India closes Vedanta copper smelter permanently after bloody protest

THOOTHUKUDI, India,  (Reuters) – An Indian state yesterday ordered the permanent closure of a copper smelter controlled by London-listed Vedanta Resources after 13 people protesting to demand its shutdown on environmental concerns were killed last week.

President readies Italy for snap polls to be fought on EU, euro

ROME,  (Reuters) – Italy’s president set the country on a path to fresh elections yesterday, appointing a former International Monetary Fund official as interim prime minister with the task of planning for snap polls and passing the next budget.

Colombian peace deal critic to face fiery leftist in runoff

BOGOTA,  (Reuters) – Right-winger Ivan Duque, who wants to overhaul a peace deal with Marxist rebels, won Colombia’s first-round presidential election yesterday, setting up a runoff next month with leftist Gustavo Petro, who has pledged to confront privileged elites.

U.S. team in North Korea for talks on summit, Trump says

SEOUL/WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said yesterday a U.S. team had arrived in North Korea to prepare for a proposed summit between him and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which Trump pulled out of last week before reconsidering.

Brazil’s Temer makes concessions to lure truckers back to work

SAO PAULO,  (Reuters) – Brazil’s President Michel Temer announced late yesterday new measures to reduce operating costs for truckers in a bid to end a week-long protest that has severely hampered the flow of food, fuel and key exports in Latin America’s largest economy.

Thousands evacuate as Storm Alberto powers toward Florida

(Reuters) – Thousands of Florida residents evacuated homes yesterday as Subtropical Storm Alberto picked up strength as it headed north through the Gulf of Mexico, with forecasters saying it could bring life-threatening inundation to Southern coastal states.

Mexico detains wife of drug baron blamed for U.S. heroin scourge

MEXICO CITY,  (Reuters) – Mexico’s government said on Sunday it had arrested the wife of top drug lord Nemesio Oseguera on charges of laundering funds for his powerful cartel that is blamed for driving heroin shipments to the United States.

Ex-Panama president’s jail letter blames U.S. for extradition

PANAMA CITY, (Reuters) – Former Panama president Ricardo Martinelli, jailed in Miami on spying charges while awaiting extradition to his home country, said in a letter released Friday that the United States reneged on promises from some U.S.

Ireland ends abortion ban as “quiet revolution” transforms country

DUBLIN,  (Reuters) – Ireland’s prime minister yesterday hailed the culmination of “a quiet revolution” in what was once one of Europe’s most socially conservative countries after a landslide referendum vote to liberalise highly restrictive laws on abortion.

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.

Rights commission condemns abuses during Nicaragua protests

MANAGUA, (Reuters) – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) yesterday condemned Nicaragua’s response to weeks of protests against President Daniel Ortega, criticizing a crackdown that resulted in rights abuses including torture and possibly even murder.

Trade war fears ebb as U.S., China agree to continue talks

BEIJING/WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – Washington and Beijing both claimed victory on Monday as the world’s two largest economies stepped back from the brink of a global trade war and agreed to hold further talks to boost U.S.

Barack and Michelle’s next act: TV deal with Netflix

LOS ANGELES,  (Reuters) – Former U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, have struck a deal to produce films and series for Netflix Inc, the streaming service said on Monday, giving the former first couple a powerful and unprecedented platform to shape their post-White House legacy.

U.S. toughens stance on Iran, lists sweeping demands

WASHINGTON/ANKARA,  (Reuters) – The United States yesterday demanded Iran make sweeping changes — from dropping its nuclear program to pulling out of the Syrian civil war — or face severe economic sanctions as the Trump administration hardened its approach to Tehran.

Venezuela’s Maduro re-elected amid outcry over vote

CARACAS, Venezuela,  (Reuters) – Venezuela’s leftist leader Nicolas Maduro won a new six-year term yesterday, but his main rivals disavowed the election alleging massive irregularities in a process critics decried as a farce propping up a dictatorship.

Gassy, glassy ‘laze’ from volcano poses new threat for Hawaii

PAHOA, Hawaii,  (Reuters) – Hawaii residents coping with Kilauea’s volcanic eruption faced a potentially deadly new hazard on Sunday as authorities warned that lava flows reaching the Pacific Ocean could produce noxious clouds of acid fumes, steam and tiny, glass-like particles.