CARACAS, Venezuela -- President Hugo Chavez said Tuesday that his government will obtain a minority ownership share in Globovision, raising the stakes in his long-running battle with Venezuela's last remaining opposition television station.
Chavez said the authorities have determined that 25.8 percent of shares in Globovision belong to one of the owners of the Banco Federal, which the government took over last month citing financial problems and irregularities.
Chavez said the shares of Nelson Mezerhane will be seized by the government as it covers the deposits of customers in the bank.
Afghans to lead security by '14
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The U.S. and its international partners agreed Tuesday on a roadmap for Afghan forces to take the lead in securing the nation by 2014 amid doubts that that they would meet the first goal -- for the Afghans to assume control in certain areas by the end of the year.
At a one-day conference in a locked-down Afghan capital, President Hamid Karzai said he was determined that his soldiers and police will be responsible for all military and law enforcement operations by 2014.
Talk of a 2014 date -- which corresponds with the end of Karzai's term -- enables politicians to tell their war-weary publics that the war will not drag on indefinitely, draining resources at a time of economic hardship and rising death tolls.
It also sends a signal to the Afghans that the Western commitment to the country will extend beyond July 2011, when President Barack Obama says he will begin withdrawing U.S. troops.
British PM spurns US, denies look into BP bomber
WASHINGTON -- Drawn into an old disaster, British Prime Minister David Cameron said Tuesday he would not order a fresh investigation into why a convicted bomber was set free or whether BP had a role in it. President Barack Obama stood by his new peer but said that ''all the facts'' must come out.
In declaring his position -- to potentially make public more information from an earlier investigation of the man's release, but not start a new one-- Cameron rebuffed the U.S. government in his first White House visit.
Obama sought a diplomatic tone in response, saying the U.S. would ''welcome any additional information,'' and made clear he wanted it. Beyond the lingering anger, the case swirls anew with interest because of its possible links to BP, the company facing huge fallout in the United States for causing the Gulf oil spill.