Maduro’s grip on Venezuela tightens, warns of Trump threat

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro talks to the media after casting his vote at a polling station during the municipal legislators election in Caracas, Venezuela December 9, 2018. (REUTERS)
Updated 10 December 2018
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Maduro’s grip on Venezuela tightens, warns of Trump threat

  • Maduro said many opposition leaders are waiting for an invasion from by the US without giving details

CARACAS, Venezuela: Venezuela’s socialist President Nicolas Maduro has further consolidated power in local elections, while accusing President Donald Trump of plotting to overthrow him.
Election officials loyal to Maduro said Sunday night that the majority of 2,500 council seats went to members of his party.
The election came as an economic crisis rocks the once-wealthy oil country after two decades of socialist rule. Tens of thousands of Venezuelans have fled searching for a better life.
Maduro’s government banned the most popular opposition parties from elections, while leading figures in the movement are jailed or go into exile fearing for their safety.
After voting, Maduro scoffed at foreign leaders including Trump who label him a dictator.
He said many opposition leaders are waiting for an invasion from by the US without giving details.


Indian police arrest 61 Rohingya Muslims this week

Updated 22 January 2019
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Indian police arrest 61 Rohingya Muslims this week

  • Indian border guards have denied Bangladesh media reports that India is pushing Rohingya across the border
  • More than 700,000 Rohingya have fled from Myanmar, chiefly to Bangladesh, since August 2017

GAUHATI,India: Police in northeastern India say they have arrested 61 Rohingya Muslims this week amid reports that more than 1,300 have recently crossed the border into Bangladesh.
In Assam state, police say they arrested 30 Rohingya, including 12 children, who were found traveling on a bus Monday night to Gauhati, the state capital.
In neighboring Tripura state, police said they arrested 31 Rohingya on Tuesday after they spent two days in a no man’s land along the border with Bangladesh.
Indian border guards have denied Bangladesh media reports that India is pushing Rohingya across the border.
More than 700,000 Rohingya have fled from Myanmar, chiefly to Bangladesh, since August 2017 to escape army-led violence against them. India has deported more than a dozen in the past two months for illegal entry.