Venezuela top court grants Maduro economic emergency powers, opposition cries foul


CARACAS Venezuela's Supreme Court approved President Nicolas Maduro's "economic emergency" decree on Thursday, setting up a showdown after the Venezuelan Congress rejected the measure last month.

North Korea feels global pressure but not completely ostracized

SEOUL From building statues and training police in Africa to trading with India and Thailand, North Korea is managing to maintain business ties and friendly diplomatic relations with a dwindling number of Cold War-era friends.

North Korean rocket puts object into space, angers neighbors, U.S.

SEOUL/UNITED NATIONS North Korea launched a long-range rocket carrying what it called a satellite, drawing renewed international condemnation just weeks after it carried out a nuclear bomb test. | Video

World, North Korea 08 Feb 2016

Japan says need for stronger North Korea sanctions has risen: Kyodo

TOKYO Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida has said the need to adopt stronger sanctions against North Korea has risen after the reclusive state launched a long-range rocket at the weekend, Kyodo news agency reported on Monday.

World, Japan 07 Feb 2016

U.N. Security Council condemns North Korea launch, vows action

UNITED NATIONS The United Nations Security Council on Sunday strongly condemned North Korea's latest rocket launch and promised to take punitive steps, while Washington vowed to ensure the 15-nation body imposed "serious consequences" on Pyongyang as soon as possible.

U.N. council condemns North Korea launch, U.S. vows 'serious consequences'

UNITED NATIONS The United Nations Security Council on Sunday condemned North Korea's latest rocket launch and vowed to take "significant measures" in response to Pyongyang's violations of U.N. resolutions, Venezuela's U.N. ambassador said.

World, United Nations 07 Feb 2016

U.N. Security Council to hold emergency meeting on North Korea launch

UNITED NATIONS The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Sunday to discuss the North Korean rocket launch as requested by United States, Japan and South Korea, the U.N. press office said.

Iran calls on U.S. to reassure European banks over trade with Tehran

LONDON Iran on Thursday called on the United States to make a clear public pledge that it would not penalize European banks for legitimate trade with the Islamic Republic.

04 Feb 2016

Murder rate dips, but Venezuela still global hotspot

CARACAS Venezuela's murder rate fell last year to 58 per 100,000 inhabitants, the government said on Tuesday, but the violence-racked nation remains one of the world's most dangerous.

World, United Nations 02 Feb 2016

Venezuela ex-ministers seek probe into $300 billion in lost oil revenue

CARACAS Two former cabinet ministers under late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez are seeking an investigation to trace the fate of some $300 billion allegedly embezzled during the past decade through a complex currency control system.

02 Feb 2016