Sunday, October 2

Author: George Lanington

George is Digismak's reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism
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Biden releases Maduro’s nephews in exchange for seven Americans

After a shift in United States policy towards Venezuela, which included meetings between senior US officials with Nicolás Maduro in Caracas, President Joe Biden announced on October 1 the release by the Chavista regime of seven detained Americans, including the five executives of the Citgo oil company, arrested in 2017. In exchange, the US releases two nephews of Cilia Flores, Maduro's wife, accused of drug trafficking. In his announcement, Biden did not refer to the exchange, nor did he refer to the cases of Efraín Campos and Francisco Flores, sentenced in 2017 to 18 years in prison each for trying to introduce 800 kilos of cocaine into the United States. after five. As Biden announced in a statement: “Today, after years of being unjustly detained in Venezuela, we bring back home Jor...
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Supreme Court looks ahead to new term amid internal upheaval, shaky public confidence

After a tumultuous year at the Supreme Court — with a dramatic ruling on abortion rights, angry protests at the justices' homes, an internal draft opinion leak investigation, and a bench retirement — the reconstituted nine justices look ahead to a new term filled with internal divisions and public unease over their direction in a politically infused docket.More of the same will be the goal of the 6-3 conservative majority as it prepares for its Oct. 3 debut, hoping to push the court further rightward on hot-button issues like affirmative action, religious liberty, and voter redistricting, which is likely to shine a harsh new political spotlight on the third branch."There's no question that tempers flared and passions have stirred, over the last term. The court divided into a lot of hot-...
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Seven detained Americans freed in exchange for release of ‘narco nephews’ in Venezuela prisoner swap

President Biden on Saturday announced that Venezuela and the United States conducted a prisoner swamp, with the authoritarian South American regime freeing seven Americans and the US releasing two nephews of President Nicholas Maduro's wife."Today, after years of being wrongfully detained in Venezuela, we are bringing home Jorge Toledo, Tomeu Vadell, Alirio Zambrano, Jose Luis Zambrano, Jose Pereira, Matthew Heath, and Osman Khan," Biden said in a statement. "These individuals will soon be reunited with their families and back in the arms of their loved ones where they belong."The seven included five oil executives of Houston-based Citgo held for nearly five years after attending a meeting at the headquarters of the Venezuelan state-run oil firm PDVSA. They were hauled away by masked ...
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Scores of Iraqis injured in anti-government protests in Baghdad | Iraq

Iraqi security forces have fired teargas and stun grenades to disperse stone-throwing protesters in clashes that wounded scores off Baghdad's Tahrir Square, where hundreds marked the anniversary of anti-government unrest in 2019.At least 86 people were wounded on Saturday, about half of them members of the security forces, and 38 protesters were hit by rubber bullets.“Infiltrated elements” were attacking security forces with Molotov cocktails and hunting rifles, Iraq's military said.Security personnel had deployed checkpoints across the city, closed bridges and squares, and erected walls across some of the bridges leading to the fortified Green Zone that houses government headquarters and foreign embassies.Protest at Tahrir Square in central Baghdad on Saturday 1 October. Photograph: Ah...
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Venezuela releases American prisoners in swap for Maduro relatives

WASHINGTON — In a rare softening of hostile relations, the White House said Saturday that Venezuela freed seven Americans imprisoned in the South American country and the United States released two nephews of President Nicholas Maduro's wife who had been jailed for years on drug smuggling convictions.The swap of the Americans, including five oil executives held for nearly five years, is the largest trade of detained citizens ever carried out by the Biden administration."These individuals will soon be reunited with their families and back in the arms of their loved ones where they belong," President Joe Biden said in a statement."Today, after years of being wrongfully detained in Venezuela, we are bringing home" the seven men, whom the president cited by name. "We celebrate that seven f...
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Illinois pounds Wisconsin 34-10 in Bret Bielema’s return

MADISON, Wis. — Illinois coach Bret Bielema had a triumphant return to Camp Randall Stadium because he has helped make the Fighting Illini physical enough to beat Wisconsin at its own game. Chase Brown rushed for 129 yards, quarterback Tommy DeVito had three short touchdown runs and Illinois trounced Wisconsin 34-10 on Saturday to give the Illini their first win at Madison since 2002.“I told them last night in a team meeting at the end, I had a feeling they were going to play well, and if we played our kind of football and played the way that I've seen them play and the way that we asked them to be coached, I thought we could have success,” said Bielema, who coached Wisconsin from 2006-12.Illinois (4-1, 1-1 Big Ten) scored 17 points off Wisconsin turnovers and scored the game's final 2...
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College football top plays: NC State-Clemson; OK State tops Baylor

Week 5 of the college football season kicked off with a bang as fans witnessed several upsets on Saturday.Earlier on FOX, No. 4 Michigan went on the road and kept their perfect record alive after defeating Iowa by double digits, while Illinois dominated Wisconsin in Bret Bielema's first return to Madison.Meanwhile, No. 14 Ole Miss picked up its 13th straight win at home after taking down No. 7 Kentucky, Purdue dropped No. 21 Minnesota in Minneapolis, and TCU pulled off a huge upset over No. 18 Oklahoma in Texas.Related: College football odds Week 5: Top 25 lines, resultsElsewhere, No. 9 Oklahoma State escaped No. 16 Baylor, and No. 2 Alabama defeated No. 20 Arkansas despite losing QB Bryce Young, who exited with an apparent shoulder injury in the second quarter.Closing things out toni...
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Voters abandon Tories as faith in economic competence dives | Liz Truss

Three-quarters of UK voters, including a staggering 71% of those who backed the Conservatives at the last general election, believe the prime minister, Liz Truss, and the chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, have “lost control” of the economy, according to a devastating cock for the observer on the eve of the Tory conference.The survey by Opinium – which also reveals that Labor has extended its lead by a massive 14 percentage points in the last week alone, from 5 points to 19 points, and that Truss's ratings are now lower than Boris Johnson's at the height of the Partygate scandal – comes as some Tory MPs are beginning to demand the new prime minister's removal from No 10 after less than a month in office.Other senior party figures are warning that the damage to the party's reputation for econom...
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Venezuela releases 7 jailed Americans; US frees 2 prisoners

WASHINGTON — Venezuela on Saturday freed seven Americans imprisoned in the South American country in exchange for the release of two nephews of President Nicholas Maduro's wife who had been jailed for years by the United States on drug smuggling convictions, a senior US official said.The swap of the Americans, including five oil executives held for nearly five years, is the largest trade of detained citizens ever carried out by the Biden administration.“We are relieved and gratified to be welcoming back to their families today seven Americans who had been wrongfully detained for too long in Venezuela,” said Joshua Geltzer, the deputy homeland security adviser.It amounts to a rare gesture of goodwill by Maduro as the socialist leader looks to rebuild relations with the US after vanquishi...
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3 takeaways from Wildcats’ loss

OXFORD, Mississippi — The lasting, lopsided image of the Kentucky football team’s visit here on Saturday might be of quarterback Will Levis’ left hand, injured and crooked as he came off the field in the first half. It epitomized No. 7 Kentucky’s ongoing struggles to protect its top NFL prospect, a Big Blue bugaboo that bubbled up again at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Saturday in a 22-19 loss to No. 14 Ole Miss. And ultimately a sack doomed the Cats late. Levis fumbled on a sack at the Ole Miss 25-yard line with 51 seconds to play, all but sealing the Rebels’ win. It was his second fourth-quarter fumble, the first coming on a QB run with 2:55 to play. The Rebels (5-0, 1-0 SEC) recovered both fumbles. The loss was Kentucky's 15th straight on the road against SEC West opponents. UK coach M...