1. Venezuelan troops “ready to die” for their homeland, defense minister says
(CNN) As Venezuela's self-appointed interim president reportedly works behind the scenes to win over the armed forces, even offering them amnesty for past crimes, the country's defense minister said Monday that the military is "ready to die" for its homeland.
Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino tweeted the statement as Venezuela's opposition, led by Juan Guaido, head of the National Assembly, called for massive rallies to demand President Nicolas Maduro's ouster, and as Maduro claims the United States has orchestrated a coup to topple him.
On Monday, Maduro slammed US National Security Adviser John Bolton, accusing Bolton and US President Donald Trump's government of openly calling for a coup from Washington.
Speaking in a television address live on state broadcaster VTV, Maduro said, "So now John Bolton openly calls for a coup from Washington, he did so desperately today, with his wild eyes, full of hate, and I tell you John Bolton: John Bolton, in Venezuela what we will have is democracy and respect for this constitution. In Venezuela our armed forces are not coup-mongers." In the same address, Maduro said he holds Trump responsible for any "bloodshed" that might occur in Venezuela.
Maduro prepares for war against the United States
Maduro patrols the coasts of Venezuela in amphibian tanks
2. Palestine: Hundreds rally in support of Venezuela's Maduro in Gaza City
Hundreds of people, organised by the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), rallied in solidarity with Venezuela and in rejection of the American intervention in the Latin American country in Gaza City on Monday.
The march was held in front of the United Nations headquarters in the west of Gaza city. Protesters carried slogans and pictures in support of Venezuela and its President Nicolas Maduro.
3. “They treated me like El Chapo”: Roger Stone recounts “over-the-top” arrest
Roger Stone joined Judge Andrew Napolitano on Fox Nation's "Liberty File" to describe his arrest and the "over-the-top" intimidation tactics used by authorities.
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4. Fifteen UK churches told to stop services in anonymous letters threatening attacks
Handwritten letters threatening petrol bomb attacks and mass stabbings have been sent to 15 churches in the UK in the past two months.
“Stop all your services straight away,” said one letter sent to a church in Sheffield, South Yorkshire “if you don’t your church will be petrol bombed while in service. Continue behind closed doors and your congregation members will be stabbed one by one. Blood on your hands. You have been warned.”
5. Anti-Semitic killings in 2018 “highest” in decades: Israel
The number of Jews murdered in anti-Semitic attacks around the world in 2018 reached its “highest” level in decades after a mass shooting at a US synagogue, an Israeli government report said Sunday.
A total of 13 Jews were killed in three separate attacks over the year, according to the 2018 Global anti-Semitism Report released on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
A gunman shot dead 11 people at a synagogue in the US city of Pittsburgh in October in America's deadliest ever anti-Semitic attack.
In January, a student was also murdered in California, and in March 85-year-old Holocaust survivor Mirielle Knoll was killed in a brutal attack at her Paris home.
“This marks the highest number of Jews murdered in anti-Semitic attacks since the attacks on the Argentinian Jewish community in the 1990s,” the report said.
For the second year running the number of anti-Semitic incidents in Britain reached a record high, the report said.
6. Hezbollah leader warns Israel over attacks in Syria
BEIRUT (AP) — The head of the militant Hezbollah group in Lebanon warned Israel late Saturday over its continued attacks in Syria, saying a miscalculation could drag the region into a war.
Hassan Nasrallah made the comment during a wide-ranging interview that lasted more than three hours with the Beirut-based Al-Mayadeen TV station.
Nasrallah said Iran, Syria and Hezbollah could “at any moment” decide to deal differently with Israel's actions in Syria and hinted that Tel Aviv might be a target.
Addressing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he said: “Be cautious. Don't continue what you are doing in Syria. Don't miscalculate and don't drag the region into a war or a major confrontation.”
Nasrallah said circumstances in the region have changed as Iran and its allies, including his group, expand their influence in the region. This means any war can be on more than one front, Nasrallah warned.
7. China: The problem of growing anti-Muslim sentiment
Muslim minority groups in China are coming under growing pressure by Chinese authorities. From alleged re-education camps in western Xinjiang to tougher controls on mosques, Beijing says it's simply trying to rein in extremism. But Islamophobia in China is finding more subtle outlets too.
8. FRANCE: Gendarmerie deploy armoured vehicles for Yellow Vest protests
Le Média reports on the use of armoured vehicles and chemical weapons to disperse crowds since the Yellow Vest protests began.
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9. Germany: Berlin Police Academy accused of lowering standards in order to meet hiring quota for migrants
German TV show Frühstücksfernsehen, investigates accusations that the Berlin Police Academy has lowered standards and turned a blind eye to cheating in order to meet a hiring quota for migrant candidates, no matter the costs.
10. Malaysia stripped of swimming championships over ban on Israelis
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) stripped Malaysia of its right to host the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships over the country's discrimination against Israeli participants, the IPC announced on Sunday.
The city of Kuching in the eastern Sarawak state was scheduled to host hundreds of swimmers from 70 countries from July 29 to August 4. The competition would have served as a qualifying event for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
Earlier this month Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said his country would deny visas to Israeli para swimmers seeking to attend the meet.