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Venezuelan offensive sends thousands of civilians into Colombia

Venezuelan offensive sends thousands of civilians into Colombia

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ARAUQUITA, Colombia — When the Venezuelan military helicopters started firing shots and the bombing began, Yanet Garcia fled her home. With her family in tow, she made it safely across the border to Colombia in just a few hours.Garcia, 40, from the outskirts of a small Venezuelan border town called La Victoria, had to force her 82-year-old father off their small farm to come with them. “Let them kill me,” he shouted at her, but eventually relented. “I was a nervous wreck. We left because we were scared of being killed. I had no idea what was happening, we just left and walked for an hour,” Garcia said, from a makeshift shelter where she is taking refuge in the Colombian town of Arauquita, separated from Venezuela by a 100-yard (91-metre) stretch of water. Intense and continual armed c...
Officials: Elementary teacher solicited sex with 2-year-old

Officials: Elementary teacher solicited sex with 2-year-old

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida elementary school teacher is facing charges alleging he solicited online to have sex with a 2-year-old and traveled to meet the child.The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that Xavier Donte Alexander, 28, was arrested Thursday on felony charges of soliciting sex with a minor and traveling to meet a minor for sex. Alexander is a fourth grade teacher at Grove Park Elementary School in Palm Beach Gardens and also advertised as a babysitter on various websites.The sheriff's office and court clerk did not immediately release further information about the allegations. Alexander was ordered held on $1 million bond at court hearing Friday. He is being represented by the Palm Beach County Public Defender's Office, which did not immediat...
‘We need to hold out just a bit longer,’ Fauci says

‘We need to hold out just a bit longer,’ Fauci says

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Dr. Anthony Fauci. NBCAmericans should continue to take coronavirus precautions, practice social distancing and avoid crowds, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday.Fauci told NBC Nightly News he is worried that people will "claim victory prematurely," causing a resurgence in Covid-19 cases. The number of infections has started increasing in the United States again as people move around more.Fauci said authorities are concerned that cases have "plateaued at a high level and unacceptably high level.""Everybody, including myself, has some degree of Covid-19 fatigue, but the thing we try and emphasize is that this will end. We need to hold out just a bit longer and give vaccines a chance to really get the upper hand in this,” Fauci said.“We need to hold out just a bit longer and give vaccines a chan...
Seven Texas officers fired after probe into Black inmate’s death

Seven Texas officers fired after probe into Black inmate’s death

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Officers violated policies and procedures of the sheriff’s office prior to the death of Marvin Scott III.Seven officers involved in the custodial death of a Black jail inmate in the US state of Texas have been fired. The officers violated sheriff’s office policies and procedures leading up to the death of Marvin Scott III, Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner said in a news release on Thursday. An eighth officer resigned. Scott, 26, was arrested on March 14 at a mall in Allen on a cannabis possession charge, according to media reports. Officers took Scott to a hospital because he was reportedly acting erratically. He was released and police took him to the county jail where Scott began to exhibit “some strange behaviour”, Skinner said at a March 19 news conference. Detention officers pla...

We’re about to get the 1st GOP election test in the post-Trump era

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Amanda Chase’s candidacy for governor in Virginia this year has confronted the state’s GOP with a dilemma that mirrors the challenge facing the national party: How does it reap the benefits of Trumpism but also reduce the costs?Can it retain voters drawn to the party because of former President Donald Trump and his style of politics, but at the same time push, nudge or maneuver Trump-like candidates like Chase — who are likely to lose winnable elections — out of the way?Virginia Republicans may have found a way to do just that by using a method of voting that reformers are promoting nationally as a tool to reduce extremism and polarization.Virginia state Sen. Amanda Chase leaves court in Richmond, Va., with her attorney Tim Anderson on Thursday. (Steve Helber/AP Photo)State Sen. Amanda Cha...
The best sales to shop today: Dyson, Ring, Samsung and more

The best sales to shop today: Dyson, Ring, Samsung and more

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(CNN) —   Today, you’ll find a deal on our favorite budget noise-canceling headphones, a discounted, refurbished Ring Video Doorbell Pro and savings on popular L.O.L. Surprise! dolls. All that and more below. Anker Soundcore Life Q20 ($46.50, originally $59.99; amazon.com) Anker Soundcore Life Q20 If you’re in need of a solid pair of headphones but don’t want to spend an arm and a leg, consider picking up a pair of our favorite budget noise-canceling cans. The Anker Soundcore Life Q20 headphones are even cheaper than usual at just $46.50 (just be sure to clip the on-page coupon for an extra 5% off at checkout), and they deliver on comfort and sound quality in addition to noise cancellation. Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Smart Tower Air Purifier, Heater and Fan ($549.99, orig...
Myanmar refuses to accept Rohingya girl deported by India: Report

Myanmar refuses to accept Rohingya girl deported by India: Report

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India’s move to deport 14-year-old girl to coup-hit Myanmar while her family lived in a refugee camp in Bangladesh draws criticism.Myanmar has refused to accept a 14-year-old Rohingya girl deported by India, an Indian media report said, as the United Nations refugee agency and rights groups criticised New Delhi for the move. The girl was taken to a border town in northeastern India’s Manipur state on Thursday for deportation, police officials said, but the authorities in coup-hit Myanmar refused to accept her. “The immigration department of the neighbouring country refused to open the gate of the international border saying that the situation is not appropriate for any deportation currently,” said a report in the Hindustan Times newspaper late on Thursday. The report added that the girl wi...
In tourist-free Bali, artists persevere through ‘darkest moment’

In tourist-free Bali, artists persevere through ‘darkest moment’

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Bali, Indonesia – Sixty years ago, I Ketut Soki was the delighted recipient of his first painting kit – and since that day, he has rarely put his brushes down.“I still have the spirit to paint. I still have a lot of ideas,” he told Al Jazeera. “I paint to maintain the Balinese culture. I want to show people abroad about Bali. I paint the island … harvesting, paddy fields, cultivating.” The 72-year-old was one of the pioneers of the painting style known as Young Artist, known for its lively and colourful depictions of Balinese life. But the art scene on the island is different now  and many artists in the once-thriving cultural centre are struggling. Bali’s borders are closed to foreign tourists – and in their absence, the prospects for sales are limited. “Artists feel the impact,” Sok...
eBay will now weed out the fake sneakers for you

eBay will now weed out the fake sneakers for you

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(CNN) —   Sneakerheads are arguably the most informed and savvy collectors in the world right now, able to sniff out secret midnight sales in the most unlikely and exclusive places as if they possess ESP. They track down ultrarare kicks like they’re tireless bloodhounds — and no one can beat them for dedication. But all that commitment in the pursuit of fine, high-end sneakers takes a lot of work, which is why eBay’s new Authentication Guarantee is geared toward ensuring that their collectors actually get what they pay for — and that they can save all their energy for chasing after that next Insta-worthy pair of Jordan, Nike, Yeezy, Adidas, New Balance, Puma, Asics, Converse, Vans or Reebok shoes. Of course, eBay is already synonymous with sneaker collecting. It’s got the bigge...
Venezuela: Two soldiers killed by land mine near Colombia border

Venezuela: Two soldiers killed by land mine near Colombia border

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The explosion also left nine members of Venezuela’s military injured, the defence ministry says.Venezuela on Thursday said two of its soldiers were killed by a land mine during operations to confront armed groups along the Colombian border that have forced the displacement of thousands of civilians. The news follows a March 22 announcement by the government of President Nicolas Maduro that two soldiers were killed in clashes with “irregular armed groups” in the southwestern Apure state. The explosion “left nine members of the military injured, who are now receiving medical attention in military health network,” the defence ministry said in a statement posted on Twitter Thursday morning. The ministry added that during the operations, troops have dismantled nine camps, including one that pro...