Venezuela closes embassy in Ecuador to protest raid on Mexican embassy there

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro ordered the closure of his country’s embassy and consulates in Ecuador on Tuesday in solidarity with Mexico in its protest over a raid by Ecuadorian authorities on the Mexican embassy in Quito. Venezuela also “fully supports” Mexico’s request to have the United Nations suspend Ecuador from the … Read more

Defence minister calls for Germany to resist Russian disinformation

Germany needs to become more resistant to Russian disinformation, Defence Minister Boris Pistorius said on visiting the military’s operative communications centre in Mayen in the south-west of the country. Disinformation campaigns had to be recognized early on and publicly exposed, he said. “We cannot be taken in by [Russian President Vladimir] Putin in this area … Read more

Russia to grow faster than all advanced economies says IMF

[Getty Images] An influential global body has forecast Russia’s economy will grow faster than all of the world’s advanced economies, including the US, this year. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects Russia to grow 3.2% this year, significantly more than the UK, France and Germany. Oil exports have “held steady” and government spending has “remained … Read more

Overtourism sparks backlash in Spain

Anti-tourism movements are multiplying in Spain, the world’s second most visited country, prompting authorities to try and reconcile the interests of locals and the lucrative sector. Rallying under the slogan “The Canaries have a limit”, a collective of groups on the archipelago off northwest Africa are planning a slew of protests on Saturday. The Canaries … Read more

Catalonia’s Puigdemont says pro-independence party close to taking back control of region

* Catalonia is holding an election on May 12 * Puigdemont’s return made possible by controversial amnesty * Junts acted as kingmaker for Spain’s socialist government * Support for independence has ebbed in polls By Joan Faus PERPIGNAN, France, April 16 (Reuters) – Catalonia’s former president Carles Puigdemont, who has been living in self-exile since … Read more