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Five ex-U.S. presidents join forces to support Harvey victims

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Five former U.S. presidents joined forces on Thursday to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Harvey, aiming to help rebuild some of the thousands of homes and businesses destroyed from Texas to Louisiana.

Lourenço, the quiet man leading Angola’s 38-year changing of guard

MALANJE, Angola (Reuters) - On a hot morning in August, João Lourenço, a man more used to army barracks and the closed doors of party politics, rose awkwardly to address thousands of rural supporters.

Opposition leaders, election experts decry Venezuela vote

CARACAS (Reuters) - President Nicolas Maduro says 8 million Venezuelans cast ballots on Sunday in an election that will give his leftist government more power, but experts say the voting was rife with irregularities and opposition leaders are crying foul.

Jimmy Carter OK after dehydration treatment at Canada hospital

(Reuters) - Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was discharged on Friday from a hospital in Canada where he received treatment after becoming dehydrated while working at a charity house-building project, the Carter Center said.

Warmbier travel agency stops North Korea trips for Americans

SEOUL: The tour agency that took US student Otto Warmbier to Pyongyang said Tuesday it would stop taking Americans to the reclusive state after the 22-year-old died following 18 months in North Korean detention.

This file photo taken on February 29, 2016 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 1, 2016 shows US student Otto Frederick Warmbier (right), who was arrested for committing hostile acts against North Korea, speaking at a press conference in Pyongyang. -AFP/KCNA

How North Korea’s hostage playbook backfired with Otto Warmbier

SEOUL: North Korea has a well-thumbed playbook for detained American citizens who are valuable diplomatic bargaining chips for the regime, but the case of Otto Warmbier, flown home in a coma this week, is a glaring exception.

Otto Warmbier during his trial. Photo: Reuters.

Former US president Jimmy Carter shakes every passenger's hand on Washington-Atlanta flight

WASHINGTON: Former president Jimmy Carter has made flying great again - by shaking the hand of every passenger onboard a Delta Airlines flight from the US capital to Atlanta.

Former US president Jimmy Carter shaking the hand of every passenger onboard a Delta Airlines flight. PHOTOS: SCREENGRAB FROM TWITTER VIDEO.

Giving boardroom independence a shelf life

New corporate governance code draws attention to long-serving directors

Jonathan Demme, ‘Silence of the Lambs’ director, dead at 73

NEW YORK: Jonathan Demme, Oscar-winning director of “The Silence of the Lambs” whose four-decade career produced a staggering array of work from romantic comedy to social and political documentaries, died Wednesday. He was 73.

Jonathan Demme. -Reuters filepic

China in period of transition

As a large and important country undergoing change, China’s impact on the world will continue to be significant – but what of the quality and direction of that change?

Hostesses jump as they pose for a picture during the opening of the National Peoples Congress in Beijing on March 5, 2017.Chinas rubber-stamp congress opened on March 5 in an annual pageant of Communist-controlled democracy. / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR