Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Briefs

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Venezuelan first lady's nephews are arrested

Two nephews of Venezuela's powerful first lady, Cilia Flores, were arrested in Haiti on charges of conspiring to smuggle 800 kilograms of cocaine into the U.S. and will be arraigned in New York, three people familiar with the case said Wednesday. The arrest Tuesday, coming just three weeks ahead of key Venezuelan legislative elections, is likely to exacerbate already tense relations between the U.S. and Venezuela and cast a hard look at U.S. accusations of drug trafficking at the highest levels of embattled President Nicolas Maduro's socialist administration. The two suspects, Efrain Campos and Francisco Flores, were extradited from Haiti and are set to be arraigned Thursday in a federal court in New York.

Constructions begins in Chile for giant telescope * A groundbreaking ceremony has been held in Chile for the Giant Magellan Telescope. Scientists and officials gathered Wednesday on a mountaintop high in the Chilean Andes cordillera for the ceremony marking the launch of construction on what is expected to be the largest telescope ever built when it is completed in 2021. The GMT, as it's known for short, will be in the Atacama Desert. Experts say it will produce images 10 times sharper than those delivered by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Thousands flee refugee camp in Central African Republic * U.N. officials say at least five people are dead and thousands have fled a camp for displaced people in Central African Republic after it came under attack by rebel fighters. The violence took place in the northern town of Batangafo, the U.N. refugee agency said Wednesday. A preliminary report says that Muslim fighters killed five people in retaliation after two young Muslims had been killed earlier in the day there.

Marchers in Afghanistan protest failure to counter militants * Afghan security forces fired warning shots outside the presidential palace in Kabul on Wednesday to disperse thousands of protesters angry over slayings suspected to have been carried out by militants linked to the Islamic State. …

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