Lawmakers in brawl
Members of Venezuela’s National Assembly say postelection tensions set off a brawl between lawmakers that left one opposition assembly member badly bruised and bleeding. Opposition assembly member Ismael Garcia said that pro-government legislators threw punches Tuesday night after members of his coalition tried to protest a proposal barring them from legislative activities. Assembly member Julio Borges appeared on TV soon after with blood running down one side of his swollen face.
Militia in show of force
Gunmen swooped in on trucks mounted with anti-aircraft guns and surrounded Libya’s Justice Ministry on Tuesday, cutting off roads and forcing employees out of the building in the latest instance of powerful militiamen showing their muscle to press their demands on how Libya should be run more than a year after Moammar Gadhafi’s ouster.
New king takes throne
Millions of Dutch people dressed in orange flocked to celebrations around the Netherlands Tuesday in honor of a once-in-a-generation milestone for the country’s ruling House of Orange-Nassau: after a 33-year reign, Queen Beatrix abdicated in favor of her eldest son, Willem-Alexander. At 46, King Willem-Alexander is the youngest monarch in Europe and the first Dutch king in 123 years, since Willem III died in 1890.
Wine sale at palace
The dreaded phantasm of economic austerity has finally knocked its bony fingers on the door of the Elysee Palace, which announced Tuesday that it would auction off 1,200 bottles of its finest wines, renew its cellar with “more modest” vintages and return the surplus to the state budget. President Francois Hollande, a Socialist who was elected a year ago, has made a point of trying to be a “normal president” and contrast his simpler style with the “bling bling” image of his predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy.
Compiled from wire reports.