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US court finds Argentina’s plan to exit debt default illegal
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US court finds Argentina’s plan to exit debt default illegal

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter A US court has ruled that Argentina’s plan to exit its debt default as illegal. Argentina had planned ask investors holding defaulted bonds to swap them for a new locally issued debt. New York Judge, Thomas Griesa said the plan was “lawless” but he stopped […]

Former Haitian president faces charges following protests
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Former Haitian president faces charges following protests

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter Supporters for former Haitian President, Jean-Bertrand Aristide have clashed with UN peacekeepers in Haiti. Dozens of Aristide’s supporters had set up barricades outside his home, fearing he could be arrested. UN troops fired smoke grenades to disperse the protesters after they allegedly attacked a car […]

Strong presidential candidate emerges in Brazil
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Strong presidential candidate emerges in Brazil

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter Marina Silva, the former Brazilian Environment Minister is expected to be named in the next few days to run for president in October. Silva would replace former presidential candidate, Eduardo Campos, who was killed in a plane crash on Wednesday. While Silva has agreed to […]

Brazilian presidential candidate killed in plane crash
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Brazilian presidential candidate killed in plane crash

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter Eduardo Campos, Brazilian presidential candidate was killed on Wednesday when a small plane carrying him to a campaign stop crashed into a residential neighborhood. All seven people aboard the the Cessna were killed when the aircraft crashed in the city of Santos, Brazil, about 40 […]

Guerillas attack oil field in Colombia
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Guerillas attack oil field in Colombia

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter Rebels in Colombia have attacked the Tibu Oil Field in the north-west of the country near the border with Venezuela. The two main left-wing rebel groups in Colombia – the Farc and the ELN – are known to operate in the area. Power stations, oil […]

New Brazilian law protects maids
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New Brazilian law protects maids

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter Under a new law in Brazil the rights of people employed as maids are now protected. Employers who do not register their domestic workers can now be fined. The new law is part of new measures to provide basic employment protection for seven million domestic […]

Colombian president warns that peace talks with gang could fail
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Colombian president warns that peace talks with gang could fail

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter Juan Manuel Santos, Colombian President has warned that peace talks could fail if left-wing Farc rebels continue with attacks upon swearing in for a second term. Santos’ victory was a resounding vote of confidence for the peace process which he started with the rebels in […]

Earthquake in China kills hundreds
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Earthquake in China kills hundreds

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter An earthquake in China has left at least 367 people dead and 1,300. The magnitude 6.1 earthquake occurred at a depth of about seven miles in a remote mountainous area. About 12,000 homes had collapsed in Ludian, a county of some 439,000 people. (Source: BBC […]

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By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter Aruba released Hugo Carvajal, a retired Venezuelan military general on Sunday, a few days after authorities arrested him there. Carvajal appeared beside Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro at a political event in Caracas after he was flown back to his home country. Carvajal’s detention violated his […]

Mexico, Guatemala set measures to deter illegal migration to US
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Mexico, Guatemala set measures to deter illegal migration to US

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter Guatemala, Mexico and the United States have reached common ground to deter migrants from jumping onto a freight train to reach the US. Each year tens of thousands of migrants stow away on the train, known as La Bestia (The Beast). Hundreds are injured or […]