CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has dismissed US sanctions imposed on him after the Sunday vote on a new assembly, saying Washington’s threats cannot intimidate him, and that he will not “listen to orders from the empire.”

Maduro made the remarks in a televised speech on Monday after the US Treasury Department targeted him with financial sanctions following the nationwide vote on the formation of the Constituent Assembly.

The 545-member body will have the power to dissolve the current opposition-led legislature and make reforms in the constitution.

Siding with the Venezuelan opposition, Trump had earlier said the he would not recognize the vote.

“They don’t intimidate me. The threats and sanctions of the empire don’t intimidate me for a moment,” Maduro said. “I will not obey imperial orders. I do not obey foreign governments. I’m a free president.”

Maduro said the sanctions were a sign of American “imperialism” and the US administration’s opposition to the will of all Venezuelans, adding that President Trump was “making the biggest mistake of his life in messing” with the South American nation.

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Opposition leader Bharrat Jagdeo believes that an on-going Assassination Plot Commission of Inquiry could demoralize members the police force and only serves to destroy the reputation of senior members.

Jagdeo, during a press conference on Friday, said the inquiry is not good for the country.

The former president made the comment almost two weeks after the commencement of the Paul Slowe Commission of Inquiry into the alleged plot to assassinate President David Granger.

The Commission is examining, among other things, whether the Guyana Police Force conducted a proper investigation.

“Imagine this is the priority (of the government) when they should be looking at recapturing the prisoners that escaped, senior police officers have to go there and be disparaged by a Mr. Slowe. I think the matter is trivial and could have been solved differently,” he said.

KINGSTON, Jamaica – A member of a lottery scam network was extradited to the United States on Thursday to face federal charges related to the international lottery scheme.

Gregory Gooden, is one of 14 defendants charged by the US Attorney for the District of North Dakota, in connection with an FBI and US Postal Service investigation of alleged conspiracy to defraud tens of millions of US dollars from a group of victims, primarily elderly people living on fixed incomes.

The extradition order was handed down when Gordon waived his right to challenge his extradition when he appeared in a Corporate Area court earlier this month.

PARAMARIBO, Suriname  – The police in Suriname have arrested several individuals suspected of being involved in terrorism activities.

Among the five suspects believed to be Muslim, who were nabbed Sunday are two Dutch nationals, allegedly brothers.

It is the first time ever that individuals were arrested here on suspicion of terrorist activities. Recently the country’s Criminal Code was amended to cover terrorism and financing of terrorism.

Sources indicate that one of the suspects is the son-in-law of Ronnie Brunswijk, a Member of Parliament.

Brunswijk confirmed that his daughter who was riding in the same car as the said suspects was also arrested, but since has been released.

NEW YORK – The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency says officers from its Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) have arrested a number of Caribbean immigrants among 114 foreign nationals arrested during an 11-day operation in New York targeting at-large criminal immigrants, illegal re-entrants and immigration fugitives.

The 104 men and 10 included one from Barbados, 15 from the Dominica Republic, one from Grenada, five from Haiti, eight from Jamaica and three from Trinidad and Tobago.

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