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Trump urges Venezuelan military: ‘Set your country free’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPresident Trump addressed Venezuelan Americans in southern Florida US President Donald Trump has appealed directly to the Venezuela military to abandon their support for President Nicolás Maduro. In a speech in Miami, the president warned “the eyes of the entire world” were on those propping him up. Mr Trump said those who continued to back Mr Maduro’s government were risking their own futures and lives. The speech represents a further attempt to persuade officials to switch loyalty to opposition leader Juan Guaidó.…

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Huawei presence complicates country partnerships with U.S.: Pompeo

Huawei products are seen in a shop in Bangkok, Thailand, January 30, 2019. Picture taken January 30, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha BUDAPEST (Reuters) – The United States will share its knowledge of risks involving Chinese telecoms equipment manufacturer Huawei with countries such as Hungary, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday during a visit to Budapest. “If that (Huawei) equipment is co-located where we have important American systems, it makes it more difficult for us to partner alongside them,” Pompeo told journalists. Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Writing by Joanna…

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A toxic crisis in America’s coal country

Image caption A bathroom of a home stained by polluted water near a coal mine in West Virginia In the shadow of some of America’s most controversial coal mines, where companies use huge amounts of explosives to blow the tops off mountains, isolated communities say their water has been poisoned. Now, they must decide if they will fight back against an industry they have relied upon for generations. Casey (not her real name) wears a one-dollar wedding ring now. She bought the blue plastic band after her original ring was…

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Flamengo football club fire: What happens at Flamengo resonates across the country

The blaze is reported to have started in an accommodation block “Everyone is born a Flamengo fan, but some degenerate along the way.” This local phrase does much to highlight to swagger and self-esteem of Brazil’s most popular club, a huge institution whose history does much to illustrate that of the game in this giant country. Formed in 1898 as a rowing club, Flamengo took up football a few years later and were in their early years an institution for the elite. But in the 1930s Brazilian culture was changing…

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The Arab country turning to ‘female Viagra’

Image caption Flibanserin is produced in Egypt by a local pharmaceutical company As Egypt becomes the first Arab country to authorise the production and sale of a drug meant to boost the female libido, the BBC’s Sally Nabil explores whether there’s a market for it in such a socially conservative country. “I felt drowsy and dizzy, and my heart was racing.” This is how Leila felt after taking her first pill of the so-called “female Viagra” – chemically known as flibanserin. The drug was first authorised for use in the…

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Venezuela: The country that has lost three million people

Image copyright Getty Images In Venezuela, the discussion about how long to stay, or where to flee and how to begin a new life, is never far from many people’s minds. Every time I visit the country, there are fewer friends and contacts to catch up with. An estimated 5,000 people pack up their lives and leave every day, eager to flee the economic collapse and humanitarian crisis which has beset the oil-rich nation. More than 3m people have fled Venezuela in recent years. According to the UN, that number…

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Twitter says resolved issue that could have exposed user country code

An illustration picture shows the Twitter logo reflected in the eye of a woman in Berlin, November 7, 2013. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/Illustration/File Photo (Reuters) – Twitter Inc said on Monday it has resolved an issue with one of its complaint forms that could have revealed country code of phone numbers linked to account holders. The issue, which was fixed on Nov. 16, did not expose full phone numbers or any other personal information of users, the company said. Twitter said it received a large number of enquiries from individual IP addresses…

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How a country suddenly went ‘crazy rich’

Indonesia, the nation with the world’s largest Muslim population, is home to a rapidly growing middle class. As Rebecca Henschke reports from Jakarta, this has given rise to a striking phenomenon – the so-called “Crazy Rich” Indonesians. The colourful invitation on our cluttered fridge had said it would be a dog-themed birthday party. “That’s cute,” I thought – and different. Traditionally in this country dogs are not well-liked or looked after. But that wasn’t the only surprise. To celebrate their little girl turning six, her family had turned an empty…

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‘Canada is the most multicultural country in the world’

Image copyright Syed Najam Hassan Image caption Syed Najam Hassan has received a lot of support for his outdoor libraries from his family and his local community Syed Najam Hassan is 42 years old and lives in Alberta, Canada. He set up his first free public library on his front lawn in Calgary three months ago. Today there are libraries in seven different locations in Alberta with hundreds of people visiting each one each day. Syed’s aim: “To bring different cultures together” inspired by their love of reading. Image copyright…

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How country stars Kacey Musgraves and Chris Stapleton cracked Radio 1

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kacey Musgraves, Chris Stapleton, Justin Timberlake and Dolly Parton Think “country music” and certain stereotypes probably spring to mind. Banjos, cowboys, people wearing boots and singing about trucks, guns and whiskey. But in 2018 the genre has moved away from that. This is the year that American country, other than Dolly Parton, has had extraordinary success in the UK charts and has been played far more on Radio 1. A lot of the popularity is down to collaborations, such as Say Something by Justin…

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