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