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.
Under current Swiss laws, an applicant has to be on Swiss territory to lodge an asylum request.
Iraqi security forces backed by Shiite militia defeat Daesh in al-Dour town.
Floods – said to be the worst in 90 years – affected Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe
The streets of Mogadishu saw heavy deployments of security personnel, who set up checkpoints in order to search cars and check passengers' IDs
Several Israelis were killed or wounded amid a rise in Palestinian attacks on Israelis as tension in the region mounts.
An Iraqi antiquities official confirmed the news, saying the destruction began after noon prayers on Thursday and that trucks that may have been used to haul away artefacts had also been spotted at the site.
Mogherini told a foreign policy conference in the Latvian capital that she was committed to bringing the Iranian nuclear talks to a positive end.
The postponement of the local elections is the second time they have been pushed back.
Navalny strikes defiant tone after murder of ally Nemtsov with plans to go to Nemtsov's grave later on Friday
The source said that the three injured - a woman and her daughter who hail from the slain girl's family as well as a young man - have undergone shrapnel removal surgeries
Kurdish and Iraqi sources say the extremist group also vandalised a historical site in the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud.
Kenya is home to 3 out of the world's 5 living northern white rhinos
The country's import bill hit $2.8 billion in 2014 against $1.3 billion in export earnings