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Venezuelan’s government set free Judge,journalist, 20 students

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WHY THE CRISIS IN VENEZUELA?

An estimated three million people have fled Venezuela in search of better life.

President Nicolás Maduro was accuse of rigging the general election and misconduct that has collapsed Venezuelans economy,

On 23 January, the opposition leader Mr Guaidó declared himself acting president

After his announcement to assume the powers of the executive branch, Not surprisingly, the inter-min President has not taking his moves lightly,

and such has cause tension in the region.

Twenty-two people released by Venezuela’s government on Thursday include the emblematic cases of judge Maria Afiuni and journalist Braulio Jatar,

the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said on Friday.

Bachelet gave their two names in remarks to journalists after the U.N. Human Rights Council held a debate on her report of a visit to Venezuela in June.

The other 20 are students, a spokeswoman told Reuters.

Afiuni, detained in 2009 after former President Hugo Chavez demanded she be imprisoned, has been under house arrest since 2011.

A court issued a five-year jail sentence in March.

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Tunisia: former President Ben Ali confirmed dead

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All time, former Tunisia’s President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali has died in exile aged 83, his family says.

Ben Ali led the country for 30years and was credited with delivering stability and some economic prosperity.

But he received widespread criticism for suppressing political freedoms and for widespread corruption.

In 2011, he was forced from office following mass street protests. This triggered a wave of similar uprisings across the Arab world.

At least half a dozen countries in the region saw their president fall or conflicts break out in the wake of the former Tunisian leader’s downfall, in what became known as the Arab Spring.

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Gantz refuse’s Netanyahu offer on unity government

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After a vote tally showing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tied with his main rival.

Israel’s weakened Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saw his offer on Thursday for a coalition with his strongest political rival,  Gantz, swiftly rebuffed after failing to secure a governing majority in a tight election.

Netanyahu’s surprise move was an abrupt change of strategy for the right-wing leader. Its rejection could spell weeks of wrangling after Tuesday’s election, which followed an inconclusive national ballot in April.

Gantz’s centrist Blue and White party emerged from the second round of voting this year slightly ahead of Netanyahu’s Likud, but also short of enough supporters in the 120-member parliament for a ruling bloc.

Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving leader, said in a video clip in which he urged Gantz, the country’s former military chief, to meet him “as soon as today”, that he had pledged during the election campaign to form a right-wing, Likud-led government.

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