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Hugo Chávez 'voice from the grave' clip dismissed by Venezuela president

When Hugo Chávez died eight months ago, hundreds of thousands of bereaved Venezuelans flocked past his open coffin to say their final goodbyes. It is no surprise then that a recording of the late leader claiming to be alive would cause a stir.<p>In the audio recording, a voice similar to Chávez's says …

Venezuela’s government is now in the toilet-paper business

This time, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro is rolling out a different solution to deal with his country’s toilet-paper shortage: He’s taking over.<p>Amid growing concerns that the country’s sanitary paper supply could run out, Venezuela ordered the temporary takeover last week of Manufacturas de …

Venezuela

Syria submits 'initial disclosure' of chemical weapons

WASHINGTON — The Syrian government submitted an "initial disclosure" of its chemical weapons to international inspectors, officials said Friday, the first step under an ambitious deal that aims to eliminate President<p>Bashar Assad's illicit poison gas arsenal.<p>Experts at the Organization for the …

John McCain Writes Pravda Op-Ed

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin for siding with "tyrannies," perpetuating bigotry, censoring the media and endorsing the Syrian regime in an opinion piece published on Russian news site Pravda.<p>In the op-ed, titled "Russians deserve better than Putin," McCain …

Malian troops in first clash with MNLA rebels since truce

<b>Malian government forces have clashed with separatist Tuareg rebels in the first fighting since the two sides signed a peace accord in June.</b><p>The fighting took place near the western town of Lere, close to the Mauritanian border, leaving three soldiers injured.<p>Both sides have accused the other of …

Africa

On Anniversary Of Benghazi Attack, Libya Still Struggles

The deadly attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, which took place a year ago Wednesday, symbolized the violence, chaos and struggles that have defined Libya since the ousting of dictator Moammar Gadhafi two years ago.<p>The country is split along regional and tribal lines. The government of Prime …

Syria Must Be Punished as Warning to Others, Kerry Says

Secretary of State John Kerry made an impassioned case for punishing Syria today, stating that a chemical attack by the regime of President Bashar …