CARACAS, Venezuela — Tens of thousands of Venezuelans opposed to President Hugo Chavez took to the streets Saturday, blaming him for rolling blackouts, water rationing, widespread crime and other problems they say are making daily life increasingly difficult.
Chavez backers flooded the capital's avenues with an equally impressive demonstration as the socialist leader confronts mounting criticism and an emboldened opposition ahead of upcoming congressional elections.
Waving Venezuelan flags, protesters accused Chavez of dragging the politically divided South American country into a severe crisis as he accelerates his drive to transform it into a socialist state.
Man's white powder closes London airport
LONDON — Police closed and evacuated part of Manchester Airport on Saturday after discovering a man preparing to board a flight was carrying a white powder in his hand luggage, but the substance turned out to be harmless.
For several hours, the check-in area where the powder was discovered was cordoned off by police, passengers were checked in at other terminals, and the man carrying the substance was questioned .
But the precautions ended and the man was released after the power was analyzed by police. Officer Leor Giladi declined to identify the substance but said it could not have been used as an explosive.
The event occurred one day after Britain raised its terrorism threat alert from "substantial" — meaning a strong possibility of a terrorist attack — to "severe," indicating such an attack is considered highly likely.