North America

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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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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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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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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Analysis: Mexico’s Anti-Corruption Effort Making Significant Waves

February 28, 2013

“The Mexican president is preparing to launch a series of ambitious measures that aim to overhaul taxes, open up state oil giant Pemex to more private capital and ease tycoon Carlos Slim’s tight grip on Mexico’s telecommunications industry.”

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Mexico Arrests Head of Teachers’ Union For Embezzling $200 Million From Union Funds

February 27, 2013

“Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said that Elba Esther Gordillo, who has led the 1.5 million-member National Union of Education Worker for 23 years, was detained in Toluca on Tuesday on charges that she embezzled about $200 million from union funds.”

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Human Rights Watch Report: 249 Disappearances in Mexico Constitute a Major Crisis

February 20, 2013

“A Human Rights Watch report released Wednesday calls Mexico’s anti-drug offensive “disastrous” and cites 249 cases of disappearances, most of which show evidence of having been carried out by the military or law enforcement.”

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Mexico Arrests 6 Suspects Who Confessed to Raping 6 Female Tourists in Acapulco

February 17, 2013

“Mexico has arrested six men who confessed to the rape of six female Spanish tourists in Acapulco, a crime that drew global attention to the popular Mexican resort.”

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World’s Richest Men Carlos Slim and Bill Gates Open Agricultural Research Center in Mexico

February 17, 2013

“The new complex will double the center’s capacity to develop better seeds and more productive farmers in the developing world, officials said.”

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Autopsy: Mexican Teen Shot At Least 7 Times From Behind By U.S. Border Patrol Agents

February 7, 2013

“Following the shooting, Mexican authorities condemned the U.S. Border Patrol’s use of lethal force and called for a timely and transparent investigation.”

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TransCanada CEO Urges the U.S. State Department to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline Permits

February 7, 2013

“During a visit to Washington, TransCanada chief executive Russ Girling also said that his company was exploring other routes to get the Canadian oil to world markets, including a possible retrofit of a natural gas pipeline to eastern Canada.”

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Canada Drops Penny From Its Currency System

February 6, 2013

“The cost of the metal that goes into a penny has surged in recent years, making the coin’s production more expensive than its face value.”

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United States and Mexican Tomato Growers Reach Preliminary Agreement to Continue Bilateral Trade Relations

February 4, 2013

“The draft agreement substantially raises the minimum “reference” price at which Mexican tomatoes can be sold in the United States and accounts for changes that have occurred in the tomato market since the original agreement, Sanchez said.”

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