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PRESS RELEASE: Venezuela’s president reaffirms readiness for dialogue with US government


Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro reaffirmed Wednesday the Bolivarian Government’s willingness to hold dialogue with the US government, within the framework of respect and national sovereignty. “Today we are standing here victorious and ready to dialogue with anyone who wants to talk, including the government of the United States,” president said in a ministerial council meeting at the Miraflores presidential palace ...

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WORLD: EU leaders says UK Brexit offer could ‘worsen situation’


European leaders have criticised the UK’s offer to EU nationals after Brexit – with one senior figure claiming it could “worsen the situation” for them. European Council President Donald Tusk said the plan was “below expectations” while German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there had been “no breakthrough”. Theresa May conceded there were differences between the two sides. But the prime ...

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WORLD: Five electrocuted at Turkish water park

Those affected were treated at the scene but could not be saved.

Three children and two adults who tried to rescue them have been electrocuted in a water park in north-western Turkey, local media say. The incident happened in the town of Akyazi, in Sakarya province, 100km (62 miles) east of Istanbul. The park manager and his son dived in to help the three children. The five, believed to be all Turkish, ...

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PRESS RELEASE: At OAS meeting, attacks and support continue for Venezuela


The Organization of American States’ annual meeting resumed today with more maneuvers by the U.S., Canada and right-wing Latin American countries to intervene in Venezuela’s internal affairs. After interventionist attempts failed just a day earlier during the OAS’s consultation meeting on Venezuela, today’s general assembly saw Canada leading the charge against the Venezuelan government. The aim: to shore up support ...

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WORLD: Expedia helps hotels showcase local landmarks and experiences


The Expedia group, the world’s largest online travel company, today announced EPC Points of Interest, a new tool available in Expedia® Partner Central (EPC) which allows properties to create a custom list of cultural landmarks, unique activities, and experiences in their local neighborhoods that can be viewed on their property’s listing. EPC Points of Interest is yet another Expedia offering ...

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WORLD: Grenfell Tower victims to be rehoused in £2bn luxury apartment block

Inside a flat at 375 Kensington High Street - Located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. * Photo credit:

Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire are to be permanently rehoused in a £2bn luxury apartment block in Kensington, the Government has announced. Some 68 one, two and three-bedroom flats have been bought by the Government at the Kensington Row development in upmarket High Street Kensington, Sajid Javid, the Communities Secretary, said. The announcement comes a week on from the ...

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WORLD: Officer stabbed in possible terror incident at Michigan Airport


An officer for Bishop International Airport was stabbed Wednesday in a possible terror-related incident in Flint, Michigan, sources told NBC News. The attacker allegedly shouted “Allahu akbar” before stabbing Lieutenant Jeff Neville, who was bleeding from the neck, sources and witnesses at Bishop International Airport said. Neville is a member of the airport’s Department of Public Safety and a retired ...

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WORLD: Teenage free runner ‘died sticking head out of train carriage to take selfie’


LONDON, UK – A British teenager died trying to take a selfie on the Paris Metro when he stuck his head out between the carriages, an inquest heard. Nye “Frankie” Newman, who had travelled to France to take part int he daredevil sport of free running, suffered “catastrophic” head injuries in the incident. The 17-year-old, from Aldershot, Hampshire, had travelled with his girlfriend, ...

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WORLD: Colorado to arm teachers in classrooms


WASHINGTON DC, USA – Teachers are being trained to carry guns in classrooms in Colorado in order to protect children as part of a scheme motivated by a school massacre in 2012. The three-day course, which consists of firearms and medical training, was launched on Tuesday in Weld County. Seventeen members of staff who “would like to be considered armed ...

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WORLD: New York outlaws child marriage under 17

linked gold wedding rings on white background

WASHINGTON DC, USA – New York, the fourth most populous state in America, updated antiquated legislation on Tuesday to outlaw children as young as 14 from getting married. Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, signed legislation raising the age of consent to marry from 14 to 18 years old, with a caveat that 17-year-olds wishing to marry must get approval from ...

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WORLD: Bill Cosby judge to rule on whether to release juror names


WASHINGTON DC, USA – The Pennsylvania judge who presided over Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial is weighing whether to make public the identities of the jurors who deadlocked in the case. Judge Steven O’Neill said he would rule by Wednesday. O’Neill has said he fears the release of the jurors’ names would have a chilling effect on the selection of jurors ...

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WORLD: Venezuela dares US to ‘send in the Marines’

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez speaks during a press conference in the framework of the 47th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Cancun, Mexico, on June 20

CANCÚN, Mexico – Venezuela scoffed at the US Tuesday for trying to forge a regional plan to address its raging crisis, saying the only way to make it comply was to “send in the Marines.” “The ‘contact group’ you’re proposing is completely useless and unnecessary,” Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez fumed at a meeting of the Organization of American States ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Engel, Ros-Lehtinen release multi-year state department strategy for Caribbean engagement


Representative Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), the Chairman Emeritus of the Committee, today announced the release of a new U.S. Government strategy on future engagement with the Caribbean. The strategy was mandated by the U.S.–Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act (Public Law 114-291), authored by Reps. Engel and Ros-Lehtinen ...

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WORLD: Video released of US police officer shooting black motorist


WASHINGTON DC, USA – Police car video of a Minnesota officer shooting a black motorist, whose dying moments were livestreamed on Facebook, was made public for the first time Tuesday, days after the officer was acquitted at trial. The jarring footage captures the fateful exchange between Philando Castile, a 32-year-old black motorist, and police officer Jeronimo Yanez in an incident ...

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WORLD: Visitors to Bali unknowingly eating dog meat thinking it is chicken – reports


BALI, Indonesia – Bali is a popular destination for Western and Australian tourists. Attracting both budget backpackers and luxury honeymooners, it’s the most developed Indonesian island. But according to a new report, visitors to the island are being duped and unknowingly eating dog meat that they think is chicken. Animal protection organisation Animals Australia recently conducted an investigation into the ...

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WORLD: St. Lucia including 163 other teams participating in the 2017 FIRST Global Challenge


FIRST Global ( is hosting the world’s first international robot Olympics for high-school students, with nearly 160 participating nations – along with six continental teams representing the major land masses – each committed to sending one team to represent their country on the world stage. The Opening Ceremony for the 2017 FIRST Global Challenge will take place the evening of ...

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WORLD: Russia to track coalition planes in Syria, halts US hotline


MOSCOW, Russia – Russia’s defence ministry on Monday condemned the US downing of a Syrian plane and said it would now track all coalition flights west of the Euphrates river, while suspending its use of a military hotline for avoiding incidents in Syrian airspace. Moscow accused the US of failing to use the established communication hotline to warn Russia about ...

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WORLD: Raging Portugal forest fires kill dozens


PEDRÓGÃO GRANDE, Portugal – Raging forest fires in central Portugal have killed at least 61 people, many burnt to death in their cars, the government said Sunday, in the country’s worst such disaster in recent history. Authorities declared three days of national mourning as more than 800 firefighters and 260 vehicles battled the blaze, which also left 62 people injured, ...

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WORLD: France polls: Macron’s party wins clear parliamentary majority

Emmanuel Macron was seen voting earlier in Le Touquet * Photo credit: EPA

French President Emmanuel Macron’s party has won a clear parliamentary majority, results show, weeks after his own presidential victory. With nearly all votes counted, his La République en Marche, alongside its MoDem allies, won more than 300 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly. The winning margin is lower than some expected, with turnout down from 2012. The party was formed ...

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WORLD: Beyoncé and Jay Z welcome twins


Beyoncé and Jay Z have welcomed twins, a source close to the couple tells CNN. There was no immediate word on the gender of the babies or their names. The superstar singer and her mogul husband, who married in 2008, are also parents to a five-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy. Queen Bey announced her pregnancy in February on Instagram. “We would ...

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WORLD: Spanish bullfighter gored to death after tripping on cape

Spanish bullfighter Ivan Fandino as he fights a bull in a bullfight in the Fiesta de San Fermín in Pamplona CREDIT: JIM HOLLANDER

The bullfighter Iván Fandiño has died after being gored in a ring in France, becoming the second Spanish matador to be killed in less than 12 months after the death of Víctor Barrio last July. Entertaining a crowd Aire-sur-l’Adour, southwestern France, on Saturday, Fandiño tripped on his cape and fell to the floor, allowing the bull he was fighting to ...

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WORLD: Trio accused of stealing 300k worth of avocados


Police are calling it grand theft avocado. Three produce company workers have been arrested in the theft of up to $300,000 worth of avocados, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. Thirty-eight-year-old Joseph Valenzuela, 28-year-old Carlos Chavez and 30-year-old Rahim Leblanc were each charged with grand theft of fruit and were being held in jail on bail of $250,000 each. ...

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PRESS RELEASE: ILO ready to face world of work challenges resulting from crisis, labour migration and green transition

Labour standard for peace and resilience adopted at 106th International Labour Conference

The 106th International Labour Conference (ILC) closed following two weeks of deliberations on key world of work issues, including the promotion of peace and stability in countries emerging from conflict, strengthening labour migration governance and greening the economy. The International Labour Conference adopted a new landmark standard, the Employment and Decent Work for Peace and Resilience Recommendation, 2017 (No. 205) ...

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WORLD: Judge declares mistrial after jury deadlock in Bill Cosby case


WASHINGTON DC, USA – A US judge has declared a mistrial in the Bill Cosby sex assault case after the jury remained deadlocked for days. The seven men and five women were unable to reach a unanimous decision after some 53 hours of deliberations in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Mr Cosby, 79, is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in ...

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WORLD: Trump to clamp down on Cuba travel, business ties


WASHINGTON DC, USA – President Donald Trump will Friday announce a clampdown on US business with Cuba and tighter rules on travel to the island, in a move to roll back his predecessor Barack Obama’s historic outreach to Havana. Trump headed early Friday to Miami’s Little Havana, spiritual home of the Cuban-American exile community, to unveil the policy shift in ...

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WORLD: Amazon to buy Whole Foods for $13.7bn


WASHINGTON DC, USA – Online retail giant Amazon is buying Whole Foods in a $13.7bn (£10.7bn) deal that marks its biggest push into traditional retailing yet. Amazon, which has been experimenting with grocery offerings, will buy the upscale supermarket for $42 a share. Founded in 1978 in Texas, Whole Foods was a pioneer of the move towards natural and organic ...

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WORLD: London fire death toll hits 30, dozens still missing


LONDON, UK – At least 30 people have been confirmed killed and dozens more are feared dead in the London tower block fire, police said on Friday, as firefighters continued searching for bodies amid outrage over the use of cladding blamed for spreading the flames. “We know that at least 30 people have died as a result of this fire… ...

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WORLD: Suspect in congressional shooting was Bernie Sanders supporter, strongly anti-Trump

James T. Hodgkinson

James T. Hodgkinson, the man identified as shooting a Republican member of congress and four others on Wednesday morning, was a small business owner in Illinois who defined himself publicly by his firm support of Bernie Sanders’ progressive politics — and his hatred of conservatives and President Donald Trump. This is based on CNN’s review of Hodgkinson’s Facebook profiles, public ...

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WORLD: Death toll rises to 12 in London tower blaze


Twelve people have died in a west London tower block fire and the number of deaths are expected to rise, police have said. Firefighters rescued 65 people from Grenfell Tower in north Kensington, after they were called at 00:54 BST. Eyewitnesses described people trapped in the burning tower block, screaming for help and yelling for their children to be saved. ...

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WORLD: Latest news on London fire – Six dead and number expected to rise

London fire crews said it was a "large and very serious incident"

London’s Metropolitan Police have confirmed six deaths following a huge blaze that’s engulfed a residential apartment block in West London. The number is expected to rise and the recovery operation is expected to be complicated and lengthy. Main developments * Police have confirmed six fatalities following the fire, with the figure expected to rise * Residents had raised concerns about ...

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WORLD: Top US Republican wounded by gunman

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise

A top US Republican was among five people who were shot and wounded by a gunman during baseball practice in Virginia. House of Representatives Majority Whip Steve Scalise was hit but expected to survive, witnesses said. Police in the upmarket Washington DC suburb of Alexandria said they were investigating a “multiple shooting” and a suspect was in custody. The lawmakers ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Venezuela’s Maduro to ask Pope to mediate with Opposition again

President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro

The Vatican is already part of the group of mediators within the dialogue process launched last year between the government and opposition sectors. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Sunday that he will send a letter to Pope Francis asking him to mediate the political conflict with opposition sectors that have encouraged violence in the streets for the past two months, ...

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PRESS RELEASE: UNESCO supports association between Chilean and Mexican organizations to strengthen Holocaust education

The goal of these actions is to support policies based on human rights and active citizenship through education, addressing difficult past events through the lens of Holocaust history to contribute to shaping modern values.

On June 8, 2017, Chile’s Interactive Jewish Museum and Nenemi Paxia- Sinergias Educativas A.C., in alliance with Mexico’s Museum of Memory and Tolerance and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) launched a binational initiative to raise awareness among political figures about the importance of strengthening education on genocide and mass atrocities, particularly the Holocaust, at the Museum of Memory and ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Venezuela, China strengthen automobile and agricultural cooperation


Venezuela and the People’s Republic of China reviewed bilateral agreements and projects in the automobile and agricultural sectors with the objective of including the Asian giant in the increase of the nation’s productive capacities in these sectors. The Vice President of Planning, Ricardo Menendez, who heads the Venezuelan delegation paying a working visit in Beijing, said that some bilateral meetings ...

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WORLD: Hundreds detained at opposition rallies

Young people were also detained at the protest in St Petersburg

SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia – Hundreds of people have been detained at anti-corruption rallies in Moscow and St Petersburg. Riot police in central Moscow were picking protesters out of the crowd at random, a BBC correspondent at the demonstration has said. Opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detained at his home ahead of the protests, according to his wife. Thousands of supporters ...

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WORLD: Trump to be sued over foreign payments by attorneys general


Officials in Maryland and Washington DC are expected to sue Donald Trump for accepting payments from foreign governments via his business empire. The lawsuit cites the US constitution’s emoluments clause, which says no federal official should receive a gift or a fee from a foreign government. The legal action alleges “unprecedented constitutional violations” by the US president, the Washington Post ...

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WORLD: ‘Facebook blasphemer’ given death penalty


A man accused of posting blasphemous content to Facebook has been sentenced to death by a court in Pakistan. Taimoor Raza was convicted after allegedly posting remarks about the Prophet Muhammad, his wives and companions within the site’s comments. The public prosecutor involved said he believed it was the first time the death penalty had been awarded in a case ...

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WORLD: Being married ‘protects your health’


Marriage appears to be good for your health, boosting your survival chances if you have a major heart risk factor such as high cholesterol, say researchers. A loving spouse might spur you on to look after yourself better, they told a heart conference, based on their study of nearly a million UK adults. All of these people had high blood ...

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WORLD: An egg a day appears to help young children grow taller


An egg a day might help undernourished young children grow to a healthy height, according to a six-month study in Ecuador. Whether soft or hard-boiled, fried or whisked into an omelette, eggs appeared to give infants a boost. It could be a cheap way to prevent stunting, say researchers in the journal Pediatrics. The first two years of life are ...

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WORLD: Britons released without charge after Easyjet plane scare

Nine people received medical treatment after using the slides on the Airbus 319

Three British men who were detained in Germany after their conversations on board an Easyjet flight sparked alarm have been released without charge. Their flight from Slovenia to the UK was diverted to Cologne after the pilot was alerted to a “suspicious conversation” with “terrorist content”. “The criminal investigation against them has been halted. No evidence was found,” police said. ...

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WORLD: DR Congo jailbreak frees 900 inmates


Eleven people were killed when militants attacked a prison in the Democratic Republic of Congo and freed more than 900 inmates, officials say. The governor of North Kivu province said the attackers had used heavy weapons in the raid on the jail in Beni. At least eight of the dead are prison guards, Julien Paluku added. A curfew has been ...

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WORLD: The 81-year-old woman pimping BMW’s rides


There aren’t many people like Esther Mahlangu. Collaborating with BMW would be a dream for any designer, but for the 81 year old South African Ndebele artist it’s all in a days work. Twenty five years ago, Mahlangu created an iconic BMW Art car, and now she’s teamed up with the German car giants again for a new project. The ...

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WORLD: Easyjet plane diverted after ‘suspicious conversation’


A plane flying from Slovenia to the UK made an unplanned landing after the pilot was alerted to a “suspicious conversation” with “terrorist content”. Three men were arrested after the Easyjet flight from Ljubljana to Stansted, in Essex, had been diverted to Germany’s Cologne-Bonn airport on Saturday afternoon. All 151 passengers were evacuated and flights were suspended for three hours. ...

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WORLD: Man, 85, says sex crime involving 4-year-old girl ‘was not done for pleasure’

Charles Cecil Carroll, 84, is accused of lewd conduct with a 4-year-old. (BONNEVILLE COUNTY SHERIFF)

An 85-year-old man accused of lewd conduct with a 4-year-old claimed his inappropriate interaction with the young girl was “not done for pleasure.” Police arrested Charles Cecil Carroll on the felony charge in April, but he recently defended himself, sharing his side of the story in an interview with East Idaho News. “Her mother lived in the same apartment complex ...

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