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.
The meeting is the first of the two absolute monarchs since a major rift between Qatar and Saudi Arabia earlier this year and follows attempts by Doha to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.
To keep the migrants below the deck, the five men indiscriminately stabbed and assaulted an estimated 60 of their fellow migrants before throwing them overboard, according to police
The cabinet agreed to impose the measures on Ahmed al-Jabr and Abdullah Barghash, his two brothers and his sister, on the recommendations of the interior minister.
Deputies from the State Duma lower house of parliament have drawn up a draft law that would increase income tax for people earning more than more than 1 million roubles ($28,700) a month.
Refugees streaming from Shejaia in the eastern part of Gaza City to the church in the southwestern area of al-Zaytun said they did not know where else they could go now
The suspension of the main opposition group threatens to further polarise the country which holds general elections later this year, which the opposition has threatened to boycott
Residents of Falluja and the nearby town of Garma said helicopters fired artillery and dropped three barrel bombs on Falluja and two on Garma.
With the attacks entering its third week, the Palestinian death toll rose to 616, including nearly 100 children and many other civilians
Jordan has drafted a text similar to a 2009 resolution, calling for an immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of Israeli troops from Gaza, council diplomats said
The White House said the United States welcomed news that victims' remains and the airplane's black boxes were being transferred to the Netherlands.
Bulgaria will raise its defence spending to 1.5 percent of GDP by 2015 and then gradually raise it further to 2 percent of GDP.
New constitution sweeping endorsement of military who siezed power in May 22 coup.
The Elections Commission said the Jakarta governor had won by just over six percentage points, with 53.15 percent of the nearly 130 million votes cast on July 9.
At least 47 people have died in the week-long Tripoli airport clashes, which involved artillery, Grad rockets and anti-aircraft guns, in some of the heaviest street fighting since the 2011 civil war.
Saddam-era fighters reject "changing the country's political and demographic structure" as Christians flee from ISIL threats.
Despite Western sanctions, he said Moscow would stand by separatists in eastern Ukraine whom, he described as part of a popular rising against an illegal coup.