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22/02/2019

Richard Branson hopes music concert will persuade Venezuelan military to open border

(CNN)Billionaire businessman Richard Branson says he hopes his Live Aid-inspired concert to raise funds for Venezuelans will persuade members of the country's military to defy President Nicolas Maduro and allow humanitarian aid to cross the border. Branson, who will host "Venezuela Aid Live" on Friday in the Colombian border town of Cucuta, said he is aiming to raise about $100 million to buy food and medicine, essential supplies for the country, which is gripped by a political and humanitarian crisis. Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who invoked a constitutional provision last month to declare himself acting president, has been working...
22/02/2019

Space probe fires bullet into asteroid

(CNN)A Japanese space probe has fired a "bullet" into an asteroid as part of a mission to collect rock samples from the celestial body.The projectile will disturb material from the exterior of asteroid Ryugu which will then float from its surface due to the weak gravitational field.These particles will be collected by the probe and eventually brought back to Earth, according to Japanese space agency JAXA, which announced that the Hayabusa 2 craft successfully touched down on on the asteroid on Friday morning Japanese time. JAXA scientists had expected to find a powdery surface on Ryugu, but tests showed that...
22/02/2019

Nigeria rallies disillusioned voters after postponed polls

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)Nigerian politicians and businesses have begun introducing measures to encourage people to vote in this weekend's rescheduled presidential and parliamentary elections.The country's electoral commission delayed the vote just five hours before polls were due to open across Nigeria last Saturday, citing "logistical reasons."Nigerian parties condemn last-minute election delayNigerians can only cast their ballots at polling units in the area where they initially registered, and as a result, there have been concerns over low voter turnout because people who traveled last week may be unwilling (or able to afford) to make another trip to their polling unit after a...

22/02/2019

A long-disputed hippo cull will begin in May in Zambia, officials say

(CNN)The orchestrated killing of hippos in Zambia will begin in May, state officials said, over objections from a key animal rights group.The hippo cull is slated for the Luangwa River valley in Zambia's Eastern province, the Department of National Parks & Wildlife said last week in a statement.The plan is the same one announced in October by the nation's tourism chief, wildlife ministry spokesman Lewis Daka told CNN on Thursday. It would provide for the killing of as many as 2,000 hippos over five years, tourism minister Charles Banda said at the time, according to Reuters. 8 of the best...
21/02/2019

Jussie Smollett's supporters were quick to post to social media in the beginning. Now it's his doubters.

(CNN)When Jussie Smollett said last month that two men using racial and homophobic slurs attacked him in Chicago, supporters of the actor almost immediately expressed their anger. Now that he's been arrested and accused of filing a false report, his doubters are the ones being the most vocal on social media.Jussie Smollett arrested: Live updates "#JussieSmollett is one of the reason our nation is racially divided. Just keep blacks hating whites & whites hating blacks," Pastor Mark Burns, an African-American conservative pundit from South Carolina, tweeted after news of the latest developments broke. "Why do some black Americans think we...
21/02/2019

'Leaving Neverland' presents chilling parallel accounts of Michael Jackson's alleged abuse

(CNN)"Leaving Neverland" is about dreams turned to nightmares, featuring twin accounts of Michael Jackson's alleged sexual predation that derive power and credibility from their strikingly similar parallels. It's an unsettling tale of money, fame and seduction, insidiously marshalled not just at young boys but their equally star-struck parents.The late pop star's staunchest defenders have long pushed back against such allegations, and it's hard to imagine much shaking those convictions. The Jackson estate has already fired back at the film after its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, calling it a "public lynching" and Jackson's accusers "admitted liars," in reference to...

21/02/2019

Historic Vatican summit on clergy sexual abuse begins

Rome (CNN)Pope Francis began an unprecedented summit in Rome to confront the Catholic Church's clergy abuse scandal by saying that Catholics are not looking for simple condemnation, but concrete actions. "In the face of this scourge of sexual abuse perpetrated by men of the church to the detriment of minors, I thought I would summon you," the Pope told the nearly 200 Catholic leaders gathered in Vatican City, "so that all together we may lend an ear and listen to the Holy Spirit ... and to the cry of the small who are asking for justice.""The holy people of God...
21/02/2019

Americans detained in Haiti have returned to the US

Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN)A group of Americans detained in Haiti and accused of being "terrorists" by the country's leader have returned to the United States, according to the Miami Herald.The five Americans, along with two foreign nationals and one Haitian, were arrested in Haiti over the weekend, Haiti Foreign minister Bocchit Edmond confirmed Monday.On Wednesday evening, the Americans flew to Miami, a police source told the Miami Herald. The Haitian daily newspaper, Le Nouvelliste, also cited a police source saying seven of the men who were arrested on Sunday in Haiti for possession of illegal weapons were "transferred to the United...
21/02/2019

Trump to visit Japan twice in months after North Korea summit

(CNN)Donald Trump will visit Japan twice in the coming months, a US official has told CNN.The US president will pay a formal visit to the close ally in late May, likely to Tokyo, after the country's current crown prince Naruhito becomes Japan's 126th Emperor.Trump will then return in late June to attend the G20 in Osaka, the official said. The news comes ahead of Trump's upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, which is set to take place next week.Trump spoke with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over the phone on Wednesday to coordinate their policies...

21/02/2019

Venezuela closes key maritime, air borders with neighbors amid growing aid crisis

(CNN)Venezuela has shut a key maritime border and grounded flights as the opposition party seeks to import foreign aid to the crisis-hit South American country.A government representative confirmed Venezuela has closed its maritime border with Aruba, Curacao, and Bonaire and, in the Western state of Falcon, prevented flights leaving from or departing to those islands. Vice Admiral Vladimir Quintero, a military general from embattled President Nicolas Maduro's government, said that there was no date set for lifting the closures, according to the representative.   Maduro has so far refused to allow aid trucks into Venezuela from neighboring countries, which have formally...
21/02/2019

Juventus beaten at Atletico to leave Ronaldo on brink of Champions League exit

(CNN)Cristiano Ronaldo was supposed to be the final piece in the Juventus Champions League winning jigsaw.For so long, Juventus has dominated in Italy, winning seven successive league titles with an eighth almost inevitable.Follow @cnnsport But it is the Champions League crown that it craves. Ronaldo was supposed to be the man to deliver for a club that has lost out twice in the final in the past four years. When Juventus turned to Ronaldo, a five-time winner, chasing a record-equaling sixth Champions League title, it was to inspire the team on nights like Wednesday.Liverpool held by Bayern as fans protest...
20/02/2019

Heart attacks are on the rise among young women, study shows

(CNN)The risk of having a heart attack appears to be rising among young women, according to a new study, and researchers are trying to figure out why. When analyzed across five-year intervals, the overall proportion of heart attack-related hospital admissions in the United States attributable to young patients, ages 35 to 54, steadily climbed from 27% in 1995-99 to 32% in 2010-14, with the largest increase observed in young women, according to the study, published recentlyin the journal Circulation.During those periods, there was a rise in these admissionsfrom 21% to 31% among young women, compared with 30% to 33% among...