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Italy Threatens to Take Brazil to ICJ Over Fugitive

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 6:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Italy has threatened to take Brazil to the International court of Justice after the South American country released from prison a former communist guerrilla wanted by Rome in connection with four murders. Cesare Battisti left a high-security Brazilian prison Thursday, a day after Brazil’s Supreme Court rejected Italy’s request for his extradition and ordered his […]

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Italy Condemns Brazil for Releasing Fugitive

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 3:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Officials in Italy are expressing outrage over Brazil’s decision to free an Italian fugitive wanted for murder. Victims and officials described as a slap in the face the ruling Wednesday by Brazil’s Supreme Court to release former left-wing militant Cesare Battisti. Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini promised to pursue his country’s claims with the International […]

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Brazil Rejects Battisti Extradition to Italy

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 9:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Brazil’s Supreme Court has ruled against extraditing an Italian fugitive wanted for four murders dating from the 1970s, a decision that could raise tensions between Brazil and Italy. The court Wednesday said the former left-wing militant, Cesare Battisti, can remain in Brazil. The top court’s ruling upholds last year’s decision by then-President Luiz Inacio Lula […]

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Brazil: Choose New IMF Chief for Skills Not Nationality

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 3:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Brazil’s Finance Minister Guido Mantega says the new head of the International Monetary Fund should be chosen on the basis of skills, not nationality. In a Friday telephone conference with journalists, Mantega criticized a decades-old custom of giving the top IMF post to a European with the top job at the World Bank going to […]

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Mexican IMF Contender Visits Brazil

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 4:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The head of Mexico’s central bank says Latin American countries deserve greater representation at the International Monetary Fund. Agustin Carstens made the comments Wednesday in Brazil, where he is seeking support for his bid to become the next managing director of the IMF. Carstens met with Brazilian Finance Minister Guido Mantega in Brazil’s capital, Brasilia, […]

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Brazil Clears Amazon Dam for Construction

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Brazil has approved the construction of a massive hydroelectric dam in the Amazon rain forest — a project that has sparked criticism from environmentalists, indigenous activists and celebrities. Brazil’s environment agency Ibama issued the building license for the $11 billion dollar Belo Monte dam project on Wednesday. The dam is designed to produce about 11,000 […]

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