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South America

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Cold kills homeless in Sao Paulo, Brazil's richest city SAO PAULO: Even under three blankets, Marcio Carvalho can't stop shaking as he seeks shelter on the streets of Brazil's biggest and richest city, Sao Paulo.The teeming central streets of a city that is home to 20 million people are deserted at night except for members of the estimated 16,000 homeless population.And while much of Brazil basks in tropical conditions, a chilly wave in the first days of the southern hemisphere winter has already claimed the lives of six people this month.Among their few lifelines are volunteers from the aid group Anjos da Noite (Angels of the Night), who distribute food, water and blankets to the hundreds sleeping rough.Carvalho, 41, who moved to Sao Paulo from the northeastern state of Bahia to improve his life, said he has been homeless for three years."I was working as a plumber but I separated (from his wife) and I couldn't stay in the ...

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Venezuela opposition claims enough signatures for Maduro recall vote CARACAS/MARACAY: Opposition leaders in Venezuela said they have finished the process of authenticating signatures on a petition to recall President Nicolas Maduro, and have enough to hold a referendum on removing him."The number of signatures has clearly exceeded the minimum needed," said Vicente Bello, coordinator for the referendum effort. Government election authorities now have 20 days to review and affirm that finding.Opponents of the regime finished giving their fingerprints to electoral authorities earlier Friday, wrapping ...

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Massive food imports arrive in Venezuela from Trinidad and Tobago PORT OF SPAIN: Trinidad and Tobago sent approximately 68 tonnes of food and commodities to crisis-hit Venezuela Thursday, with hundreds more tonnes set to arrive in the coming days, a Venezuelan official said.Venezuela, which is enduring severe shortages of food and other basic commodities, will receive 600 tonnes of goods from Trinidad and Tobago under a trade agreement.The embattled South American country is grappling with an economic crisis prompted by the plunge in prices for ...

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Chile's Congress approves minimum wage hike proposal SANTIAGO: Chile's Congress approved on Thursday the government's proposal to gradually increase the monthly minimum wage by 26,000 pesos, nearly $39, to 276,000 pesos ($412) within 18 months. With the Lower House of Congress' approval, the minimum wage hike proposal is ready to be signed into law. The country's largest labor union, the Workers' United Center of Chile (CUT), had argued for a minimum wage hike of 40,000 pesos, but the government insisted that a ...

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Brazil's ag minister opposes proposal to tax farm exports BRASILIA: Brazil's Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi said on Thursday before the Senate's Agriculture Committee that he would oppose a government proposal to tax farm exports as a way to cover a growing deficit in the country's social security program. The president's Chief of Staff Eliseu Padilha told the Estado de S. Paulo newspaper published on Thursday the tax was part of a proposal to reform Brazil's social security program. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Brazil may renegotiate BNDES debt with states, Temer says BRASILIA: Brazil's government may start talks with states to renegotiate their debts with Brazilian development bank BNDES, interim President Michel Temer said on Wednesday in a radio interview. Temer said he may invite governors to discuss their debts with BNDES soon, especially those that borrowed to build infrastructure for the 2014 soccer World Cup. Temer's remarks came days after the government offered cash-strapped states 50 billion reais ($15 billion) in emergency debt relief over three ...

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Colombia, FARC rebels to sign ceasefire agreement on Thursday BOGOTA: Colombia and leftist FARC rebels have reached agreement on a bilateral ceasefire and the end to hostilities at peace talks in Cuba, a FARC negotiator and a source at the peace commissioner's office said on Wednesday. Agreement on the third point of the negotiating agenda would be a major step forward in efforts by the two sides to end 50 years of war that have killed 220,000 people and displaced millions. The source said ...