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Trump fires up base as impeachment bid blocked in Congress

Trump fires up base as impeachment bid blocked in CongressA fired-up Donald Trump took aim once more at Democratic lawmakers who “hate” America as he hit the campaign trail Wednesday, hours after an opposition bid to impeach the US president over “racist” attacks was shot down in Congress. Egging on a sea of supporters in Greenville, North Carolina, Trump reeled off the names of the ethnic minority congresswomen whom he has urged to “go back” to their countries of origin in a series of incendiary tweets. “These left-wing ideologues see our nation as a force of evil,” charged Trump — whose tweets were condemned as “racist” a day earlier by the House of Representatives, although a subsequent attempt to launch impeachment proceedings failed in the chamber.



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Riz Ahmed says he was blocked from boarding plane to 'Star Wars' convention due to race

Riz Ahmed says he was blocked from boarding plane to 'Star Wars' convention due to raceRiz Ahmed talks his constant battle with discrimination, including one incident when Homeland Security blocked him from boarding a plane.



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Donald Trump threatens Venezuela's military if aid is blocked from entering country

Donald Trump threatens Venezuela's military if aid is blocked from entering countryPresident Donald Trump has warned the Venezuelan military not to block tonnes of humanitarian aid due to arrive in the country on Saturday, threatening the soldiers with grave consequences for remaining loyal to President Nicolas Maduro. “Today I have a message for every official who is keeping Maduro in place,” he said, speaking at a university in Miami – the city with the highest population of Venezuelan exiles in the US. “You cannot hide from the choice that now confronts you. You can choose to accept President Guaido’s offer of amnesty, and live your life in peace with your country. But you must not block humanitarian aid. “Or you can choose the second path; continuing to support Maduro. You will find no safe harbour, no easy exit, no way out. You will lose everything.” Mr Maduro has said the tonnes of aid, coordinated by his rival, self-declared “interim president” Juan Guaido, was designed to humiliate the country, and act as cover for an invasion. He has ordered the armed forces to block the aid coming in from Colombia and Brazil, and stationed troops on the border to prevent the assistance from being delivered. But Mr Trump, the first of around 50 world leaders to recognise Mr Guaido, told the crowd that “my heart is in Venezuela”, and urged the Venezuelan soldiers to ignore Mr Maduro’s orders, and allow the aid to enter the troubled country. Melania Trump, who was born in Communist Slovenia, introduced her husband and told the gathering: "many of you in this room know what it feels like to be living in freedom, after living under Communism and Socialism."  He also had stern warnings for Cuba, which props up Mr Maduro’s teetering regime, and the socialist rulers of Nicaragua. Mr Guaido, the leader of the national assembly, declared himself president on January 23, arguing that the presidency was left “vacant” owing to Mr Maduro’s fraudulent re-election. He promised soldiers on January 27 that they would be given amnesty if they defected, and since then, cajoling the military – seen as the real source of power in the country – to abandon Mr Maduro has been a priority of his. Mr Trump attacked the senior officials in Mr Maduro’s government for enriching themselves, while the country starved. A tenth of the population have now fled their homes, driven out of a country which Mr Trump said was on “the brink of ruin”. To chants of “USA!”, Mr Trump told the crowd that they stood “at the threshold of history, ready to reclaim their country and reclaim their history.” Donald Trump in Miami on Monday “Socialism has so ravaged the country that even the world’s largest reserves of oil are no longer enough to keep the lights on,” he said. “Millions are starving, while a few at the top are plundering the nation. “We know who they are, and we know where they keep the billions they plundered. “They are risking their future, they are risking their lives, and Venezuela’s future, for a man controlled by Cuba. Maduro is not a Venezuelan patriot; he is a Cuban puppet.” Mr Trump’s speech was peppered with multiple stern warnings to the government in Havana, warning President Miguel Diaz-Canel that Cuba could be the next socialist country to fall. The remarks are likely to only stiffen the resolve of Cuba’s leadership, which has for almost 20 years backed first Mr Maduro’s predecessor, Hugo Chavez, and Mr Maduro himself. Mr Guaido, speaking via videolink, told the gathering they were facing an “existential” struggle. “Now there is a debate between the democracy and dictatorship — one between life and death,” he said. “We must take advantage of this opportunity. The moment is now for change in Venezuela with determination and pressure from within Venezuela.” Sign up for your essential, twice-daily briefing from The Telegraph with our free Front Page newsletter.



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Trump blasts Venezuela over blocked US aid shipments

Trump blasts Venezuela over blocked US aid shipmentsPresident Donald Trump warned Venezuela on Wednesday that “all options” are on the table and demanded that far left leader, Nicolas Maduro, unblock US aid shipments to the country. Again stressing that he had not ruled out military options, Trump said he was “sad” about the “turmoil” in the oil-rich Latin American nation. “You’ll see,” he told reporters at a White House meeting with his Colombian counterpart Ivan Duque, when asked if thousands of US troops could deploy.



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Vale Dam Burst Prompts $1.7 Billion in Blocked Funds, Fines

Vale Dam Burst Prompts $  1.7 Billion in Blocked Funds, FinesA Minas Gerais state judge has blocked 5 billion reais (1.3 billion) from Vale, prosecutors said in a statement. Earlier Saturday a separate judge also blocked funds from Vale and it was fined by the Ibama environmental agency. In a statement, Vale said it isn’t necessary to block funds for it to provide emergency services and restoration from the accident.



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Microsoft's Bing is blocked in China as tensions between Beijing and Washington escalate

Microsoft's Bing is blocked in China as tensions between Beijing and Washington escalateMicrosoft's Bing search enginehas been blocked in China as tensions between Beijing and Washington escalate. Attempts to open cn.bing.com has resulted in an error message for users since Wednesday. "We've confirmed that Bing is currently inaccessible in China and are engaged to determine next steps," a Microsoft spokesperson said in a brief statement, hours after saying the company was investigating the matter. China's Communist authorities operate an online censorship apparatus known as the "Great Firewall", which blocks a slew of websites including Facebook, Twitter and several foreign media outlets. It was not clear whether or not Bing had joined the list of prohibited websites, or if its China service was experiencing technical difficulties.  The wording of the US company's statement "means Microsoft received no government order, but China has the power to block a URL and that may be what happened," said independent US tech analyst Rob Enderle of Enderle Group. "China has been aggressive in terms of controlling the media, 'censorship' is kind of their middle name. If there were searches going on providing results the Chinese government didn't like, it wouldn't surprise me if they blocked the site," Enderle said. But the analyst said it could also be a "hack gone wrong".  China's cyberspace administration did not immediately return a request for comment. Technology intelligence – newsletter promo – EOA China's Great Firewall can be circumvented by using a virtual private network (VPN), which can hide a user's IP address. In 2017, Apple removed some apps that would allow internet users to use VPNs in China after Beijing issued new regulations to crackdown on the services.  While its rival Google shut down its search engine in China in 2010 after rows over censorship and hacking, Bing has continued to operate in the country along with Microsoft-owned Skype.   On Weibo, China's Twitter-like social media site, people complained about the lack of access, with some speculating that Bing too had been "walled off". Others aired their dissatisfaction about having to use Baidu, China's largest domestic search service. "Even Bing requires a VPN now, how exhausting," wrote one user. "Our country is amazing, even the obedient Bing has been walled off, while Baidu flourishes," said another. "Thank you wise party leaders!" China has tightened policing of the internet in recent years, shuttering 26,000 "illegal" websites in 2018 alone and deleting six million online posts containing vulgar content, the official Xinhua news agency said earlier this month. Facebook's messaging service WhatsApp, which has over 1bn users globally, was blocked by Chinese authorities in 2017. Bing complies with Chinese censorship rules, but its link to US tech giant Microsoft might have put it in the government's crosshairs as Beijing and Washington spar over trade and tech issues. Google China analysis puff However, Bing has come under some scrutiny after an investigation by online safety company AntiToxin found that some images of child pornography would come up in search results. Microsoft called the results "unacceptable" and has since removed the illegal images.  Tsui also noted that there is growing concern over China's slowing economy, and that June will see the highly sensitive 30th anniversary of the violent suppression of democracy protests in Tiananmen in 1989. "Beijing needs to look like they are in charge and in power," he said.  China's censorship measures are known to hide information around domestic affairs from its citizens too. Numerous "censorship factories" are operated in the country, where thousands of citizens are paid to erase sensitive information from the internet, such as the occurrence of the Tiananmen Square crackdown.  The United States and China are locked in a bruising trade war, with US accusations that China steals technological know-how among the core disagreements. Washington has also led efforts to blacklist Chinese telecoms giant Huawei internationally over security concerns, and one of the company's top executives, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested in Canada last month over fraud allegations on a US request. The two sides are scheduled for new trade negotiations next week.



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Iowa's King Blocked From House Committees After Remarks About Race

Iowa's King Blocked From House Committees After Remarks About Race(WASHINGTON) — Veteran Republican Rep. Steve King will be blocked from committee assignments for the next two years after lamenting that white supremacy and white…



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Fleeing home alone: the migrant children blocked at Mexican border

Fleeing home alone: the migrant children blocked at Mexican borderGuatemalan children caught in Mexico while trying to migrate into the US, queue before climbing into a minibus at Aurora international airport in Guatemala City. For years, Dora waited impatiently to turn 15, the age her mother had agreed she would be old enough to leave their home in El Salvador – where she suffered physical and sexual abuse at the hands of her grandfather – and head to the US, in search of a new life. “Seeing them leave together … that gave me hope and gave me the courage to finally leave,” said Dora, who is now living at a children’s shelter in Tijuana, on the border with California.



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Take a number: Migrants, blocked at the border, wait their turn to apply for asylum

Take a number: Migrants, blocked at the border, wait their turn to apply for asylumOn the ground in Juarez, where migrants seeking asylum are given a number – written on their arms – and sent away to wait.



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Japan's commercial whaling bid blocked at IWC

Japan's commercial whaling bid blocked at IWCJapan’s determined bid to return to commercial whale hunting was blocked by anti-whaling nations in a tense vote Friday at the International Whaling Commission meeting in Brazil. Anti-whaling nations led by Australia, the European Union and the United States, defeated Japan’s “Way Forward” proposal in a 41 to 27 vote.



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