Political Unrest
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Six arrested in Venezuela drone attack

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/06/18, 11:46 am

Venezuelan authorities have arrested six suspects in the ongoing investigation into a Saturday explosion that President Nicolas Maduro called an assassination attempt. Maduro was delivering a speech in Caracas to mark the National Guard’s 81st anniversary when the explosion went off. Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said two drones loaded with 2.2 pounds of C4 plastic explosive targeted the leader. The military electronically diverted one of the drones, while the second crashed into an apartment building two blocks away.

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The other border crisis

Colombia | At the border with Colombia, hungry Venezuelans seek out supplies to survive their country’s harrowing economic collapse—while Christians try their best to help
by Jamie Dean
Posted 8/02/18, 12:00 pm

Each morning, as the hot sun rises over the Simón Bolívar International Bridge, thousands of Venezuelans lift their eyes to the hills of neighboring Colombia, and ask a simple question: From where will our help come?

Over the course of the day, as many as 30,000 Venezuelans will cross this bridge into northeast Colombia by foot, looking for food or medicine or other supplies they can’t get in their home country.

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Protests drive out Haitian prime minister

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/16/18, 10:57 am

Haitian Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant resigned over the weekend after a botched plan to raise fuel prices triggered violent protests. Haitian President Jovenel Moise on Twitter confirmed he accepted Lafontant’s resignation and those of other Cabinet officials Saturday. Violence erupted in Haiti July 6-8 following the government’s plan to hike fuel prices by up to 51 percent. The prime minister said the hikes were necessary for Haiti to balance its budget. The unrest killed at least seven people and left several U.S. missionary teams temporarily trapped in the country.

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