May 8, 2019

South Africans return to the ballot box

omersukrugoksu/iStock(CAPE TOWN, South Africa) -- South Africans go to the polls Wednesday to vote in the sixth general election since the end of white-minority rule. Twenty-five years ago, the world watched as millions of South Africans cast their votes in a historic event that saw the African National Congress sweep into power, and its leader, Nelson Mandela, become the first democratically elected president. With a voter turnout of around 70 percent expected, between 16 million and 20 millio..
May 8, 2019

US Navy hospital ship will be deployed to assist Venezuelan refugees

U.S. Navy photograph by Brian Suriani(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort will soon be headed to the Caribbean, Central America and South America to assist Venezuelan refugees. Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan told reporters Tuesday that getting the medical personnel aboard the ship will be a "highly choreographed" effort. He also said that there is a lot of planning underway for Venezuela for various scenarios, in what he described as "a fluid situation." The ship is sc..
May 8, 2019

Mike Pompeo makes last-minute trip to Iraq, amid heightened tensions with Iran

Drew Angerer/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a list-minute trip to Iraq amid reported threats to U.S. personnel in the country from neighboring Iran and heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran. The surprise visit came just two days after the U.S. announced plans to move an aircraft carrier strike group to the Middle East ahead of schedule and warnings from Iran that it would halt implementation of some parts of the nuclear deal. Wednesday marks one year ..
May 8, 2019

US lifts sanctions on Venezuela spy chief who defected as incentive for others still loyal to Maduro

Lokman Ilhan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- One week after opposition protests sought to spur top Venezuelan leaders to abandon Nicolas Maduro, the country's embattled socialist president, the U.S. is stepping in again to try to spur action with an offer: Defect from Maduro and avoid U.S. sanctions. Vice President Mike Pence announced Tuesday that the U.S. removed sanctions against the country's former chief of the intelligence service, SEBIN, after Gen. Manuel Cristopher Fi..