Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Venezuela’s Guaido call for military uprising

The power struggle between embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and the opposition met its most bold action on Tuesday when Juan Guaido called for a military uprising to oust the socialist leader. (Fox News)

Significant changes expected this week for police watchdog

TORONTO - Significant changes to how the province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) investigate Ontario police services are expected this week. A news conference is expected in the coming days where Community Safety Minister Sylvia Jones is expected to outline new approaches for the police watchdog and also upgrades to problems with the Police Services Act as well.(Toronto Sun)

Former PM’s involvement in China dispute not helpful, but predictable

Former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien made headlines this week when he suggested Canada should ease tensions with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) by essentially breaking the law and releasing Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou who was arrested in Vancouver at the request of the U.S. government. (True North)

Saudi Arabia indicts 11, seeks death penalty for five in Jamal Khashoggi’s murder

Saudi Arabia indicted 11 suspects and prosecutors were requesting the death penalty for five of them for the murder of columnist Jamal Khashoggi last month, the kingdom's top prosecutor announced Thursday. (Fox News)

Former Mountie takes aim at toothless crime watchdog, hoping Ottawa has a fix

VICTORIA - Canada’s official watchdog on the proceeds of crime is little more than a collector of information — and not a very effective one at that, according to money-laundering expert Peter German. (Vancouver Sun)
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    Amid Beijing’s trade war with Canada, the anxiety over the financial consequences of offending the Chinese Communist Party deepens. But would appeasing Beijing by allowing Huawei into our fifth-generation (5G) networks make real economic sense? (National Post)
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    Venezuela standoff turns deadly

    CUCUTA, Colombia - A U.S.-backed drive to deliver foreign aid to Venezuela met strong resistance as troops loyal to President Nicolas Maduro blocked the convoys at the border and fired tear gas on protesters in clashes that left two people dead and some 300 injured. (National Post)

    Opposition to Kavanaugh devolves into farce

    The surest sign that Brett Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the Supreme Court is that opposition to his nomination has devolved into a farce. Even the deepest-pocketed dark-money source for the Republicans couldn’t have cooked up the plan deployed against Kavanaugh. (The Hill)

    Six arrested in attack plot against the French President

    Six people have been arrested in France on suspicion of planning to carry out a "violent" attack on President Emmanuel Macron, officials say. (BBC)

    94-yr-old former Nazi concentration camp guard goes on trial in Germany

    MUENSTER, Germany - A 94-year-old former enlisted SS man went on trial Tuesday in Germany, charged with being an accessory to murder for crimes committed during the years he served as a guard at the Nazis’ Stutthof concentration camp.(New York Post)

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