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U.S. rejects Chavez cancer accusation

U.S. rejects Chavez cancer accusation

The Obama administration has denounced Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez for implying that the U.S. could be responsible for a rash of cancer cases among Latin American leaders. The State Department…

Venezuelan murder rate four times higher than Mexico

Venezuelan murder rate four times higher than Mexico

According to the Venezuela Violence Observatory, over 19,336 people have been killed there so far in 2011, averaging 53 per day. Those figures would make Venezuela’s murder rate the highest…

Violent crime continues dropping in U.S.

Violent crime continues dropping in U.S.

Murders, rapes and other violent crimes declined significantly in the United States during the first six months of 2011, extending a downward trend that has lasted 4 1/2 years, the…

Spain protests Argentine harassment of fishing boat in the Falklands

Spain protests Argentine harassment of fishing boat in the Falklands

This weekend a unique diplomatic standoff took place when a Spanish ship, authorized by Britain to fish in the Falkland Islands, was pursued by Argentine authorities but successfully fled to…

US loaned surveillance plane for Jamaica raid

US loaned surveillance plane for Jamaica raid

An American military aircraft helped monitor the deadly 2010 raid by Jamaican security forces to capture a fugitive crime boss, that country’s prime minister has admitted, in spite of earlier…

Brazilian mafia links to Uruguayan casinos probed

Brazilian mafia links to Uruguayan casinos probed

Brazilian police are investigating possible connections between the organized crime groups controlling illegal gambling in Rio de Janeiro and Russian and Israeli mafias, with casinos in Argentina, Ecuador and Uruguay.…

Gadhafi son planned escape to Mexico

Gadhafi son planned escape to Mexico

Mexican authorities said Wednesday that a surviving son of late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi and three other relatives planned to enter Mexico under false names and hide at a Pacific…

Shining Path leader calling it quits

Shining Path leader calling it quits

One of only two surviving leaders of the Shining Path guerrilla group has announced that his insurgents will halt attacks,  and called for a truce to begin peace negotiations with…

China surpassing US as top Venezuelan trade partner

China surpassing US as top Venezuelan trade partner

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez claimed this week that China may replace the U.S. as Venezuela’s leading trade partner, thanks to a strategic alliance between those two nations. Chavez said that…

Illinois governor gets 14 years for corruption

Illinois governor gets 14 years for corruption

Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted of attempting to barter President Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat for campaign cash or personal favors, has been sentenced to 14 years in…

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