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Rousseff “Starting Over” In Brazil Jets Tender

SOURCE : Reuters (17-01-11)
BRASILIA (Reuters) – New Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has decided to delay awarding a multi-billion dollar Air Force jet contract and reevaluate the finalists’ bids, in a move that could signal a realignment of Brazil’s strategic and …

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Former Dictator “Baby Doc” Duvalier Back In Haiti

SOURCE : Reuters (17-01-11)
PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier made a surprise return from exile to his Caribbean homeland on Sunday, saying he wanted to help in the rebuilding of his earthquake-battered nation.
It was the first …

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Chavez Foes Wary Over Calls for Reconciliation

SOURCE : Associated Press (16-01-11)
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s opposition reacted warily to a call for conciliation from President Hugo Chavez, saying the socialist leader has spent years in office disparaging them as “bandits” and repeatedly stating that
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Peru’s Ex-President Toledo Opens Lead in Election Polls as Economy Booms

SOURCE : Bloomberg (17-01-11)
Peru’s former President Alejandro Toledo is leading in polls ahead of the April 10 presidential election as candidates pledge to maintain economic policies to spur private investment.
Toledo, who was president of the Andean country from 2001 to …

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U.S. Eases Restrictions on Travel to Cuba

SOURCE : EFE (14-01-11)
WASHINGTON – U.S. citizens will find it easier to travel to Cuba and to send remittances to the communist-ruled island under a new set of guidelines announced Friday by the Obama administration.
The measures “will increase people-to-people contact; …

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Second de-mining phase for Falklands

SOURCE : Mercopress (13-01-11)
A SECOND phase of de-mining is planned on the Falkland Islands from November this year.
A Falkland Islands Government House representative Ralph Jones confirmed, “The Foreign Office has funding to undertake a small project on the Falkland Islands. …

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U.S. Officials Meet with Dissidents in Cuba

SOURCE : EFE (13-01-11)
HAVANA – U.S. diplomats who traveled to Cuba for official migration talks with the communist government met on Thursday with dissidents, the opposition Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation said.
In a statement released to foreign …

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Honduran Vote Could Open Way to Re-election

SOURCE : Associated Press (13-01-11)
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduras’ congress has approved a measure that may allow referendums on once-taboo subjects like re-election and term limits, the hot-button issues behind the coup that ousted President Manuel Zelaya in 2009.
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Brazilian Offshore Subsea Lab

SOURCE : Marine Technology Reporter’s (12-01-11)
The Brazilian government and Navy are considering an ambitious plan for launching an offshore subsea lab to be located at the limit of the country´s territorial waters and beyond the farthest pre-salt play
The idea …

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Ecuador, Venezuela Trade Using New Virtual Currency

SOURCE : EFE (12-01-11)
QUITO – Ecuador sent Venezuela an initial shipment of crude palm oil under a new trade currency regime known as
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US-LATAM. Disappointment May Yield to Distrust

SOURCE : Inter Press Service (12-01-11)
WASHINGTON, Jan 12, 2011 (IPS) – While U.S. officials took strong exception to outgoing Brazilian President Inacio Lula da Silva’s recent complaint that “nothing has changed” in Washington’s relations with Latin America two years into …

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Colombia: Foreign Policy in Flux

SOURCE : International Relations and Security Network (13-01-11)
Colombia’s improved ties with Venezuela and neighbors to its south are just a few signs of the understated foreign policy shifts implemented by recently elected President Juan Manuel Santos – changes that may …

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La Havane et Washington poursuivent leur dialogue sur l’immigration

SOURCE : Agence France Presse (13-01-11)
Cuba et les Etats-Unis ont mené mercredi la quatrième session de leur dialogue sur l’immigration, qui a repris en juillet 2009 après six années d’interruption. Mais cette discussion bloque sur le dossier d’un Américain arrêté …

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Mexican Official: 34,612 Drug-War Deaths in 4 Yrs

SOURCE : Associated Press (12-01-11)
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A total of 34,612 people have died in drug-related killings in Mexico in the four years since Mexican President Felipe Calderon declared an offensive against drug cartels, officials said Wednesday.
The killings reached …

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Ship Standoff Strains Jamaica, Honduras Relations

SOURCE : Associated Press (11-01-11)
Jamaica on Tuesday rejected accusations its coast guard used excessive force trying to stop a Honduran fishing boat in lobster- and conch-rich waters, fatally shooting the captain and wounding two crew members.
Honduras’ navy commander, Rear Adm. …

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Tensions rise over Costa Rican-Nicaraguan border dispute

SOURCE : Ria Novosti (11-01-11)
Costa Rica is attempting to create an armed conflict with neighboring Nicaragua, Nicaraguan Army spokesman Juan Morales said citing counterintelligence information.
Relations between the two countries became tense in November when the Nicaraguan military began widening the …

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Venezuela PDVSA Developing Offshore Gas Exploration Technology

SOURCE : Dow Jones (11-01-11)
CARACAS (Dow Jones)–Venezuelan state-run oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA, or PDVSA, said Tuesday it is working on creating remotely operated robots to assist in offshore gas exploration.
The project is still in a “conceptualization stage,” the …

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Mexico unveils new deepwater oil drilling rules

SOURCE : Reuters (11-01-11)
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s oil and gas regulator unveiled new rules for deepwater drilling on Tuesday aimed at preventing a repeat of BP’s Macondo Gulf oil spill but stopped short of halting drilling during the safety …

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Le Mexique se blinde auprès du FMI pour se protéger des risques extérieurs

SOURCE : Agence France Presse (12-01-11)
Mexico (awp/afp) – Le Mexique a voulu se protéger des risques extérieurs qui pourraient menacer sa reprise économique en obtenant le plus grand prêt jamais accordé par le FMI, mais il n’a pas l’intention de …

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Peru Presidential Contenders Get Set

SOURCE : The Wall Street Journal (11-01-11)
LIMA–With the midnight Monday deadline to register for Peru’s April presidential elections behind, 13 candidates had signed up to run. Though the field appears crowded, this time around the vote is expected to produce …

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