Venezuela’s Maduro is destructive King Herod, warns ex-oil czar

CARACAS,  (Reuters) – A former oil minister excoriated Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in a newspaper column on Sunday, accusing the leftist leader of behaving like biblical King Herod and plunging the oil-rich nation into economic devastation.

Protests hit Tehran, 2 demonstrators reported killed in Iran town

DUBAI,  (Reuters) – Street protests hit Iran for a third day running on Saturday, spreading to the capital Tehran with crowds confronting police and attacking some state buildings, and a social media report said two demonstrators had been shot dead in a provincial town.

Schaeuble does not rule out minority government for Germany

BERLIN,  (Reuters) – Former German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble urged Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and Social Democrats on Saturday to quickly form a new government, but said he could not rule out a minority government if no deal is reached.

Russian tankers fuelled North Korea via transfers at sea

– sources

LONDON/MOSCOW,  (Reuters) – Russian tankers have supplied fuel to North Korea on at least three occasions in recent months by transferring cargoes at sea, according to two senior Western European security sources, providing an economic lifeline to the secretive Communist state.

Price protests turn political in Iran as rallies spread

DUBAI, (Reuters) – Demonstrators chanted anti-government slogans in several cities across Iran on Friday, Iranian news agencies and social media reports said, as price protests turned into the largest wave of demonstrations since nationwide pro-reform unrest in 2009.

New York City apartment fire kills 12, injures several others

NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – Twelve people were killed, including an infant, and four were critically injured yesterday in a fire that swept through several floors of an apartment building in the New York City borough of the Bronx, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

Apple apologizes after outcry over slowed iPhones

(Reuters) – Facing lawsuits and consumer outrage after it said it slowed older iPhones with flagging batteries, Apple Inc is slashing prices for battery replacements and will change its software to show users whether their phone battery is good.

In Pakistan, questions raised over GE’s flagship power turbines

ISLAMABAD/SINGAPORE,  (Reuters) – General Electric’s flagship gas turbines ran into problems in Pakistan earlier this year, leading to delays and lengthy outages at three newly built power stations, according to several senior Pakistani officials and power executives.