Venezuela crisis: Eight tons of gold removed from central bank as Maduro government struggles to raise funds

Venezuela crisis: Eight tons of gold removed from central bank as Maduro government struggles to raise fundsAt least eight tons of gold were reportedly removed from the Venezuelan central bank’s vaults by government officials last week, as President Nicolas Maduro seeks to raise capital amid tightening sanctions. The gold was removed in government vehicles between Wednesday and Friday last week, when there were no regular security guards present at the bank, according to a report by Reuters. The news agency said the information came from economist and National Assembly representative Angel Alvarado as well as “three government sources”.


Move over ayatollahs: Bolton turns tweets and talons on Maduro

Move over ayatollahs: Bolton turns tweets and talons on MaduroThe new addition is a sign of how Bolton’s hawkish focus has zeroed in on a new target – getting Maduro to leave Venezuela. It’s a battle he has waged on Twitter, where his acid-tongued trolling of the socialist leader has made him one of the Trump administration’s fiercest voices on the issue. Since January, Bolton has fired off more than 130 withering missives directed at Maduro, accounting for three quarters of all his Twitter activity in that time and more than a third of all his tweets since Trump named him national security adviser in March 2018.


India will stand like a rock against ‘enemy attack’: Modi

India will stand like a rock against 'enemy attack': ModiPrime Minister Narendra Modi asked Indians Thursday to “stand as a wall” with anger boiling over Pakistan’s capture of a pilot as a crisis escalates between the nuclear-armed rivals. In his first remarks since India and Pakistan both claimed to have shot down each other’s fighter planes near the disputed border of Kashmir, the prime minister urged his countrymen to unite “as the enemy seeks to destabilise India”. “India will live as one.