Venezuela government announces new congress chief, opposition denounces 'coup'

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan state television on Sunday announced that dissident opposition legislator Luis Parra is the new head of the congress, a move the opposition denounced as a "parliamentary coup."


(Reporting by Caracas newsroom)

  • Schumer on 'stunning' Bolton book news: 'We're all staring a White House cover-up in the face'
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    Schumer on 'stunning' Bolton book news: 'We're all staring a White House cover-up in the face'

    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Monday called the revelation that former national security adviser John Bolton can implicate President Trump directly in the effort to pressure Ukraine by withholding military aid “stunning” evidence that “we're all staring a White House cover-up in the face. Schumer was reacting to a report in the New York Times that Bolton's forthcoming memoir contains an account of an August 2019 conversation in which Trump told him he wanted military aid to Ukraine frozen until that country's government announced investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

  • Kobe Bryant's helicopter crashed in foggy conditions considered so dangerous that the LAPD grounded all its flights
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    Kobe Bryant's helicopter crashed in foggy conditions considered so dangerous that the LAPD grounded all its flights

    The NBA legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning. The fog conditions were so bad that the Los Angeles Police Department had grounded its flights that morning, deeming it too dangerous to fly. Flight-tower audio recordings published by TMZ showed aviation authorities telling the helicopter pilot he was flying "too low" at some point during Sunday's flight.

  • Duchess of Cambridge takes images for Holocaust Memorial Day
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    Duchess of Cambridge takes images for Holocaust Memorial Day

    The Duchess of Cambridge is participating in Holocaust Memorial Day observances with photographs she took of survivors for an exhibition marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The first image is of 84-year-old Steven Frank, originally from Amsterdam The camp survivor is pictured alongside his granddaughters Maggie and Trixie Fleet, aged 15 and 13. The portraits will be part of an exhibition that will open later this year.

  • Confusion and lost time: how testing woes slowed China's coronavirus response
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    Confusion and lost time: how testing woes slowed China's coronavirus response

    Yang Zhongyi was still waiting on Monday for a coronavirus test in the Chinese city of Wuhan two weeks after she started to show signs of a fever, even though doctors privately told her family that she almost certainly has been infected, her son Zhang Changchun told Reuters. Yang, 53, is just one of many Wuhan inhabitants finding it difficult to get tested or receive treatment for the new form of coronavirus, which authorities say has infected 2,800 people and killed at least 80 in China, a situation that may be contributing to the spread of the disease. Yang has been unable to gain full-time admission to a hospital, her son said.

  • Pro-Life Dem Confronts Buttigieg over Party’s Commitment to Abortion: ‘We Have No Part in the Party’
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    Pro-Life Dem Confronts Buttigieg over Party’s Commitment to Abortion: ‘We Have No Part in the Party’

    South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg was confronted by a pro-life Democratic voter over the party's position on abortion during a Fox News town hall event on Sunday. “I am a proud pro-life Democrat,” audience member Kristin Day said. “Would you support more moderate platform language [regarding abortion] in the Democratic Party to ensure that the party of diversity and inclusion really does include everybody?” Currently, the Democratic party platform supports abortion up to nine months into pregnancy.

  • Chinese Uighurs in Saudi face impossible choice
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    Chinese Uighurs in Saudi face impossible choice

    His eyes brimming with tears, a Uighur student in Saudi Arabia holds out his Chinese passport -- long past its expiry date and condemning him to an uncertain fate as the kingdom grows closer to Beijing. The Chinese mission in Saudi Arabia stopped renewing passports for the ethnic Muslim minority more than two years ago, in what campaigners call a pressure tactic exercised in many countries to force the Uighur diaspora to return home. Half a dozen Uighur families in Saudi Arabia who showed AFP their passports -- a few already expired and some approaching the date -- said they dread going back to China, where over a million Uighurs are believed to be held in internment camps.

  • North Korean Leader's Aunt Re-Emerges After Husband's Execution
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    North Korean Leader's Aunt Re-Emerges After Husband's Execution

    The aunt of North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, has re-emerged in Pyongyang, the capital, the country's media said Sunday, dispelling rumors that she was purged after her powerful husband was executed on charges of plotting a coup to topple Kim in 2013. North Korea's state-run media said Kim Kyong Hui, the only sister of Kim Jong Un's father, Kim Jong Il, accompanied her nephew to an orchestra performance Saturday for Lunar New Year's Day. Photos released in state media showed her dressed in black and sitting with her nephew, his wife, his sister and other top leaders in the front row at a theater in Pyongyang.

  • Andrew Yang uses Tesla's Autopilot feature in a new ad  — and he breaks the same rule Elon Musk has on TV
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    Andrew Yang uses Tesla's Autopilot feature in a new ad — and he breaks the same rule Elon Musk has on TV

    YouTube/Andrew Yang for President 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang uses Autopilot, Tesla's semi-autonomous driver-assistance feature, in a new ad. Yang uses Autopilot with his hands off the steering wheel in the ad. Tesla instructs Autopilot users to always keep their hands on the wheel, even when Autopilot is in use. Tesla has been criticized for using language like "full self-driving" to describe Autopilot's capabilities, but the electric-car maker argues that the feature helps to keep people safe. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

  • Taliban says it gunned down U.S. military plane in Afghanistan, killing all personnel onboard
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    Taliban says it gunned down U.S. military plane in Afghanistan, killing all personnel onboard

    The Taliban said it had shot down a U.S. military plane in the central Afghan province of Ghazni on Monday, killing all personnel onboard.

  • Mike Bloomberg rallies Jewish voters with speech decrying nativism
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    Mike Bloomberg rallies Jewish voters with speech decrying nativism

    Although the former New York City mayor told the crowd that attacks on Jews have been taking place with "horrifying regularity," he also pointed out that attacks against immigrants, members of the LGBTQ community, Muslims and people of color have also been on the rise. He didn't openly attribute the increase in incidents to President Trump, but he did say that "presidential leadership matters." "When the president calls his supporters 'real Americans' – an echo of the language that nativists, anti-Semites, and the KKK used for many decades, he undermines our fundamental national values," Bloomberg said.

  • Google 'When did Kobe Bryant die' and it lists day of deadly crash as 'date of assassination'
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    Google 'When did Kobe Bryant die' and it lists day of deadly crash as 'date of assassination'

    A Google search for "When did Kobe Bryant die" on Sunday night, listed Jan. 26 as the former NBA star's "date of assassination" rather than "date of death." The result, which mentions the "date of assassination" is for a Wikipedia page about Bryant's life and career. The word "assassination" did not appear on the Wikipedia page, which does have a note that it is "being heavily edited because its subject has recently died."

  • Mexico president bristles at security criticisms
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    Mexico president bristles at security criticisms

    Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Monday declined to criticize supporters who confronted and insulted relatives of people killed by violence, defending their right to protest but saying he hadn't encouraged them. Backers of the president shouted and accused people in the Caravan for Truth, Justice and Peace of being provocateurs Sunday as they arrived in Mexico City's central plaza after a four-day march. Asked about the confrontation, López Obrador appeared to suggest the marchers had a political motive and were silent during previous administrations and only decided to speak up in his.

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    Taiwan to inspect travellers to enforce mask export ban, will permit personal use

    Taiwan will inspect people leaving the island to ensure they are not breaking a temporary ban on exporting face masks amid an outbreak of the new coronavirus which started in China, but people carrying them for personal use will be exempted. Taiwan, which has close economic and cultural links with China even though political ties are strained, has reported five cases of the coronavirus and has stepped up inspections at airports and stopped most Chinese visitors from coming. A total of 81 people have died, all in China.

  • Shunned by the West and China, Zimbabwe Turns to U.A.E.
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    Shunned by the West and China, Zimbabwe Turns to U.A.E.

    Sign up to our Next Africa newsletter and follow Bloomberg Africa on Twitter Sanctioned by the West and spurned by China, Zimbabwe has turned to the United Arab Emirates in its latest bid to find a savior that can arrest the collapse of its economy. Zimbabwe's government has approached the U.A.E. in hopes of selling a stake in its national oil company, according to three company and government officials familiar with the plan. It also wants companies in the U.A.E. to buy more of its gold, they said.

  • 'Draconian' travel curbs needed to halt spread of virus: scientists
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    'Draconian' travel curbs needed to halt spread of virus: scientists

    While the epicentre remains in Wuhan and the central Chinese province of Hubei, it has since spread to some of the country's biggest cities -- including Beijing, Shanghai and Chongqing, and the southern cities of Shenzhen and Guangzhou. "We are expecting to see epicentres of self-sustaining epidemics in these other major city clusters on the mainland," Leung predicted. Given those cities have major regional and international transport links it was "highly likely" they would spread the virus further afield once those cities have self-sustaining outbreaks, he added.

  • Here's what Arizona State University is telling students after a case of the Wuhan virus was confirmed there
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    Here's what Arizona State University is telling students after a case of the Wuhan virus was confirmed there

    Tim Roberts Photography/Shutterstock A fifth confirmed case of the Wuhan coronavirus in the United States was reported on Sunday in Tempe, Arizona, where Arizona State University is located. The university told students, faculty, and staff that the individual with the virus does not live in on-campus housing and is not severely ill, according to an email sent by university officials. Anyone exposed to the individual will be contacted by ASU or the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, the email said.

  • South Carolina shooting: Two dead and four wounded after gunman opens fire in bar
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    South Carolina shooting: Two dead and four wounded after gunman opens fire in bar

    Two people are dead and at least four are wounded following a shooting at a South Carolina bar on Sunday morning. The Darlington County Coroner's Office identified Dicaprio Collins, 21 and Bryan Robinson, 29 as the victims of the shooting at Mac's Lounge in Hartsville, South Carolina. Hartsville Police confirmed in a Monday morning Facebook post that they had two suspects in custody in connection with the shooting.

  • What's in a Moon Name?: A Guide to Lunar Labels
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    What's in a Moon Name?: A Guide to Lunar Labels

    Your guide to watching the moon... in all its forms. From Popular Mechanics

  • Senators must honor their oaths at Trump impeachment trial, just like I did for Clinton
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    Senators must honor their oaths at Trump impeachment trial, just like I did for Clinton

    To all who serve in the world's greatest deliberative body and believe it must live up to that description: Don't let history's verdict be a question mark or an asterisk. The framers of the Constitution purposely and thoughtfully put the solemn responsibility of impeachment trials in the hands of the Senate, where they envisioned people of courage and conviction weighing facts and evidence. Indeed, the impeachment trial has dawned with a series of party line votes, as was the case in the House.

  • Kobe Bryant was famous for using his Sikorsky S-76 private helicopter, a type that has a strong safety record
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    Kobe Bryant was famous for using his Sikorsky S-76 private helicopter, a type that has a strong safety record

    Basketball icon Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash on Sunday in Calabasas, California. Bryant was with eight others in his private helicopter, a Sikorsky S-76B, a model with a strong safety record and a reputation for serving as a reliable VIP and corporate transport. Bryant's use of the helicopter to avoid traffic between his Orange County home and Los Angeles was famous, with Bryant offering the helicopter to help teammates get to doctors' appointments.

  • Aging Iran airliner crash-lands on highway, injuring only 2
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    Aging Iran airliner crash-lands on highway, injuring only 2

    An aging Iranian passenger airliner carrying 144 people crash-landed on a runway and skidded onto a major highway next to an airport Monday, the latest crash in the Islamic Republic as U.S. sanctions bar it from parts or new aircraft. Authorities said two people suffered injuries in the hard landing of the McDonnell Douglas MD-83 flown by Caspian Airlines in Mahshahr, a city in Iran's oil-rich southwestern Khuzestan province. Passengers, apparently in shock, calmly exited the aircraft with their carry-on baggage out of a door near the cockpit and another over the plane's wing, video from Iran's Civil Aviation Network News showed.

  • U.S. military plane crashes in Afghanistan, Taliban claims responsibility
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    U.S. military plane crashes in Afghanistan, Taliban claims responsibility

    KABUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A plane which U.S. officials described as a small U.S. military aircraft crashed in a Taliban-controlled area of central Afghanistan on Monday, and the insurgent group claimed to have brought it down. The U.S. officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said there were no indications so far that the plane had been brought down by enemy activity. One of the officials said there were believed to be fewer than 10 people on board.

  • China virus sends shockwaves through Asia tourist industry
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    China virus sends shockwaves through Asia tourist industry

    A deadly virus that has prompted travel restrictions in China is sending shockwaves through Asia's tourism industry, which has become increasingly reliant on growing numbers of Chinese visitors. At least 81 people have died since the new strain of coronavirus emerged in China's Wuhan, and millions are now under an effective quarantine, with all flights in and out of the city grounded and a ban on Chinese tour groups domestically and abroad. There will be a less immediate impact in Europe, which is currently off peak season for visitors from China.

  • Paula White, Trump's spiritual adviser, calls for 'satanic pregnancies to miscarry'
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    Paula White, Trump's spiritual adviser, calls for 'satanic pregnancies to miscarry'

    Paula White, a controversial televangelist who joined the White House in an official capacity last year, is arguing that the content of a sermon she delivered on Jan. 5, which mentioned adversaries of President Trump and soon after advocated for divine forces to cause the miscarriage of babies in “satanic wombs,” was taken out of context.

  • Anger mounts over government response at epidemic epicentre
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    Anger mounts over government response at epidemic epicentre

    Chinese officials at the epicentre of a health crisis are coming under fire for incompetence and being ridiculed for not properly wearing protective masks as anger mounts over the handling of a deadly virus. Many Chinese netizens were incensed by what they perceived as a series of errors at a televised press conference Sunday by three local officials at the heart of the new virus outbreak. Governor of central Hubei province Wang Xiaodong held the press conference without wearing a mask -- in violation of the provincial capital Wuhan's own rules mandating masks in public spaces.