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Trump's daughter Ivanka joined call with Argentina's Macri BUENOS AIRES: Ivanka Trump, daughter of US President-elect Donald Trump, briefly joined her father's telephone call with Argentine President Mauricio Macri earlier this month, Macri's spokesman said on Tuesday. The two men spoke on Nov. 14, making Macri one of few Latin American leaders who had spoken with Trump in the days following his surprise victory in the US presidential election. The call was aimed at rekindling a relationship formed when they worked as businessmen before entering politics. "At the end of the president's call with Trump, the phone was passed to Ivanka so he could say hello. They have known each other since she was quite young," the spokesman said in an emailed response to a question about the call from Reuters. The congratulatory call was aimed at re-establishing the "personal bond" that the two men formed while doing business together, Argentine Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra said, although Macri ...

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Colombia's FARC reject Uribe's offer to meet over peace accord BOGOTA: Colombia's Marxist FARC rebels on Tuesday rejected an invitation by opposition leader and former President Alvaro Uribe to discuss the latest peace accord and see if more modifications to the complex deal are possible. Uribe, who spearheaded the push to reject the original peace accord in an October plebiscite, is not happy with the revised version and wants deeper changes. But the rebels declined the ex-president's offer. "Uribe governed badly, corrupted and bled Colombia ...

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Brazil to focus on reducing debt burden, boost productivity BRASILIA: Brazilian Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles on Monday said that the government will focus on reducing its surging public debt burden and later push ahead with reforms to increase productivity. Speaking to business leaders at the presidential palace in Brasilia, Meirelles said the country needs to rebalance its public accounts to exit its worst recession in decades.Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Copter crash kills four police near Rio slum after shootings RIO DE JANEIRO; A police helicopter crashed near one of Rio de Janeiro's impoverished favela neighborhoods on Saturday, killing four officers after a day of intense gunfire in the area, Brazilian police said."We do not yet have information on the causes, an investigation will be opened," a police spokesman told AFP, confirming that security forces had carried out operations earlier in the day in the Cidade de Deus favela near the site of the crash.Video ...

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Brazil's Petrobras to get 204mn reais back in corruption probe SAO PAULO: Brazilian state-controlled oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA will receive 204.2 million reais ($60.4 million) from people and companies involved in a corruption probe, prosecutors said on Friday. The payment is a result of plea deals struck by prosecutors with politicians and executives accused of participating in a kickback scandal centered on Petrobras, as the company is known. The company has already received over 500 million reais in compensation, the prosecutors added.Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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'Protectionism must be defeated': Peru president LIMA: Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski opened a summit of Asia-Pacific leaders Friday urging them to robustly defend free trade against protectionist trends in the United States and Europe."In the US and Britain, protectionism is taking over," Kuczynski told leaders from the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group (APEC), whose annual summit has been rocked by Donald Trump's US election victory and Britain's "Brexit" vote."It is fundamental that world trade grow again and that protectionism be ...

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Chile's president Bachelet says will reshuffle cabinet SANTIAGO: Chile's President Michelle Bachelet said on Twitter on Friday that she will announce a cabinet reshuffle later in the day, the second government shakeup in a month, as members of her administration free themselves up for 2017 congressional and presidential elections. In Chile, it is common for the president to reshuffle the cabinet in the final year of a term in order to free up cabinet members to run in elections or join presidential ...