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Man kills 12 relatives, commits suicide at year-end party in Brazil BRASLIA: An armed man stormed a New Year's Eve party in Brazil, fatally shooting his estranged wife and 11 other relatives before taking his own life, local media reported on Sunday.The shooting took place shortly before midnight in the town of Campinas, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of Sao Paulo, according to news reports that cited local police.The 12 shooting victims, all members of the same family, had gathered to ring in the new year.Reports said the estranged couple had recently separated. The dead included their eight-year-old son. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Press), 2017 ...

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Maduro will survive, just, on Venezuelan tightrope NEW YORK: Venezuela's economy is a wreck, but the Bolivarian revolution's inept leader, President Nicolas Maduro, has probably done just enough to avoid being forced from office in 2017, unless by Chavista colleagues.A bond swap and army-led food distribution helped. But his gutting of institutions risks violence that may yet be his undoing. The International Monetary Fund reckons the Andean nation's output shrank 8 percent in 2016 and inflation was almost 500 percent. Toward the ...

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Former Argentine leader Kirchner charged in corruption case BUENOS AIRES: Argentina's former president Cristina Kirchner was charged by an investigating judge Tuesday in connection with corruption allegations and had a freeze of $630 million slapped on her assets.Kirchner, who ruled from 2007 to 2015, immediately called the charges against her of illicit association and fraudulent administration "a big maneuver of political persecution."The judge "ordered an embargo on her assets of 10 billion pesos ($630 million)," according to a statement from the justice ministry.The ...

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Paraguay's president vetoes 2017 budget due to Senate debt limit ASUNCION: Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes vetoed the country's 2017 budget on Monday, an unprecedented decision taken to avoid the risk of default after the Senate placed a limit on the amount of debt the government could issue. The veto means the 2016 budget will remain in place for the coming year. Congress could still override the veto, but the opposition lacks the two-thirds majority in both chambers that would require. In a letter sent to ...

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Chile lifts tsunami alert following quake SANTIAGO: Chile lifted a tsunami alert it had issued for its southern coast following a powerful offshore quake Sunday, the head of the country's national emergencies office said.The warning was downgraded to a "state of precaution" for several areas, ONEMI chief Ricardo Toro told reporters, but the public was still urged to avoid beaches.The quake registered 7.7 on the Moment Magnitude scale according to seismologists at the US Geological Survey. ONEMI put it at 7.6. ...

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Quake of magnitude 7.7 strikes in southern Chile LONDON: An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.7 struck 225 km (140 miles) southwest of Puerto Montt in southern Chile on Sunday, the United States Geological Survey said. It was earlier reported as magnitude 7.6. The quake's depth was about 15 km (nine miles). Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Officials raid Brazil conglomerate's Ecuador office QUITO: Ecuadorian authorities have raided the Guayaquil offices of scandal-plagued Brazilian conglomerate Odebrecht, the Ecuadorian attorney general's office said in a statement. Friday's search came days after the US Department of Justice revealed that Odebrecht had paid $33.5 million to Ecuadorian officials between 2007 and 2016 as part of an international bribery scheme. During the raid authorities seized materials including folders, laptops and external hard drives as part of an open investigation requested by the ...