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Pope urges protection of Central American migrant children MEXICO CITY: Pope Francis called on Monday for urgent action to protect and care for the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children migrating from Central America and Mexico to the United States.In a letter read by the Vatican envoy to Mexico, the pope said "such a humanitarian emergency demands as a first urgent measure that these minors be protected and duly taken in."Papal envoy Christophe Pierre read the letter, dated July 11, at a conference organized by Mexico and the Vatican on international migration and development, which was attended by the Vatican's secretary of state Pietro Parolin.Also invited to attend the conference were the foreign ministers of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.In his message, Francis noted that all migrants face threats but he stressed the particular dangers to the growing tide of children migrating to the United States."This is a category of migrants from Central America and Mexico itself who ...

Exiles mark tugboat disaster with fireworks off Havana KEY WEST: Cuban exiles said on Sunday they set off fireworks from a flotilla off Havana to commemorate an incident 20 years ago in which 37 people died fleeing the island in a tugboat.The exiles, who returned early Sunday to Key West, Florida, said they could see the lights of the Cuban capital when they set off the barrage of 85 skyrockets at about 9:30 pm Saturday (0130 GMT)."We can say mission accomplished," said Ramon ...
Peru's Humala eyes more reforms to spur faster growth LIMA: Peru's President Ollanta Humala said on Saturday he plans policy changes to boost domestic demand and offset tumbling mining exports that have dragged growth to its weakest pace in five years.Depressed global mineral prices and softer demand for commodities from China have been eating away at Peru's growth rates that topped 6 percent annually for much of the past decade.The government has said it will revise down its forecast of 5.7 percent GDP growth ...
US Cuban exiles mark anniversary of 1994 migrant drowning KEY WEST: A flotilla of Cuban exiles left Florida's Key West on Saturday to commemorate the drowning of 37 migrants including 10 children who fled their communist homeland two decades ago.Three boats carrying 25 people headed out to sea in the early afternoon from this picturesque part of the United States bound for waters some 12 nautical miles (22 kilometers) from the Cuban capital Havana.That's where those on board plan to set off fireworks and ...
Rio police detain protesters before World Cup final RIO DE JANEIRO: Rio de Janeiro police said on Saturday they had detained 19 people with a history of committing vandalism during protests as Brazil tries to pre-empt any potential violent demonstrations during Sunday's World Cup final.Protests across Brazil have petered out since the month-long soccer tournament started on June 12, but authorities are taking no chances now that online videos are encouraging violent fringe groups to return to the streets when Germany plays Argentina.Human ...
Ecuador’s biggest refinery to begin 14-month overhaul QUITO: Ecuador’s largest oil refinery, Esmerelda, will begin a 14-month upgrade from Saturday which will require different sections of the plant to be shut down at various periods during the scheduled overhaul, state-run oil company Petro Ecuador said.During the scheduled 14-month overhaul, the plant is only expected to close down fully for 45 days from Oct 1 to Nov 15. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
26,000 police and soldiers to provide World Cup final security SAO PAULO: Some 26,000 police and soldiers will provide security Sunday for the World Cup final in Rio between Argentina and Germany, the Brazilian justice minister said Thursday.After a meeting with FIFA and the federal government in Rio, minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo said that force has not been increased despite a flood of Argentines heading to Rio for the final.Rather, this is the force originally planned for the final, he said.Cardozo also noted Brazil's shocking ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
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