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Source: DW

Venezuela: Clashes break out near Colombian border

Today 18:10 GMT

Read more: Rival concerts on Colombia-Venezuela border herald aid convoy attempt. Four Venezuelan National Guard troops deserted their posts during the clashes and crossed the border into Colombia, according to the Colombian migration authority.

Maduro denies there are significant food and medicine shortages in Venezuela and has accused the United States of using its aid donations, which account for most of the supplies on the Colombian side of the border, as a cover for military intervention.

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Source: Common Domain

Getting to Know Berlin, Germany’s Capital of Cool

Today 18:10 GMT

Carnivores looking to enjoy heartier fare (wild boar stew, filet of free-range Charolais beef) can head to sister restaurant Crackers, located downstairs  in a former cinema.

As the years have passed since the fall of the Berlin Wall, which divided the city from 1961 to 1989, new waves of transplants have helped make Berlin one of the least traditionally German cities in the country. Today, visitors are just as likely to overhear young Berliners speaking English, French, Turkish, or Arabic rather than the traditional Berlin-German dialect.

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Source: The Guradian

'Slowly the craze will come': the off-piste plan to get Nepal skiing

Today 13:34 GMT

Along the single icy road leading through the village of Kuri, high in the hills of eastern Nepal, tourists stop to stare at a pair of skis.

Shacked up in a tiny hotel in the village, members of the Ski and Snowboarding Foundation Nepal are on a mission to build the country’s first ski resort in Kuri. “We are starting with one slope but we want to build a ski resort, with a gondola from Europe and a snow machine,” says Utsav Pathak, 24, the foundation’s president.

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Source: DW

Scores dead in India after consuming toxic liquor in Assam

Today 18:10 GMT

The death toll from the liquor poisoning in India's northeastern Assam state has risen to at least 98, with some reports putting the number even higher.

Earlier this month, more than 70 people died in the northern Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand after consuming cheap liquor containing poisonous methanol. Illicit liquor is cheap and often spiked with chemicals such as pesticides to increase potency.

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Source: The Guradian

If news is dying, who will safeguard democracy?

Today 13:34 GMT

If buffeted by the twin forces of entertainment and propaganda, news is dying, how can journalism – and thereby democracy – survive?

News, both as a commodity and as a cultural invention, has also been affected by “deglobalisation”, as evidenced by the declining coverage of international news. By 2010, the frequency of foreign coverage in four British newspapers and the number of foreign news stories in the United States had nearly halved over three decades.

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Source: The Guradian

Washington state: at least 20 county sheriffs refuse to enforce new gun laws

Today 10:49 GMT

At least 20 county sheriffs in Washington state – more than half of the state’s total – are now publicly refusing to police new gun laws.

Ahead of the vote last year, the Washington State Sheriffs Association voiced public opposition to law along with the Washington State Patrol Troopers Association, the Washington Fraternal Order of Police, and the Washington Council of Police & Sheriffs. I1639 was passed overwhelmingly by urban voters west of the Cascades, in areas like Seattle and its suburbs, but was rejected in smaller rural counties, especially in the state’s east and south.

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Source: The Guradian

Labour MP Ian Austin quits the party over ‘culture of antisemitism’

Today 04:14 GMT

Ian Austin has become the ninth MP to quit the Labour party this week, although he told his local newspaper he had no plans to join the Independent Group, founded earlier this week by some former colleagues and Tory defectors.

Last year Austin was placed under investigation by the party after he became embroiled in a row with the party chairman, Ian Lavery, over the handling of the antisemitism issue in the summer.

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Source: Fox News

Florida man carrying huge rattlesnake stopped by police after scared locals issue complaints

Wednesday 20:56 GMT

Several locals reported the unusual — and admittedly frightening — sighting to the Jacksonville Beach Police Department, who then sent several officers to the scene.

A Florida community was rattled on Monday after spotting a homeless man traveling around downtown Jacksonville Beach with a large venomous snake in his arms. Several locals reported the unusual — and admittedly frightening — sighting to the Jacksonville Beach Police Department, who then sent several officers to the scene.


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