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US urges its citizens to avoid travelling to Venezuela

The United States has urged its citizens to avoid all travel to crisis-torn Venezuela, citing risks of crime and arrest and the US embassy’s limited ability to assist. The State Department had earlier listed Venezuela as Level 3, meaning that Americans should reconsider visits.While the new travel advisory concerns the security of US citizens as...

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Members of Parliament set to vote on Brexit deal

Members of Parliament are preparing to vote on whether to back Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal for leaving the European Union. May has called for politicians to back her deal or risk “letting the British people down”. But with many of her own parliamentarians expected to join opposition parties to vote against the deal, it...

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Slovak presidential vote set for March 16

Slovaks will elect a new president in March, firing the starting gun on a leadership race that remains wide open. This is according to a statement by NATO and eurozone member’s speaker of parliament Andrej Danko. Incumbent president Andrej Kiska, who is a vocal critic of the governing three-party coalition, announced in May that he...

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Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro rejects global migration pact

Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro reaffirmed his rejection of a global migration pact, saying decisions about who was able to come into his country need to be “sovereign.” His comments, posted in a series of messages on his Twitter account, reinforced Bolsonaro’s declaration before he took office last week that he was going to pull...

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DR Congo opposition candidate warns against ‘disguising truth’ of election

Opposition presidential candidate Martin Fayulu has warned electoral authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo on not to “disguise the truth of the polls”, as tensions mounted over delayed election results. In one of his first statements since the December 30 vote, Fayulu urged the authorities to publish who had won. The elections, postponed three times...

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World Bank President Jim Yong Kim announces resignation

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has announced he would step down next month, more than three years before his current term was due to expire. The decision ends Kim’s six-year tenure and may give US President Donald decisive influence over the future leadership of the global development lender. According to Kim in a statement,...

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Military takes over Gabon in coup plot

Gabon soldiers say they have seized power in oil-rich Country, where the ailing leader’s family President Ali Bongo has ruled for 50 years. Soldiers in the West African country say they launched a coup to restore democracy, taking control of the national radio to read a short statement announcing a “National Restoration Council”.

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Malaysia’s King Muhammad The Fifth resigns

Malaysia’s King Muhammad The Fifth has resigned, the first time a monarch has stepped down from the throne in the country before completing their five-year tenure. The National Palace said in a statement that Muhammad’s resignation took effect immediately, but did not give a reason for the 49-year-old royal’s abrupt move. IN ANOTHER NEWS –...

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Democrats challenge President Trump on partial government shutdown

The Democrat-controlled US House of Representatives has voted to end a partial government shutdown – but the move looks certain to be vetoed by President Donald Trump. Trump has said he will reject any measure that does not provide funding for his proposed US-Mexico border wall, but New House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said no funding...

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US and Colombia vow to reduce coca production by 50 per cent

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he is “deeply concerned” about the increased production of coca leaf, the raw material for cocaine, in Colombia. At a meeting with Colombian President Ivan Duque, Pompeo said the two countries would try to reduce coca production by 50% in 2023. Colombia has already vowed to step up...

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Zimbabwe president cuts short holiday over doctors’ strike

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa cut short his annual vacation to try to resolve an impasse with doctors who have been on strike for a month. According to a government spokesman, hundreds of junior doctors in public hospitals across Zimbabwe withdrew their services in November demanding salaries in US dollars, an increase in on-call allowances and...

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Chinese President Xi Jinping urges Taiwan people to unite with China

Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged the people of Taiwan to accept it “must and will be” reunited with China. In a speech marking 40 years since the start of improving ties, he reiterated Beijing’s call for peaceful unification on a one-country-two-systems basis but also warned that China reserved the right to use force. While...

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US and Israel formally quit UNESCO

The United States and Israel have officially quit the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO. The withdrawal is mainly procedural yet serves a new blow to UNESCO, co-founded by the US after World War II to foster peace. The Trump administration filed its notice to withdraw in October 2017 and Israeli Prime Minister...

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