Saturday, May 26, 2018
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House votes for sanctions on Venezuela

Washington

House votes for sanctions on Venezuela

The House of Representatives passed a sanctions bill Wednesday that would bolster the ability of U.S. officials to levy penalties on the people who have been involved in cracking down on Venezuelans protesting the regime of President Nicolas Maduro. The bill would levy sanctions on the individuals in the Venezuelan government who have played a role in the sometimes brutal tactics used to quell dissent in the South American nation.

Washington

EPA rule said to cost $51B per year

Signaling growing industry opposition to the Obama administration's forthcoming proposal to curb carbon emissions from power plants, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce issued a report Wednesday warning the climate-change rule could cost the economy $51 billion in economic output a year and 224,000 fewer jobs every year through 2030, with the Southeast feeling the biggest pinch.

London

Study: 30% of world is now fat

Almost a third of the world is now fat, and no country has been able to curb obesity rates in the last three decades, according to a new global analysis. Researchers found more than 2 billion people worldwide are now overweight or obese. The highest rates were in the Middle East and North Africa. The United States has about 13 percent of the world's fat population, a greater percentage than any other country.

Pakistan

Major faction splits from Taliban

Seven years into a bloody campaign to overthrow the Pakistani state, the Pakistani Taliban split in two Wednesday when a major faction publicly rejected the movement's leader, Maulana Fazlullah, and said it would continue the fight on its own. The breakaway group, led by the militant commander known as Sajna, said in a statement that it was leaving because "the present leadership has lost its path," and it accused Fazlullah of falling under the influence of foreign intelligence agencies. The split comes after months of infighting within the Pakistani Taliban, which was founded in December 2007.

Elsewhere

Cairo: Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi won election as president with more than 90 percent of the vote, according to preliminary tallies.

Ohio: Ohio executions have been put on hold until Aug. 15 after a federal judge allowed more time for arguments over the state's new lethal injection procedures.

Central African Republic: Muslim rebels stormed a Catholic church compound in Bangui on Wednesday, launching grenades and spraying civilians with gunfire, witnesses said. Some witnesses said the death toll could be as high as 30.

Baghdad: A series of bombings and attacks across Iraq killed at least 29 people, authorities said.

Moscow: A Russian spacecraft carrying a three-man crew docked at the International Space Station today after a flawless launch.

Maryland: Forty-six spellers in the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee advanced to today's televised semifinals.

Washington: Army Staff Sgt. Angel Sanchez is accused of sexually assaulting several female soldiers since 2011, including at least one while he was deployed to Afghanistan and others more recently while he served as a drill sergeant, according to military officials and court documents.

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