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Venezuela's Maduro combats dissidence among ruling socialists

Saturday, July 26, 2014 7:55am

Venezuela's President Maduro speaks during a news conference at Miraflores Palace in CaracasBy Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's ruling Socialist Party began a six-day congress on Saturday with President Nicolas Maduro seeking to quieten hardliners who believe the state is failing to stem corruption or fix the economy. It is the party's third congress since formation in 2008, but the first without its charismatic founder, former president Hugo Chavez who died last year of cancer after ruling the South American OPEC nation for 14 years. "This congress is going to determine the future of the revolution in coming years," Maduro said ahead of the meeting, adding that the party's 7.6 million members had sent some 23,000 proposals to be considered by 537 delegates. Venezuela has the highest inflation rate in the continent at 62 percent in the 12 months to June.

Russia criticizes EU sanctions, raps U.S. over Ukraine role

Saturday, July 26, 2014 7:54am

Ukrainian troops are pictured in the eastern Ukrainian town of KramatorskBy Vladimir Soldatkin MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia reacted angrily on Saturday to additional sanctions imposed by the European Union over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis, saying they would hamper cooperation on security issues and undermine the fight against terrorism and organized crime. Russia's Foreign Ministry also accused the United States, which has already imposed its own sanctions against Moscow, of contributing to the conflict in Ukraine through its support for the pro-Western government in Kiev. The 28-nation EU reached an outline agreement on Friday to impose the first economic sanctions on Russia over its behavior in Ukraine but scaled back their scope to exclude technology for the crucial gas sector.

2 carjackers who killed 3 kids still on the run

Saturday, July 26, 2014 7:52am

Investigators gather at the scene of a fatal accident in North Philadelphia, Friday July 25, 2014. Two children were killed and three people critically injured when a hijacked car lost control and hit a group of people near a fruit stand, according to police. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police in Philadelphia are still hunting for a pair of carjackers who rammed a stolen SUV into a family selling fruit for their church, killing three young siblings.

AP PHOTOS: Brief cease-fire halts Gaza war

Saturday, July 26, 2014 7:47am

Palestinians salvage usable things in their belongings they find at their destroyed houses during a 12-hour cease-fire in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Thousands of Gaza residents who had fled Israel-Hamas fighting streamed back to devastated border areas during a lull Saturday to find large-scale destruction: scores of homes were pulverized, wreckage blocked roads and power cables dangled in the streets. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)GAZA CITY, Gaza (AP) — A brief cease-fire Saturday in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas militants allowed thousands to return home to see the destruction.

North Korea fires short-range missile into sea

Saturday, July 26, 2014 7:43am

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's Defense Ministry says North Korea has fired a short-range ballistic missile into waters off its east coast.