Americas

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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Socialist Ecuador President Rafael Correa Wins Re-Election

February 18, 2013

“First elected in 2007, the socialist leader is widely credited with bringing political stability to a nation that suffered decades of protests and coups.”

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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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Colombian ELN Rebels Request Proof That 2 German Hostages Are Tourists, Not Spies

February 11, 2013

“The National Liberation Army, known as the ELN, captured the two men in November 2012, the government says, in a sparsely populated area near the Venezuelan border but only made the kidnapping public earlier this month.”

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Argentine President Cristina Fernandez Defends Truth Commission Accord With Iran to Investigate the 1994 Bombing of a Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires

February 8, 2013

“Argentine courts accuse Iran of sponsoring the attack, which killed 85 people. The pact signed with Tehran has been criticized by Israel and Jewish groups who fear it could end up weakening the case against Iranian officials.”

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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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Report: Exclusive Dominican Resort Frequented By Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) Known For Prostitutes

February 7, 2013

“The prostitutes talk of occasionally being secreted into Casa de Campo in the back seats of chauffeur-driven SUVs with tinted windows, gliding into the complex past a large, thatched-roof security checkpoint after the swipe of a card opens the gate.”

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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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Ecuador President Rafael Correa: Campaign Rally Stabbing That Killed 2 Government Supporters Wasn’t Politically Motivated

February 5, 2013

“The man killed two Correa supporters and injured five more at a campaign rally on Monday, about two weeks before a presidential election that the leftist leader is expected to win comfortably.”

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Representatives From Argentina and Great Britain Trade Barbs Over the Falkland Islands

February 5, 2013

“A bid to build confidence and bolster trade between Britain and Argentina in London’s parliament descended into acrimony as British lawmakers and Argentinian Foreign Minister Hector Timerman traded barbs over the remote South Atlantic islands.”

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Germany: Colombian ELN Rebels Kidnap 2 German Tourists

February 5, 2013

“The National Liberation Army, Colombia’s second-biggest guerrilla group, said on Monday it had captured two men believed to be from Germany and considered them to be intelligence agents because the pair could not explain why they were in the area.”

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Europol: 680 Suspicious Soccer Matches With Evidence of Match-Fixing

February 4, 2013

“The European Union’s police agency said an 18-month review found 380 suspicious matches in Europe and another 300 questionable games outside the continent, mainly in Africa, Asia and South and Central America.”

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Paraguay Presidential Candidate Lino Oviedo Dies in a Helicopter Crash

February 4, 2013

“A retired general known as a dynamic public speaker, the 69-year-old Oviedo was running in the April presidential election in the landlocked, grains-exporting South American country.”

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