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Mandela Granddaughters to Star in Reality Show

Posted September 29th, 2011 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Three granddaughters of South Africa’s former president Nelson Mandela are planning to star in a television reality show about their family. The three young women appeared at a news conference in Johannesburg Thursday. They and the South African and American producers working with them say they hope a TV series will showcase the emerging middle […]

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Venezuelan Commuter Trains Collide

Posted September 29th, 2011 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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Two Venezuelan commuter trains collided in a tunnel outside of Caracas on Thursday, and the transportation minister says about 30 people were injured. Transportation Minister Francisco Garces told state television that most of the injuries appeared to be minor, although the engineer of one of the trains had more serious injuries. The trains collided in […]

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Mexico Court Upholds State Right-to-Life Law

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 8:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Mexico’s Supreme Court has upheld a portion of the Baja California state constitution that says life begins at conception. Seven justices on the 11-member court Wednesday deemed the measure unconstitutional, but eight votes were needed to overturn the measure, meaning that it stands. Anti-abortion activists applauded the decision, while abortion rights supporters said they were […]

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Bolivians March Against Police Crackdown on Indigenous Protesters

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 4:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of Bolivians have taken to the streets in cities such as the capital, La Paz, angry about the government’s recent crackdown on indigenous protesters who opposed a planned highway through a nature reserve. The demonstrations took place Wednesday, three days after riot police fired tear gas at activists who have spent the past month […]

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Cuba Eases Ban on Car Sales

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 3:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Cuba has legalized the sale and purchase of automobiles for its citizens for the first time since the 1959 revolution. The government announced the move in April, but sales were on hold until the measure was published into law Wednesday. The new policy had been expected as part of a series of reforms being undertaken […]

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Rio de Janeiro Police Commander and Officers Arrested in Judge’s Death

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 2:11 am (UTC-5)
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Brazilian officials say arrest orders have been issued for a police commander and seven fellow officers in connection with the murder of a Brazilian judge. Judge Patricia Acioli was shot to death on August 12 by masked assailants. The judge was known to be a crime fighter who pursued rogue police officers. The suspects include […]

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Bolivia’s Interior Minister the Latest Official to Resign in Highway Construction Controversy

Posted September 27th, 2011 at 11:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Another Bolivian cabinet member has resigned as criticism of how Bolivian President Evo Morales’ administration handled a month long protest over a controversial rainforest highway project increases. Interior Minister Sacha Llorenti is the latest official to tender his resignation over a police crackdown on demonstrators opposed to the road project. Officials say Llorenti’s deputy interior […]

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More Bolivian Officials Resign in Controversy Over Highway Project

Posted September 27th, 2011 at 3:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Bolivian President Evo Morales has suspended construction of a controversial highway through a rainforest as more government officials resign following a police crackdown on protesters opposed to the project. Officials say the deputy interior minister, Marcos Farfan, resigned Tuesday and could be a subject in an investigation into the police action. Immigration director Maria Rene […]

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Amazon Highway Construction Stops Amid Protests

Posted September 27th, 2011 at 4:50 am (UTC-5)
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Bolivian President Evo Morales has suspended construction of a controversial highway through a rainforest. In a brief television speech late Monday Mr. Morales said that Bolivia’s states will decide whether the Brazilian funded project would continue. Earlier Monday, Bolivia’s defense minister resigned to protest a police crackdown on indigenous groups marching to protest the planned […]

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Bolivian Defense Minister Quits In Dispute Over Anti-Highway Protest

Posted September 26th, 2011 at 11:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Bolivia’s defense minister has resigned to protest a police crackdown on indigenous groups marching to protest a planned highway through an Amazon rainforest nature preserve. Cecilia Chacon said she did not agree with the government’s decision to disperse hundreds of demonstrators, who began marching toward the capital, La Paz, from the city of Trinidad last […]

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