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Nicaragua riots: US State Department pull embassy staff out of the country amid mass violence

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The United States State Department is pulling some of its embassy staff and their families out of Nicaragua following days of deadly riots in the country.

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/nicaragua-riots-latest-us-state-department-embassy-staff-remove-killed-violence-a8318291.html

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Nicaraguan welfare changes that sparked protests canceled: president

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Unrest in Nicaragua continues: 26 dead, businesses looted

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Dozens of shops in the Nicaraguan capital of Managua have been looted as protests and disturbances sparked by government social security reforms continued Sunday, and human rights groups said at least 26 people have been killed in the continuing clashes.

Images broadcast by local news media showed…

Source: http://www.latimes.com/la-fg-nicaragua-death-looting-20180422-story.html

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Jared, Ivanka heading to Peru amid White House drama

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Where in the world are Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner?

The pair of White House aides and family members of the president has been largely absent from the news during a hectic period at the White House. But the two are heading to Lima, Peru this week for the Summit of the Americas: a two-day gathering for heads of state from the Western hemisphere that occurs every three years, Ivanka Trump told reporters Wednesday.

She said she plans to unveil a new economic empowerment program for women of that region, though she would not give any specifics about the program or its funding.

“I’m extremely excited for my visit and look forward to highlighting the important work that the U.S. government and this administration are doing to empower women economically in the region and elsewhere around the globe,” she said.

The pair has not been totally missing from public view — Ivanka Trump made an appearance on Wednesday at the Oval Office signing of a bill aimed at combatting human trafficking — but they have been known to leave town at times when politics turned especially messy.

As Republicans’ efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act floundered in the Senate in the spring of 2017, Ivanka Trump, Kushner, and their family skied in Aspen. During protests in defense of confederate monuments in Charlottesville in August, the couple escaped Washington, D.C. for a quick trip to Vermont.

Now, following a week when the FBI has raided the office of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney and as the administration weighs whether to use airstrikes in Syria, the two are decamping for Peru.

A Republican close to the White House acknowledged that the married couple prefers to lay low during hectic moments because they don’t want to be associated with stories about chaos in the White House. They also do not wish to become any further enmeshed in the Russia probe, particularly if the president fires special counsel Robert Mueller.

The two aides also have a tense relationship with chief of staff John Kelly, who has whittled down the expansiveness of their White House portfolios and revoked Kushner’s high-level security clearance. As Kelly becomes further marginalized in the White House, the two do not want to be seen as contributing to his diminishing role, the close White House adviser added.

Ivanka Trump and Kushner are traveling to Peru along with Vice President Michael Pence, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, a senior White House official said.

President Trump originally planned to attend the summit but canceled his trip on Tuesday to stay in Washington and monitor the situation in Syria, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

Source: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/04/11/jared-ivanka-trip-peru-515554

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Drone Survey Identifies New Nazca Lines in Peru

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Sometimes it feels like there is shockingly little we know about our own planet. Like, we literally missed some of the Nazca lines, perhaps one of the most recognizable and mysterious ancient landmarks around. Thankfully, archeologists have now found “new” Nazca lines, with the help of drones.

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/drone-survey-identifies-new-nazca-lines-in-peru-1825047350

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Mexican Ambassador To US Predicts Caravan Will ‘Conclude’ Within Days

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President says Argentina will continue to fight for the Falklands, 36 years after bloody war

Preview As Argentina remembered the lives it lost during the brutal 1982 Falklands War with the UK, its president has pledged to keep the effort to reclaim the islands alive. But the conflict dates from way before 1982.
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Source: https://www.rt.com/news/423062-argentina-falklands-war-uk/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS