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Colombia, FARC to make 'historic' peace announcement HAVANA: Colombia's government and FARC rebels are expected to make what President Juan Manuel Santos called a "historic" announcement Wednesday on a peace deal to end their half-century civil war.Sources close to the peace negotiations said there would be a major announcement in Cuba, where the two sides have been in talks for nearly four years.Speaking in Colombia, Santos said negotiators were "putting the finishing touches" on a final peace accord."I hope to give the country historic and very important news today," he said.Over the past few days, the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have been discussing a range of unresolved topics, and worked late into the night Tuesday to draft a joint statement, sources from the two delegations told AFP in Havana.However, officials contacted by AFP were unable to confirm whether the announcement will mark the conclusion of negotiations, which were initiated in late 2012 ...

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Chile's Bachelet faces her own Rousseffian crises NEW YORK: The woes of Chile's leftist President Michelle Bachelet might look like a breeze next to those of Dilma Rousseff, her impeached coreligionist in Brazil. The copper-producing nation's corruption scandal, economic slowdown and rising pension crisis are small in comparison, but still bad news for its status as South America's bulwark of stability. Brazil dwarfs Chile in most ways, good and bad. Its population and GDP are both roughly 10 times larger.Its economy is ...

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Venezuela democracy 'in danger,' EU parliament chief says BOGOTA: European Parliament President Martin Schulz warned that Venezuela's democracy is "in danger," as it grapples with a severe political and economic crisis."The situation in Venezuela is dramatic and worrisome," Schulz said, following an official visit to neighboring Colombia, where many Venezuelans have poured in to buy basic goods due to major shortages in their country."In Venezuela, we see a majority of the population suffering and a country with so much wealth having a population ...

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Argentina says 2nd-qtr unemployment totals 9.3pc BUENOS AIRES: Argentina had 9.3 percent unemployment in the second quarter of the year, the government's Indec statistics agency said in a report on Tuesday. It was the first official unemployment data to be published by Argentina since Mauricio Macri became president in December.Macri won office on promises of attracting foreign investment, in part by increasing transparency at Indec, which had been widely accused of fudging data to make the economy look better than it ...

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OAS chief says no democracy, rule of law in Venezuela WASHINGTON: The head of the Organization of American States denounced corruption and violence in Venezuela on Monday, saying a 14-year prison term for an opposition leader there marked the end of democracy in the country.In an eight-page letter to opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, Luis Almagro highlighted the climate of "intimidation" against the political opposition in Venezuela and those working to recall leftist President Nicolas Maduro."No regional or subregional forum can ignore the reality that today ...

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Iran seeks closer ties with Cuba HAVANA: Iran wants to forge a "new path" in its relations with Cuba by tightening ties, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Monday at the start of a Latin American tour."It's a very opportune moment to extend our relations," he told journalists at the start of a meeting with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez."We have always been on the side of the great Cuban people in the face of the atrocities and unjust sanctions they ...

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Wife of jailed Venezuela opposition leader condemns death threat CARACAS: The wife of jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez said late Sunday that her husband had received a death threat from prison guards.Lopez, one of leftist President Nicolas Maduro's most hardline opponents, was arrested in February 2014 amid a wave of anti-government protests that swept Venezuela and left 43 people dead. He is serving a 14-year sentence at a military prison.According to Lopez's wife Lilian Tintori, a sergeant "said in front of other guards ...