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Mummified woman found at home in Argentina BUENOS AIRES: The naturally mummified body of a woman was found at her Buenos Aires home by a neighbor who had not seen her for more than 10 years, police said Friday.Her remains, with skin tissue preserved by drying, were being studied to determine the time and circumstances of the death of Maria Cristina Fontana, who was born in 1953.Fontana is believed to have died at age 51 of complications from an aneurysm that had been operated on in 1990, the coroner's office said.The woman, who lived in the lower unit of a house split into apartments with separate entrances, was on medication and disabled, forensic data showed."But we were all shocked because no family ever reported her death and no one ever spoke of an unusual smell. Nobody knows anything, it's a mystery," the building porter told TN television.The process of natural mummification can occur in hot, dry climates.The ...

Santos' main rivals in May election neck and neck in poll BOGOTA: Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos, the clear front runner in May elections, has no clear single rival as two candidates are now in a technical draw with his former main opponent, the latest survey showed on Friday. Pollster Ipsos Napoleon Franco's survey showed Santos would win 24 percent of the votes in the first round, slipping four percentage points from the entity's last poll in late February. Oscar Ivan Zuluaga of the Centro Democratico ...
Clashes in Caracas after opposition mayors arrested CARACAS: Demonstrators clashed with riot police in Caracas on Thursday after a march against the arrest of two opposition mayors accused of failing to stop violence in protests that have rocked Venezuela.Some 3,000 people had rallied against the socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro before a subgroup of protesters threw rocks at police who responded with tear gas and water cannons.Maduro's government has been the target of near daily protests fueled by public anger over ...
Brazil says floods driving thousands from homes BRASILIA: More than a month of flooding in northern Brazil has swollen rivers and driven thousands of people from their homes, authorities said Wednesday.Heavy rain in regions bordering Bolivia forced 22,000 households to leave their homes, including 3,000 families in the state of Rondonia after a tributary of the Amazon River burst its banks."In February, we went on alert when the Madeira (River) rose above 16 meters (52 feet). Now it has risen above 19 ...
Venezuelan intelligence arrests opposition mayor CARACAS: Venezuela's intelligence service arrested and charged Wednesday the opposition mayor of restive San Cristobal, where anti-government protests broke out more than a month ago.Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez said Mayor Daniel Ceballos has been detained on charges of fueling "civilian uprising" and "supporting" violence in his city in the western state of Tachira.Prosecutors "issued an arrest warrant... for (fomenting) civilian uprising," which the Bolivarian Intelligence Service carried out, Rodriguez said on state television VTV."This is ...
Colombia's president removes Bogota mayor BOGOTA: Defying international rights monitors, Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos on Wednesday dismissed Bogota's elected mayor, Gustavo Petro.Petro claims that the conservative Santos is targeting him, a leftist former guerrilla, for political reasons.Voicing his outrage, Petro called for a general strike."The Colombian people should go on general strike, and peacefully so," to reject the move, Petro told a rally of about 1,500 supporters.Judges from Colombia's top court on Tuesday upheld an October 28 order by ...
Crimea vote as worthless as Falklands poll: Argentina PARIS: Argentine President Cristina Fernandez, who has been campaigning for the Falkland Islands to become part of Argentina, said last week's referendum in Crimea was as worthless as a vote held last year over the British territory in the South Atlantic. Fernandez has been increasingly vocal about Argentina's claim to the archipelago, a British Overseas Territory over which Britain and Argentina fought a war in 1982. "This referendum (in Crimea) is worthless," Fernandez said, speaking ...


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