U.S. drops agriculture demand from NAFTA talks -Mexico farm lobby

By Sharay Angulo MEXICO CITY, Aug 20 : The United States has dropped a contentious demand from the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement to impose restrictions on Mexican agricultural exports, Mexico’s top farm lobby said on Sunday. Talks to rework the 24-year-old pact are entering a crucial phase and Mexican Economy Minister […]

Fire that prompted closure of parts of Yosemite Park is contained

By Jon Herskovitz Undated, Aug 20 : A massive and deadly California wildfire that sent choking smoke into Yosemite National Park, causing a temporary closure of large parts of the tourist destination, is completely contained, fire officials said on Sunday. More than 3,000 personnel have battled the Ferguson Fire, which ignited on July 13 and […]

Trump says ‘nothing to hide’ from Special Counsel Mueller

By Susan Cornwell and Jan Wolfe WASHINGTON, Aug 19 : U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he had “nothing to hide” from the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, and denied that his top lawyer had turned on him by cooperating with the probe. Trump, in a series of tweets, […]

U.S. Catholics ‘sickened’ by sex abuse report, stand by their faith

By Gabriella Borter YORK, Pa., Aug 19 : Many churchgoers said they were sickened and saddened by a grand jury report detailing widespread sexual abuse by hundreds of priests in Pennsylvania but they would not let the Roman Catholic Church’s cover-up dissuade them from their faith. Nearly 200 parishioners filled almost all the pews for […]

US missionary thrust to the centre of Turkey-US crisis

By Ezgi Erkoyun and Humeyra Pamuk IZMIR, Turkey, Aug 18 : When Andrew Brunson saw a police summons on his door in late summer 2016, the US evangelical pastor thought it was a routine appointment to sort out his residency papers in Turkey, his home for nearly a quarter of a century. He went to […]

Trump doubles down on security clearances, former officials slam move

By Jeff Mason and Susan Heavey WASHINGTON, Aug 18 : Former top U.S. intelligence officials sharply rebuked U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday for stripping one-time CIA director John Brennan’s security clearance, but Trump defended his move and said he planned at least one more revocation. Trump told reporters he was likely to take away […]