Articles written by: Tim Evans

Venezuela crisis: Juan Guaidó deputy arrested in Caracas

Venezuela crisis: Juan Guaidó deputy arrested in Caracas

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó‘s deputy has been detained by the country‘s intelligence services. Edgar Zambrano, vice president of the National Assembly, refused to leave his car when approached, and as a result he and his car were towed to prison. It is the first arrest of an opposition figure […]

Denver votes to decriminalise magic mushrooms by razor-thin margin

Denver votes to decriminalise magic mushrooms by razor-thin margin

Denver has voted to decriminalise the use of magic mushrooms – the first US city to do so. The motion was put to a public vote on Tuesday, and passed with a slim majority of 50.6%. Although using or possessing the mushrooms will still technically be illegal, restrictions will be […]

Trade war: Trump says China ‘broke the deal‘ in trade talks

Trade war: Trump says China ‘broke the deal‘ in trade talks

US President Donald Trump said China “broke the deal” in trade talks, ramping up hostilities ahead of negotiations between the two sides. The comments come as Beijing said it would retaliate with “necessary countermeasures” if the US raises tariffs on Chinese products. Mr Trump has vowed to more than double […]

Is Eritrea coming in from the cold?

Is Eritrea coming in from the cold?

For decades the Eritrean economy has struggled due to a combination of war, dictatorship and the impact of United Nations sanctions. But the East African country‘s recent rapprochement with its southern neighbour, Ethiopia, and the end of the embargoes, means that its economy now has a chance to grow substantially. […]

Will Guyana soon be the richest country in the world?

Will Guyana soon be the richest country in the world?

South America‘s second poorest nation is bracing for an oil boom that could catapult it to the top of the continent‘s rich list – and beyond. But can Guyana avoid the so-called oil curse and ensure that its newfound riches benefit all Guyanese? “Many people still do not get how […]

A really simple guide to the European elections

A really simple guide to the European elections

Voters across the EU go to the polls on 23-26 May to elect more than 700 MEPs – members of the European Parliament. represent more than 500 million EU citizens from 28 countries. MEPs can represent a national political party or they can stand as independents. They each represent a […]

Cuban combat pilot released after longest-ever US marijuana jail term

Cuban combat pilot released after longest-ever US marijuana jail term

When the gates of the Miami Federal Correctional Institution closed behind him, ending his 39-year incarceration, Cuban exile and former anti-communist pilot Antonio Bascaro emerged holding an ominous record. Bascaro, 84, has served the longest known US jail sentence for a non-violent marijuana conviction. The city he finds is far […]

Trump says America is ‘full‘ but this US state says ‘not us‘

Trump says America is ‘full‘ but this US state says ‘not us‘

President Donald Trump has claimed that the United States “is full”, and incapable of allowing entry to any new and diverse migrants. But citizens in one mostly-rural state say they couldn‘t disagree more. Forty years ago, Curtiss Reed Jr came to Vermont for a ski vacation and got stuck in […]

Russian man behind Svalbard‘s first bank robbery imprisoned

Russian man behind Svalbard‘s first bank robbery imprisoned

A Russian man who carried out what has been dubbed the first-ever bank robbery on the remote Norwegian Arctic archipelago of Svalbard has been sentenced to 14 months in prison. Maxim Popov, 29, stole 70,000 kroner (£6,140; $8,000) from the world‘s northernmost bank in the town of Longyearbyen in December. […]

Iran nuclear deal: Trump raises pressure with sanctions on metals

Iran nuclear deal: Trump raises pressure with sanctions on metals

US President Donald Trump has raised the pressure on Iran on the day Tehran said it was suspending some commitments to a landmark nuclear agreement. Mr Trump signed an executive order imposing sanctions on Iran‘s metals industry – its second biggest export earner after oil. But he also said he […]