Americas


    • SpaceX capsule is on its way to the ISS

      SpaceX capsule is on its way to the ISS

      SpaceX launched successfully on Saturday early morning its new Space Crew Dragon capsule from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This test flight without crew onboard but instead carrying a mannequin, named Ripley, is intended to demonstrate SpaceX’s capabilities to safely and reliably fly astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS) as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

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    • Venezuela breaks relations with Colombia

      Venezuela breaks relations with Colombia

      Venezuela's embattled President Nicolas Maduro has announced he had cut diplomatic ties with Colombia amid escalating tension over an opposition-led effort to bring foreign aid across the countries' mutual border. In a statement on Saturday, said that in line with his decision all Colombian diplomats had been ordered to leave Venezuela within the next 24 hours.

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    • UN: Iran is still abiding by the 2015 nuclear deal

      UN: Iran is still abiding by the 2015 nuclear deal

      The UN’s nuclear watchdog says Iran is still abiding by the terms of a 2015 deal that aims to keep Tehran from building atomic weapons in exchange for economic incentives, despite growing pressure from newly-reimposed US sanctions. In a confidential quarterly report distributed to Member States on Friday, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) estimated that the Islamic Republic had kept to the caps placed on its uranium enrichment levels and enriched uranium stocks as part of the 2015 accord, signed in Austria's capital, Vienna.

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    • Trump changes his mind, won't to pull all US troops out of Syria

      Trump changes his mind, won't to pull all US troops out of Syria

      After US President Trump was going to pull all 2,000 American troops out of Syria immediately, he said he was going to delay the withdrawal for a while. Then he promised to leave troops in neighboring Iraq. And now, in the latest shift, Trump reversed one of the biggest decisions of his presidency, agreeing to leave about 400 troops in Syria - 200 reportedly in a multinational force in the northeastern part of the country and another 200 at a small outpost in the southeast, where they will seek to counter Iran’s influence throughout the country.

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    • Standoff over aid with Venezuelan military escalates

      Standoff over aid with Venezuelan military escalates

      At least two people have died and 17 were injured Friday near the Brazil-Venezuela border in a standoff between a local indigenous community and the Venezuelan military over deliveries of humanitarian aid, local authorities report. Yet, opposition-led volunteers are continuing their efforts to get the first delivery into Venezuela on Saturday, despite the army blocking them.

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    • 16 states sue Trump over emergency wall declaration

      16 states sue Trump over emergency wall declaration

      A coalition of sixteen US states filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump's administration over his decision to declare a national emergency in order to use emergency funds to spend billions of dollars on his border wall with Mexico. First announced by Attorney General of California Xavier Becerra, the suit alleges that the president's order violates the Constitution as it is contrary to the Presentment Clause that outlines legislative procedures and the Appropriations Clause, which defines Congress as the final arbiter of public funds.

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    •  Trump urges Europe to take back 800 captured ISIS fighters

      Trump urges Europe to take back 800 captured ISIS fighters

      President Trump urged Europe late on Saturday to take back around 800 captured ISIS fighters from the continent, or risk the US being forced to release them. According to Trump, the fighters, captured by US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria, could be released if European nations do not take them in and put them on trial, risking further IS backed attacks on the continent.

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    • Venezuela denies MEPs entry

      Venezuela denies MEPs entry

      Venezuela denied a group of European Parliament deputies entry into the country on Sunday, arguing they had 'conspiratorial motives' for flying to Caracas in the throes of a political crisis.  According to a statement from the group, which consisted of members of the conservative European People's Party (PPE), all of their passports had been "seized" and they were being "expelled" in a rude matter without any explanation given. 

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