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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 through an interpreter at a news conference with French President Francois Hollande. "We can't simply defend the integrity of Crimea and not the Malvinas," Fernandez said. Britain says that Russia has broken international law and violated the territorial integrity of Ukraine by annexing Crimea. Residents of the Malvinas as the Falklands are called in Spanish voted almost unanimously to stay under British rule in a referendum in March 2013. Britain asserted its rule over the ...

Suspected Guatemalan drug trafficker extradited to US GUATEMALA CITY: Guatemala extradited to the United States on Tuesday a suspected drug trafficker wanted for ties to Mexico's notorious Sinaloa cartel, US officials said.Waldemar Lorenzana, 74, was arrested in Guatemala in 2011 for trafficking Colombian cocaine to the United States through El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico.His extradition was approved by Guatemalan courts in 2012 and authorized by President Otto Perez in February.The US Embassy in Guatemala said Lorenzana was extradited to the United States ...
Food prices push up Brazil inflation BRASILIA: Annual inflation in Brazil probably increased to nearly 6 percent in the month through mid-March as hot, dry weather pushed up food prices, a Reuters poll showed on Tuesday.The IPCA-15 price index likely rose 5.90 percent in the 12-month period through mid-March, up from 5.65 percent a month before, according to the median of 19 forecasts.Higher food costs are adding to several other price pressures that are nudging inflation toward the ceiling of the ...
Venezuela forces take opposition protest plaza CARACAS: Venezuela's authorities deployed hundreds of security forces, including troops in combat gear, into an opposition stronghold Monday to stamp out protests against the leftist government of President Nicolas Maduro.The show of force came as the death toll from a month and a half of protests rose to 29 Monday, after a National Guard captain shot one day earlier during a protest in the city of Maracay died.Government forces quickly established control after moving into ...
New law to create investment-friendly Cuba: lawmaker HAVANA: Foreign investors will be able to do business in communist Cuba without fear of government interference once a new law is approved later this month, a top lawmaker told state media on Monday.The lawmaker tasked with overseeing the drafting of the new investment law said in the official Granma newspaper that the new legislation would usher in a business-friendly climate in this bastion of communism.The law will "work to strengthen guarantees to investors," said ...
Anti-government marchers in Caracas slam Cuban 'invader' CARACAS: Hundreds of anti-government protesters marched Sunday against Cuban meddling in Venezuela's domestic affairs.Under the late elected socialist revolutionary leader Hugo Chavez, Venezuela forged tight ties with Cuba, becoming its closest regional ally and economic mainstay of the Americas' only communist regime.The close bilateral alliance, which includes military and security cooperation, is still pursued under President Nicolas Maduro's year-old government. At least 28 people have been killed and 400 injured in the student-led protests that ...
Leftist ex-guerrilla wins El Salvador presidency: official SAN SALVADOR: El Salvador's election officials on Sunday declared ex-leftist guerrilla commander Salvador Sanchez Ceren the winner of a March 9 presidential election, after rejecting the opposition's last challenges to the results.Eugenio Chicas, the president of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal confirmed a razor-thin election win by Ceren over Norman Quijano of the conservative ARENA party who had challenged the results.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...


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