May 20 2018 Venezuelan President Wins Second Six-Year Term

Venezuela’s election board says incumbent President Nicolas Maduro has been re-elected for a second six-year term. 
Sunday’s election was boycotted by the opposition as the “coronation” of a dictator and condemned by much of the international community.
Maduro, 55, a former bus driver was expected to win despite a deepening crisis that has made food scarce and [...]


May 20 2018 UK Lawmakers: Russian ‘Dirty Money’ Flowing Through London Damages Britain

Russian money hidden in British assets and laundered through City of London financial institutions damages the government’s efforts to take a tough stance against Moscow’s aggressive foreign policy, a committee of lawmakers said on Monday.
Britain’s financial center has been a major beneficiary of the massive flight of Russian cash since the 1991 fall of the [...]


May 20 2018 British Foreign Secretary Honors Falklands Soldiers

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson laid a wreath to honor Argentine soldiers killed while fighting the British in the 1982 Falkland Islands conflict.
Johnson, who is in Buenos Aires for a Group of 20 meeting, visited the Monument of the Fallen Soldiers on Sunday along with Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie.
Argentina, which has claimed the South [...]


May 20 2018 Starbucks: No Purchase Necessary to Access Stores

Coffee giant Starbucks says anyone is welcome to sit in its cafes or use its restrooms, even if they don’t buy anything, according to a new policy announced over the weekend.
Previously, it was left to individual store managers to decide whether people could access Starbucks premises without making a purchase.
“We are committed to creating a [...]


May 20 2018 Texas Muslims Mourn Pakistani Exchange Student Slain in School Shooting

Houston’s Muslim community gathered to offer prayers Sunday at the funeral service for a 17-year-old Pakistani exchange student killed in a mass shooting at her southeast Texas high school.
About 1,000 people, many with Pakistani roots and wearing traditional Muslim dress, converged on an Islamic center in Stafford to honor Sabika Sheikh, whose body was brought [...]


May 20 2018 Doctor: Palestinian President Hospitalized, Condition ‘Reassuring’

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was hospitalized in the West Bank on Sunday, doctors and Palestinian officials said, giving conflicting accounts of the leader’s condition.
It is the third time Abbas, 82, has been hospitalized in less than a week. He is expected to stay at least overnight. Abbas underwent minor ear surgery on Tuesday but went [...]


May 20 2018 US Aid Chief to Myanmar: Take ‘Concrete Steps’ on Rohingya Rights

The U.S. government’s aid chief urged Myanmar on Sunday to take concrete steps” to guarantee the rights of Rohingya Muslims and to show sincerity in that endeavor in order to encourage hundreds of thousands who have fled the country to return.
Mark Green, administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), ended his three-day [...]


May 20 2018 Turkey’s Erdogan Seeks Votes in Bosnia After Ban on Campaigning Elsewhere

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took a swipe at European countries that refused to let him campaign on their territory on Sunday as he called at a rally in Bosnia for expatriate Turks to vote for him and his ruling AK Party in elections next month.
The presidential and parliamentary polls on June 24 will see [...]


May 20 2018 Killings, Kidnappings Mar Cameroon National Day Celebrations

As President Paul Biya led National Day celebrations in Yaounde on Sunday, several policemen were killed, soldiers wounded and mayors kidnapped in Cameroon by suspected armed separatists who had warned against celebrating the central African state’s national day in English-speaking regions.
A Nigerian military contingent — part of the Cameroon effort to fight a Boko Haram [...]


May 20 2018 Family Denies Pakistani Ex-General Killed in Afghanistan

Relatives of a former top Pakistan army general have rejected as false reports he died while fighting alongside anti-American forces in Afghanistan or Syria.
Pakistani television stations and newspapers have aired and published stories identifying the army officer as retired Lt. General Shahid Aziz.
The reports cited family sources as saying Aziz left the country “many months [...]