Americas

Henrique Capriles to face Hugo Chávez in Venezuela’s Presidential Election

February 18, 2012

“Henrique Capriles, 39, crushed four rivals in a nationwide landslide after styling himself as the candidate with the best chance of unseating Chávez in October’s presidential election.”

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Brazil files injunction against Twitter to stop users from alerting motorists to police roadblocks, radar traps and drunk-driving checkpoints

February 18, 2012

“A request for an injunction to stop Twitter users from alerting drivers to police roadblocks, radar traps and drunk-driving checkpoints could make Brazil the first country to take Twitter up on its plan to censor content at governments’ requests.”

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The prison fire in Honduras exposes dysfunction and chaos within the country

February 16, 2012

“Six guards, 800-plus prisoners in 10 cellblocks, one set of keys. The numbers spelled disaster when fire tore through a prison and 355 people died, many yet to even be charged with a crime, much less convicted.”

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Hundreds of people killed in a prison fire in Honduras

February 15, 2012

“Trapped inmates screamed from their cells as a fire swept through a Honduran prison, killing at least 300 inmates, authorities said Wednesday. Lucy Marder, chief of forensic medicine for the prosecutor’s office, said early Wednesday some 356 people on the prison roster are unaccounted for among 852 prisoners.”

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The U.S. extends its travel warning to Mexico over violence related to Mexican drug cartels

February 14, 2012

“A travel advisory issued this week urged U.S. citizens to avoid all but essential travel to 14 states in northern and central Mexico, warning that U.S. citizens have fallen victim to drug-cartel related activity “including homicide, gunbattles, kidnapping, carjacking and highway robbery.”"

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Argentina President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner accuses Great Britain of militarizing the South Atlantic

February 8, 2012

“Amid escalating tensions over the Falkland Islands, Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner accused Great Britain of militarizing the South Atlantic and said Tuesday her country would file a protest at the United Nations.”

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Safety concerns for the World Cup and Olymics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

February 7, 2012

“These accidents during the past year haven’t just highlighted everyday dangers for Rio de Janeiro’s 6 million residents. They are contributing to a growing concern about the city’s readiness to host the finals of the 2014 World Cup as well as the 2016 Olympics.Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes argues that last month’s unexplained building collapse and other infrastructure woes are not directly related to preparations for the World Cup or the Olympics because none of the accidents occurred at the sites planned for either event.”

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Drug Cartels support Enrique Pena Nieto, the candidate of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), in Mexico’s presidential election for his support of withdrawing military forces from the war on Drug Cartels

February 6, 2012

“The front-runner in Mexico’s presidential race represents a party known for allowing drug-trafficking cartels semiautonomous control of certain regions during its rule in the previous century. The prospect of a victory by Enrique Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in the July 1 presidential election has troubled U.S. policymakers about drug-control efforts with Mexico.”

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Mexico’s Ruling National Action Party (PAN) selects party congressional leader Josefina Vazquez Mota as their first female presidential candidate

February 5, 2012

“Voters from Mexico’s ruling conservative party selected their first woman presidential candidate on Sunday, choosing a former education minister to battle the opposition’s nominee, who has a big lead in the polls. National Action Party (PAN) voters threw their support behind party congressional leader Josefina Vazquez Mota, pushing aside Ernesto Cordero, a close ally of President Felipe Calderon.”

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Magnitude 5.7 Earthquake strikes off the coast of Vancouver Island

February 4, 2012

“A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck off Vancouver Island on Saturday, some 209 miles west of Victoria, the capital of the Canadian province of British Columbia, the U.S. Geological Survey said. There was a report on the USGS website of the quake centered in the Pacific Ocean being felt in Vancouver, the largest city in British Columbia.”

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Former Cuban President Fidel Castro publishes ‘Guerrilla of Time’, his memoirs

February 4, 2012

“Former Cuban President Fidel Castro has made a rare public appearance to launch his memoirs. The book, Guerrilla of Time, is almost 1,000 pages long and relates his childhood and rise to power in the Cuban Revolution. Fidel Castro, 85, said it was every Cuban’s duty to fight until the last moment, for Cuba, the planet, and humanity.”

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Argentinian Protesters demonstrate outside the British embassy in protest against Prince William’s 6-week deployment to the Falklands Islands

February 3, 2012

“Vice President Amado Boudou on Thursday claimed Prince William had been sent to the disputed islands to mask the Government’s failings domestically. The moves “have to do with British domestic politics, with the high unemployment. This is an attempt to cover for a government that has a low level of accomplishment,” Boudou said on La Red radio.”

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Man accused of stealing 5 tons of ice from a glacier in Patagonia arrested in Chile

February 2, 2012

“Police in Chile have arrested a man on suspicion of stealing five tonnes of ice from the Jorge Montt glacier in the Patagonia region to sell as designer ice cubes in bars and restaurants. Local media reported that last Friday police intercepted a refrigerated truck with an estimated £3,900 worth of illicit ice allegedly bound for whiskies, rums and cocktails in the capital Santiago.”

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China increasingly buying farmland and agricultural companies in Venezuela and South America to feed its people

February 2, 2012

“The most important aspect of China’s agricultural investment in Latin America is that “it is a part of the increasing physical footprint of the People’s Republic of China that is just beginning to occur,” said Evan Ellis, an assistant professor at National Defense University in Washington.”

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A group of internet hackers calling themselves “Anonymous Brasil” takes down the website of Banco do Brasil, Brazil’s largest state-run bank

February 1, 2012

“A group of Internet hackers says it has taken down the website of the Banco do Brasil, Brazil’s largest state-run bank. It’s the third such attack against financial institutions in a week. Banco do Brasil says in a statement that its website was not down but was “slowed down” by a flood of traffic.” The Associated Press was unable to access the site.”

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