6 Mar 2019

Today's world news: What you need to know

7:22 pm on 6 March 2019

The international stories making headlines around the world.

Stage set for clashes in Venezuela

The stage has been set for clashes in Venezuela with both the President Nicolas Maduro and the opposition leader Juan Guaido calling on their supporters to take to the streets this weekend for large-scale demonstrations.

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Photo: AFP

Mr Guaido, who returned to the country on Monday, is continuing to pressure Mr Maduro to step down.

But Mr Maduro has vowed to defeat what he's called a "crazed minority" which wants to remove him from power.

He's called for "anti-imperialist marches" on 9 March to coincide with Mr Guaido's anti-government protests.

Separately, the US said it was considering imposing new sanctions to pressure Mr Maduro to give up power.


Hundreds of IS fighters surrender

Hundreds of Islamic State fighters have surrendered as they left their last enclave in eastern Syria.

They have joined some of the more than 6500 people, mostly civilians, who have been evacuated in the past day.

Syrian Democratic Forces said they had slowed their assault on the town of Baghouz because more civilians were trapped inside than previously thought.

It said up to 500 fighters, mainly from foreign countries, gave themselves up as a corridor was opened for people to flee.

- Reuters

Renewed activity at North Korean rocket site

New satellite images appear to indicate that North Korea is rebuilding part of a rocket launch site that it had began to dismantle.

The activity at the satellite launch station at Dongchang-ri stopped in August when negotiations with the US stalled.

Now new images taken after last week's summit in Hanoi between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump, appear to show rapid progress has been made in rebuilding structures on the rocket launch pad.

Meanwhile the US has suggested that it may increase pressure on Pyongyang if it does not give up its weapons.

See more: https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/384038/reports-of-north-korea-restoring-missile-launch-site

Irish links to London bombs

Irish police are now assisting in the investigation into three small incendiary bombs which were sent to two airports and a railway station in England.

Heathrow airport

A building at Heathrow was evacuated when a package was found (file photo). Photo: 123RF

No-one was hurt in the incidents, though one of the devices was reportedly opened and partially ignited.

The parcels had Irish stamps and were discovered at Waterloo station in London, and offices at Heathrow and London City airports.

They've raised questions as to whether they signal the start of a terror campaign by dissident Irish Republicans in mainland Britain.

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  • Explosive packages found at Heathrow, Waterloo and London City Airport
  • Body found in suitcase

    The body of a missing Sydney woman has been found in a suitcase in a parked car in the city's eastern suburbs.

    The police say 32-year old dentist Preethi Reddy had last contacted her family on Sunday morning.

    They say she had been stabbed mulitple times.

    The police have also revealed that a man who died in a fiery car crash in northern New South Wales last night was her former partner and had been spoken to as part of the missing persons' investigation.

    They believe his car was deliberately driven head-on into another vehicle.

    - ABC

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  • Body of missing Sydney dentist found in suitcase
  • Jenner named as youngest self-made billionaire

    TV personality Kylie Jenner attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City.

    Kylie Jenner. Photo: AFP / ANGELA WEISS

    US reality star and cosmetics queen Kylie Jenner has been named the youngest self-made billionaire of all time by Forbes magazine, thanks to the booming cosmetics company she founded three years ago.

    Jenner, 21, whose part of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, made it onto the annual Forbes list of billionaires after debuting her Kylie Cosmetics online in 2015 with $US29 lip kits containing matching lipstick and lip liner.

    Forbes said she was both the world's youngest billionaire and also the youngest self-made billionaire ever.

    Last year, Kylie Cosmetics did an estimated $US360 million in sales, according to Forbes and Jenner owns 100 % of the company.