Venezuela to quit OAS regional bloc: government

Venezuela said Wednesday it was quitting the Organization of American States in anger at pressure from the bloc over the government’s handling of a violent political crisis.Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said the government would launch a two-year pr…

April 26, 2017

Trump unveils plans for ‘massive’ tax cuts

The Trump administration Wednesday unveiled plans to dramatically cut taxes for US businesses and individuals, slashing the corporate rate to 15 percent, but the once-in-a-generation overhaul is headed for a tough fight in Congress.

April 26, 2017

Chile charges 16 military officials in Caravan of Death

Sixteen retired Chilean military officers were charged Wednesday with involvement in the 1973 murders of 15 opponents of the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship, officials said.In one of the grisly incidents of the so-called Caravan of Death, which is believ…

April 26, 2017

Lynch ends retirement for Raiders move

Marshawn Lynch ended his year-long retirement from the NFL on Wednesday, confirming a switch to the Oakland Raiders after a deal with former team the Seattle Seahawks.The 31-year-old running back known as “Beast Mode,” who quit the sport after the 2015…

April 26, 2017

Cuban triple jumper Pichardo absconds, gets Portuguese job

Cuban triple jump star Pedro Pichardo, the silver medallist at the 2013 and 2015 world championships who absconded from a training camp in Germany, was signed by Portuguese club Benfica, putting his international future at stake.The 23-year-old, the 20…

April 26, 2017

Dortmund’s Dembele stuns Bayern in cup semi

Borussia Dortmund fought back to defeat bitter rivals Bayern Munich 3-2 on Wednesday to reach the German Cup final and shatter the Bavarian giants’ dreams of the double.A brilliant strike from Ousmane Dembele 15 minutes from the end settled a tie at Mu…

April 26, 2017

PSG rout Monaco to reach French Cup final

Edinson Cavani celebrated his new contract with his 45th goal of the season as holders Paris Saint-Germain demolished an inexperienced Monaco 5-0 to reach next month’s French Cup final against Angers.Julian Draxler prodded PSG ahead on 26 minutes at th…

April 26, 2017

Eriksen stunner fires Spurs, Huth helps Arsenal

Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen netted a superb 30-yard goal to down Crystal Palace 1-0 on Wednesday and keep Tottenham Hotspur’s Premier League title hopes alive.Leaders Chelsea, who beat Tottenham 4-2 in the FA Cup semi-finals on Saturday, went se…

April 26, 2017

EU granted protection to 700,000 asylum-seekers last year

EU nations granted refugee or protection status to 710,400 people last year, of whom more than half were Syrian, the bloc’s statistical agency said on Wednesday.The figure was “more than double the number of 2015,” Eurostat said.”The largest group of b…

April 26, 2017

US may stay in Paris climate accord, with caveats

Signs are mounting that US President Donald Trump’s administration may stay in the landmark Paris climate change accord of 2015, under pressure from big business and public support for the agreement.But experts say the final decision, expected next mon…

April 26, 2017

South Sudan forces launch new offensive: UN

South Sudanese government forces on Wednesday launched an offensive on a town in the north, displacing civilians who may be headed toward the border with Sudan, the UN envoy said.Some 50,000 people in Kodok in Upper Nile state, many of whom fled fighti…

April 26, 2017

Brazil arrests 14 over explosive Paraguay heist

Brazilian police said Wednesday they had arrested 14 people and seized more than a million dollars of stolen cash after an explosive heist by suspected Brazilian gangsters in neighboring Paraguay.Dubbed “the robbery of the century” by officials, Monday…

April 26, 2017

Football: S. America confed lost $140 mn to graft

The head of South American football confederation CONMEBOL said Wednesday the body lost more than $140 million to graft under former managers indicted in a US corruption investigation.Between 2010 and 2014 “CONMEBOL was defrauded of more than $140 mill…

April 26, 2017

Russian and Saudi FMs clash over Syria & Iran

Preview Iran’s involvement in Syria is where Moscow and Riyadh “are mildly speaking, not matching,” the Russian Foreign Minister has said after hosting his Saudi counterpart. The alleged chemical attack in Syria has proven another point where Russia and Saudi Arabia are at odds.
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April 26, 2017