Indigenous Pemon on Venezuela’s border with Brazil vow to let aid in

PUERTO ORDAZ, Venezuela, (Reuters) – Venezuela’s Pemon, an indigenous people living along the border with Brazil, are determined to allow into the embattled country any foreign aid that may arrive, even if that means a showdown with Venezuelan security forces and the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

Thai princess says #ILoveYou to fans after king opposes her PM candidacy

BANGKOK, (Reuters) – The Thai princess whose stunning announcement she was running for prime minister was quickly opposed by her brother, the king, thanked her supporters yesterday, saying she wants Thailand to be “moving forward”, but she did not comment on her candidacy.

Acting U.S. attorney general snaps at Democrats over Russia probe

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker snapped back yesterday at newly emboldened Democrats in Congress who are pushing for information on the special counsel’s Russia probe as they try to put President Donald Trump’s administration under greater scrutiny.

Ex-beauty queen accuses Costa Rican Nobel winner Arias of abuse

SAN JOSE,  (Reuters) – A former Miss Costa Rica beauty queen has filed a formal complaint saying the country’s ex-president, Oscar Arias, sexually assaulted her in 2015, adding to a growing number of women lodging accusations against the renowned statesman.

Venezuela aid trucks arrive in Colombia as EU calls for dialogue

CUCUTA, Colombia/TIENDITAS, Venezuela, (Reuters) – Trucks carrying humanitarian aid for crisis-stricken Venezuela arrived in the Colombian border city of Cucuta yesterday as diplomatically-isolated President Nicolas Maduro appeared set to block its entry amid an escalating political crisis.

Canada PM denies pressuring minister to be lenient with SNC-Lavalin

OTTAWA/TORONTO, (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau yesterday denied a newspaper report that his office had tried to pressure the former justice minister to intervene in the prosecution of engineering and construction firm SNC-Lavalin Group.

Principles or power? Virginia political scandal a test for Democrats

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – The spiraling political crisis in Virginia, which threatens to take out three top state Democrats with racial scandals or sexual assault accusations, poses a stiff test for a party thriving on its growing strength with women and minorities.

Acting U.S. attorney general will testify before House panel

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has agreed to testify today before the House Judiciary Committee, the Justice Department said yesterday, after he threatened to not show up following the panel’s warning that it could subpoena him.

Five women accuse Costa Rican Nobel winner Arias of misconduct

SAN JOSE,  (Reuters) – More allegations of sexual misconduct have been made against Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, with five women saying he harassed or assaulted them, in a high-profile example of the #MeToo movement in Latin America.

Amazon’s Bezos says National Enquirer tried to blackmail him over ‘intimate photos’

(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc Chief Executive Jeff Bezos posted a blog yetserday saying the National Enquirer’s parent company American Media Inc (AMI) tried to blackmail him with the threat of publishing “intimate photos.” The blog post is the latest twist in a weeks-long saga that has brought the personal life of Bezos, the richest person in the world, into the spotlight.

Venezuela opposition plans to get oil money from U.S. fund

CARACAS,  (Reuters) – Venezuela’s opposition yesterday said it would use a U.S.-based fund to receive some of the country’s oil income in a key step to bankroll its efforts to dislodge President Nicolas Maduro.

Despite bipartisan sheen, Trump’s speech spoke to his base

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – Even as he appealed for unity, President Donald Trump made it clear in his State of the Union address on Tuesday that his idea of common ground is having Democrats back his policy agenda and stop investigating his administration.

Despite bipartisan sheen, Trump’s speech spoke to his base

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – Even as he appealed for unity, President Donald Trump made it clear in his State of the Union address on Tuesday that his idea of common ground is having Democrats back his policy agenda and stop investigating his administration.

Salvadorans voice hope for change after outsider sweeps to presidency

SAN SALVADOR, (Reuters) – Salvadorans voiced hope for a changed country yesterday after political outsider Nayib Bukele won a sweeping victory in the presidential election with a pledge to tackle the corruption and violence plaguing the Central American nation.

Senator warns of ‘war’ among Republicans over Trump border wall

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – Senator Lindsey Graham said yesterday if President Donald Trump declares an emergency to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border it could provoke a war in the Republican party, and urged fellow Republicans to back the “commander-in-chief.” Speaking to reporters in Greenville, South Carolina, Graham said he was not convinced Congress could reach a deal to give Trump the $5.7 billion he is seeking to fund a border wall.

Y&R star Kristoff St. John dies at 52

(NBC News) Kristoff St. John, an Emmy-winning star on the long-running soap opera ‘The Young and the Restless,’ was found dead at his Los Angeles home over the weekend, authorities said yesterday.

Trump says U.S. military intervention in Venezuela ‘an option;’ Russia objects

CARACAS, (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said military intervention in Venezuela was “an option” as Western nations boost pressure on socialist leader Nicolas Maduro to step down, while the troubled OPEC nation’s ally Russia warned against “destructive meddling.” The United States, Canada and several Latin American countries have disavowed Maduro over his disputed re-election last year and recognized self-proclaimed President Juan Guaido as the country’s rightful leader.

Maduro proposes new parliament vote as Venezuelans protest

CARACAS, (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro yesterday proposed early parliamentary elections, seeking to shore up his crumbling rule after a senior general defected to the opposition and tens of thousands thronged the streets in protest at his government.

Russia suspends nuclear arms treaty after U.S. says to pull out

MOSCOW, (Reuters) – Russia has suspended the Cold War-era Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, President Vladimir Putin said yesterday, after the United States announced it would withdraw from the arms control pact, accusing Moscow of violations.

U.S. says to withdraw from arms control treaty in six months

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – The United States announced yesterday it will withdraw from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia in six months unless Moscow ends its alleged violations of the landmark 1987 arms control pact.

Deadly Brazil dam burst likely had same cause as previous one-official

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, (Reuters) – The collapse of a Brazilian dam controlled by miner Vale a week ago likely happened because parts of the sand and dried-mud structure dissolved into liquid, a state regulator said in an interview, similar to what caused another deadly mining disaster less than four years ago.

To Florida’s Venezuelan exiles, Pence vows more pressure on Maduro

DORAL, Fla., (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence yesterday listened to harrowing stories of deprivation, torture and escape from Venezuelans who fled their homeland, and pledged to ramp up pressure to help the opposition trying to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Colombia’s Duque says Venezuelan Maduro’s hours are numbered

BOGOTA, (Reuters) – Venezuela’s dictatorship only has a short time left, Colombian President Ivan Duque said yesterday, calling for more diplomatic pressure on that nation’s leader, Nicolas Maduro, to facilitate the return of democracy to the oil-producing nation.

Ivory Coast ex-president Gbagbo freed by Hague court

THE HAGUE,  (Reuters) – Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo was freed from detention by the International Criminal Court yesterday, under the condition that he will stay in the country that accepts to take him in and that he will return to the court when asked to do so.

Brazilian top court judge reopens probe into Bolsonaro’s son

BRASILIA,  (Reuters) – A Brazilian Supreme Court justice reopened a probe on Friday into suspicious cash payments involving President Jair Bolsonaro’s son Flavio, reviving an investigation that has dogged the president’s first few weeks in office.

Venezuela’s Guaido courts Russia; powers divided on Maduro

CARACAS, (Reuters) – Global jostling intensified yesterday between countries that want Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in power and those trying to force him to resign, as opposition leader Juan Guaido made overtures to his rival’s allies Russia and China.