Russia Will Expel 150 Diplomats, as Tensions With West Reach Fever Pitch

Russia Will Expel 150 Diplomats, as Tensions With West Reach Fever Pitch Photo Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov of Russia announcing the Kremlin’s decision to retaliate for the expulsion of more than 150 Russian diplomats from Western — which was itself a reaction to a nerve-agent attack on British soil. Credit Yuri Kadobnov/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images LONDON — Intensifying Russia’s clash with Europe and the United States, the Kremlin on Thursday announced that it would expel 150 Western diplomats and close the American consulate in St. Petersburg.
The action was in retaliation for the expulsion of more than 150 Russian officials from other countries — which was itself a reaction to a nerve-agent attack on British soil that Britain and its allies have blamed on Moscow.
The United States ambassador to Russia, Jon M. Huntsman Jr., was summoned to the Foreign Ministry, the foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, announced. Sixty American diplomats will be expelled from Russia — the s..

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..