Venezuela frees U.S. missionary Josh Holt after two years

WASHINGTON/CARACAS,  (Reuters) – American missionary Josh Holt, held by Venezuela without trial on weapons charges since 2016, was heading home with his wife yesterday after the South American country’s socialist government unexpectedly released him.

Netherlands, Australia hold Russia responsible in MH17 downing

THE HAGUE,  (Reuters) – The Netherlands told Moscow yesterday it will hold the Russian state legally responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in July 2014, after investigators concluded that a Russian army missile system was used in the attack.

Film mogul Weinstein appears handcuffed in court to face rape charges

NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein appeared in handcuffs in a New York court on Friday to face charges of rape and other sex crimes against two of the scores of women who have accused him of misconduct, ending his reign as a Hollywood kingpin.

U.S. reaches deal to keep China’s ZTE in business -congressional aide

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – The Trump administration told lawmakers the U.S. government has reached a deal to put Chinese telecommunications company ZTE Corp back in business after it pays a significant fine and makes management changes, a senior congressional aide said yesterday.

Ireland set to end abortion ban in landslide vote -exit polls

DUBLIN,  (Reuters) – The people of Ireland are set to liberalise some of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws by a landslide, two exit polls from a referendum showed yesterday, as voters demanded change in what two decades ago was one of Europe’s most socially conservative countries.

Trump: U.S. in ‘productive talks’ about reinstating June North Korea summit

WASHINGTON/SEOUL,  (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump late yesterday said the United States was having “productive talks” about reinstating a June 12 summit with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, just a day after he cancelled the meeting citing Pyongyang’s “open hostility.” “We are having very productive talks about reinstating the Summit which, if it does happen, will likely remain in Singapore on the same date, June 12th., and, if necessary, will be extended beyond that date,” Trump said in a Twitter post.

Democrats say briefings did not support Trump’s claim of FBI ‘spy’

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – Democratic lawmakers said on Thursday they heard nothing in classified briefings by the FBI and intelligence officials to support President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated allegation that the agency placed a “spy” into his 2016 presidential campaign to help his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

Rusal CEO, board members quit in quest for U.S. sanctions relief

HONG KONG/MOSCOW,  (Reuters) – Russia’s largest aluminium producer, United Company Rusal Plc , said today that its chief executive and seven board members had quit, part of a strategy it hopes may persuade the United States to lift crippling sanctions on it.

Mother jailed for forcing daughter to marry in landmark UK trial

LONDON,  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A mother who tricked her teenage daughter into travelling to Pakistan to marry an older man was jailed for four and a half years on Wednesday after becoming the first person in England to be convicted of forced marriage.

Hit the road, son: Parents win court battle to evict 30-year-old

NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – A New York state judge has backed a couple’s battle to kick their 30-year-old son out of their home because he has not contributed toward household expenses or helped with chores and they wanted him to get a job.

Rusal resumes shipments of aluminium to some customers

LONDON,  (Reuters) – United Company Rusal resumed shipping aluminium to some customers last week following an extension of the deadline for companies to wind down contracts with the Russian firm under U.S.

U.S., in tit-for-tat, expels two Venezuelan envoys

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department said yesterday it has ordered two Venezuelan diplomats to leave the United States within 48 hours, a move that follows Venezuela’s decision to expel two American diplomats.

Brazil’s unpopular leader scraps re-election plan, backs Meirelles

BRASILIA, (Reuters) – Brazilian President Michel Temer scrapped plans to run for re-election yesterday and said he supported his former finance minister, Henrique Meirelles, to stand as the presidential candidate of the ruling Brazilian Democratic Movement (MDB).

T&T CJ loses appeal against law association probe

-to approach Privy Council

(Trinidad Guardian) Embattled Chief Justice Ivor Archie has one final bid to stop the Law Association of T&T (LATT) from resuming its investigation into misconduct allegations levelled against him.