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Venezuela’s Maduro Closes Border With Brazil

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Venezuela’s Maduro Closes Border With Brazil

Venezuela’s embattled president Nicolas Maduro has closed the country’s border with Brazil to block aid entry as a showdown looms over Brazil’s declaration it would help get emergency food and medicine aid into the country.  Maduro says this is part of a U.S. Coup plot against him.

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Amid the mounting tensions, opposition leader Juan Guaido, the self declared president of Venezuela has set off in a cross country caravan for the border with Colombia where much of the U.S. supplied aid is warehoused.

He has also called on thousands of ordinary Venezuelans to assembly on Saturday to help take the items across.

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A group of lawmakers who had headed to the Colombian border was stopped a few hours outside of Caracas by national guardsmen who had blocked the highway with a trailer truck.

Not only has Maduro blocked the vast jungle border with Brazil, he has also blocked air and sea travel between Venezuela and Dutch Caribbean Island of Curacao where the first cargo of relief supplies had arrived on Thursday from Venezuelan exile community in Miami, Florida.

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Israeli Forces Arrest Seven Palestinians In West Bank Raid

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Israeli Forces Arrest Seven Palestinians In West Bank Raid

Israeli Forces have arrested seven Palestinians from various areas of the occupied West Bank, in multiple overnight raids across the area.

The army said the individuals were arrested for “suspected involvement in terrorist activities” and had been referred to relevant authorities for further investigation.

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Israeli forces continued on Monday to hunt for a Palestinian they said killed two persons and injured a third on Sunday near the illegal Jewish settlement of Ariel in the occupied west bank.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the site of the attack on Monday and pledged tough action, including demolition of the assailant’s home.

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Indonesian Floods: Death Toll Rises To 89

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Indonesian Floods: Death Toll Rises To 89

The death toll from flash floods and mudslides, triggered by days of torrential downpours in Indonesia’s easternmost Papua province, has risen to 89, with dozens of others missing.

Spokesperson for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, Sutopo Purwo, says 89 bodies had been pulled from the mud and wreckage of collapsed homes by Tuesday.

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Another one hundred fifty-nine persons were injured, including 84 who were hospitalised, many with broken bones and head wounds.

The number of dead is expected to rise as rescue workers comb through affected areas.

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Papua military spokesperson, Colonel Muhammad Aidi, says more than sixteen hundred rescuers, including soldiers and police, faced difficulties on Tuesday in clearing huge piles of debris because of shortages of heavy equipment.

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UPDATES: Dutch Police Arrest Suspect In Deadly Tram Shooting

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Dutch Police Arrest Suspect In Deadly Tram Shooting

Dutch police have arrested The suspect in the deadly tram shooting in Utrecht, Netherlands, officials say.

Motive for the shooting remains unclear; police have said they were investigating a “possible terrorist motive” for the attack, but reports have also emerged that the shooting might have its roots in a family dispute.

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The shooting incident occurred in the Dutch city of Utrecht where a gunman opened fire on a tram in the central part of the city on Monday killing at least three persons and wounding nine.

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Utrecht police have released a photo of the suspect. He is Gokmen Tanis, a 37-year-old Turkish national.

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