Peru president defeats bid to oust him by 8 votes in Congress

LIMA, (Reuters) – Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski pulled off a surprise victory against the opposition’s bid to force him from power as a graft scandal rocks Latin America, with a motion in Congress falling eight votes short of the 87 needed to oust him.

Defying Trump, over 120 countries at U.N. condemn Jerusalem decision

UNITED NATIONS, (Reuters) – More than 120 countries defied President Donald Trump yesterday and voted in favor of a United Nations General Assembly resolution calling for the United States to drop its recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Catalan separatists win election in rebuke to Spain and EU

BARCELONA,  (Reuters) – Catalonia’s separatists look set to regain power in the wealthy Spanish region after local elections on Thursday, deepening the nation’s political crisis in a sharp rebuke to Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and European Union leaders who backed him.

Myanmar bars U.N. rights investigator before visit

GENEVA,  (Reuters) – The U.N. independent investigator into human rights in Myanmar called on Wednesday for stronger international pressure to be exerted on Myanmar’s military commanders after being barred from visiting the country for the rest of her tenure.

Suspected cholera cases in Yemen hit one million – ICRC

DUBAI/GENEVA,  (Reuters) – Yemen’s cholera epidemic has reached one million suspected cases, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Thursday, with war leaving more than 80 percent of the population short of food, fuel, clean water and access to healthcare.

Suspects in Malta blogger’s murder sent to trial

VALLETTA, (Reuters) – Three men accused of killing Maltese anti-corruption blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia were committed to trial on Thursday by a magistrate hearing preliminary evidence.

Canada’s Trudeau broke ethics rules with visit to Caribbean island

OTTAWA,  (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau broke some conflict of interest rules when he accepted a vacation last year on the Aga Khan’s private island, the ethics watchdog said yesterday, the first time a prime minister has been found to have committed such a transgression.

Top Democrat says Trump firing of Mueller could provoke ‘‘constitutional crisis’

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – The top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, responding to escalating Republican attacks on Special Counsel Robert Mueller, said on Wednesday that if President Donald Trump fires Mueller, it “has the potential to provoke a constitutional crisis.” Speaking on the Senate floor, Senator Mark Warner denounced attacks on Mueller’s impartiality and said the special counsel’s investigation of ties between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia must be “able to go on unimpeded.” Russia denies meddling in the 2016 U.S.

U.S. follows Mexico in backing disputed Honduran vote result

WASHINGTON/TEGUCIGALPA,  (Reuters) – The United States yesterday followed Mexico in signaling that Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez had won a heavily disputed presidential election last month, lending weight to his legitimacy in spite of ongoing opposition protests.

S.Africa’s new ANC leader Ramaphosa aims to fight corruption

JOHANNESBURG,  (Reuters) – Cyril Ramaphosa, the new leader of South Africa’s governing ANC party, said yesterday he aims to stamp out corruption and pursue a policy of “radical economic transformation” that will speed up expropriation of land without compensation.

Canada’s Trudeau broke ethics rules with visit to Caribbean island

OTTAWA,  (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau broke some conflict of interest rules when he accepted a vacation last year on the Aga Khan’s private island, the ethics watchdog said today, the first time a prime minister has been found to have committed such a transgression.

South Africa’s Ramaphosa wins election as ANC president

JOHANNESBURG,  (Reuters) – South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was elected leader of the African National Congress yesterday in a close-run vote that will set the direction for the country and the scandal-plagued party that has ruled since the end of apartheid.

Activist investor files Chevron proxy resolution on Myanmar rights concerns

HOUSTON,  (Reuters) – An activist investor in Chevron Corp said yesterday it filed a shareholder resolution that would require the oil producer to report on the feasibility of ending operations in Myanmar, where a crackdown on minority Rohingya Muslims has been decried by the United States as “ethnic cleansing.” The resolution, filed last week by Islamic finance firm Azzad Asset Management, pushes Chevron’s board of directors to consider how it could avoid risks “posed by doing business with governments complicit in genocide or crimes against humanity.” Azzad filed a similar resolution at the last Chevron shareholder meeting, garnering support from 6 percent of votes cast.