By Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - In a curious convergence of events on the same day last week, four Venezuelan provincial courts issued identical rulings, state governors quickly hit Twitter to celebrate, then the election board emailed a short but bombshell statement. Opposition hopes for a referendum to recall President Nicolas Maduro were dashed, on grounds of fraud in an initial signature drive. For many in the opposition, that settled a years-old debate about the nature of Venezuela's socialist government, uniting them in conviction they are now fighting a dictatorship.
Migrants left behind after the Calais "Jungle" was cleared were given a final ultimatum Thursday to evacuate, as operations to raze the huge French camp went into high gear. With the camp almost deserted, demolition crews made faster work of tearing down the makeshift dwellings that had housed thousands of migrants seeking to reach Britain. The interior ministry said Wednesday that nearly 5,600 migrants had been taken into centres around France or accepted into Britain in the three-day clearance operation -- out of the 6,400 estimated to have been living in the camp up until this week.