Almost 100 Tibetan monks were under arrest in China's Qinghai Province Sunday after an attack on a police station that came despite weeks of intensive security precautions. Sources in exile said the attack, which involved as many as 2,000 people, was sparked by the apparent suicide of a monk who was being interrogated for unfurling a Tibetan flag earlier this month. That incident took place on the anniversary of the 1959 revolt against Chinese rule.
Soldiers guarded air and seaports in at least three Venezuelan states governed by opponents of President Hugo Chávez Sunday after the leftist leader ordered their seizure and legislators in Congress rubber-stamped the move. Chávez said the takeover was necessary on security grounds. But critics noted that it also means state and local authorities no longer will be able to collect tariffs and tolls that could be used to fund projects other than those for which he'd get credit. Meanwhile, Chávez said he'll seek legislative approval to raise sales taxes and sell $10.2 billion in government bonds to try to close a funding gap caused by falling crude oil revenues.
Hopes dimmed Sunday for an early end to a new strike by farmers in Argentina who are angry over Congress's failure to vote on a measure that would lower export taxes on soybeans. As in last year's strikes, farmers blocked highways, preventing cattle and produce from being shipped to market and, probably, disrupting delivery of harvested beans to the nation's seaports. Despite the farmers' appeals and a devastating drought, President Cristina Fernandez has refused to lower the export tax. Instead, she has offered to share up to $1.8 billion in revenues from the tax with local and provincial governments.