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US Cuban exiles mark anniversary of 1994 migrant drowning KEY WEST: A flotilla of Cuban exiles left Florida's Key West on Saturday to commemorate the drowning of 37 migrants including 10 children who fled their communist homeland two decades ago.Three boats carrying 25 people headed out to sea in the early afternoon from this picturesque part of the United States bound for waters some 12 nautical miles (22 kilometers) from the Cuban capital Havana.That's where those on board plan to set off fireworks and sprinkle the sea with flowers in memory of those who perished on July 13, 1994, when a tugboat headed for American shores sank.On board were 68 people trying to flee the Cuban communist regime, hoping for a better life in the United States. The circumstances surrounding the tragedy are up for debate.Survivors and members of the Cuban exile community refer to the events of that day as a "massacre," contending that several vessels intercepted the ...

Rio police detain protesters before World Cup final RIO DE JANEIRO: Rio de Janeiro police said on Saturday they had detained 19 people with a history of committing vandalism during protests as Brazil tries to pre-empt any potential violent demonstrations during Sunday's World Cup final.Protests across Brazil have petered out since the month-long soccer tournament started on June 12, but authorities are taking no chances now that online videos are encouraging violent fringe groups to return to the streets when Germany plays Argentina.Human ...
Ecuador’s biggest refinery to begin 14-month overhaul QUITO: Ecuador’s largest oil refinery, Esmerelda, will begin a 14-month upgrade from Saturday which will require different sections of the plant to be shut down at various periods during the scheduled overhaul, state-run oil company Petro Ecuador said.During the scheduled 14-month overhaul, the plant is only expected to close down fully for 45 days from Oct 1 to Nov 15. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
26,000 police and soldiers to provide World Cup final security SAO PAULO: Some 26,000 police and soldiers will provide security Sunday for the World Cup final in Rio between Argentina and Germany, the Brazilian justice minister said Thursday.After a meeting with FIFA and the federal government in Rio, minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo said that force has not been increased despite a flood of Argentines heading to Rio for the final.Rather, this is the force originally planned for the final, he said.Cardozo also noted Brazil's shocking ...
Carlos Slim eyes entry into television market MEXICO CITY: Mexican telephone tycoon Carlos Slim's America Movil is planning to enter the television business, company officials said Wednesday, one day after the legislature here approved sweeping telecoms reform.Slim is eyeing paid television service as the next move for the company, said Arturo Elias Ayub, the company's spokesman and the phone magnate's son-in-law."We want to offer our clients that famous 'Triple Play' service," said Ayub, referring to the trifecta of phone, Internet and television ...
FARC, Colombian government to resume talks in Cuba HAVANA: Marxist FARC rebels and Colombia's government will resume peace talks on July 15 in Havana after a break, the two sides said Tuesday.After a pause of more than a month, negotiators have already held some preparatory discussions on the highly thorny issue of victims of the country's conflict. That one is next up on the agenda of talks aiming to reach a deal that would end Latin America's longest-running civil war.Agreement has been reached ...
Brazil launches election campaign amid Cup fever BRASïLIA: Playing second fiddle to the injury woes of soccer star Neymar and the host country's bid for World Cup glory, Brazil on Sunday kicked off its campaign for October 5 general elections.The continent-sized nation of 200 million will hold elections for the presidency, Congress, state governorships and state legislatures, and Saturday night marked the deadline for candidates to come forward and register.Opinion polls make leftist President Dilma Rousseff of the Workers Party (PT) favorite ...


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