Key Chávez ally criticizes planned end to term limits; coordinated sabotage attack hits French high-speed rails…

22 November :: Recently retired army chief, long-time Chávez ally, Gen. Baduel under attack for break with Venezuelan president, as Chávez supporters label him ‘traitor’; Baduel, who helped restore Chávez to power after failed 2002 coup, has said he disagrees with plans to change constitution to allow indefinite presidential term; IHT reports such critique “considered especially dangerous not only because he was a close ally, but also because he is said to command respect within the powerful armed forces”, Baduel could mount viable opposition to Chávez, though general denies this, says he’s just expressing his opinion… Withering French strike situation aggravated as new negotiations meet with coordinate sabotage attack on high-speed trains; authorities suspect saboteurs wish to weaken gov’t position in negotiations; Laurence Parisot, head of a French business lobby, told press “The cost of the strike is quite simply incalculable. That’s to say it is probably gigantic. It is a real catastrophe for our economy”… UN-backed tribuunal has opened interrogations into Khmer Rouge reign of terror across Cambodia in 1970s, calling head of regime’s worst torture center to face charges for crimes against humanity; Washington Post reports “A presiding judge then read aloud from Duch’s case file: ‘Under his authority, countless abuses were committed, including mass murder, arbitrary detention and torture’”… Univ. of New Hampshire poll finds Hillary Clinton’s lead over rivals in Democratic primary has shrunk from 23 points to 14 points, as Obama, Edwards make gains on integrity, war, leadership qualities… Naples, Italy, has banned smoking near children or pregnant women, after studies showed rates of tobacco-related illness were higher there than elsewhere across country; critics say new law is folly as Neapolitans are notorious for flouting civic order laws…

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