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Venezuelan opposition candidate shot dead during campaign event CARACAS: An opposition candidate in Venezuela's upcoming legislative elections was shot dead during an event on Wednesday, alongside the wife of a jailed opposition leader, an official said.The December 6 elections are critical to President Nicolas Maduro's socialists remaining in power."Luis Manuel Diaz, local leader of the Democratic Action party in Altagracia de Orituco (Guarico state) has just been shot dead," the party's chairman Henry Ramos Allup said on Twitter.Ramos Allup said Diaz was standing next to Lilian Tintori, wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, who is in prison for incitement to violence in 2014 antigovernment protests.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...

Two major quakes jolt Peru, neighbors LIMA: A pair of major 7.6-magnitude earthquakes jolted eastern Peru near its border with Brazil on Tuesday, and were felt across several South American nations, but authorities had no immediate reports of damage or casualties.The first quake, which struck at 5:45 pm (2245 GMT), was 601 kilometers (373 miles) deep, according to the US Geological Survey. It was located about 169 kilometers west-northwest of Iberia and 688 kilometers east-northeast of the capital Lima.Five minutes later, ...
Canada, provinces to present united front at Paris climate talks OTTAWA: Canada's federal government and its provinces will present a united front on combating greenhouse gas emissions at the Paris climate summit which begins next week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.After a meeting with the premiers of Canada's provinces -- the first such gathering in more than six years -- Trudeau said that each was ready to act together to fight climate change.Without changing the goals set by the previous conservative government -- to reduce ...
Qatar's ruler visits Mexico MEXICO CITY: Qatar's ruler, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, arrived Monday in Mexico City for talks with President Enrique Pena Nieto, a first by an emir since ties were established in 1975.The emir will visit the National Palace on Tuesday for an official ceremony and a meeting with Pena Nieto to take stock of bilateral relations, the Mexican foreign ministry said in a statement.They will discuss trade and investment issues as well as "strategic ...
President-elect Macri promises to reboot Argentine economy BUENOS AIRES: President-elect Mauricio Macri promised on Monday to correct the errors of Argentina's outgoing leftist government but urged patience while he defines his strategy to liberalize the ailing economy. The conservative Macri, who won a run-off presidential vote on Sunday, inherits a fragile economy: slow growth is driven by unsustainable spending, inflation is soaring and capital controls have backfired to leave foreign reserves at nine-year lows. Macri took immediate aim at central bank president ...
Colombia pardons 30 jailed FARC guerrillas BOGOTA: Colombia's government announced Sunday it is pardoning 30 jailed members of the FARC in what it called a confidence-building measure as it pursues peace talks with the leftist guerrilla group.But as the pardons were being announced, a Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia spokesmen in Havana said that rebel inmates were on hunger strike at 20 prisons over alleged mistreatment, a lack of health care and other grievances.Ricardo Tellez, a FARC negotiator, said the hunger ...
Colombia to free 30 jailed FARC rebels as peace talk gesture BOGOTA: Colombia's government said on Sunday it will free 30 jailed members of the Marxist FARC rebel group as a gesture of goodwill as the two sides negotiate an end to more than five decades of war. None of the inmates have been convicted of violent crimes while fighting for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), according to a statement from President Juan Manuel Santos's office. Once released, the group will receive psychological help, ...


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Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
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