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Venezuela highway crash kills 20: official CARACAS: At least 20 people were killed on a highway outside Caracas early Monday when the bus they were riding in crashed into a tree, Venezuelan officials said.The accident occurred shortly before daybreak, on a highway about 50 kilometers (30 miles) west of the Venezuelan capital, said Victor Lira, head of the federal civil protection office."So far we have a regrettable toll of 20 dead and 10 people hurt," Lira said.More casualties were likely, however, given the force of the crash, which ripped away the entire right side of the coach.Officials said the bus, which had a capacity of 60 seated passengers, was traveling from Lara state to Caracas when the driver lost control, smashed through a traffic median and into a tree along the side of the roadway.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Brazil police prevent protest near Maracana stadium RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazilian police used pepper spray to prevent some 200 protestors from getting near Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium Sunday during the Argentina-Bosnia World Cup game.Chanting "Hey FIFA, return to Switzerland," the demonstrators, including members of the radical Black Bloc movement, tried to penetrate a police barricade. Police used pepper spray to keep them back.Tensions rose when a man driving by fired a gun in the air and shouted at protestors to leave, ...
Colombians re-elect Santos in boost for FARC talks BOGOTA: Colombians re-elected President Juan Manuel Santos on Sunday in a cliffhanger seen as a referendum on peace talks with FARC guerrillas.The center-right Santos registered 50.95 percent of the vote, compared with 45 percent for the more conservative Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, according to the electoral board. Another 4.03 percent were blank protest votes.Santos, 62, who governs in a coalition with some leftist parties, has led efforts to reach a peace deal the leftist Revolutionary Armed ...
Colombia complain to FIFA about security harassment SAO PAULO: Colombia complained to FIFA that a Brazilian security detail was harassing their delegation and delaying the team's movements to the point of making them arrive late for their first World Cup match against Greece on Saturday. In a letter sent to FIFA after the game, Colombia's Soccer Federation said the hostility of the Brazilian federal police team assigned to them was causing discomfort among players and technical staff. "They have torpedoed Colombia's movements, ...
World Cup gives dusty farm city CUIABA: In Cuiaba, they like to say there are two seasons: winter and hell. That's not the kind of weather descriptor likely to draw hordes of visitors to this agricultural boom town. Brazil's warmest state capital. The place endures temperatures in excess of 45 degrees C (113 F) in summer, also known as "hell."But the World Cup soccer tournament now playing out in the Cuiaba "winter" a relatively mild 33 C, or 91 F is ...
Opposition candidate closes on Rousseff SAO PAULO: Brazil main opposition party launched the candidacy of its leader Aecio Neves on Saturday to challenge President Dilma Rousseff's re-election bid in October on a platform of fiscal austerity and pro-market policies."Enough is enough," Neves said in an acceptance speech at the centrist PSDB party convention. He lambasted the leftist Rousseff for squandering public money and undermining the financial stability given to Brazil by the real currency plan adopted by former PSDB president ...
Brazilian police investigating rape of American during World Cup SAO PAULO: Police in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso are investigating the alleged rape of an American woman on Friday night after the World Cup soccer match between Australia and Chile.The woman, 24, was accompanied by US embassy officials to a hospital in the state capital of Cuiaba, a statement from the Mato Grosso state civil police said on Saturday, the third day of the month-long tournament.The woman and her boyfriend were staying in ...


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