Americas


    • 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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    • Trump launches ‘American AI Initiative’

      Trump launches ‘American AI Initiative’

      The US President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order creating the “American AI Initiative” - a high-level strategy, designed to guide AI development within the country, The Verge reports. The initiative will redirect federal funding and resources towards AI research, as well as call for the creation of US-led international standards in AI, and new research into the retraining of American workers.

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    • US, South Korea reach deal on military costs

      US, South Korea reach deal on military costs

      The United States and South Korea struck a one-year deal on the shared costs of their military alliance on Sunday, removing a potential vulnerability in an upcoming US-North Korean presidential summit later this month. Under the new agreement, South Korea will contribute about $890m a year for the US military presence, which represents an 8.2% increase from the previous five-year deal which expired at the end of 2018.

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    • Venezuela shifts oil ventures' accounts to Russian bank -  sources

      Venezuela shifts oil ventures' accounts to Russian bank - sources

      Venezuela’s state-run oil company PDVSA is telling customers of its joint ventures to deposit oil sales proceeds in an account recently opened at Russia’s Gazprombank AO, according to sources and an internal document seen by Reuters on Saturday. PDVSA’s move comes after the United States imposed tough, new financial sanctions on 28 January aimed at blocking Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro’s access to the country’s oil revenue.

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    • Trump refuses to meet Xi Jinping before tariff deadline

      Trump refuses to meet Xi Jinping before tariff deadline

      President Donald Trump announced Thursday that there will not be a meeting, aimed at averting higher US tariffs on Chinese goods, between him and Chinese President Xi Jinping before a 1 March deadline. The move intensifies fears the two won’t strike a deal before the end of a 90-day truce and that tariffs will jump to 25% from the current 10%.

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    • US military to be out of Syria by April

      US military to be out of Syria by April

      The US military is reportedly preparing to withdraw all of its forces from Syria by the end of April, the WSJ has announced, citing former and current US officials. Unless the Trump administration changed course, the military plans to pull a significant portion of its 2,000 troops out by mid-March, with a full withdrawal coming by the end of April. However, a key concern for the US's Kurdish partners has yet to be addressed: Striking a deal to safeguard Kurdish allies from Turkish forces after the US leaves Syria. 

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