At least 3 people wounded in Texas campus shooting


At least three people were wounded in a shootout on the north campus of Lone Star University in Houston and a fourth person suffered a heart attack, local media including the daily Houston Chronicle reported.

The sheriff's department of Harris County, where the campus is located, said that the shootout occurred "shortly after noon" (1800 GMT) in one of the campus libraries.

Jed Young, the university's communications director, told CNN that the shootout erupted between two men, one of whom was shot once and is being held by police. Two other people were hit in the crossfire and were taken to local hospitals.




Immigrants call for end to deportations in U.S.


Thirteen immigrants including a number of farm workers, who had traveled 1,600 kilometers (995 miles) in a caravan from Florida, called in the U.S. capital for President Barack Obama to stop deportations and for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

"We are here to remind the president and the Congress of the promise that was made to us to work to make a reality of comprehensive immigration reform," Tirso Moreno, general coordinator for the Farmworker Association of Florida, said in a press conference.

Moreno and another 10 activists left 18 days ago from Florida and along the way picked up another two militants who, in two SUVs and a car and with a tight budget that allowed $5.00 per meal, they traveled through various states making contact with groups of migrant workers.

The activists have now met with Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and have asked for a meeting with Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. Tuesday afternoon, they said, they will have meetings with White House staff.




At least 26 injured in Argentine prison riot


At least 26 people were injured and an undetermined number of inmates managed to escape during a violent riot that erupted in a prison in Argentina's Chaco province, officials said.

Among the injured are 19 prisoners, three police officers and four prison guards.

The riot broke out at the Penitentiary Complex 2 in the town of Saenz Peña, some 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) from Buenos Aires, late Monday and degenerated into a violent clash between prisoners and guards that lasted all night and required the intervention of provincial authorities.




Shakira gives birth to a boy in Barcelona clinic


Colombian singer Shakira gave birth to her first child - a boy - in a Barcelona hospital, her family confirmed in a communique.

The pop star gave birth at 9:36 p.m. local time to a boy - named Milan (MEE-lahn) - weighing almost 3 kilograms (6.6 pounds) and both the mother and child are "in perfect health," the communique stated.

Shakira has been admitted to the private Teknon clinic at 6:30 p.m. accompanied by her boyfriend, F.C. Barcelona soccer star Gerard Pique.




Justin Bieber is most followed person on Twitter


Pop singer Justin Bieber has become the most followed person on Twitter, accumulating 33,326,624 followers on the social-networking site and passing pop queen Lady Gaga, the Twitter Counter Web site said.

The Canadian singer, who made headlines on Monday by posting a photo of his backside on Instagram, plans to release the 11-track album "Believe Acoustic" this year.

Lady Gaga was the first person to pile up more than 25 million followers on Twitter.




Chinese capital proposes new measures to deal with pollution


The government of Beijing proposed a series of new measures to fight pollution, which hit record levels in recent days and is once again threatening public health in China's capital.

The use of clean energy vehicles by government departments and the public will be promoted, acting Mayor Wang Anshun told the city council.

Officials will replace nearly 44,000 heaters that burn coal with more environmentally friendly equipment in downtown Beijing, Wang said.

The city will remove nearly 180,000 obsolete vehicles from circulation, the acting mayor said.




Minister: No date for Chavez's return to Venezuela


No date has yet been announced for the return to Venezuela of President Hugo Chavez, who underwent surgery more than a month ago in Cuba, but he "has been in very good spirits," Communications Minister Ernesto Villegas said.

The president's son-in-law, Science and Technology Minister Jorge Arreaza, gave the Council of Ministers a "very encouraging" report on the improving health of the president, Villegas said.

The 58-year-old Chavez went to Cuba on Dec. 10 to undergo his fourth operation for a cancer detected in mid-2011.




Rainstorm leaves 2 mn without water service in Chile


Some 2 million inhabitants of Santiago were without drinking water due to the closing down of production plants following a rainstorm and flooding in the Andes east of the Chilean capital, officials said.

The cutoff was expected to last between 8:30 a.m. and midnight, and will affect some 600,000 homes in 22 Santiago municipalities, the Aguas Andinas Company and national emergency management office said.