By Lisa Kashinsky | January 26, 2019 at 11:30 pm President Trump’s support of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido over President Nicolas Maduro drew sharp rebuke from Boston protesters on Saturday. A small group of about 15 protesters gathered for an hour Saturday afternoon outside the Park Street MBTA station. Their message was simple: “Hands off Venezuela.” “Why do we think we have the right to decide who the president is of a government we’ve been trying to destroy for years with our sanctions?” said organizer Susan McLucas of the Committee for Peace and Human Rights. A political uprising is roiling Venezuela, with National Assembly leader Guaido the face of an effort to oust Maduro days after he was inaugurated on Jan. 10 for a second, six-year term. Buoyed by assurances of support from the United States, Guaido declared himself interim president of Venezuela on Wednesday, prompting Maduro to cut diplomatic ties with the U.S. and give … [Read more...] about Handful of protesters decry U.S. stance on Venezuela
Venezuela’s government has backtracked on an order that gave U.S. Embassy personnel 72 hours to leave the country. The Foreign Affairs Ministry said that it is now negotiating the establishment of a U.S. Interests Office in Venezuela and will allow U.S. Embassy personnel to remain in the country while talks take place.Story Continued Below The statement said that talks about an interest section will have a 30-day limit and if no agreement is reached embassy personnel will then have to leave the country. President Nicolas Maduro broke diplomatic relations with the United Sates on Wednesday and had given embassy personnel three days to leave the country. But the Trump administration had refused to obey his directive, arguing that Maduro is no longer Venezuela’s legitimate president. The new decision by Venezuela’s government puts off a potential conflict between both countries. Earlier Saturday, the United States urged all nations Saturday to end Venezuela’s … [Read more...] about Venezuela suspends deadline for U.S. diplomats
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson announced on Friday that his agency is turning to money appropriated for its fiscal year 2018 budget to provide $2 billion in grants for homeless programs in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and three U.S. territories. Carson told reporters on a conference call that HUD had felt the pinch from the partial government shutdown that President Donald Trump ended Friday, but money Congress has already appropriated to the agency was used to fund the grants.“They are certain programs … that are critical to the safety and health of the individuals and families we serve,” Carson said on the call. “That’s why HUD is making sure our homeless assistance grants — we call them Continuum of Care Grants — go forward.” Carson said state programs depend on federal financial assistance to help the estimated half a million people who experience homelessness “on any given night,” in … [Read more...] about HUD Providing $2 Billion in Grants to Help Homeless Across U.S.
The U.S. position received support of varying degrees from about half a dozen of the council’s 15 countries, including France and Germany, which said they would recognize Guaido unless Maduro calls new elections within eight days. In addition to Russia, at least three other countries were strongly opposed; several abstained. No formal resolution was drafted. … [Read more...] about U.S., Russia clash at United Nations over crisis in Venezuela and who is legitimate president
Landing two triple axels at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships Friday, 13-year-old Alysa Liu made history as the youngest ever national figure skating champion. Liu was overcome with emotion when she saw her score, covering her face with her hands and crying. "I was just happy that I beat my personal record, and I did a clean long program," Liu said. When she went to receive her medal, second place finisher and 2018 champion Bradie Tennell helped the 4-foot-7 champ onto the podium. Liu had been in second place behind Tennell after the short program Thursday. But Tennell fell, attempting a triple lutz during her long program, and Liu — who skated immediately after — skated a near-perfect routine. Liu received a score of 217.51. Tennell finished second at 213.59, and Mariah Bell was third with 212.40. "I'm not gonna keep this medal. I'm gonna give it to my dad because he deserves it more than me," Liu said in a U.S. Figure … [Read more...] about Alysa Liu, 13, becomes youngest ever U.S. national figure skating champion