World briefs

Police clear indigenous rail protest

TORONTO, Canada — Canadian police cleared an indigenous rail blockade in Ontario on Monday that has crippled freight and passenger rail traffic in most of eastern Canada for three weeks but tensions remained.

Ontario Provincial Police arrested 10 protesters on Tyendinaga Mohawk territory near Belleville, Ontario, east of Toronto. CN Rail later issued a brief statement saying the company was pleased the “illegal blockade” had come to an end.

Annual cigar trade fair opens

HAVANA, Cuba — Cuba’s annual cigar trade fair started Monday, bringing thousands of buyers and aficionados of the island’s iconic stogies to sample the latest wares and place orders for sale oversees.

According to Habanos SA officials, Cuba sold $531 million worth of cigars worldwide in 2019, a 10% increase over the previous year. They say the company expects sales to continue increases at that pace for 2020.

US to stop aid in Yemen’s Houthi areas

CAIRO, Egypt — USAID said late Monday that it will suspend aid to Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen, where most of the country’s people live, if the rebels don’t remove impediments obstructing aid operations.

In a statement, the agency said it informed partners including U.N. agencies about the plan last week. It said the suspension will start in late March if Houthis take no action.