Thursday 21 February 2019

Jail riot death toll rises to 19

The death toll from a riot at a prison near Caracas in Venezuela has risen to 19.

The violence broke out last Sunday at El Rodeo I prison east of Caracas. Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami initially said at least three prisoners had been killed and 22 injured.

Mr El Aissami did not say how many other inmates were wounded.

Violence is common in Venezuela's severely crowded prisons, where rival gangs often fight for control of cellblocks and sell weapons and drugs with the help of corrupt prison guards.

Mexican stays in IMF contest

Mexico's central bank governor is to continue his underdog candidacy to be the first representative of an emerging economy to lead the International Monetary Fund.

Agustin Carstens said the race is not about nationality but who is most qualified, even as support lines up behind his opponent, French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde.

The IMF's executive board will choose a replacement by June 30 for Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who resigned in May after his arrest on sexual assault charges. He has pleaded not guilty.

Scot killed in Alps plunge

A 19-year-old Scottish man has died in a climbing accident in the French Alps.

Robbie Cammack fell 1,300ft after becoming trapped on a mountain in a storm, it was reported today.

It is thought he and his climbing partner set out last week in a bid to climb the Frendo Spur on the Aiguille du Midi. A helicopter managed to rescue Mr Cammack's climbing partner but by then Mr Cammack had fallen to his death and his body was later recovered.

Aguilera sings with Maroon 5

Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine, of NBC's talent show The Voice, are putting their voices together on a new Maroon 5 single.

Aguilera is featured with Levine and his band on the tune Moves Like Jagger, which will be released next week on iTunes.

They'll perform the song on the June 21 episode of The Voice.

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