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World briefs — Sept. 17


Leader postpones visit

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Tuesday postponed a state visit to the U.S. to protest an American spy program that has aggressively targeted the nation’s government and private citizens alike. Rousseff was to be honored with a state dinner next month. Revelations of the National Security Agency’s spy program and Rousseff’s dissatisfaction with the U.S. response to questions about the espionage made it impossible to continue with that trip for now, her office said.


Climate change failure

International leaders are failing in their fight against global warming, one of the United Nations’ top climate officials said Tuesday, appealing directly to the world’s voters to pressure their politicians into taking tougher action against the buildup of greenhouse gases. Halldor Thorgeirsson told journalists gathered at London’s Imperial College that leaders weren’t working hard enough to prevent potentially catastrophic climate change.


Deadly prison battle

Venezuelan officials say at least 15 inmates were killed in a bloody battle among inmates, some of them armed, in a prison in the country’s west. Prisons chief Iris Varela said Tuesday that a 16th person was killed in a different part of the prison in unrelated violence. Varela said the battle in Sabaneta prison in the city of Maracaibo on Monday appeared to have been for control of the grounds. Prison interiors are run by rival bands of inmates.

Northern Ireland

American leads talks

A U.S. diplomat launched a new round of peace talks Tuesday aimed at defusing annual confrontations over parades and flags that trigger rioting. Richard Haass told a Belfast news conference he would spend the coming four months meeting rival British Protestant and Irish Catholic parties, churches, parading organizations and militant pressure groups in hopes of finding compromise on issues that have defied resolution for decades. Haass directs the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

Compiled from wire reports.


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