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Venezuela president Nicolás Maduro declares state of emergency

Venezuela crisis loomingVenezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro, has declared a state of emergency, hours after US intelligence officials warned that the South American country could be on the brink of disintegration.

The powers Maduro obtains after Friday night’s declaration allow him “to stabilise our country, and confront all the international and national threats against our fatherland in this moment”, the president said, but he did not detail how he intends to use them.

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The Ugly Consequences of the U.S. Military Having Immunity to Commit War Crimes in Afghanistan

US war crimes go unpunished in Afghanistan“The U.S. bombing of the hospital was a war crime. But the United States can bomb any place it wants—a school, refugee camp, hospital—and they will not be held accountable,” said Hakim, a physician and mentor to the grassroots organization Afghan Peace Volunteers.

“U.S. immunity is atrocious. It’s intolerable. They should be held accountable like every other human being.”

Hakim, who requested his last name and city of residence be withheld for security reasons, spoke with AlterNet from Afghanistan just weeks after the Pentagon released a heavily redacted internal investigation in which it exonerated itself of war crimes for its October 2015 bombing of a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Kunduz that killed 42 civilians.

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Demonstrators in Dade demand nuclear plant shut down after leaks

Protesters want Dade nuclear plant shut after leaksDozens of protesters demonstrated outside of a Florida Power & Light facility concerning leaks at the nuclear power plant at Turkey Point.

It took place Saturday morning at 4200 W. Flagler Street and comes after the company announced that customers will shell out an estimated $50 million this year alone for the cleanup of hypersaline water coming from the plant.

Environmental advocates are worried that theleaking wastewater containing radioactive isotopes is a threat to drinking water from the Biscayne aquifer.

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8 people killed, more than 40 injured in bus rollover in Texas

Eight people have been killed and about 40 were taken to a hospital after a charter bus rolled over Saturday morning on North U.S. 83 in Webb County, authorities said.

The bus was heading to the Kickapoo Lucky Casino Hotel in Eagle Pass, said Ricardo A. Rangel, Webb County Volunteer Fire Department chief. OGA Charters, based in San Juan in Hidalgo County, owned the bus.

Webb County spokesman Larry Sanchez said at about 4 p.m. that seven people died at the scene and one at the hospital. Twenty-two bus passengers were sent to Doctors Hospital, 15 to Laredo Medical Center and seven to a Dimmit County hospital.

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Afghan government to sign peace deal with militant insurgent group

Afghan peace deal expectedThe Afghan government is expected to finalize a peace deal with a notorious militant insurgent group within days, an official and a representative of the group said on Saturday.

The deal is partially symbolic as the group in question, Hezb-i-Islami, has been essentially inactive for years. However it provides a much-needed success for the beleaguered administration of President Ashraf Ghani and potential template for ending Kabul's 15-year war with the still active and far more dangerous Taliban.

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Sinkhole discovery suggests ancient humans in Florida 14,500 years ago

Humans in Florida @ 15000 years agoA stone knife, mastodon bones and fossilized dung found in an underwater sinkhole show that humans lived in north Florida about 14,500 years ago, according to new research that suggests the colonization of the Americas was far more complex than originally believed.

Archaeologists have known of the sinkhole in the Aucilla river, south of Tallahassee, for years. But they recently dived back into the hole to excavate what they call clear evidence that ancient mankind spread throughout the Americas about 1,500 years earlier than previously thought.

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New immigration raids to target Central American moms, children

Immigrant raids target Central American mothers and childrenThe Obama administration is planning a new round of immigration raids to focus on Central American mothers and children who have entered the country illegally and evaded deportation orders.

The Department of Homeland Security said the raids will focus on those who illegally crossed the border after Jan. 1, 2014, including single adults, mothers with young children and unaccompanied youths who turned 18 after entering the United States. It will focus on those who already have deportation orders from immigration court.

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona found in contempt of court

Sheriff held in contemptThe six-term sheriff of metro Phoenix has been found in contempt of court for disobeying a federal judge's orders in a racial profiling case, bringing the lawman who calls himself "America's Toughest Sheriff" a step closer to a possible criminal contempt case that could expose him to fines and even jail time.

Friday's ruling marked one of the biggest legal defeats in long career of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is known for cracking down on illegal immigration, and was expected to lead to greater court oversight of his office.

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Israeli academic to use cash prize to help Palestinians

Israeli gives cash prize to PalestiniansA professor who won the Israel Prize - considered one of the country's highest honours - has pledged to donate a cash award to an Israeli group dedicated to helping Palestinians.

American-born Israeli David Shulman, a professor of Asian studies at the Hebrew university in Jerusalem who won the award for academic work, said he would donate the $20,000 prize to Ta'ayush - or Living together - an organisation he helped to found that advocates for Palestinians.

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