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Ecuadorian President slams US press over Snowden asylum scandal

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Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa came up with scalding online remarks over criticism his country faced from the US press for potentially granting asylum to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. “They’ve managed to focus attention on Snowden and on the ‘wicked’ countries that ‘support’ him, making us forget the terrible things against the US people and the whole world that he denounced,”... 

Venezuela to consider asylum for NSA whistleblower

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (center) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on an official state visit – Tuesday, June 25, 2013. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday he would consider granting asylum to former CIA leaker Edward Snowden. “We would consider it, because the asylum is a measure of humanitarian protection and is a mechanism of the international humanitarian law, which is popular... 

Ecuador FM confirms asylum request from NSA leaker

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Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino The foreign minister of Ecuador says his country is considering a request for asylum from the National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden who is being persecuted by the United States. Ricardo Patino also questioned on Monday the concept of treason charges against NSA leaker Edward Snowden, adding that the alleged US surveillance program is a rights abuse... 

Brazilian Cities Reverse Public Transportation Hikes

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Riot police take positions as demonstrators gather near the Castelao stadium in Fortaleza, Brazil, on June 19, 2013. Authorities in Brazil’s two biggest cities have announced the reversal of a 10-cent hike in public transport fares that ignited massive protests across Latin America’s largest country. On Wednesday, Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes, Sao Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad and Sao Paulo state governor... 

Brazil sees largest protests in decades as unrest hits second week

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Mass protests continued throughout Brazil on Monday, with hundreds of thousands of demonstrators converging in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, the capital of Brasilia and other cities. Protests initially began last week following a government announcement of an increase in public transportation costs, which brought out students and young workers and led to more than 250 arrests. According... 

EU imposes anti-dumping tariff on Argentine biodiesel

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The European Union has imposed anti-dumping duties on biodiesel imports from Argentina in a move dubbed by Buenos Aires as “aggressive protectionism,” Press TV reports. The decision by Brussels to levy 10.6-percent tariff on biodiesel took effect on Friday and will be in force for six months. Argentina’s Foreign Ministry slammed EU’s decision, saying, “The measure is due to the inability... 

US spy agencies threaten Latin America's sovereignty: WikiLeaks founder

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Julian Assange, the founder of the whistleblower website WikiLeaks The founder of the whistleblower website WikiLeaks says the US spy agencies pose a threat to the sovereignty of Latin American nations as the countries depend on US-based telecommunication technologies. Julian Assange said speaking via videoconference at Uruguay’s University of the Republic that Latin America’s reliance on hardware... 

US robots, Israeli drones to "secure" 2014 World Cup in Brazil

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Brazil has added 30 US military robots to the Israeli drones and ‘Robocop-style’ glasses with face recognition cameras to its arsenal after the country allocated $900 million to make 2014 World Cup “one of the most protected sports events in history.” The 30 PackBot 510 units, which usually cost between $100,000 and $200,000 apiece, will arrive in Brazil as part of the $7.2... 

Ancient Mayan pyramid destroyed by construction company in Belize

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Mayan pyramid, Xunantunich, Belize One of the oldest and most famous Mayan pyramids has been destroyed by a construction company in Belize, while digging for crushed rock for a road they were building. The authorities reported on Monday that the company was using bulldozers and backhoes to carry out the works, chipping away at the pyramid’s sides until barely anything was left. Jaime Awe, the head... 

US committing grave mistake on Venezuela, Maduro says

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference in Caracas on May 9, 2013. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says the United States has made a ‘grave mistake’ in refusing to acknowledge his victory in the recent presidential election. The statement came on Saturday after US President Barack Obama recently rejected to say whether Washington recognized Maduro as the new president... 

Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt sentenced to 80 years for genocide

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Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt A court in Guatemala has convicted former dictator Efrain Rios Montt of genocide and crimes against humanity and has sentenced him to 80 years in prison. Judge Jazmin Barrios announced the sentence and verdict in Guatemala City on Friday. She said the former military leader’s acts “qualify as genocide.” “The corresponding punishment... 

US Embassy is behind unrest over vote in Venezuela: Maduro

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Venezuelan President-elect Nicolas Maduro has blamed the United States for fuelling violence in the South American country. Maduro said on Tuesday that the US Embassy in Caracas is responsible for all the violence that has happened in the wake of Sunday’s presidential elections. He stated that the US Embassy has been “financing and leading all the violent... 

7 killed, 61 injured in Venezuela protests

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Venezuela’s attorney general has announced that seven people have been killed and 61 injured during opposition protests over presidential election result. Celia Flores did not give any reports any details about the death or injuries or when they occurred. However, prosecutor Luisa Ortega said the victims were humble member of the working class, giving suggestions that the opposition might be to... 

Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro wins presidential election

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Venezuela’s presidential election winner Nicolas Maduro (L) and his wife celebrate in front of crowds in the capital, Caracas, April 15, 2013. Venezuela’s electoral authority has declared Nicolas Maduro the winner of the presidential election with 50.66 percent of the votes against 49.06 percent for his rival Henrique Capriles, who has refused to concede defeat. The National Electoral Council... 

Capitalism is way to nowhere - Immortal Technique

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Corporations ‘are making too much money off of this stage of evolution, the capitalism, to stop and get off us to the next level’, the American rapper Immortal Technique said in an interview with RT. The musician says the only thing that people are separated by is language and the inability to understand, that humanity has no other choice but to shift to a new economic idea doing away with devastating... 
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