Tensions set to rise as oppn holds vote in Venezuela today Jul 16, 2017 0 246 12345 AFPCaracasPolitical tensions in Venezuela are set to rise on Sunday with the opposition holding a public vote to undermine President Nicolas Maduro and his controversial bid to rewrite the constitution.The symbolic"plebiscite"was taking place after nearly four months of violent protests against Maduro, during which nearly 100 people have died.It laid a direct challenge to a controversial plan by the president to have a citizens'body elected on July 30 to revise the constitution.Detractors say that move is aimed at giving Maduro dictatorial powers to hold on to office, notably by bypassing the opposition-controlled parliament.Maduro, though, says the new body, called the"National Constituent Assembly,"is the only way to lift Venezuela out of its economic and political crisis. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Peru's ex-president Humala shares prison with old foe Fujimori Jul 16, 2017 0 699 VP Pence pushes GOP healthcare bill to state governors Jul 16, 2017 0 491 Trump Admn asks SC to block latest curb on travel ban Jul 16, 2017 0 446 Honolulu tower blaze kills 3 including mother and son Reuters HONOLULU Flames ripped through three floors of a Honolulu tower block, killing three people including a mother and her adult son on Friday, officials and media said. The blaze at the 36-story Marco Polo .. Trump stance a 'setback'in US-Cuba relations: Castro AFP Havana Cuba's president said Donald Trump's hardline stance towards the country was a"setback"in relations with the United States after ties were gradually restored in 2015. Raul Castro criticized .. Fourteen killed in Ecuador bus accident Fourteen people were killed and 26 injured when a bus drove off the highway in central Ecuador, flipped and caught fire, local police said Saturday. The accident took place around 10 pm Friday on the highway between the .. Canada spies sue bosses for bad behaviour, racism Five agents and analysts at Canada's spy service are suing their bosses with allegations of homophobia, racism and Islamophobia, the latest high-profile accusations of bad behavior to hit Canadian security .. US to destroy old chemical weapons left in Panama The United States will destroy eight World War II-era chemical bombs it left in Panama decades ago, the government said Friday. The project is supported by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The .. Brazil proposes shrinking national forest after protests Brazil's government has sent Congress a bill to shrink the size of a national forest in the Amazonian state of Par'e1, according to a statement from the Environment Ministry on Friday, a move environmentalists .. Trump campaign data chief to talk to House panel on Russia AP WASHINGTON The data and digital director for President Donald Trump's campaign said Friday he will speak with the House Intelligence Committee later this month as part of its Russia probe. Brad Parscale said in a ..