International Tidings March 12, 2019

Massive power outage in Venezuela leaves leaders blaming each other

The two competing leaders of Venezuela are blaming each other for a massive blackout. The power outage began Mach 7 following rush hour traffic, leaving many commuters walk home on foot with little to no light. President Madura quickly blamed the United States for the loss off power, according to NPR, citing the President’s decision to support Juan Guaido after he elected himself interim president in January. Venezuela’s Minister of Communications and Information Jorge Rodriguez describes the loss of power as a “criminal action” drive by Senator Marco Rubio. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement that this power outage was not caused by the U.S. or any other neighboring county, putting full blame on Maduro. Pompeo added, “No food. No medicine. Now, no power. Next, no Maduro.”

ISIS bride from London Shamima Begum son dead, unconfirmed reports

Reports have come out that the infant son of Shamima Begum- the London teenager who joined the Islamic State group- has died. Paramedics on the scene told the BBC that the young boy died from a possible lung infection. A spokesperson for the Syrian Democratic Forces denies the claims and states the baby is still alive. Begum wanted to return to the United Kingdom shortly after giving birth to her son. Begum’s citizenship was revoked by the Home Office but her son was still considered a British citizen.

Brexit may not happen if Parliament rejects deal, says May

United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May warned that Brexit could possibly be delayed, diluted or even cancelled if Parliament does not pass her deal in an upcoming vote. May has urged those in her Conservative Party to compromise for the sake of delivering the result of the 2016 Brexit referendum, according to Bloomberg London. May said to an audience in northeast England, “We may not leave the EU for many months. We may leave without the protections that deal provides. We may never leave at all.”

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