Apr 30, 2019

Venezuelan government pulled CNN, BBC off the air

An opposition demonstrator waves a Venezuelan national flag during clashes with soldiers loyal to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Photo: Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images

CNN and BBC have been taken off the air by the Venezuelan government after violent street clashes erupted on Tuesday instigated by supporters of National Assembly leader Juan Guaidó, amid a push to oust embattled President Nicolás Maduro.

Details: CNN reports that broadcast providers DirecTV, Net Uno, Intercable and Telefónica have "all received orders from Venezuela's government regulator Conatel to block CNN" after the network broadcast a feed showing a military vehicle running over protesters. A BBC spokesperson also told CNN that BBC Global News has been taken off the air in the country. Guaidó's call for a military uprising against Maduro quickly gained support from the Trump administration.

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Trump administration to eliminate nuclear waivers tied to Iran deal

Pompeo testifies on Iran in February. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The U.S. is ending waivers that had allowed foreign companies to work at Iran's civilian nuclear facilities, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Wednesday.

Why it matters: This will eliminate most elements of U.S. sanctions relief still in place two years after President Trump withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Pompeo said "continued nuclear escalation" made the move necessary, but critics warn it will encourage further Iranian enrichment.

Top Senate Democrat says State Dept. is working on new Saudi arms deal

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Senate Foreign Relations ranking member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) wrote in a CNN op-ed on Wednesday that he learned that the State Department is currently working to sell thousands of additional precision-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia.

Why it matters: Democrats say that Steve Linick, the State Department inspector general who was ousted on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's recommendation, was investigating the administration's previous effort to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia without congressional approval.