WASHINGTON/CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s representative to the Organization of American States stormed out of a session of the 34-nation bloc yesterday, calling the meeting a “coup d’etat,” as regional pressure grew for President Nicolas Maduro to fully restore democratic rule in the country.
(Trinidad Guardian) A 39-year-old St James man was shot dead in front his home on Saturday night.
According to police reports, around 10 pm residents of Jeffers Lane reported hearing a volley of gunshots.
QUITO, Ecuador, (Reuters) – The Venezuelan Supreme Court may have amended part of its explosive decision to take over the opposition-led congress, but it still gives embattled leftist President Nicolas Maduro broad new powers over the OPEC nation’s vast oil wealth.
ASUNCION (Reuters) – A protester was killed in Paraguay and two top government officials were fired after violent clashes overnight sparked by a secret Senate vote for a constitutional amendment that would allow President Horacio Cartes to run for re-election.
Geneva (Prensa Latina) – Cuba has maintained a zero tolerance policy for human trafficking, a crime that violates the human rights of the victims, the Havana embassy at the United Nations Office in Geneva has stated.
By Mark Wilson
(Trinidad Express) – An indefinite general strike started on Monday. Gas stations were shut down, roads blocked. One-in-twenty of the population took to the streets in protest, 14,000 or more in all.
(Trinidad Express) Homicide officers are investigating a double murder in Diego Martin on Tuesday night. Police were told that about 11.45 p.m., residents of Sea Trace, Bagatelle Road, Diego Martin, heard a loud argument along the roadway, followed by several loud explosions.
RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Protesters in the Brazilian city of Campinas set up barricades of wood and tyres yesterday as they battled military police trying to evict hundreds of people from squatter settlements where they had been living since July, local media reported.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Regional governments yesterday called on the Organization of American States to come up with a plan “in the shortest possible time” to address Venezuela’s political and humanitarian crisis.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is not seeking the immediate suspension of Vene-zuela from the Organization of American States, which is meeting yesterday to discuss the country’s political and economic crisis, a senior State Department official said.