Guaid says Maduro is ‘sowing terror’ against leaders who tried to oust him

Venezuelan opposition leader speaks to the Guardian as his allies face years in jail for their role in the abortive 30 April uprising The Venezuelan politician fighting to depose Nicols Maduro has accused his rival of attempting to obliterate the opposition challenge to his rule with a campaign of state terrorism. Speaking to the Guardian nearly two weeks after his 10 Guaid allies are facing years in jail for their role in the abortive 30 April insurrection with three seeking refuge in diplomatic compounds and Edgar Zambrano, the vice-president of Venezuelas opposition-controlled parliament, is unknown after he rejected international criticism of his governments clampdown, asking critics how they would respond to a similarly foolhardy operation to remove their leader. Maduro …

Trump’s new Cuba crackdown puts US at odds with Canada and Europe

US will allow lawsuits against companies using property nationalised by the revolution, cap remittances and restrict non-family travel Donald Trump has taken another step towards reversing Barack Obamas Sign up for the US morning briefing It was condemned by Cuba as an attack on international law and by Canada and the European Union as regrettable, since their companies have significant investments in hotels, distilleries, tobacco factories and other properties on the island. Title III of the secretary told reporters. The issue has come to a head now as retorted on Twitter: I strongly reject the announcement of State Secretary Pompeo. This is an attack on international law and the sovereignty of Cuba and third states. Aggressive escalation of USA against …

The Rolling Stones postpone tour due to Mick Jagger’s health

Singer devastated but expects to make full recovery and tells fans to keep tickets Sir Mick Jagger has said he is devastated to let down fans after the Rolling Stones announced they were postponing a tour of the US and Canada while the frontman seeks medical treatment. The singer, 75, has been told by doctors that he cannot go on tour at the moment but has been advised that he is expected to make a full recovery. No further details of his condition were given. A statement from the group said: Unfortunately today the Rolling Stones have had to announce the postponement of their upcoming US/Canada tour dates we apologise for any inconvenience this causes those who have tickets to …

Canadian film made in language spoken by just 20 people in the world

The film aims to preserve the endangered dialects of British Columbias Haida people Plenty of films are somewhat incomprehensible, but a forthcoming movie is in a language that only about 20 people in the world can speak fluently. With subtitles, audiences will be able to understand a feature film titled SGaawaay Kuuna, translated as Edge of the Knife, which has its UK premiere in April. It is in two dialects of the highly endangered Haida language, the ancestral tongue of the Haida people of British Columbia. It is unrelated to any other language, and actors had to learn it to understand their lines. The film is playing an important role in preserving the language, its director Gwaai Edenshaw said. He …

Violence flares at Venezuela’s border; Maduro breaks off relations with Colombia

Caracas, Venezuela (CNN)Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro severed diplomatic relations with Colombia on Saturday as violence broke out along the two countries’ borders, where international aid intended for Venezuela is awaiting transport. • The Colombian foreign minister said 285 people were hurt, with 37 requiring hospitalization, after the Venezuelan National Guard fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters near the Colombian border. • Trucks carrying supplies were blocked at most spots, but two trucks carrying Brazilian humanitarian aid crossed into Venezuela on Saturday without incident, the office of communications for the Brazilian presidency said. • At a rally in the capital of Caracas, Maduro said he was breaking relations with neighboring Colombia and threatened the United States with “the strength …

Bolton cancels South Korea trip ‘to focus on events in Venezuela’

(CNN)US national security adviser John Bolton has canceled his trip to South Korea next week, even as preparations ramp up for a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. And Elliott Abrams, the recently appointed US Special Representative for Venezuela, arrived in the Colombian border town of Cucuta Thursday. Their plans coincide with a heightening of tensions in Venezuela over aid deliveries: Late on Friday night, Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez announced a “total temporary closure” of the Colombian borde — just hours ahead of the deadline for food and medical supplies to finally enter the country set by self-declared acting president Juan Guaido. Venezuelan civilian volunteers had been preparing to carry aid across …