Americas

Iran Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi: Suggestions Of Link Between Iran And Al-Qaeda Are “Ridiculous”

April 23, 2013

““This is the most hilarious thing I’ve heard in my 64 years,” Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said, as quoted by ISNA news agency. He added that any suggestion that Al-Qaeda is linked to Iran is “truly ridiculous.””

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Canadian Authorities Arrest Two Men Accused Of Al-Qaeda-Backed Plot To Derail A Toronto Passenger Train

April 22, 2013

“The RCMP said it had arrested Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, of Montreal, and Raed Jaser, 35, of Toronto in connection with the plot, which authorities said was not linked to the Boston Marathon bombing.”

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Venezuelan Vice President Maduro Wins Presidential Election (50.8% of the Vote)

April 16, 2013

“Maduro secured 50.8% of votes in Sunday’s election, while opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski won 49.0%, Venezuela’s National Electoral Council said Monday.”

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Venezuelan Opposition Leader Capriles: Venezuela Election is War of Good vs. Evil

March 25, 2013

“Referring to his opponent’s camp, the Miranda state governor warned that “those who tell lies” and “use their power to blackmail or manipulate” the people “take the side of evil.””

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Daily Caller Editor Tucker Carlson: Washington Post Reporting is “Amateurish” and “Embarrassing”

March 24, 2013

““I have no idea what the Post’s motives might be,” he wrote to POLITICO in an email. “Their reporting on the Menendez story has been amateurish.””

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Top Dominican Law Enforcement Official: Daily Caller Paid Lawyer to Find Prostitutes to Lie About Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ)

March 22, 2013

“The Daily Caller issued a statement Friday saying that the information allegedly provided by the Dominican lawyer, Melanio Figueroa, was false.”

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16 People Charged in Connection With Brazil Nightclub Fire That Killed Over 240 People

March 22, 2013

“Police said the blaze started when the singer of a band held a firework close to the ceiling, which then caught fire. The singer, the band’s producer, the club’s owners, and fire officials will be charged with negligent homicide.”

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Former State Department Official Roger Noriega Accuses Iran of Laundering Money Through Venezuela

March 22, 2013

“Iran has illegally laundered billions of dollars through the Venezuelan financial sector and is currently stashing “hundreds of millions” of dollars in “virtually every Venezuelan bank today,” according to a former senior State Department official.”

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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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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Rules-Out Canadian Combat Troops in Mali

March 14, 2013

“Harper didn’t rule out Canadian support for a UN-led peacekeeping force, saying only that any future decisions by Ottawa on Mali won’t be taken without input from parliamentarians.”

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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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Standard & Poor’s Cuts Puerto Rico’s Sovereign Debt Credit Rating to BBB- (Near-Junk Status)

March 13, 2013

“”We base the downgrade on the result of an estimated fiscal 2013 budget gap, which we view as significantly larger than originally budgeted, absent corrective action,” said S&P credit analyst David Hitchcock.”

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