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North Korea test fires two more missiles after rejecting talks with South

The South Korean military said in a statement that the North fired two “unidentified projectiles” from a site near the city of Tongchon on Friday. South Korea’s military officials said they were analyzing data they acquired through radar and other intelligence-gathering equipment to determine what type of projectiles had been launched. Seoul has described most of the North’s previous launches as…

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Russia, Venezuela defense chiefs sign naval pact on warship port visits

The military agreement was signed in Moscow on Thursday between Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and his visiting Venezuelan counterpart Vladimir Padrino Lopez, the Interfax news agency reported. The development came nearly a week after President Nicolas Maduro vowed during a rally in Caracas that Venezuela ready to resist and “defeat” Washington’s “imperialist blockade” against the South American nation. Venezuelans line up to sign petition opposing US sanctionsPeople…

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Hundreds march against public education budget cuts in Brazil

Union leaders called for a strike in the education sector, denouncing funding cuts from elementary schools to higher public education and plans to open federal universities to private investment. The government says it is implementing the cuts across the board and in an equal way. The latest cuts of 348 million reals (about 87 million dollars) were imposed last month, targeting…

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US sanctions will worsen situation for long-suffering Venezuelans: UN warns

US President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Monday, stating that “all property and interests in property of the government of Venezuela that are in the United States… are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in.” The order is also designed to prevent third-party countries doing business with the government of President Nicolas Maduro. The…

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Venezuelan government cancels talks with opposition to protest US asset freeze

The Venezuelan government said in a statement on Wednesday that President Nicolas Maduro “has decided not to send the Venezuelan delegation” to talks with the opposition on Thursday and Friday “due to the grave and brutal aggression” being “continuously… carried out by the Trump administration against Venezuela, which includes the illegal blocking of our economic, commercial, and financial activities.” On…

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Venezuela: Asset freeze by US equals economic terrorism

In a statement on Tuesday, Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry strongly censured the US move as “another serious aggression by the [US President Donald] Trump administration through arbitrary economic terrorism against the Venezuelan people.” Trump issued an executive order on Monday blocking “all property and interests in property of the Government of Venezuela that are in the United States.” The measure, the…

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Maduro Says Has Evidence US’ Bolton Masterminded 2018 Assassination Attempt

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that he had evidence, proving that US National Security Adviser John Bolton had masterminded the 2018 attempted assassination of the Venezuelan leader. In August 2018, a military parade in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas, attended by Maduro, was interrupted by what the authorities said was an assassination attempt on the life of the president. Later…

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Inhuman Trump orders freeze on all Venezuelan govt. assets in US

Trump issued an executive order on Monday, blocking “all property and interests in property of the Government of Venezuela that are in the United States.” The measure, the first of its kind against a government in the Western Hemisphere in over 30 years, also banned transactions with the Venezuelan government. It also prohibited “the making of any contribution or provision…

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Maduro repudiates Trump’s quarantine threat, saying Venezuela ready for battle

Speaking during a live television interview, Maduro said that such measures were “illegal” and all Venezuelans were ready to respond in kind. “All of Venezuela, in a civic-military union, repudiates and rejects the statements of Donald Trump about a supposed quarantine, of a supposed blockade,” Maduro said in a state television broadcast on Friday.  “A blockade, why would he announce…

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Insane Trump names Brazil ‘major non-NATO ally of US’

“I hereby designate the Federative Republic of Brazil as a major Non-NATO Ally of the United States for the purposes of the Act and the Arms Export Control Act,” Trump said in a memorandum issued by the White House late on Wednesday. The US’s non-NATO allies are not members of the military alliance but still have priority access to the…

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