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US offers $15m reward for arrest of Venezuela’s President Maduro

The United States is offering $15 million for information leading to the arrest of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on drug-trafficking charges, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday. Pompeo announced the reward as the Justice Department unveiled charges against Maduro, describing him like a common criminal rather than a head of state as Washington tries…

India executes four men convicted of 2012 Delhi gang rape

The men had delayed their execution four times after their conviction for raping and murdering a woman on a New Delhi bus in 2012. The case sparked a debate over capital punishment and women’s safety in India. Four men were hanged at Tihar Jail in the Indian capital, New Delhi, on Friday for the brutal…

British soldier among three dead

A member of the Royal Army Medical Corps has been killed in a rocket attack on a base in Iraq. An American soldier and contractor also died in the attack on the Taji military camp, north of Baghdad, according to US military sources. At least 12 people were injured. The victims’ names have yet to…

Afghanistan: Rival ‘presidents’ hold two inaugurations

Two Afghan politicians – who both claim they won the presidential election – have declared themselves president at rival inauguration ceremonies. The electoral commission says incumbent Ashraf Ghani narrowly won September’s vote, but Abdullah Abdullah alleges the result is fraudulent. The old rivals both held positions in the previous government. It comes as Afghanistan prepares…

Biden bounces back on Super Tuesday, dwarfs Sanders in major US states

Momentum and timing matter in politics — and both helped former Vice President Joe Biden mount a comeback against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who went into Super Tuesday with front-runner status after significant wins in early states, National Public Radio reports. After poor showings in some opening contests, Biden’s campaign was seen by many as…

Netanyahu in comfortable lead in Israeli election

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is poised to retain his office after election shows he is in comfortably lead with Labor-Gesher-Meretz leader MK Amir Peretz saying his alliance’s poor showing of 6-7 seats in exit polls was due to Blue and White’s campaign that “turned on us. “We knew the whole would end up less…

Ex-Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak dies at 91

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has died at the age of 91 in a Cairo hospital, his family said. Mubarak rose to power after Islamic extremists assassinated his predecessor Anwar Sadat and then steered the nation through the turmoil that buffeted the Middle East with wars, terrorism and religious extremism. Mubarak, who served as president…

Far-right extremist kills nine people in Germany

A suspected far-right extremist has killed at least nine people in attacks on two shisha bars in a city in western Germany, officials say. Chancellor Angela Merkel said there were many signs the attacker in Hanau had acted out of racism. Federal prosecutors are treating the case as terrorism. Turkey says at least five of…

Flood fears in UK as storm persists

Storm Dennis is still causing problems, with dozens of people forced to leave their homes overnight due to fears of further flooding in the United Kingdom. More than 400 homes and businesses are under water, with south Wales, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire among the worst affected regions. Police have warned of an unprecedented emergency in…

UK PM will make Cabinet reshuffle in next 24 hours

Senior ministers are bracing themselves for Boris Johnson’s first major cabinet reshuffle since the Conservatives’ general election victory. The PM will make a number of changes over the next 24 hours although it is unclear how wide-ranging they will be. Attorney General Geoffrey Cox said he would be “uncomplaining” if, as some expect, he is…

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