World Bulletin / News Desk
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez shuffled his cabinet on Saturday then announced the changes from his Twitter account, days after winning a re-election bid that could extend his rule to nearly two decades.
Chavez on Sunday beat opposition challenger Henrique Capriles by a resounding 11 percentage points, giving him a third six-year term to continue his self-styled socialist revolution in the South American OPEC nation.
He named General Nestor Reverol, who has led Venezuela's anti-drugs agency, as the new interior minister. That post is key to addressing the violent crime that is the top complaint of Venezuelans of all social classes.
The shuffle also put new faces in the environment and communications ministries.
He ended several tweets with the phrase "efficiency or nothing," reflecting efforts to address complaints about stifling bureaucracy and half-finished infrastructure projects that at times dogged him on the campaign trail.
He has tapped several key allies to run in elections for state governors in December in efforts to win back states now controlled by the opposition.
Chavez, 58, on Wednesday named Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro as vice president. Maduro has been seen as a possible successor to the socialist leader since his cancer diagnosis in mid-2011.
Chavez insists he is fully recovered from the disease, but doctors say a relapse cannot be ruled out.
French foreign ministry official said that '147 heads of state and government are expected' at the highly-anticipated Conference of Parties
Bratislava intends to lodge the suit with the European Court of Justice, which adjudicates in disputes over how EU law is interpreted and applied
French President comes for talks with US President Obama on how to confront the threat posed by the ISIL group in the wake of the Paris attacks
Putin brands the downing by Turkey of a Russian warplane on the Syrian border a 'stab in the back' committed by 'accomplices of terrorists'
European and Pakistani officials are meeting to discuss the details of the procedure
Washington and Paris stepped up their fight against ISIL, with France launching its first strikes from an aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean and the US calling for more international cooperation against the extremist group
Record number of complaints over story alleging one in five British Muslims had ‘sympathy for jihadis’ as it emerges that YouGov refused to carry out poll
Black Sea peninsula has been hit by power cuts since an explosion at the weekend cut power lines from Ukraine, which supplies 90 per cent of its electricity
A widely circulated picture of a woman taking a bath is not the reported suicide bomber in Paris.
Russian economy forecast to contract by minus 3.8 percent in 2015, improving to minus 0.6 percent in 2016, International Monetary Fund says
The US has issues a worldwide travel alert to remain in place until the end of February 2016.
The Israeli army has hit out at a Hamas military post in the Gaza Strip
David Cameron has revealed plans for more troops, aircraft and ships following a review of the UK defense and security plans
UN General Assembly's Third Committee has adopted a resolution urging international community to support Palestinian efforts for statehood
Soldiers in Brussels continue to monitor the streets as the Belgian government extends its terror alert