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Jul 24, 2014

Venezuelan ex-intelligence head faces drug chrges in U.S

CARACAS/MIAMI (Reuters) – Venezuela’s former military intelligence chief, accused of involvement in drug trafficking by the United States, was arrested on a Caribbean island while on diplomatic business, the South American country said in a sternly worded statement on Thursday.

“The government rejects the illegal and arbitrary detention of the Venezuelan diplomatic official,” said the foreign ministry statement announcing the arrest of Hugo Carvajal on the nearby island of Aruba.

Jul 24, 2014

Trial starts for Venezuela opposition leader Lopez

CARACAS (Reuters) – Jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez went on trial in Venezuela on Wednesday, accused of masterminding anti-government protests that turned violent and left 43 people dead.

Days after the demonstrations began in mid-February, Lopez turned himself in to authorities and has been in a military jail since, but protests continued for about three months.

Jul 24, 2014

Venezuela’s world-famous ‘vertical slum’ may be demolished

CARACAS (Reuters) – An abandoned Caracas skyscraper dubbed the world’s tallest shanty-town after a squatters’ takeover could be demolished once its inhabitants are out, Venezuela’s leader said on Wednesday.

Soldiers and officials began this week moving out the first 160 of more than 1,150 families living inside the 45-story “Tower of David” in central Caracas. They are going to government-provided low-income housing outside the capital.

Jul 22, 2014

Venezuela government moves squatters from ‘Tower of David’ slum

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan soldiers and officials began moving hundreds of families on Tuesday out of a half-built 45-story skyscraper that dominates the Caracas skyline and is thought to be the tallest slum in the world.

The mass eviction from the “Tower of David”, originally intended to be a bank center but abandoned since 1994 and later home to some 3,000 needy Venezuelans, proceeded peacefully.

Jul 22, 2014

Venezuela govt moves squatters from ‘Tower of David’ slum

CARACAS, July 22 (Reuters) – Venezuelan soldiers and
officials began moving hundreds of families on Tuesday out of a
half-built 45-story skyscraper that dominates the Caracas
skyline and is thought to be the tallest slum in the world.

The mass eviction from the “Tower of David”, originally
intended to be a bank center but abandoned since 1994 and later
home to some 3,000 needy Venezuelans, proceeded peacefully.

Jul 9, 2014

Brazil’s image shattered, says Maradona

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Germany’s 7-1 thrashing of Brazil in the World Cup semi-final was a “hammer-blow” that has damaged the hosts’ image around the world, Argentine great Diego Maradona said.

The astonishing reverse was Brazil’s record World Cup defeat, their first loss at home in 64 competitive matches since 1975, and the first time they had lost by six goals in any match since Uruguay beat them 6-0 in the Copa America in 1920.

Jul 9, 2014

Soccer-Brazil’s image shattered, says Maradona

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, July 9 (Reuters) – Germany’s 7-1 thrashing of Brazil in the World Cup semi-final was a “hammer-blow” that has damaged the hosts’ image around the world, Argentine great Diego Maradona said.

The astonishing reverse was Brazil’s record World Cup defeat, their first loss at home in 64 competitive matches since 1975, and the first time they had lost by six goals in any match since Uruguay beat them 6-0 in the Copa America in 1920.

Jul 9, 2014

Fragile Brazil collapse under weight of expectation

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Brazil rode a wave of emotion, patriotism and prayer to reach the World Cup semi-finals but Tuesday was the day when the weight of expectation caught up with them.

Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari tried to explain their 7-1 defeat by Germany in purely footballing terms, saying their opponents played superbly and took their chances against a Brazil side that played poorly.

Jul 9, 2014

Soccer-Fragile Brazil collapse under weight of expectation

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, July 8 (Reuters) – Brazil rode a wave of emotion, patriotism and prayer to reach the World Cup semi-finals but Tuesday was the day when the weight of expectation caught up with them.

Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari tried to explain their 7-1 defeat by Germany in purely footballing terms, saying their opponents played superbly and took their chances against a Brazil side that played poorly.

Jul 9, 2014

No ‘schadenfreude’ for magnanimous Germans

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – For a team that had just crushed hosts Brazil 7-1, smashed a few records, and reached a World Cup final, Germany’s manager and players were astonishingly cool on Tuesday.

Clearly as stunned by the game as the Brazilians themselves, the Germans showed the utmost respect towards their humiliated and weeping rivals, hugging and consoling them at the end.

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      "Andrew Cawthorne is a British journalist who has worked for Reuters since 1992 on various assignments in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Prior to that, Andrew worked on newspapers for several years."
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