These are some of the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line:
US interference in Venezuela
The US government has imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s chief judge and seven other members of its supreme court to punish the country for annulling the opposition-led congress. The move is obviously aimed at stepping up pressure on the leftist government of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro amid a deepening crisis that shows no signs of ending. The Venezuelan government and many observers believe they are intended to pile pressure on Maduro to force him into resignation. The president has time and again accused Washington of meddling in Venezuela’s internal affairs to advance its own agenda in the Latin American country.
Sweden U-turn on Assange
Sweden has decided to drop an investigation into a rape case implicating Julian Assange, the founder of the whistle blowing website Wiki Leaks. Sweden has accused Assange of having raped a woman years ago. Assange has taken refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy in London for the past few years for fear of being arrested over the seven-year rape case. The Swedish authorities decision to drop the rape case now has cast doubt on the credibility of the allegations in the first place.