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Brazil's Temer said billionaire influenced appointment of finance minister - police

Brazilian President Michel Temer told billionaire Joesley Batista in a taped conversation that the corruption-ensnared businessman was a major influence on the appointment of Henrique Meirelles as finance minister, the federal police said on Monday. In a previously undisclosed phrase in a March conversation between Temer and Batista, the president tells him that the businessman had "great influence" in Meirelles' appointment.

Brazil's President Michel Temer charged with taking bribes

By Brad Brooks and Ricardo Brito BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's top federal prosecutor charged President Michel Temer with taking multimillion-dollar bribes on Monday in a stinging blow to the unpopular leader and to political stability in Latin America's largest country. Rodrigo Janot submitted the charge in a document presented to the Supreme Court, saying "he fooled Brazilian citizens" and owed the nation millions in compensation for accepting bribes. Lawmakers within Temer's coalition are confident they have the votes to block the two-third majority required to proceed with a trial.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is poised to declare China among the world's worst offenders on human trafficking, U.S. officials said Monday, putting the world's most populous country in the same category as North Korea, Zimbabwe and Syria, China's downgrade is to be announced Tuesday at the State Department when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson unveils the annual Trafficking in Persons Report to Congress, said the officials, who weren't authorized to comment publicly ahead of the announcement and demanded anonymity. Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and senior adviser, planned to attend the ceremony. The determination marks the first major, public rebuke of China's human rights record by the Trump administration, which has generally avoided direct, public criticism of Beijing while seeking its cooperation in combatting North Korea's nuclear and missile threats.

Mongolia's presidential election tightens, runoff likely

Mongolia's presidential election appeared headed for a runoff with the latest vote count early Tuesday showing a business tycoon leading the ruling party's candidate and a nationalist wanting the country ...

Mexico to file affidavit expressing concern over Texas law

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government said Monday it has filed a form of affidavit expressing its concern over Texas' "sanctuary cities" law, which is supported by the Trump administration.

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday: 1. HOW THE SUPREME COURT RULED ON TRUMP'S TRAVEL BAN The Supreme Court says President Donald Trump ...

Japanese stocks approach two-year high, euro sags after Draghi's comments

By Shinichi Saoshiro TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese stocks closed in on two-year highs early on Tuesday thanks to a weaker yen while the euro sagged against its peers after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi talked up benefits of the ECB's easy monetary policy. Japan's benchmark Nikkei advanced 0.4 percent to 20,235.79. A weaker yen, a boon to export-reliant Japan, usually underpins the Tokyo market as the economy looks to global demand to drive growth.

Charred body identified as missing Mexican journalist

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A charred body found in western Mexico has been identified as the owner and director of a local television station abducted in May, the seventh journalist killed so far this year in the country.

The Latest: Evacuations ordered for fire on California coast

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on a major wildfire burning in Utah and others burning across the U.S. West. (all times local):

Narrowed travel ban could sow confusion in U.S. and abroad, experts say

By Andrew Chung and Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court's criteria for who can be barred from entering the United States under President Donald Trump's travel ban may confuse the U.S. officials overseas charged with implementing it and trigger a new round of lawsuits, experts said. People with a "bona fide relationship with a person or entity" in the United States are spared from the temporary ban affecting people from six Muslim-majority countries and all refugees that the justices on Monday allowed to go partially into effect. "There's no precedent for something like this that I'm aware of," said Jeffrey Gorsky, a former legal adviser to the State Department's Visa Office, referring to the new "bona fide" standard.

China accuses Indian border guards of crossing into its territory

China has accused Indian border guards of crossing into its territory from the state of Sikkim on India's northeastern border with Tibet, the Chinese foreign and defence ministries have said. Geng Shuang, a spokesman with China's foreign ministry, said Indian guards "obstructed normal activities" by Chinese forces on the border and called on India to withdraw immediately, according to a ministry statement late on Monday.

We can fund NHS pay rise, says Labour

Shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth says Labour will reverse cuts to corporation tax, worth around £70bn in recent years, to pay for NHS pay rise.

Trump pushes 'energy week' and goal of exporting resources

WASHINGTON (AP) — With U.S. exports of oil and natural gas surging, President Donald Trump says the U.S. is on the brink of becoming a net exporter of oil, gas and other resources.

Stars acquire defenseman Marc Methot in a trade with Vegas

The Dallas Stars have acquired veteran defenseman Marc Methot in a trade with the Vegas Golden Knights.

20-pound live lobster found in luggage at Boston airport

BOSTON (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration says a 20-pound (9-kilogram) live lobster has been spotted in a passenger's luggage at Boston's Logan International Airport.

Marlins trade SS Hechavarria to Rays for 2 minor leaguers

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays are in the thick of the AL East race and hoping Adeiny Hechavarria can help them stay there.

Former Packers RB Ahman Green charged with child abuse

GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (AP) — Former Green Bay Packers running back Ahman Green was charged Monday with felony child abuse after his 15-year-old daughter told police he punched her in the face.

Brazil's crisis deepens as president accused of corruption

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's attorney general formally accused President Michel Temer of corruption on Monday, making him the first sitting president in Latin America's largest nation to face criminal charges.

No charges filed in police shooting of mentally ill man

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Investigators have found no criminal wrongdoing in the police killing of a mentally ill, knife-wielding black man last week by officers in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Weed killer ingredient going on California list as cancerous

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Regulators in California took a pivotal step on Monday toward becoming the first state to require the popular weed killer Roundup to come with a label warning that it's known to cause cancer.

Trump and Modi exchange hugs, herald stronger US-India ties

Hugging outside the White House Monday, President Donald Trump and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi heralded an increasingly close strategic partnership as the U.S. branded a top militant from neighboring ...

No immediate ruling on fate of Texas' 'sanctuary cities' law

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A federal judge Monday questioned the reach of a new Texas "sanctuary cities" law supported by the Trump administration but that four of the nation's largest cities, some police chiefs and immigrant-rights groups are trying to stop taking effect in September.

Donald Trump and Narendra Modi vow to defeat 'evils of terrorism' in first White House meeting

Donald Trump declared the relationship between the US and India “has never been stronger” during a meeting with the leader of the world’s largest democracy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at the White House. Mr Trump said both countries have been affected by the “evils of terrorism” and the “radical ideology that drives them”. Mr Modi and former President Barack Obama had a seemingly friendly relationship.

California big tunnels win early approval. Questions remain

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown won crucial early approval from federal wildlife officials Monday for his $16 billion proposal to re-engineer California's north-south water system, advancing his plan to build two giant tunnels to carry Northern California water to the south even though much about the project remains undetermined.

Image of the U.S. has plunged under Trump, survey shows

By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - The image of the United States has deteriorated sharply across the globe under President Donald Trump and an overwhelming majority of people in other countries have no confidence in his ability to lead, a survey from the Pew Research Center showed. Five months into Trump's presidency, the survey spanning 37 nations showed U.S. favourability ratings in the rest of the world slumping to 49 percent from 64 percent at the end of Barack Obama's eight years in the White House.

No bond for suspect in N. Carolina teen's disappearance

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A man was denied bail Monday in the case of a North Carolina teenager who was found in a Georgia home Saturday after disappearing more than a year ago.

London's fire symptomatic of larger safety issues globally

LONDON (AP) — The deaths of 79 people in a London apartment tower have triggered emergency inspections, evacuations and soul searching among British officials who failed to prevent the tragedy.

Weapons hand-over by Colombia's FARC rebels nearly complete - U.N.

Colombia's Marxist FARC rebels have handed over the majority of their weapons to the United Nations, the international organization said on Monday, part of a peace deal with the government to end more than a half century of war. Under the terms of the deal, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) will turn in all guns and other arms to the UN at special demobilization camps around the country. The UN said 7,132 arms have been stored in secure containers and a small number of weapons will remain in the hands of some rebels for security provision at the camps until they are closed on Aug. 1.

Feds to pay local governments $465 million for 2017 land use

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Department of the Interior will pay nearly $465 million this year to local governments primarily in rural areas that have come to rely on the funds because they cannot levy taxes on federal lands.

Budget office: Senate health bill adds 22 million uninsured

The Senate Republican health care bill would leave 22 million more Americans uninsured in 2026 than under President Barack Obama's health care law, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Monday, complicating ...

Marlins trade SS Hechavarria to Rays for 2 minor leaguers

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays are in the thick of the AL East race and hoping Adeiny Hechavarria can help them stay there.

US tech giants join forces against terror content

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube announced Monday the launch of an anti-terror partnership aimed at thwarting the spread of extremist content online.

Q&A: Murkiness follows Supreme Court's action on travel ban

On again, off again, off again, off again and now, partly back on: That's the peculiar route of President Donald Trump's travel ban after a Supreme Court decision Monday allowing a limited version to take ...

Hurricane Dora moving away from Mexico's southwest coast

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hurricane Dora strengthened off Mexico's Pacific coast on Monday, but posed little threat as it spun out into the ocean away from land.

CNN accepts resignations of 3 involved in retracted story

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN accepted the resignations Monday of three journalists involved in a retracted story about a supposed investigation into a pre-inaugural meeting between an associate of President Donald Trump and the head of a Russian investment fund.

Facebook, YouTube and Twitter vow to tackle terrorism together online

Four internet giants have teamed up to tackle terrorism, pledging to make their services hostile to violent extremists. Facebook, Microsoft, YouTube and Twitter have formed the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism to address the "critical challenge" posed by the spread of terrorism online. Internet companies have faced criticism in the wake of recent terror attacks, with calls for them to do more to ensure cyberspace is not a safe space for extremists.

Century-old letter appears in Lincoln mail carrier's stack

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Lincoln mail carrier faced a difficult task earlier this month when he found a letter sent more than 100 years ago in his pile.

Vikings' Floyd gets 1 day in jail for flunking alcohol test

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona judge on Monday ordered Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Michael Floyd to serve one day in jail for failing alcohol tests that he blamed on a type of fermented tea.