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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 that the operation in Arauca, which also involved the air force, navy and national police, targeted an ELN camp that was "responsible for attacks on civilians, roads and oil infrastructure in recent days."Eight ELN fighters were captured in the operation, including several minors who have been handed over to child protection authorities, it said.Defence Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon is expected to travel to the region, which borders Venezuela, later Wednesday.The Colombian government and FARC have ...

Brazil's Rousseff has 38pc voter support SAO PAULO: President Dilma Rousseff has 38 percent of voter support ahead of her October re-election bid and would win a second-round runoff, a new poll by the IBOPE polling institute showed on Tuesday. Her main challenger, Aecio Neves, has the backing of 22 percent of potential voters while Eduardo Campos has 8 percent, according to the survey broadcast on TV Globo. In a second-round runoff vote, Rousseff would defeat Neves with 41 percent of ...
Venezuela moves to empty Tower of David skyscraper slum CARACAS: Venezuelan authorities on Tuesday began moving residents out of the Tower of David, a Caracas skyscraper so notorious as a haven for squatters and gangs it was depicted in the US TV series "Homeland."More than 100 families were ushered out of the unfinished 45-story building, the start of an operation by military authorities to clear a longtime symbol of festering poverty and lawlessness in the heart of the Venezuelan capital.Its construction halted in 1993 ...
China's Xi in Cuba on last stop of Latin America swing HAVANA: Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Cuba late Monday, officials said, the last stop on a Latin American tour that has stressed trade and aid more than ideology."Inside Jose Marti International airport, Xi was welcomed by first Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel and diplomats from the Chinese mission here," Cuba's state news agency Prensa Latina reported.Xi arrived from Caracas for a two-day official visit to the Americas' only one-party communist nation.The Chinese leader is looking ...
Xi seeks energy deals in Venezuela CARACAS: Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived on Sunday in Venezuela, the third leg of a Latin American tour aimed at bolstering trade with the region and sealing energy deals.The Chinese leader's charm offensive, which has already taken him to Brazil and Argentina and will next bring him to Cuba, seeks to secure new bilateral trade deals, particularly for coveted raw materials.Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro greeted Xi as he landed at the Maiquetia airport that serves ...
Thousands march in pro-Palestinian protests in Chile SANTIAGO: About 5,000 demonstrators against Israel's military strikes in Gaza held a protest Saturday in the Chilean capital, home to a sizeable Palestinian community.The march took demonstrators to the Israeli embassy in Santiago, where some participants glued pictures of children who have died in the attacks to the walls of the building.The marchers continued on to the embassy of the United States, seen as Israel's close ally.Protests were also held Saturday in Paris and London. ...
White House says deportation flight to Honduras a 'signal' WASHINGTON: The White House said on Tuesday that the deportation of 40 women and children to Honduras was a sign that illegal immigrants would not be welcomed with "open arms" amid a border crisis.The immigrants, sent home from a holding facility in New Mexico on Monday, became a high profile symbol of the Obama administration's efforts to stem a tide of minors crossing into the United States from Central America.White House spokesman Josh Earnest said ...


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