‘Get your rifle, piece of trash’: Maduro lashes out at OAS chief after ‘military intervention’ quote

Nicolas Maduro has lashed out at the head of the Organization of American States (OAS), calling him a “piece of trash” that belongs in “history’s dump,” for hinting at the possibility of military intervention against Venezuela.

OAS Secretary-General, Luis Almagro, should “prepare his rifle” if he wants to invade his country, Maduro said during a press conference in Caracas on Tuesday, adding that “we are waiting for you here.”

The Venezuelan leader called Almagro a “piece of trash” belonging to the “dump of history.”

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“Venezuela is a country of men and women who will force such trash as this to respect them,” he added.

The angry remarks came in response to comments made by Almagro last week. The OAS chief suggested that “military intervention aimed at overthrowing the regime of Nicolas Maduro” was a viable option to deal with the Venezuelan crisis. He somewhat retracted his remark since then, however, claiming his words had been misunderstood.

“I said that we must exhaust the path to diplomatic action and that we must leave all options open. This was interpreted as though we were talking about military interventions,” the OAS chief stated on Monday, adding, however, that he will never remain silent until the “dictatorship” in Venezuela falls.

Maduro and chief of the Washington, DC-based OAS Almagro have repeatedly engaged in a war of words, calling each other “traitors.” Back in 2016, the Venezuelan leader accused Almagro of being a “CIA agent,” who turned the organization into a US pawn. The latter dismissed the accusations, claiming Maduro “slandered” him.

The recent controversial remarks by Almagro came shortly after a report, issued by the New York Times, alleging that Donald Trump’s administration has long been conspiring with a group of Venezuelan officers to overthrow the government in Caracas. At least 11 unnamed US officials and one former Venezuelan commander supposedly took part in the plot.

The White House commented on the report quite vaguely, stating Washington “hears daily concerns of Venezuelans,” including some from the country’s “security services.” The information provided in the report, however, was never explicitly denied.

READ MORE: ‘US role in Venezuela over past 20 years a case of meddling after meddling’

Venezuela has been enduring political instability, economic problems and hyperinflation over the past months, which are reinforced by the mounting external pressure. The US has imposed a set of sanctions on the country, targeting its finances and debt issuance. Washington, however, stopped short of sanctioning the country’s oil sector, which is the cornerstone of its economy, since the US purchases a large part of its crude oil from Caracas.

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Ronaldo & Juventus targeted by 'hooligans' with fireworks before UCL match against Valencia

Cristiano Ronaldo and his Juventus teammates were the target of a 3am firework blitz in a “simple case of hooliganism” while in their hotel ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League game with Valencia.

According to local government delegate Juan Carlos Fulgencio, “A group of people set off firecrackers and bangers outside the hotel at around three in the morning. They were also holding a banner insulting Juventus,” Mail Online reported.

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The group set off bangers in the early hours of the morning but Fulgencio ensured it was “a small incident, a simple case of hooliganism.”

Juve begin their Champions League campaign against the Spanish side in Group H with Ronaldo having bagged his first goals for the Turin club at the weekend versus Sassuolo in a 2-1 win at Allianz Arena on Sunday.

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The first of those goals was perhaps the easiest of Ronaldo’s career, but no less significant, as a mistake from the defender left the ball at his feet to tap into an empty net with the ‘keeper already grounded. 

READ MORE: ‘You don’t know what he said’: Juventus winger Douglas Costa hits back in spit shame row

Also in that game, Juve winger Douglas Costa was red-carded in injury time for shamefully spitting at Sassuolo’s Federico Di Francesco. Costa, 28, later posted an apology to Juventus teammates and fans on his Instagram account, although he replied to one comment by saying that people did not know what Di Francesco had said to him to provoke his anger.

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1 dead, 4 injured in Pennsylvania court office shooting

One person has been killed and four others injured following a shooting at a Pennsylvania court office, according to local authorities.

The shooting occurred at the offices of Magisterial District Judge Daniel Shimshock. The office was holding preliminary hearings this afternoon, according to the court schedule.

At least four people have been hospitalized and one has been pronounced dead at the scene, a Fayette County Emergency Management spokesperson told media. Unconfirmed reports suggest that the deceased person is the gunman.

The nearby Masontown Elementary School has been placed on a soft lockdown. State police are at the school and children are being released to their parents. Students who attend a local middle school are being transported to a nearby fire station where they can be picked up by their parents.

The Fayette County Coroner has been called the scene following the shooting.

The shooting occurred in Masontown, a small community with a population of about 3,450 at the 2010 census. It is located 65 miles from Pittsburgh and is considered part of the city’s metro area.

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‘No room at the morgue’: Horror in Mexican city as 157 corpses stored in truck parked in suburb

Mexican authorities have fired an official from its forensics unit following a public outcry, after over 150 decomposing bodies were driven around a suburban area of the Mexican state of Jalisco in a refrigerated truck.

Residents were alarmed by a horrible stench coming from a truck and it emerged that it was filled with 157 unclaimed bodies; morgue officials had moved it several times around the Guadalajara area due to lack of burial space.

The corpse-filled truck was first spotted last week, parked in a warehouse in the outskirts of Guadalajara, the capital of Mexico’s Jalisco State, the paper El Universal reported. The vehicle belonged to the state forensic institute. The residents complained about the rancid smell coming from the truck, so a local mayor asked it to be moved someplace else.

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The next day the vehicle was discovered parked in an open area in a different neighborhood, emitting the same stench. The residents, once again joined by local officials, filed several complaints. The outcry caused the truck to be moved to the government-run Guadalajara industrial zone.

Jalisco Governor fired the director of the local Forensics Institute Luis Octavio Cotero, saying he was guilty of “negligence.” But Cotero told local media two years ago he had warned that the number of homicides in the area meant that the morgue couldn’t handle the number of corpses.

Killings in Mexico’s western state are at a record high of 16,339 so far this year; it’s home to one of Mexico’s most violent and powerful drug gangs, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel. Morgues are filled to capacity with victims of the country’s drug war.

Work is currently underway on a new facility to hold 700 bodies, the state’s general secretary Roberto Lopez said last week.

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‘Who the f*** is that guy?’: Conor McGregor’s most brutal put-downs

Conor ‘The Notorious’ McGregor rarely fails to live up to his reputation inside the octagon and out of it – including with trash talk as brutal as his left hooks in the cage.

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Before McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov meet in New York on Thursday at the first press conference ahead of their UFC 229 megabout, we look back at some of the Irish megastar’s most withering put-downs from previous pressers.

ON DUSTIN POIRIER:

“He’s a quiet, little hillbilly from the back arse of nowhere. His cousin is probably named Cletus.”

McGregor established himself as one of UFC’s sharpest talkers early on – including ahead of his bout with Dustin Poirier at UFC 178 in 2014.

McGregor proceeded to finish Poirier with a brutal left hook in the first round.

ON DENNIS SIVER:

“My thoughts on Dennis Siver is that he’s a midget German steroid-head.”

McGregor’s verbal lashing of Russian-born German fighter Siver ahead of their UFC bout in 2015 was brutal in its simplicity and perfectly executed – much like McGregor’s second-round TKO victory.

The Irishman had also controversially tweeted “Kiss my feet Nazi” before the bout, although he later deleted the post and apologized to Siver.    

ON JOSE ALDO:

“If this was a different time, I would invade his favela on horseback, and would kill anyone who wasn’t fit to work, but we’re in a new time, so I’ll whoop his ass in July.”

Aldo got a battering from McGregor inside the cage and out of it. Ahead of the pair’s scheduled bout at UFC 189 in 2015, McGregor mocked the Brazilian’s background with a scathing verbal assault.

ON JOSE ALDO (AGAIN):

“After that five-round Mendes fight, which arguably could’ve went to him, you look like you’ve had a stroke. The left side of your face is drooping. I’m worried about you.”

Aldo pulled out of the fight at UFC 189 due to injury, although McGregor savaged him at the press conference ahead of the rearranged bout at UFC 194 later in the year. The Notorious went on to demolish Aldo in 13 seconds.

On Rafael Dos Anjos:

“I will behead Rafael Dos Anjos. I will drag his head through the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Through a parade of people, I’d imagine. It will become a national holiday.”

McGregor famously savaged Dos Anjos 12 times at a press conference ahead of their planned bout at in 2016.   

The pick of a brutal verbal volley was perhaps the brash Irishman’s vow that his destruction of his Brazilian opponent would be so savage it would be celebrated as a national holiday.   

Dos Anjos pulled out of the bout due to injury, meaning Nate Diaz stepped in – setting the stage for more withering insults…

On Nate Diaz:

“My socks are worth more than the suit you had on, you little bum. You’re a broke b****. I could buy and sell you a hundred times over.”

McGregor’s rivalry with Diaz is one to grace the UFC history books, and also brought out some of the Irishman’s most scathing trash talk – a prime example being McGregor’s tirade ahead of UFC196.  

On stepping up to 170lbs to face Diaz, McGregor also said: “The only approach I changed is I dug the grave a bit wider and a bit longer for Nate’s skinny, fat, long body. That’s the only difference I made.”

Diaz went on to win the bout via second-round submission – although McGregor gained revenge in the rematch.

On Jeremy Stephens:

“Who the f*** is that guy!?”

What is arguably McGregor’s most memorable put-down came against a fighter he wasn’t even facing in the octagon.

At the press conference for UFC 205 in 2016 – where McGregor was up against Eddie Alvarez – the Irishman was asked who his biggest rival was.

That prompted featherweight Jeremy Stephens to chime in: “Right here, the real hardest-hitting 145-lber, right here.”

McGregor let Stephens finish before eviscerating him with a line to echo down the ages. 

“Who the f*** is that guy!?” 

Classic McGregor. 

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No such thing as crime in Britain if you’re an aristocrat – RT’s Keiser Report

The royal tax authority HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) has admitted allowing Britain’s most powerful members of society to escape prosecution for financial crimes.

“Very wealthy and prominent members of the community” are “afraid of the reputational crisis that a criminal trial for fraud, money laundering or tax evasion would bring,” HMRC said.

RT’s Max and Stacy discuss the authority’s explanations about celebrities getting away with crimes because they don’t want to get embarrassed and that the worst crime that could happen in Britain is “feeling awkward.”

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‘Putin wants me dead’: Russian ‘model’ seduces UK tabloids with new Salisbury poisoning claims

A 30-year-old Russian model, whose husband may have been poisoned by rat poison at a Salisbury restaurant, has claimed “Vladimir Putin wants me dead.” Even more astonishingly, a British tabloid decided this was front page news.

When the story was first breaking on Sunday, the excitement in the Sun’s newsroom must have been palpable. Another reported poisoning in a knock-off Italian eatery in Salisbury, and a Russian was involved as well. Almost too good to be true, this was the Skripal poisoning all over again.

Anna Shapiro, a 30-year-old Russian model (although a part-time model, which one assumes is a bit like a part-time actor) and event organizer, described to The Sun how she found her husband Alex King fighting for his life in the toilet at restaurant Prezzo and “foaming at the mouth.”

Police closed the restaurant and the streets surrounding it, and investigators in HAZMAT suits went in to check it out. Understandably, the local force was a bit jumpy, but later confirmed “we were able to rule out the presence of Novichok quickly [and]… at this stage, it is unclear as to whether or not a crime has been committed,” adding also that “we would remind everyone that speculation is not helpful.”

However, Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid didn’t get where it was today by avoiding speculation and it soon started filling in the gaps three days later, because this was a story that has the kind of details which more than compensate for a general lack of confirmed facts and credibility; the alleged victim is blonde, has THE looks, and is willing to go on the record with a claim that Putin wants to kill her.

Novichok has been ruled out by police, but The Sun has security sources which say they suspect “rat poison” was used in the “attack.” The OPCW has yet to comment at this time.

So why would Putin send ‘henchmen’ after Shapiro?

She believes it may be because she renounced Russian citizenship against her parents’ wishes. Or because her father is a general in the military and also plays in a military orchestra. Or simply because she opposes Putin in general. Maybe he’s seen her Instagram account; who knows?!

She claims to have received death threats, but according to her story, it appears those behind these alleged threats were just waiting for her to arrive in Salisbury before they struck (do all Russians end up in Salisbury?). Is this all plausible enough for a national newspaper to splash on its front page?

Shapiro claims she is in fear for her life, but managed to keep her concern under control for the photo-shoot she did with The Sun in a short skirt. She appears to have shunned the Yulia Skripal approach of disappearing from public view after the incident, instead putting herself very much on display.

The police have offered no suggestion that a crime took place, the restaurant Prezzo says this is an isolated incident and all its staff are well. The Sun ran it on the front page anyway.

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Marvel’s Kremlin connection? Elizabeth Olsen teaches Conan to curse in Russian (VIDEO)

Actress Elizabeth Olsen, who plays Scarlet Witch in the Marvel cinematic universe, spent her study-abroad in Russia and picked up some rather interesting language skills, she revealed to late-night host Conan O’Brien.

Appearing on Conan’s show on Tuesday, Olsen said she spent a semester in Russia in 2009, because of “being a theater geek and loving Chekhov.” After discussing the “incredible” character of the Russian people and medicinal properties of vodka, Conan asked Olsen if she learned any of the language.

“Chut’-chut’,” she replied, meaning “a little” in Russian. Apparently, it was the curse words that stayed in her memory, as Olsen shared some of her more colorful Russian vocabulary such as “pizdets,” (p****) “blyat” (c***) and “nahuy” (f**k it).

“I didn’t know that I needed Elizabeth Olsen shouting [expletives deleted] in my life” said one commenter on YouTube.

“As a Russian I find this hilarious: they are saying some nasty things out loud on TV,” added another.

There were also comments in Russian, amounting to proposals to “start curse-word tourism” in Russia and complimenting Olsen for speaking “with almost no accent.”

“She must have got a lot of practice,” a commenter said.

Olsen is the younger sister of celebrity twins Mary-Kate and Ashley, and has appeared in a number of feature films since her acting debut in 2011. She is best known, however, for playing Wanda Maximoff (aka Scarlet Witch) in the Marvel cinematic universe, where she appeared in two Captain America and two Avengers films.

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Sniper Putin: Russian president tests new Kalashnikov marksman rifle (VIDEOS)

Footage captures Russia’s president, who got his hands on a modern sniper rifle from renowned weapons-maker Kalashnikov, picking off targets at a distance of 600 meters.

Russian President Vladimir Putin visited an exhibition of the Kalashnikov Concern in Patriot Park outside Moscow on Wednesday. And he didn’t just inspect the military hardware – he got up-close and personal with one of them – a modern SVCh sniper rifle.

Video from the scene shows Putin taking a good, long aim with the rifle and then taking a shot 600 meters from the target. His shots landed three times.

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The SVCh rifle is loosely based on the iconic Russian SVD and another lesser-known weapon by renowned weapons designer Evgeny Dragunov – the ‘Compact Assault rifle’ prototype. Taking the best concepts from both weapons, the SVCh is said to be more accurate and less prone to dislocation of the optics than the SVD, which is the main rifle for the Russian Army’s designated marksmen.

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Female Uber driver suing NFL star Jameis Winston over alleged groping

A female Uber driver is suing Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston over claims of sexual assault stemming from an alleged incident in 2016.

A civil lawsuit filed in Arizona on Tuesday claims that Winston, 24, grabbed the woman’s crotch while they waited at the drive-through of a Mexican restaurant in the Phoenix area in the early hours of the morning on March 13, 2016.

The woman is reportedly seeking $ 75,000 in damages over the alleged incident, which she reported to Uber without filing a civil or criminal complaint, according to AP.  

Winston was suspended for three games by the NFL in June after an eight-month investigation, which deemed he had violated the league’s personal conduct policy by “touching the driver in an inappropriate and sexual manner without her consent.”

The quarterback will serve the final game of the ban when Tampa Bay plays the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday.

However, the woman, identified as ‘Kate’ in federal papers, is said be unhappy at how Winston has conducted himself since the alleged incident.

“She is unimpressed by his continued lack of honesty or awareness into his behavior,” said attorney John Clune, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

“Maybe a more direct financial penalty will get his attention. He needs to learn from this and have some genuine insight or pay the penalty.

“She knows that she might be just a speed bump for him in his football career, but she is not going to be a small one.”

Winston had expressed regret at the accusations at the first day of training camp this year, saying: “I should never have put myself in that situation. All I can do is grow and learn from that… I’ve made a lot of positive changes since then.”   

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The player has faced assault allegations in the past, being accused of raping a fellow student at Florida State University, although he was not charged.

The university settled a Title XI lawsuit of $ 1.7 million related to its handling of the allegations with the player’s accuser, Erica Kinsman, in 2016.

Winston was drafted as the number 1 overall pick by the Bucs in 2015, and has gone on to start 45 games.

The club has yet to comment on the lawsuit, according to the Tampa Bay Times.   

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