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Venezuela’s Guaido proposes all options be kept open to oust Maduro after aid blocked
File photos of Juan Guaido and Nicolas Maduro. AFP

Venezuela’s Guaido proposes all options be kept open to oust Maduro after aid blocked

24 Feb 2019 | 9:31 AM

CARACAS: Venezuelan Opposition leader Juan Guaido said on Saturday that President Nicolas Maduro’s use of troops to violently block the entry of humanitarian aid meant he would propose to the international community that all options remain open to oust Maduro.

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Caracas, February 24

Venezuelan Opposition leader Juan Guaido said on Saturday that President Nicolas Maduro’s use of troops to violently block the entry of humanitarian aid meant he would propose to the international community that all options remain open to oust Maduro.

“Today’s events force me to make a decision: To formally propose to the International Community that we must have all options open to secure the freedom of our country, which fights and will keep fighting,” Guaido said on Twitter.

Troops had turned back foreign aid convoys from Venezuela’s border using teargas and rubber rounds on Saturday, killing at least two protesters. Reuters

Ties with Colombia off, envoys must leave within 24 hrs: Maduro

Ties with Colombia off, envoys must leave within 24 hrs: Maduro

24 Feb 2019 | 7:04 AM

CARACAS:Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Saturday that his government had broken relations with Colombia and would expel some Colombian diplomatic staff after Colombia assisted the opposition's efforts to bring humanitarian aid into the country.

After Venezuela violence, Pence to meet with Guaido in Colombia

After Venezuela violence, Pence to meet with Guaido in Colombia

24 Feb 2019 | 9:39 AM

WASHINGTON: US Vice-President Mike Pence plans to have his first meeting with Venezuela’s Juan Guaido in Colombia on Monday, Pence aides said, in a signal of support for the opposition leader after a weekend of violence.

Cargo jet with three on board crashes near Houston airport

Cargo jet with three on board crashes near Houston airport

24 Feb 2019 | 9:49 AM

NEW YORK: A Boeing 767 cargo jetliner with three people on board crashed into a bay near Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport on Saturday, police and officials said.

Myanmar army warns against altering ‘essence’ of Constitution

Myanmar army warns against altering ‘essence’ of Constitution

24 Feb 2019 | 7:04 AM

YANGON:Myanmar’s military on Saturday said they would thwart attempts by leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party to alter the “essence” of the country’s controversial Constitution, putting the army and civilian administration on a collision course over the politically-charged issue.

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Judge to climb Statue of Liberty before sentencing protester

24 Feb 2019 | 7:04 AM

New York: A US federal judge has received permission to climb the Statue of Liberty before sentencing the protester who illegally scrambled up the iconic monument last year.

Aid standoff: Venezuela sees violent protests

24 Feb 2019 | 7:05 AM

Venezuela: Venezuelan troops fired tear gas at protesters unable to cross into Colombia on Saturday after President Nicolas Maduro closed the border to stop the opposition bringing US humanitarian aid into the nation.

Cardinal admits Church files on paedophile priests 'destroyed'

23 Feb 2019 | 10:03 PM

VATICAN CITY: A top Catholic cardinal admitted on Saturday that Church files on priests who sexually abused children were destroyed or never even drawn up, a move that allowed paedophiles to prey on others.

US judge to climb Statue of Liberty before sentencing protester

US judge to climb Statue of Liberty before sentencing protester

23 Feb 2019 | 7:58 PM

NEW YORK: A US federal judge has received permission to climb the Statue of Liberty before sentencing the protester who illegally scrambled up the iconic monument last year.

US judge to climb Statue of Liberty before sentencing protestor

23 Feb 2019 | 7:56 PM

NEW YORK: A US federal judge has received permission to climb the Statue of Liberty before sentencing the protestor who illegally scrambled up the iconic monument last year.

Pakistani police arrest 2 men trying to blow up gas line

Pakistani police arrest 2 men trying to blow up gas line

23 Feb 2019 | 3:13 PM

MULTAN: Pakistani counterterrorism police say they have arrested two insurgents attempting to blow up the main gas pipeline in the central city of Bahawalpur.

Gunfire heard in cities as Nigerians finally go to the polls

Gunfire heard in cities as Nigerians finally go to the polls

23 Feb 2019 | 2:21 PM

DAURA: Gunfire opened Nigeria’s delayed election day on Saturday as President Muhammadu Buhari seeks a second term in Africa’s most populous nation.

United States charges man accused in leak of Singapore HIV data

United States charges man accused in leak of Singapore HIV data

23 Feb 2019 | 12:41 PM

SINGAPORE: Authorities in the United States have charged a man accused of leaking information on thousands of HIV victims in Singapore with possession and unlawful transfer of stolen documents.

US threatens new sanctions on Venezuela if aid convoys blocked: Official

US threatens new sanctions on Venezuela if aid convoys blocked: Official

23 Feb 2019 | 12:22 PM

WASHINGTON: The US government could announce new sanctions to pressure Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro as early as next week unless his military defies orders to block convoys of humanitarian aid planned for this weekend, a senior administration official said on Friday.

Trans asylum-seeker killed after US deportation back to El Salvador

Trans asylum-seeker killed after US deportation back to El Salvador

23 Feb 2019 | 12:20 PM

SAN SALVADOR: A Salvadoran transgender woman who sought asylum in the United States was killed weeks after she was deported, a rights group said on Friday, underscoring the dangers of the Trump administration’s hardening policy on asylum seekers.

Cohen gave prosecutors information on Trump family business: NYT

Cohen gave prosecutors information on Trump family business: NYT

23 Feb 2019 | 12:17 PM

NEW YORK: US President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen met last month with federal prosecutors in Manhattan and provided information about potential irregularities in the Trump family business, the New York Times reported on Friday.

‘House of horrors’: California parents of 13 children plead guilty to torture

‘House of horrors’: California parents of 13 children plead guilty to torture

23 Feb 2019 | 1:48 PM

RIVERSIDE: A California couple who shackled some of their 13 children to beds and starved them have pleaded guilty to torture and other abuse.

Vietnam announces visit by N Korean leader Kim, ahead of summit with Trump

Vietnam announces visit by N Korean leader Kim, ahead of summit with Trump

23 Feb 2019 | 12:27 PM

HANOI: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will make an official visit to Vietnam in "coming days", its foreign ministry said on Saturday, as the southeast Asian nation prepares for his summit with US President Donald Trump next week in the capital, Hanoi.

Fake news: Kim and Trump lookalikes draw crowds in Hanoi

Fake news: Kim and Trump lookalikes draw crowds in Hanoi

23 Feb 2019 | 12:01 PM

HANOI: Cars stopped and tourists gawked on Friday at what appeared to be North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wandering the streets of Hanoi.

NASA clears SpaceX test flight to International Space Station

NASA clears SpaceX test flight to International Space Station

23 Feb 2019 | 11:51 AM

CAPE CANAVERAL: NASA gave its final go-ahead on Friday to billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s SpaceX company to conduct its first unmanned test flight of a newly designed crew capsule to the International Space Station on March 2.

Top al-Qaeda commander killed in Sahel: France

Top al-Qaeda commander killed in Sahel: France

23 Feb 2019 | 11:48 AM

BAMAKO: French armed forces have killed a top jihadist leader in an air and ground ambush in Mali, the government said on Friday, ending a years-long hunt for a man accused of masterminding the kidnapping of Westerners in the Sahel region.

Democrats move to block Trump’s border emergency

Democrats move to block Trump’s border emergency

23 Feb 2019 | 11:46 AM

WASHINGTON: US Democrats on Friday rolled out their measure aimed at blocking President Donald Trump from circumventing Congress to seize federal dollars for construction of his controversial southern border wall.

Sudan’s Bashir declares state of emergency, dissolves govt

Sudan’s Bashir declares state of emergency, dissolves govt

23 Feb 2019 | 11:43 AM

KHARTOUM: Sudan President Omar al-Bashir, facing the country’s biggest popular protests since he came to power 30 years ago, declared a one-year state of emergency on Friday and called on Parliament to postpone constitutional amendments that would allow him to seek another term in a 2020 presidential election.

Trump says he’s inclined to extend China trade deadline and meet Xi soon

Trump says he’s inclined to extend China trade deadline and meet Xi soon

23 Feb 2019 | 12:23 PM

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump said on Friday there was “a very good chance” the United States would strike a deal with China to end their trade war and that he was inclined to extend his March 1 tariff deadline and meet soon with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Trump picks Canada envoy Craft to replace Haley as UN ambassador

Trump picks Canada envoy Craft to replace Haley as UN ambassador

23 Feb 2019 | 11:35 AM

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump said on Friday he is nominating Kelly Craft, his envoy to Canada, to be the next US ambassador to the United Nations.

Twitter co-founder Evan Williams leaving board

Twitter co-founder Evan Williams leaving board

23 Feb 2019 | 11:04 AM

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter co-founder and one-time chief executive Evan Williams is stepping down from the board, leaving the one-to-many messaging service to focus on "other projects." Williams will depart the Twitter board at the end of this month, according to a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday.

Withdrawal of US troops from S Korea not under consideration, says Trump ahead of meet with Kim

Withdrawal of US troops from S Korea not under consideration, says Trump ahead of meet with Kim

23 Feb 2019 | 10:49 AM

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has ruled out the possibility of withdrawing American troops from South Korea as part of any deal with North Korea.

Time's Up CEO resigns after son accused of sexual misconduct

Time's Up CEO resigns after son accused of sexual misconduct

23 Feb 2019 | 10:27 AM

NEW YORK: The chief executive of Time's Up, the movement, which rose in response to the Harvey Weinstein scandal, resigned from her position on Friday following allegations of misconduct against her son.

US teenage girls charged with robbing bank

US teenage girls charged with robbing bank

23 Feb 2019 | 3:09 PM

FALL RIVER: Police in Massachusetts have charged teenage girls ages 14 and 15 with robbing a bank. Fall River police say the 14-year-old girl walked into a BayCoast Bank branch in the city on Wednesday afternoon and told a teller she would “blow everything up and kill everybody” if the teller did not hand over cash.

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Israel’s first lunar lander launched into space

23 Feb 2019 | 7:38 AM

Cape canaveral: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on Thursday night carrying Israel’s first lunar lander on a mission that if successful will make the Jewish state only the fourth nation to achieve a controlled touchdown on the moon’s surface.

ISI ex-chief guilty of violating Pak military code

ISI ex-chief guilty of violating Pak military code

23 Feb 2019 | 7:38 AM

ISLAMABAD:The Pakistani army on Friday held spy agency ISI’s former chief Lt Gen Asad Durrani (retd) guilty of violating the military code of conduct by co-authoring a controversial book with India’s former intelligence head and punished him by stopping his pension and other benefits.

Indian-American admits to immigration fraud

23 Feb 2019 | 7:38 AM

NEW YORK:A 70-year-old man of Indian-descent, who pretended to be a US government official, has admitted to running a multi-million-dollar immigration fraud that duped over 100 people, according to federal prosecutors.

Trump to take final call on work permit policy for H1B spouses

23 Feb 2019 | 7:38 AM

WASHINGTON:The White House has formally received the proposed changes in the existing regulations to end the work authorisation for spouses of the holders of H-1B visas, the most sought-after among Indian IT professionals.

Venezuela shuts border with BrazilAid Standoff

Venezuela shuts border with Brazil

23 Feb 2019 | 7:38 AM

CARACAS:Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the closure of Venezuela’s border with Brazil in an increasingly fraught power struggle with Juan Guaido, the opposition leader spearheading efforts to bring humanitarian aid into the country despite a military blockade.

UK backlash at Meghan's lavish US baby shower

UK backlash at Meghan's lavish US baby shower

22 Feb 2019 | 10:16 PM

LONDON: Meghan Markle drew fresh scorn from British media this week after celebrating the imminent arrival of her first baby with what they described as an "extravagant" trip to New York in a private jet.

PM Theresa May warned of new Brexit revolt

PM Theresa May warned of new Brexit revolt

22 Feb 2019 | 8:15 PM

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday warned of a new revolt brewing within her otherwise loyal group of party parliamentarians over fears that a chaotic no-deal Brexit is not being ruled out in time for the March 29 deadline for Britain’s exit from the European Union.

Book row: Pak Army holds former ISI chief guilty of violating military code of conduct

Book row: Pak Army holds former ISI chief guilty of violating military code of conduct

22 Feb 2019 | 8:13 PM

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Army on Friday held spy agency ISI’s former chief Lt Gen (retd) Asad Durrani guilty of violating military code of conduct by co-authoring a controversial book with India’s former intelligence head and punished him by stopping his pension and other benefits.

Saudi Arabia strikes $10 bln China deal, talks de-radicalisation with Xi

Saudi Arabia strikes $10 bln China deal, talks de-radicalisation with Xi

22 Feb 2019 | 7:06 PM

BEIJING: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman cemented a $10 billion deal for a refining and petrochemical complex in China on Friday, meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping who urged joint efforts to counter extremism and terror.

Five children die from 'food poisoning' in Karachi

Five children die from 'food poisoning' in Karachi

22 Feb 2019 | 3:07 PM

KARACHI: Five children of a family died from suspected food poisoning on Friday after dining at a restaurant here, police said.

Google remembers Irwin, the crocodile hunter

Google remembers Irwin, the crocodile hunter

22 Feb 2019 | 11:47 AM

NEW DELHI: Google on Friday dedicated a doodle celebrating wildlife conservationist and television personality Steve Irwin's life and legacy, whom many grew up watching wrestling giant crocodiles in the Australian wilderness.

Google ends forced arbitration for employees globally

Google ends forced arbitration for employees globally

22 Feb 2019 | 11:20 AM

SAN FRANCISCO: After facing intense protests over sexual misconduct and discrimination at workplace, Google has decided to end the forced arbitration policy for its employees.

Japanese spacecraft lands on asteroid, takes samples

22 Feb 2019 | 11:09 AM

TOKYO: A Japanese spacecraft successfully touched down on the asteroid Ryugu on Friday, which is some 340 million km from Earth, to take samples that could provide clues on the origins of the solar system.

2,600 foreign journalists to cover Trump-Kim summit in Vietnam

2,600 foreign journalists to cover Trump-Kim summit in Vietnam

22 Feb 2019 | 11:05 AM

HANOI: At least 2,600 foreign journalists have registered to cover the second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un slated to be held here on February 27-28, a Vietnamese Minister has confirmed.

US claims Alabama woman who joined IS is not its citizenglobe trot

US claims Alabama woman who joined IS is not its citizen

22 Feb 2019 | 7:41 AM

WASHINGTON: An Alabama woman who joined the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria will not be allowed to return to the United States with her toddler son because she is not an American citizen, the US said on Wednesday.

70 killed in major Bangladesh fire

70 killed in major Bangladesh fire

22 Feb 2019 | 7:41 AM

DHAKA:A fire ravished adjoining apartment buildings and chemical warehouses in a historic part of the Bangladesh capital Dhaka, killing at least 70 persons and injuring several others.

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