South America

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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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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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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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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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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Venezuelan Foreign Minister Meets With President Hugo Chavez in Cuba

January 24, 2013

“He also said that those currently in Havana include Vice President Nicolas Maduro, Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez and Attorney General Cilia Flores, as well as the president’s elder brother, Adan Chavez.”

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FARC Spokesman: Peace Talks With Colombia Advancing at an “Accelerated Pace”

January 24, 2013

“Marxist rebels and the Colombian government adjourned their latest round of peace talks on Thursday with no major advances toward ending their long conflict and said they had significant differences to overcome despite some areas of agreement.”

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Secretary of State Nominee John Kerry Describes Latin America Like Venezuela As “Not As Cooperative”

January 24, 2013

“Kerry said the United States has provided development assistance in Guatemala and entered energy agreements with Brazil. It’s worked with Mexico on anti-narcotics and anti-violence programs. But some outlier states are not as cooperative, he said, namely Venezuela, though he said a transition in leadership might change that.”

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Bolivian President Evo Morales: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Undergoing Physical Therapy

January 23, 2013

“”We have good news about our brother, President Hugo Chavez. He is already undergoing physical therapy to return to his country,” Morales said.”

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Study: Tropical Andes Glaciers Melting at an “Unprecedented Rate”

January 23, 2013

“The glaciers of the Andes Mountains have retreated at an unprecedented rate in the past three decades, with more ice lost than at any other time in the last 400 years.”

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Syrian Foreign Minister “Shared Jokes and Laughed” with President Hugo Chavez in Cuba

January 22, 2013

“Foreign Minister Elias Jaua spoke about the meeting in messages on his Twitter account, providing an upbeat account nearly six weeks after an operation that pushed the president out of public view.”

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Campo Grande, Brazil, Declares State of Emergency: Dengue Fever Epidemic

January 22, 2013

“In the twenty first days of this year, there were 9,320 reports of suspicious people seen with the disease.”

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