Truthout | News in Brief (4)

The Washington Post reports that at least 200 people were buried under mounds of mud and feared dead on Thursday after a slum built atop a former landfill let loose in the latest deadly landslide to hit metro Rio de Janeiro.

The New York Times reports that President Obama and President Dmitri A. Medvedev of Russia signed a nuclear arms control treaty on Thursday and opened what they hoped would be a new era in the rocky relationship between two former cold war adversaries. They agreed to bring down their arsenals and restore an inspection regime that expired last year.

The Hill reports that former Treasury Secretary and Citigroup Chairman Robert Rubin said experts missed signs that a financial crisis was about to hit the US. Rubin’s remarks came in testimony before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, a group examining the financial crisis and submitting its findings to Congress by December 15.

The Los Angeles Times reports that opposition leaders in the small, mountainous Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan seized power in the capital after thousands of protesters ransacked government buildings and riot police fired on crowds, killing dozens of people. “The unrest appeared to have unseated the government of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, who reportedly fled to the southern city of Osh,” the paper reports. “Bakiyev has led the country since 2005, when he headed the so-called Tulip Revolution that deposed autocratic leader Askar A. Akayev.”