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February 22, 2019

Venezuela braces for aid deadline amid rival concerts on border; one held by Richard Branson

Lokman Ilhan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(CUCUTA, Colombia) - Thousands of people gathered on Colombia's border with Venezuela Friday for a blockbuster concert backed by British billionaire Richard Branson aimed to raise money to alleviate suffering in Venezuela. The Venezuelan regime planned a competing concert across the border. The dueling concerts come as Venezuela's opposition braces for a Saturday ultimatum that its leader, Juan Guaido, has set for aid to enter the country. On Fri..
February 22, 2019

Saudi prince’s trip to China highlighted by $10 billion petrochemical deal

Bandar Algaloud / Saudi Kingdom Council / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(BEIJING) -- Soon after Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman touched down in Beijing on Thursday, he made his way to the Great Wall of China, grinning and posing for the cameras. China is the last stop on MBS' economic goodwill tour of Asia, following visits to India and to Pakistan. Throughout his trip, the Saudi prince delivered economic gifts while trying to distance himself from the killing of Saudi journalis..
February 22, 2019

American accused of spying in Russia speaks for first time since being jailed

Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- A Moscow court on Friday extended the detention of Paul Whelan, the former U.S. Marine held on espionage charges in Russia, for at least three additional months. Whelan spoke with reporters for the first time in court, telling them he was feeling "fine." The Lefortovsky District Court ordered Whelan held until at least May 28, allowing investigators to keep collecting evidence in his case. Speaking from a cage in the courthouse in which he was ..
February 22, 2019

Trump administration signals ISIS foreign fighters could be sent to Guantanamo Bay

zudin/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- As President Donald Trump seeks to wind down the fight against the Islamic State in Syria, his administration is increasingly leaving open the possibility that some of the group's foreign fighters be sent to the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Trump has advocated as a private citizen, presidential candidate and even while in office to move more detainees to the facility. It was a stark contrast to his predecessor, who unsuccessfully sought to clo..