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Venezuelan ex-intel chief sought by US freed in Aruba, now home CARACAS: A Venezuelan ex-military intelligence chief arrested by Aruba at the United States' request on drug trafficking charges was freed Sunday and returned home to Caracas, authorities said.Retired major general Hugo Carvajal was detained late Wednesday on the southern Caribbean island, where he had been designated but not confirmed as Venezuela's consul. "It is a very brave decision by Holland to acknowledge diplomatic immunity was violated, and for international law to be restored. It takes clarity, good will and bravery," President Nicolas Maduro said on learning of his release.Aruba, just 27 kilometers (17 miles) north of the Venezuelan coast, is an autonomous part of the kingdom of the Netherlands.Carvajal was, however, declared persona non grata and would be arrested if he returns to Aruba, officials said.Earlier, Foreign Minister Elias Jaua had said he received a letter from the Netherlands saying Carvajal would be freed soon based on article 13 of ...

Jobless families occupy homes in Spanish tourist town SANLUCAR DE BARRAMEDA: Unable to pay her mortgage, Manoli Herrera turned over her flat to the bank and moved into one of six abandoned buildings occupied by other jobless families in Sanlucar de Barrameda, a seaside town on Spain´s southern coast."I did not want my two children to experience the violence of an eviction. They have already gone through so much," she said as her children played in the courtyard of the occupied building.Twenty struggling ...

Student survivors testify in Korea ferry trial ANSAN: Teenaged student survivors of South Korea's ferry disaster began giving video testimony under tight security Monday in the murder trial of the vessel's captain and crew.It was the first time the survivors -- all from Dawon High School in Ansan city south of Seoul -- have given evidence in the trial which began more than a month ago.Police cordons blocked public access to the district court in Ansan City, outside Seoul, as the students ...

Americans infected with Ebola in Liberia outbreak WASHINGTON: Two Americans involved in the treatment of Ebola victims in Liberia have become infected with the West African epidemic, an aid agency said on Sunday.Samaritan's Purse, a Christian charity, said that its physician Kent Brantly was in stable condition and had been isolated at the group's Ebola treatment center at the ELWA hospital in the Liberian capital Monrovia.His symptoms included intermittent fever and body aches. Nancy Writebol, a missionary with the SIM Christian charity ...

Venezuela says ex-general sought by US to be freed in Aruba CARACAS: Venezuela said on Sunday that retired military General Hugo Carvajal, wanted by the United States over drug accusations and arrested four days ago on the Caribbean island of Aruba, would be released and return home shortly."A plane is taking off at this moment to go and pick up our comrade Hugo Carvajal," Foreign Minister Elias Jaua said on state TV, hailing "a new victory" for Venezuela.Carvajal's lawyer, Chris Lejuez, speaking to Reuters by telephone ...

Sierra Leone Ebola patient, recovered from family, dies in ambulance FREETOWN: A Sierra Leone Ebola patient whose family sparked a nationwide hunt when they forcefully removed her from a treatment centre and took her to a traditional healer, died in an ambulance on the way to hospital, a health official said. Health officials say fear and mistrust of health workers in Sierra Leone, where many have more faith in traditional medicine, are hindering efforts to contain an Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 450 ...

Five dead in north Nigeria NIGERIA: Nigeria's northern city of Kano on Sunday cancelled celebrations to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan after two bomb attacks blamed on the Boko Haram.At least five people were killed and eight were injured in a bomb attack on a church police said.The attack came shortly after the end of mass at the Saint Charles Catholic church, police spokesman Frank Mba told AFP."We suspect an IED (improvised explosive device) that ...


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