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Venezuela agrees to Vatican mediation help CARACAS: The Venezuelan government has agreed to let the Vatican help mediate its long-running dispute with opposition leaders, the UNASUR regional group said on Thursday.Ernesto Samper, secretary general of the Union of South American Nations, said it "had received agreement from both sides" for a Vatican role in resolving the persistent political standoff.Venezuela's opposition coalition earlier this month called for the Vatican to join an international mediation effort with the government, amid efforts by dissidents to launch a recall vote against President Nicolas Maduro.The opposition blames the socialist president's mismanagement for the nation's deep recession driven by falling prices for its oil exports, spurring an economic crisis that has sparked food shortages and deadly looting.The 12-member UNASUR groups Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guayana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Brazil police monitoring 100 for possible terrorism links SAO PAULO: Brazilian federal police are monitoring 100 people for possible links to terrorism groups, mostly in Brazil's tri-border region with Paraguay and Argentina, a presidential palace source said on Thursday. The source said the 10 arrests made on Thursday for preparing acts of terror during next month's Olympics involved cooperation with US and other foreign intelligence agencies. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Venezuela holding US newlywed for fomenting unrest CARACAS: Venezuela have detained a US man on suspicion of encouraging armed groups to destabilize President Nicolas Maduro, the government said Wednesday.The SEBIN intelligence service arrested Joshua Holt on June 30 in Ciudad Caribia, a public housing complex on the outskirts of Caracas, Interior Minister Gustavo Gonzalez Lopez said on state television.Six others were detained along with Holt and another six Venezuelans died in a shootout with agents, he added, releasing what he said were ...

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Brazil's Temer sees a reduction in interest rates 'positively' BRASILIA: Interim Brazilian President Michel Temer sees a reduction in borrowing costs "positively," his chief of staff said on Wednesday, when the central bank will make a decision on the level of benchmark interest rates. Padilha, speaking in Brasilia, said that Temer understands that the rate decision is an exclusive concern of central bank policymakers. All but one of 43 economists in a Reuters poll expect the bank to hold its benchmark Selic rate at ...

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Brazil state law to ban dam used at Samarco mine could pass this year RIO DE JANEIRO: A Brazilian state law to ban upstream tailings dams, the design used for the dam that collapsed at the Samarco mine last November, could be passed this year, an environmental official for the state of Minas Gerais told Reuters on Wednesday.Anderson Silva de Aguilar, the subsecretary for environmental regulation, said Samarco, which is co-owned by Vale SA and BHP Billiton, would not be resuming operations this year and might not in 2017 ...

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UN rights boss 'troubled' by conviction of farmers in Paraguay land killings case LONDON: The top United Nations human rights official said on Wednesday the conviction in Paraguay of 11 landless farmers accused of being involved in deadly clashes with police four years ago was "deeply troubling". In June 2012, 17 people, including six police officers, were killed as security forces moved in to evict about 60 farmers who were occupying 2,000 hectares of land in Curuguaty, eastern Paraguay.Last week, a court in Asuncion sentenced 11 farmers to ...

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Chile demands Bolivian officials have visa for entry SANTIAGO: Chile said Tuesday that all Bolivian government officials would need entry visas in passports to visit, amid a tense diplomatic standoff between the two neighbors.The move was a firm rebuke after Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca made an unofficial visit to Chilean ports this week.The countries have an agreement under which Chile allows Bolivia access to its ports; Choquehuanca had critical words to say, and outraged Chilean officials who insist they are keeping their ...