Venezuela government says it foiled plot to assassinate president Maduro

Spokesman said plotters also planned to bomb a government building, seize a Caracas air base and loot central bank Venezuelan officials said that they have foiled a plot to overthrow the government that included assassinating President Juan Guaid from Venezuelas political landscape. Guaid, leader of the opposition-dominated National Assembly, is seeking to oust Maduro from power with backing from more than 50 nations. Profile Who is Juan Guaid? Show Hide The opposition leader Juan Guaid was almost unknown both inside and outsidegenerally failed to distinguish itself,hint at the possibility of military intervention after a failed attempt to bring humanitarian aid into the country in February. Questions have also been raised about the bedfellows Guaid has chosen in what he calls …

Ecuador’s highest court legalizes same-sex marriage

(CNN)Ecuador’s highest court has ruled to recognize same-sex marriage, marking a watershed moment for LGBTQ rights in the Catholic-majority country. The National Assembly will then introduce — and pass — a bill that will modify the country’s current marriage law from its current definition as a union between a man and a woman only. ‘The right side of history’ The case was brought to the constitutional court by two same-sex couples who had petitioned for the right to marry. On Wednesday, LGBTQ activists and supporters outside the courthouse hailed the celebration as a victory for a movement that has long campaigned for equal marriage rights. Same-sex marriage advocate Pamela Troya, who had been denied a license to marry her partner, …

Philippines ships 69 containers of rubbish back to Canada

Container ship M/V Bavaria, with tons of garbage on board, has left Subic Bay on a 20-day journey to Vancouver The Philippines has followed through on its threat to send 1,500 tonnes of illegally dumped rubbish back on a boat to Canada, ending a six-year dispute between the two countries. Wilma Eisma, administrator of Subic Bay freeport, confirmed that the 69 containers of garbage had been loaded overnight on the container ship M/V Bavaria, which left on a 20-day journey to the Canadian port city of Vancouver, via Taiwan. Eisma said the the move ended a sordid chapter in our history. The dispatch of the Canadian rubbish, which had been sitting in two Philippine ports since 2013 and 2014 while …