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Venezuelan ex-intel chief wanted by US freed in Aruba, arrives home CARACAS: A Venezuelan ex-military intelligence chief arrested at the United States' request on drug trafficking charges by Aruba was freed from jail Sunday and returned home, authorities said."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.Aruba, close to Venezuela's coast, is an autonomous part of the kingdom of the Netherlands.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

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 ...
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 ...
Abe leaves Mexico, heads for Trinidad and Tobago MEXICO CITY: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Mexico on Sunday having struck a series of energy deals and headed for Trinidad and Tobago, his next stop on a tour of Latin America.The Japanese leader and his wife received a red-carpet sendoff flanked by soldiers at the presidential hangar, and were bid farewell by Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Meade, according to a statement.Abe, whose five-country visit comes on the heels of Chinese President Xi Jinping's, ...
Raul Castro marks anniversary of Cuba revolution landmark ARTEMISA: Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday officiated at a ceremony to mark the 61st anniversary of the guerrilla assault on the Moncada Barracks, widely regarded as the beginning of the Cuban Revolution.More than 100 rebels led by Fidel Castro attempted to storm the military facility at Moncada on July 26, 1953, in the first armed action of the revolution to topple dictator Fulgencio Batista.The assault ended in a crushing defeat for the rebels, with ...
Brazil announces $13bn credit stimulus BRASILIA: Brazil central bank said on Friday it would ease banks' reserve requirements, freeing up $13 billion to stimulate lending and boost an economy facing its fourth year of sluggish growth.The new measures, which also loosen the rules on lending to small businesses, come as leftist President Dilma Rousseff heads into October elections in which she is seeking a second four-year term."The central bank decided to adopt measures to improve the distribution of liquidity in ...
13 rebels killed in Colombia fighting: official BOGOTA: The Colombian army killed at least 13 leftist guerrillas early on Wednesday in two separate engagements, the defence ministry said.Eight ELN guerrillas were killed in an operation in the eastern province of Arauca and at least five rebels from the FARC guerrilla group were killed in the central province of Meta, a defence ministry spokesman told AFP.He said the toll could rise as troops continue sweeping the two areas.The army said in a statement ...


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