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Brazil's people will 'prevent setbacks' to democracy: Rousseff at UN UNITED NATIONS: President Dilma Rousseff voiced confidence Friday that Brazil's people will "be able to prevent any setbacks" to democracy as she battles a bid to impeach her."Brazil is a great country endowed with a society that was able to overcome authoritarianism in the past," Rousseff said at the United Nations during a ceremony for the signing of the Paris climate deal."Ours is a hard-working people. We have great esteem for freedom. I have no doubt that our people will be able to prevent any setbacks," she said.Rousseff is fighting for her political survival at home following allegations that she used illegal accounting maneuvers to mask budget deficits during the 2014 election year.The leader has denied the charges and spoke of a "grave, serious moment" in Brazil at the end of her remarks devoted mostly to climate change.The president thanked "all the leaders who have expressed their solidarity to me."After ...

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Brazil's people will 'prevent setbacks' to democracy: Rousseff at UN UNITED NATIONS: President Dilma Rousseff voiced confidence Friday that Brazil's people will "be able to prevent any setbacks" to democracy as she battles a bid to impeach her."Brazil is a great country endowed with a society that was able to overcome authoritarianism in the past," Rousseff said at the United Nations during a ceremony for the signing of the Paris climate deal."Ours is a hard-working people. We have great esteem for freedom. I have no ...

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Magnitude 6.0 aftershock strikes near Ecuador coast: USGS QUITO: A magnitude 6.0 aftershock struck near the coast of Ecuador Thursday, as the country struggled to recover from a devastating quake that killed almost 600 people, US experts said.The tremor hit at 10:03 pm (0303 GMT Friday) some 20 miles (33 kilometers) north-northwest of Bahia de Caraquez and 36 miles north-northwest of Tosagua, the US Geological Survey said.AFP reporters in the region felt some shaking but there were no reports of casualties or damage. ...

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Brazil's Rousseff flies to US amid impeachment battle BRASÍLIA: Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff flew to New York on Thursday to sign a global climate change pact, giving her an international stage to address efforts to oust her.Rousseff's trip comes just four days after the lower house of Congress sent impeachment proceedings to the Senate, which is expected to vote on opening a trial by mid-May.Rousseff is going to the United Nations to sign the climate deal on Friday, but a government official told ...

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Ecuador's president announces economic measures in wake of killer quake QUITO: Ecuador's president has announced drastic economic measures, including an increase in some taxes and mandatory wage contributions, to deal with the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that killed more than 500 people and injured over 5,000.Rafael Correa, estimating that rebuilding could cost as much as $3 billion, announced the measures in an address to the nation late Wednesday.Saturday's 7.8-magnitude quake was the worst to hit the South American country in decades, causing hundreds of ...

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New quake rattles jittery Ecuador PEDERNALES: A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Ecuador on Wednesday, sowing new panic four days after a powerful quake killed more than 500 people and injured more than 5,000.The latest quake caused no damage or casualties, but shook the ground forcefully in the middle of the night, sending terrified residents running into the street in the devastated resort town of Pedernales.Some families opted to spend the rest of the night outdoors for fear ...

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Brazil's leader to head US amid impeachment fight BRASÍLIA: Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff will travel to New York on Thursday to sign a global climate change pact -- while she confronts a bruising impeachment fight back home.Rousseff's trip will mean that Vice President Michel Temer, whom she accuses of conspiring to oust her, will be in charge of the country until her return.An aide in her office told AFP that the 68-year-old leftist leader would be back in Brasilia late Friday or early ...