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Hunt for horseman in brazen Argentina robbery BUENOS AIRES: Argentine police are hunting for a man who whipped two passersby while riding a horse in the middle of a busy city street and attempted to rob them, before galloping off.The incident happened during the daytime on a major thoroughfare in Resistencia, capital of the northern province of Chaco, local media said Saturday.Friday's attack was recorded on security cameras and showed a man on horseback approaching his young male victims, whipping them and demanding their belongings.Witnesses told police that the suspect fell from his horse in the failed robbery, then jumped back on his mount and fled, dodging cars as he galloped off into the distance.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Two police killed in Colombia FARC attack BOGOTA: Two officers were killed early Friday in a FARC attack in western Colombia, police said, amid ongoing peace talks between the rebel group and government.The attack occurred in the town of Jambalo while the officers were patrolling the area."One died at the scene. The other was transferred to the municipality's health center where a half hour later he died," Colonel Ramiro Perez Manzano, police commander of Cauca department, told Colombia's Blu Radio.The Revolutionary Armed ...
Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader formally charged CARACAS: Venezuela's attorney general on Friday formally charged jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez with inciting violence and other charges related to mass protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro.Lopez has been held in a military prison since his February 18 arrest in the midst of an opposition protest rally.His supporters have called for a march later in the day to the main Caracas court complex to demand his release.Attorney General Luis Ortega Diaz told ...
Venezuela street battles leave seven injured CARACAS: Venezuelan riot police fired water cannons and tear gas Thursday at stone-throwing student protesters in the capital Caracas, leaving at least seven injured.Demonstrators had initially been riled by armed vigilantes they link to the government. Riding motorcycles, the men had fired guns into the air at the Central University of Venezuela's campus. Students, some of them masked, beat two motorcyclists.The confrontations were the latest violence in two months of near-daily protests against President Nicolas ...
Peugeot, Citroen recall cars in Brazil over fire risk SAO PAULO: French automaker PSA Peugeot-Citroen recalled 130,930 vehicles from both of its brands in Brazil due to the possible risk of fire, the company told AFP Thursday.A Citroen engineer said that a noise-protection cover placed under the hood in various vehicles risked coming loose and falling on the engine at high temperatures.A total of 88,792 Citroen C4 Pallas, C4 Hatch and C4 VTR models fall under the warning.In addition, 42,138 Peugeot 307 Hatch, Sedan, ...
Brazil hikes key rate to 11pc SAO PAULO: Brazil raised its key interest rate by 25 basis points to 11 percent Wednesday, as Latin America's largest economy scrambled to contain inflation. The central bank's monetary policy commission (Copom) said the decision continued the process of adjustment begun last April, when the rate stood at 7.25 percent.Copom did not rule out further rate increases.Markets had been expecting the increase; some analysts think the rate will rise to 11.25 percent before the end ...
Six FARC guerrillas killed, 8 captured: Colombia army BOGOTA: Colombia's army said it killed six FARC rebels and captured eight on Tuesday in a fierce and prolonged clash that came against the backdrop of ongoing peace talks.The incident took place in Tumaco, southern Colombia, in Narino department, the army reported."Pegasus Task Force troops killed in combat six guerrillas," an army statement said.A military source told AFP the fighting dragged on for 24 hours.Meanwhile authorities blamed the FARC on a strike on the Pan-American ...


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