Venezuela opposition blocks streets to protest Maduro's power shakeup

The president of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, Julio Borges, called a constitutional assembly a "giant fraud" by Maduro and his allies created to keep them in power. "And it has the effect of pushing out the possibility of elections this year and probably next year as well". Many protesters vowed Monday to keep pressuring the government.

North Korea says it will seek extradition of plot culprits

Although he vowed to "punish the organisers, conspirators and followers of this awful state-sponsored terrorism" through extradition requests, the country is yet to name any foreign suspects. Han "declared the principled stand of the. government to find out all of the terrorist maniacs and mercilessly wipe them out", the North's KCNA news agency said in a report on the briefing.

Pope Francis Departs Egypt After Two-Day Visit

Tayeb addressed the status of faith in modern life. "The main aspect of this visit is that we have now to decide, if we need and want this religion, to look into the past, and study the real religion, not what people say about it". Sissi has been criticized internationally for human rights abuses since he led the military overthrow of his Islamist predecessor Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

Pentagon tries to ease Turkey's concerns with arming Kurds

Erdogan has shown no signs of backing away from his demand that the US break ties with the YPG, which is viewed in Turkey as linked to the PKK, or Kurdistan Workers Party. Before his meeting with Mattis, Yildirim had warned that "there is still an opportunity for the United States to take Turkey's sensitivities into consideration".

Timing, optics of Comey firing not in Trump's favor

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus initially warned of risks associated with abruptly dismissing Comey - including the fallout for Trump's legislative agenda - but people familiar with the decision said it was unclear how forcefully Priebus argued his point when it became clear the President was insistent on firing Comey.

Comey turmoil continues to cloud Trump White House

Comey turmoil continues to cloud Trump White House

Speaking to NBC News , Trump told interviewer Lester Holt that he "was going to fire [Comey] regardless of the recommendation" of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein , who wrote a memo outlining the case for Comey's dismissal after a meeting at the White House on Monday.