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US Diplomats Pack Up and Leave Venezuela

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The OPEC nation suffered its worst blackout in history last week following technical problems that the government of President Nicolas Maduro called an act of US -backed sabotage but critics dismissed as the result of incompetence. The United States would use its authorities to exempt everyday Venezuelans from making transactions to buy food and medicine. Russian Federation is an ally of Maduro, but its oil interests in Venezuela have been jeopardized since the Trump administration hit PDVSA ... Read More »

Vietnam asks Malaysia to free Jong-nam murder accused

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Prosecutors may decide then inform the court whether the application is successful. Authorities believe that North Korean agents recruited Huong, who hails from Vietnam, while she worked at a bar in Hanoi . Huong's lawyers had written twice to former AG Mohamed Apandi Ali to stop the prosecution but were unsuccessful. Analysts say Malaysia risks creating a rift with Vietnam if it doesn't do the same for Huong. Read More »

Trump says Europe is 'being ripped apart' by Brexit

Leo Varadkar also thanked President Trump for his support of a new E3 visa programme which, if passed by Congress, would benefit Irish citizens who wish to work in the US. The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, will travel to Chicago today as part of the annual Saint Patrick's Day programme of events. The Irish PM said the most pressing issue facing his country was how to settle questions about the future of the border between Ireland, an European Union member, and Northern Ireland, which won't be. Read More »

Vienna waltzes to quality of living win for 10th year

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In this year's Mercer report, the strong European performance was contrasted by declining fortunes for USA cities, which all dropped except for NY (44th), where the ongoing decrease in crime rates allowed it to jump a spot. The safest city in Europe was Luxembourg (1), followed by Basel, Bern, Helsinki and Zurich in joint second. Notably, Phom Penh is considered the city with the lowest quality of living in Asia. Read More »

Mumbai bridge collapse kills four

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ANI reported that senior police officers and the fire brigade, as well as ambulances, were rushed to the location. Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said he was deeply saddened to learn about the Mumbai bridge collapse where several people are still reportedly trapped under the debris. Read More »

Gift of Givers ready to aid Mozambique amid massive cyclone

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The storm threatens a familiar natural disaster in Mozambique, which has already seen deadly floods worsened by devastating hurricanes in both 2000 and 2007. "The government needs 1.1 billion meticais (US$16m) to assist 80 000 families affected by the rains". Cyclone Idai is expected to produce winds of up too 200-kilometres an hour. Read More »

Iran Vows ‘Crushing Response’ if Israel Interferes with Oil Smuggling

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Brent crude settled at $67.55 a barrel on Wednesday. India was granted a waiver from Iran oil sanctions in November and has been seeking to extend it until May. Most Europeans, as well as Japan and South Korea , have stopped. The U.S. has signaled that Iranian customers shouldn't rely on waiver extensions, but the Trump Administration has not yet officially said if it would stop granting waivers. Read More »

United States report drops references to ‘occupation’ of Palestine, now it’s ‘Israeli-controlled’

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Israel and Syria remain technically at war after the 1973 War, though a demilitarised border zone established through an armistice had always been relatively calm until the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011. "The Hezbollah terrorist organization has begun an attempt to establish and entrench a covert force in the Syrian Golan Heights that is created to act against Israel when given the order", said the IDF on Tuesday. Read More »

CT high court: Gunmaker Remington may be sued for Sandy Hook shooting

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State law does not permit advertisements that encourage criminal behavior, according to the decision . Connecticut's child advocate said Lanza's severe and deteriorating mental health problems, his preoccupation with violence and access to his mother's legal weapons "proved a recipe for mass murder ". Read More »

Many dead in New Zealand mosque shooting

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Without a valid and current firearms license, you can not legally purchase any firearm other than a pellet gun anywhere in New Zealand . According to TVNZ , Nazir saw multiple deaths and injuries, including three women on the ground outside the mosque. Read More »

White House threatens veto of Yemen war resolution

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The measure seeks to end any USA military involvement in the conflict in Yemen, including providing targeting support for Saudi air strikes, without authorization from Congress. The White House has threatened a veto, calling the measure "flawed" and saying it would harm bilateral relationships in the region and hurt Washington's ability to fight extremism. Read More »

Mangled black box recovered from Ethiopian Airlines crash site

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Boeing executives announced that they had paused delivery of the Max, although the company planned to continue building the jets while it weighs the effect of the grounding on production. If the aircrafts' maneuvering characteristics augmentation system receives an erroneously high angle-of-attack sensor input, there is potential for repeated nose-down commands of the horizontal stabilizer, the FAA said, adding the condition would made it hard for pilots to control the plane. Read More »

House votes 420-0 for Mueller's report to be made public

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They do not require release of the report but also do not prevent Barr from giving the entire document to Congress . Most Republicans sided with Democrats on the resolution , though they called it a waste of time. That report must explain why the special counsel chose to either pursue or decline prosecutions. But he stopped short of giving a full-throated guarantee that the report would be made public. Read More »

Rockets Fired From Gaza At Tel Aviv, Explosions Heard: Israeli Military

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The IDF said Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted one of the rockets and another landed in an open area - usually a reference to the Mediterranean Sea. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rushed to the military headquarters in Tel Aviv and was conferring with senior army officials about a response. Read More »

Kim Jong-nam's murder: AGC rejects Doan's representation to drop charge

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Malaysia's Attorney-General rejected that request on Thursday, and the trial has been fixed to resume on April 1. Huong's lawyer said that "the public prosecutor has not acted fairly to Doan". "The government can not interfere with the AG's power", Liew was quoted as saying by English-daily The Star online. Lawyers for the women argued that they were pawns in a political assassination with clear links to the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, and that the prosecution failed to show the ... Read More »

Ireland says extension of 21 months would allow 'rethink' of Brexit

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However, there would be no checks between Northern Ireland and Britain. The Government insisted the arrangements will not create a border down the Irish Sea. The government said it recognises that Northern Ireland's businesses and farmers will have concerns about the impact that the government's approach will have on their competitiveness. Read More »

Pound falls sharply on Brexit deal advice

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Remember, in November past year, the European Union approved May's Brexit deal but her agreement with the bloc was unceremoniously rejected by members of her own party, as well as the opposition. Unveiling details of a tariff plan that would last for up to 12 months in the wake of a no-deal Brexit, the government said 87 per cent of total imports to the United Kingdom by value would be eligible for tariff-free access, up from 80 per cent now. Read More »

Well-positioned phone blocks arrow from hitting man in attack

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An Australian man used his smartphone as a shield to block an arrow that was sacked at him during a skirmish, according to police. A 43-year-old man stopped his auto at his driveway at a Nimbin property on Wednesday morning and noticed a man he knew, reportedly armed with the archery gear, NSW police said. Read More »

Bloody Sunday: Derry awaits decision on 1972 killings

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The march had been banned by Northern Ireland's police and the British Army, but organizers wanted a peaceful demonstration, avoiding confrontation at the barricades with the well-armed soldiers. "If you have a family member and something like that happens to them. your brother, your poor dead brother is treated like he never existed, that he wasn't worth justice, what every one of us are entitled to". Read More »

Anti-Brexit Britons hit Irish pub in Brussels to watch vote

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The companies owned by the Templeton Global Growth Fund (ASX: TGG) in the United Kingdom, though, are mostly multinationals i.e. businesses not exclusively dependent on the United Kingdom economy. Juncker warned Britain "there will be no new negotiations" if lawmakers rejected the deal again. The Daily Mail says there is now speculation over how long Mrs May will remain as Prime Minister, although her aides have insisted she has not considered resigning. Read More »

Facebook faces criminal investigation

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Facebook is facing a slew of lawsuits and regulatory inquiries over its privacy practices, including ongoing investigations by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission and two state agencies in NY. "This episode has clearly hurt us", Facebook CEO Zuckerberg told Congress previous year while speaking about the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The Times report emerged on the same day that Facebook saw widespread outages on its apps, including Facebook ... Read More »

UK PM May suffers blow ahead of big Brexit vote

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May flew to Strasbourg , France, late Monday for talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. The leaders of the 28 member states will meet next week on March 21 for a long-planned European Council summit, but officials say there will be no third chance to rejig a deal already rejected once by Westminster lawmakers. Read More »

Victims killed, injured during school shooting in Brazil

Aged between 20 and 25 years old, the alleged attackers are not believed by police to be former students of the school that has some 1,000 primary and secondary students. "Then a lot of kids started running out, all screaming", he said. "I thought [the sound] was from bombs", said teacher Sandra Perez. Two young men, wearing hoods and carrying several weapons, opened fire at a school in southern Brazil on Wednesday, killing eight people before taking their own lives, the governor of Sao ... Read More »

Mafia boss shot dead outside home

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Cali was rushed to Staten Island University North Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. In January 1997, an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent reportedly notified Italian police of Cali's distinctive standing as a member of crime families on both sides of the ocean, after he was "combined" into the Gambino family. Read More »

Beto O’Rourke to Announce 2020 Presidential Bid

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He plans to formally announce his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday, according to KTSM. It's official. Beto O'Rourke says he's running for president. O'Rourke, who captured national attention in his ultimately unsuccessful bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Despite O'Rourke's narrow loss, his high-profile candidacy helped Democrats retake House seats and control of the chamber. Read More »

Michael Cohen's attorney sends letter clarifying pardon testimony

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Nadler also said Whitaker told the lawmakers that he was involved in conversations about U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman's recusal from the Cohen investigation in the Southern District of NY and about whether its campaign finance case involving hush money payments to two women who claim they had affairs with Trump had gone too far. Read More »

China calls for ‘responsible discussions’ ahead of UNSC meet on JeM

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The JeM had taken responsibility for the attack on a CRPF bus on February 14th at Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) in which over 40 personnel were killed. India expressed disappointment over the development on Wednesday. "China will continue to adopt responsible attitude and participate in the deliberations in the UNSC 1267 Committee", Lu said on Wednesday. Read More »

Trump responds to claims Melania has a body double

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US first lady Melania Trump greets residents March 8, 2019 in Opelika, Alabama, during a tour with US President Donald Trump of tornado-damaged areas in the southern US state. " Some people think that the first lady is using an imposter", Behar said , mockingly, before pulling up a tweet that included screengrabs of the first couple side by side in Opelika, Ala., on Friday. Read More »

United Nations probing North Korea sanction violations in 20 countries

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Any launch would send the stuttering talks on denuclearisation into disarray, after a high-stakes second summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un collapsed last month without a deal. "The United States government. expends a lot of resources and effort so we don't have to rely on commercial satellite imagery", he said. Washington and Pyongyang have remained committed to their historic dialogue since the first encounter between Trump and Kim in Singapore last June. Read More »

No military solution to Pak-India issues: Germany

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In Islamabad , Pakistan's Foreign Office said the objective of Mr. Qureshi's call was to provide Mr. Bolton Pakistan's perspective on the "recent regional developments". "They noted the strength of our partnership and discussed ways to further enhance cooperation, including on counter-terrorism", Palladino said. "Both sides called on Pakistan to meaningfully address the concerns of the global community on terrorism, including cross-border terrorism", the statement said. Read More »