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$100 million in humanitarian aid pledged to crisis-hit Venezuela

AFP | Twenty-five countries have pledged $100 million in aid to Venezuela, a top US official said Thursday, as the crisis-hit country's Supreme Court took...

Media vilifies Meghan like Princess Diana, says George Clooney

News Desk | Popular American actor George Clooney has bashed the international media for constantly attacking the Duchess of Sussex and former American actor since...

Brazilian indigenous community threatened in aftermath of dam burst

AFP | In her 88 years, Antonia Alves has seen much hardship as a member of Brazil's indigenous community, whose people have often been driven...

Chavez-era ex-officials turn backs on Venezuela’s Maduro

AFP | They embraced the socialist revolution of late leader Hugo Chavez along with millions of other Venezuelans, but four former officials have now been...

Deadly Brazil dam collapse raises fears of environmental woes

AFP | Nearly a week after a dam storing mining waste collapsed in southeast Brazil, the human cost is clear, with nearly 350 killed or...

Venezuela opposition cling to social media lifeline

AFP | Deprived almost entirely of coverage on mainstream media, Venezuela's self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido has been deftly using the social networks to woo support,...

Brazil dam disaster: mourning and dead fish along river of mud

AFP | Five days after a dam collapse at a Brazilian mine, residents were mourning Wednesday the nearly 360 people killed and missing -- as...

Venezuelans fear fuel shortages after US oil sanctions

AFP | United States sanctions aimed at pressuring Nicolas Maduro to capitulate in his power struggle with self-proclaimed acting-president Juan Guaido have Venezuelans fearing they...

Brazil mining dam collapse hits indigenous water supply

AFP | Muddy waste from a ruptured dam at a mine in Brazil's southeast is reaching an indigenous community in the region, contaminating its water...

58 dead as firefighters search mud on third day after Brazil dam collapse

AFP | Firefighters are carefully moving over treacherous mud, sometimes walking, sometimes crawling, in search of survivors or bodies left by a dam collapse that...

US delays returning asylum seekers to Mexico

AFP | The United States has delayed its plan to send asylum seekers back to Mexico while their claims are processed, as the Mexican government...

Fears rise for 150 missing in Brazil dam disaster; 7 bodies recovered

AFP | Rescuers worked overnight into Saturday to locate around 150 people missing after a dam collapse at a mine in southeast Brazil, but the...

Brazil first lady’s accounts to be probed in expanding payments scandal

AFP | Brazilian authorities are to scrutinize the bank accounts of First Lady Michelle Bolsonaro as part of a growing scandal over suspect payments involving...

Mexico offers to host Venezuela rivals for crisis talks

AFP | Mexico is prepared to host President Nicolas Maduro and his opposition rival, self-declared interim president Juan Guaido, for talks to resolve Venezuela's spiraling...

Venezuelan military: the muscle behind Maduro

AFP | The latest developments in Venezuela's political crisis have dealt a severe blow to President Nicolas Maduro -- severe, but not fatal, for one...

Ex-diplomats, scholars urge China to release Canadians

AFP | A group of more than 100 former diplomats and academics have signed an open letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping calling for the...

Death toll from Mexico fuel explosion rises to 85

AFP | The death toll from a fiery explosion in central Mexico rose to 85 on Sunday as authorities vowed to hold accountable those responsible...

Canada PM renews calls for Saudi blogger’s release

AFP | Prime Minister Justin Trudeau renewed calls for the release of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi after meeting his wife on Friday, calling the issue...

China, Canada diplomatic row escalates with death sentence

AFP | A diplomatic spat between Beijing and Ottawa intensified on Tuesday as Canada warned its citizens of the risk of "arbitrary enforcement" of laws...

US govt. shutdown becomes longest in history

AFP | The United States government shutdown that has left 800,000 federal employees without salaries as a result of President Donald Trump's row with Democrats...

Canada takes in Saudi teen asylum seeker

AFP | Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday that Canada was taking in an 18-year-old Saudi asylum seeker who fled her family and harnessed the...

Trump demands $5.7 bn for steel barrier on US-Mexico border

AFP | President Donald Trump demanded $5.7 billion to fund a wall on the US-Mexico border in his first televised Oval Office address Tuesday, describing...

Trump says build US-Mexico wall or he’ll seal border

AFP | President Donald Trump threatened Friday to seal the US-Mexico border "entirely" if Congress does not approve billions of dollars in funding for a...

The challenges facing Bolsonaro as he takes power in Brazil

AFP | Brazil's next president, Jair Bolsonaro, takes office next week with promises to radically change the path taken by Latin America's biggest country by...

Canada, US call for ‘immediate release’ of two Canadians held by China

AFP | Ottawa and Washington on Friday stepped up pressure on Beijing, calling for the immediate release of two Canadians detained in apparent retaliation for...

Americans have grown fatter, shorter since 1999: US data

AFP | Americans have got fatter over the past two decades, adding girth to their bellies and even growing fractionally shorter on average, according to...

Canada defends Huawei arrest after markets wobble

AFP | Canada on Thursday defended its arrest of an executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei on a US extradition request after markets wobbled on...

Russia’s Taliban connection is good for USA: But why?

Imran Jan | I attended a talk by Michael V Hayden about 4 years ago in Houston organized by the World Affairs Council. One of...

Is the minimum wage economically feasible? – Jacob G. Hornberger

Jacob G. Hornberger | If economic ignorance among leftists (i.e., liberals and progressives) had no adverse impacts, we could consign it to the ranks of...

Even from jail, ‘El Chapo’ looms large in Mexican home state

AFP | He has lost weight in his New York jail cell, and some of his larger-than-life aura, but Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman still looms...

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