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Venezuelan opposition makes big gains in election

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Venezuela’s opposition won a third of the seats in parliament and claimed a majority of the popular vote in elections, boosting its hopes of defeating President Hugo Chavez at the next presidential poll in 2012. Although Mr Chavez’s Socialist Party retained a majority in the 165-seat National Assembly, it fell short of its goal of keeping at least the two thirds it needs to pass major... 

Nicaraguan diplomat found dead in Bronx apartment with throat slashed

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Nicaraguan diplomat César Antonio Mercado Pavón (center) was found with his throat slashed. A top Central American diplomat was found dead with his throat slashed in the Bronx Thursday when his driver came to take him to the United Nations, police said. Nicaraguan Consul César Antonio Mercado Pavón, 34, died in his apartment on the Grand Concourse near E. 180th St. A neighbor heard loud noises... 

Mexico is now building their own wall on border with Guatemala

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Where is MSNBC? The Inter-Press Sevice (IPS) is reporting that the head administrator of the Mexican Superintendency of Tax Administration, Raul Diaz, has confirmed that his government is building a wall in the state of Chiapas, along the Mexican/Guatemalan border. The official reason is to stop contraband from coming into Mexico, but as Diaz admitted: “It could also prevent the free passage of illegal... 

Mexico: Soldiers kill 30 in troubled border state

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Mexican soldiers killed at least 30 suspected cartel members in two shootouts near the U.S. border in a region that has become one of biggest battlegrounds in the country’s drug war, authorities said Friday. Twenty-five of the suspects were killed Thursday during a raid on a building in Ciudad Mier in Tamaulipas state. The other five were killed Friday in neighboring Nuevo Leon state, during... 

Mexican Police Arrested Over Mayor's Murder

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Residents stand behind a picture of Edelmiro Cavazos, the mayor of Santiago, Mexico, who was abducted and slain by a drug cartel The murder scarred a part of Mexico that was supposed to be reasonably safe from violence and crime. Santiago is a picturesque town of waterfalls, colonial churches and holiday homes for the rich. Its mayor, Edelmiro Cavazos, was a blue-eyed 38-year-old educated in the U.S.... 

Chilean miners found alive after being trapped but rescue will be months

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We’re alive! TV images of Chilean miners 18 DAYS after being trapped… but it could be Christmas before they are rescued * Miners’ message from 2,300ft below: ‘All 33 of us are fine in the shelter’ * It will take months to get them out, say experts * Men are in a mine shaft shelter the size of a small apartment A team of 33 miners trapped underground have been told... 

Fidel Castro speaks out against the Bilderberg Group

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Former Cuban President Fidel Castro continues to taunt the West, this time with an article that accuses the ultra-secretive Bilderberg Group of conspiring to create a one-world government. Despite his advanced age and periodic bouts with an intestinal disorder, 84-year-old Castro continues to warn on the West, this time by dedicating three pages in the Communist Party newspaper Granma that quotes... 

Chavez said will have no peace until US gets its hands on Venezuela’s oil fields

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The Washington Post by-line was “How Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez tries to hide the truth about his government!” So I would like to rephrase the question: “Is the Washington Post attempting to hide the REAL truth about the Hugo Chavez government by innuendo instead of merely giving us the facts?” I am well aware of the record of the Washington Post as a disseminator of US... 

President Morales Warns Drug Cartels Better Equipped Than Bolivian Army

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President Evo Morales confirmed Tuesday that drug traffickers have more technology and modern equipment than Bolivia’s police and armed forces, and he asked for help from the international community to address that deficiency. “By now, I have taken note that … drug trafficking has more technology than the national police, more modern equipment than the armed forces,” he said in a speech... 

Top Mexican Drug Lord Killed in Clash With Army

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Soldiers patrol streets in the area where, according to Mexico's Defense Minister, Mexican drug cartel leader Ignacio Coronel Villareal, aka Nacho Coronel, was killed during an army raid in Zapopan, near Guadalajara, Mexico. Coronel is considered number three in the organization of fugitive Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman, aka Chapo Guzman. One of the top three leaders of Mexico’s most powerful... 

Argentina legalizes gay marriage in historic vote

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Argentina legalized same-sex marriage Thursday, becoming the first country in Latin America to declare that gays and lesbians have all the legal rights, responsibilities and protections that marriage brings to heterosexual couples. After a marathon debate in Argentina’s senate, 33 lawmakers voted in favor, 27 against and 3 abstained in a vote that ended after 4 a.m. Since the lower house already... 

US warships cause anger in Costa Rica

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Costa Rica has allowed 46 US warships and 7,000 Marines to enter the country despite objection by the opposition parties, which describe the move as “illegal.” Costa Rican opposition parties denounced the decision of the Legislative Assembly, describing it as “illegal” and “in violation of national sovereignty,” Presna Latina reported Saturday. The decision grants... 

Chavez says Israel and US empire are enemies of Venezuela

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Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, right, shakes hand with Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad during a welcoming ceremony at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Saturday, June 26, 2010. Bashar al-Assad is in Venezuela for a two-day official visit. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez denounced Israel as a “genocidal” government on Sunday as he hosted Syrian President Bashar... 

21 killed in massive gang shootout near US-Mexican border

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Jesus Ernesto Chavez A drug-cartel enforcer told Mexican police that a rival gang infiltrated the biggest U.S. consulate along the border through a worker who helped get them U.S. visas, and that he ordered her killed for it. An American official rejected the claim Friday and said the motive for the slaying remains unknown. The employee, Lesley Enriquez, was among three people connected to the U.S.... 

Venezuelan President warns US is plotting to wage war between Koreas

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (R) and Ecuador’s Rafael Correa wave June 25, 2010, in Otavalo, Ecuador, at the end of the ALBA summit. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has warned of US military engagement in secret missions in North Korea and Iran while world focuses on the World Cup. “They put a bomb in a South Korean ship, and the Yankees did it to try to start a war between the two... 
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