U.S. EPA to relax fuel efficiency standards for autos

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – The Trump administration yesterday rejected an Obama-era plan to make automobiles more fuel efficient, opening up a long process to weaken current standards and putting California and the federal government on a collision course over vehicle emissions.

White House probing environment chief Pruitt after condo report -WSJ

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – The White House is reviewing Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt’s activities after reports he paid below the market rate to live in a condo owned by a lobbyist who deals with issues overseen by the agency, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday, citing an unnamed White House official.

Winnie Mandela, tainted anti-apartheid figurehead, dies at 81

SOWETO, South Africa,  (Reuters) – Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who emerged as a combative anti-apartheid campaigner during her husband Nelson Mandela’s decades in jail but whose reputation was later tarnished by allegations of violence, died today at the age of 81.

Trump says DACA deal for young immigrants is off

WASHINGTON/IXTEPEC, Mexico,  (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said yesterday that there will be no deal to legalize the status of young adult immigrants called Dreamers and he said the U.S.-Mexico border is becoming more dangerous.

China says space station burns up over South Pacific

SHANGHAI,  (Reuters) – China’s Tiangong-1 space station re-entered the earth’s atmosphere and burnt up over the middle of the South Pacific on Monday, the Chinese space authority said.

Environment chief Pruitt under more pressure after condo reports -lawmakers

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt may not survive long in his job after reports that he paid below market rate to live in a condo owned by a lobbyist who deals with issues overseen by his agency, lawmakers and a former Trump official said in television interviews on Sunday.

Britain and Russia lock horns as Moscow cuts UK diplomats

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Moscow has told Britain it must cut just over 50 more of its diplomatic and technical staff in Russia as a standoff deepened over the poisoning of a Russian former spy and his daughter in England, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.

Autopsy prompts more protests over killing of black man in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – About 200 people demonstrated in Sacramento on Saturday to protest the fatal police shooting of Stephon Clark, in the latest of nearly two weeks of mostly peaceful rallies since the unarmed black man was gunned down in his grandmother’s yard.

Pope baptises Italy ‘migrant hero’ at Easter Eve service

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Saturday led an Easter vigil service, baptising eight adults, including a formerly undocumented Nigerian migrant beggar who became a hero when he disarmed an Italian thief wielding a cleaver.

With paper and phones, Atlanta struggles to recover from cyber attack

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Atlanta’s top officials holed up in their offices on Saturday as they worked to restore critical systems knocked out by a nine-day-old cyber attack that plunged the Southeastern US metropolis into technological chaos and forced some city workers to revert to paper.

Fox host taking time off after controversy

(Reuters) – Fox News show host Laura Ingraham announced on her show late Friday that she is taking next week off, after almost a dozen advertisers dropped her show after the conservative pundit mocked a teenage survivor of the Florida school massacre on Twitter.

U.S. judge dismisses Exxon lawsuit to stop climate change probes

NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – A federal judge yesterday dismissed Exxon Mobil Corp’s lawsuit seeking to stop New York and Massachusetts from probing whether the oil and gas company covered up its knowledge about climate change and lied to investors and the public about it.

China says N.Korea pledges denuclearisation during friendly visit

BEIJING/SEOUL,  (Reuters) – China said yesterday North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged to denuclearise the Korean peninsula during an historic meeting in Beijing with President Xi Jinping, who promised China would uphold its friendship with its isolated neighbour.