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Dallas Snipers Kill Police Officers In 'Ambush'

"Ambush," reads Friday's front page of The Dallas Morning News, after rooftop snipers reportedly shot 11 police officers during an otherwise peacefull protest against recent police killings of African-Americans in other U.S. cities.

By early Friday, five of the officers shot were reported to have died, with one civilian also wounded in the shooting clearly aimed at police. The gunfire broke out Thursday around 8:45 p.m. near the El Centro College Garage during a rally protesting recent police shootings in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and St. Paul, Minnesota earlier this week.

Though the story is still developing, at least two snipers are thought to have fired from elevated positions in an "ambush-style" attack, according to Dallas Police Chief David Brown quote by The Dallas Morning News.

A third suspect reportedly declared to authorities that there were bombs planted around the building, and the police believe that these three suspects triangulated their positions in order to injure and kill as many law enforcement officers as possible. There are also reports that one suspect has died from a self-inflicted gunshot.

Public transportation has been suspended in Dallas, and Texas Governor Greg Abbott has canceled his out of state trip to go to Dallas instead.

The attack is the deadliest for U.S. enforcement since the Sep. 11, 2001 terror attacks, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

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An End To Venezuela Sanctions? The Lula Factor In Biden's Democratization Gamble

The Biden administration's exploration to lift sanctions on Venezuela, hoping to gently push its regime back on the path of democracy, might have taken its cue from Brazilian President Lula's calls to stop demonizing Venezuela.

Photo of a man driving a motorbike past a wall with a mural depicting former President Hugo Chavez in Caracas, Venezuela

Driving past a Chavez mural in Caracas, Venezuela

Leopoldo Villar Borda


BOGOTÁ — Reports last month that U.S. President Joe Biden's apparent decision to unblock billions of dollars in Venezuelan assets, frozen since 2015 as part of the United States' sanctions on the Venezuelan regime, could be the first of many pieces to fall in a domino effect that could help end the decades-long Venezuelan deadlock.

It may move the next piece — the renewal of conversations in Mexico between the Venezuelan government and opposition — before pushing over other obstacles to elections due in 2024 and to Venezuela's return into the community of American states.

I don't think I'm being naïve in anticipating developments that would lead to a new narrative around Venezuela, very different to the one criticized by Brazil's president, Lula da Silva. He told a regional summit in Brasilia in June that there were prejudices about Venezuela — and I dare say he wasn't entirely wrong, based on the things I hear from a Venezuelan friend who lives in Bogotá but travels frequently home.

My friend insists his country's recent history is not quite as depicted in the foreign press. The price of basic goods found in a food market are much the same as those in Bogotá, he says.

He goes to the theater when he visits Caracas, eats in restaurants and strolls in parks and squares. There are new building works, he says. He uses the Caracas metro and insists its trains and stations are clean — showing me pictures on his cellphone to prove it.

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