Ukraine president strips one-time ally Saakashvili of citizenship

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has stripped one-time ally Mikheil Saakashvili of his Ukrainian citizenship, the migration service said on Wednesday, spelling the likely end of the former Georgian president’s political aspirations in Ukraine. Syndicated from Reuters

Exclusive: U.S. sanctions Venezuelan officials to pressure Maduro – sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration imposed sanctions on 13 senior officials of Venezuela’s government, military and state oil company PDVSA on Wednesday, U.S. officials said, seeking to ratchet up pressure on President Nicolas Maduro to scrap plans for a controversial new congress. Syndicated from Reuters

Mexico says seven of its citizens died in sweltering San Antonio truck

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s foreign ministry on Wednesday raised the number of its citizens who died or were hospitalized after enduring sweltering conditions in the back of a truck in San Antonio, Texas, saying seven Mexicans died and 27 remain in hospital. Syndicated from Reuters

Czech woman stabbed in Egypt attack on verge of death

PRAGUE (Reuters) – A Czech stabbed in an Egyptian holiday resort earlier this month is on the verge of death after suffering multiple organ failure, the Czech Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. Syndicated from Reuters

Qatar says new terror list is "disappointing surprise"

DOHA (Reuters) – Qatar said on Wednesday a decision by four Arab states to add 18 groups and individuals allegedly linked to Doha to their “terrorist” lists was “a disappointing surprise” and that it was doing all it could to fight extremism. Syndicated from Reuters

Booby-traps plague north Iraq as Islamic State targets returning civilians

SHEIKH AMIR, Iraq (Reuters) – As people return home to Mosul and other areas of northern Iraq freed from Islamic State, homemade bombs and explosives laid on an industrial scale by the insurgents are claiming hundreds of victims and hampering efforts to bring life back to normal. Syndicated from Reuters

Moscow warns new U.S. sanctions take ties into uncharted waters

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia warned on Wednesday that new U.S. sanctions against Moscow approved by the House of Representatives take already battered ties into uncharted waters and said it was close to taking retaliatory measures of its own. Syndicated from Reuters

U.S. pledges $140 million to Lebanon in Syrian refugee aid

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The United States will give Lebanon an additional $140 million to assist Syrian refugees and the communities hosting them, the State Department said on Wednesday, during a state visit by the Lebanese Prime Minister. Syndicated from Reuters

China steps up warning to Botswana over Dalai Lama visit

BEIJING (Reuters) – China stepped up its warning to Botswana on Wednesday over a planned visit by exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama next month, demanding the African nation respect China’s core interests. Syndicated from Reuters

Aleppo's limping recovery shows limits of battered Syrian state

ALEPPO, Syria (Reuters) – In eastern Aleppo, bodies still lie under the rubble, graveyards are full, people are short of electricity and bread, and some children take classes in mosques because their schools have been ruined by war. Syndicated from Reuters

Spain's Rajoy denies knowledge of party slush fund in court

SAN FERNANDO DE HENARES, Spain (Reuters) – Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday denied any knowledge of an illegal financing scheme within his conservative People’s Party (PP) and said he not taken any illicit payments, as he testified in court in a long-running corruption case. Syndicated from Reuters