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Trump urges Venezuelan military to abandon Maduro

by Alyssa Jackson
Posted 2/19/19, 12:49 pm

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday warned members of the Venezuelan military that they risk their lives and their country’s future by continuing to back embattled President Nicolás Maduro. “Maduro is not a Venezuelan patriot, he is a Cuban puppet,” Trump said in a speech to a Venezuelan expatriate crowd in Miami. Florida is home to an estimated 190,000 Venezuelans, many of whom arrived in the past decade as their homeland slid into economic and political crisis under Maduro.

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Florida | Harvest Bible Chapel fires pastor at recently acquired church
by Julie Roys
Posted 1/31/19, 12:27 pm

On Jan. 16, elders at the Chicago-area megachurch Harvest Bible Chapel announced that Senior Pastor James MacDonald would take an “indefinite sabbatical.” The announcement came a month after WORLD detailed accusations by former elders and staff members that MacDonald and other leaders at the multicampus church had fostered a culture of deception and intimidation (see “Hard times at Harvest,” Dec. 29, 2018).

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Five dead in Florida bank shooting

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 1/24/19, 11:07 am

A gunman killed five people inside a Florida bank on Wednesday before a SWAT team arrested him, according to police. Investigators have not offered a possible motive, and a police spokesman said he didn’t know if the attack began as a robbery. Zephen Xaver, 21, called police to report that he had fired shots inside the SunTrust Bank branch in Sebring, Fla. He then barricaded himself inside, and when negotiations failed, the SWAT team entered the building and captured him. Authorities did not immediately identify the victims.

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