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Venezuela holding US newlywed for fomenting unrest CARACAS: Venezuela have detained a US man on suspicion of encouraging armed groups to destabilize President Nicolas Maduro, the government said Wednesday.The SEBIN intelligence service arrested Joshua Holt on June 30 in Ciudad Caribia, a public housing complex on the outskirts of Caracas, Interior Minister Gustavo Gonzalez Lopez said on state television.Six others were detained along with Holt and another six Venezuelans died in a shootout with agents, he added, releasing what he said were photos and videos of the foreigners shooting.Earlier this month, US media reported that Holt, a 24-year-old Mormon former missionary from Utah, was arrested after traveling to Venezuela to marry a woman, also a Mormon, whom he had recently met online.Witnesses said he was detained after filming a police door-to-door search on his mobile phone, after which they planted the weapons inside his apartment, The Miami Herald reported.US media report that Holt's family is distraught over ...

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Brazil's Temer sees a reduction in interest rates 'positively' BRASILIA: Interim Brazilian President Michel Temer sees a reduction in borrowing costs "positively," his chief of staff said on Wednesday, when the central bank will make a decision on the level of benchmark interest rates. Padilha, speaking in Brasilia, said that Temer understands that the rate decision is an exclusive concern of central bank policymakers. All but one of 43 economists in a Reuters poll expect the bank to hold its benchmark Selic rate at ...

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Brazil state law to ban dam used at Samarco mine could pass this year RIO DE JANEIRO: A Brazilian state law to ban upstream tailings dams, the design used for the dam that collapsed at the Samarco mine last November, could be passed this year, an environmental official for the state of Minas Gerais told Reuters on Wednesday.Anderson Silva de Aguilar, the subsecretary for environmental regulation, said Samarco, which is co-owned by Vale SA and BHP Billiton, would not be resuming operations this year and might not in 2017 ...

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UN rights boss 'troubled' by conviction of farmers in Paraguay land killings case LONDON: The top United Nations human rights official said on Wednesday the conviction in Paraguay of 11 landless farmers accused of being involved in deadly clashes with police four years ago was "deeply troubling". In June 2012, 17 people, including six police officers, were killed as security forces moved in to evict about 60 farmers who were occupying 2,000 hectares of land in Curuguaty, eastern Paraguay.Last week, a court in Asuncion sentenced 11 farmers to ...

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Chile demands Bolivian officials have visa for entry SANTIAGO: Chile said Tuesday that all Bolivian government officials would need entry visas in passports to visit, amid a tense diplomatic standoff between the two neighbors.The move was a firm rebuke after Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca made an unofficial visit to Chilean ports this week.The countries have an agreement under which Chile allows Bolivia access to its ports; Choquehuanca had critical words to say, and outraged Chilean officials who insist they are keeping their ...

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Brazil inflation likely eased slightly in mid-July BRASILIA: Brazil's annual inflation rate likely dropped slightly in mid-July as a stronger local currency eased the price of imports and a crippling recession dragged down consumer spending in Latin America's largest country. Consumer prices likely rose 8.84 percent in the 12 months through mid-July, down from an increase of 8.98 percent in mid-June, according to the median of 23 forecasts in a Reuters poll for the IPCA-15 index due on Thursday. Erratic weather in ...

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Brazilian judge blocks WhatsApp nationwide: court RIO DE JANEIRO: A judge on Tuesday suspended the WhatsApp smartphone messaging service across Brazil, where it is hugely popular, for failing to surrender user data in a police investigation."WhatsApp is blocked across the whole national territory," a spokesman for the court in Rio de Janeiro told AFP.WhatsApp, owned by Facebook, has clashed several times with Brazilian courts after refusing to give access to police.The 19-page court ruling said Brazilian telephone operators must "immediately suspend" ...