US Authorities detain, strip search and threaten to beat Venezuela's foreign minister
"The US state department has apologised to Nicolas Maduro who was detained for 90 minutes at New York's JFK airport as he travelled home. He had been attending this week's UN General Assembly meeting. He said he was verbally abused and strip-searched in what he said was a 'flagrant breach of international law'.
"President Hugo Chavez described Mr Maduro's detention as a provocation.... 'We were detained during an hour and a half, threatened by police with being beaten,' he told reporters at Venezuela's mission to the UN. 'We hold the US government responsible.'
"US authorities initially denied Mr Maduro had been detained and his documents seized, saying he had simply been asked to go through a second security screening. The US state department later confirmed the incident had taken place and apologised."