Trump touts economy, Georgia sees racist calls as U.S. vote nears

PENSACOLA, Fl./ATLANTA, (Reuters) – President Donald Trump touted U.S. economic growth and painted a grim picture on immigration in rallies with Republican candidates before Tuesday’s elections as Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden urged voters to reject division.

Business figures call for vote on Brexit terms – Sunday Times

LONDON, (Reuters) – More than 70 business figures are calling for a public vote on the final terms of Britain’s exit from the European Union, warning that the country faces “either a blindfold or a destructive hard Brexit”, the Sunday Times reported.

U.S. top court won’t halt trial over census citizenship question

(Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday rejected a request by President Donald Trump’s administration to halt a trial set to begin on Monday that will test the legality of the government’s contentious decision to ask people taking part in the 2020 national census whether they are citizens.

Trump says ‘I think we’ll make a deal with China’ on trade

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said yesterday that he will likely make a deal with China on trade, adding that a lot of progress had been made to resolve the two countries’ differences but warning that he still may impose more tariffs on Chinese goods.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro threatens to cut diplomatic ties with Cuba

BRASILIA,  (Reuters) – Brazilian far-right president-elect Jair Bolsonaro said there was no point maintaining diplomatic relations with Cuba because it trampled on human rights and there was no business to be done with the communist-run island.

Russia close to granting Cuba 38 million euro loan to buy arms

MOSCOW, (Reuters) – Russia is close to agreeing a 38-million-euro loan to Cuba to help it buy Russian-made arms, a deputy finance minister said yesterday, after President Vladimir Putin met Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel in Moscow.

South Africans make bricks from human urine

CAPE TOWN,  (Reuters) – South African researchers say they have made bricks using human urine in a natural process involving colonies of bacteria, which could one day help reduce global warming emissions by finding a productive use for the ultimate waste product.

Trump increases pressure on Venezuela with sanctions on gold

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump increased economic pressure on Venezuela’s leftist President Nicolas Maduro yesterday with new sanctions aimed at disrupting the South American country’s gold exports.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro names judge who jailed his rival as justice minister

RIO DE JANEIRO, (Reuters) – Brazilian far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro has convinced crusading anti-graft Judge Sergio Moro to become his justice minister, the two said yesterday, delighting supporters and enraging critics by hiring the jurist who jailed Bolsonaro’s chief political rival.

Trump political ad assailed as ‘sickening,’ racially divisive

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump faced scathing criticism yesterday for an advertisement linking Democrats and immigrants to violent crime, with some fellow Republicans blasting it as “sickening” and the most racially divisive political ad in three decades.

Google’s ‘#metoo’ moment: Workers walk out over women’s rights

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., (Reuters) – Thousands of Google employees around the world briefly walked off their jobs on Thursday to protest the company’s response to sexual harassment and demand that the world’s largest search engine address rising concerns about workplace inequality.

Trump promises immigration crackdown ahead of U.S. elections

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Thursday his administration planned to require immigrants seeking asylum in the United States to come into the country through a legal port of entry, pushing a hard line on immigration ahead of elections next week.

Istanbul prosecutor says Khashoggi was suffocated in Saudi consulate

ISTANBUL,  (Reuters) – Istanbul’s chief prosecutor’s office said yesterday that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was suffocated in a premeditated killing as soon as he entered Saudi Arabia’s consulate four weeks ago, and his body was then dismembered and disposed of.

Pompeo says U.S. trying to convince China ‘to behave like a normal nation’

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday the United States was engaged in a “multi-pronged effort … to convince China to behave like a normal nation on commerce” and respect international law after Washington indicted 10 Chinese nationals for stealing aviation secrets.

Trump targets U.S. birthright citizenship as elections loom

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – With congressional elections a week away, President Donald Trump yesterday said he will seek to scrap the right of citizenship for U.S.-born children of non-citizens and illegal immigrants as he tries again to dramatically reshape immigration policies.

Gloves off: India’s ruling party underlines Hindu ambitions as elections near

NEW DELHI, (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Hindu nationalist party has been turning up the heat on some controversial and potentially highly divisive religious issues in recent days, with crucial state elections only weeks away and a general election due by next May.

Brazil’s far-right president-elect eyes close U.S. ties

RIO DE JANEIRO,  (Reuters) – Jair Bolsonaro, the far-right former Army captain who won Brazil’s presidential weekend election, said yesterday he would press ahead with loosening gun laws this year and planned to visit Washington D.C.

Sri Lanka’s president faces calls to end political crisis

COLOMBO,  (Reuters) – Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena is under increasing pressure to uphold the island nation’s constitution and reconvene parliament after his decision to replace the prime minister triggered political turmoil.

… threatens to remove government ads from “lying” media outlets

SAO PAULO, (Reuters) – Brazil president-elect Jair Bolsonaro said yesterday he would withdraw government advertising from media outlets he deemed to be “lying”, keeping up pressure on critical outlets after winning the weekend’s presidential election by a landslide.

Trump sends 5,200 troops to Mexico border as caravan advances

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – The United States said yesterday it will send over 5,200 troops to help secure the border with Mexico, a far larger-than-expected deployment as President Donald Trump hardens his stance on immigration ahead of Nov.

Doomed Indonesian plane with 189 on board had asked to return to base

PAKISJAYA, Indonesia,  (Reuters) – An Indonesian aircraft with 189 people on board crashed into the sea on Monday as it tried to circle back to the capital, Jakarta, from where it had taken off minutes earlier, and there were likely no survivors, officials said.

Far-right Bolsonaro rides anti-corruption rage to Brazil presidency

BRASILIA/RIO DE JANEIRO,  (Reuters) – Far-right lawmaker Jair Bolsonaro won Brazil’s presidential election yesterday, promising to clean up politics, shrink the state and crack down on crime, in a dramatic swing away from the left in the world’s fourth-largest democracy.

Sri Lanka crisis turns violent as one killed at ex-minister’s office

COLOMBO,  (Reuters) – A political crisis in Sri Lanka took a deadly turn yesterday, with one person killed when a sacked cabinet minister tried to re-enter his office, days after the president removed the prime minister and installed a powerful ally of China in his place.

U.S.-bound migrants enter Guatemala, others clash at border

SONSONATE, El Salvador/TAPANATEPEC, Mexico,  (Reuters) – A new group of migrants bound for the United States set off from El Salvador and crossed into Guatemala yesterday, following thousands of other Central Americans fleeing poverty and violence who have taken similar journeys in recent weeks.

Gunman targeting Jews kills 11 in Pittsburgh synagogue

PITTSBURGH,  (Reuters) – A gunman yelling, “All Jews must die,” stormed a Pittsburgh synagogue during Saturday services, killing 11 worshippers and wounding six other people including four police officers, before he was arrested.

More violence feared as Brazil braces for far-right presidency

SAO PAULO,  (Reuters) – After a presidential campaign that has seen political violence overshadow policy debate, many Brazilians fear attacks will continue after the likely election today of tough-talking far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro.

Hog industry worldwide getting slaughtered in trade war

BEIJING/CHICAGO/CARAMBEI, Brazil, (Reuters) – Ken Maschhoff, chairman of the largest U.S. family-owned pork producer, has watched profits fall as trade tensions rise between the United States and China.

Central American caravan moves on in spite of Mexico jobs offer

ARRIAGA, Mexico,  (Reuters) – A U.S.-bound caravan of Central American migrants pressed on through southern Mexico yesterday, in spite of government offers of jobs, as authorities stepped up efforts to disperse the convoy that has angered U.S.

Turmoil in Sri Lanka as ex-president Rajapaksa sworn in as PM

COLOMBO,  (Reuters) – Sri Lankan opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa was appointed prime minister yesterday after President Maithripala Sirisena dismissed the incumbent in a surprise move that threatens political turmoil in the South Asian country.