Tributes laud Annan as a man of peace

ACCRA/GENEVA (Reuters) – Leaders around the world paid tribute to former United Nations Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan, who died in hospital in Bern, Switzerland, in the early hours of Saturday aged 80.

Imran Khan sworn-in as Pakistan’s PM

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Former cricket star Imran Khan was sworn-in as prime minister of Pakistan on Saturday, taking on the challenge of forming a coalition to govern as a currency crisis looms over the turbulent, nuclear-armed South Asian country.

Former U.N. chief and Nobel peace laureate Kofi Annan dies aged 80

ACCRA/GENEVA (Reuters) – Former U.N. Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan died on Saturday at the age of 80, his foundation said, after decades of championing efforts to try to end protracted conflicts in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Maduro orders 96 pct devaluation in hyperinflation-stricken Venezuela

CARACAS,  (Reuters) – Venezuela’s president Nicolas Maduro announced yesterday a single exchange rate pegged to his socialist government’s petro cryptocurrency, effectively devaluing by 96 percent in a move economists said would fan hyperinflation in the chaotic country.

Brazil’s Lula should have political rights

-U.N. Human Rights Committee

SAO PAULO,  (Reuters) – The United Nations Human Rights Committee, a panel of independent experts, yesterday said it had requested that the Brazilian government allow imprisoned former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to exercise his political rights as a presidential candidate.

U.S. imposes sanctions on Myanmar military over Rohingya crackdown

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on four Myanmar military and police commanders and two army units, accusing them of “ethnic cleansing” against Rohingya Muslims and widespread human rights abuses across the Southeast Asian nation.

U.S. attorney general issues order to speed up immigrant deportations

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions yesterday sought to speed up the deportation of illegal immigrants, telling immigration judges they should only postpone cases in removal proceedings “for good cause shown.” Sessions, in an interim order that was criticized by some lawyers, said the “good-cause” standard “limits the discretion of immigration judges and prohibits them from granting continuances for any reason or no reason at all.” Unlike the federal judiciary system, U.S.

Taiwan president visits Belize looking to shore up support

BELIZE CITY,  (Reuters) – Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen arrived in Belize yesterday as she seeks to shore up dwindling alliances in the face of pressure from China to stamp out the island’s international recognition.

Former Indian PM Vajpayee, the gentler face of Hindu nationalism, dies

NEW DELHI,  (Reuters) – Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who ordered nuclear tests to make India a nuclear weapons power and travelled by bus to Pakistan in a grand diplomatic gesture, died yesterday, the hospital where he was admitted said in a statement.

Vatican voices ‘shame and sorrow’ over damning sex abuse report

VATICAN CITY/BOSTON,  (Reuters) – The Vatican expressed “shame and sorrow” yesterday over revelations that Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania sexually abused about 1,000 people over seven decades, vowing to hold abusers and those who protected them accountable.

Newspapers across U.S. rebuke Trump for attacks on press

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Hundreds of U.S. newspapers on Thursday launched a coordinated defense of press freedom and a rebuke of President Donald Trump for denouncing some media organizations as enemies of the American people.

Lula registers for Brazil race from jail as thousands rally

BRASILIA,  (Reuters) – Brazil’s Workers Party registered jailed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva yesterday as its presidential candidate while he sat in prison serving a 12-year graft sentence expected to block his candidacy.

Cuba frees leading dissident charged with attempted murder

HAVANA, (Reuters) – A leading Cuban dissident said he was freed from jail yesterday, 12 days after his arrest for attempted murder following a car crash in which he hit and injured an official from the Communist-run island’s interior ministry.

Car hits pedestrians at UK parliament in suspected terrorist attack

LONDON,  (Reuters) – A man deliberately drove a car into London pedestrians and cyclists yestreday before ramming it into barriers outside Britain’s parliament in what police said appeared to be the second terrorist attack at the building in just under 18 months.

Kenya charges top officials with fraud over new $3 bln railway

NAIROBI,  (Reuters) – A Kenyan court yesterday charged the heads of the agency that manages public land and of the state railway with fraud over land allocation for a new $3 billion train line linking the capital with East Africa’s biggest port.

Turkish lira pulls back from record low, markets rattled

ISTANBUL/ANKARA,  (Reuters) – Turkey’s lira pulled back from a record low of 7.24 to the dollar on Monday after the central bank pledged to provide liquidity, but it remained under selling pressure and its meltdown caused further unease on global markets.

Trump says kept Omarosa because she ‘said great things about me’

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said he kept former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman on staff because she praised him even as she failed to do her job, the latest insult in the two former reality television stars’ public battle.

New Mexico family saw dead boy as guide for future attacks -prosecutors

TAOS, N.M.,  (Reuters) – A 3-year-old boy found buried at a New Mexico desert compound died in a ritual to “cast out demonic spirits,” but his extended family believed he would “return as Jesus” to identify “corrupt” targets for them to attack, prosecutors said yesterday.

Kenya charges top officials with fraud over new $3 bln railway

NAIROBI,  (Reuters) – A Kenyan court today charged the heads of the agency that manages public land and of the state railway with fraud over land allocation for a new $3 billion train line linking the capital with East Africa’s biggest port.

Malaysia seeks $35 million private jet linked to 1MDB scandal

KUALA LUMPUR, (Reuters) – Malaysia is seeking to repossess a $35 million private jet owned by financier Low Taek Jho as part of investigations into a multi-billion dollar scandal at state fund 1MDB, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday.

Splits deepen over British ex-minister Johnson’s burqa comments

THAME, England,  (Reuters) – Former British foreign minister Boris Johnson returned from his summer holiday to face both criticism and support over his remarks about burqas, amid deepening divisions in Britain’s ruling Conservative Party yesterday.

Gene-editing startups ignite the next ‘Frankenfood’ fight

(Reuters) – In a suburban Minneapolis laboratory, a tiny company that has never turned a profit is poised to beat the world’s biggest agriculture firms to market with the next potential breakthrough in genetic engineering – a crop with “edited” DNA.

Suspected Seattle airplane thief was adventurer, bakery owner

(Reuters) – The airline worker who stole an empty airplane from a Seattle airport on a flight that ended in his death once ran a bakery with his wife and enjoyed the benefits that came with his job to travel the world, social media posts showed.

Syrian rebels build an army with Turkish help, face challenges

AZAZ, Syria,  (Reuters) – A “National Army” being set up by Syrian rebels with Turkey’s help could become a long-term obstacle to President Bashar al-Assad’s recovery of the northwest – if they can end factional rivalries that have long blighted the opposition.