Venezuela Releases 7 Jailed Americans As US Releases 2 Prisoners

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rare softening of hostile relations, Venezuela has freed seven imprisoned Americans in exchange for the United States releasing two nephews of President Nicolás Maduro’s wife who had been jailed for years on drug smuggling conspiracy convictions, the White House said Saturday. The swap of the Americans, including five oil executives … Read more

Israeli forces kill Palestinian teen after alleged firebomb

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli forces on Saturday shot and killed a Palestinian teenager in the occupied West Bank after a group of youths smashed a hole through the Israeli separation barrier and began throwing objects at police. The shooting happened in Azariyah, a village just outside of Jerusalem, and marked the latest violence in what … Read more

Russia detains Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant chief, Ukraine says

Russian forces blindfolded and detained the head of Europe’s largest nuclear plant, Ukraine’s nuclear power provider said Saturday, reigniting long-simmering fears over the plant’s security. The alleged kidnapping on Friday apparently took place shortly after Russian President Vladimir Putin escalated his war in Ukraine and pushed it into a new, dangerous phase by annexing four … Read more

Protests across Iran enter third week

Protesters have allied across Iran and strikes were reported throughout the country’s Kurdish region as demonstrations ignited by the death of a woman in police custody entered their third week. The protests, sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old from Iranian Kurdistan, have spiralled into the biggest show of opposition to Iran’s clerical … Read more

Vancouver’s former Trutch Street now Musqueamview and šxʷməθkʷəy̓əmasəm in hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓

Vancouver’s Musqueam First Nation hosted an emotional public ceremony on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to unveil the new moniker that will soon replace a painful sign of the past. “Trutch is the culmination of all the issues that bring forward Truth and Reconciliation Day,” said Musqueam elder Larry Grant. 2:11 B.C. mayors look … Read more

Cancer-stricken Putin’s body language ‘reveals he’s in crippling pain’ – as despot rushes to cement his place in history

CANCER-stricken Vladimir Putin’s body language reveals he’s really in crippling pain, according to a new claim, as the despot rushes to cement his place in history. The Russian leader had a manic look in Moscow’s Red Square as he celebrated breaking international law to annex four regions of Ukraine.  5 Vladimir Putin is seriously ill … Read more

Inside Sri Lanka’s people smuggling game

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size Kudamaduwella, Sri Lanka: Kneeling on the floor of his palatial, gated home, Nishantha Fernando unfurls a roll of nautical charts. Running his finger across the map from Sri Lanka in the direction of Australia he lands upon Christmas Island, which he has circled in pen. Fernando, 50, … Read more