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Decapitated Bodies Include Mexican Jailer

News Americas, MEXICO CITY, Mexico, Fri. May 13, 2011: The body of Gerardo Galindo, the deputy governor of Mexico’s Durango’s prison, is among eight decapitated bodies found in the northern part of the state, police here say. Galindo had been abducted on Monday. His dismembered body was found in a plastic box inside a car abandoned near the prison he ...

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Amnesty For Duvalier On His Mind

News Americas, PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Fri. May 13, 2011: The Kompa singer turned President elect of Haiti officially takes the reins tomorrow, but has already promised amnesty for former dictator, Jean Claude ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier. In an interview with Montreal’s French-language daily La Presse, Michel “Sweet Micky” Martelly said that he “could eventually think of that (an amnesty) to the extent ...

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UN Questions Election Results In Three Haitian Areas

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. May 13, 2011: The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti is questioning legislative election results in three districts in the Caribbean nation. MINUSTAH wants the country’s Electoral Council to explain why their results from three districts in recent legislative elections fails to match the figures of local and international observers. The CEP’s results match ...

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U.S. Secretary of State Promises Panama, Colombia Free Trade Agreements

News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Thurs. May 12, 2011: U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, yesterday insisted that the Panama, Colombia Free Trade Agreements will be sent to congress this year. Clinton made the statement during remarks Wednesday at the 41st Washington Conference on the Americas. “One of our top goals is to complete free trade agreements with Colombia and Panama,” ...

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Blackouts Affect Oil Rich Venezuela

News Americas, CARACAS, Venezuela, Thurs. May 12, 2011: Oil rich Venezuela may be benefitting from the price of crude oil that is now just under $100 a barrel but that the country is still being affected by blackouts. President Hugo Chavez’s government this week began rationing electricity after a series of blackouts affected nearly half the country earlier this week. ...

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Trinidad Gets New Planning Minister

News Americas, PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Thurs. May 12, 2011: Trinidad and Tobago’s planning minister has been replaced, a day after another was fired by the country’s prime minister. Dr. Bhoe Tewarie was on Wednesday sworn in by President George Maxwell Richards to replace Mary King as the Minister of Planning, a day after Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar asked Richards to revoke ...

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U.S. Presidential Delegation To Haiti Inauguration Named

News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Thurs. May 12, 2011: President Obama on Wednesday named the US’ Presidential delegation to the inauguration of Haitian-President elect, Michel Martelly. The inauguration is set for May 14, 2011 in Haiti. Leading the U.S’ delegation will be former President Bill Clinton. Joining him will be Ambassador to the Republic of Haiti, Kenneth H. Merten and Haiti ...

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Los Macheteros Member Nabbed 28 Years Later

News Americas, SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Thurs. May 12, 2011: A Puerto Rican-born member of the militant group, Los Macheteros, has been nabbed 28 years after he was accused of a robbery. Norberto Gonzalez Claudio, 65, was arrested in the city of Cayey this week, an FBI spokesman said. Claudio allegedly took part in a raid on a Connecticut bank ...

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Convicted For Costa Rica-Based Fraud Ventures

News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Weds. May 11, 2011: A federal jury in Miami on Tuesday convicted Sirtaj “Tosh” Mathauda on 12 felony counts related to a fraudulent business opportunity scheme in Costa Rica. The jury convicted Mathauda of conspiracy, nine counts of mail fraud and two counts of wire fraud. A federal grand jury returned a second superseding indictment again ...

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Trinidad’s PM Pulls No Punches

News Americas, PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Weds. May 11, 2011: Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, has revoked the appointment of the country’s planning minister following reports of a conflict of interest in a government website development contract. The PM said it saddens her but she has asked the President to revoke the ministerial and senatorial appointment of Planning Minister, Dr. ...

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