After Dozens Die in a Jail Fire, Venezuela Tear-Gasses Their Relatives

After Dozens Die in a Jail Fire, Venezuela Tear-Gasses Their Relatives Photo Some grieving relatives were told by a policewoman: “Look, I haven’t had any breakfast, so let’s calm down.” Credit Katherine Ortiz/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images VALENCIA, Venezuela — Like most jails in Venezuela, the one attached to the police station in the northern city of Valencia was packed beyond capacity. Built to house roughly 60 inmates, it contained about 200.
Simmering anger fueled a riot there on Wednesday morning: A prison guard, wounded by a knife, was taken hostage. Inmates threatened to kill him with a grenade unless their demands were met. Others set mattresses alight.
The fire turned the jail into an inferno. Emergency workers punched holes in the walls to let the smoke disperse and the inmates escape. But by nightfall, 66 men and two women — who were evidently at the jail to visit loved ones — were dead and scores were injured. Enraging Venezuelas and rights advocates, the police fired..

Britain Signals Harder Look at Wealthy Russians and Russian Wealth

Britain Signals Harder Look at Wealthy Russians and Russian Wealth Photo Russians waiting at the Russian Embassy in London to cast their votes in the presidential election this month. The British government said this week it would review the cases of 700 Russians who were granted visas to live in Britain largely because they could invest in the country. Credit Tim Ireland/Associated Press LONDON — For years, anticorruption campaigners have railed against Britain’s openness to ill-gotten riches from overseas and the foreigners who invest them. After a nerve agent attack on British soil, and the resulting diplomatic showdown between Russia and the West, that may be starting to change.
The British government said this week that it would review the cases of 700 Russians who were granted visas to live in Britain largely because they could invest millions of dollars in the country. And it signaled an openness to cutting off access to British financial markets for President Vladimir V. Putin’..