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Volunteers ready US aid for Venezuela, Maduro vows to block it – Aljazeera.com

Volunteers ready US aid for Venezuela, Maduro vows to block it – Aljazeera.com

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. Cucuta, Colombia - Volunteers in the Colombian border city of Cucuta began preparing US aid packets for Venezuelans, despite Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro vowing to not let in what he called on Friday "fake humanitarian" assistance.The aid, which arrived in Cucuta on Thursday, includes flour, lentils, rice and cooking oil as well as personal hygiene items like toothbrushes and soap, Colombian, Venezuelan and US officials told reporters. The items were being packed by volunteers into individual bags for Venezuelan families. High protein energy supplements were also included for young Venezuelan children suffering from malnutrition. This is the first aid to arrive and would only last for a short time, but officials said it would benefit thousands of people unable to get hold of bas...
Virginia governor to learn black sensitivity by going back to somebody else’s Roots – Washington Examiner

Virginia governor to learn black sensitivity by going back to somebody else’s Roots – Washington Examiner

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. Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s aides want him to read his way out of trouble. If you can believe it, the aides' strategy for helping him survive his "blackface scandal" involves assigned reading, including Alex Haley's book Roots and an essay written by the Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates, according to BuzzFeed News. It’s the whitest solution to a blackface problem that only the whitest of whites could have devised. Northam stands credibly accused of having once attended a party in the mid-1980s dressed either in blackface or Ku Klux Klan regalia, according to an old yearbook uncovered first by the right-wing news site Big League Politics. At first the governor apologized for the y...
Trump announces that he and Kim Jong Un will meet in Hanoi, Vietnam – CNN

Trump announces that he and Kim Jong Un will meet in Hanoi, Vietnam – CNN

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. "I look forward to seeing Chairman Kim & advancing the cause of peace!" he tweeted.He later added, "North Korea, under the leadership of Kim Jong Un, will become a great Economic Powerhouse. He may surprise some but he won't surprise me, because I have gotten to know him & fully understand how capable he is. North Korea will become a different kind of Rocket - an Economic one!"This is a breaking story and will be updated... . Source link
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam Has No Plans To Resign Over Blackface Photograph – NPR

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam Has No Plans To Resign Over Blackface Photograph – NPR

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. Enlarge this image Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam speaks at a news conference at the governor's mansion earlier this month in Richmond. Alex Edelman/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Alex Edelman/Getty Images Updated at 6:57 p.m. ET Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has told his staff that he doesn't intend to resign his office, his communications director, Ofirah Yheskel, told NPR member station WCVE Friday. The declaration comes roughly a week after a racist yearbook photogra...
US peace envoy says talks with Taliban far from finished – Fox News

US peace envoy says talks with Taliban far from finished – Fox News

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. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad speaks on the prospects for peace, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at the U.S. Institute of Peace, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) WASHINGTON – Tempering expectations, the Trump administration's peace envoy for Afghanistan said Friday that although his talks with the Taliban have produced a tentative "framework" agreement, negotiations are far from finished.The envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, said he hopes a final deal is clinched before Afghanistan's presidential election in July. But he also stressed that many issues remain to be resolved and that it must be a package deal."We are in the early stage of a protracted process," he said in remarks at the United States Institute of Peace, adding, "...
Fairfax is starting to look more guilty – Washington Examiner

Fairfax is starting to look more guilty – Washington Examiner

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. A day ago, Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax looked like he might survive politically. Now, his odds look much weaker. Until today, Fairfax faced one compelling, but not contemporaneously corroborated, allegation of sexual assault from Vanessa Tyson, a liberal feminist professor whom he met at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Given that he was sandwiched in the gubernatorial succession between two separate Democrats accused of wearing blackface, he might have survived. For the better part of a week, it's been a three-way stalemate among a governor publicly lambasted by the entire Democratic party, his almost equally aggrieved third-in-line state attorney general, and Fairfax, on whom Democrats have largely maintained radio silence. ...
Iran’s leader celebrates Islamic Revolution’s anniversary with cries of ‘Death to Trump, Bolton and Pompeo!’ – Fox News

Iran’s leader celebrates Islamic Revolution’s anniversary with cries of ‘Death to Trump, Bolton and Pompeo!’ – Fox News

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. In a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei sought to clear the air with Americans who might take offense at the “Death to America” chants that have marked the nationwide rallies there to mark the occasion.The “Death to America” chants, Khamenei said, are directed at the Trump administration, according to multiple published reports, and not the American people.Khamenei, appearing before a group of Iranian air force officers, said the United States was "the embodiment of evil, violence, crisis-making and warmongering.”"The U.S. officials, while insulting the Iranian nation, ask why you say ‘Death to America,'" Khamenei said. "First of all, I want to tell the American people that 'Death to...
AP Explains: Venezuela’s humanitarian aid standoff – Fox News

AP Explains: Venezuela’s humanitarian aid standoff – Fox News

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. CARACAS, Venezuela – Opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido declared himself Venezuela's interim president last month, vowing to oust President Nicolas Maduro from power and end the once-wealthy nation's deepening political and humanitarian crisis.Millions of Venezuelans have migrated, and those left behind struggle to afford scarce supplies of food and medicine. Guaido called upon the international community for humanitarian aid. The world watches now whether Maduro's government will let the first shipments from United States cross its borders.The Associated Press explains the Venezuela aid standoff:___HOW DID WE GET HERE?Despite having the world's largest oil reserves, Venezuela is in a historic crisis after 20 years of socialist rule launched by the late President Hugo Chavez. Dozens...
Second Woman Accuses Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of Virginia of Sexual Assault – The New York Times

Second Woman Accuses Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of Virginia of Sexual Assault – The New York Times

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. Supported bySecond Woman Accuses Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of Virginia of Sexual AssaultImageLt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax of Virginia at the state capitol in Richmond on Friday.CreditCreditDrew Angerer/Getty ImagesBy Stephanie Saul and Sheryl Gay StolbergFeb. 8, 2019A second woman came forward Friday with claims that she had been sexually assaulted by Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax, alleging that he raped her while they were students at Duke University in 2000 and demanding that he resign immediately.The statement released by a lawyer for the woman, Meredith Watson, said her client was coming forward out of a sense of civic duty after learning about allegations disclosed earlier this week by Vanessa C. Tyson, a political science professor at Scripps College, who said she was assaulted...
Exclusive: U.S. in direct contact with Venezuelan military, urging defections – source – Reuters

Exclusive: U.S. in direct contact with Venezuelan military, urging defections – source – Reuters

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. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is holding direct communications with members of Venezuela’s military urging them to abandon leader Nicolas Maduro and is also preparing new sanctions aimed at increasing pressure on him, a senior White House official said. FILE PHOTO: Venezuelan Colonel Jose Luis Silva, Venezuela’s Military Attache at its Washington embassy to the United States, is interviewed by Reuters after announcing that he is defecting from the government of President Nicolas Maduro in Washington, U.S., January 26, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File PhotoThe Trump administration expects further military defections from Maduro’s side, the official told Reuters in an interview, despite only a few senior officers having done so since opposition leader Juan G...