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The United States has
expelled three Venezuelan
diplomats, in response to the
expulsion of three of its own
consular officials from Cara-
Just over a week ago,
Venezuela had accused the
expelled Americans of having
links with violent groups.
President Obama said the
claims were baseless and false.
At least 13 people have been
killed during weeks of protests
in Venezuela, although the
opposition puts the number of
dead at 15.
The announcement came as
the government in Caracas was
expected to name its new
ambassador to the US.
The US State Department
said Ignacio Luis Cajal Avalos,
Victor Manuel Pisani Azpurua,
and Marcos Jose Garcia Figuere-
do were considered "personae
non-gratae" and had 48 hours
to leave the country.
On February 16, Venezuela
said it was expelling three US
diplomats for allegedly meeting
students who had been involved
in violent marches.
US expels three Venezuelans in tit for tat
KANO---Suspected Boko Haram
Islamists killed 43 people yester-
day when they attacked secondary
school students as they slept in
the latest school massacre to hit
Nigeria s troubled northeast.
The raid at 2 am targeted the
Federal Government College in the
town of Buni Yadi in Yobe state
and bore the hallmarks of a similar
attack last September in which 40
The attackers reportedly hurled
explosives into student residential
buildings, sprayed gunfire into
rooms and hacked a number of
students to death.
A senior medical source at the
Sani Abacha Specialist Hospital in
Yobe s capital Damaturu said the
gunmen only targeted male stu-
dents and that female students
"So far, 43 bodies have been
brought (from the college) and are
lying at the morgue," said the
source, who requested anonymity
as he was not authorised to discuss
A statement released by Presi-
dent Goodluck Jonathan s office
described the killing by people it
called "deranged terrorists and
fanatics", as "callous and sense-
"The president wholly condemns
the heinous, brutal and mindless
killing of the guiltless students by
deranged terrorists and fanatics
who have clearly lost all human
Yobe has been one of the hard-
est-hit areas in Boko Haram s four-
and-half year Islamist uprising,
which has killed thousands of peo-
ple.The name Boko Haram means
"Western Education is forbidden".
The group has been blamed for
waves of school attacks, especially
in Yobe, where scores of students
have been slaughtered in the last
People whose relatives were
studying at the college had sur-
rounded the morgue and were des-
perately seeking information about
those killed, forcing the military
take control of the building to
restore calm, the hospital source
Yobe is one of three northeastern
states which was placed under
emergency rule in May last year
when the military launched a mas-
sive operation to crush the Boko
Boko Haram, declared a terrorist
organisation by Nigeria and the
United States, has said it is fighting
to create an Islamic state in Nige-
ria s mainly Muslim north. (AFP)
Boko Haram kills
43 in school attack
Ukraine s interim President Olexan-
der Turchynov has warned of the dan-
gers of separatism following the oust-
ing of President Viktor Yanukovych.
His comments came amid contin-
uing opposition in Ukraine s Russian-
speaking regions to the new adminis-
tration in Kiev.
The formation of a unity government
has been delayed until Thursday.
Meanwhile there are reports that one
of Yanukovych s former aides, Andriy
Kliuyev, has been shot and wounded.
Kliuyev s car is said to have been
attacked while he was travelling back
to Kiev from the Crimea after tendering
his resignation to the former president.
A spokesman was quoted on local
media as saying his life was not in dan-
ger.Kliuyev, the former head of the pres-
idential administration, is said to have
left Kiev with the president when he
fled the capital at the weekend.
Addressing parliament, Turchynov
said he would meet law enforcement
agencies to discuss the risk of sepa-
ratism in regions with large ethnic
Russian populations. Separatism was
a "serious threat", he said.
The delay in announcing a unity
government was to allow further con-
sultations, Turchynov said, adding that
"a coalition of national faith must be
Anyone held responsible for sepa-
ratist moves should be punished, his
press service quoted Turchynov as say-
ing in a later statement, the Reuters
news agency reports.
Parliament has now voted in favour
of trying Yanukovych at the Interna-
tional Criminal Court (ICC).
The ex-president is accused of being
behind the deaths of more than 100
protesters at the hands of the police,
many of them shot by snipers.
The ICC is a court of last resort, our
correspondent says---it will only try a
case if the country concerned is gen-
uinely unwilling or unable to do so.
In its resolution on trying
Yanukovych at the ICC, parliament
said he had been involved in "serious
The US has already said it is ready
to give financial support to Ukraine to
complement any future loan from the
International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Further promised loans from Russia
are looking increasingly unlikely. (BBC)
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