Chavez warns over US base
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Wednesday warned Colombia not to build a US military base on its border with Venezuela, saying he would consider such an act as “aggression.” Chavez said he would not allow Colombia’s US-backed government to establish a US military base in La Guajira, a region spanning northeastern Colombia and northwestern Venezuela. The Venezuelan leader said if Colombia builds the base, his government will revive a decades-old territorial conflict and stake a claim to the entire region. “We will not allow the Colombian government to give La Guajira to the empire,” Chavez said, referring to the US during a speech to a packed auditorium of uniformed soldiers. “Colombia is launching a threat of war at us.”
Pitt, Jolie expecting twins
Hollywood’s most glamorous parents, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, are expecting twins, Jolie confirmed on Wednesday in a TV interview from Cannes, France. Actor Jack Black let the news slip while doing a joint interview with Jolie in the French Riviera to promote their movie, Kung Fu Panda. “You’re going to have as many as the Brady Bunch when you have these,” he said during the chat with the Today show’s Natalie Morales. Asked by Morales if she was indeed having twins, Jolie replied: “Yeah, yeah, we’ve confirmed that already. Well, Jack’s just confirmed it, actually.”
Toddler left behind at airport
An immigrant family left a 23-month-old boy in Vancouver airport and learned he was missing only when contacted during the next leg of the trip. Jun Parreno, the boy’s father, told the Vancouver Sun the mix-up occurred on Monday as he, his wife and two grandparents of the child, were scrambling between their arrival in Canada and a connecting flight to Winnipeg on Air Canada. Running late after having to unpack and repack all their luggage, “we had 10 minutes before boarding,” said Parreno, who was emigrating with his family from the Philippines. “We were running for the gate.” He said he thought his son was with the three other adults, who were running to the gate ahead of him, and they thought the little boy was with him.
Cookie sales finance trip
A Girl Scout has financed her trip to Europe with Thin Mints and Do-Si-Dos, possibly breaking a US record in the process. Jennifer Sharpe, a 15-year-old from Dearborn, Michigan, sold 17,328 boxes of Girl Scout cookies this year, which shatters the old record for her local Girl Scouts group and is believed to be a record, though the national organization, Girl Scouts of the USA, does not track individual sales. “It’s always been one of those goals I wanted to accomplish,” Sharpe said on Wednesday.
Chavez to try to free hostages
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Wednesday he will try to re-establish contacts with Colombian rebels in an attempt to win freedom for more hostages held by the guerrillas. Chavez said he spoke by phone with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and offered to “try to make contact” with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. Sarkozy’s campaign to free French-Colombian hostage Ingrid Betancourt so far has been unsuccessful. “I’m going to try to do whatever possible to free not only Ingrid Betancourt, but all the people who are in the hands of the FARC,” Chavez said during a meeting with Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates.