World briefs: Chavez to miss inauguration

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CARACAS, Venezuela -- President Hugo Chavez won't be able to attend his scheduled swearing-in this week, Venezuela's government announced Tuesday, confirming suspicions that the leader's illness will keep him in a Cuban hospital past the key date.

Vice President Nicolas Maduro broke the news in a letter to National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello, saying it was based on the recommendation of Mr. Chavez's medical team.

Tensions between the government and opposition have been building in a constitutional dispute over whether the ailing president's swearing-in can legally be postponed.

Jobless rate hits new high

BERLIN -- Unemployment in the eurozone rose to a record in November, according to data released Tuesday that also showed that the troubles in the 17-nation currency bloc were straining its strongest member, Germany.

The eurozone jobless rate was 11.8 percent in November, up from 11.7 percent in October, according to Eurostat, the statistical agency of the European Union. Eurostat estimated that 18.8 million people in the eurozone were unemployed in November -- 2 million more than a year earlier.

2 India soldiers killed

NEW DELHI -- Indian army officials said Tuesday that two of their soldiers were slain by Pakistani troops who attacked an Indian military post in Kashmir, the second fatal clash in the divided region in two days.

The incident is likely to further heighten tension at a time when the two wary neighbors have been working to improve relations following the 2008 attack on the Indian city of Mumbai by Pakistan-based militants.

British soldier killed

KABUL, Afghanistan -- A British soldier who was helping to build new quarters for the Afghan National Army at a small base in southern Afghanistan was fatally shot by an Afghan soldier in the first insider attack of 2013, military officials said on Tuesday.

The attacker, who struck on Monday evening, also shot and wounded six other British soldiers in the engineering regiment, three of them seriously, before being killed, Afghan and British officials said.

Wildfires rage in Australia

COOMA, Australia -- Firefighters battled scores of wildfires Tuesday in southeastern Australia as authorities evacuated national parks and warned that hot, dry and windy conditions were combining to raise the threat to its highest alert level.

Temperatures soared to 113 degrees Fahrenheit in some areas. No deaths have been reported, although officials in Tasmania were still trying to find about 100 missing people .

Google exec in N. Korea

PYONGYANG, North Korea -- Students at North Korea's premier university showed Google's executive chairman how they look for information online: They Google it.

But surfing the Internet that way is the privilege of only a very few in North Korea, whose authoritarian government imposes strict limits on access to the World Wide Web.

Google's Eric Schmidt got a first look at North Korea's limited Internet usage when an American delegation he and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson are leading visited a computer lab Tuesday at Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang.

Mr. Schmidt, who is the highest-profile U.S. business executive to visit North Korea since leader Kim Jong Un took power, has not spoken publicly about the reasons behind the trip.



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