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NATO chief to meet Russia's Lavrov on missile pact crisis

NATO chief to meet Russia's Lavrov on missile pact crisisNATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced Wednesday that he will hold talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov this week, as part of efforts to save a key arms control treaty that is on the point of collapse. The pair will meet at the Munich Security Conference, which starts on Friday, as NATO tries to persuade Moscow to abandon a new missile system the alliance says breaches the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The US began the process of exiting the treaty earlier this month in response to Moscow’s deployment of the 9M729 missile, prompting Russia to announce its own withdrawal.



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IEA Says Venezuela Crisis Risks Disrupting Global Crude Market

IEA Says Venezuela Crisis Risks Disrupting Global Crude MarketThe U.S., Venezuela’s biggest customer, is banning oil imports from the country as it condemns President Nicolas Maduro for fraudulently clinging to power after disputed elections. Venezuela’s output is already at the lowest in decades as a spiraling economic crisis takes its toll on oil infrastructure. While global markets remain comfortably supplied, disruption in Venezuela poses a threat because production of the heavier, higher-sulfur crude it pumps is being reduced elsewhere, the IEA said in a monthly report.



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UN chief willing to broker end to Venezuela crisis

UN chief willing to broker end to Venezuela crisisUnited Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres renewed his offer Monday to help broker an end to the crisis in Venezuela during talks with the country’s foreign minister. Guterres met with Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza in New York, at the request of Caracas, as the standoff between President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido hardened. The United Nations has called for serious political negotiations between the two sides to prevent a slide toward more violence in the South American country.



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California to withdraw troops from border calling Trump’s immigration crisis ‘manufactured political theatre’

California to withdraw troops from border calling Trump’s immigration crisis ‘manufactured political theatre’A second US state is planning on pulling National Guard troops away from its border with Mexico, calling Donald Trump’s claims of a crisis at the border a “manufactured” problem and “political theater”. California Governor Gavin Newsom is expected to say as much on Tuesday during his state of the state address, his first since his election in November. “The border ‘emergency’ is a manufactured crisis, and California will not be part of this political theatre,” Mr Newsom plans to say, according to excerpts released by his office.



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Virginia political crisis in stalemate after impeachment threat

Virginia political crisis in stalemate after impeachment threatThe decision by Patrick Hope, Democratic member of Virginia’s House of Delegates, not to initiate impeachment proceedings against Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, 39, over accusations of sexual assault has left the next move unclear. Fairfax, once a rising star in the U.S. state’s Democratic party, has resisted all calls to resign following accusations he raped a fellow student at Duke University and forced himself sexually on another at a Boston hotel 14 years ago. Fairfax has said sexual encounters with both women were consensual and called the allegations a “smear campaign” against him.



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A quarter of all kindergartners in Washington county aren’t immunized. Now there’s a measles crisis

A quarter of all kindergartners in Washington county aren’t immunized. Now there’s a measles crisisMeasles outbreaks in Washington state and New York raise concerns about clusters of unvaccinated children



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Virginia Democrats in crisis over new blackface scandal

Virginia Democrats in crisis over new blackface scandalA political crisis deepened in Virginia on Wednesday after the attorney general of the eastern US state admitted he wore blackface to a 1980 college party to impersonate a rapper. Attorney general Mark Herring is second in line for the governorship of the state, where the Democratic governor and lieutenant governor are already embroiled in scandal. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has been facing calls for his resignation since a 1984 yearbook surfaced last week that features a racist photo on a page dedicated to him.



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Red Cross expands Venezuela operations as crisis grows

Red Cross expands Venezuela operations as crisis growsThe International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has doubled its resources for Venezuela to help cope with humanitarian needs generated by the country’s crisis, its president said on Wednesday. Under President Nicolas Maduro, oil-wealthy Venezuela has plunged into economic crisis, suffering from hyperinflation and shortages of food and medicine that have helped push 2.3 million people to flee since 2015. Maduro is under pressure after the United States, European nations and Latin American governments recognised an opposition leader as interim president until new elections.



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Virginia Democrats in crisis over new blackface scandal

Virginia Democrats in crisis over new blackface scandalA political crisis deepened in Virginia on Wednesday after the attorney general of the eastern US state admitted he wore blackface to a 1980 college party to impersonate a rapper. Attorney general Mark Herring is second in line for the governorship of the state, where the Democratic governor and lieutenant governor are already embroiled in scandal. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has been facing calls for his resignation since a 1984 yearbook surfaced last week that features a racist photo on a page dedicated to him.



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Who backs whom in Venezuela crisis

Who backs whom in Venezuela crisisCaracas (AFP) – World powers are taking sides in the struggle between the rivals to lead Venezuela, which has pitted some Western nations against Russia, China and others.



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