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.
Finnish military said on Tuesday it fired underwater depth charges as a warning against a possible submarine in waters near Helsinki.
Eyewitnesses said that the young man sustained a serious injury during confrontations with Israeli troops near the separation wall in Al-Arqa town
A lawyer for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev called on a jury on Monday to sentence him to “a lifetime of unrelenting punishment” rather than death.
Conservative election candidate wrote on Facebook that she could not 'support' opposition leader Ed Miliband because he was a 'Jew.'
Two trains have collided south of Johannesburg, killing the conductor of one of the trains and injuring about 80 people.
Buhari said Boko Haram will be denied a recruitment base "the moment our local communities realize that its claim to being a religious group is nothing but a fraud."
The blast ripped through Tao FM, a private station, about 8:30pm local time.
The controversial Charlie Hebdo magazine will be honored at the PEN gala next month. Michael Ondaatje, Francine Prose and at least four other writers have withdrawn from next month’s PEN American Center gala
Gunman wounds two others in attack on station before being shot dead
Maryland governor declares state of emergency and activates National Guards to help quell Baltimore riots
Some 50 members of the Night Wolves plan to ride from Moscow to Berlin to mark Soviet forces' victory over Nazi Germany in the climactic Battle of Berlin.
Moghla said he had lost 600kg of his honey inventory – as well as honey-extracting equipment – when Israeli forces bombed his home during 51 days of intense Israeli bombardment in 2014
Slovak prime minister Robert Fico, confirms that he will be at the World War II celebration in Moscow.
They are suspected of smuggling 200 migrants from Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan into EU.
Israel prohibits construction of cement and/or iron structures in the strategic Jordan Valley region, an agriculturally-rich area that runs along the Jordanian border.