Americas

Cubans Vote in the Country’s Parliamentary Elections

February 4, 2013

“The elected unicameral legislature will convene Feb. 24 and pick a new parliament chief for the first time in two decades, with the body’s longtime leader, Ricardo Alarcon, not on the ballot.”

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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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Death Toll at Mexico’s State Oil PEMEX Building Reaches 36

February 4, 2013

“Rescue workers had been digging through the last sections of the building’s basement and could soon call off their search. One person was reported still missing.”

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Guantanamo Bay Judge Orders End to Secret U.S. Government Censorship of Trial Audio

February 3, 2013

“Finding that the Military Commission Rules already provide the remedy that, if followed, would preclude the United States from indefinitely detaining unclassified information, Judge Pohl held essentially that the United States must comply with its own regulation.”

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UPDATE: PEMEX Oil Company Building Explosion in Mexico Kills At Least 33 People

February 1, 2013

“Officials have been unable to say how many people may still be trapped in the wreckage of the office block, which remains cordoned off. A military paramedic at the scene said there were likely many and expected the death toll to keep rising.”

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Colombia FARC Rebels Free 3 Kidnapped Oil Contractors; 11 Soldiers and Rebels Killed

February 1, 2013

“The kidnappings and other violence came days after the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, made clear during peace negotiations in Cuba that it would continue to capture armed forces, possibly hampering the talks.”

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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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Argentina Rejects British Invitation to Meet with the Government of the Falkland Islands

January 31, 2013

“Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman said in an open letter to his British counterpart William Hague that only a bi-lateral meeting between Argentina and Britain would be acceptable.”

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Brazil Police: Nightclub Fire Caused By Flares Igniting Highly Flammable Toxic Foam

January 31, 2013

“A nationwide crackdown on unsafe nightclubs also gathered steam, as Brazil’s most populous state, Sao Paulo, and its capital city signed an agreement for the joint inspection of bars and clubs.”

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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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Brazil Nightclub Owner Attempts Suicide in Police Custody

January 30, 2013

“One of the owners of the Brazilian nightclub that burned down this week, killing 235, tried to take his own life while in custody, police said Wednesday.”

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Colombia’s FARC Intends to Continue Targeting and Kidnapping Military Personnel

January 30, 2013

“Two policemen are currently being held by the left-wing guerilla group. The government says they have been “kidnapped”, but the Farc has described them as “prisoners of war”.”

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6.8 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Northern Chile

January 30, 2013

“The U.S. Geological Survey originally reported the quake at 6.7, but later revised it upward.”

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Poll: Xiomara Castro, Wife of Deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, Leads in the Country’s Presidential Race

January 30, 2013

“Honduran presidential candidate Xiomara Castro, the wife of deposed former President Manuel Zelaya, is leading the race to become the next head of the Central American country, according to a poll released on Tuesday.”

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