Colombia's Avianca airline is avoiding Venezuelan airspace after a flight from Spain was approached by at least one warplane on Friday, creating a diplomatic incident, according to flight data, an airline source and authorities. Colombia's Defense Ministry said the plane flying from Madrid to Bogota was briefly approached by a Venezuelan military plane, resulting in diplomatic conversations and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordering an investigation.
Colombia's largest airline has cancelled all flights to Caracas after what it said was a security breach involving one of its aircraft and Venezuela's air force. Avianca's spokeswoman Gilma Usuga said that all flights to Europe will also be rerouted to avoid Venezuelan airspace until the security of its operations can be guaranteed.
Trend: President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro have held a meeting in a narrow format. President Aliyev said that President Maduro's visit to Azerbaijan creates good opportunities for expanding the bilateral cooperation and developing the relations between the two countries in various spheres.
Oct 22 Security forces overcame a big assault by Islamic State militants in Kirkuk and regained full control of the northern Iraqi oil city on Saturday, Iraqi state TV said. The city's authorities partially lifted a curfew declared after the militants stormed police stations and other buildings on Friday before dawn, the TV channel added, citing its own correspondent in Kirkuk.
CARACAS: A half-dozen hooded gunmen tried to break into the offices of the comptroller commission at the Venezuelan National Assembly on Friday, according to the president of the opposition-led commission, who said the incident was likely politically motivated. The commission on Wednesday issued a report accusing PDVSA of corruption, saying about US$11 billion in funds went missing from the state-run oil company while Rafael Ramirez was at the helm from 2004-14.
People protest to demand a recall referendum against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro outside of a hotel where opposition leaders are talking to the press in Caracas, Venezuela. A furious Venezuelan opposition vowed mass street protests next week, accusing the Socialist government of staging a coup by blocking efforts for a recall referendum against unpopular President Nicolas Maduro.
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More than 20 cases have been reported in just one month, including those four fatalities in the southern state of Bolivar. In the crisis-stricken South American nation, many of the children don't have access to the DPT vaccine that prevents the centuries-old disease.
In nine months, Venezuela has steadily plunged into a deep economic and political crisis linked to plummeting oil prices and constant clashes between the government and opposition. - January 5: The opposition takes control of the National Assembly legislature from the socialist leadership for the first time in more than 16 years after winning elections.