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Humanitarian aid crosses into Venezuela as protesters clash, military defects
LorenzoT81/iStock (CARACAS) -- As peaceful aid workers started up trucks that would carry humanitarian aid across Venezuela's borders with Brazil and Colombia on Saturday, thousands of Venezuelans in need of food and medical supplies took to the streets to pressure the military to allow the much-needed aid into the country.The confrontations, most of which have occurred on the Venezuelan side of the borders, turned violent in many instances, threatening to further embroil the country into chaos.On the Simon Bolivar International Bridge, which crosses into the country from Colombia, Venezuelan authorities unleashed tear gas to disperse crowds, who had begun forming...
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un begins long journey to Vietnam ahead of 2nd summit with President Donald Trump
Linh Pham/Getty Images (PYONGYANG, North Korea) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un began an extended trek to Vietnam Saturday ahead of a second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in Hanoi.Trump, who is set to depart the U.S. late Monday for the long flight, will meet with Kim on Feb. 27 and 28. Trump will arrive in the Vietnamese capital on Tuesday morning Eastern time. Trump will make the nearly 20-hour trip on Air Force One; Kim, meanwhile, will arrive by his preferred method of travel: train."It may be difficult for the outside world to comprehend why he would...
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El Chapo to seek new trial after juror says in news interview panelists repeatedly violated judge's orders
Vladstudioraw/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Attorneys for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman said the convicted drug kingpin will seek a new trial in light of an interview in which one of the jurors who convicted the notorious Mexican cartel leader admitted ignoring the judge's orders not to read media reports about the case."Mr. Guzman intends to file a motion for a new trial based on the disclosures in the article and to request and evidentiary hearing to determine the extent of the misconduct," Guzman attorneys said in a letter to the court on Friday.The juror, who has not been identified, told VICE...
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Venezuela braces for aid deadline amid rival concerts on border; one held by Richard Branson
Lokman Ilhan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images (CUCUTA, Colombia) - Thousands of people gathered on Colombia's border with Venezuela Friday for a blockbuster concert backed by British billionaire Richard Branson aimed to raise money to alleviate suffering in Venezuela. The Venezuelan regime planned a competing concert across the border.The dueling concerts come as Venezuela's opposition braces for a Saturday ultimatum that its leader, Juan Guaido, has set for aid to enter the country. On Friday, tons of humanitarian aid sat in a warehouse in the Colombian border city of Cucuta, as Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro continued to block it from entering the country...
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Saudi prince's trip to China highlighted by $10 billion petrochemical deal
Bandar Algaloud / Saudi Kingdom Council / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images (BEIJING) -- Soon after Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman touched down in Beijing on Thursday, he made his way to the Great Wall of China, grinning and posing for the cameras.China is the last stop on MBS' economic goodwill tour of Asia, following visits to India and to Pakistan.Throughout his trip, the Saudi prince delivered economic gifts while trying to distance himself from the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.That murder -- "The idea that it goes all the way to the top is blindingly obvious," a State Department...
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American accused of spying in Russia speaks for first time since being jailed
Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images (MOSCOW) -- A Moscow court on Friday extended the detention of Paul Whelan, the former U.S. Marine held on espionage charges in Russia, for at least three additional months.Whelan spoke with reporters for the first time in court, telling them he was feeling "fine."The Lefortovsky District Court ordered Whelan held until at least May 28, allowing investigators to keep collecting evidence in his case.Speaking from a cage in the courthouse in which he was being held, Whelan told reporters he was not receiving letters from his family. Asked by ABC News if he wanted to say...
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Trump administration signals ISIS foreign fighters could be sent to Guantanamo Bay
zudin/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- As President Donald Trump seeks to wind down the fight against the Islamic State in Syria, his administration is increasingly leaving open the possibility that some of the group's foreign fighters be sent to the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.Trump has advocated as a private citizen, presidential candidate and even while in office to move more detainees to the facility. It was a stark contrast to his predecessor, who unsuccessfully sought to close it. As president, however, Trump has sent no one to Guantanamo.Instead, his administration is pushing for foreign ISIS fighters detained in Syria...
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'ISIS bride' sues US to enter amid citizenship fight, debate over fleeing fighters
ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- The father of a so-called "ISIS bride," who was born and raised in the U.S. and now wants to return home with her son, has sued the Trump administration after it declared that she is not a citizen and has no right to enter the country.The lawsuit, which was filed against President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, comes amid a storm of legal questions over the fate of foreign terrorist fighters who have been captured as the last ISIS territory is retaken by U.S.-backed forces.The U.S. has been pushing for countries to take...
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Powerful 7.5 earthquake hits near Peru-Ecuador border
kickers/iStock (PALORA, Ecuador) -- A magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck eastern Ecuador early Friday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.The tremor originated near the Ecuadorian border with Peru, about 82 miles below the surface. The earthquake did not trigger a tsunami, and there were no immediate reports of deaths. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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SpaceX launches Israeli lunar spacecraft into orbit
SpaceX (CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.) -- Israel's Beresheet robot took off on a historic moon mission, with the help of SpaceX, on Thursday night.SpaceIL and the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries launched the unmanned spacecraft from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at around 9 p.m. using a SpaceX Falcon rocket.The Beresheet robot, which is about the size of a washing machine, will begin its mission with a ride around Earth's orbit on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. It's scheduled to touch down on the moon's surface in about two months.It's a milestone mission for the country's space agency as only the...
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Pope Francis calls for 'concrete and effective measures' at historic sex abuse summit
Birute/iStock (ROME) -- On the first day of a historic conference that’s likely to become a defining moment of his papacy, Pope Francis appeared prepared to tackle the excruciating, decades-long epidemic of child sex abuse at the hands of Catholic priests.“We hear the cry of little ones calling for justice,” the pope said as he gaveled to order the church’s first ever worldwide conference on the protection of minors.More than 190 bishops and cardinals were summoned to Rome to participate in the meeting. The pope told them that more than one billion Catholic faithful “expect not simple and obvious condemnations,...
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Sex abuse summit in Vatican comes amid growing number of investigations of Catholic priests in the US
Hornet83/iStock (ROME) -- The meeting of Catholic leadership in the Vatican to address clerical sex abuse comes amid a busy and controversial time for the church within the United States.There are now at least 17 states or cities that have open investigations into their respective local dioceses, and a number of states and cities have released lists of priests and church volunteers that they have found to have credible accusations of sexual abuse or misconduct against them."People are asking 'where is the leadership? What have the people who are supposed to be the overseers of this community done or not...
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