Maduro claims US killing plot

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - WORLD -

– So­cial­ist Venezue­lan Pres­i­dent Nico­las Maduro on Thurs­day ac­cused the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion of seek­ing to as­sas­si­nate him, as re­la­tions strain be­tween the ide­o­log­i­cally op­posed na­tions.

Asked about Maduro’s com­ments, a spokesper­son for the White House’s Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil said: “US pol­icy pref­er­ence for a peace­ful, or­derly re­turn to democ­racy in Venezuela re­mains un­changed.”

Venezuela’s op­po­si­tion says Maduro lobs lu­di­crous ac­cu­sa­tions at en­e­mies to de­flect from his own in­com­pe­tence.

Al­most two mil­lion Venezue­lans have fled the ail­ing oil-rich na­tion since 2015, driven out by bru­tal food and medicine short­ages, hy­per­in­fla­tion and vi­o­lent crime.

Washington has im­posed sanc­tions on Venezuela, de­nounc­ing Maduro as a dic­ta­tor who has quashed hu­man rights and trig­gered an eco­nomic melt­down.

Maduro did not give an ex­pla­na­tion for his ac­cu­sa­tions and did not pro­vide any ev­i­dence.

Venezuela’s In­for­ma­tion Min­istry did not re­spond to a re­quest for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion. – Reuters

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Moscow

Two astro­nauts who sur­vived the mid-air fail­ure of a Rus­sian rocket will fly again and are pro­vi­sion­ally set to travel to the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion (ISS) in spring next year.

Dmitry Ro­gozin, the head of Rus­sian space agency Roscos­mos, was speak­ing a day af­ter Rus­sian cos­mo­naut Alexei Ov­chinin and Amer­i­can Nick Hague made a dra­matic emer­gency land­ing in Kaza­khstan af­ter the fail­ure of the Soyuz rocket car­ry­ing them to the or­bital ISS.

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