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Indigenous Pemon on Venezuela’s border with Brazil vow to let aid in

PUERTO ORDAZ, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuela’s Pemon, an indigenous people living along the border with Brazil, are determined to allow into the embattled country any foreign aid that may arrive, even if that means a showdown with Venezuelan security forces and the government of President Nicolas Maduro. FILE PHOTO: Pemon Indians protest outside the German Embassy demanding the return of the sacred 'Kueka Stone' in Caracas, June 21, 2012. REUTERS/Christian Veron/File Photo/File PhotoAmid a hyperinflationary economic collapse that has caused malnutrition and the exodus of millions of people, humanitarian aid has become a flashpoint in an intensifying political crisis. Opposition leader Juan Guaido said last week a…

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Fatal fire exposes poor conditions for young Brazilians

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - The deaths of 10 teenagers in a fire at Brazil’s Flamengo soccer club highlighted the precarious conditions many youngsters face as they chase the dream of becoming professional footballers. Soccer fans of Flamengo soccer club hold a banner in front of the club's headquarters after a deadly fire in their training center, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 9, 2019. REUTERS/Pilar OlivaresThe boys, all aged between 14 and 16, were killed when a fire swept through the Flamengo training center on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro early on Friday morning. Three others were injured, one seriously. Although Brazilian clubs are famous for…

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Seven jailed for life over Tunisian museum, hotel massacres

FILE PHOTO: A woman looks at the mosaic portraits of the victims of a militant attack on the Bardo national museum in March 2015 that killed 21 people, at the museum in Tunis, Tunisia March 19, 2016. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi/File PhotoTUNIS (Reuters) - A Tunisian court jailed seven people for life on Saturday for their involvement in two deadly militant attacks in 2015, one on a museum in Tunis and the other on a hotel in a Mediterranean resort. Other defendants received jail sentences ranging from 16 years to six months, state news agency TAP quoted court spokesman Soufiane Sliti as saying. In all, 51 suspects stood trial,…

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Shoplifter extortion case against Walmart, other retailers is dismissed

(Reuters) - A federal judge dismissed a racketeering lawsuit accusing Walmart Inc and six other retailers of extortion by forcing accused shoplifters to take costly “restorative justice” classes or else be reported to the police. FILE PHOTO: Walmart's logo is seen outside one of the stores in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., November 20, 2018. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski/File PhotoIn a decision late on Friday, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, found no proof of a nationwide conspiracy to steer accused shoplifters into paying $400 up front or $500 in installments for the classes from Utah-based Corrective Education Co, and admitting guilt, to avoid prosecution. Shoplifting is the…

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Sacked cardinal issues manifesto in thinly veiled attack on pope

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - A cardinal who was sacked from a senior Vatican post by Pope Francis has written his own “Manifesto of Faith,” in the latest attack on the pontiff’s authority by a leading member of the Church’s conservative wing. FILE PHOTO: Newly elected cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Muller of Germany arrives during a consistory ceremony led by Pope Francis in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican February 22, 2014./File PhotoCardinal Gerhard Mueller, 71, a German who was the Vatican’s doctrinal chief until 2017, issued the four-page manifesto on Friday via conservative Catholic media outlets. He said “many bishops, priests, religious and lay people” had requested it.…

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U.S.-backed Syrian force launches ‘final battle’ against Islamic State

QAMISHLI, Syria (Reuters) - The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) began an assault against the final Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Saturday, aiming to wipe out the last vestige of the jihadist group’s “caliphate” in the SDF’s area of operations. FILE PHOTO: Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces ride on trucks as their convoy passes in Ain Issa, Syria October 16, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro/File PhotoPresident Donald Trump, who is planning to pull U.S. forces out of Syria, said on Wednesday he expected an announcement as early as next week that the U.S.-led coalition operating in support of the SDF had reclaimed all the territory previously…

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More violence in Paris as ‘yellow vests’ keep marching

PARIS (Reuters) - Thousands of French “yellow vest” demonstrators marched on Saturday for their 13th weekend of action, with scuffles in Paris and a demonstrator’s hand mangled by a small explosive. There was also an overnight arson attack on the Brittany residence of the National Assembly head - though no immediate link was made to the actions against President Emmanuel Macron. The “yellow vest” demonstrators, named for high-visibility car jackets, began in mid-November over fuel taxes then broadened into a more general revolt against a political class they view as out of touch with common people. In Paris, several thousand marched on Saturday beside symbols of power…

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Senator Warren launches 2020 campaign, sounds note of economic equality

LAWRENCE, Mass. (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, struggling to move past criticism over her claims of Native American heritage, aimed for a fresh start on Saturday with the formal launch of her 2020 presidential campaign, saying that she is fighting for all Americans. The Massachusetts Democrat, a leader of the party’s progressive wing, made her announcement from a historic site in Lawrence, northwest of Boston, that launched the U.S. organized labor movement. Warren, 69, has made worker rights, fair wages and access to health care central to her campaign. “This is the fight of our lives. The fight to build an America where dreams are possible,…

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Exclusive: Venezuela moves to replace U.S. executives on Citgo board – sources

(Reuters) - Venezuelan state-run oil company PDVSA is taking steps to remove at least two American executives from the board of directors of its U.S. refining subsidiary, Citgo Petroleum Corp, according to people close to the matter. The corporate logos of the state oil company PDVSA and Citgo Petroleum Corp are seen in Caracas, Venezuela April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Marco Bello/File PhotoCitgo is facing unprecedented challenges to its finances and management after the U.S. government last week imposed tough sanctions on Petroleos de Venezuela [PDVSA.UL] designed to prevent oil revenue from going to leftist President Nicolas Maduro. The United States and dozens of other nations have refused to…

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