Brazilian foreign minister calls for UN reform at G20 kickoff

Brazil’s foreign minister called for reforms of the United Nations and other multilateral institutions Wednesday while criticizing their inability to prevent global conflicts, as his country kicked off its presidency of the Group of 20 nations. Mauro Vieira told fellow foreign ministers during opening remarks for a G20 meeting in …

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Japan-based US Navy chief charged with espionage

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London’s iconic BT Tower to become hotel

The BT Tower, a futuristic landmark on the London skyline for 60 years, is to become a hotel, owner BT Group PLC said Wednesday. The company, formerly known as British Telecom, said it has agreed to sell the tower to U.S. company MCR Hotels for 275 million pounds (about $347 …

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Dozens feared dead in Venezuelan open-pit goldmine collapse

An illegally operated open-pit gold mine collapsed in central Venezuela while dozens of people were working there, leaving an undetermined number dead or trapped, officials said Wednesday as relatives demanded swift rescue efforts. The accident took place in the Angostura municipality on Tuesday, when a wall collapsed at a mine …

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