These are some of the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line:
Venezuela: on the brink
The ongoing protests in Venezuela have put the country on the verge of a real crisis. Protesters on the streets in thousands on a daily basis over the past weeks want the ouster of President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government. This now appears to have motivated the country’s opposition to mobilize another sit-in. The resistance, as the opposition leaders are describing it, comes against the backdrop of deteriorating economic conditions in Venezuela. And it has of course not been free from violent incidents.
US looking to fault Iran's nuclear deal
It was in July 2015 when Iran and the 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany sealed a landmark nuclear deal. The agreement ended a long-running dispute over Iran’s nuclear program. Tehran agreed to limit some aspects of its nuclear work in return for the removal of atomic-related sanctions. The International Atomic Energy Agency has confirmed several times so far that Iran has fulfilled its commitments under the international deal. But US president Donald Trump who took office in January has been critical of the agreement calling it the worst deal in history. Now America’s top diplomat Rex Tillerson described the deal as a failure and claimed that Iran is traveling the same path as North Korea to develop nuclear weapons.
France elections: the final furlong
The race is in its final furlong as the candidates battle against each other, vying to get the 33% of the undecided voters to make their minds up prior to the first round. The candidates have all had ample opportunity to debate and appear in continuous TV adverts as they attempt to convince the population that they are worthy holders of the title of President de la Republique. In what was initially a 2 horse race, has seen the uncertainty of this election hit a new high as the media expect a close knit race between the top 4 candidates, Le Pen, Macron, Fillon and Melenchon.