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A CNN team has been denied credentials to cover
upcoming local elections in Venezuela.
A CNN en Español correspondent and producer
appeared Friday at the Ministry of Communications
in Caracas, and an official told them their credentials
were denied, because "they didn t understand why
CNN needed to send an anchor to cover local elections
when there are two correspondents accredited in
The CNN team, including reporter Fernando del
Rincón, intended to travel to the state of Táchira,
where the most violent protests erupted in February
in the southwestern city of San Cristóbal. (CNN)
Germany s national security council
declined two-thirds of applications for arms
export licenses at its most recent sitting
three weeks ago, German news weekly
Spiegel said yesterday.
The economy ministry had prevented a
license application to export to Saudi Arabia
500 million euros worth of sight devices for
armoured personnel carrier guns from even
being discussed in the council, it said.
Spiegel said the sights were made by a unit
Such a move by the economy ministry
could place Berlin on a direct collision course
with Airbus Group after its chief executive
Tom Enders warned of increased job cuts
and factory closures over arms export curbs
in an interview with Reuters on Friday.
According to the Spiegel report, the gov-
ernment risks demands for compensation by
the affected firms. Projects in late stages were
among those declined.
German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel,
a Social Democrat (SPD), has promised a
much more cautious approach to licensing
arms exports, unnerving the sizeable defence
industry and signalling a change in approach
from the previous coalition government.
According to the Stockholm International
Peace Research Institute, Germany was the
world s third largest arms exporter from 2008-
2012, behind the United States and Russia.
German arms exports have come under
scrutiny in recent years because of the increas-
ing sums involved and because a greater
number of arms are heading to non-European
Union or NATO partners, and potentially
Earlier this month German media reported
Gabriel wanted to block two deals to sell arms
to Qatar and Saudi Arabia worth billions of
Germany stops some arms exports
Brazil has stocked up on riot gear and is ready
to deploy police and military forces to contain anti-
government protests expected during the 32-nation
World Cup soccer championship starting next
month, authorities said on Friday.
Brazilian officials believe the protests will be smaller
than the massive demonstrations that unexpectedly
erupted in June of last year during a warm-up event
for the World Cup.
The protests by Brazilians angered by the excessive
cost of building the World Cup stadiums in a devel-
oping country with deficient public services have
continued this year, but they have become less spon-
taneous and more violent.
World soccer body Fifa is worried that a resurgence
of the demonstrations could disrupt the games.
The tournament will be played in 12 Brazilian cities
between June 12 to July 13 and watched by billions
of TV viewers around the globe. Some 600,000 for-
eign fans are expected to travel to Brazil to see their
teams play. (Reuters)
Brazil ready to
at World Cup
Three people were killed and one seriously injured
in a spree of gunfire at the Jewish Museum in Brus-
sels yesterday, officials said. Police detained one
suspect and are looking for a second.
The attack, which came on the eve of national and
European Parliament elections, led officials to imme-
diately raise anti-terror measures. Belgian Foreign
Minister Didier Reynders, who was in the vicinity,
said the scene "was terrible and left me shocked" as
he saw two of the three dead lying at the entrance
of the museum, located in the swanky Sablon neigh-
Interior Minister Joelle Milquet told reporters that
the shooter apparently parked a car outside before
entering the Jewish Museum. She added the gunman
"apparently fired rather quickly, went outside and
The three dead were two women and a man, and
they were hit by bullets in the throat and face, said
Ine Van Wymersch, spokeswoman for the prosecutor s
Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo expressed support
for the Jewish community.
European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor
said that, even though it has yet to be established
whether the attack was anti-Semitic, "we are acutely
aware of the permanent threat to Jewish targets in
Belgium and across the whole of Europe." (AP)
3 killed, 1 injured
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