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Wed, 20 Feb 2019 20:13:53 -0500
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Wed, 20 Feb 2019 20:12:49 -0500
Brazil president seeks $270 billion pension savings; Congress has doubts
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro delivered his proposed pension overhaul to Congress on Wednesday, a plan to save over 1 trillion reais ($270 billion) in a decade that raised doubts about whether lawmakers would pass a package of that scale.
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Wed, 20 Feb 2019 19:58:23 -0500
Death toll from Bangladesh building fire rises to 56: fire official
The death toll from a fire in a centuries-old area of the Bangladesh capital, Dhaka, jumped dramatically to 56 people, a fire official said on Thursday, and could continue to rise.
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Wed, 20 Feb 2019 19:58:23 -0500
As Maduro holds on, Venezuela opposition eyes negotiated transition
Venezuela's opposition is trying to convince ruling Socialist Party officials to join a transition government, shifting focus as it seeks to unseat President Nicolas Maduro, who has clung to power in the face of growing international pressure and U.S. sanctions.
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Wed, 20 Feb 2019 19:41:32 -0500
Venezuela's deputy U.N. military attache backs Guaido
Venezuela's deputy U.N. military attache, Colonel Pedro Chirinos, said in a video on social media that he recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country's interim president, increasing pressure on President Nicolas Maduro.
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Wed, 20 Feb 2019 19:28:17 -0500
Billionaire Branson hopes aid concert opens Venezuela's borders
Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson on Wednesday said he hopes a concert in Colombia aimed at raising money for crisis-wracked Venezuela will encourage the country's soldiers to defy orders from President Nicolas Maduro and let humanitarian aid cross the border.
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Wed, 20 Feb 2019 18:16:00 -0500
Woman who joined Islamic State cannot return to U.S., Pompeo says
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday a woman born in the United States who joined the Islamic State militant group did not qualify for U.S. citizenship and had no legal basis to return to the country.
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Wed, 20 Feb 2019 18:11:25 -0500
U.S., Central America launch plan to crack down on people smugglers
The United States and three Central American nations on Wednesday announced an effort to combat trafficking of people to the U.S.-Mexico border, days after U.S. President Donald Trump declared a national emergency, citing large-scale unlawful immigration.
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Wed, 20 Feb 2019 18:10:23 -0500
Donations pour in for Syrian refugees who lost all 7 children in Canada fire
A fundraising effort for a Syrian-refugee couple who lost all seven of their children in a house fire on Tuesday in the eastern Canadian city of Halifax has raised C$339,042 ($257,357) from nearly 6,000 people in 24 hours, according to online fundraiser GoFundMe.
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Wed, 20 Feb 2019 18:09:58 -0500
'Time of the essence,' says May on latest Brussels shuttle
British Prime Minister Theresa May held "constructive" talks in Brussels on Wednesday as she sought concessions on Brexit from a skeptical European Union, her strategy under strain after the defection of three lawmakers.
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Wed, 20 Feb 2019 18:07:40 -0500
UK attorney general plans for unilateral exit mechanism to Irish backstop: Telegraph
UK Attorney General Geoffrey Cox is considering plans for a unilateral exit mechanism to the Irish backstop with a notice period of 12 months, the Telegraph newspaper reported late on Wednesday.
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Wed, 20 Feb 2019 17:48:59 -0500
Moscow ready to cut time for nuclear strike on U.S. if necessary: Putin
Moscow will match any U.S. move to deploy new nuclear missiles closer to Russia by stationing its own missiles closer to the United States or by deploying faster missiles or both, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.
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Wed, 20 Feb 2019 17:44:42 -0500
North Korea's Kim shuffles nuclear talks team after defections, spying allegations
Veteran North Korean diplomats are being sidelined from nuclear talks ahead of a second summit with the United States as recent defections and allegations of spying undermine the trust of leader Kim Jong Un, South Korean officials and experts say.
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Wed, 20 Feb 2019 17:15:18 -0500
UK Labour leader Corbyn to discuss Brexit impasse with EU's Barnier
Britain's opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will meet European leaders in Brussels on Thursday to discuss how to try to break the deadlock over Brexit and seek to reassure them that parliament does not want to leave without a deal.
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Wed, 20 Feb 2019 16:57:05 -0500
Quarter of a million attendees expected at Venezuela aid concert
Some 250,000 people are expected at a concert on Friday in Colombia aimed at raising $100 million to provide food and medicine for Venezuelans suffering widespread shortages, its organizer said on Wednesday.
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Wed, 20 Feb 2019 16:54:55 -0500
Canada PM Trudeau calms restless MPs over shock resignations: sources
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday calmed restless legislators at a meeting to discuss two resignations that rocked his Liberal government, but side-stepped questions about how he planned to handle the crisis, party sources said.
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Wed, 20 Feb 2019 16:52:47 -0500
Iran will not rule out possibility of military conflict with Israel
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif accused Israel of engaging in "adventurism" with its bombing campaigns in Syria and said he could not rule out the possibility of a military conflict between the countries.
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Wed, 20 Feb 2019 16:40:56 -0500
Trump likely to visit Japan in May, G20 in June
U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to visit Japan in May to meet with the country's new emperor and then return in June for a G20 gathering, a White House official said on Wednesday after a phone call between Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
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Wed, 20 Feb 2019 16:29:42 -0500
French TV cuts Facebook live feed from Jewish cemetery after anti-Semitic abuse
A French TV channel said on Wednesday it had been forced to cut short a live Facebook broadcast from a desecrated Jewish cemetery in eastern France because of an onslaught of anti-Semitic commentary.
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Wed, 20 Feb 2019 15:52:39 -0500
Germany aims to reset ties with Vietnam after kidnapping case
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Wednesday he would use a meeting with his Vietnamese counterpart to discuss resetting ties between the two countries after past differences over the kidnapping of a Vietnamese businessman in Berlin.
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Venezuela security forces kill, punish anti-Maduro protesters: Amnesty
Venezuelan security forces have executed several people and arbitrarily detained hundreds of others in a campaign to punish people who protested against President Nicolas Maduro, human rights group Amnesty International said on Wednesday.
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