Venezuela: prominent journalist taken by intelligence service

Luis Carlos Daz, who went missing at about 5.30pm Monday, was taken by Sebin, fellow journalists confirmed A prominent Venezuelan journalist who had been reporting on the countrys escalating political crisis and blackout out has been seized by secret police, sparking international condemnation. #DndeEstLuisCarlos or agents raided Dazs home shortly before dawn, seizing computers and pen drives as the handcuffed journalist looked on. Daz is the notorious El Helicoide political prison. Luz Mely Reyes, being seized at his home in Caracas. A rightwing German journalist, Billy Six, has denouncing Maduros persecution of journalists. The UN Human Rights chief Michelle Bachelet a conspiratorial video on Twitter insinuating Daz was part of a rancid rightwing US-backed plot to destroy Venezuelas electricity network. …

Cubans overwhelmingly vote in favor of new constitution

(CNN)Cubans have overwhelmingly voted to approve a new constitution that enshrines the one-party system and ushers in a series of economic and social changes, according to government officials. The updated constitution was crafted with the input of ordinary Cubans, through thousands of meetings between government officials and citizens to suggest modifications to the constitution. The new document replaces the 1976 Soviet-era charter enacted under Fidel Castro. It protects private property and foreign investment, and for the first time places two five-year terms on the office of the presidency. However, following a backlash by conservative religious groups, the government backed off from language that would have legalized same-sex marriage in the constitution. A matter of patriotism The referendum was widely seen …

Her son was shot dead in front of her. And she says a policeman did it

Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN)Tires were burning in nearby streets. Tear gas was in the air. Crowds were gathering. So Pricil Journal told her son Roberto to hide the wheelbarrow they used as a cookie stall outside the general hospital. “When he was done killing my son…That cop then swapped guns with another nearby cop – and he then went to hide inside the hospital,” she said in an interview with CNN. She alleged that the riot policeman who killed her son covered his face and pulled down a visor on his helmet. She said that there were numerous witnesses to the alleged killing by a policeman on the scene. She said that she’s not reported the crime, because she fears retribution …

Venezuela’s Maduro says Trump making mistakes that will ‘stain his hands with blood’

Bogota, Colombia (CNN)Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has warned US President Donald Trump that he risks staining “his hands with blood” should he pursue military action in the crisis-hit South American nation. Maduro has faced intense pressure since Guaido’s declaration last month, with the US upping sanctions on Venezuela and a number of Washington’s allies recognizing the previously largely unknown opposition leader as the country’s President. Despite the pressure, however, Maduro showed no signs of slipping, and the opposition has appeared at times to be on the back foot. On Sunday, Guaido called on the Venezuelan military — which has so far been loyal to the government — to permit aid into the country from neighboring Colombia and Brazil, both of …