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Venezuela’s deputy U.N. military attache backs Guaido

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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. U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, highlighted Chirinos’ announcement in a note posted on Twitter on Wednesday but misidentified him as the military attache to the United Nations. “Venezuela’s military attache to the United Nations, Colonel Pedro Chirinos, has announced his official recognition of Juan Guaido as Interim President of Venezuela,” Bolton said in his note. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said he was not aware of any notifications…

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Actor Jussie Smollett named suspect in criminal investigation

(Reuters) - Actor Jussie Smollett was named as a suspect in a criminal investigation into whether he lied about being attacked by two masked men shouting racist and homophobic slurs, Chicago police said on Wednesday. Smollett, a 36-year-old black, openly gay actor on the hip-hop TV drama “Empire,” ignited a firestorm on social media by telling police on Jan. 29 that two apparent supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump beat him up on the streets of Chicago, put a noose around his neck, and poured bleach over him. “Jussie Smollett is now officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation by #ChicagoPolice for filing a false…

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Constitution’s ‘excessive fines’ ban bolstered by U.S. high court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a decision that may curb the rise of financial penalties and property seizures in the U.S. criminal justice system, the Supreme Court on Wednesday for the first time ruled that the U.S. Constitution’s ban on “excess fines” applies to states as well as the federal government. The nine justices ruled unanimously in favor of an Indiana man named Tyson Timbs who argued that police violated his rights by seizing his $42,000 Land Rover vehicle after he was convicted as a heroin dealer. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, back on the bench for a second straight day after undergoing lung cancer surgery in December, wrote…

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Southwest shares drop as mechanics dispute escalates

(Reuters) - Southwest Airlines Co’s shares fell more than 5 percent on Wednesday after the low-cost U.S. carrier said it was investigating whether a conflict with its mechanics union was leading to a spike in flight cancellations. The escalating labor dispute, one of the biggest to hit a top-four U.S. airline in more than a decade, comes amid a series of recent corporate headaches for the carrier. Dallas-based Southwest was forced to delay its planned Hawaii launch due to the recent U.S. government shutdown and on Wednesday cut its first-quarter revenue growth forecast. That followed news on Monday that the Federal Aviation Administration initiated a probe against…

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House Democrats move to block Trump’s emergency declaration on border

FILE PHOTO: The U.S. Capitol is shown after the U.S. government reopened with about 800,000 federal workers returning after a 35-day shutdown in Washington, U.S., January 28, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives plan to introduce a resolution on Friday to end President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration on border security, according to aides to Representative Joaquin Castro. So far, 92 lawmakers have joined Castro in backing the legislation, which under House rules could advance within weeks to a debate by the full chamber, which is controlled by Democrats. Trump declared a national emergency last week in order to take…

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In U.S., pope’s summit on sex abuse seen as too little, too late

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the study of his home outside Washington, victims’ advocate Tom Doyle searched a shelf packed with books to find the thick report that led him to stop practicing as a priest and devote himself to helping those who had been sexually abused by clergymen. FILE PHOTO: Pope Francis holds a cross as he conducts the Mass for the Feast of Epiphany in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican January 6, 2019. REUTERS/Alessandro BianchiThe 1985 report was one of the first exposes in a sexual abuse scandal that has plagued the Catholic Church. Pope Francis has called senior bishops to meet for four days…

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U.S., Central America launch plan to crack down on people smugglers

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - 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. U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen takes part in a news conference after the IV meeting of security ministers of the Northern Triangle of Central America in San Salvador, El Salvador February 20, 2019. REUTERS/Jose CabezasU.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen called immigration from the region a “humanitarian crisis” and said the regional security plan with El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras would secure the border…

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‘Time of the essence,’ says May on latest Brussels shuttle

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - 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. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker meets with British Prime Minister Theresa May at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium February 20, 2019. REUTERS/Yves HermanEmerging from an hour or so of discussions with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the second in as many weeks, May told a British television channel that she again pressed for “legally binding changes” to a deal she agreed with the EU in November so that a…

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UK attorney general plans for unilateral exit mechanism to Irish backstop: Telegraph

Britain's Attorney General Geoffrey Cox is seen outside Downing Street in London, Britain, February 20, 2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson(Reuters) - 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 bit.ly/2E0XHql late on Wednesday. The “backstop” provision in Britain’s European Union divorce deal aims at avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland. Earlier on Wednesday, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and British Prime Minister Theresa May said that the backstop provision is temporary. Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Lisa ShumakerOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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North Korea’s Kim shuffles nuclear talks team after defections, spying allegations

SEOUL (Reuters) - 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. Kim has purged and replaced many top diplomats and officials who served his father and grandfather with new, younger advisors as he gears up to meet U.S. President Donald Trump in Vietnam next week. Among the most significant changes, Kim has appointed little-known Kim Hyok Chol to spearhead working-level talks with U.S. nuclear envoy Stephen Biegun. A former ambassador to Spain who was expelled…

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