Venezuela's Guaido barred from public office for 15 years
The Venezuelan government said opposition leader Juan Guaido would be barred from public office for 15 years on Thursday, as it seeks to crack down on the U.S.-backed rival to President Nicolas Maduro.
Trump administration reportedly approves secret nuclear power tech sales to Saudi Arabia
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has approved six secret authorizations by companies to sell nuclear power technology and assistance to Saudi Arabia, according to a copy of a document seen by Reuters on Wednesday.
Brexit: MPs asked to vote on withdrawal agreement only
MPs will be asked to vote again on Brexit on Friday but only on part of the deal negotiated with the EU.They will vote on the withdrawal agreement on the Irish "backstop", divorce bill and citizens' rights.But it will not amount to a third "meaningful vote" on the deal, as it will not include a vote on the UK's future relationship with the EU.
Malta armed forces seize tanker hijacked by rescued migrants
A Maltese special operations team has seized a tanker that had been hijacked by migrants it rescued at sea, armed forces said. They returned control to the captain, who was sailing towards a Maltese port with the migrants and crew on Thursday.
German Left Party passes anti-democratic police law in Brandenburg
Last week, the German Left Party voted in the Brandenburg state legislature for a new police law that creates the conditions for the establishment of a police state. Just one member of the Left Party voted against and one abstained.
LGBT+ people to be stoned or whipped to death in Brunei under new sex law
Brunei is set to permit the stoning and whipping to death of LGBT+ people under a series of reforms to its penal code that are attracting international condemnation.
==Hamas leader appears in public as fighting with Israel tails off
The leader of the militant Islamist group Hamas viewed the rubble of his bombed office in Gaza on Wednesday, appearing in public as an uneasy calm took hold after two days of cross-border Palestinian rocket attacks and Israeli air strikes.
Austria may disband far-right group over link to NZ attack suspect
Austria's government has said it may disband a far-right group that received a donation from the main suspect in the New Zealand mosque attacks.The suspect, Brenton Tarrant, also visited Austria on a European tour late last year, the government confirmed.
The Interpol president who disappeared 6 months ago has been abruptly expelled from the Chinese Communist Party
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) abruptly expelled Meng Hongwei, the former Interpol president who disappeared without a trace six months ago.The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the CCP's watchdog, on Wednesday accused Meng of abusing his position in China for personal gain, violating Chinese law and party discipline.
Fury as Bolsonaro orders Brazil army to mark 55th anniversary of military coup
Victims of Brazil’s dictatorship have responded with fury after far-right president Jair Bolsonaro ordered the country’s armed forces to commemorate the anniversary of a 1964 coup which unleashed 21 years of military rule.