Venezuela

U.S. envoys expelled

President Nicolas Maduro announced Monday the expulsion of the top U.S. diplomat in Venezuela and two other embassy employees for allegedly conspiring with “the extreme right” to sabotage the economy and power grid. The U.S. Embassy said it had not yet received notification, but called the accusations unfounded. Expelled were Charge D’Affaires Kelly Keiderling, the top embassy official in the absence of an ambassador, consular officer David Moo and Elizabeth Hoffman, who works in the embassy’s political section.

BELGIUM

Snowden is prize finalist

U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden is among three finalists for the European Union’s top human rights prize. European lawmakers on Monday narrowed down the list of nominees for the prestigious $65,000 award to Snowden, Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, and imprisoned dissidents from Belarus. The pro-environment Greens’ caucus said Snowden, who leaked a trove of documents on U.S. surveillance agencies’ programs, “risked his freedom to protect us.”

Greece

Party is official’s target

Greece’s prime minister said Monday his government will do “whatever it takes” to eradicate the extreme-right Golden Dawn party, whose neo-Nazi leaders have just been arrested. Antonis Samaras said the Greek people are now seeing the party for what it really is. “I believe that they will realize that they should not follow the party that has such extreme ideological positions and ideas,” he told a meeting in New York of the American Jewish Committee.

Saudi Arabia

Doctor reassures women

A Saudi doctor has gone on-air to dismiss claims made by a well-known cleric who caused a stir when he said medical studies show driving affects a woman’s ovaries. Gynecologist Mohammed Baknah said on the Rotana channel that scientific studies have not proved driving has adverse effects on women’s reproductive health. He was addressing remarks by Sheik Saleh Saad el-Leheidan who said women who drive suffer from having the pelvis forced upward.

Compiled from wire reports.