BOGOTA, (Reuters) – Venezuela and Colombia each recalled their ambassadors to the other country yesterday, amid a diplomatic crisis sparked when socialist-run Venezuela closed two border crossings and deported over a thousand Colombians.
PARNDORF, Austria, (Reuters) – As many as 50 corpses were found in a parked lorry in Austria yesterday, and another migrant boat sank off Libya, deepening a crisis that is overwhelming Europe and throwing up new tragedies by the day.
CARACAS, (Reuters) – Venezuelans with chronic medical conditions such as breast cancer, haemophilia and transplants protested in Caracas yesterday, the latest demonstration to demand urgent medicines in a country whose health care system is beset with shortages.
DUBAI, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A new species of palm tree has started sprouting around Dubai. But instead of producing dates, the fronds of the Smart Palm harness the sun’s energy to allow people to look up city information, access Wi-Fi, and charge their phones, all for free.
MONETA, Va., (Reuters) – Two television journalists were shot to death during a live broadcast in Virginia yesterday, slain by a former employee of the TV station and who called himself a “powder keg” of anger over what he saw as racial discrimination at work and elsewhere in the United States.
BOGOTA, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A severe drought in Haiti has led to acute water shortages, shrivelled harvests and raised food prices, weakening the fragile food supply and worsening hunger among the poor, the U.N.
NEW DELHI, (Reuters) – India’s Hindus have dropped below 80 percent of the population for the first time since independence and media had speculated the previous government deliberately delayed the release of the data because it showed a rise in the Muslim population.
BRASILIA, (Reuters) – Brazil’s highest accounting court gave another 15 days for President Dilma Rousseff to respond to accusations she doctored the government accounts last year to hide the deterioration of the country’s finances.
GUATEMALA CITY, (Reuters) – The Guatemalan Supreme Court yesterday approved a request by the country’s attorney general to impeach President Otto Perez over his suspected involvement in a racket to siphon customs revenue from the government, and passed the matter to Congress for approval.
HARARE, (Reuters) – President Robert Mugabe pinned his hopes on China helping to revive Zimbabwe’s struggling economy on Tuesday and outlined reforms to investment rules to try to attract more capital.
CARACAS, (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is used to being attacked by critics as a communist dictator, but one label the Latin American socialist was not expecting was to be compared to U.S.
ILALASIMBA, Tanzania, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Y olanda Ngunda has every reason to smile now she holds a title deed recognising her as sole owner of a disputed plot of rugged farmland in Tanzania’s remote southern highlands.
GUATEMALA CITY, (Reuters) – A Guatemalan court ruled yesterday that ex-dictator Efrain Rios Montt will be given a “special trial” next year on genocide charges in which the 89-year-old will not have to testify and will not be sent to prison if convicted, due to mental incapacity.