Venezuela presidential vote set for April 22 Feb 09, 2018 0 56 12345 CARACAS Venezuela's electoral council has set April 22 as the date for a controversial presidential election, which the opposition accuses President Nicolas Maduro of using to engineer a second term for himself.The head of the National Electoral Council, Tibisay Lucena, made the announcement Wednesday after talks broke down between the government and opposition on setting a date for the polls. With the opposition coalition barred from fielding a candidate and several top Maduro critics banned, the deeply unpopular leftist president's opponents accuse him of rigging the snap vote before it is even held.Venezuela was not due to hold a presidential election until December. But the Constituent Assembly -- an all-powerful legislature stacked with Maduro loyalists -- announced last month the date would be brought forward. (AFP) POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Rio's carnival gets underway with dancing -- and politics Feb 09, 2018 0 318 Bipartisan agreement could still face blowback in the House Feb 09, 2018 0 198 Cuba grants visa to senior US diplomat to lead Havana embassy Feb 09, 2018 0 219 Top Trump aide quits after battery of allegations AFP WASHINGTON WHITE House staff secretary Rob Porter -- a near-constant fixture at President Donald Trump's side -- has resigned from his post, after two ex-wives publicly accused him of domestic abuse. The White .. Russia meddled in US election: George W Bush REUTERS ABU DHABI Former US president George W Bush accused Russia on Thursday of meddling in the US 2016 presidential election, calling Russian President Vladimir Putin a"brilliant tactician". Bush, interviewed on .. Canadian PM reiterates on NAFTA: no deal 'better'than bad deal AFP CHICAGO CANADA'S Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reiterated on Wednesday during a US visit that he is willing to walk away from the North American Free Trade Agreement if renegotiation fails to produce a deal he can .. Canadian sub makes first trip to Asia-Pacific in 50 years OTTAWA A Canadian submarine has crossed the Pacific to patrol off the Asian coast for the first time in nearly 50 years, the navy said on Thursday, amid heightened tensions over North Korea's nuclear weapons ..