MIAMI — Florida's U.S. senators are increasing pressure on the Trump administration to act on the crisis in Venezuela, calling it a national security matter. After a Friday discussion with Venezuelan, Cuban and Nicaraguan exiles, Republican Sens. Rick Scott and Marco Rubio chastised Cuba for aiding socialist president Nicolas Maduro in a standoff with U.S.-backed opposition leader Juan Guaidó. The Cuban government denies accusations that it has troops in Venezuela. The U.S. and more than 50 nations view Maduro's re-election last year as illegitimate because of fraud. Scott said the U.S. military must deliver humanitarian aid to stop what he called a "genocide." Rubio said the U.S. government must be prepared to face Venezuela, and suggested the militant Hezbollah group is present in the South American nation. … [Read more...] about Florida senators say Venezuela is national security issue
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Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) declared that President Donald Trump was “becoming a national security threat” because the president disputes his top intelligence chiefs assessments on ISIS, Iran and North Korea.Speier said, “It is not normal. It is not normal for the president of the United States to disparage his intelligence experts or his military experts. And yet that’s what the president does day in and day out. He is becoming a national security threat himself. And I think we have got to step back now and recognize that he spews out toxic information. He spews out lies.” “And we’re not going to accept that,” she continued. “His intelligence community has now stated very clearly what the threats are, where we are succeeding, where we are not. He chooses not to recognize that. On the one hand, Iran is complying with the agreement. On the other hand, … [Read more...] about Dem Rep. Speier: Trump ‘Is Becoming a National Security Threat’
FREE movement rules have allowed millions of people from EU countries to come and live in the UK - and millions of Britons to move to the Continent. But the government has confirmed unlimited migration will come to an end when we leave the EU on March 29, 2019. Here's what you need to know. What is freedom of movement? Free movement of people is one of the founding principles of the EU and is seen as a cornerstone of the concept of "European citizenship", which was created under the Maastricht Treaty of 1992. It gives the right to everyone in all EU members states - plus Norway, Iceland, Leichtenstein and Switzerland - to live and work in any other country in the group. It originally applied only to people who moved to another country to seek work. But the right has been extended so all citizens can enter any other EU country and stay for up to three months without a visa. After five years they can apply for permanent residency. They can also bring family members, who can access the … [Read more...] about What is free movement, what does it mean for EU migration and when will it end?
BRITAIN'S historic exit from the European Union is six months away. Theresa May triggered our formal Article 50 exit notification in March 2017 to fire the starting gun on two years of tough negotiations. Here's the lowdown... When was Article 50 triggered? As of 12.30pm on March 29 2017, the UK was set on a course to leave the EU by March 29, 2019. The PM sent an official letter invoking Article 50 to be delivered to Donald Tusk. It came after May quashed a Tory revolt after passing a law to authorise Brexit following a marathon five-week battle with Parliament. The Lords had earlier defied the PM by adding two changes to the bill which would guarantee the rights of EU citizens and ensure Parliament has a vote on the final deal - but the Commons threw out these conditions. The Lords backed down after the Commons vote, agreeing not to tamper with the landmark power - ordered by the Supreme Court - for a second time, ending the constitutional stand-off. What is … [Read more...] about What is Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, how did it start the Brexit process and when will Britain leave the EU?
NOVICHOK has been identified as the substance used in attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury. Was it used in another incident in Salisbury? Here's what we know about this deadly nerve agent. What is the nerve agent Novichok? Novichok - the Russian for newcomer or newbie - is the name for a series of nerve agents developed by the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 80s. They are said to be the deadliest nerve agents ever created and reported to be five times more potent than the notorious VX gas. According to scientists who worked on the program, the aim was to create extremely potent nerve agents that were undetectable to normal instruments. The poision was designed to be made of two relatively harmless materials which are mixed together when needed, making it easier and safer to store and transport. "It is designed to be undetectable for any standard chemical security testing, " Colonel Hamish de Bretton-Gordon told the Express. What does Novichok do … [Read more...] about What is the nerve agent Novichok, was it used in the Salisbury and Amesbury poisoning, who are the Russian suspects and is there an antidote?