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Mario Abdo Benítez sworn in as Paraguay's new president

Mario Abdo Benítez sworn in as Paraguay's new president

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Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Former Senator Mario Abdo Benítez was sworn in as president of Paraguay on Wednesday after narrowly winning the presidential election in April. The 46-year-old Abdo Benítez -- the son of ex-military dictator Alfredo Stroessner's right-hand man, Mario Benítez -- pledged to fight poverty and corruption in the country and improve judicial transparency. "We are going to build an independent and courageous justice so that impunity ends," he said. Abdo Benítez defeated his opponent, liberal candidate Efraín Alegre, by a margin of less than 3 percentage points to keep control of the country in the hands of the conservative Colorado Party. His predecessor, Horacio Cartes, and several Colorado Party senators chose not to attend the ceremony. The...
Venezuela President Maduro survives 'drone assassination attempt'

Venezuela President Maduro survives 'drone assassination attempt'

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro says he has survived an assassination attempt involving explosive drones. Mr Maduro was speaking at a military event in Caracas when the alleged attack occurred. Live footage of his speech shows the president suddenly looking upwards - startled - and dozens of soldiers running away.Mr Maduro has blamed Colombia for the attack - something denied by Bogota as a "baseless" accusation.Seven soldiers were injured, and several people were later arrested, the Venezuelan authorities said.What is known about the alleged attack?The incident happened when Mr Maduro was speaking at an event to mark the 81st anniversary of the national army. ...
President Mnangagwa 'humbled' to win Zimbabwe election

President Mnangagwa 'humbled' to win Zimbabwe election

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Incumbent Emmerson Mnangagwa has won Zimbabwe's disputed presidential poll, according to the country's electoral commission. With all 10 provinces declared, the current president and Zanu-PF leader gained 2.46 million votes (50.8%) against 2.15 million (44.3%) for opposition leader Nelson Chamisa.The election is the first since dictator Robert Mugabe resigned last year following a coup, ending 30 years of leadership.Both sides in the election had claimed victory before the official announcement, with the aftermath of polling day on Monday marred by deadly protests and clashes that have left six people dead and 14 injured. Thank you Zimbabwe!I am humbled to be elected President of the Second Republic of Zimbabwe.Though we may have been divided at ...
Three dead in Zimbabwe as president blames opposition

Three dead in Zimbabwe as president blames opposition

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Three people have been killed as Zimbabwe's president blamed the opposition for the violence after the country's general election. The military swept into the capital Harare to disperse protesters after the Zanu-PF won a parliamentary majority in the vote.Soldiers opened fire with guns, water cannon and tear gas, as opposition demonstrators burned cars and threw rocks at helicopters hovering above. Police have invoked a strict security act that forbids public gatherings amid the violence.The United Nations has urged political leaders and Zimbabweans to reject any form of violence.Weeping family members have been seen at the Parirenyatwa Hospital in the capital where a man's body lay on a stretcher.He has been identified locally as street vendor Ishmeil Kumeni, 42, who was...
Spain drops extradition request for ex-Catalan President Carles Puigdemont

Spain drops extradition request for ex-Catalan President Carles Puigdemont

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July 19 (UPI) -- Spain's high court on Thursday withdrew European arrest warrants for former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and five of his aides related to their roles in last year's independence referendum. The move came one week after a German court ruled that while Puigdemont could be extradited to face corruption charges, the country could not force him to Spain to face rebellion and sedition charges. Puigdemont fled Spain after facing criminal charges for declaring independence from Spain after a referendum. Though the Supreme Court dropped the extradition request, Puigdemont and the others still face prosecution should they cross the border into Spain again. The five others are in Belgium, Scotland or Switzerland. In the ruling, Judge Pablo Llarena said the German court showe...