Venezuela opposition says lawmaker’s death was assassination, not suicide

Venezolanos protestan frente a la sede del SEBIN por muerte del concejal Fernando AlbánThe disputed jailhouse death of an opposition councilman arrested on allegations of plotting to kill President Nicolas Maduro has triggered alarm among many Venezuelans and swift condemnation from several foreign dignitaries.

Venezuela’s government said on Monday that Fernando Alban took his own life by leaping from the 10th floor of the state intelligence agency’s headquarters. But opposition leaders denied the official version and a few dozen of Alban’s supporters gathered outside the building yelling “Maduro killer!” contending that he had been murdered.

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“There’s no doubt this was an assassination,” opposition leader Julio Borges said in a video from exile in neighboring Colombia, without providing evidence of his claim. “The only thing left for this government is torture, violence and destruction.”

Alban, 56, was taken into custody Friday at Caracas’ international airport upon arriving from New York, according to his lawyer. He was in the U.S. accompanying other members of his First Justice party for meetings with foreign dignitaries attending the United Nations General Assembly.

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US Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

President Trump asks FBI to reopen investigation into Brett Kavanaugh's background

Washington DC, Sept.28.– It was another dramatic day on Capitol Hill as Brett Kavanaugh advanced one step closer to taking a seat on the Supreme Court.

During a nail biting hearing Friday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-10 to Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., speaks before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing asking about a further investigationadvance Kavanaugh’s nomination to a full floor vote. 

It all came down to Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, who said he would vote ‘YES’ if the full floor vote could be delayed for a week pending an investigation.

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Ukrainian World Congress obtains participatory status as international NGO with the Council of Europe

 Toronto, Sept.22.– The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) obtained participatory status as an international non-governmental organization (INGO) with the Council of Europe as of August 28.

INGOs with participatory status form the Conference of INGOs, which represents civil society at the Council of Europe and works to promote participatory democracy. In addition to holding two annual sessions, it organizes events linked to the priorities of the Council of Europe.

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China and Russia warn U.S. of consequences over sanctions

Moscow, Sept.22.– Moscow and Beijing lashed out Friday at Washington’s new anti-Russian sanctions that also target China for the first time, warning the United States could face consequences.

President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman accused Washington of playing unfairly and using new measures to squeeze Moscow out of the global arms market, after the United States slapped sanctions on China for buying Russian warplanes and missiles and threatened to target its other clients.

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Mixed reaction to Theresa May's call for 'respect' from the EU

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds urged Theresa May to 'stand up' for UK interests.  Nigel Dodds

Belfast, Sept. 22.– Theresa May's tough talking on the Brexit negotiations has been greeted with both praise and criticism.

The Tory leader's rejection of the EU proposal to keep Northern Ireland in the customs union with checks on goods travelling to Britain was described by Mary Lou McDonald as a "deflection".

The Sinn Féin president said Mrs May's statement had been billed as a major one but proved to be nothing more than "an exercise in tired rhetoric".

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