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VENEZUELA

2 Chevron employees freed in graft probe

CARACAS — Venezuelan officials have released two Chevron employees who were arrested in April amid a national anti-corruption investigation.

In a statement Wednesday, the U.S. oil company said its two Venezuela-based employees are “in good health” and have been reunited with their families. It did not say if the employees had been charged with any crimes.

Chevron is one of the few multinational oil companies still working in Venezuela, where the socialist government has raised royalties and seized assets to increase its control of the industry.

NICARAGUA

Violent clashes spread to key tourist area

MANAGUA — The violence that has wracked Nicaragua since anti-government protests erupted in mid-April has spread to Granada, one of the country’s principal tourism destinations.

Two people were killed Tuesday in the colonial town on the shores of Lake Nicaragua. Its city hall was also set on fire and some shops were looted.

The non-governmental Nicaraguan Human Rights Center says the death toll since the start of the unrest is 129.

Protests have continued across Nicaragua since President Daniel Ortega announced austerity measures for the social security system, which he later withdrew. Demonstrators have been calling for Ortega’s exit.

BRITAIN

Fire breaks out

at 116-year-old hotel

LONDON — More than 100 firefighters tackled a blaze at a luxury hotel in central London that produced thick black smoke visible for miles around and required people inside the building to evacuate Wednesday.

London Fire Brigade said it was called to the 12-story Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park hotel just before 4 p. …

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