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Venezuela’s Guaido pushes to name new representative to regional lender

(Reuters) - Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido named Harvard University economist Ricardo Hausmann as the country’s representative to the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), Guaido’s envoy to the United States said on Monday. FILE PHOTO: Ricardo Hausmann from Harvard University speaks on Day 1 of Securing Sport 2015 - the annual conference of the International Centre for Sports Security (ICSS). Photo Andrew Kelly for ICSS/File PhotoThe regional lender confirmed it had received a letter from Guaido naming Hausmann and said it was considering how to proceed. “We’ve received the letter and are determining next steps,” a bank official told Reuters. Venezuela poses a tricky problem for the Washington-based…

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In jab at Maduro, Guaido makes triumphant return to Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido returned to his country on Monday after flouting a court-imposed travel ban by touring Latin American countries to boost support for his campaign to tighten regional pressure on President Nicolas Maduro. A crowd of cheering supporters greeted Guaido and his wife as they stepped into the Maiquetia airport’s arrivals hall, and then sped to an opposition rally in eastern Caracas where thousands had gathered to welcome him. The return of Guaido, recognized by most Western nations as Venezuela’s legitimate head of state, signals that Maduro’s adversaries have at least temporarily avoided the arrest of a leader who has…

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In major blow to Canada’s Trudeau, second minister quits over scandal

OTTAWA (Reuters) - In a serious blow to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a second member of his Cabinet resigned on Monday, saying she had lost confidence in how the government had dealt with an escalating political scandal. FILE PHOTO: Newly appointed president of the Treasury Board Jane Philpott poses for a photo with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during Trudeau's cabinet shuffle, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, January 14, 2019. REUTERS/Patrick Doyle/File PhotoThe departure of recently appointed Treasury Board President Jane Philpott, who was in overall charge of government spending, deprives Trudeau of another powerful female member of cabinet just months ahead of an election that polls show…

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Barrick says open to Nevada joint venture talks with Newmont

(Reuters) - Barrick Gold Corp Chief Executive Mark Bristow said on Monday he wants to speak immediately with Newmont Mining Corp about a proposed Nevada joint venture, even as his company moves to take a $18 billion takeover offer directly to Newmont shareholders. Visitors pass the Newmont Mining Corporation booth during the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) annual convention in Toronto, Ontario, Canada March 4, 2019. REUTERS/Chris HelgrenNewmont earlier on Monday rejected Barrick’s full buyout offer and reiterated its plans to go ahead with its deal to buy smaller rival Goldcorp Inc. Newmont’s JV proposal, unveiled Monday, seeks to combine adjacent mines and other facilities…

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Like ‘giant knife,’ tornadoes slash eastern Alabama, killing 23

BEAUREGARD, Ala. (Reuters) - Alabama residents and rescue teams on Monday sifted through the splintered remnants of homes torn apart by a string of tornadoes that killed at least 23 people, including three children, in the deadliest burst of twisters to hit the United States since 2013. The tornadoes, spawned by a late-winter “supercell” thunderstorm, ripped through Lee County on Sunday with cyclonic winds of up to 170 miles (274 km) per hour, at step four of the six-step Enhanced Fujita (EF) scale of tornado strength. Mobile homes were tossed on their sides and ripped open, their contents strewn over a ravaged landscape littered with debris and…

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Ex ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ star Luke Perry dead at 52 after stroke

(Reuters) - Actor Luke Perry, who rose to superstardom on the teen-oriented 1990s U.S. television drama “Beverly Hills 90210” and then aged into a fatherly role on comic-based “Riverdale,” died on Monday at the age of 52 after suffering a “massive” stroke last week, his publicist said. Publicist Arnold Robinson said Perry died in a Los Angeles area hospital surrounded by his family and close friends, including his former wife Minnie Sharp, his two children, and his fiance Wendy Madison Bauer. “The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time…

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Regional lender mulls new board representative for Venezuela’s Guaido

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) said on Monday it was reviewing a letter from Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido naming a new representative to the board of the regional lender. “We’ve received the letter and are determining next steps,” a bank official told Reuters after Guaido named Harvard University economist Ricardo Hausmann as the country’s representative to the IADB. The IADB’s board of member countries has not yet met to consider whether to recognize Guaido’s representative, which would make it the first lender to consider such a move. Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Lisa ShumakerOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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Firefox maker fears DarkMatter ‘misuse’ of browser for hacking

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Firefox browser-maker Mozilla is considering whether to block cybersecurity company DarkMatter from serving as one of its internet security gatekeepers after a Reuters report linked the United Arab Emirates-based firm to a cyber espionage program. The Firefox logo is seen at a Mozilla stand during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, February 28, 2013. Picture taken February 28, 2013. REUTERS/Albert GeaReuters reported in January that DarkMatter provided staff for a secret hacking operation, codenamed Project Raven, on behalf of an Emirati intelligence agency. The unit was largely comprised of former U.S. intelligence officials who conducted offensive cyber operations for the UAE government. Former Raven…

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Democrats target who’s who of Trump insiders but not Ivanka, others

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some of U.S. President Donald Trump’s closest advisers, including his daughter Ivanka, were missing from a list of people that Democratic lawmakers sought documents from on Monday for a corruption investigation of the president. FILE PHOTO - U.S. President Donald Trump listens as his daughter, White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump, speaks during a campaign rally on the eve of the U.S. midterm election in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., November 5, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos BarriaThe list covered a who’s who of Trump family members and associates, but Ivanka Trump was omitted, despite former Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen testifying last week that he briefed her numerous…

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House Democrats target Trump-Putin talks, obstruction

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats in Congress unleashed a slew of demands in their investigations of President Donald Trump on Monday, seeking information about his communications with Russian President Vladimir Putin and documents from 81 sources in an obstruction probe. The chairmen of the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees wrote to the White House and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seeking documents and interviews with personnel about Trump’s conversations with Putin. The lawmakers expressed concern about media reports that Trump seized notes on at least one meeting with the Russian leader and tried to destroy records about those talks. “These allegations, if true, raise profound national…

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