swearing in for Chávez postponed
Venezuelan lawmakers voted Tuesday to postpone the inauguration of ailing President Hugo Chávez for his new term, prompting complaints from opponents who called it a violation of the constitution. Chávez's allies, who hold a majority of seats in the National Assembly, agreed with a government proposal for Chávez to be sworn in at a later date. Vice President Nicolas Maduro broke the news that Chávez would not be able to attend Thursday's scheduled inauguration in a letter to National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello, confirming suspicions that Chávez's battle with cancer and a respiratory infection would keep him in a Cuban hospital past the key date.
Censorship fight at paper defused
Officials and editors at an influential weekly newspaper in China are defusing a standoff over censorship, with reporters agreeing to resume work in exchange for a rollback in some press controls. The agreement hashed out Tuesday comes in time for the Guangzhou-based Southern Weekly to publish as normal on Thursday and ends a test for the new Communist Party leadership of Xi Jinping.
India: Indian military officials on Tuesday accused Pakistani troops of killing two of their soldiers after crossing into Indian territory in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, a development that could impede a tenuous peace process between the rivals. On Sunday, Pakistan accused India of killing one of its soldiers.