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February 16, 2019

US citizen detained in Egypt for over 5 years is dying, desperate for release

Kassem Family(CAIRO) -- A U.S. citizen detained in Egypt for five-and-a-half years who is on a hunger strike is dying, according to his lawyer and family. Five months after Moustafa Kassem wrote letters to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence pleading for their help, the New York City taxi driver and father of two has not been freed by the government of strongman President Abdel Fattah el Sisi. "My brother can't wait weeks or months. He is dying now," his sister Iman Kassem..
February 16, 2019

Richard Branson to hold fundraising concert for Venezuela relief

@richardbranson/Twitter(CUCUTA, Columbia) -- Billionaire Virgin founder Richard Branson is taking on delivering relief to the people of Venezuela into his own hands. Branson announced on Friday he will be throwing a massive fundraising concert in neighboring Colombia on Feb. 22. Venezuela is in a tug of war for leadership between current President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido, who the U.S. has recognized as the rightful leader of the country. Guaido declared himself the coun..
February 15, 2019

Chinese-born scientist accused of stealing trade secrets from Coca-Cola

Anson_iStock/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Shannon You, a Chinese-born scientist, has been accused by the Department of Justice of stealing almost $120 million worth of trade secrets last year from The Coca-Cola Company. A grand jury in the Eastern District of Tennessee on Tuesday charged Yoo with stealing bisphenoal-A-free (BPA) cans and chemical secrets from the beverage maker. The company is listed as "Employer #1" in the indictment but ABC News confirmed through a spokesman that Coca-Cola was You&#0..
February 15, 2019

Pence expected to address tension in Venezuela at Munich Security Conference

Sean Gallup/Getty Images(MUNICH) -- Vice President Mike Pence is expected to address the rising tension in Venezuela during his trip to Germany as the Trump administration continues to take steps to resolve the ongoing tension in the region. Pence, who held a roundtable discussion earlier this month with exiles from Venezuela in Florida has vowed to continue to apply pressure “until the suffering is over and freedom is restored.” On Friday, the U.S. Treasury announced it is sanctioning five top ..