n18
NEWS|Current Affairs 
   |

By Daniel WallisCARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro threatened on Thursday to expel television network CNN from the country if it did not "rectify" the way it has covered deadly political protests.At least five people have been killed in unrest that the government blames on opposition-led "fascists" and that its rivals blame on the security forces.Local television networks have provided almost no live coverage of the protests against Maduro, which began last month over a wide range of complaints including inflation, violent crime, corruption and shortages of basic products.As result, many opposition supporters have turned to CNN Espanol, available to some cable TV subscribers, which in recent days has been the only television to offer live broadcasts of opposition press conferences."I've asked the (information) minister to tell CNN we have started the administrative process to remove them from Venezuela if they don't rectify (their behavior)," Maduro said on state TV. "Enough! I won't accept war propaganda against Venezuela.""We do not have an official comment at this time on President Maduro's most recent comments about CNN," Bridget Leininger, a CNN spokeswoman, said in an email to Reuters.The only other way for Venezuelans to see opposition leaders speaking live is via streaming websites over stuttering broadband.Maduro has already drawn criticism from press freedom groups including Reporters Without Borders by ordering a Colombia-based network, NTN24, taken off cable in Venezuela after it showed live coverage of violence that started last week.The communication minister said NTN24 had been "focused on overthrowing the constitutional government and stirring up hatred and violence among Venezuelans."Maduro regularly uses state media to promote his image as the heir of Hugo Chavez's self-styled socialist revolution. He has used nationally televised speeches called "cadenas" that override all open access programming.Twitter and other social media are now important sources for live updates on the daily melees between rock-throwing protesters and the security forces.(Additional reporting by Deisy Buitrago; Editing by Brian Ellsworth and Ken Wills)

Turkey's Erdogan offers condolences for 1915 Armenia killings

from firstpost

Turkey's Erdogan offers condolences for 1915 Armenia killings

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan offered what the government said were unprecedented condolences on Wednesday to the grandchildren of Armenians killed in World War One by Ottom...


Somnath Bharti attacked by alleged BJP workers in Varanasi

from firstpost

Somnath Bharti attacked by alleged BJP workers in Varanasi

Varanasi: AAP leader Somnath Bharti was attacked this evening allegedly by BJP workers near Assi ghat while he was returning from a TV show that featured him.The windows of Bharti's car were also smas...

Disproportionate assets case: HC dismisses plea against Kanimozhi

from firstpost

Disproportionate assets case: HC dismisses plea against Kanimozhi

Chennai: The Madras High Court has dismissed a petition filed against Rajya Sabha MP and daughter of DMK chief M Karunanidhi, Kanimozhi seeking a direction to authorities to take action on the represe...

Gulbarg fund embezzlement: HC stays Teesta's arrest until 19 June

from firstpost

Gulbarg fund embezzlement: HC stays Teesta's arrest until 19 June

Ahmedabad: In a big relief to social activist Teesta Setalvad, her husband Javed Anand and slain Congress MP Ehsan Jafri's son Tanvir Jafri, the Gujarat High Court stayed their arrest until 19 June to...

Delhi HC to hear plea seeking CBI probe against Vadra

from firstpost

Delhi HC to hear plea seeking CBI probe against Vadra

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court will next week hear a PIL seeking a CBI probe into licences granted to several real estate developers in Haryana, including one allegedly associated with Congress chief...

Pakistan encouraged by Modi's remarks on ties, says envoy

from firstpost

Pakistan encouraged by Modi's remarks on ties, says envoy

New Delhi: Pakistan today said it was "encouraged" after BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's remarks regarding ties with foreign countries and asserted that it was looking forw...

S-Korea ferry: Survivors recall crew's quiet moments of bravery

from firstpost

S-Korea ferry: Survivors recall crew's quiet moments of bravery

Mokpo, South Korea: As the ferry sank, some crew members gave their life jackets to passengers. One refused to leave until she shepherded students off the ship, and was later found dead. Others worked...