Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Arafat for haj climax

ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia, (Reuters) – Two million Muslims gathered at Mount Arafat yesterday for a vigil to atone for their sins and ask God’s forgiveness as the annual haj pilgrimage reaches its climax.

City loses water, thousands of Harvey survivors rescued, 38 dead

PORT ARTHUR, Texas,  (Reuters) – A Texas city lost its drinking water supply and soldiers and police rescued thousands still stranded yesterday as storm Harvey inflicted more suffering on the Gulf coast after killing 38 people and displacing over a million.

Brazil suspends Amazon mining decree in face of criticism

BRASILIA, (Reuters) – Brazil’s government said late yesterday  it would suspend action on a decree opening a vast section of the Amazon rainforest to mining, backtracking in the face of activist criticism and a legal challenge.

Old Mumbai building overdue for demolition collapses, killing 22

Firefighters and rescue workers search for survivors at the site of a collapsed building in Mumbai, India, August 31, 2017.Shailesh Andrade/Reuters photo MUMBAI,  (Reuters) – An 117-year-old condemned building collapsed in the Indian financial hub of Mumbai today after torrential rains this week, killing at least 22 people, with about 10 other people feared trapped, police and fire official said.

Harvey moves into Louisiana with at least 35 dead, 17 missing

LAKE CHARLES, La./HOUSTON,  (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Harvey spun across southeast Texas into Louisiana yesterday, sending more people fleeing for shelter after swamping Houston with record rains and flooding that killed at least 35 people and drove tens of thousands from their homes.

Men may suffer if marital rape becomes crime

- India government

NEW DELHI,  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Criminalising marital rape could “destabilise” marriages and make men vulnerable to harassment by their wives, said India’s government in response to a plea in the capital’s high court.

Concrete reefs come to the rescue of sinking islands off south Indian coast

MUMBAI,  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Deploying artificial reefs made of concrete to protect and restore a sinking island off India’s southeast coast has proved so successful that national funds will be used to pay for other similar reefs, a state environment director said on Wednesday.

Trump surveys devastated Texas as Harvey rages on

HOUSTON,  (Reuters) – President Donald Trump visited Texas yesterday to survey damage from the first major natural disaster to test his leadership in a crisis, as record rainfall from Tropical Storm Harvey lashed Houston and tens of thousands of people fled deluged homes.

Rohingya fleeing Myanmar violence face expulsion despite U.N. appeal

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh,  (Reuters) – Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh from escalating violence in Myanmar face the growing danger of sickness and attempts by the Bangladesh authorities to send them home, despite a United Nations plea that they be allowed to seek shelter.

Google, Apple face off over augmented reality technology

SAN FRANCISCO,  (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google yesterday unveiled tools to make augmented reality apps for mobile devices using the Android operating system, setting up its latest showdown with Apple Inc’s iPhone over next-generation smartphone features.

North Korea fires missile over Japan, sharply escalating tensions

TOKYO/SEOUL,  (Reuters) – North Korea fired a missile that flew over Japan and landed in waters off the northern region of Hokkaido early on Tuesday, South Korean and Japanese officials said, marking a sharp escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula.

India and China agree to end border standoff

NEW DELHI/BEIJING  (Reuters) – India and China have agreed to an “expeditious disengagement” of troops in a disputed border area where their soldiers have been locked in a stand-off for more than two months, India’s foreign ministry said on Monday.