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Anger erupts as 1,700 still missing in Ecuador quake PEDERNALES/MANTA: The death toll from Ecuador's earthquake was set to rise sharply after authorities warned that 1,700 people were still missing and anger gripped families of victims trapped in the rubble.Three days after the powerful 7.8-magnitude quake struck Ecuador's Pacific coast in a zone popular with tourists, 480 people are known to have died, the government said Tuesday.Sniffer dogs and mechanical diggers were busy at work in the wreckage of coastal towns such as Pedernales and Manta as the stench of rotting bodies grew stronger under the baking sun.International rescuers and aid groups rushed to help victims as searchers dug for families trapped in the debris of homes, hotels and businesses."We have 2,000 people listed that are being looked for, but we have so far found 300," Deputy Interior Minister Diego Fuentes told reporters in the capital Quito.Some 4,605 people were injured, according to the latest government figures.In a glimmer ...

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Torture-praising politician seizes limelight in Brazil RIO DE JANEIRO: The growing popularity of a lawmaker who praises torture and military dictatorship is the latest sign of Brazil slipping into unpredictable -- and some say dangerous -- political territory.Jair Bolsonaro, a congressional deputy from Rio de Janeiro state, seized the limelight Sunday during a nationally televised vote in the lower house to send President Dilma Rousseff for impeachment.Taking the microphone, Bolsonaro said he dedicated his vote in favor of deposing Rousseff to ...

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Venezuela opposition seeks president's ouster CARACAS: Opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro rallied support against him Tuesday halfway through his mandate, leaving him prey to legal measures to drive him from office.Thousands of supporters of the center-right opposition attended gatherings in Caracas and across the country seeking a referendum on cutting his term short.But launching a referendum is the role of the national electoral board, which the opposition accuses of being controlled by the president's allies.The opposition vowed to oust ...

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Brazil leader warns of instability in impeachment bid BRASÍLIA: President Dilma Rousseff warned Tuesday that the impeachment process against her will deepen political instability in Brazil and said that sexism played a part in efforts to oust its first female head of state.The 68-year-old leftist leader pressed her case against what she calls a "coup" attempt, insisting that there was no legal basis to remove her from office."This will not bring political stability. Why will it not bring political stability? Because it breaks ...

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Brazil's leader warns of instability in impeachment bid BRASÍLIA: President Dilma Rousseff warned Tuesday that the impeachment process against her will harm Brazil's stability and suggested that sexism played a part in efforts to oust its first female head of state.The 68-year-old leftist leader pressed her case against what she calls a "coup" attempt, insisting that there was no legal basis to remove her from office."This will not bring political stability. Why will it not bring political stability? Because it breaks the foundation ...

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Brazil impeachment drive harms 'political stability': Rousseff BRASÍLIA: President Dilma Rousseff warned Tuesday that an impeachment process launched against her will harm Brazil's stability."This will not bring political stability. Why will it not bring political stability? Because it breaks the foundation of democracy," Rousseff said. The lower house of Congress voted Sunday to impeach her and the case is now with the Senate.The leftist leader, who could be suspended from office as early as next month if an impeachment trial formally opens, ...

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Brazil's Rousseff says being targeted because she is a woman BRASILIA: Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff said on Tuesday the drive to impeach her was fuelling hatred and intolerance and she believed she was being singled out for unfair treatment partly because she is a woman.In a news conference with international media, Rousseff repeated that there were no legal grounds for her impeachment on charges of breaking budgetary laws. She said the opposition and her Vice President Michel Temer were conspiring to oust her.Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...