31 de mayo de 2020
ÚLTIMAS NOTICIAS:
Hispanic World

Venezuelan National Assembly's admin building closed on bomb fears

Caracas, May 16 (efe-epa).- The opposition-controlled Venezuelan National Assembly's administrative building was closed on Thursday due to concerns that a bomb had been planted in the structure, marking the second such incident this week, a public affairs officer said.

Caracas, May 16 (efe-epa).- The opposition-controlled Venezuelan National Assembly's administrative building was closed on Thursday due to concerns that a bomb had been planted in the structure, marking the second such incident this week, a public affairs officer said.

An employee found a suspicious briefcase on the second level of the office building's basement, prompting officials to close the building, which is known as Pajaritos and is a short distance from the assembly's seat.

On Tuesday, the Federal Legislative Palace, where lawmakers meet and located meters from the administrative building, received a bomb threat.

"Pajaritos is closed due to presumed explosive device behind a writing desk. Awaiting the Sebin (Bolivarian Intelligence Service)," the public affairs officer told reporters.

The National Assembly confirmed the incident in a Twitter post without providing additional details.

An EFE reporter saw workers leaving the administrative building and waiting for the bomb squad to arrive.

This is the second bomb threat at the National Assembly this week and the third this year.

In January, a bomb threat was received at the start of the legislative session and lawmakers were forced to cancel Tuesday's session.

National Assembly Speaker Juan Guaido, who is recognized as Venezuela's interim president by more than 50 countries, said Tuesday that the police presence at the Federal Legislative Palace amounted to a "kidnapping" of the legislative branch and warned that lawmakers would meet wherever they had to.

Lawmakers met at the palace on Wednesday without any problems and accused the administration of Nicolas Maduro of "harassment" of the legislative branch.

The crisis in Venezuela, which has been dealing with shortages of basic goods and medicines, as well as hyperinflation, the collapse of the manufacturing sector and a wave of violence and crime that have left more than 20,000 dead, was exacerbated by the start of Maduro's second term in January and Guaido's move to take over the interim presidency.

The South American country is dealing with the fallout from a failed military coup against Maduro and the imposition of sanctions on high-level officials by the US government, which said all options were on the table for removing Maduro from office.

Millions of Venezuelans have fled the country in recent years amid the internal conflict, a situation that the United Nations has called one of the largest migratory crises in the Americas in decades.

rgc/hv

Histórico de noticias
Daily COVID-19 pandemic roundup: May 28

Miami Desk, May 28 (efe-epa).- Here's a roundup of stories around the world related to the novel coronavirus pandemic:

With 101,000 deaths, US still unable to slow spread of coronavirus

Washington, May 28 (efe-epa).- The United States, now with more than 101,000 official deaths from Covid-19, on Thursday still has not been able to halt the...

FBI giving top priority to black man's death at hands of Minneapolis police

Washington, May 28 (efe-epa).- The US Department of Justice and the FBI on Thursday issued a joint statement saying that they will undertake a "robust...

Migrants held in US detention centers at the mercy of COVID-19

By Alex Segura Lozano and Laura Barros

Daily COVID-19 pandemic roundup: May 27

Miami Desk, May 27 (efe-epa).- Here's a roundup of stories around the world related to the novel coronavirus pandemic:

NASA-SpaceX launch to International Space Station scrubbed due to weather

Miami, May 27 (efe-epa).- The historic launch of the NASA-SpaceX manned mission to the International Space Station from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida...

Brazil's economic engine announces responsible resumption of activities

By Maria Angelica Troncoso

Expert: Pandemic revealing labor exploitation as in US slavery period

By Jorge Ignacio Perez

Daily COVID-19 pandemic roundup: May 26

Miami Desk, May 26 (efe-epa).- Here's a roundup of stories around the world related to the novel coronavirus pandemic:

Florida expresses interest in hosting GOP conclave if Trump cancels NC event

Miami, May 26 (efe-epa).- Florida's Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, said that his state would love to host the Republican National Convention this summer...

Brazil, its image abroad marred, suffering record capital flight

By Carla Samon Ros

FBI investigating death of black man arrested by white cop

(Update: Adds identity of victim, firing of 4 police officers)

Daily COVID-19 pandemic roundup: May 25

Miami Desk, May 25 (efe-epa).- Here's a roundup of stories around the world related to the novel coronavirus pandemic:

Americans flock to beaches on Memorial Day amid health personnel's concerns

By Alfonso Fernandez

Stranded Colombians send out SOS from Sao Paulo airport

By Carlos Meneses Sanchez

Bogota's Teatro Mayor celebrating 10th anniversary with digital focus

By Jaime Ortega Carrascal

Daily COVID-19 pandemic roundup: May 24

Miami Desk, May 24 (efe-epa).- Here's a roundup of stories around the world related to the novel coronavirus pandemic:

Long weekend puts US efforts to reopen to the test

Washington/Los Angeles, May 24 (efe-epa).- The long Memorial Day weekend is putting local plans around the US to ease coronavirus lockdown restrictions to...

South America's biggest economy at a crossroads due to pandemic

By Maria Angelica Troncoso

The voyage of the Whisper: Sailing with Covid-19 on board

By Ricardo Maldonado Rozo

Daily COVID-19 pandemic roundup: May 21

Miami Desk, May 21 (efe-epa).- Here's a roundup of stories around the world related to the novel coronavirus pandemic:

Covid-19 cases increasing in some US states as they reopen

By Susana Samhan

Trump pulls out of another arms treaty after accusing Russia of breaching it

Washington, May 21 (efe-epa).- President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he is withdrawing the United States from the Open Skies Treaty, a multilateral...

Bolsonaro, governors give initial sign of unity against Covid-19

By Eduardo Davis