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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro-Backed Body Usurps Venezuela Congress’ Authority

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro-Backed Body Usurps Venezuela Congress’ Authority

Assembly delegates approved a decree giving them the authority to pass legislation to guarantee the peace, sovereignty and economic well-being of Venezuelans in the face of what they consider machinations and sabotage by Maduro’s opponents. Since the constitutional assembly convened two weeks ago, Maduro has moved swiftly to jail opposition mayors and neutralize an outspoken critic from within his leftist ranks: chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Political Standoff: Congress Defies Push to Take Over its Powers

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Political Standoff: Congress Defies Push to Take Over its Powers

“They will have to kick us out with bullets,” said Freddy Guevara, Venezuela congress’ vice president, who tore up a copy of the edict while presiding over the special session. “But we will continue to defend this space the Venezuelan people gave us as long as we have the will and the means to do so.”

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: NCA Takes Over Legislative Powers from Opposition-Led Congress

VENEZUELA POLITICS: NCA Takes Over Legislative Powers from Opposition-Led Congress

One socialist party leader said for Venezuela lawmakers to continue meeting in the congressional building, they would need to seek permission from the NCA.

“We will teach them a historic lesson,” NCA President Delcy Rodriguez, who formerly served as Maduro’s foreign minister, said as delegates broke into loud applause while voting for the measure. We will not permit any more diverting of power” by the opposition, added Rodriguez, who formerly served as Maduro’s foreign minister. “The constituent assembly is here to impose order.”

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Trump Threatens Military Intervention in Venezuela

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Trump Threatens Military Intervention in Venezuela

“The people are suffering and they are dying. We have many options for Venezuela including a possible military option if necessary,” U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters in an impromptu question and answer session.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Slams Mitch McConnell Over Healthcare Failure

USA POLITICS: Trump Slams Mitch McConnell Over Healthcare Failure

U.S. President Donald Trump says, “Senator Mitch McConnell said I had “excessive expectations,” but I don’t think so. After 7 years of hearing Repeal & Replace, why not done? Can you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed Repeal & Replace for 7 years, couldn’t get it done. Must Repeal & Replace ObamaCare!”

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USA POLITICS: Russia Reacts to White House Soap Opera With a Shrug

USA POLITICS: Russia Reacts to White House Soap Opera With a Shrug

Russian officials trying to interact with the U.S. administration on mundane organizational issues say privately the turbulence in the White House causes them headaches because they don’t know who to talk to, or can wait weeks for answers to their questions. “Nobody pays any attention any more, or expects any improvements,” said a person close to the Russian government, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to discuss foreign policy issues.

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USA POLITICS: Russia Sanctions Go Against EU Energy Security, Free Trade: US Senator Richard Black Says

USA POLITICS: Russia Sanctions Go Against EU Energy Security, Free Trade: US Senator Richard Black Says

US Senator Black said he believes that in pushing for Russia sanctions, Congress is attempting to use a political tool to gain economic advantage.

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Duterte to Congress: Extend Martial Law in Southern Island of Mindanao

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Duterte to Congress: Extend Martial Law in Southern Island of Mindanao

Duterte further told the congressmen that the militancy in the south would not be crushed by July 22, when his two-month martial law expires.

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PERU POLITICS: Peruvians Protest Against Possible Pardon of Fujimori

PERU POLITICS: Peruvians Protest Against Possible Pardon of Fujimori

Fujimori has been convicted of leading groups that massacred civilians and kidnapped journalists during his years in office from 1990-2000.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: U.S. ‘Corporate Transparency Act of 2017’ to Expose Illicit Funds From Nigeria

NIGERIA POLITICS: U.S. ‘Corporate Transparency Act of 2017’ to Expose Illicit Funds From Nigeria

Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun, stressed the long-term commitment needed to combat cross-border illicit financial transactions.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Michel Temer Charged With Taking Multimillion-Dollar Bribes

BRAZIL POLITICS: Michel Temer Charged With Taking Multimillion-Dollar Bribes

Temer’s office and his attorney, Antonio Mariz, declined to comment on the charges. Temer has repeatedly said he is innocent of any wrongdoing.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Prosecutor Janot to Charge Temer for Bribery

BRAZIL POLITICS: Prosecutor Janot to Charge Temer for Bribery

Lawmakers in Temer’s alliance say they have the one-third of lower-house votes required to block any charges against Temer.

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USA POLITICS: Karen Handel Wins Most Expensive Congressional Race in History

USA POLITICS: Karen Handel Wins Most Expensive Congressional Race in History

“Tonight I stand before you honored at the privilege and high responsibility you have given me,” Handel told a boisterous crowd that chanted Trump’s name.

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USA POLITICS: Bitter and Angry, Democrats Squabble Over Trump Impeachment Plan

USA POLITICS: Bitter and Angry, Democrats Squabble Over Trump Impeachment Plan

Representative Al Green (D-Texas) stood in solidarity with Sherman, saying, Trump “continues to validate the reasons why he should be impeached.”

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USA POLITICS: Trump Waives Law Requiring US Embassy in Jerusalem

USA POLITICS: Trump Waives Law Requiring US Embassy in Jerusalem

“President Donald Trump signed the waiver under the Jerusalem Embassy Act and delayed moving US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” White House.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Brazilians Demand Temer’s Resignation

BRAZIL POLITICS: Brazilians Demand Temer’s Resignation

Temer could also be forced out if an electoral court annuls the 2014 re-election of Rousseff and Temer, her running mate, on accusations the ticket was funded by illegal campaign donations.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Allies Temer Prepare for ‘The Day After’

BRAZIL POLITICS: Allies Temer Prepare for ‘The Day After’

Temer’s coalition partners and members of his own party are seeking agreement on a caretaker to replace the scandal-plagued president, who they see as too damaged to govern.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Trump Did Not Divulge Secrets to Russia: Putin Offers Transcript to Prove it

RUSSIA POLITICS: Trump Did Not Divulge Secrets to Russia: Putin Offers Transcript to Prove it

President Putin deployed his trademark sarcasm on Wednesday to make clear he thought the accusation that Trump had divulged secrets absurd.

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USA POLITICS: Al Green Democratic Congressman First to Call for Trump Impeachment in US Congress

USA POLITICS: Al Green Democratic Congressman First to Call for Trump Impeachment in US Congress

Al Green, of Texas, told fellow representatives in Congress declares: “This is where I stand. I will not be moved. The President must be impeached.”

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INDIA POLITICS: 63-Page Political Chargesheet Presented By BJP Against Siddaramaiah Government

INDIA POLITICS: 63-Page Political Chargesheet Presented By BJP Against Siddaramaiah Government

Accusing the Siddaramaiah government of bad governance, corruption and betraying the people’s trust, the chargesheet lists its 29 major lapses.

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