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Venezuelans buy bus tickets out after Maduro wins re-election

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CARACAS (Reuters) - Betsabeth Casique saved for eight months for bus tickets out of Venezuela for herself and her three children. At 1.4 million bolivars each, they are worth what she earns in a month working as a nurse. A migrant from Venezuela, sells clothing at Gamarra textile cluster in Lima's district of La Victoria in Lima, Peru, May 10, 2018. Picture taken May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Guadalupe PardoIt is less than two dollars at the black market exchange rate. When socialist President Nicolas Maduro won re-election to a six-year term on Sunday in a vote the opposition and foreign governments called illegitimate, Casique decided to leave, first for the western city of San Cristobal and from there to Cucuta, Colombia. “That was the straw that broke the camel’s back, what pushed me to do

Heavy casualties as blast rocks Afghan city of Kandahar

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KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A blast in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Tuesday caused dozens of casualties, officials said, as fighting across the country showed no sign of easing off during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. A cloud of smoke is seen after an explosion in Kandahar, Afghanistan May 22, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. AZEEM ZMARIAL/via REUTERS There was some confusion about the cause of the Kandahar explosion, which sent a huge cloud of dust and smoke into the air. Officials initially said it was caused by a bomb packed into a minibus but later said the explosives were in two containers stored in an area of mechanics workshops. Nematullah Barak, a head of the Mirwais hospital in Kandahar, said 16 dead and 38 wounded, including several childre...

Minibus bomb causes heavy casualties in southern Afghan city

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KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A minibus packed with explosives blew up in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Tuesday causing dozens of casualties, officials said, as fighting continued across the country during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. A cloud of smoke is seen after an explosion in Kandahar, Afghanistan May 22, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. AZEEM ZMARIAL/via REUTERS The blast, near one of the city’s main markets, sent a huge cloud of dust and smoke into the air. Nematullah Barak, head of Mirwais hospital in Kandahar, said six dead and more 30 wounded, including several children, had been brought in. A statement from the NDS intelligence service said the minibus, packed with explosives, was discovered in a large open yard of mechanics workshops but bl

Pompeo's Iran sanctions vow deserves a 'punch,' Revolutionary Guard commander says

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Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.SUBSCRIBEAmerica's top diplomat deserves a "punch to the mouth" over his vow to impose "the strongest sanctions in history" on Iran, according to a senior Iranian military commander.On Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned that the U.S. would take such action against Tehran unless the Islamic republic changed course by meeting a list of 12 demands aimed at the heart of Iran's foreign policy agenda.Ismail Kowsari, a senior officer with Iran's Revolutionary Guard who is deputy commander of the base responsible for security throughout Tehran, later responded."The people of Iran should stand united in the face of this and they will deliver a strong punch to the mouth of the Ame...

Trump meets with Moon in crucial moment for Korea summit

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpWH aides intentionally compose Trump tweets with grammatical mistakes: report Holder: DOJ, FBI should reject Trump's requests Ex-Trump campaign adviser rips claims of spy in campaign: It's 'embarrassing' MORE faces a crucial juncture ahead of his planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as he prepares to sit down with South Korea’s president on Tuesday.With North Korea threatening to walk, the White House meeting between Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will provide an opportunity for the allies to confer on next steps.And it could be a deciding factor in whether the Trump-Kim summit moves forward.ADVERTISEMENT“This is make-or-break,” said Harry Kazianis, director of defense studies at the Center for the National Interest.North Kore

The White House's wishful thinking on Iran and North Korea

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Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter. The Trump administration is feeling its oats. President Trump and his lieutenants spent weeks applauding their strategy of “maximum pressure” on North Korea, which they believe forced Kim Jong Un to agree to a historic round of denuclearization talks on June 12. They also pointed to the absence of such pressure on Iran as the reason Tehran is supposedly wielding its malign influence across the Middle East, requiring the United States to scrap the nuclear deal. On Monday, in a speech billed as his first major policy address, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hailed “the coming pressure campaign on

President Trump Approves New Sanctions On Venezuela

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Enlarge this image Opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro protest the presidential election which Maduro won, in Caracas, Venezuela, on Monday. Fernando Llano/AP hide caption toggle caption Fernando Llano/AP President Trump has signed new economic sanctions against Venezuela a day after the country's socialist president, Nicolas Maduro, won elections that have been widely condemned as fraudulent. The U.S. order would clamp down on the South American country's ability to liquidat...

Trump urges China to maintain tight North Korea border ahead of summit

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday urged China on Monday to maintain a secure border with North Korea, pressing Beijing ahead of his anticipated meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next month aimed at denuclearization. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he delivers remarks during the Prison Reform Summit at the White House in Washington, DC, U.S., May 18, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo“China must continue to be strong & tight on the Border of North Korea until a deal is made. The word is that recently the Border has become much more porous and more has been filtering in. I want this to happen, and North Korea to be VERY successful, but only after signing!” Trump tweeted. He did not elaborate on the significance of the North

Commander says Iran’s people will punch U.S. Secretary of State in the mouth

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - A senior Iranian military commander poured scorn on U.S. threats to tighten sanctions on Tuesday, saying the Islamic Republic’s people would respond by punching U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the mouth. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers remarks on the Trump administration's Iran policy at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, U.S. May 21, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File PhotoPompeo said on Monday Washington would impose new penalties if Tehran did not make sweeping changes, including dropping its nuclear program and pulling out of the Syrian civil war. Two weeks after President Donald Trump pulled out of an international nuclear deal with Iran, his administration has threatened to impose “the strongest sanctions in history,” setting

U.S. reinforces East Asia ballistic missile defense as Trump-Kim summit nears

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YOKOSUKA, Japan (Reuters) - The USS Milius, one of the U.S. Navy’s most advanced guided missile destroyers, arrived in Japan on Tuesday to reinforce defenses against any ballistic missile attacks by North Korea, or anyone else in East Asia. The U.S. guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG69) arrives to join Forward Deployed Naval Forces at the U.S. naval base in Yokosuka, Japan May 22, 2018. REUTERS/Issei KatoThe warship’s arrival at Yokosuka Naval Base comes three weeks before an unprecedented meeting is supposed to take place in Singapore between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The show of force is a reminder of the military pressure that can be brought to bear on North Korea as the United States seeks to press it to abandon its nuclear weapons and i