Monday, July 31, 2017

World News Briefs -- July 31, 2017

Daily Mail: 'Victory for the revolution': Venezuelan President Maduro claims election win as opponents vow to keep protesting after 10 are killed in wave of bloodshed

* Ten 10 people were killed in a wave of bloodshed as Venezuelans went to the polls over the weekend
* Nicolas Maduro defied international criticism to hold elections for a powerful new 'Constituent Assembly'
* President has since claimed it is 'the biggest vote the revolution has ever scored in its 18-year history'
* Cam as pictures showed violent clashes taking place between police and protesters in the capital Caracas

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has claimed victory for 'the revolution' in a controversial election a day after ten were killed in a wave of protests.

Violence swept the country on Sunday as Maduro, 54, defied international condemnation to hold elections for a powerful new 'Constituent Assembly'.
Authorities later announced an 'extraordinary turnout' of more than eight million voters, 41.5 per cent of the electorate, before the president hailed the figure as an election win.

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Iraqis say they foiled IS plan to attack revered shrines.

Iraqi general sees easy victory over exhausted IS fighters in Tal Afar.

Food access in Syria's Raqa at 'critical turning point': NGOs.

Hezbollah announces ceasefire with Sunni jihadists near Arsal. Thousands to be evacuated from Lebanon-Syria border. Hezbollah seizing territory along Lebanon's northeastern border.

Saudi Arabia reports shooting down Houthi missile near Mecca.

Iraq's Muqtada al-Sadr makes rare Saudi visit.

‘Declaration of war:’ Hajj controversy widens row between Saudi Arabia & Qatar.


Kabul attack: Islamic State group claims responsibility for deadly Iraqi embassy attack.

Trump, Abe discuss ‘grave and growing’ threat from N. Korea. Trump vows 'all necessary measures' to protect allies from North Korea, says Abe.

Donald Trump says China does ‘nothing’ to thwart North Korea’s nuclear quest.

Donald Trump: China defends itself against US President criticism over North Korea.

North Korea accuses U.S. of preparing for nuclear war.

North Korea drought threatens famine and instability.

Glimmer of hope over border row as envoys from China and India meet.

Pakistan's Parliament meeting Tuesday to elect interim PM.

India seizes record heroin haul off merchant ship on Gujarat coast.


Algerian army kills six armed militants: defense ministry.

US military: Drone strike kills al-Shabab fighter in Somalia.

Troops surround Maldives parliament to protect president.

Kenyan election official 'tortured and murdered' days before national vote.

Senegal ruling party coalition claim election landslide.

Libya committee votes in favor of constitutional draft.

Nigeria to continue oil exploration in Lake Chad Basin despite kidnapping.

Niger Delta leaders threaten to pull out of peace talks if demands not met by November 1.


US VP Mike Pence in Estonia raises prospect of deploying Patriot missiles. Mike Pence reassures Baltic states over Russia 'threat'.

Russia defends slashing US mission as hope fades of better ties. US-Russia diplomatic row: Kremlin says local staff can be included in diplomatic staff cuts.

Berlin calls for retaliation against 'illegal' US sanctions on Russia.

Russia warns Poland not to touch Soviet WW2 memorials.

Eurozone unemployment rate falls to 9.1%.

WikiLeaks releases 21,000 ‘verified’ Macron campaign emails.

Battle of Passchendaele remembered in Ypres, Belgium.


Venezuela election: Deadly protests mar ballot as voters snub Maduro constituent assembly. Venezuelan gov't praises controversial election condemned by opposition. Venezuela defiant as US moves to sanction oil industry.

Venezuela poll: EU condemns violence as turnout figure disputed.

Venezuela heading for dictatorship after 'sham' election, warns US amid clashes. US set to hit Venezuela with new sanctions after election.

Trump swears in new chief of staff, says no White House 'chaos'.

White House: Trump to decide soon on ending health payments.

Trump to award first Medal of Honor to Vietnam Army medic.

Trump threatens to axe Congress members' sweetheart health care deal and threatens insurance companies with pain following Obamacare repeal disaster.


Britain strips more than 100 Islamic State fighters of citizenship.

Australian police prevent a terrorist attack. Sydney terror plot: device may have been hidden in meat grinder.

'Islamic State' claims attack on Iraqi embassy in Afghanistan.


Brexit: Race to host EU agencies relocated from London.

China orders Anbang to sell Waldorf Astoria, other foreign assets: report.

U.S. companies post profit growth not seen in six years.

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