Geopolitical News, 03 Feb 2019

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Turkey says countries supporting Guaido fuel Venezuela crisis

Turkey’s foreign minister said on Sunday countries which have recognized Venezuela’s self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido were fueling Venezuela’s troubles and punishing millions of its people.
Inside a raid in Maduro’s crackdown on critics in Venezuela slums

After Venezuelan police officers clad in black military uniforms and masks stopped 27-year-old Yohendry Fernandez at gunpoint in the Caracas slum of Jose Felix Ribas, they asked him if he had a criminal record. He replied yes.
Venezuelan special police unit blamed for abuses, killings

Violence perpetrated by Venezuela’s state security forces has been contributing more and more to the country’s homicide rate, one of the highest in the world.


Israeli mosque prayer caller fired over photos in bodybuilder outfit

A prayer caller at a mosque in the Israeli city of Acre is appealing for his job back after being fired over photos posted online of him in a revealing outfit at a bodybuilding contest.
Trump says sending military to Venezuela ‘an option’: CBS

U.S. President Donald Trump said that sending the military to Venezuela was “an option” and that he had turned down President Nicolas Maduro’s request for a meeting.
Egypt hosts Palestinian groups, urges calm with Israel

Egypt will hold talks with leaders of two major Palestinian factions to try to salvage faltering unity efforts and to restore calm with Israel, officials said on Sunday.
South Africa disappointed after Western powers’ criticize policy in memo to Ramaphosa

South Africa expressed disappointment on Sunday after the United States and other Western powers wrote to President Cyril Ramaphosa urging him to tackle corruption, and said those countries had breached diplomatic protocol.
Trump says sending military to Venezuela ‘an option’: CBS

U.S. President Donald Trump said that sending the military to Venezuela was “an option” and that he had turned down President Nicolás Maduro’s request for a meeting.
Trump wants U.S. military in Iraq to ‘watch Iran’: CBS interview

U.S. President Donald Trump said it was important to keep a U.S. military presence in Iraq so that Washington can keep a close eye on Iran, according to a CBS interview to be broadcast on Sunday.
Pope condemns Yemen war ahead of historic Gulf visit

Pope Francis will become the first pontiff to visit the Arabian Peninsula on Sunday, just hours after issuing his strongest condemnation yet of the war in Yemen, where his host the United Arab Emirates has a leading military role.
Austria to recognize Guaido if Venezuela’s Maduro does not call election

Austria will acknowledge Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president if Nicolas Maduro does not respond to the European Union’s call for a free and fair presidential election, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Twitter.
UK PM May will seek ‘pragmatic’ solution to Brexit deal in Brussels

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday she would seek a “pragmatic solution” to a parliamentary impasse over the terms on which Britain leaves the European Union when she tries to reopen talks with Brussels.
Syrian media cites source saying U.S.-led coalition jets attacked army

Syrian state media, citing a military source, said U.S.-led coalition jets hit a Syrian army position near the battle front against Islamic State pocket late on Saturday, causing damage and injuries.
France to recognize Guaido if Venezuela’s Maduro does not call vote on Sunday

France will recognize Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president if Nicolas Maduro does not announce a presidential vote by Sunday night, France’s European affairs minister said.
Iraqi novelist gunned down in Kerbala

A motorcycle gunman shot dead an Iraqi novelist close to his house in the Shi’ite holy city of Kerbala on Saturday, police and eyewitnesses said.
Pope says following Yemen crisis with ‘great worry’

Pope Francis, who will travel to the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, said he is following the humanitarian crisis in Yemen with great worry and urged all sides to respect international agreements and ensure food reaches suffering Yemenis.
Existing technology can be used to avoid hard border in Ireland: UK minister

It is possible to use existing technology to solve the issue of post-Brexit arrangements for the border between the United Kingdom and Ireland, Britain’s interior minister Sajid Javid said on Sunday.
Yemen’s warring parties meet on ship to discuss stalled troop withdrawal

Representatives from both sides in the Yemen conflict met on a ship on the Red Sea on Sunday in a U.N.-led push to implement a stalled troop withdrawal from Yemen’s main port of Hodeidah as agreed at December peace talks, a U.N. official told Reuters.
Netanyahu’s Likud uses Trump photo in Israeli election billboard

A giant billboard of a smiling Donald Trump shaking hands with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu loomed over a main entrance to Tel Aviv on Sunday, part of the Israeli leader’s re-election campaign.
UK trade minister says EU ‘irresponsible’ to refuse to reopen Brexit deal

It would be irresponsible for the European Union to refuse to reopen negotiations over Britain’s exit deal, British trade minister Liam Fox said in an interview aired on Sunday.
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Russ Roberts

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