters) – Cuba’s government said yesterday it was easing new regulations on the Communist-run island’s fledgling private sector originally published in July after hearing concerns of entrepreneurs and experts.

Clues in Marriott hack implicate China -sources

(Reuters) – Hackers behind a massive breach at hotel group Marriott International Inc left clues suggesting they were working for a Chinese government intelligence gathering operation, according to sources familiar with the matter.