Political Unrest
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Venezuela crisis leaves lawmakers guessing

Venezuela | The oil-rich, communist country is on the verge of collapse
by Sarah Schweinsberg
Posted 6/27/16, 02:31 pm

Four men each held a gun to Salim Daher’s head as they forced him to drive them around Daher’s home city of Valencia, Venezuela. Daher survived the attempted kidnapping but said similar experiences of violence and fear are all too common in rapidly deteriorating Venezuela.

Daher, a student at Florida International University, directs a non-profit called Justicia Para La Paz (Justice for the Peace). He and some of his colleagues traveled to Washington, D.C., Wednesday to meet with House lawmakers and attend a Foreign Affairs Committee hearing about Venezuela’s crisis.

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Britain votes to leave the European Union

Britain | Unprecedented move begins a long process to form new relationships with its continental neighbors
by Samantha Gobba
Posted 6/23/16, 09:35 pm

UPDATE (7:20 a.m., June 24): Britain will leave the European Union, and Prime Minister David Cameron will resign before October.

Those were the final conclusions of the much anticipated Brexit vote, held Thursday. When all the ballots were counted, 52 percent of Britons voted to abandon the EU, with 72 percent of the more than 46 million registered voters casting ballots. Cameron, who had lobbied hard to remain part of the union, said the country now needed new leadership.

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Chinese villagers rally to support elected leader

China | Government officials arrested Lin Zuluan on trumped up corruption charges, supporters say
by June Cheng
Posted 6/23/16, 08:45 am

A few thousand villagers in southern China have taken to the streets in the past few days to protest the detention of a local leader allegedly forced to confess to corruption. Surrounded by a heavy police presence, residents marched around the village holding a banner covered in their signatures, waved Chinese flags, and chanted “Village chief Lin is innocent.” The demonstrations remained peaceful.

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