Maduro cuts ties after US backs opposition

Maduro cuts ties after US backs opposition

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Guaidó declared himself "acting president" on Wednesday Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro has responded with defiance after the US recognised opposition leader Juan Guaidó as interim president. Mr Maduro said Venezuela was breaking off relations with the US and gave diplomats 72 hours to leave. But the US said "former…

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Trump delays Congress speech over shutdown

Trump delays Congress speech over shutdown

Image copyright AFP US President Donald Trump says he will not deliver his annual State of the Union speech until after the government shutdown is over. On Wednesday House Speaker Nancy Pelosi withdrew an invitation for him to address Congress, saying government services should fully reopen first. The shutdown has left 800,000 federal staff without…

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Microsoft’s Bing inaccessible in China

Microsoft's Bing inaccessible in China

Image copyright Getty Images US tech giant Microsoft has confirmed that its search engine Bing is currently inaccessible in China. Social media users have expressed concern that the search engine might be the latest foreign website to be blocked by censors. Chinese authorities operate a firewall that blocks many US tech platforms, including Facebook and…

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Detained Iranian reporter released in US

Detained Iranian reporter released in US

Image copyright Sarah Hasheminiasari/Facebook Image caption Ms Hashemi was reportedly visiting family in the US A prominent American-born Iranian journalist who was held in the US as a witness has been released from jail, according to an advocacy lawyer. Marzieh Hashemi was freed in Washington DC after being detained for 10 days, an attorney with…

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Malaysia to desire king after shock abdication

Malaysia to desire king after shock abdication

Image copyright AFP Image caption Malaysia's king Sultan Muhammad V unexpectedly abdicated the throne in January Malaysian royals are voting on a new king after the previous monarch, in an unprecedented move, abdicated the throne before the end of his term. A new ruler, known as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, is usually picked every five…

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Five tiresome in financial institution taking pictures in Florida

Five tiresome in financial institution taking pictures in Florida

Image copyright CBS Image caption Emergency services responded after receiving a call from a man who said "I've shot five people" A gunman has killed five people at a bank in Florida, police say. They say officers responded after a man called police from inside the SunTrust bank in the town of Sebring and said:…

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Alec 1st Earl 1st Earl Baldwin of Bewdley of Bewdley pleads guilty in parking row

Alec 1st Earl 1st Earl Baldwin of Bewdley of Bewdley pleads guilty in parking row

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Actor Alec Baldwin appears in court in the Manhattan borough of New York City Alec Baldwin has pleaded guilty to second-degree harassment for a fight over a New York City parking spot. The 60-year-old US actor appeared in court charged with punching the man on 2 November during the dispute…

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Celebrities shunned Prince William charity

Celebrities shunned Prince William charity

Image copyright EPA Prince William has said that every celebrity he asked to back his Heads Together mental health initiative three years ago refused. The Duke of Cambridge told the Davos World Economic Forum that "a lot" of stars were approached, but none wanted to be associated with mental illness. He also said the wartime…

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Mass converse towards Venezuela’s Maduro

Mass converse towards Venezuela's Maduro

Thousands are protesting in Venezuela's capital in a bid to topple President Nicolás Maduro's government. Four people reportedly died in overnight clashes ahead of the opposition protests. Mr Maduro was sworn in for a second term in early January, after a poll considered a sham by much of the international community. Venezuela has been in…

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Arrest after comatose girl offers birth

Arrest after comatose girl offers birth

Image copyright Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Image caption Nathan Sutherland, 36, was responsible for the woman's care, authorities said A nurse in Arizona has been charged with sexual assault after a vulnerable patient under his care gave birth. The suspect has been named as Nathan Sutherland, 36, who worked at the Hacienda Healthcare clinic. The…

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