North America

Mexico’s Government and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating to increase participation in U.S. food stamps

July 20, 2012

“When asked for details and to elaborate on the program, USDA stressed it was established in 2004 and not meant for illegal immigrants.”

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Analysis: Average Canadian Household more wealthy than the Average American Household (for the first time ever)

July 18, 2012

“Currently, the average Canadian household is more than $40,000 richer than the average American household. The net worth of the average Canadian household in 2011 was $363,202, compared to around $320,000 for Americans.”

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement: Drug tunnel to the United States discovered in Tijuana, Mexico

July 12, 2012

“Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Lauren Mack told The Associated Press on Thursday that the approximately 220-yard passage had lighting and ventilation.”

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Canada increases oversight of consumer complaints against Banks

July 7, 2012

“The government will enact regulations requiring banks to belong to federally approved external complaints bodies, and giving the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada the authority to monitor and enforce compliance.”

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Mexican Election Officials respond to claims of fraud by recounting votes for over half of the polling booths

July 4, 2012

“Leftist runner-up Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador refused to concede and is demanding a new tally, alleging vote-buying and coercion by the PRI, whose seven decades of rule in the last century were marked by widespread allegations of vote-rigging.”

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Enrique Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) wins Mexico’s Presidential Election

July 2, 2012

“With 93 percent of the vote counted, Pena Nieto won 37.8 percent, topping 31.9 percent for Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the Democratic Revolution Party.”

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Analysis: Mexico’s Presidential Election unlikely to re-shape the war on drugs

June 26, 2012

“Six years into a ghastly drug war, none of the top candidates in next Sunday’s presidential election has offered a significant new strategy to win a conflict that has claimed more than 50,000 lives and terrorized Mexican society.”

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Mall collapses in Ontario, Canada; The building showed signs of disrepair and caused safety concerns

June 25, 2012

“The local newspaper, The Standard, has reported on leaks and other deficiencies at the Algo Centre Mall, saying that owners spent $1.1-million to plug roof leaks. More recently, the newspaper said mall owners pleaded guilty to charges regarding fire code deficiencies.”

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Google: Censorship requests by the U.S. Government have increased 718% over the last 6 months

June 18, 2012

“In the last half of 2011, U.S. agencies asked Google to remove 6,192 individual pieces of content from its search results, blog posts or archives of online videos, according to the report. That’s up 718% compared with the 757 such items that U.S. agencies asked Google to remove in the six months prior.”

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Canadian Cannibal captured in Berlin, Germany, after looking up stories about himself at an internet cafe

June 4, 2012

“Magnotta is accused of first-degree murder and threatening, among others, Canada’s prime minister by mailing him a severed foot.”

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Secretary of State Clinton: The Obama administration is pushing hard for passage of the Treaty of the Sea

June 3, 2012

“Territorial waters are governed by a Treaty of the Sea, to which all of the Arctic nations [Canada, Greenland, Norway, Russia] are a signatory except the United States.”

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Cannibal Killer Suspect in Canada on the run and is feared to be headed to England

May 31, 2012

“Luka Magnotta, 29, fled after a male pal was chopped up and eaten in Canada. [He wrote] an email warning: “Once you kill and taste blood it’s impossible to stop.””

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Medical Journal editorial calls Chagas, a tropical disease spread by insects, the “new AIDs of the Americas”

May 31, 2012

“More than 8 million people have been infected by Chagas, most of them in Latin and Central America. But more than 300,000 live in the United States.”

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18 decapitated bodies found in a tourist area just outside of Guadalajara, Mexico

May 10, 2012

“Police found 18 mutilated, headless bodies near a lake popular with tourists and American retirees just outside Guadalajara, Mexico, a massacre that authorities blamed on the Zetas drug cartel.”

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7.2 Magnitude Earthquake strikes offshore the state of Chiapas in Mexico

May 2, 2012

“According to Chiapas Civil Protection Direction sources, the temblor occurred at 5.43 p.m., reported Xinhua citing the local radio station.”

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