South America

Two U.S. Embassy Officials Expelled from Venezuela Shortly Before Announcement of Hugo Chavez’s Death

March 5, 2013

“The news comes just hours after Mr Maduro announced that two U.S. Embassy officials were expelled for meeting with military officers and planning to destabilise the country.”

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Vice President Maduro: Venezuela Deploys Army and Police Following Death of Hugo Chavez

March 5, 2013

“2216 GMT: VENEZUELA DEPLOYS ITS ARMY AND POLICE FOLLOWING CHAVEZ’S DEATH, MADURO SAYS.”

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Venezuelan VP: President Hugo Chavez Dies From Cancer At Age 58

March 5, 2013

“Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has died after a two-year battle with cancer, ending the socialist leader’s 14-year rule of the South American country, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said in a televised speech.”

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California Couple Missing in Peru Turn Up Safe on a River Boat

February 26, 2013

“Garrett Hand and his girlfriend, Jamie Neal, both 25, had last been heard from by friends and relatives about a month ago, according to co-workers and a statement issued on Monday by the U.S. Embassy in Lima, the Peruvian capital.”

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Colombian Government Authorizes Committee of Civilians and Red Cross Workers to Travel to German Hostages

February 25, 2013

“The National Liberation Army (ELN) said in early February they had captured two German men in Catatumbo, near the border with Venezuela, the second time in a month it seized foreigners.”

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President Correa: Ecuador “Oppressed by the Tyranny of Capital” Just Like Europe

February 20, 2013

“”We need to make these capitalist states people-oriented for the benefit of all of us, with no discrimination. We have already achieved a lot, but things may roll back. That’s the message I’m trying to get across to Ecuadorians.”"

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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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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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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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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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