Obama protege Julian Castro joins 2020 presidential race Jan 13, 2019 0 6303 12345 AFPSan AntonioFormer mayor of San Antonio, Texas and Obama-era cabinet member Julian Castro on Saturday launched his bid to become the nation’s first Hispanic president, making his announcement in a border state central to America’s immigration debate.“I am a candidate for president of the United States,” the 44-year-old Castro told a large crowd in San Antonio’s historic Guadalupe Plaza, in a speech that frequently invoked his immigrant heritage. Often called a rising star in the Democratic Party, Castro, who was Obama’s secretary of housing, is expected to be part of a huge and diverse field of candidates eager to challenge President Donald Trump.Urging the enthusiastic crowd to look around the blue-collar neighborhood where he grew up, Castro said, “There are no front-runners that are born here, but I’ve always believed that with big dreams and hard work, anything is possible in this country.” RELATED ARTICLES Trump blasts FBI probe to find if he worked on Russia’s behalf Jan 13, 2019 0 490 Monster snowstorm to blanket more than half of US Jan 13, 2019 0 578 US federal govt shutdown becomes longest in history Jan 13, 2019 0 475 Venezuela legislature calls for protests to oust Maduro AFP Caracas Venezuela’s sidelined opposition-controlled legislature is calling for a mass protest against President Nicolas Maduro in a bid to oust the socialist leader in favor of “a transitional government.” .. ‘Yellow vest’ protesters rally in central London AFP London Hundreds of demonstrators wearing yellow vests took to the streets of London on Saturday, in the largest protest yet in Britain copying the “yellow vest” protests rocking France. Protesters opposed to the .. UK govt mulls limiting jail sentences London: The British government is considering scrapping jail sentences of six months or less for most crimes in a bid to reduce reoffending and ease pressure on the system, the prisons minister said on Saturday. The move .. Two firefighters killed in Paris bakery explosion Paris: Two firefighters died in a major blast at a bakery in central Paris on Saturday morning, said French police, correcting an earlier death toll of four offered by the French interior minister. French Interior .. Macedonia PM urges Greek lawmakers to ratify name deal AFP Skopje Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev on Saturday called on Greece to end the two nations’ decades-long dispute by ratifying the deal to rename his country The Republic of North Macedonia. Macedonian .. Opposition party backs Sweden’s Social Democratic leader as premier DPA Stockholm Social Democratic leader Stefan Lofven on Saturday received strong backing from an opposition party in his bid for a new term as Swedish prime minister. The Centre Party’s council of trustees endorsed a ..