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Eleven killed, 10 missing in Peru landslide  LIMA: At least 11 Peruvians were killed and 10 more are missing after a mudslide Wednesday slammed into a small village in a mountainous jungle region, officials said.   Those killed in the landslide include five children, Ronald Garcia, the provincial mayor, told RPP national radio network.   The avalanche of mud and rocks swept away 24 homes when it crashed into the village of El Porvenir, in the northern department of San Martin, at dawn.   The head of Peru's Civil Defense Institute, Alfredo Murgueytio, told the daily El Comercio in an interview posted online that rescuers pulled 11 bodies from the rubble, and that 10 people are still missing.   Mayor Garcia said that some of the missing people may have fled into the hills to save their lives.   "Whole families are missing," said Garcia. More than 80 families live in the village, he said.   El Porvenir residents are mostly coffee farmers, officials said.   Heavy rain in Peru's Andean ...

BUENOS AIRES: The commander of the Argentine navy resigned Monday and the government punished two naval officers over Ghana's seizure of a three-masted tall ship after a dispute with creditors.   The Argentine training ship called "Libertad," or freedom, has been retained in the Ghanaian port of Tema near the capital Accra since October 2.   Ghana is holding it because investors who bought Argentine bonds years ago, on which the government has defaulted, filed suit in Accra to ...
Clinton to boost women LIMA: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Peru on Monday to push for greater access for women to capital and know-how to start their own businesses and become a motor for economic growth.   Clinton was to meet with Peruvian President Ollanta Humala late Monday for talks, followed by a dinner at the presidential palace in the capital Lima.   On Tuesday, the final day of her two-day trip, the top US diplomat was to address a ...
Chavez CARACAS: By picking foreign minister Nicolas Maduro as his new vice president, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has put in place a trusted heir apparent who is well-liked by his communist allies in Cuba.   Maduro, 49, was sworn in as the government's new number two on Saturday, one week after Chavez won re-election despite a strong opposition and questions over the leftist leader's health following a battle with cancer.   "Maduro's appointment was expected since last year due to ...
BUENOS AIRES: Three former Argentine military officers were sentenced to life for crimes against humanity Monday over the execution of 16 guerrillas four decades ago, a senior judicial official said.   "The court sentenced to life in prison the three military officers for 16 aggravated homicides, while two were acquitted. The circumstances were described as crimes against humanity," court director Andrea Gualde told reporters in the southern town of Rawson.   The three military staff sentenced over the killings ...
Mexico takes textile dispute with China GENEVA: Mexico has called for discussions at the World Trade Organisation on Chinese support for its textile companies, a statement said on Monday.   Mexico said it sought the talks "because China appears to maintain a wide variety of measures that support producers and exporters of apparel and textile products, both directly and indirectly."    The measures mentioned by Mexico included alleged subsidies like tax exemptions or reductions, and import duty refunds that would be inconsistent with China's committments ...
Venezuela CARACAS: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced six new cabinet officers Saturday, making his ministerial picks known via Twitter just days after winning a new mandate.   "Good day, dear world! Announcement: I have picked General Nestor Reverol to be my new minister for Interior and Justice. Efficiency!" the exultant leader tweeted from his @chavezcandanga account.   Not quite a week after re-election, Chavez also named -- among other appointments -- journalist Ernesto Villegas to run the ministry of communications ...


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