US senator asks ethics office to review Trump hotel payments

By Julia Harte WASHINGTON, May 22 : The top Democrat on the US Senate committee overseeing pensions today asked the US Office of Government Ethics to assess whether President Donald Trump is violating the Constitution and federal bans on conflicts of interest. Reuters reported on April 26 that public pension funds in at least seven […]

Brazil police launch new agribusiness inspection probes

By Pedro Fonseca SAO PAULO, May 16 : Brazilian federal police today opened two separate investigations into whether certain food companies improperly received favorable treatment from the country’s Agriculture Ministry, the latest probe ensnaring the country’s agribusiness sector. The probes into whether inspection procedures were eased in favor of unspecified meatpacking, dairy and other food […]

Ethiopian official says South Sudan gunmen kill 28, kidnap 43

By Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA, Mar 15 : Gunmen from South Sudan have killed 28 people and kidnapped 43 children in neighbouring Ethiopia, a government official said today, another demonstration of how Sudan’s civil war threatens the region. The raids on Sunday and Monday occurred in Gambella’s Gog and Jor areas, which border South Sudan’s […]

Pakistan kicks off first census in 19 years to meet Supreme Court deadline

By Syed Raza Hassan and Jibran Ahmad KARACHI/PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Mar 15 : Fast-growing Pakistan, estimated to be the sixth-largest country by population, kicked off its first national census in 19 years today, a delay caused by a lack of funds, political squabbling and too few available troops to oversee security. Around 118,000 “enumerators” in 63 […]

Somalia says 110 dead in last 48 hours due to drought

By Abdi Sheikh MOGADISHU, Mar 4 : Some 110 people have died in southern Somalia in the last two days from famine and diarrhoea resulting from a drought, the prime minister said today, as the area braces itself for widespread shortages of food. In February, United Nations children’s agency UNICEF said the drought in Somalia […]

Russia green-lights health clinic for treating Kremlin top officials

By Svetlana Reiter and Pavel Miledin MOSCOW, Feb 13 : Moscow city authorities have given the green light for construction of an exclusive health clinic which, according to technical plans seen by Reuters and medical sources, is designed to treat President Vladimir Putin and senior officials. A Reuters special report published last month described how […]