U.N. Fearful for Last Station Openly Critical of Chavez

A joint statement from the United Nations and the Organization of American States has expressed concern for a Venezuelan news station that criticized President Hugo Chavez. The statement says the government has been intimidating Globovision, which is now the only TV station in the country that openly criticizes Chavez. The government is currently investigating the station for the third time after Globovision reported an earthquake before the government issued an official report. If the investigation finds they broke the law, their license will not be renewed, CNN.

On the other side of the world, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said the damage from fighting in Sri Lanka is “appalling.” The U.N. chief called the displacement camps in the country some of the worst he has ever seen and many civilian deaths have been reported, although the Sri Lankan government disputes these reports, CNN.

Pakistani forces are reported to have entered the Taliban-held city of Mingora in the Swat Valley. Fighting between Pakistani and Taliban forces has been constant in the month of May, with at least 17 Taliban militants being killed in the raid, BBC News.

The DNA of Amanda Knox, an American student accused of murdering her Bristish roommate in Italy in 2007, has been found on the handle of the knife that killed Meredith Kercher, Sky News.

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