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Pence will meet with Lima Group on Venezuela: spokeswoman

Pence will meet with Lima Group on Venezuela: spokeswomanU.S. Vice President Mike Pence will fly to Bogota, Colombia on Monday to discuss the Venezuela crisis with leaders of the regional Lima Group of nations, his office said on Thursday.  The United States and other members of the group have thrown their support behind opposition leader Juan Guaido and are trying to pressure President Nicolas Maduro to step aside to allow for new elections and the entry of humanitarian aid.  “The struggle in Venezuela is between dictatorship and democracy, and freedom has the momentum. Juan Guaido is the only legitimate leader of Venezuela, and it’s time for Nicolas Maduro to go,” Alyssa Farah, a spokeswoman for Pence, said in a statement.  Pence has helped lead Trump administration efforts to respond to the crisis in Venezuela, where hyperinflation has made food and medicine scarce and pushed more than 3 million people to flee, many to Colombia.



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Group sees 'disconnect' between pope's words, actions on sex abuse

Group sees 'disconnect' between pope's words, actions on sex abuseA US-based group that compiles data on sexual abuse by Catholic clerics and bishops accused of covering it up fears that a bid by Pope Francis to tackle the scandals is a case of too little, too late. Speaking ahead of a Vatican summit of bishops this week to discuss the crisis, Anne Barret Doyle, co-director of BishopAccountability.org, complained of a “disconnect” between the pontiff’s strong statements and his actions. The non-governmental organisation is taking part in a counter-summit of victims running alongside the Vatican event.



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India detains 23 men with suspected links to group behind deadly Kashmir attack

India detains 23 men with suspected links to group behind deadly Kashmir attackThe 23 men included members and sympathizers of Jaish-e-Mohammad, the militant group which has claimed responsibility for Thursday’s attack, the deadliest on Indian security forces in decades. The attack has fueled tensions between India and Pakistan. India has demanded Pakistan close down the Jaish and other Islamist militant groups that operate from its soil, while Islamabad has rejected suggestions it was linked to the attack.



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The Latest: US Jewish group asks Poland, Israel to stay calm

The Latest: US Jewish group asks Poland, Israel to stay calmWARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the dispute between Poland and Israel (all times local):



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The Latest: Aid group says 62 die fleeing IS in Syria

The Latest: Aid group says 62 die fleeing IS in SyriaBEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syria conflict (all times local):



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Iran general says Pakistan backs group behind suicide bomb

Iran general says Pakistan backs group behind suicide bombIran’s Revolutionary Guards accused “Pakistan’s security forces” of supporting the perpetrators of a suicide bombing that killed 27 troops on Wednesday, in remarks state TV aired Saturday. “Pakistan’s government, who has housed these anti-revolutionaries and threats to Islam, knows where they are and they are supported by Pakistan’s security forces,” said Revolutionary Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, referring to jihadist group Jaish al-Adl (“Army of Justice”).



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Ilhan Omar: US congresswoman issues apology for ‘antisemitic’ tweet about pro-Israel group

Ilhan Omar: US congresswoman issues apology for ‘antisemitic’ tweet about pro-Israel groupA newly elected US congresswoman accused of employing an antisemitic trope about money has “unequivocally” apologised after an avalanche of criticism and a rebuke from the highest levels of her own party. Ilhan Omar, a Democrat, had tweeted about her belief the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a pro-Israel lobby group, was paying US politicians to support Israel. “Legitimate criticism of Israel’s policies is protected by the values of free speech and democratic debate that the United States and Israel share,” Ms Pelosi said in a statement issued by her office and signed by other Democratic leaders.



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EU creates contact group for Venezuela crisis: Mogherini

EU creates contact group for Venezuela crisis: MogheriniThe EU on Thursday announced the creation of an international contact group of European and Latin American countries to help chart a peaceful end to Venezuela’s political crisis within 90 days. EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini said the aim of the group was to enable the holding of new elections under democratic conditions — and not to mediate with the government of President Nicolas Maduro. A number of European countries are poised to recognise opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s acting head of state — a move already endorsed by the European Parliament.



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Latest group of Central American migrants proceed with northern trek

Latest group of Central American migrants proceed with northern trekAround 2,400 migrants left a city shelter to begin the journey from the Mexican capital early Thursday morning, the latest caravan to embark upon the risky path to the U.S.-Mexican border despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s determination to prevent them from entering. Since last October, thousands of mostly Central American migrants have sought to cross into the United States, many traveling in caravans in order to minimize the risks of kidnapping and attacks by members of criminal gangs while in Mexican territory. The likelihood of having to wait weeks or even months at the border, where migrants face high rates of violent crime, has not dented the group’s enthusiasm.



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US intel chiefs contradict Trump on NKorea, IS group threats

US intel chiefs contradict Trump on NKorea, IS group threatsWASHINGTON (AP) — Directly contradicting President Donald Trump, U.S. intelligence agencies told Congress on Tuesday that North Korea is unlikely to dismantle its nuclear arsenal, that the Islamic State group remains a threat and that the Iran nuclear deal is working. The chiefs made no mention of a crisis at the U.S.-Mexican border for which Trump has considered declaring a national emergency.



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