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July 23, 2019 | Via The Guardian

Blackouts Plunge Venezuela into Chaos

Venezuela has been hit by a nationwide power outage that the government has blamed without evidence on an “electromagnetic attack” on the nation’s hydroelectric system. The blackouts affected at least 14 of Venezuela’s 24 states, including the capital Caracas where power went out at around 4pm (8pm GMT) on Monday. It caused chaos on the city’s roads as traffic lights and the subway stopped working during rush hour.

July 23, 2019 | Via Reuters

South Korea Fires Hundreds of Warning Shots at Russian Military Plane

South Korean warplanes fired hundreds of warning shots at a Russian military aircraft that entered South Korean airspace on Tuesday, defense officials said, while Russia denied violating any airspace and accused South Korean pilots of being reckless. The incident, which also involved China and Japan, could complicate relations and raise tension in a region that has for years been over-shadowed by hostility between the United States and North Korea.

July 23, 2019 | Via Bloomberg

Iran Says It will Execute Group of Alleged CIA-Trained Spies

Iran, locked in a worsening political standoff with Western powers, has handed down death sentences to several nationals accused of being part of a CIA-trained spy network uncovered earlier this year, an official said on Monday. In Tehran, a senior intelligence official told foreign media that 17 people had been arrested. None of the suspects are dual nationals. U.S. President Donald Trump denounced the Iranian report as “totally false” on Twitter Monday.

July 23, 2019 | Via BBC

US Expands Powers to Deport Migrants without Going to Court

The US government is introducing a new fast-track deportation process that will bypass immigration courts. Under the new rules, migrants who cannot prove they have been in the US continuously for more than two years can be immediately deported. Until now, expedited deportations could only be applied to those detained near the border who had been in the US for less than two weeks.

July 23, 2019 | Via Reuters

Singapore Seizes Ivory from Nearly 300 Elephants in Record Haul

Singapore said on Tuesday it had seized 8.8 tonnes of elephant ivory, a record haul by authorities in the city-state, which conservation groups say is a transit point for the illegal wildlife trade. The elephant ivory, estimated to be worth $12.9 million, came from nearly 300 African elephants, and was heading to Vietnam through Singapore from Democratic Republic of the Congo. The haul also contained the third major seizure of pangolin scales in Singapore this year.

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