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Serbia Lashes Out at U.S. After Diplomat's Warning on Venezuela

Serbia Lashes Out at U.S. After Diplomat's Warning on Venezuela(Bloomberg) -- Serbia rejected a warning from the U.S. over its support for embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro a week after Belgrade hosted a delegation from the Latin American state.

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 05:12:26 -0500
The Latest: US ambassador: Protect children, stop sex abuse

The Latest: US ambassador: Protect children, stop sex abuseVATICAN CITY (AP) The Latest on Pope Francis' sex abuse summit at the Vatican (all times local):

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 11:23:35 -0500
Fake news: Kim and Trump lookalikes draw crowds in Hanoi

Fake news: Kim and Trump lookalikes draw crowds in HanoiDays before the second summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump, to be held in Vietnam's capital, a Kim impersonator appeared at the Metropole Hotel, a back-up location for the meeting. Howard X, an Australian, has been cashing in on his resemblance to North Korea's leader, especially his haircut. It looks awful," Howard X said, adding it takes him three hours to prepare his outfit and get into character.

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 17:38:17 -0500
Pakistan military warns India against 'misadventure'

Pakistan military warns India against 'misadventure'Pakistan's military warned India on Friday against "misadventure", saying it was capable of responding to any threats as tensions simmer between the two nuclear-armed neighbours. "We hope you will not mess up with us," military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor told a press briefing in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, the second such message Pakistan has sent to New Delhi in as many days. Tensions have risen in the days following a suicide attack in Kashmir that killed 41 Indian paramilitaries and was claimed by Islamist group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), based in Pakistan.

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 10:47:58 -0500
Chicago police on Jussie Smollett arrest: Actor 'took advantage of the pain and anger of racism'

Chicago police on Jussie Smollett arrest: Actor 'took advantage of the pain and anger of racism'Jussie Smollett was taken into custody by police in Chicago early Thursday, three weeks after the 36-year-old Empire actor claimed he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack.

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 10:18:58 -0500
Southwest Airlines cancels nearly 400 flights as maintenance woes, winter storms linger

Southwest Airlines cancels nearly 400 flights as maintenance woes, winter storms lingerThe airline continues to have a higher-than-usual number of aircraft out of service due to maintenance and is dealing with snow in Las Vegas.

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 21:07:20 -0500
Canada looks to reunite Syrian family after fire claims seven kids

Canada looks to reunite Syrian family after fire claims seven kidsCanada is looking to quickly bring over siblings of a Syrian refugee distraught over the loss of her seven children in a Halifax house fire, the prime minister said Thursday. "The immigration minister is seized with this particular case," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said when asked if Ottawa would fast-track the immigration or asylum process to bring the woman's brothers to Canada in order to provide her with family support. The family was among tens of thousands of Syrian refugees welcomed by Canada over the past four years.

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 13:18:33 -0500
20 Affordable Indoor Planters We Love

20 Affordable Indoor Planters We Love

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 17:03:00 -0500
9 Great Utility Stocks to Buy for Income

9 Great Utility Stocks to Buy for IncomeWhen investors think of low-risk investments, they often think of utility stocks. When times get tough it's much easier to cut back on discretionary spending like travel or apparel than it is to materially reduce your energy use. Income investors are particularly drawn to energy utilities because consistent demand fuels consistent profits -- and regular dividends are the result.

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:26:39 -0500
Indigenous woman shot dead, a dozen injured, in border clashes with Venezuelan security forces

Indigenous woman shot dead, a dozen injured, in border clashes with Venezuelan security forcesA high stakes bid by the Venezuelan opposition to transport aid into the country turned deadly on Fridayas government forces opened fire on a group of indigenous volunteers, killing at least one woman and injuring 12. Members of the indigenous community in the southern town of Kumarakapay, bordering Brazil, on Friday nighttook the commander of the Venezuelan national guard prisoner in retaliation. Jose Miguel Montoya Rodriguez was being detained by members of the Pemon tribe, following the death of Zoraida Rodriguez in the clashes. The violence cast an ominous shadow over the massive aid delivery planned for Saturday, with hundreds of tonnes of medical supplies destined to be brought across the border from Brazil and Colombia. Juan Guaido, the self-declared interim president who has marshalled the hugely symbolic aid delivery, condemned the killing of Rodriguez, and promised to bring the perpetrators to justice. On Friday night,following a fundraising concert on the border organised by Sir Richard Branson, thousands of volunteers were preparing to bring the aid into Venezuela, in spite of the threats from President Nicolas Maduro that he would not allow it to pass. Organisers of the show, held on the Tienditas bridge, worked through the night to clear the bridge ahead of theaid caravan. Mr Maduro promised a rival concert on the other side of the bridge, and was reportedly offering $7 million to artists to perform, but by Friday night there was no sign of the show and musician after musician issued statements confirming they had been approached to perform, but turned it down. A caravan of trucks fanned out across Venezuela this week, destined for the border with the intention of loading the aid for distribution at the border points. Four processions will be met on the Venezuelan side by four people appointed by Mr Guaido, whose identity he has kept secret for their own safety. Mr Guaido himself set out from Caracas on Thursday in a procession of lorries towards the border, ready to collect the aid. Gaby Arellano, a 33-year-old opposition MPleading one of the convoys of aid was on Fridaydefiant about the risks of violence as she prepared to cross the border from the Colombian town of Cucuta. You know what really frightens me? she told The Telegraph,. The fact that my children will continue to suffer. Thats far more terrifying a thought than anything that could happen on the bridge. Russia, which along with Cuba and China continues to provide a crutch to Mr Maduros teetering regime, accused the United States on Fridayof using the aid deliveries as a ploy to carry out military action against Mr Maduro's government. Maria Zakharova, spokesman for the Russian foreign ministry, said Mr Guaido's plans to try to bring the aid across the border are aimed at provoking clashes to provide "a convenient pretext for conducting military action". Cucuta has four bridges crossing into Venezuela, and the volunteers, told to dress in white, will set out at 9am (2pm GMT) not smugglers in the night, said Jose Manuel Olivares, a 33-year-old doctor-turned-politician, who will on Saturdaylead one of the columns. We will do it by the light of day, with full transparency, because we have nothing to hide. Freddy Superlano, a deputy for the Chavez family state of Barinas, added: Weve thought it all through, with the aid. Its much more than politics. Its the survival of the nation. Mr Guaido insisted that the aid must be allowed to pass, and issued another plea to the soldiers to allow its safe passage. You must decide on which side you stand, at this decisive hour, he tweeted on Friday night. To the soldiers, between tonight and tomorrow you must decide how you want to be remembered. We know you stand with the people. Tomorrow you must show it.

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 10:36:12 -0500
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