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August 6, 2017 9:00 PM Japan marks 72 years since Hiroshima atomic bomb

TOKYO • Japan yesterday marked 72 years since the world's first nuclear attack on Hiroshima, with the nation's traditional contradictions over atomic weapons again coming into focus. The anniversary came after Japan sided last month with nuclear powers Britain, France and the United States to dismiss a United Nations treaty banning atomic weapons, which 39

August 5, 2017 4:05 AM Head of Venezuela's super assembly vows to target opponents

The head of Venezuela's newly installed constitutional assembly pledged to move quickly against President Nicolas Maduro's political opponents, beginning as early as the all-powerful body's second meeting on Saturday. Former Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez's nomination as leader was unanimously approved by the assembly's 545 delegates in Friday's session 47

August 4, 2017 3:02 PM Hospital worker defends staff in Charlie Gard case

A member of the medical team that treated Charlie Gard has defended the care they gave the British infant who died of a rare genetic disease while criticizing political and religious leaders for prolonging the family's suffering by intervening in a case they didn't understand. The health care worker wrote in an anonymous opinion piece published in the Guardian 80

August 3, 2017 1:37 PM How Nicolás Maduro went from a bus driver to Venezuelan president

A couple of months ago, his allies in the Supreme Court tried to dissolve the country's opposition-controlled legislative branch. That prompted a swift backlash, with thousands of Venezuelans participating in regular, sustained protest efforts. Over the past few months, more than 120 people have been killed. And now, Maduro has convened a super-assembly 65

August 2, 2017 8:06 AM Venezuela sends two top opposition leaders back to jail

Caracas - Venezuela's intelligence service hauled two prominent opposition leaders back to prison on Tuesday, triggering international outcry as embattled President Nicolas Maduro moved to shore up his power after an election widely denounced as a sham. The raids, carried out in the dead of night, came just one day before a new assembly elected on Sunday 49

August 1, 2017 6:53 PM Muslim states slam provocative Israel actions in Jerusalem

ISTANBUL: The main grouping of the world´s Muslim nations on Tuesday accused Israel of staging provocative actions and inflaming tensions with the Palestinians in a crisis over security measures at a key holy site in Jerusalem. Turkey hosted an extraordinary meeting in Istanbul of foreign ministers from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) that Ankara 39

August 1, 2017 3:32 PM Opposition leaders Lopez and Ledezma sent to jail

Opposition figures critical of vote sent to jail as court says they were planning to flee, drawing criticism from UN. Two of Venezuela's leading opposition figures, who were detained a day after a controversial constitutional vote, have been sent to jail on the orders of the country's top court. The Supreme Court on Tuesday revoked house arrest measures 49

August 1, 2017 2:31 PM Retired generals, admirals thank Trump for banning transgender troops

More than a dozen retired generals and admirals have signed a letter to President Trump thanking him for his announced policy to ban transgender people from the armed forces. “We write today to express our gratitude to you for making the extremely courageous decision to reverse President [Barack] Obama’s transgender social experiment,” the conservative 52

July 31, 2017 7:24 AM Maduro claims Constituent Assembly election victory

Officials say eight million people cast ballots in election to pick a new legislative body to rewrite constitution. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has claimed victory in an election to pick a controversial new constitution-writing body that prompted deadly violence and international condemnation. Venezuela's National Electoral Council announced 42

July 31, 2017 12:08 AM Venezuela election: Deadly protests mar ballot as voters snub Maduro constituent assembly

Deadly protests have rocked Venezuela as voters broadly boycotted an election for a constitutional super-body that unpopular leftist President Nicolas Maduro vowed would begin a "new era of combat" in the crisis-stricken nation. Opposition parties are sitting out what they call a rigged election aimed at consolidating Mr Maduro's power, leaving streets 48