Trump administration’s neocon war hawks target Venezuela: US Congresswoman

US President Donald Trump is surrounded by neoconservative war hawks who have a history of supporting regime change wars in the past and now are calling for the overthrow of the legitimate government of President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela, an American Congresswoman says. Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii – a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate – said in an interview with MSNBC television network on Tuesday that the Trump administration’s foreign policy is highly influenced by the “neocon war hawks” who once supported regime change wars in Libya, Iraq and Syria,…

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Climate-change protesters vow to disrupt London underground

Environmental activists in the UK vowed to disrupt London underground train services in a third day of action on Wednesday in a bid to force the British government to take more radical measures to avert what they cast as an imminent global climate cataclysm. Climate group Extinction Rebellion has ratcheted up its protests in recent weeks, blocking Marble Arch, Oxford Circus and Waterloo Bridge, smashing a door at the Shell building and shocking lawmakers with a semi-nude protest in parliament. A total of 290 people were arrested on Monday and…

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Trump calls Omar’s statements ‘anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and ungrateful’

US President Donald Trump has censured House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for defending Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, saying the Minnesota Democrat is “out of control.” According to Press TV, Trump tweeted “Before Nancy, who has lost all control of Congress and is getting nothing done, decides to defend her leader, Rep. Omar, she should look at the anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and ungrateful U.S. HATE statements Omar has made.” “She is out of control, except for her control of Nancy!” he added. Earlier on Monday, an adviser Trump’s reelection campaign…

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German, Spanish MPs protest outside UK jail holding Assange

Three European politicians have held a protest outside a British jail where press freedom activist Julian Assange is being held pending a trial on his extradition to the United States. According to Press TV, Spanish Member of Parliament Ana Miranda joined German lawmakers Heike Hansel and Sevim Dagdelen in the vigil outside the Belmarsh Prison to demand British and European Union officials to prevent an extradition of Assange to the US where he could face a hefty prison sentence or even death for alleged attempts to access classified military information.…

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Shooting outside nightclub leaves one dead in Australia

Firemen wash away bloodstains after a security guard was shot dead in a drive-by shooting outside a popular Melbourne nightclub on April 14, 2019.

A security guard is dead and another man is fighting for his life after a drive-by shooting outside a popular Melbourne nightclub, police said Sunday, amid a spate of gun violence in Australia’s second-largest city. Police said four men — three security guards and a patron waiting to get in — were shot outside the Love Machine club in the trendy inner-city suburb of Prahran early Sunday morning. “It would appear that shots have been discharged from a car in this area into a crowd that was standing outside the…

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Putin hails Russian military advancements, says new ICBM almost final

Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile is in its final testing phase, hailing the amount of work the Russian military has put into developing advanced weapons. According to Press TV, speaking at a meeting with senior officers and prosecutors on the occasion of their promotion on Thursday, Putin commended the “large-scale systematic work that has been conducted in recent years to comprehensively develop the army and provide advanced military hardware for the armed forces.” He noted that “the final tests of the Sarmat missile…

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Sudan and the end of 30-year rule of Omar al-Bashir

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who has ruled the country for nearly 30 years has stepped down and that consultations are underway to form a transitional council. Defense Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf addressed the nation Thursday afternoon, announcing that al-Bashir had been arrested “in a safe place.” He called for a state of emergency for three months and a transitional period of two years, as well as a national ceasefire. He spoke about the growing inequality that had gripped the country, and noted that “despite all the suffering, despite…

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Castro: Cuba won’t abandon Venezuela despite US blackmail

Cuban Communist Party leader Raul Castro says his country will never cease supporting its ally Venezuela under pressure by the United States, which has threatened Havana with more sanctions over its support of the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. The 87-year-old former president of Cuba made the remarks during a speech at the National Assembly of People’s Power, the country’s parliament, on Wednesday, adding that the island nation had been boosting its defense preparedness in recent months in view of heightened US hostility. “We will never abandon our duty…

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Tory Islamophobes team up against Javid to block his premiership bid

A row over institutionalized Islamophopbia in Britain’s ruling Conservative Party has deepened as supporters threaten to block a potential bid by Interior Minister Sajid Javid to become next British prime minister. The Buzzfeed News reported on Tuesday that an account on Twitter had released online discussions from some 20 self-professed Conservative Party members on how they could prevent Javid becoming prime minister. The information showed that Tory supporters have attacked Javid on Facebook for his Muslim background, as they vowed to do anything they can, including backing another candidate against…

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