North America

Report: 30 People Trapped in Debris Following Explosion at PEMEX Oil Headquarters in Mexico

February 1, 2013

“The Interior Ministry said it was uncertain of the exact number of people trapped because many were outside having lunch when the explosion occurred about 3:45 p.m. local time in a basement parking garage next to the iconic, 51-story tower of Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex.”

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Mexico Interior Minister: Explosion at State Oil PEMEX Kills At Least 14 People and Injures 100 Others

January 31, 2013

“Media reports said machinery inside the building had apparently exploded. But an ambulance service official at the scene, who asked not to be named, said it was caused by a gas leak.”

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Explosion at Mexico’s Oil Headquarters (PEMEX) Kills At Least 1 Person

January 31, 2013

“A gas buildup in an electric substation in the tower’s basement is thought to have caused the explosion, though authorities have not confirmed that this is definitely the source.”

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Report: Canadian-Trained Special Paratroopers in Mali Tortured and Killed by Mali Government Forces

January 29, 2013

“The fate of the Canadian-trained soldiers illustrates the muddied political situation in Mali, whose government is still dominated by those involved in the coup and whose military supported the coup leaders.”

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Canada Telecommunications Regulator Unveils Proposal Requiring Cell Phone Carriers to Unlock Devices

January 29, 2013

“Wireless providers be required to unlock customers’ wireless devices under “reasonable terms.” Options for those terms include fees and time frames.”

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Citing Safety Concerns, Rescue Crews End Mission to Recover Bodies From Antarctica Plane Crash

January 29, 2013

“Officials have called off efforts to recover the bodies of three Canadians after a plane crash in Antarctica, saying it would be unsafe to further disturb the wreckage.”

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Dozens of Bodies Discovered in a Well in Northern Mexico

January 28, 2013

“Authorities have identified four of the bodies, including that of a Colombian national. All were wearing jeans and T-shirts with the logo of the music group – “Poderoso Kombo Kolombia.”"

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Moody’s Investors Services Downgrades Credit Ratings of 6 Major Canadian Banks

January 28, 2013

“Moody’s Investors Service downgraded six of Canada’s major financial institutions on Monday on concerns over high levels of consumer debt among Canadians and elevated house prices.”

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Canadian Police Travel to Algeria to Investigate Site of the Hostage Situation

January 25, 2013

“One of the European sources said multiple survivors of the incident reported one of the militants spoke English with either an English or North American accent.”

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Canadian Government Warns Citizens to Evacuate Benghazi, Libya, Over Fear of an Imminent Attack

January 24, 2013

“There are 262 Canadians listed in the department’s voluntary registry of citizens in Libya. Eighteen of those are in the Benghazi area. Canadian officials have been calling them to urge them to leave.”

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Study: Tomato Prices Will Rise if U.S.-Mexico Trade Agreement Expires

January 24, 2013

“The price of hothouse round tomatoes, for instance, is projected to rise from $2.02 per pound to almost $4 a pound. Roma tomatoes would increase from $1.25 per pound to $3.96 per pound.”

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Mexico’s Supreme Court Frees French Woman Convicted of Kidnapping

January 24, 2013

“Florence Cassez, 38, was serving a 60-year sentence that opened up a rift between France and Mexico after she was arrested in 2005 at a ranch near Mexico City with her former boyfriend, who led a kidnapping gang called the Zodiacs.”

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3 Canadians Confirmed Missing After a Plane Crashes into the Antarctic Mountain Range

January 24, 2013

“The plane was flying from a U.S. station near the South Pole to an Italian research base in Terra Nova Bay.”

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Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto Unveils Plans to Eradicate Extreme Poverty

January 22, 2013

“Hoping to emulate the recent success of Brazil in lifting millions out of poverty, the 46-year-old Pena Nieto will kick off a “national crusade against hunger” in southern Mexico in Chiapas.”

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Inside Job: At Least 2 Current or Former Employees at the BP Oil Plant Were Kidnappers

January 22, 2013

“The hostage-taking at a remote Algerian gas plant was carried out by 30 militants from across the northern swath of Africa and two from Canada, authorities said.”

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