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Violence in Venezuela as president's rival declares himself leader

Violence in Venezuela as president's rival declares himself leader

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By Rebecca Taylor, news reporter Venezuela's opposition leader has won the support of more countries in his bid to oust the "dictatorship" of President Nicolas Maduro.Juan Guaido declared himself interim president on Wednesday, saying the constitution gave him powers to form a transitional government until new elections. The move has sparked violence in the South American country and at least seven people have been killed in clashes between supporters of the two sides.US President Donald Trump said Mr Guaido had "courageously spoken" against Mr Maduro, who was described earlier this week as a dictator by Vice President Mike Pence. Image: Anti-government protesters set a vehicle on fire in Caracas ...
Impeachment calls after Italy president's 'treason'

Impeachment calls after Italy president's 'treason'

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Italy's president is facing calls for his impeachment after refusing to appoint a key minister backed by the country's prospective prime minister. Sergio Mattarella would not endorse Eurosceptic Paolo Savona as economy minister, despite him being supported by Giuseppe Conte - who was picked as a compromise prime ministerial candidate by the populist coalition hoping to form a government.Mr Conte, a little-known 53-year-old lawyer with no political experience, subsequently rejected Mr Matteralla's offer to form an administration - throwing Italy into fresh political crisis.The country has been without a government since elections on 4 March left the Eurosceptic 5-Star Movement and the right-wing League Nord as the two largest parties in a hung parliament.Mr Mattarella summon...
Iran detains president's brother, sentences American

Iran detains president's brother, sentences American

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Iran has imprisoned a Chinese-American man for 10 years after accusing him of "infiltrating" the country and detained President Hassan Rouhani's brother over allegations of financial misconduct, authorities said Sunday. News of the detentions comes less than two months after relative moderate Rouhani beat a hard-line opponent to win reelection by running in large part on his record of pursuing greater engagement with the West. They were announced by the judiciary, a pillar of hard-liners' influence. The Chinese-American dual national was identified as Xiyue Wang, a 37-year-old history researcher, according to Mizan Online, a website affiliated with the judiciary. He was not previously known to be among the handful of Americans detained in Iran. "It was verified and determined that he was ...
President's supporters attack Venezuelan MPs

President's supporters attack Venezuelan MPs

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The Venezuelan National Assembly has been stormed, and seven politicians hurt, after pro-government groups attacked members of congress.Five opposition members of parliament were taken to hospital following the attack by about 100 supporters of President Nicolas Maduro, who were armed with metal pipes, wooden sticks and clubs.Two employees of the assembly were also reported to have been injured in the assault, which left people with blood pouring from their heads and the walls stained with blood.The attack took place on Wednesday - Venezuela's independence day - marking 206 years of the country's independence from Spain.Government backers broke through the front gate, crossing the interior gardens before reaching the corridors of the congressional building.One man was reported to be carryi...