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Venezuela strike: Clashes in Caracas, cracks in unity at UN

[ad_1] Story highlightsNationwide strike follows referendum rejecting plans to rewrite constitutionDeath toll from months of unrest nears 100; resignation occurs in UN delegationThe opposition called for Thursday's nationwide strike after a nonbinding referendum four days earlier saw millions reject Maduro's controversial plans to rewrite the constitution.The government condemned the referendum as illegal, instead calling for a July 30 vote to elect a special assembly to rewrite the 1999 constitution.Venezuela is struggling with a deepening economic crisis and sometimes bloody street protests as anti-government protesters demand Maduro step down. He has sent the military onto the streets to maintain order.Venezuela: How...

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The dark, dangerous journey from Niger to Libya

[ad_1] Story highlightsNiger's goverment worries Libya's war will destabilize the countryAl Qaeda has kidnapped several foreigners outside Agadez in recent yearsMoammar Gadhafi is rumored to have spent millions on Niger's infrastructureDark shadows were lifting themselves off the sidewalk, slowly stretching, shaking the slumber from their limbs.It was 6:15 a.m. in Niger's capital, Niamey, and I was setting off on a 12-hour drive, leaving its lush boulevards for Agadez, the sands of the Sahara, the desert trails to Libya, and the chaos Moammar Gadhafi's war there is causing.The sun had yet to raise itself over the roofs but already the first...

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This city is a tinderbox — and the US is building a drone base next door

[ad_1] Agadez, in the west African nation of Niger, has profited from its role as a trading point and transit hub at the edge of the Sahara Desert for centuries.Today most of its cargo is human: The city is a major stopping point on the people-smuggling route from Africa to Europe, via Libya.Smugglers hide migrants in this sprawling ghetto in the city. In spite of a government crackdown, the trafficking trade continues.Migrants from West Africa wait in the city ahead of their journey to Libya, from where they will attempt to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean Sea.Goods and people...

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Pro-Trump media universe celebrates Spicer’s departure, Scaramucci’s appointment

[ad_1] President Donald Trump's most fervent online supporters don't seem to care about some of the liberal views held by new White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci. They want a fighter loyal to the president and his cause, and they believe they got that with Scaramucci's appointment and Sean Spicer's resignation. Scaramucci has previously tweeted in favor of gun control and said he thinks it's "disheartening" some people view climate change as a hoax -- views which would normally earn one scorn from the far-right media universe....

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Lamar Odom Penning Tell All Book

[ad_1] Source: Gina Ferazzi / Getty From a whirlwind failed romance with reality star Khloe Kardashian to a near death experience at a Nevada brothel, the last couple of years of former Laker  Lamar Odom’s life has been littered with tragedy. But it seems the basketball star is prepped to take his story back from the headlines by penning his own tell-all book. According to In Touch Weekly, the 37-year-old has an autobiography coming out. “[The book will cover] everything. Everything. It’s a free-for-all. [I’ll be] open about everything that’s been going on in my life, about the past,” he said at a recent appearance at...

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Lamar Odom Penning Tell All Book

[ad_1] Source: Gina Ferazzi / Getty From a whirlwind failed romance with reality star Khloe Kardashian to a near death experience at a Nevada brothel, the last couple of years of former Laker  Lamar Odom’s life has been littered with tragedy. But it seems the basketball star is prepped to take his story back from the headlines by penning his own tell-all book. According to In Touch Weekly, the 37-year-old has an autobiography coming out. “[The book will cover] everything. Everything. It’s a free-for-all. [I’ll be] open about everything that’s been going on in my life, about the past,” he said at a recent appearance at...

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Niger: Crossroads of US drone base and migrant crisis

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One year after Roger Ailes’ departure, Fox News thrives as an unabashed Trump booster

[ad_1] When Roger Ailes resigned from Fox News one year ago, critics questioned whether the network could stay dominant without its visionary founder. One year later, Fox News remains the most-watched network on cable news and one of the most powerful forces in American politics. The brand that Ailes built has retained its loyal following and proven stronger than the scandals it endured, or the talent it has lost, or been forced to drop, since Ailes left amid a flurry of sexual harassment allegations, which he denied....

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