Americas

Venezuela to Create Foreign Exchange Mechanism Allowing Citizens Another Channel to Buy U.S. Dollars

March 18, 2013

“He didn’t provide specific details, but people familiar with central bank deliberations last week said the government will allow dollars to be bought at rates much weaker than the fixed rate.”

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Canadian Prison Break: Two Prisoners Break Out of Quebec Prison and Hijack a Helicopter

March 17, 2013

“An hour after the escape, police found the helicopter 85km north-west of the jail in the Mont Tremblant area, with the uninjured pilot still on board. Police said they were looking for a “suspicious vehicle” and were focusing their search on the area around Lake Argile.”

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Venezuelan Acting President Madero: Too Late to Preserve Body of Hugo Chavez

March 14, 2013

“Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela’s acting president, acknowledged on Wednesday that it could be too late to do so, as “preparatory steps would have to have been taken much earlier”.”

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Venezuela Acting President: U.S. “Far-Right” Plotting to Assassinate Opposition Leader Henrique Capriles

March 13, 2013

“”We have detected plans by the far right, linked to the groups of (former Bush administration officials) Roger Noriega and Otto Reich, to make an attempt against the opposition presidential candidate,” Nicolas Maduro said.”

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99.8% of Falkland Islands Residents Vote to Remain a British Overseas Territory

March 13, 2013

“Pro-British feeling is running high in the barren and blustery islands that lie off the tip of Patagonia, at the southern end of South America. Turnout was 92 percent among the 1,649 Falklands-born and long-term residents registered to vote.”

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Falkland Islands Residents Begin Voting on Sovereignty Referendum to Rebuke Argentina

March 10, 2013

“An overwhelming “yes” vote is likely, prompting Argentina to dismiss the referendum as a meaningless publicity stunt. A high turnout is expected, however, as islanders embrace it as a chance to make their voices heard.”

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Mexico Supreme Court Rules Anti-Gay Terms Are Hate Speech Not Protected By Freedom of Expression

March 9, 2013

“The court ruling says that “even though they are deeply rooted expressions in Mexican society, the fact is that the practices of the majority of society can’t validate the violations of basic right.””

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Mexican Authorities Arrest 21 Suspects in Connection to Drug Cartel-Linked Attacks on Journalists and Politicians

March 9, 2013

“Prosecutors in the northern state of Durango said the kidnap-killing of a local politician in February was among the gang’s alleged crimes. The victim, Mario Alberto Landeros, had been planning to run for mayor of a city in the state.”

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Deceased Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s Body To Be Permanently Displayed

March 7, 2013

“Vice President Nicolas Maduro says the remains will be put on permanent display at the Museum of the Revolution, close to the presidential palace where Chavez ruled for 14 years. Maduro says the president will lie in state first for at least another seven days.”

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Venezuelan Opposition Leader Henrique Capriles Prepares For Second Presidential Election

March 7, 2013

“The governor of Miranda state, a centrist who sees Brazil’s mix of economic and social policies as the model to follow, is the overwhelming favorite to represent the opposition Democratic Unity coalition in an election following Chavez’s death from cancer.”

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Who is Colonel James Steele? 1980s Central American Insurgency, Iran-Contra, and the Iraq War

March 7, 2013

“Colonel James Steele, then 58, was a retired special forces veteran nominated by Donald Rumsfeld to help organise the paramilitaries in an attempt to quell a Sunni insurgency, according to an investigation by the Guardian and BBC Arabic.”

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Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY) Praises Hugo Chavez via Twitter

March 5, 2013

“”Jose E. Serrano @RepJoseSerrano Hugo Chavez was a leader that understood the needs of the poor. He was committed to empowering the powerless. R.I.P. Mr. President.”"

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President Obama Reaffirms Support For Venezuelan People Following Death of Hugo Chavez

March 5, 2013

“”As Venezuela begins a new chapter in its history, the United States remains committed to policies that promote democratic principles, the rule of law, and respect for human rights,” the statement said.”

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Foreign Minister: Venezuela to Hold a Presidential Election in 30 Days

March 5, 2013

“Venezuelans will vote for a new president in 30 days and Vice President Nicolas Maduro will temporarily assume power following the death on Tuesday of Hugo Chavez, the foreign minister said.”

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Venezuelan Vice President Maduro: Hugo Chavez Infected With Cancer By “Imperialist Foes”

March 5, 2013

“”We have no doubt that commander Chavez was attacked with this illness,” Maduro said, repeating a charge first made by Chavez himself that the cancer was an attack by “imperialist” foes in the United States in league with domestic enemies.”

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