Venezuela military group arrested after call to disavow Maduro

by Maria Isabel SANCHEZ Agence France Presse CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — A group of 27 soldiers rose up against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro at a command post in Caracas on Monday, but were quickly arrested after posting an appeal for public support in a video, the government said. “We are the professional troop of the National Guard against the regime, which we completely repudiate. I need your help, take to the streets,” a man who […]

Israel says strikes Iranian targets in Syria after rocket

by Mike Smith Agence France Presse JERUSALEM, Undefined (AFP) — Israel struck what it said were Iranian targets in Syria on Monday in response to missile fire it blamed on Iran, sparking concerns of an escalation after a report that 11 fighters were killed. Israel announced the strikes against facilities it said belonged to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force as they were occurring, continuing its recent practice of speaking more openly about such raids. […]

Due to overstaying, human trafficking concerns, new Filipino workers can no longer enter US with H-2A, H-2B visas from Jan. 19, 2019 to Jan. 18, 2020

(Eagle News)–Because of overstaying and human trafficking concerns, Filipinos may no longer seek employment  in the United States  with temporary visas for foreign agricultural and non-agricultural workers between January 19, 2019 to January 18, 2020. This is according to a Department of Homeland Security notice posted in the Federal Register. According to the notice, the Philippines has a “high” overstay rate of holders of the H2-B visa or the visa issued to foreign workers who perform […]

14 dead after fire on two vessels off Crimea

MOSCOW, Russia (AFP) — Fourteen people were killed and five were missing off Crimea in the Black Sea on Monday after a fire engulfed gas tankers sailing under the flag of Tanzania, authorities said. “There are 11 bodies,” Alexei Kravchenko, spokesman for Russia’s Federal Agency for Maritime and River Transport, told AFP. “Another three people went under water before rescue workers’ eyes.” Those three are most likely dead, he said. The ships, the Kandy and […]

INC in Waldorf, Maryland brave winter cold to warm hearts of neighbors

By Chay Masagca EBC Washington DC Bureau WALDORF, Maryland (Eagle News) — Bundled up against the winter breeze, members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) walked through the Gillespies Mobile Court community, gently knocked on each door and handed out bags filled with toiletries and canned goods to the residents of this small Maryland neighborhood.   Lydia Vital, a 76 year-old  member the church, was among the volunteers who undermined the freezing cold to […]

Israeli bombardment in Syria kills 11: monitor

BEIRUT, Lebanon (AFP) — Israeli strikes that hit several targets in Syria overnight to Monday killed at least 11 pro-regime fighters including two Syrians, a war monitor said. Israel’s military said it had targeted a number of Iranian installations in the country early on Monday, hours after intercepting a rocket fired from Syrian territory. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, said they were the deadliest Israeli strikes in Syria since May last […]

British PM turns to Brexit ‘Plan B’

by Robin MILLARD Agence France Presse LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May unveils her Brexit “Plan B” to parliament on Monday after MPs shredded her EU divorce deal, deepening the political gridlock 10 weeks from departure day. Britain will leave the European Union on March 29 without a deal unless MPs can force a delay or get their act together in time and come up with an alternative plan that Brussels […]

Turkey ready to ensure security of north Syria city: Erdogan

ISTANBUL, Turkey (AFP) — Turkey is ready to take over ensuring the security of Manbij in northern Syria in order “not to lose time,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a phone call with US counterpart Donald Trump. Manbij, controlled by Kurdish fighters supported by the US military, had been hit on Wednesday by an attack claimed by the Islamic State group (IS) which killed 19 people, including four Americans. In their second phone conversation […]

Ghosn vows to stay in Japan if granted bail

by Richard CARTER Agence Fance Presse TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Carlos Ghosn, the ousted Nissan boss detained in Tokyo on charges of financial misconduct, on Monday vowed to remain in Japan if granted bail and again proclaimed his innocence. The Tokyo District Court will later Monday consider the 64-year-old’s latest petition for bail but has already rejected previous applications, judging Ghosn a flight risk who might seek to destroy evidence. “As the court considers my […]

Trump and Pelosi again butt heads but others see possible paths

by Brian KNOWLTON Agence France Presse WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US President Donald Trump bitterly attacked top Democrat Nancy Pelosi on Sunday and she again insisted that he end the government shutdown before border security talks can begin, but there were hints of possible movement. Trump lashed out on Twitter a day after Pelosi, speaker of the House of Representatives, dismissed as a “non-starter” his offer to extend temporary protection to about a million […]

Thousands protest in Berlin against industrialised agriculture

BERLIN, Germany (AFP) — Thousands of protesters, backed by a procession of farm tractors, marched in Berlin Saturday for environmental protection and against the industrial agriculture lobby. Police put the number of demonstrators at over 12,000, while organizers said 35,000 turned out. While the “Grune Woche” international agricultural fair was taking place in the German capital, the protesters took aim at government policy which prioritized large-scale farming, deemed damaging to health and the environment, to […]

Two dead, 25 hurt in French ski resort fire

LYON, France (AFP) — Two people died Sunday and 25 more were injured, four seriously, in a fire at the ski resort of Courchevel in the French Alps, officials said. The pre-dawn blaze forced the evacuation of some 60 resort workers, including foreigners, from a three-storey accommodation building. Firefighters found the two unidentified bodies in a burnt-out area of the building in the upmarket Courchevel 1850 ski station. Three of the four badly injured were […]