South America

Kidnapped Diplomat from Costa Rica released by captors in Venezuela

April 11, 2012

“Several abductions in the past few months have worried the diplomatic community and underlined Venezuela’s high crime rate – the top concern of voters during an election year.”

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez heads to Brazil for emergency cancer treatment after radiation treatment in Cuba failed

April 6, 2012

“Brazilian media is reporting that ailing Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez will make an emergency trip to Brazil after allegedly suffering intestinal burns during his radiation treatment in Cuba.”

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Columbian Economist running for President of the World Bank calls for greater role for emerging economies

March 29, 2012

“”With the rise of the emerging economies it makes sense that a candidate from a developing country leads this institution,” said José Antonio Ocampo, a 59-year old Colombian economist and one of three nominees for the World Bank presidency.”

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Hugo Chavez makes an ‘energetic’ return to Venezuela after three weeks after surgery in Cuba

March 18, 2012

“Chavez turned the event into a campaign rally, vowing to win re-election in the Oct. 7 presidential vote and demanding unity from his followers.”

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China ‘increasingly frustrated’ with Venezuelan President Chavez and a perceived lack of return on its oil investments

March 13, 2012

“Already this year, PDVSA has announced that Citic Group Corp., China’s largest state-owned investment company, will acquire a 10 percent stake in the Petropiar heavy-crude project held with PDVSA and U.S.-based Chevron Corp.”

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Venezuelan President Chavez announces that he will travel to Cuba for cancer removal surgery

February 22, 2012

“Doctors there will remove a lesion in the coming days from the same area of his body where doctors removed a cancerous tumor last year, Chavez said.”

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#DrudgeRetort – Drudge misleads readers by falsely reporting that Chavez is scheduled to have another surgery following a cancer setback

February 22, 2012

Despite www.Drudgereport.com’s headline “Chavez surgery throws Venezuela into uncertainty…”, the source article mentions nothing about any more surgeries scheduled or expected for Chavez. Although the article twice uses the word “surgery”, both times reference Chavez’s surgery last June.

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Venezuelan President Chavez’s fragile health raises uncertainty in Venezuela

February 22, 2012

“Less than 24 hours after Chavez disclosed that doctors have found a new lesion that is likely cancerous in the same area where a malignant tumor was removed last year.”

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Argentina commuter train crashes in Buenos Aires, killing at least 49 people

February 22, 2012

“A packed commuter train plowed into the buffers at a Buenos Aires station during Wednesday’s morning rush hour, killing at least 49 people and injuring more than 600 in Argentina’s worst rail crash in three decades.”

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Hugo Chavez needs surgery after doctors in Cuba discover a new lesion

February 21, 2012

“The left-wing Venezuelan president traveled to Cuba over the weekend without notifying the public, fueling speculation about his health. Chávez reappeared on Tuesday, when state television broadcast his visit to the Veneminsk tractor factory in the Venezuelan state of Barinas.”

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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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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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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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