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Tens of thousands mourn Brazil presidential candidate Campos RECIFE: More than 160,000 mourners turned out to pay their respects to Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos here Sunday after the popular socialist politician's death in a plane crash last week.A burst of fireworks marked his burial after a packed crowd of tens of thousands of people accompanied his body, carried in a flag-draped fire truck, through the streets to a family vault in Recife's largest cemetery.The burial took place at 6:35 pm (2135 GMT) after being delayed more than an hour by the throngs of mourners, many of whom shouted "Eduardo, warrior for the Brazilian people!" during the procession.Earlier in the day, a line stretching some three kilometers (1.9 miles) queued to file past Campos's coffin outside Recife's local government headquarters to say a final farewell.President Dilma Rousseff was in attendance as ceremonies got under way with an open-air mass.Campos, 49, died when his campaign jet slammed into houses ...

Victims of Colombia armed conflict testify HAVANA: A woman whose disabled son was kidnapped and murdered by soldiers was among a group of witnesses to testify on Saturday at peace talks in Cuba between FARC rebels and the Colombian government."This is an unprecedented step of immense significance," President Juan Manuel Santos said in Bogota ahead of the testimony of the 12 witnesses, the first time victims of Colombia's five-decade armed conflict have addressed the talks.The closed-door hearing started at 9:00 am ...
Black box failed on Brazil politician's doomed flight BRASILIA: The black box recovered from the wreckage of the plane crash that killed Brazilian socialist presidential candidate Eduardo Campos failed to record his flight, the air force said Friday.The two hours of recordings it contained were not related to Wednesday's doomed flight, according to the military branch in charge of the investigation into the crash. "The reasons why the recording does not correspond to the flight will be studied during the investigation," the air ...
Argentina to make loan payments to World Bank BUENOS AIRES: Argentina announced on Friday it will make more than $3 billion in payments on loans due this year to international financial institutions, including the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.The move comes even as the government stands in technical default on other debt over its refusal to pay $1.3 billion to settle a dispute with hedge funds holding Argentine bonds from an earlier default in 2001.A US judge, who ruled in favor ...
Colombia says Venezuela border closure no solution to contraband BOGOTA: Colombia said on Wednesday it would work with Venezuela to stem smuggling but said the nighttime closure of their common border was not a good solution.Venezuela closed the border on Monday night for the first time to try to shut down the flow of contraband gasoline and other heavily subsidized products to Colombia.Officials say the contraband is contributing to shortages of many basic goods in Venezuela, a huge political problem for the leftist government ...
Stash of bones reveals new species of flying dinosaur WASHINGTON: A stash of buried bones in Brazil has allowed scientists to identify a new species of flying dinosaur that soared in the skies 66 to 100 million years ago, a study said Wednesday.The remains of at least 47 individual flying reptiles were found in an old lake deposit on the outskirts of Cruzeiro do Oeste in the southern state of Parana.Named Caiuajara dobruskii, the pterosaurs are the first to be found so far south ...
Chemical leak at Mexican mine fouls water supply MEXICO CITY: Water supplies to 20,000 residents of seven Mexican towns were cut on Tuesday after sulfuric acid leaked from copper mine in the northwestern state of Sonora.Forty thousand cubic meters of the toxic chemical leaked into the Sonora river as a result of a "structural defect" at the Buenavista Copper Mine, a spokesman for the region's civil protection agency, Jesus Arias, told AFP.Arias said the mine in the town of Cananea "did not alert ...


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