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FARC says army attacks put Colombia peace at risk HAVANA: The FARC guerrilla group warned Tuesday that army attacks have resulted in 20 deaths since a unilateral rebel ceasefire went into effect last month, putting peace talks in jeopardy.The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, accused "war-mongering sectors" of seeking to sabotage the one-sided truce, and said the attacks were making the rebels' decision to halt offensive operations increasingly unsustainable.President Juan Manuel Santos has acknowledged that the FARC has held to the unilateral ceasefire it announced December 20, but he has refused to reciprocate."The deployment of troops accompanied by bombardments, landings and assaults has to date resulted in six guerrillas dead, six wounded, two captured, and the also regrettable toll of 14 soldiers dead, and five wounded," the FARC said in a statement emailed to AFP."Even as we alert our guerrilla forces in the country of the serious situation, we send out an SOS to the social and ...

Costa Rica court acquits 7 in turtle activist's murder LIMON: A Costa Rican court acquitted seven men Monday accused in the brutal murder of environmentalist Jairo Mora and the rape of four volunteers who worked with him to protect sea turtles.The court in the coastal city of Limon, about 170 kilometers (100 miles) east of the capital, acquitted the men for lack of evidence of their involvement in the 2013 killing of Mora by masked men while he was protecting nests of leatherback turtles ...
Brazil sheds 555,508 jobs in December BRASILIA: Brazil's economy shed 555,508 net payroll jobs in December, in line with market forecasts, the Labor Ministry said on Friday. Latin America's largest economy was expected to have lost 500,000 payroll jobs in December, according to the median forecast of 11 economists. December is usually a month of net job losses in Brazil as companies from manufacturers to builders and retailers adjust their payrolls. In 2014, Brazil's economy added just 152,714 jobs, excluding seasonal ...
Brazil barely adds jobs in 2014 in worst year since 1999 FLORIANOPOLIS: Brazil's economy barely added jobs in 2014, government data showed on Friday, with job creation slowing to the worst pace in 15 years as investment plunged. Excluding seasonal adjustments, Brazilian companies created a net 152,714 payroll jobs in 2014, the Labor Ministry said.That was the smallest number since 1999 and a far cry from official forecasts for up to 1.5 million new jobs last year. In December, usually a month of job losses as ...
Bolivia's Morales swears in new cabinet LA PAZ: Bolivia's President Evo Morales swore in a new cabinet Friday, one day after he was sworn in to a third term likely to be shaped by the impact of falling oil prices.Morales kept on two ministers who have been with him since he first came to power in 2006, Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca, and Economy Minister Luis Arce.The 55-year-old former coca-grower presided over an economic boom during his first two terms, reaping the ...
Drought sees Rio's main hydro plant turned off RIO DE JANEIRO: A major Rio hydroelectric power plant was switched off after water levels slipped below an operational minimum following severe drought, Brazil's national grid told AFP on Thursday.Water levels are also dwindling at three other plants that serve a region home to 16 million people, but an ONS spokesman denied there was any immediate threat to energy supplies."The hydroelectric plant was switched off Wednesday as there was no longer enough water to keep ...
Brazil could auction off airports to current holders, minister says SAO PAULO: Brazil may auction licenses to improve and operate as many as 11 airports to private investors as part of a broader plan to revamp privatization rules in the industry, Civil Aviation Minister Eliseu Padilha said on Thursday.In the process, the government could scrap a rule forbidding investors who currently own a license from participating in new airport auctions, Padilha told Reuters. Officials are trying to gauge whether the number of individual license holders ...


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