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  • US reimposes sanctions on Venezuela as Maduro continues opposition crackdown
    by NEWS WIRES on 2024-04-17 at 21:31

    The United States said Wednesday it will snap back sanctions on Venezuela’s crucial oil industry after President Nicolas Maduro’s government continued its repression of opponents.

  • Anne Innis Dagg, Who Studied Giraffes in the Wild, Dies at 91
    by Clay Risen on 2024-04-17 at 20:18

    She was believed to be the first Western scientist to study the animals in their natural habitat, but she struggled to overcome sexism in academia.

  • US House inches closer to vote over aid to Ukraine and Israel
    by NEWS WIRES on 2024-04-17 at 20:05

    The Republican leader of the US House of Representatives on Wednesday announced a weekend vote on massive new military aid including some $61 billion in long-delayed support for Ukraine, as well as billions for Israel and Taiwan.

  • U.S. Reimposes Oil Sanctions on Venezuela as Hopes Dim for Free Election
    by Genevieve Glatsky on 2024-04-17 at 19:58

    The Biden administration had temporarily lifted sanctions after President Nicolás Maduro agreed to make free elections possible. Now Mr. Maduro has put up barriers to a credible vote.

  • Nine People, Including Air Canada Worker, Arrested in $14.5 Million Gold Heist
    by Ian Austen on 2024-04-17 at 17:13

    The stolen gold was partly used to buy guns that were bound for Canada, the police said.

  • Embattled Boeing in spotlight as Congress calls whistleblower to testify about plane defects
    by NEWS WIRES on 2024-04-17 at 15:16

    Boeing is the subject of back-to-back Senate hearings Wednesday, as Congress examines allegations of major safety failures at the embattled aircraft manufacturer. 

  • Drought causes power cuts in Ecuador
    on 2024-04-17 at 11:34

    Ecuador gets much of its power from hydroelectrical plants, but a lack of rain is creating shortages.

  • First 7 jurors are chosen for Trump’s hush money criminal trial
    by FRANCE24 on 2024-04-17 at 03:56

    The first seven jurors for Donald Trump’s hush money trial were seated Tuesday after lawyers grilled the jury pool about their social media posts, political views and personal lives to decide who can sit in fair judgment of the former president. Eleven more people still must be sworn in before opening statements begin as early as next week in the first criminal trial of a former US president.First 7 jurors selected for Trump’s trial

  • Baltimore victims remembered
    on 2024-04-17 at 00:27

    The six victims were all from Latin America and were working on the bridge when it collapsed.

  • Judge warns Trump over juror intimidation in hush-money trial
    by NEWS WIRES on 2024-04-16 at 20:54

    The judge in Donald Trump’s historic criminal trial warned the Republican presidential hopeful against intimidating jurors on Tuesday as six panelists were chosen with unexpected speed following questioning by both sides.

  • Trump returns to court after first day of trial ends with no jurors picked
    by FRANCE24 on 2024-04-16 at 13:33

    Donald Trump returned to a New York courtroom Tuesday as a judge works to find a panel of jurors who will decide whether the former president is guilty of criminal charges alleging he falsified business records to cover up a sex scandal during the 2016 campaign. The first day of Trump’s history-making hush money trial in Manhattan on Monday ended with no one yet chosen to be on the panel of 12 jurors and six alternates. Dozens of people were dismissed after saying they didn’t believe they could be fair, though dozens of other prospective jurors have yet to be questioned. FRANCE 24’s Angela Diffley brings you the latest.

  • Trump’s historic hush money trial gets underway
    by FRANCE24 on 2024-04-16 at 09:17

    The historic hush money trial of Donald Trump got underway Monday with the arduous process of selecting a jury to hear the case charging the former president with falsifying business records in order to stifle stories about his sex life. The day ended without any jurors being chosen. The selection process was scheduled to resume Tuesday. FRANCE 24’s correspondent Jessica Le Masurier reports from New York.

  • US House to vote on long-delayed Ukraine, Israel aid
    by FRANCE24 on 2024-04-16 at 09:13

    US House Speaker Mike Johnson said Monday that his Republican-controlled chamber would vote this week on separate aid bills for Ukraine and Israel, after stalling for months over pressure from his party’s right-wing. The US Senate passed a $95 billion package in February that included massive new funds to help Ukraine in its fight against Russia’s invasion, as well as new support for Israel and Taiwan.

  • Jury selection begins at Trump’s criminal trial in New York
    by NEWS WIRES on 2024-04-16 at 02:48

    Donald Trump’s New York criminal trial opened Monday in a historic first for a US ex-president — and a seismic twist to an already explosive 2024 election where the Republican is seeking to defy multiple scandals and return to power.

  • ‘Rust’ armorer gets 18 months in prison for fatal shooting involving Alec Baldwin
    by NEWS WIRES on 2024-04-16 at 02:08

    A movie weapons supervisor was sentenced to 18 months in prison in the fatal shooting of a cinematographer by Alec Baldwin on the set of the Western film “Rust,” during a hearing Monday in which tearful family members and friends gave testimonials that included calls for justice and a punishment that would instill greater accountability for safety on film sets.

  • A Surprising Shadow Was Created by the Total Solar Eclipse
    by Chloe Rose Stuart-Ulin on 2024-04-15 at 19:15

    An ascending jet’s contrail over Montreal added to the wonder of last Monday’s eclipse.

  • World’s coral turns white from deadly ocean heat
    on 2024-04-15 at 16:38

    Ocean heat records have been breaking for months. This is the first global evidence of the impacts on sea life.

  • Trump to face ‘jury of public opinion’ in historic trial
    by FRANCE24 on 2024-04-15 at 15:33

    Donald Trump became the first former US president to stand criminal trial on Monday when he appeared in a Manhattan court to face charges stemming from a hush-money payment to a porn star that could complicate his bid to win back the White House. “[Trump] is very much aware that he’s not only going to be facing the jury inside that courtroom … but he’s also going to be facing the jury of public opinion”, FRANCE 24 Correspondent Jessica Le Masurier said, reporting from New York.

  • Trump to become first ex-president to stand criminal trial in US
    by FRANCE24 on 2024-04-15 at 13:54

    Donald Trump arrived Monday at the New York courthouse where he was set to become the first ex-president in US history to stand criminal trial, a seismic moment in the already explosive 2024 presidential campaign. If Trump is convicted, “this would be the first time a convicted offender stands for a major party in the United States,” FRANCE 24’s International Affairs Editor Angela Diffley said, adding that Trump could also face a prison sentence.

  • Trump’s landmark hush money trial starts Monday with jury selection
    by FRANCE24 on 2024-04-15 at 09:58

    In a singular moment for American history, the hush money trial of former President Donald Trump begins Monday with jury selection. It’s the first criminal trial of a former commander in chief and the first of Trump’s four indictments to go to trial. Because Trump is the presumptive nominee for this year’s Republican ticket, the trial will also produce the head-spinning split-screen of a presidential candidate spending his days in court and, he has said, “campaigning during the night.”

  • Ex-president Trump criminal ‘hush money’ trial to start in New York
    by FRANCE24 on 2024-04-15 at 09:11

    Donald Trump goes to court Monday as the first US ex-president ever to be criminally prosecuted, a seismic moment for the United States as the presumptive Republican nominee campaigns to re-take the White House. The scandal-plagued 77-year-old is accused of falsifying business records in a scheme to cover up an alleged sexual encounter with adult film actress Stormy Daniels to shield his 2016 election campaign from adverse publicity. FRANCE 24’s Jessica Le Masurier reports from New York.

  • Trump’s historic hush-money criminal trial kicks off in New York
    by NEWS WIRES on 2024-04-15 at 04:15

    Donald Trump took his seat Monday in the New York courtroom, becoming the first ex-president in US history to stand criminal trial, a seismic moment in the already explosive 2024 presidential campaign. 

  • First ladies rebel against being in husband’s shadow
    on 2024-04-14 at 01:53

    Being a spouse to a Latin American leader used to mean supporting your husband’s career. But no more.