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U.S. raises pressure on Maduro via sanctions, aid airlift
WASHINGTON/MUNICH (Reuters) - The United States ratcheted up
pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday by
sanctioning some of his top security officials and the head of
the state oil company, and unveiling plans to airlift over 200
tons of aid to the Colombian border.
Exclusive: U.S. may trim over 1,000 troops from Afghanistan
in belt-tightening - general
MUSCAT/KABUL (Reuters) - Even before any peace push-related
drawdowns, the U.S. military is expected to trim troop levels in
Afghanistan as part of an efficiency drive by the new commander,
a U.S. general told Reuters on Friday, estimating the cuts may
exceed 1,000 forces.
U.S. Supreme Court to decide legality of census citizenship
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court will decide
the fate of a fiercely contested plan by President Donald
Trump’s administration to add a citizenship question to the 2020
census, agreeing on Friday to an expedited review of a judge’s
ruling blocking the plan.
People hurt, suspect caught in Illinois shooting: witness,
Police arrested a suspect in a shooting on Friday at a
manufacturing plant in Aurora, Illinois, but the area remained
under lockdown, city and law enforcement officials said on
Twitter. A witness said he saw people bleeding.
Uber posts $50 billion in annual bookings as profit remains
elusive ahead of IPO
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc had $50
billion in total bookings for its ride-service and food-delivery
businesses last year, a testament to the size and global reach
of the company as it prepares to woo investors in one of the
biggest public stock listings to date.
How Amazon scrapped its plans for a New York headquarters
More than a year of work to bring Amazon.com Inc’s
headquarters and tens of thousands of jobs to New York City
ended on Thursday with a couple of phone calls.
Portrait of Brazilian revolutionary is a salvo in fight over
The makers of “Marighella”, a film about a left-wing
revolutionary murdered by Brazil’s 1960s military dictatorship,
hope their film will help counter a version of the country’s
history that they see far-right President Jair Bolsonaro as
Police arrest 'potential suspects' in alleged attack on
Two Nigerian brothers have been arrested in connection with
an alleged racist and homophobic assault on “Empire” actor
Jussie Smollett in Chicago, the city’s police department said on
U.S. quarterback Kaepernick settles grievance case with NFL
Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who sparked a
national debate when he protested against racial injustice by
kneeling during the U.S. national anthem, has resolved a pending
grievance with the league, the two sides said on Friday.
Messi backing Pique in new Davis Cup venture
Lionel Messi is one of the investors in the Davis Cup Finals
in Madrid later this year, according to Barcelona team mate
Gerard Pique whose Kosmos company has been instrumental in a
revamp for the historic tennis competition.
POLITICS / INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
U.S. Air Force expected to deliver aid for Venezuela to
Colombian border town where congress to hold town hall
The U.S. Air Force is also expected to send food and
medicine for Venezuela to Cucuta, the Colombian border town
where the United States and others have already been stockpiling
aid. Venezuela's opposition, which is trying to oust President
Nicolas Maduro whom they deem illegitimate in order to return
the country to democracy, is also set to hold a town hall
meeting in Cucuta to discuss plans to deliver aid into the
country on Feb 23.
ALBANIA-PROTESTS/ (PIX) (TV)
Albanian opposition rallies in quest for fresh elections
A protest is expected in Tirana as opposition leader Lulzim
Basha calls on Prime Minister Edi Rama to step down, accept a
technical government or call an election. Despite a growing
economy Basha is trying to drum up support, saying the
government is corrupt, taxes are hitting small business and a
fifth of Albanians eat only one meal a day.
16 Feb 05:00 ET / 10:00 GMT
CONFLICTS / WAR / PEACE
Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Nasrallah to give speech
The leader of the Iran-backed Hezbollah movement is expected
to give a televised speech during a rally in south Lebanon.
16 Feb 08:00 ET / 13:00 GMT
ARTS / CULTURE / ENTERTAINMENT
FASHION-LONDON/ALEXA CHUNG (PIX) (TV)
Alexa Chung catwalk show at London Fashion Week
Alexa Chung presents her autumn/winter 2018-2019 collections
in the British capital.
16 Feb 07:00 ET / 12:00 GMT
FASHION-LONDON/ (PIX) (TV)
Molly Goddard showcase at London Fashion Week
Designers Molly Goddard present their autumn/winter
2018-2019 collections in the British capital.
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