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Artists protest Israel-sponsored Brazil arts fair RIO DE JANEIRO: Dozens of artists taking part in Sao Paulo's 31st Art Biennial have lodged a protest against the event after it received sponsorship from Israel. The biennial, which started in 1951 and is the second oldest art biennial in the world after Venice, dating back to 1895, is scheduled to open its doors next Saturday.But it will do so amid controversy after more than 50 artists urged organizers to return around $40,000 funding from Israel, whose consulate in the city is one of the sponsors of the event, in protest at the recent conflict in Gaza.An artist from Ramallah, Ruanne Abou-Rahme, due to exhibit at the show with fellow Palestinian Basel Abbas, was among some 60 signatories to an open letter to organizers, prompting Globo daily Saturday to dub the event the "Biennial of conflict."Three Israeli artists are set to feature with around 70 participants in total at ...

Brazil opposition candidate Silva says recession a big worry SAO PAULO: Opposition presidential candidate Marina Silva said on Friday that Brazil's recession is very worrying and her government would work to restore the credibility of the country's policies to recover investment and growth.The Brazilian economy fell into recession in the first half of the year, a heavy blow for President Dilma Rousseff's already diminishing hopes for re-election in October. She spoke to reporters after launching her government program, which focuses on economic policies to ...
Rousseff economic model failed: Neves SAO PAULO: Brazil presidential candidate Aecio Neves on Friday said the economic model of President Dilma Rousseff failed as the economy entered a recession in the first half of the year. "Today is a sad day for Brazil as it just entered a technical recession," Neves told reporters. "The truth is that this government failed, and it failed principally in its steering of Brazil's economy. That's why the feeling among the majority of Brazilians is ...
Two miners freed, 24 trapped in Nicaragua gold mine collapse BOGOTA: Two of 26 artisanal gold miners trapped in a landslide caused by heavy rains in northern Nicaragua have been freed, while rescue efforts continue, the company that used to operate the mine said in a statement on Friday.Colombian miner Mineros S.A., which operates the Bonanza region project via its Nicaraguan subsidiary Hemco, said it had been informed by local emergency services that the two miners were freed from a section of the mine the ...
Brazil enters recession in pre-election blow to Rousseff SAO PAULO: Brazil suffered a recession in the first half of the year as investment plunged and the country's hosting of the World Cup suffocated economic activity, a major blow to President Dilma Rousseff's already diminishing hopes for reelection in October. Latin America's largest economy has suffered stagnant growth for more than three years under Rousseff's left-leaning policies, which have dented consumer and business confidence and caused heavy losses for financial investors. The economy took ...
Brazil cracks 'biggest' Amazon deforestation gang SAO PAULO: Police in Brazil have broken up an Amazon deforestation gang considered the worst currently active, officials said on Wednesday.The gang would invade public land in northern Para state, burn down forest, divided the land into parcels and sell them, federal police said in a statement.The group is responsible for environmental crimes to the tune of $230 million, said the Brazilian Environmental Institute.There was no word on how many people were arrested."The suspects are ...
Colombian rebels free geologist hostage BOGOTA: A Colombian geologist abducted in June, reportedly by a left-wing guerrilla group, has been freed, police told AFP on Wednesday.Andres Felipe Calle was kidnapped in the northern town of Curumani while doing mapping for the Colombian geological service (SGC) on June 29.On Tuesday he was released in good condition in the city of Aguachica, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of where he was captured, said Cesar Bohorquez, president of the police anti-kidnapping and ...

 



 
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