Americas

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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Guantanamo Defense Lawyers Request Permission to Spend 48 Hours in the Guantanamo Bay Prison

January 29, 2013

“They are housed in “Camp 7,” a maximum-security detention facility reserved for captives previously held in secret CIA prisons overseas.”

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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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Guatemala Court Orders Former Dictator Efrain Rios Montt to Stand Trial on Charges of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

January 28, 2013

“A judge found sufficient proof linking Rios Montt, who ruled during a particularly bloody period of the country’s 36-year civil war, to the killing of more than 1,700 indigenous people in a counterinsurgency operation in 1982 and 1983.”

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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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4 People, Including the Owners, Arrested After a Nightclub Fire in Brazil Kills At Least 231 People

January 28, 2013

“Two are club owners and the other two members of the band that was performing, it said.”

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U.S. Warns Antigua and Barbuda to not Retaliate Against U.S. Restrictions on Internet Gambling With Piracy

January 28, 2013

“The World Trade Organization authorized Antigua in 2007 to suspend copyright protection on about $21 million of U.S. intellectual property annually after Washington failed to comply with a ruling against a U.S. ban on Internet gambling.”

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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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Fire at a Nightclub in Brazil Kills At Least 233 People

January 27, 2013

“Firemen said one exit was locked and that club bouncers, who at first thought those fleeing were trying to skip out on bar tabs, initially blocked patrons from leaving.”

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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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Spain Newspaper Apologizes for Publishing Fake Photo of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

January 24, 2013

“The grainy photo that El Pais originally splashed on its front page on Thursday, billed as a global exclusive, showed the head of a man lying down with a breathing tube in his mouth.”

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Cuba Confirms Activation of Cuba’s First Hard-Wired Internet Connection to the Outside World

January 24, 2013

“Until now Cuba’s Internet has been strictly via ponderous satellite links, and out of reach for the great majority of islanders.”

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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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