CARACAS -- Venezuela's opposition on Wednesday said it would use a US-based fund to receive some of the country's oil income in a key step to bankroll its efforts to dislodge President Nicolas Maduro. The fund would receive income accrued by state-run oil firm PDVSA's US unit Citgo Petroleum Corp since last month, when US President Donald Trump recognized Juan Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate head of state, opposition legislator Carlos Paparoni told Reuters. Guadio, head of Venezuela's National Assembly, last month declared himself to be the South American country's interim ruler. White House national security adviser John Bolton said on Wednesday the United States would consider lifting sanctions on senior Venezuelan military officers if they recognize Guaido as interim leader. "If not, the international financial circle will be closed off completely," Bolton wrote on Twitter. Aside from one senior general, who recognized Guaido in a video and urged others in the military to do the … [Read more...] about Venezuela opposition plans to get oil money from US fund
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Kristin M. Hall, Associated Press Updated 9:34 am PST, Monday, February 4, 2019 In this Jan. 31, 2019, photo, Dan Smyers, left, and Shay Mooney, of the duo Dan + Shay, pose in Nashville, Tenn. The duo have been country radio favorites for a while, but broke out big in 2018 with their multiplatinum crossover hit “Tequila,” which is nominated for Grammy Awards for country song of the year and best country duo/group performance. less In this Jan. 31, 2019, photo, Dan Smyers, left, and Shay Mooney, of the duo Dan + Shay, pose in Nashville, Tenn. The duo have been country radio favorites for a while, but broke out big in 2018 with their ... more Photo: Mark Humphrey, AP Photo: Mark Humphrey, AP Image 1 of / 5 Caption Close Image 1 of 5 In this Jan. 31, 2019, photo, Dan … [Read more...] about Grammy nominees Dan + Shay feel at home in pop world
By Josh Zumbrun The Wall Street Journal Tues., Jan. 8, 2019 The U.S. has always chosen the president of the World Bank. This time it may not go that way, with the unexpected resignation of its president, Jim Yong Kim, announced Monday. Mr. Kim’s departure, taking effect three years before his term ends, could accelerate a divide among the world’s major economies over the leadership at the world’s largest development-finance institution. Since the World Bank’s creation over 70 years ago the U.S. has picked its president, using the appointment as a vehicle to advance American economic interests, power and development priorities around the globe. In exchange, Europeans have selected the leader of the International Monetary Fund. But that consensus already was fraying when Mr. Kim was picked by President Obama to run the bank in 2012. Even prior to Mr. Kim’s appointment, the bank’s executive directors, who officially make the … [Read more...] about The U.S. has always chosen world bank presidents—will it this time?
Ted Anthony, Ap National Writer Published 11:30 am PDT, Friday, September 28, 2018 Security stands on the roof of the United Nations building during a visit by President Donald Trump, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, at U.N. Headquarters. Security stands on the roof of the United Nations building during a visit by President Donald Trump, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, at U.N. Headquarters. Photo: Evan Vucci, AP A person takes cover from the rain at the United Nations headquarters during the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Governments from around the world will gather Wednesday to discuss the persistent scourge of tuberculosis, which last year claimed more lives than any other communicable disease. less A person takes cover from the rain at the United Nations headquarters during the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Governments … [Read more...] about Analysis: At UN, world leaders grapple with fragmented world
An Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman walk into a bar. That’s how the old joke begins, but in reality, what would happen next? As it turns out, contrary to his nation’s hard-drinking reputation, the Irishman would likely be the one driving everyone home. The World Health Organization (WHO) has compiled a list of the countries that consume the most alcohol, and found that the citizens of the United Kingdom are the 12th heaviest drinkers in the world, consuming 12 liters (3.17 gallons) of pure alcohol a year. Ireland comes in 26th on the list, tied with Slovenia and South Korea, drinking a relatively modest 10.9 liters (2.88 gallons) of alcohol a year. From WHO data, Newsweek has worked out a breakdown of what type of alcohol each nation favors, giving a percentage amount for beer, wine, spirits (including all distilled beverages), and the ‘other’ category, which includes fermented beverages made from grains, cider and more. Nigeria has a massive 92 … [Read more...] about Alcohol Consumption Around the World: Which Countries Drink the Most?