Political Unrest
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Voting machine maker says Venezuela’s election tainted

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/02/17, 11:05 am

The CEO of a company that made voting machines for Venezuela’s National Assembly election said Wednesday someone tampered with the results to inflate voter turnout numbers. Antonio Mugica of the company Smartmatic told reporters in London there was a discrepancy of 1 million votes between the turnout figures announced by the government and those recorded by his systems.

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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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