Virgin Group billionaire Richard Branson announced on Friday the launch of an effort to raise $100 million in 60 days for the people of Venezuela centered around "Venezuela Aid Live," a concert featuring some of the biggest names in the Latin American music industry.
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Venezuelan interim President Juan Guaidó's envoy to Rome,Francisco Sucre, said in an interview this week that when the nation's opposition organizes a free and fair election, dictator Nicolás Maduro will have the option of putting his name on the ballot.
Radical leftist Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) received an opportunity to redeem herself Thursday after displaying a shocking lack of knowledge on the situation in Venezuela on Twitter, referring to the Socialist International member party currently leading the opposition against that nation's dictatorship as "far-right.
The head of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), a Cuban pro-democracy organization, announced Wednesday that 23 members of the group are on hunger strike after violent raids resulted in a mass arrest of fellow members in anticipation of the communist regime staging a fraudulent "constitutional referendum" this month.
A group of 13 same-sex couples in Japan plans to file a lawsuit Thursday challenging their legal inability to marry, depriving them of the ability to inherit property from their partners, make meaningful medical decisions in cases of emergency, and other rights.
Some of the Latin American music industry's biggest names criticized the Vatican this week for its lukewarm stance on the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, urging Pope Francis, himself South American, to support the majority of the country against dictator Nicolás Maduro's violent socialist regime.
North Korea's government-run media published a story demanding the United States respond to the communist autocracy's alleged "active and preemptive efforts" to denuclearize with "corresponding practical action" in a column Monday, implying lifting of international sanctions.
The White House published a Spanish-language video message to the Venezuelan people on Thursday comparing socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro to Josef Stalin, Muammar Qaddafi, Benito Mussolini, and other tyrants who usurped power in their home countries, expressing solidarity with the opposition.
The Brazilian court in charge of prosecutions over the corruption scandal known as "Operation Car Wash" sentenced former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silvaof the socialist Workers' Party (PT) to 12 years and 11 months in prisonon Wednesday for using government contractors to renovate a vacation property.
Police arrested Daniel Llorente, a Cuban dissident who spent over a year imprisoned in a psychiatric facility for waving a U.S. flag at the 2017 communist May Day parade, on Sunday after he appeared in the devastated Havana neighborhood of Regla and attempted to provide aid to those affected by this month's tornado.
Socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro deployed the military to block a convoy of U.S.-backed humanitarian aid from entering Venezuela on Tuesday, leaving much-needed food and medical supplies stuck on a border bridge in Colombia.
The Communist Party of China faced yet another healthcare scandal Tuesday following the revelation that one of the country's largest state-run pharmaceutical companies had found HIV present in an estimated 12,000 doses of intravenous immunoglobulin treatment.
California Attorney GeneralXavier Becerra referenced gun control, environmental regulation, and the FBI probe into Russian election meddling during the Spanish-language Democratic response to the State of the Union response on Tuesday, but he failed to mention the single biggest crisis currently affecting Latin Americans: the collapse of socialist Venezuela.
Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro approved the delivery this week of 100 tonsof aid to Havana in the aftermath of a rare tornado landing in the heart of the city.
North Korea's Foreign Ministry issued a statement Sunday declaring its support for "the independent will and decision of the government and people of Venezuela," without explicitly identifying ally and dictator Nicolás Maduro as the president of the country.
Interim President Juan Guaidó of Venezuela unveiled what he called the "Plan País," or "Nation Plan," on Thursday, his policy prescription for ending the humanitarian crisis in the country created by two decades of socialist policies.
The government of Canada announced on Wednesday that it would cut its diplomatic presence in Cuba in half after documenting a new case of unexplained brain trauma in an embassy worker, a move that the communist regime responded to with hostility.
Deposed Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro condemned the United States Monday night for imposing a new round of sanctions on Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), the state oil company, a move intended to get Maduro to move out of the presidential palace and allow constitutional interim president Juan Guaidó to take charge.
The U.S. State Department confirmed on Sunday that it has recognizedCarlos Alfredo Vecchio, appointed by newly-inaugurated President Juan Guaidó this weekend, as Venezuela'sChargé d’Affaires to the United States.
The world's most high-profile Islamist nations and terrorist organizations – from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the Hamas and Hezbollah groups – set aside Sunni and Shiite differences this week to unite behind Nicolás Maduro, ejected from the presidency through the invocation of a Venezuelan constitutional mandate to remove dictators.
Interim Venezuelan President Juan Guaidó suggested on Thursday that the nation's opposition is open to discussing granting prosecutorial amnesty to dictator Nicolás Maduro and top officials, such as drug traffickers Diosdado Cabello and Tareck El Aissami, despite their flagrant record of years of human rights abuses.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a serial human rights violator believed to be the world's most prolific jailer of journalists, expressed “shock” at the United States declaring Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro illegitimate and offered words of support to the socialist leader Thursday.
The socialist dictatorship in Venezuela has killed at least 14 people and potentially closer to 20 since widespread protests broke out this week, culminating in the swearing in of President Juan Guaidó, replacing dictator Nicolás Maduro.
The U.S. State Department announced late Wednesday that it would maintain a diplomatic presence in Venezuela despite dictator Nicolás Maduro's demand that they leave, stating that, as Venezuela swore in a new president who does not wish to break diplomatic ties, Maduro has no power to expel the Americans.
Action star Vin Diesel posted an Instagram video in Spanish on Thursday alongsideFast and Furious series costar Michelle Rodríguez expressing support for anti-socialist protests in Venezuela and urging those fighting for their freedom to "move forward with faith.
Venezuela's dictator Nicolás Maduro announced that his country would cut all diplomatic ties with the United States following the swearing in of Interim President Juan Guaidó to restore the constitutional order.
JuanGuaidó, the presidentof the National Assemblyof Venezuela, took anoathofofficeon Wednesday and was sworn in as the legitimate interim presidentof the country, replacing dictator Nicolás Maduro.
Trusted high-ranking officials in North Korea's communist Workers' Party received gifts this month of luxury cosmetics from South Korea, a sign of gratitude from dictator Kim Jong-un that defies government propaganda's incessant demands that North Korean civilians eschew the comforts of capitalism, a report revealed Wednesday.
Police in Zimbabwe blocked activists representing the estimated 20,000Ndebele tribe people killed in a 1980s genocide known as "Gukurahundi" from bringing a case to court against the current government for its role in the event on Tuesday, claiming their attempt to request a permit for their assembly was illegal.
Two tourism companies in China announced that they will offer single women employees over age 30 an eight-day "dating leave" for the lunar new year next month, theSouth China Morning Postreported Monday.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan once again attempted to convince American counterpart President Donald Trump to allow Turkey to control Manbij, a region in northern Syria under the auspicesof the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG/YPJ), in a phone call Sunday.
The Chinese government invited representatives from 12 neighboring, mostly Muslim-majority countries this week to tour someof the internment camps built in western Xinjiang province to indoctrinate, torture, and exploit the laborof Chinese Muslims.
The State Department announced Wednesday it has begun the process of considering allowing U.S. citizens to sue the government of Cuba for property stolen in the mass "nationalization" theft shortly following the Cuban Revolution.
South Korean news outlets, citing a report from theWashington Post, claimed on Thursday that North Korea and the United Statesagreed to a second summit between American President Donald Trump and dictator Kim Jong-un, likely to occur in Vietnam in March or April.
Reports suggest that at least eight people have died in protests against skyrocketing gasoline prices in Zimbabwe as of this Wednesday, which continued into the day despite President Emmerson Mnangagwa reportedly claiming the demonstrations were "fizzling out.
GeneralLi Zuocheng of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) echoed the sentiments of Communist Party leader Xi Jinping in remarks Tuesday urging America not to retain ties to Taiwan and that any attempt to protect it from Chinese invasion would be met with military force.
The ardently pro-Turkish government newspaperYeni Safak reported Monday that Ankara has prepared 80,000 troops to invade the Kurdish region of northern Syria in anticipation of the United States' withdrawal from the area.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry condemned the American companyBadger Sportswear for announcing it would no longer purchase clothing from a company based in Xinjiang, where the communist government has built dozens of internment camps to house, enslave, and torture Muslim minorities.
A graphic video surfaced on social media Wednesday showing a Venezuelan military tank in Maracaibo, Zulia state, chasing and attempting to run over a journalist covering protests against the socialist government.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan penned aNew York Times opinion column published Monday in which he offered Turkey's guidance in rebuilding the government of northern Syria without the presence of the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG/YPJ), America's closest battlefield ally in the country.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan refused to meet with U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton before he departed Ankara on Tuesday, claiming a scheduling conflict but assailing Bolton's defense of Syrian Kurdish militias in remarks the same day.
U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton said in remarks during his trip to Israel Sunday that President Donald Trump does not intend to withdraw troops from Syria until he is satisfied with security guarantees for the Syrian Kurdish militias fighting there, which have played a key role in the defeat of the Islamic State.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's chief of staffOnyx Lorenzoni told reporters following a cabinet meeting Thursday that Bolsonaro intends to fire any "communists" who work for the government currently, contending that those holding opposing ideological views to the new government cannot properly execute its goals.
Chinese state media announced Friday that Communist Party leader Xi Jinping has ordered the People's Liberation Army (PLA) to "enhance their combat readiness," without elaborating what threat has made preparation for combat so urgent.
President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan responded vigorously to a speech this week by Chinese Communist Party chief Xi Jinping announcing that China would no longer tolerate Taiwan's sovereignty, urging Xi to "bravely move towards democracy" and "face the realityof the existence of the Republic of China.
Brazil inaugurated Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right conservative who campaigned on a platform of smaller government and fighting socialism, as its president on Tuesday. In his first speech in office, Bolsonaro urged Brazilians to "dream" while remaining vigilant of the threats of socialism.
At the tail end of 2017, Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping delivered a 3.5-hour speech appointing himself the head of a "new era" of Chinese global hegemony, the indisputable leader of world communism.
Kurdish news agencies report on Friday that a map of greater Kurdistan – featuring territory belonging to Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria – no longer appears on Google Earth, replaced by a message stating that the map violated "our Terms of Service and/or policies.
The Chinese communist regime boasted of receiving an invitation to the inauguration of Brazil's President-elect, Jair Bolsonaro, next week, telling reporters on Thursday that Beijing officials "stand ready to join hands with Brazil.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani revealed Thursday that he had received theSecretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council,Ali Shamkhani, in his office, shortly after reports verified that Iranian government officials have been in touch with the Taliban amid peace talks with the U.S.
China's state-runGlobal Times newspaper published a story Tuesday recommending that the communist regime of Cuba learn from China's "reform and opening-up" economic strategy, which saw Beijing allowing trusted Communist Party members to run corporations to give the appearance of private enterprise.
North Korea's state media assailed the United States and allies at the United Nations Tuesday for helping pass a resolution condemning Pyongyang's decades-long systematic human rights abuses, calling the resolution "a serious political provocation against the dignified" Korean state.
The Venezuelan Navy illegally entered the waters of Guyana this weekend and forced a ship contracted by Exxon Mobil to conduct oil research in the area to vacate, claiming that Guyana's permission to explore its sovereign territory was not enough for the ship to be legally present in the water.
TheSouth China Morning Post, citing Reuters statistics, reported on Monday that China has reduced its trade with North Korea by over 50 percent in the past year, potentially crippling Pyongyang's economy given that China is North Korea's largest trade partner.
China's state-runGlobal Times newspaper defended in a Sunday column widespread crackdowns on Christmas displays and public celebration of the Christian holiday, claiming Western media reporting on the matter had "gone too far" and police action was necessary to "regulate excessive commercialization.
Jair Bolsonaro will assume the presidency of Brazil next month with a mandateto establish trustworthy institutions in his country after nearly two decades of socialism.
A group of unnamed Cuban doctors forced to work without pay in Venezuela filed a lawsuit Monday against Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), the state's oil company, arguing that the socialist state paid the Castro regime for their services in oil and owe them a fair salary.
Venezuelan news agencies, citing the Russian state outlet TASS, reported on Monday that the socialist dictatorship has agreed to allow Moscow to establish a military base on the island of La Orchila in the Caribbean Sea, the first such base since the end of the Cold War.
The Associated Press (AP) published a shocking report Monday night revealing that China is beginning to equip its prisons for Muslim ethnic minorities, referred to as internment or concentration camps by survivors, with large manufacturing centers where doctors and other highly-educated people are forced to learn to sew cheap clothing.
The Chinese city ofLangfang near Beijing banned any public displays celebrating Christmas, including Christmas trees, lights, banners, and any "religious activities" in public in an attempt to win a Communist Party award for being "civilized," state media reported on Monday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced during a government meeting this weekend that he would seek to "take charge and guide" the content of rap and hip-hop music, lamenting that banning the genre complete was "impossible.
The suicide of Chinese-American physics professor Shoucheng Zhang, who dabbled in technology investment outside of his position at Stanford, has raised concerns this week after an anti-Chinese regime publication revealed his ties to the Chinese tech giant Huawei.
Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro told a crowd at an assemblyof Latin American conservatives in his native country this weekend that he feels, as Latin America's largest economy, Brazil has an "obligation" to fight the leftist regimes in Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, and elsewhere.
Elián González, a Cuban former child refugee who was violently expelled from the United States during the Clinton administration when he was six, opened a Twitter account on Thursday, explaining that he wished to thank Cuban second-in-command Miguel Díaz-Canel for his birthday wishes.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte used the occasion of an award ceremony for "Child-friendly Municipalities and Cities" on Wednesday to call on his population to "kill bishops" for being "good for nothing.
North Korea has spent the past six months "continuously upgrading" a key long-range missile facility despite public promises to reduce investments in military development, according to a report citing satellite image evidence published Wednesday.
Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow Wednesday, where the latter agreed to support the socialist regime economically and politically. As of press time, both sides have kept the details of this support secret, however.
Cuban artist Tania Bruguera was arrested on Monday, along with a cohort of fellow protesters, in front of Havana's Ministry of Culture headquarters while protesting a new law that bans the creation of music or art without a license from the government.
He Jiankui, the Chinese scientist who claimed recently to have successfully edited the genes of twin infants to reject HIV, appears to have gone missing since delivering remarks at a Hong Kong scientific conference, theSouth China Morning Post reported on Monday.
China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) has greatly increased its presence in the Taiwan Strait, part of the greater South China Sea, in response to the growing numberof freedomof navigationoperations by the U.S.
President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, who has adopted as his signature policy a violent nationwide crackdown on drug use, claimed in remarks on Monday that he uses marijuana "to stay awake.
China published a "white paper" Thursday on the human rights situation in western Xinjiang province, where Beijing has established dozens of internment camps for members of the Uighur Muslim minority.
China's state media outlets praised officialZhang Jun and its United Nations delegation on Monday for celebrating the country's alleged human rights progress before the international forum, failing to mention Communist Party leader Xi Jinping's expansion of political re-education camps and terror campaigns against religious minorities.
Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping warned attendees at the nation'sFirst China International Import Expo on Monday that economic globalization was "an overarching trend, something that is independent of people’s will" and that history would leave behind those sticking to policies benefitting their countries.
The Trump administration is reportedly considering taking the unprecedented step of allowing American citizens to sue the communist Cuban government for stealing their property on the island in the 1959 revolution, according to a report published late Wednesday.
"First, I want to thank God for being alive," were the first words President-elect Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil said at an Evangelical Christian service on Tuesday night, his first public appearance since winning Sunday's election.
The anti-socialist Venezuelan opposition party Vente Venezuela posted a video late Wednesday of a violent gang attacking their leader, former legislator María Corina Machado, and supporters with sticks and pipes in broad daylight.
Multiple Chinese government media outlets used their opinion pages Sunday and Monday to attack Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for warning Latin American countries to stay away from Beijing's predatory loan offers, calling American concerns "malicious nonsense.
Ecuador declared the Venezuelan ambassador to Quito, Carol Delgado, persona non grata on Thursday after Venezuelan Communications Minister Jorge Rodríguez called Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno a "liar" and implied he was acting on U.S.
A report commissioned by Ecuador's Prosecutor General revealed this weekend the country may have lost up to $2 billion in oil deals under the socialist government of ex-president Rafael Correa.
Conservative candidate Jair Bolsonaro won the first round of Brazil's presidential election Sunday, securing the top spot against socialist Fernando Haddad in a run-off race scheduled for October 28.
The official publication of China's Communist Party, thePeople's Daily, published a video Tuesday promoting its One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative featuring a cartoon panda named "Pan Pan," heavily quoting communist party leader Xi Jinping and claiming the plan will enrich the world through "common development.
Brazilian conservative candidate Jair Bolsonaro gained six points among women voters in a poll released Tuesday, less than a week after he was accused of threatening to kill his ex-wife and after a weekend in which leftist feminist protests drew thousands to convene nationwide to reject his candidacy.
Speaking to reporters at a press conference in New York Wednesday, President Donald Trump responded from questions from multiple Kurdish reporters, who sought details in how the Trump administration would help Kurdish governments in Iraq and Syria protect themselves from radical Islamic groups and hostile neighbors.
President of Ecuador Lenin Moreno told the United Nations General Assembly during his address Tuesday that his country takes in an average of 6,000 Venezuelan refugees a day, many children "coming with chickenpox, diphtheria, and polio," diseases easily preventable by vaccine.
Turkish President Recep TayyipErdoğan made the case for expanding the U.N. Security Council to give power to smaller nations like Turkey, condemning the group's inaction in the face of some of history's greatest atrocities, during a speech to the General Assembly on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, visiting New York on the occasion of the United Nations General Assembly meeting, told reporters on Sunday that his dinner with U.S.
Marco Noel Novoa survived over a week of intense torture in a Nicaraguan prison, exacerbated by the communist regime knowing his status as a U.S. citizen and fearing he was working for the CIA.
TheUnited Nations Office on Drugs and Crime revealed in a report Wednesday that Colombia produced record yields of cocaine in 2017, a major blow to joint U.S.
South KoreanPresident Moon Jae-in told reporters following his return to Seoul from North Korea Thursday that he hopes to see all participants in the Korean War sign a peace treaty by the end of the year.
Chinese citizens in Beijing, Shanghai, and other major population hubs throughout the country spent the weekend observingNationwide National Defense Education Day, forced to practice air raid drills to know how to react to a military invasion.
A poll published by the Brazilian research firm Datafolha on Tuesday found that conservative presidential frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro expanded his lead by two points since being stabbed at a campaign rally last week.
Forensic scientists have yet to identify nearly 40 percent of the remains collected at the site of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center in New York.
Brazilian Paper Blames the Victim: Bolsonaro's 'Extremism,' 'Violent Metaphors' Linked to Public Stabbing
Multiple publications in Brazilresponded on Friday to the stabbing of conservative presidential frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro with calls to reconsider the "extremism" of Bolsonaro's supporters and demands for Bolsonaro himself to moderate his language, despite records showing the attacker with a longtime record of membership in a socialist party.
Adelio Bispo de Oliveira, the man identified as having stabbed Brazilian presidential frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro during a campaign rally Thursday, told police that he was "commanded by God" to kill the legislator and spent almost a decade registered as a member of the nation's Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL).
Kenyan police arrested a Chinese motorcycle dealer operating in the country this week after an employee recorded the man berating his native Kenyan employees, calling them "monkey people" and referring to Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta as a "monkey.
Communist Party leader Xi Jinping has carefully crafted an image of himself as a big-picture visionary, tasked with turning China into the world's preeminent superpower. While Xi has focused on taking over the world, however, the average Chinese citizen appears increasingly frustrated with his inability to provide competent government functions like adequate education and health care.
An NGO specializing in the proliferation of cluster bombs released a report Thursday at the United Nations accusing the communist government of North Korea of continuing to build and stockpile the weapons.
China's Defense Ministry issued an angry rebuke of American coverage of China's colonization of the South China Sea, particularly waters belonging to the sovereign territory of other nations.
China's state-run Global Times newspaper declared in a column Tuesday that the future of world construction will be in China's hands after the world embraces "One Belt, One Road," (OBOR), the communist dictatorship's sprawling infrastructure project threating to send the developing world into insurmountable debt.