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Venezuela in crisis: How did the country get here?

Venezuela's National Assembly, the opposition-controlled legislative body, declared President Nicolas Maduro a "usurper" last week, deepening the political and humanitarian crisis that has engulfed the country.  The declaration came about a week after Maduro was sworn in for a controversial second six-year term following an election largely boycotted by the opposition and considered fraudulent by…

Prominent Saudi scholar Ahmed al-Amari dies in prison: Activists

A prominent Saudi Imam and preacher at the Prophet's Mosque in Medina has died in prison, reportedly as a result of being held in poor conditions, activists have said. Sheikh Ahmed al-Amari, former dean of the Quran College in the Islamic University of Madinah, died on Sunday, more than five months after he was arrested,…

Howl at the moon: Eclipse watchers revel at Blood Wolf Moon

The only total lunar eclipse this year and next came with a supermoon bonus. On Sunday night, the moon, Earth and sun lined up to create the eclipse visible throughout North and South America where skies were clear. There won't be another until 2021. It was also the year's first supermoon, when a full moon…

Brexit: May says EU unlikely to extend Article 50 without a plan

British Prime Minister Theresa May has said the European Union is "very unlikely to extend Article 50 without a plan for a deal" as she rejected calls to delay Britain's departure from the European Union. Speaking on Monday, just over two months before the United Kingdom is due to leave the bloc, May added that she will press on with efforts to…

Nigeria leader says President Buhari ‘can’t hold fair election’

Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has accused the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari of planning to rig the upcoming national elections in February. In a statement issued on Sunday, Obasanjo in Abeokuta city urged the Nigerians to resist any plot by the government to manipulate the vote. "I personally have serious doubts about the present INEC's integrity, impartiality and…

More than 100 Afghan security forces killed in Taliban attack

More than 100 members of Afghan security forces were killed when armed Taliban fighters attacked a military base and police training centre outside Kabul on Monday, a senior defence ministry official has said. "We have information that 126 people have been killed in the explosion inside the military training centre," the official, speaking on condition of…

Attacks in Thailand’s deep south: Who, why and what’s next?

Bangkok, Thailand - In the latest of a series of fatal attacks in Thailand's southernmost provinces, a group of assault rifle-wielding attackers on Friday stormed a Buddhist temple, killing two monks and wounding two others. The evening assault took place at Wat Rattananupab temple in Su Ngai Padi district of Narathiwat province, an area located…

Hindus take auspicious plunge during India’s Kumbh Mela

Millions of Hindu devotees will take a holy dip in the Ganges River on Monday on one of the six most auspicious days to bathe during Kumbh Mela - the world’s largest religious festival. More than 18 million pilgrims - led by naked, ash-smeared ascetics - entered the grounds last week as the festival began.…

Fears of ‘Windrush-type scandal’ as EU citizen registration opens

A government scheme designed to allow European citizens to continue living in the UK after Brexit was launched in public test phase on Monday, amid warnings that it could leave tens of thousands of people undocumented in years to come. The 3.5 million citizens of the EU's 27 countries residing in the UK must go…

China’s balancing act: A slowing economy, debts and a trade war

By most normal standards, an economic slowdown like the one Beijing announced on Monday should have set off alarm bells on financial markets. China said its gross domestic product (GDP) expanded by 6.6 percent last year. The last time it recorded such a slow growth rate was in 1990. Back then, it was the world's…

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‘The Voice’ recap: The battles begin and two steals are already...

Tonight, The Voice‘s quartet of coaches complete their teams with the last leg of blind auditions before quickly beginning to disassemble them, shuffling the most steal-worthy contestants around by way of the battles. Alongside team advisers CeeLo Green (for Adam Levine), Thomas Rhett (for Kelly Clarkson), Halsey (for Jennifer Hudson), and Keith Urban (for Blake Shelton),…

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