1 May 2019

Today's world news: What you need to know

6:52 pm on 1 May 2019

The international stories making headlines around the world.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaking during a press conference at the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, Venezuela on March 11, 2019.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaking during a press conference in March. Photo: AFP

Maduro defiant in face of renewed push to oust him

The Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has declared himself victorious against a fresh push by the country's opposition leader Juan Guaido to topple him.

After weeks of political standoff, Mr Guaido has moved to grab power by calling on the military to help remove Mr Maduro.

The call sparked mass anti-government protests which turned violent in the capital Caracas.

Flanked by his military commanders, Mr Maduro has given a defiant televised address, in which he saluted the loyalty of the armed forces and said plans to oust him have failed.

Mr Guaido has called for more mass protests.


New imperial era starts in Japan

Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito has formally ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne to become Emperor.

In a symbolic but simple ceremony at the Imperial Palace he inherited Japan's Imperial Treasures which his father Akihito relinquished during his historic abdication yesterday.

Japanese new Emperor Naruhito delivers the first speech after the accession during his first audience ceremony, Sokui-go-Choken-no-Gi, at Imperial Palace in Tokyo on May 1, 2019.

Japan's new Emperor Naruhito delivers his first speech. Photo: AFP

The emperor in Japan holds no political power but serves as a national symbol.

Naruhito's ascension ushers in a new imperial era called Reiwa, meaning order and harmony.

Guilty verdict over US police shooting of Australian woman

A US police officer has been found guilty of third degree murder and second degree manslaughter over the shooting death of Australian woman in Minneapolis almost two years ago.

Mohammed Noor shot Justine Damond Ruszczyk as she came out of her home after reporting a potential sexual assault nearby.

He was acquitted of the more serious second degree intentional murder charge.

It's the first time a police officer in Minnesota has been convicted over an on-duty shooting.

Mueller unhappy with report summary

US Special Counsel Robert Mueller reportedly complained to Attorney General William Barr over his summary of the Russia investigation.

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2013, file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller is seated at FBI Headquarters in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

US Special Counsel Robert Mueller/ Photo: AP

The Washington Post and other media outlets have said Mr Mueller wrote a letter to Mr Barr, complaining that his four page summary "did not fully capture the context, nature and substance" of the investigation's conclusions.

The investigation looked into Russian interference in the US election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

Mr Barr's summary said Mr Mueller had found no evidence of collusion and hadn't reached a conclusion on whether Mr Trump obstructed justice.

- Reuters

Yeti or not?

Indian Army mountaineers on a expedition in Nepal have found mysterious large footprints in the snow which they believe belong to the Yeti, or the abominable snowman.

Largely regarded by the scientific community as a myth, the Yeti is part of Nepali folklore and is said to live high in the snow-capped Himalayas.

In a tweet accompanied by pictures, the Indian army said it had sighted footprints measuring 81 cms by 38 cms, adding "For the first time, an #IndianArmy Mountaineering Expedition Team has sited Mysterious Footprints of mythical beast 'Yeti".

But Daniel C. Taylor, who has extensively explored the Makalu-Barun area and written a book on the mystery of the Yeti, said the footprints were likely those of bears.

- Reuters

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