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Venezuela opposition accuse leftists of blocking 22 lawmakers CARACAS: Venezuelan opposition leaders on Tuesday claimed President Nicolas Maduro's leftist party had filed a legal challenge against the election of 22 opposition lawmakers in this month's landmark polls.The opposition coalition MUD won a resounding victory in the December 6 legislative vote, in a shift that would end 16 years of leftist majority in the oil-rich but troubled nation.Jesus Torrealba, spokesman for the MUD, told a press conference that Maduro's United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) had lodged the challenge with the Supreme Court, without giving details of the legal grounds for the move.The Supreme Court, however, said in a statement that it had "received no such legal action seeking to annul results of legislative elections.""These are not representatives of the MUD, they are representatives of the people," Torrealba said of the lawmakers allegedly targeted.With 112 of 167 seats in the new National Assembly if seated as scheduled, the opposition ...

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Argentine police break up airport protest BUENOS AIRES: Argentine police used water cannon Tuesday to break up a protest by poultry workers facing layoffs who blocked access to the city's international airport.The workers, who threw stones at the riot police, said at least 10 members of their group were wounded in the clashes. The former employees of bankrupt poultry company Cresta Roja had blocked the road to Ezeiza International airport outside Buenos Aires since last week, forcing some passengers to drag ...

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Venezuela leftists challenge election of 22 opposition lawmakers CARACAS: The leftist party of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Tuesday challenged the election of 22 opposition lawmakers in this month's landmark polls, according to opposition leaders who slammed a "procedural coup."The opposition coalition MUD won a resounding victory in the December 6 legislative vote, ending 16 years of leftist majority in the oil-rich but troubled nation.Jesus Torrealba, spokesman for the MUD, told a press conference that Maduro's United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) had filed ...

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Brazil lawmaker's recommendation could undermine impeachment push BRASILIA: A key member of Brazil's Congressional budget committee has recommended the approval of the 2014 accounts of President Dilma Rousseff's government, which could undermine her opponents' case for impeaching her. Senator Acir Gurgacz, who is charged with reporting to the committee on a ruling by Brazil's Federal Audit Court that the Rousseff administration broke the law by disguising spending last year, said he recommends approving the 2014 accounts. Rousseff's opponents are seeking to impeach ...

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Markets downbeat on Brazil's new finance minister SAO PAULO: Brazil's new finance minister sought to reassure investors Monday as he took the reins of the recession-hit economy, but the Sao Paulo stock market and the Brazilian real both fell.In his first full business day on the job, Finance Minister Nelson Barbosa held a teleconference with international investors, promising to practice the same fiscal discipline as his predecessor, Joaquim Levy."I want to underline that our economic policy is the same. Our focus remains ...

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BHP reviewing asset freeze ruling after Brazil dam disaster SYDNEY: BHP Billiton said on Tuesday it was reviewing a judge's decision to freeze its Brazilian assets to ensure reparations are paid for a deadly toxic dam burst, after fellow miner Vale vowed to appeal the ruling.The Anglo-American mining giant and Brazil's Vale are co-owners of Samarco, the operator of an iron ore mine in Minas Gerais state where a waste-water dam collapsed in early November, killing 17."We are reviewing the decision and considering options, ...

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Peru sees 66 pct spike in copper output next year thanks to Las Bambas LIMA: Peru's government said on Monday that copper output in the world's third biggest producer should rise 65.5 percent in 2016 to about 2.5 million tonnes after MMG Ltd's massive Las Bambas project starts operations in February.Ongoing talks with leaders in communities where protests against Las Bambas turned deadly in September have been positive and have not held up the $7.4 billion project, Energy and Mines Minister Rosa Maria Ortiz said.The Las Bambas mine, in ...