Author Archives: CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA

Citing unrest, US suspends air traffic with Venezuela

The United States on Wednesday suspended all commercial passenger and cargo flights between the U.S. and Venezuela, saying the political unrest and tensions there pose a risk to flights. Continue reading

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Venezuela says Russian planes land for military cooperation

A Venezuelan official says Russian aircraft arrived in Caracas this weekend as part of ongoing military cooperation between the two allies. Continue reading

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Last US diplomats in Venezuela prepare to head home

A U.S. official says the last American diplomats in Venezuela are at the country’s main airport, preparing to head home amid deteriorating ties between Washington and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Continue reading

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Venezuelan government targets Guaido over national blackout

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido is under investigation for the alleged sabotage of the country’s power grid, the chief prosecutor said Tuesday, as the government sought to pressure an adversary who blames corruption and mismanagement for nearl… Continue reading

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Guaido returns to Venezuela and a new phase in campaign

Opposition leader Juan Guaido shrouded the route and timing of his return in secrecy amid concerns he might be detained by Venezuela’s government. Continue reading

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Hardship overshadows Venezuela’s carnival season

It’s carnival season in Venezuela, though many citizens are not in a mood to party. Continue reading

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Venezuela’s Guaido plans to go home despite safety concerns

Venezuela is waiting for Guaido. Continue reading

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In South Africa, ousted president speaks his mind on Twitter

He’s back. Continue reading

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South African police issue arrest warrant for Grace Mugabe

South African authorities issued an arrest warrant for Grace Mugabe, the wife of Zimbabwe’s former leader who was accused of assaulting a woman in Johannesburg last year, South African police said Wednesday. Continue reading

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Remove or keep a statue? South Africa debates painful legacy

A hulking statue of a late 19th century white leader, with a cane and top hat, has been a flashpoint for cultural conflict in South Africa for years. Continue reading

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Angolan president talks to some of state’s toughest critics

Angolan President Joao Lourenco has met longtime critics of the government, generating some goodwill from activists who struggled to have their voices heard during the long rule of former leader Jose Eduardo dos Santos. Continue reading

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Power cuts hit South Africa, hurting economy

South Africa’s troubled power utility on Tuesday implemented power cuts nationwide, intensifying concern about growth in one of Africa’s biggest economies. Continue reading

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Africa wildlife films try to inspire amid poaching scourge

A documentary film about rhino poaching won awards at film festivals in Europe and the United States this year. Continue reading

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South American circus lions still unsettled in South Africa

The rescue of 33 lions from South American circuses and their 2016 transfer to a South African refuge was billed as a compassionate gesture, a return “home” after years of abuse and living in cages. Continue reading

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Saudi, Turkish prosecutors discuss Khashoggi killing

Top Saudi and Turkish prosecutors on Monday discussed the investigation into the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, a show of cooperation despite differences over which country should try 18 suspects who were detained in Saudi Arabia. Continue reading

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Turkey hosts summit to seek solutions to end war in Syria

The leaders of Turkey, Russia, France and Germany were gathering for a summit Saturday about Syria, hoping to lay the groundwork for eventual peace in a country devastated by years of war. Continue reading

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Turkey, where Saudi writer died, has culture of surveillance

One mystery surrounding the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul is the existence of purported audio recordings of his death. Continue reading

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Pik Botha, apartheid-era South African minister, dies at 86

Roelof “Pik” Botha, the last foreign minister of South Africa’s apartheid era and a contradictory figure who staunchly defended white minority rule but recognized that change was inevitable, died on Friday at age 86. Continue reading

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South African finance minister criticized after testimony

South Africa’s finance minister on Monday faced calls to resign after he acknowledged visiting the home of a business family linked to alleged corruption under former president Jacob Zuma. Continue reading

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Desmond Tutu spends 87th birthday in a Cape Town hospital

Former South African archbishop Desmond Tutu turned 87 years old in a hospital on Sunday, and birthday greetings poured in for the man once described by Nelson Mandela as “our voice of conscience.” Continue reading

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