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'Every right to call that out': Booker defends Castro on Biden attacks at Democratic debate

'Every right to call that out': Booker defends Castro on Biden attacks at Democratic debateDuring the testy exchange, Castro claimed Biden said Americans would have to "buy in" for health care coverage under Biden's proposal.



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Mike Pence says Trump 'might make an effort to speak out' if 'send her back' chant happens again

Mike Pence says Trump 'might make an effort to speak out' if 'send her back' chant happens againTrump described the audience that chanted, "Send her back" about Rep. Ilhan Omar as "incredible people" and "incredible patriots."



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Donald Trump tells Russia to 'get out' of Venezuela as tensions rise

Donald Trump tells Russia to 'get out' of Venezuela as tensions riseDonald Trump has demanded that Russia “get out” of Venezuela after 100 of its troops landed to help embattled president Nicolás Maduro, escalating a war of words between Washington and Moscow.  The US president’s rebuke was delivered while he held White House talks with the wife of Juan Guaidó, the Venezuelan opposition politician who has declared himself interim president.  America, along with many European and South American nations, supports Mr Guaidó’s claim to the presidency while Russia and China are backing Mr Maduro.  The political crisis escalated on Saturday when two Russian air force planes touched down outside Caracas carrying nearly 100 Russian troops. Cyber experts were reportedly among the "special forces" sent from Moscow.  Experts believe Russia is attempting to protect its investments, having given Venezuela billions of dollars of loans in the past and taken part in joint ventures in the country’s oil industry.  "Russia has to get out," Mr Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, seated alongside Mr Guaidó’s wife Fabiana Rosales. Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who America has recognised as the country's rightful interim ruler Credit: REUTERS/Marco Bello Earlier Mr Trump had told her: “We are with Venezuela, we are with your husband, as you know, and we are with the people that he represents, which is a big, big majority of the country. “What’s happening there should not happen and be allowed to happen anywhere. So we are with you 100 per cent, okay? Please give my regards. It will all work out." Dmitry Polyanskiy, Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, hit back on Twitter, sending a message which included the slogans “HandsOffVenezuela” and “YankeeGoHome”.  “It’s not up to US to decide actions and fate of other countries, Mr Polyanskiy wrote, citing Mr Trump’s comments on Wednesday afternoon. “It’s only up to the people of Venezuela and its only legitimate president Nicolas Maduro. We have bilateral relations and agreements with this country which we will honour.”  The exchanges were the latest in an increasingly hostile back-and-forth between the US and Russian administrations over the situation in Venezuela.  The population is malnourished and facing both hyperinflation and political repression. Mr Maduro has refused to let aid packages enter the country. The latest crisis was triggered in January when Mr Guaidó, head of the National Assembly, unexpectedly declared himself interim president, claiming Mr Maduro’s election was illegitimate.  On Tuesday, Mr Pompeo used a telephone call with Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, to warn that America would not “will not stand idly by as Russia exacerbates tensions in Venezuela”.  Mr Lavrov in turn told Mr Pompeo that “Washington’s attempts to organize a coup d’état in Venezuela and threats against its legitimate government” violated UN rules, according to the Russian foreign ministry.  Mr Bolton also issued his own message, tweeting: The legitimate Interim President, Juan Guaido asks for humanitarian aid to support those in need. Maduro asks for Cuban and Russian goons to suppress the people of Venezuela. The military ranks are seeing Maduro’s corruption, violence, and lack of support within Venezuela.— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) March 26, 2019 Mr Guaidó used a speech on Wednesday to call for supporters to protest against a nationwide blackout, the second major power outage this month that is dragging into its third day. Mr Pompeo on Wednesday estimated that rebuilding Venezuela's economy could cost between $ 6 billion to $ 12 billion, warning that it would take years to complete.  Ms Rosales, a 26-year-old journalist and opposition activist, told Mr Trump that her husband Mr Guaidó was attacked on Tuesday, though she did not provide details. "I fear for my husband's life," she said. She was accompanied by the wife and sister of Roberto Marrero, Mr Guaidó’s chief of staff, who was arrested and detained last week.



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Microsoft 'waiting to find out' why Bing went offline in China

Microsoft 'waiting to find out' why Bing went offline in ChinaMicrosoft is still trying to figure out why its Bing search engine temporarily went offline in China, the company’s president said following speculation that it could have been blocked by censors. The US firm’s Chinese website, cn.bing.com, was accessible again late Thursday, one day after it suddenly went offline, temporarily taking away the most prominent foreign search engine in China. The disruption raised fears among social media users that it was the latest foreign website to be blocked by China.



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Militants must be 'cleaned out' of Syria's Idlib, Iran says

Militants must be 'cleaned out' of Syria's Idlib, Iran says(Reuters) – Iran called on Monday for militants to be “cleaned out” of Syria’s Idlib province, as it prepared for talks with Syria and Russia about confronting the last major enclave held by rebels opposed to President Bashar al-Assad. Syrian government forces are planning a phased offensive in Idlib and surrounding areas held by insurgents fighting Assad, who has been backed by both Russian and Iranian forces in the country’s conflict. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said Washington views any government assault on Idlib as an escalation of Syria’s war, and the State Department warned that Washington would respond to any chemical attack by Damascus.



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Venezuela vows to 'root out' plots after Maduro drone 'assassination' bid

Venezuela vows to 'root out' plots after Maduro drone 'assassination' bidVenezuelan authorities vowed Monday to “root out” plots against President Nicolas Maduro after what they said was a weekend drone “assassination” bid backed by Colombia. An accusation by Maduro that his Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos was behind the incident has worsened already fraught ties between Caracas and Bogota. Santos, who hands over power to elected successor Ivan Duque on Tuesday, has categorically rejected the accusation.



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Israel defence minister to Syria's Assad: 'throw Iranians out'

Israel defence minister to Syria's Assad: 'throw Iranians out'Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Friday urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to expel Iranian forces from his country, after Israeli air strikes hit alleged Iranian targets in Syria. “I shall take advantage of this opportunity to send a message to Assad: throw the Iranians out,” a defence ministry statement quoted Lieberman as saying during a visit to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Israel claims it struck dozens of Iranian targets inside Syria early on Thursday in response to a salvo of rockets fired by Iranian forces into the occupied Golan Heights.



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'Vote them out!': Thousands register to vote at U.S. gun-control marches

'Vote them out!': Thousands register to vote at U.S. gun-control marchesBy Katanga Johnson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Voter registration activists fanned out among young Americans who marched for tighter gun laws on Saturday, signing up thousands of first-time voters who vowed to eject lawmakers who oppose gun controls. With mid-term Congressional elections eight months away, the activists flocked to some 800 marches across the country to enroll young voters likely to back Democratic and independent candidates who tend to favor tougher firearms laws. In Washington, volunteers for the HeadCount voter-registration effort raised their fists and chanted “demonstration without registration leads to frustration” before heading out with clipboards to sign up some of the nation’s newest voters.



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'Leaning Out': Aerial photography by Jeffrey Milstein

'Leaning Out': Aerial photography by Jeffrey MilsteinJeffrey Milstein’s overhead images of ports, train yards, airports, parking lots, and cityscapes, reveal harmonious symmetries invisible during daily life yet still somehow familiar.



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Air Force Academy head to cadets: 'If you can't treat someone with dignity and respect, then get out'

Air Force Academy head to cadets: 'If you can't treat someone with dignity and respect, then get out'The superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy demanded tolerance Thursday in a passionate speech to his cadets — days after black students at the academy’s preparatory school found racial slurs written on message boards outside their rooms.



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