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Strong 6.4 magnitude earthquake shakes Ecuador: USGS QUITO: A strong 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck northern Ecuador late Sunday in the same area devastated by a powerful quake in mid-April, the US Geological Service said.Its epicenter was 41 kilometers (25.5 miles) south of the town of Propicia -- located next to the quake-devastated coastal town of Esmeraldas -- and 154 kilometers (96 miles) northwest of the capital Quito, the USGS said.The quake, which struck at 9:11 pm (0211 GMT Monday), was preceded just minutes earlier by a 5.9 magnitude quake with an epicenter one kilometer away.There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.Earthquake monitors in Ecuador had slightly different readings on the magnitude of the quakes.The epicenter of both tremors was at a shallow depth of 35 kilometers, the USGS said.Ecuador is still reeling from a deadly 7.8-magnitude quake that struck on April 16, killing some 700 people.The quake flattened homes and buildings up and down a ...

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Venezuela government, opposition meet with mediator CARACAS: Seeking a path out of political deadlock, Venezuela's embattled government and opposition met separately Saturday with international mediators led by Spain's former Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.The country is in deep recession driven by falling prices for its oil exports. The crisis has prompted food shortages and deadly looting that the opposition blames on socialist President's Nicolas Maduro's economic mismanagement.He meanwhile regularly accuses business elites of waging an "economic war" against him by ...

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Brazil's president approves law banning politicians from state firms SAO PAULO: Brazil's interim President Michel Temer has approved a law on state-controlled companies that imposes a ban on politicians or party campaigners taking a post during the three years after their involvement in an election, in a bid to curb corruption. The law was published on Friday in the Official Gazette. Government sources say legislators are seeking to reach an agreement on a new bill to modify the ban, which was struck from the ...

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Brazil to submit pension reform before October elections BRASILIA: The Brazilian government will submit a long-awaited pension reform before the October municipal elections, Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles said on Friday. Several government officials have told Reuters the reform is unlikely to be approved before next year as lawmakers are reluctant to endorse the unpopular legislation before the Oct. 2 elections.Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Brazil government to veto proposal on foreign airline ownership BRASILIA: Brazil's interim government said on Wednesday it will veto a proposal to scrap limits on foreign ownership of local airlines that faces strong opposition in the upper house as part of a deal to save other parts of a bill on the air transport sector. The Lower House passed a proposal this month to remove the current restriction on foreign companies not owning more than 20 percent of a Brazilian carrier, but the legislation ...

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Cold kills homeless in Sao Paulo, Brazil's richest city SAO PAULO: Even under three blankets, Marcio Carvalho can't stop shaking as he seeks shelter on the streets of Brazil's biggest and richest city, Sao Paulo.The teeming central streets of a city that is home to 20 million people are deserted at night except for members of the estimated 16,000 homeless population.And while much of Brazil basks in tropical conditions, a chilly wave in the first days of the southern hemisphere winter has already claimed ...

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Venezuela opposition claims enough signatures for Maduro recall vote CARACAS/MARACAY: Opposition leaders in Venezuela said they have finished the process of authenticating signatures on a petition to recall President Nicolas Maduro, and have enough to hold a referendum on removing him."The number of signatures has clearly exceeded the minimum needed," said Vicente Bello, coordinator for the referendum effort. Government election authorities now have 20 days to review and affirm that finding.Opponents of the regime finished giving their fingerprints to electoral authorities earlier Friday, wrapping ...