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Venezuela to address high murder rate
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Venezuela to address high murder rate

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter Nicolas Maduro, Venezuelan President, says he will address his country’s high murder rate by disarming civilians of guns. Maduro said his government would invest US $47 millon and create 60 new disarmament centres. According to United Nations figures, Venezuela has the second highest murder rate […]

US security forces step up security at White House following two breaches
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US security forces step up security at White House following two breaches

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter Following two security breaches in 24 hours, the US Secret Service says it has stepped up security at the White House and begun a “comprehensive review” of procedures. The more serious incident saw a man wielding a knife enter the building on Friday, prompting a […]

Drug cartel leader murdered in Mexico
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Drug cartel leader murdered in Mexico

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter Mexican police have found the body of Aquiles Gomez, who was thought to be one of the main leaders of the Knights Templar drug cartel. The body was found with a bullet wound in a house in central Michoacan state. Aguilles was believed to be […]

Hurricane strengthens to category 4
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Hurricane strengthens to category 4

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter Hurricane Odile, a category 4 storm, is expected to make landfall the Baja California peninsula in Mexico on Sunday night and Monday. As of Sunday afternoon, Odile was located about 290 miles south-southeast of the southern tip of the peninsula, with maximum sustained winds of […]

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By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter Leopoldo Lopez, one of Venezuela’s main opposition leader is on trial for allegedly inciting violence during anti-government demonstrations earlier this year. Lopez denies all the charges. Lopez, who is the head of the Popular Will Party, has accused the government of President Nicolas Maduro of […]

Chilean parliamentarian charged with killing left-wing militants
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Chilean parliamentarian charged with killing left-wing militants

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter A member of Chile’s parliament has been charged with the killing of three left-wing militants during the dictatorship of Gen Augusto Pinochet. Rosauro Martinez was an army captain at the time of the incident in 1981. He led a patrol in southern Chile in search […]

Brazil’s former director of state-run oil company accuses politcians of corruption
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Brazil’s former director of state-run oil company accuses politcians of corruption

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter Paulo Roberto Costa, an ex-director of Brazil’s state-run oil company, Petrobras has accused more than 40 politicians of involvement in a kickback scheme over the past ten years. Costa, who is in jail and being investigated for involvement in the alleged scheme, named a minister, […]

Salvador’s ex president hands self in on corruption allegations
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Salvador’s ex president hands self in on corruption allegations

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter Francisco Flores, Salvador’s former president who is wanted on corruption charges, has handed himself in. Flores is accused of misappropriating $15 million US that Taiwan gave the country during his term in office between 1999 and 2004. Flores, who has been out of the public’s […]

Brazilian indigenous group expel illegal loggers from their land
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Brazilian indigenous group expel illegal loggers from their land

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter Confrontation between a group of indigenous people in Brazil’s Amazon region and illegal loggers working in their communal forests have led to the detention and expulsion of the loggers. Leaders of the Ka’apor tribe accused the Brazilian authorities of failing to protect them and they […]

Conflict in Guatemala ends with departure of Jews
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Conflict in Guatemala ends with departure of Jews

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter Conflict between an indigenous group in Guatemala and an orthodox Jewish group has led to the relocation of the Jews. 230 members of the Lev Tahor Jewish group were asked to leave San Juan La Laguna after meetings with elders of the Mayan community. The […]