Venezuela says it has seized control of a prison from the hands of a powerful gang with an international reach in a major operation involving 11,000 members of its security forces ... list of 3 itemslist 1 of 3Former Venezuela spy chief pleads not guilty to US drug charges. list 2 of 3Venezuela using arbitrary detention as ‘tool of repression’. Amnesty ... .
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The recent coups in Africa are attempts by militaries to save their countries from presidents' “broken promises," the head of Guinea’s junta said Thursday as he rebuffed the West for boxing in the continent of more than 1 billion people. Col ... experts ... “It is a demand for solutions to perennial problems.” .
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The European Commission has sent a letter to Poland asking for “clarifications,” amid reports that Polish officials have been involved in an alleged cash-for-visas scandal ... “These allegations are very concerning and give rise to questions regarding the compliance with EU law,” Hipper said in a Wednesday statement ... .
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's visa processing center in Canada suspended services Thursday as a rift widened between the countries after Canada's leader said India may have been involved in the killing of a Canadian citizen... Canada also expelled an Indian diplomat, and India followed by expelling a Canadian diplomat on Tuesday ... It gave no further details.
The coup-toppled president of Niger has appealed to a court of the Economic Community of West AfricanStates (ECOWAS) to free him, his lawyer said on Wednesday. Mohamed Bazoum was overthrown by members of his presidential guard on July 26 and has been detained at home with his wife and child since ... “The EU position is clear and unchanged ... .
Italy's prime minister on Wednesday urged the United Nations to launch a "global war without mercy" against migrant smugglers, after a surge of arrivals on the island of Lampedusa... "Can an organization like this which reaffirms in its founding document the faith in the dignity and worth of human beings turn a blind eye to this tragedy?" she asked ... .
Poland has said it will no longer arm Ukraine and instead focus on its own defense, as the two allies clashed at a key moment in Kyiv's fightback against invasion by Russia. In a mounting row over grain exports from Ukraine, Poland summoned the Ukrainian ambassador to protest remarks at the UN by President Volodymyr Zelensky... EU transit route ... .
Beijing's latest annual income data from the National Bureau of Statistics tell a tale of two Chinas, revealing an income gap that is the widest it has been since data collection began in 1985. Two lives, briefly told, illustrate the divide ... He told VOAMandarin he pays no rent and spends less than 100 yuan a day, or about $14, on food ... .
The Authors Guild accused the California-based company of using their books 'without permission' to train ChatGPT's 'large language models,' algorithms capable of producing human-sounding text responses based on simple queries, according to the lawsuit ... OpenAI did not immediately respond to a request for comment from AFP ... .