Trump blames Puerto Ricans for slow hurricane response

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) – US President Donald Trump on Saturday placed blame squarely on Puerto Ricans for the slow recovery from Hurricane Maria after critics complained that his administration’s response to the US territory’s plight was insufficient.

Cubans are heartbroken, angry can’t seek U.S. visas in Havana

HAVANA,  (Reuters) – Cubans said they were both heartbroken and enraged by the United States’ decision yesterday to stop processing visas at its embassy in Havana that would further tear at the seams of families already divided by the Florida Straits.

Dominica aiming to become climate resilient country

-PM says law and order restored

Respect for law and order has returned to Dominica, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said last night in an address to his people and he announced the imminent visit by the UN Secretary General to the hurricane-stricken island and its plan to become a climate resilient country.

U.S. shocks WTO with a novel take on trade dispute rules

GENEVA,  (Reuters) – The United States surprised a meeting of the World Trade Organization yesterday with an interpretation of dispute settlement rules some said was a bid to boost President Donald Trump’s plans to reform the global body.

Storm-battered Antigua asks U.S. to settle 12-year old WTO bill

GENEVA,  (Reuters) – Antigua and Barbuda asked the United States today  to settle a decade-old trade dispute to help the Caribbean country pay the $250 million cost of recovery from Hurricane Irma, which “completely decimated” the island of Barbuda.

Storm-battered Antigua asks U.S. to settle 12-year old WTO bill

Houses are seen on September 8, 2017 in Codrington, Barbuda, devastated by Hurricane Irma (CARICOM photo)   GENEVA,  (Reuters) – Antigua and Barbuda asked the United States today  to settle a decade-old trade dispute to help the Caribbean country pay the $250 million cost of recovery from Hurricane Irma, which “completely decimated” the island of Barbuda.

Trump proposes U.S. tax overhaul, stirs concerns on deficit

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – President Donald Trump proposed yesterday the biggest U.S. tax overhaul in three decades, calling for tax cuts for most Americans, but prompting criticism that the plan favors business and the rich and could add trillions of dollars to the deficit.

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner dies

(Reuters) – Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, who helped usher in the 1960s sexual revolution with his groundbreaking men’s magazine and built a business empire around his libertine lifestyle, died on Wednesday at the age of 91, Playboy Enterprises said.

Britain talks new trade deals with Peru, Ecuador and Colombia

LIMA, (Reuters) – British officials are in talks with Peru, Colombia and Ecuador to use the three countries’ existing trade agreement with the European Union as the basis for forming new deals after Brexit, the British embassy in Lima said yesterday.

Fugitive former Thai PM Yingluck gets five years’ jail in absentia

Yingluck Shinawatra   BANGKOK,  (Reuters) – Thailand’s Supreme Court convicted and sentenced former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra in absentia to five years in prison today for mismanaging a rice subsidy scheme that cost the country billions of dollars.

Republicans fail again to kill off Obamacare in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – U.S. Republicans yesterday fell short yet again in their seven-year drive to repeal Obamacare, in a bitter defeat that raises more questions about their ability to enact President Donald Trump’s agenda.

Saudi king decrees women be allowed to drive

RIYADH/WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – Saudi King Salman yesterday ordered that women be allowed to drive cars, ending a conservative tradition seen by rights activists as an emblem of the Islamic kingdom’s repression of women.