Political Unrest
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Russia plans worrisome military drills

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/01/17, 12:00 pm

Russia is preparing to amass about 100,000 troops in its western region, including near the borders of NATO member countries in the Baltics. The planned military exercise is stoking worries that Russia could attempt to seize territory in the Baltic NATO states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania the way it annexed portions of Ukraine and Georgia in recent years. Vice President Mike Pence is touring eastern European countries in attempt to reassure allies the United States would defend them against Russian aggression.

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Venezuelan opposition leaders taken from homes

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/01/17, 10:00 am

Venezuela’s intelligence services arrested two opposition leaders early Tuesday morning following Sunday’s controversial election that drew international criticism and sanctions from the United States. Political activist Leopoldo Lopez and former Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma had previously been placed under house arrest. Lopez’s wife, Lilian Tintori, posted a video Tuesday morning on Twitter showing authorities taking her husband in a car marked “SEBIN,” an abbreviation for the country’s intelligence service.

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Venezuelans protest one-sided election

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/31/17, 10:57 am

Hundreds of demonstrators flooded the streets of Caracas, Venezuela, on Sunday protesting what the U.S. State Department called a rigged election. Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro boycotted the election to replace the National Assembly with a new group of lawmakers loyal to Maduro. They said the election itself was unconstitutional. The new legislature could rewrite Venezuela’s constitution to give Maduro dictatorial power. At times, demonstrations turned violent, and authorities said one of the pro-Maduro candidates was shot dead in his home over the weekend.

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