Puerto Rico seeks waiver of shipping restrictions to speed hurricane relief

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) – Puerto Rico officials pressed the Trump administration on Wednesday to lift a ban on foreign shipping between American ports while the U.S. island territory struggled with fuel, water and medical shortages one week after…

Thai PM says former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is in Dubai

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Thursday former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is currently in the United Arab Emirates. Source: Top News

South Korea expects more North Korea provocations mid-October

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea expects North Korea to engage in more provocative action next month to coincide with the anniversary of the founding of its communist party and China’s all-important Communist Party Congress. Source: Top News

Jeremy Corbyn Says U.K. Labour Party Is Ready to Govern

A party conference underscored the left-wing shift in Britain’s opposition party, and Mr. Corbyn’s control of it. Source: World

Why the BBC’s Star Political Reporter Now Needs a Bodyguard

Laura Kuenssberg, one of the public broadcaster’s top correspondents, was assigned protection during a Labour Party gathering after a series of threats. Source: World

Trump proposes U.S. tax overhaul, stirs concerns on deficit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump proposed on Wednesday the biggest U.S. tax overhaul in three decades, calling for tax cuts for most Americans, but prompting criticism that the plan favors business and the rich and could add trillions of…

U.S. senators announce deal on self-driving car legislation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two U.S. senators said late on Wednesday that they had reached a bipartisan deal on legislation aimed at easing hurdles to getting self-driving cars to drivers. Source: Politics

Facebook, Google, Twitter asked to testify on Russian meddling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Executives from Facebook, Alphabet Inc’s Google and Twitter have been asked to testify to the U.S. Congress in coming weeks as lawmakers probe Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. election, committee sources said on Wednesday. Source:…

Letter 27: Heaps of Stuff We Like

This week’s newsletter, highlighting journalism from around the web that the Australia bureau can’t stop talking about. Source: World

Thousands evacuated in Ukraine as ammunition depot explodes

KIEV (Reuters) – Massive explosions and a blaze at a military ammunition depot in central Ukraine forced authorities to evacuate 24,000 people and close airspace over the region, officials said on Wednesday. Source: Top News