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Venezuela officials say at least 12 people killed overnight

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — At least 12 people were killed overnight during looting and violence in Venezuela’s capital amid a spiraling political crisis, authorities said Friday. Most of the deaths took place in El Valle, a working class neighborhood near Caracas’ biggest military base where opposition leaders say a group …

GM quits Venezuela after govt seizes factory

VALENCIA, Venezuela (AP) — General Motors announced Thursday that it was shuttering operations in Venezuela after authorities seized its only factory, a dramatic escalation of the chaos engulfing the South American nation amid days of deadly protests. The plant in the central city of Valencia was confiscated on Wednesday as …

Kim’s call on economy has North Korea scrambling

NAMPO, North Korea (AP) — North Korean officials and factory managers are scrambling to answer a call from leader Kim Jong Un for an all-out, nationwide effort to build up the country’s economy in 2017. Along with vowing to make yet more advances with nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles, …

China starts 2017 engulfed by smog, issues pollution alerts

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing and other cities across northern and central China were shrouded in thick smog Monday, prompting authorities to delay dozens of flights and close highways. The Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau extended an “orange alert” for heavy air pollution for three more days. Beijing’s smog had initially …

China restricts cars, factories amid latest smog alert

BEIJING (AP) — China’s capital and other northern cities have banned half of all vehicles from city streets and ordered factories, schools and construction sites closed in response to a five-day smog red alert. The emergency steps enacted Friday night significantly reduced traffic in Beijing on Saturday, although it wasn’t …

Top Venezuela beer maker halts production amid shortages

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s largest brewer said it shut down beer production Friday at the last of its four factories due to a shortage of imported supplies. Cerveceria Polar, which announced the closing of its factory in Carabobo state in an email, had warned earlier that it had enough …