Sunday, June 24, 2018

Venezuela lawmakers postpone Chávez's swearing in

Venezuela

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.

China

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.

Elsewhere

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.

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