Venezuela says it will split from OAS as unrest continues

April 27, 2017

… opposition in the latest wave of protests in the country. “In the OAS, we announced that if these intrusive, arbitrary, illicit, misdirected and rude actions were to persist against the sovereignty of our country, we would immediately proceed to denounce the letter of OAS and to initiate the definite withdrawal of Venezuela form this regional organization,” Rodriguez said. Lilian Tintori: Survival of Venezuela at stake Venezuela: How paradise got lost …

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Will Trump follow his heart or his head on French election?

April 24, 2017

… economic disenfranchisement, that ignited Donald Trump’s presidential campaign last year. She represents a threat to the strength and unity of the political institutions that have underpinned Western countries for the past half century, notably in her opposition to the EU and pledge to leave NATO. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …

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British and Irish Lions tour 2017: All you need to know

April 19, 2017

(CNN)Four nations, one rugby team. One goal — to win a Test series against the mighty All Blacks of New Zealand. The 2017 British and Irish Lions tour is approaching, one of the most anticipated events in world rugby. It happens every four years, and the privileged players to be selected for this summer’s party are set to be announced Wednesday. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …

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Turkey’s shell-shocked opposition struggles to find a way forward

April 18, 2017

Ankara, Turkey (CNN)Turkish citizens who did not want to give more powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a very hard Monday. There was quiet discontent in Ankara, as if its pockets of opposition had been zipped tight. Duysen Talas, a 28-year-old born in the capital, Ankara, was slouched over in a chair of the pro-Kurdish opposition party Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) headquarters. Talas, like many of the country’s 24 million “No” voters, woke up in a …

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In Ankara, celebrations for Erdogan mask a Turkish schism

April 17, 2017

… power. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH The opposition has called for a partial recount of about 37% of the votes, according to Erdal Aksunger of the CHP. As the opposition raged against the electoral board, the atmosphere at the victory rally remained steadfast in their support for their leader, with tones echoing the rhetoric of Erdogan’s nationalist, conservative case that’s dealt an increasingly authoritative hand to dissenting voices since a …

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Trump’s saber-rattling is North Korea’s propaganda dream come true

April 13, 2017

… opposition Democratic Party and frontrunner to be the country’s next President, said on Facebook that there “should never be a pre-emptive strike without South Korean consent.” “Neighboring countries are taking advantage of the absence of a president in South Korea to try to exclude us and handle issues on the Korean Peninsula according to their own understanding,” Moon said. The country’s former President, Park Geun-hye, was impeached after a corruption …

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Coalition and Syrian opposition forces repel ISIS attack

April 10, 2017

(CNN)Anti-ISIS coalition troops and allied Syrian opposition forces have repelled an attack by the terrorist group on a joint base in southern Syria, according to the coalition. “Coalition and partnered forces engaged and defended the ISIS attack with direct fire before destroying enemy assault vehicles and the remaining fighters with multiple coalition airstrikes,” the coalition said in a news release. It is not known how long the battle lasted. …

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Violent clashes in Venezuela as thousands protest socialist government

April 9, 2017

(CNN)Thousands of protesters clashed Saturday for a fifth consecutive day with security forces in Caracas, the Venezuelan capital. Officers in riot gear blocked a highway as marchers tried to advance, chanting “Liberty, Liberty!” Protesters tossed rocks and returned tear gas canisters used against them. The Venezuelan National Guard also used water tanks against the demonstrators as thousands of them marched from eastern Caracas, an opposition bastion, toward downtown, where most …

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Syria’s Assad Is Still Attracting Support From Some Leftists And ‘Alt-Right’ Nationalists

April 8, 2017

… headscarves and impose Islamic law. Given his enemy, then, Assad is justified in whatever he does. He is, after all, a secular man, with no beard and no wife in hijab. Radu Sigheti / Reuters The second favored talking point is related to the first. For those who like the idea of Assad as a secular option, the alternative must look irredeemably religious violently so, and driven to that violence by religious dogma. Gabbard for years has argued that the armed opposition to Assad is dominated …

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Male Lawmakers Suggest Women Go To The ‘Zoo’ For Abortions

April 8, 2017

State Sen. Bob Onder (R)spoke in opposition to a tax hike benefitting the St. Louis Zoo because he opposes the citys proposed ban on employers and landlords from discriminating against women for their reproductive choices. Onder, whose bill targeting abortion clinics had been filibustered the night before, lamented falsely that zoos are more heavily regulated than abortion clinics in Missouri. Maybe we should send the people that want an abortion to the St. Louis Zoo, because we know itll be …

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Hillary Clinton Calls For Strike On Syrian Regime’s Airfields

April 7, 2017

Clinton, the 2016 Democratic nominee, said at the Women in the World summit in New York City that a retaliatory strike would prevent Assad from carrying out similar attacks in the future. U.S. officials believe Assads regime is responsible for Tuesdays sarin gas attack on the opposition-held town of Khan Skeikhoun. Hillary Clinton said the U.S. should “take out” the Syrian regime’s airfileds.  I still believe we should have done a no-fly zone, she said.We should …

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House Republicans Were Handed A Historic Opportunity. They’re Blowing It.

April 7, 2017

… closer to passage than they were two weeks ago when GOP leaders pulled the health care bill from the floor, and members are heading back to their districts for two weeks. Presumably, dissatisfaction with what Republicans are discussing will further drive the conference away from a functional majority. Ive been here for eight years, Rooney told HuffPost on Wednesday. And for the Republican Party, we need to start passing bills that are positive, rather than just being an opposition or stopping …

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What we know about Syria’s chemical weapons

April 6, 2017

… something you just whip up,” he said. The idea that the Syrian opposition would be able to build the covert supply chain to make a nerve agent and then would move it around and store it in a warehouse, rather than a bunker, makes no sense, Kaszeta said. “It’s much more plausible that Assad, who’s used nerve agents in the past, is using them again,” he said. OPCW investigators have accused ISIS of using sulfur mustard, a blister agent, in Iraq and Syria. But …

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A huge sigh of relief on health care

March 29, 2017

(CNN)As House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the Republican health care bill from voting, I could almost hear the giant sigh of relief from Atlanta and across the nation’s health care establishment. Hidden in the nooks and crannies of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) was a provision to eliminate $1 billion in disease prevention funds from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Those cheers I imagine I hear right now in Atlanta are huzzahs from the CDC headquarters. …

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Clashes break out in Damascus after a surprise attack

March 20, 2017

(CNN)Syrian rebel groups launched a surprise attack on regime forces on the eastern outskirts of Damascus on Sunday, according to opposition groups, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Syrian state media. Clashes broke out in the Syrian capital, which has not seen such attacks in months, if not years, said SOHR Director Rami Abdel Rahman. The rebel fighters began the attack from the district of Jobar in northeastern Damascus, an area split between rebel and government control. The …

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Looking back on the political gambles of May and Sturgeon – BBC News

March 19, 2017

… should be glad. The opposition have ganged up on them several times this term already – should they have to bow to “the will of parliament” all the time, they would have had to repeal the football act, ban fracking, give Highlands and Islands its own board and accept that they are “failing teachers, parents and pupils”. Party politics There are still some party-political elements amid this grand constitutional row. In particular, it has cast the SNP and the …

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