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1.1 million Brazilians murdered in 30 years: report BRASïLIA: More than one million people were murdered in Brazil between 1980 and 2011, making it the world's seventh most violent country, a survey showed Thursday.During the period, homicides soared 132 percent to claim 1,145,208 lives, from a rate of 11.5 murders for 100,000 inhabitants in 1980 to 27 per 100,000 in 2011, according to the Map of Violence report. Among those aged between 14 and 25, homicides skyrocketed 326 percent to reach 53 per 100,000 inhabitants, said the study published by the Latin American Studies Center (Cebela).In 2011, Brazil, now home to 194 million people, recorded 51,198 homicides, ranked seventh among the world's most violent nations after El Salvador, the US Virgin Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Colombia and Guatemala.From 2007, the study highlighted a resumption of a surge in violence after a drop in the previous decade, attributed mainly to public disarmament policies.The survey showed that violence in ...

Venezuelan parliament raises debt ceiling by 65pc CARACAS: Venezuelan legislators voted on Tuesday to raise the country's debt ceiling for this year by 65 percent in a move the government hopes will fuel economic activity after growth slowed sharply during the first quarter.It was the third year in a row that the National Assembly has approved a mid-year increase to the level of debt that the government can contract on the local and international markets.The Assembly, dominated by supporters of socialist President ...
Mexico captures Zetas cartel leader MEXICO CITY: Mexican marines detained the head of the brutal Zetas drug cartel without firing a shot on Monday, giving the government its biggest catch as it strives to reduce violence, officials said.Miguel Angel Trevino, alias "Z-40," was intercepted by a helicopter that dropped in front of his pick-up truck as he traveled with two associates on a dirt road near Nuevo Laredo, a northeastern city bordering Texas, officials said.The marines seized $2 million in ...
Colombia to take time to enact pension fund measure BOGOTA: Colombia's Finance Minister Mauricio Cardenas said on Wednesday he would take time to enact a decree to encourage pension funds to invest more in foreign markets.He said it would not be implemented in the short term. Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing high level government and industry sources that he would delay the signing of the measure announced in April.Copyright Reuters, 2013 ...
Colombia extradites notorious drug boss to US BOGOTA: The last of the major Colombian drug lords Daniel "El Loco" Barrera on Tuesday was extradited to the United States, where there had been a $5 million reward for his capture, Colombian police said.His capture in Venezuela last year marked the end of an era when Colombia was under the sway of powerful and violent drug lords like the Medellin cartel's notorious Pablo Escobar, officials said."This is the end of the last big capo ...
Brazil to lure foreigners to fill public health posts BRASILIA: Brazil launched a program Monday to lure thousands of foreign doctors to fill vacancies in its public health system, a move criticized by many domestic health care professionals.Improving public health services was one of the key demands made by hundreds of thousands of Brazilians who staged three weeks of nationwide street protests last month.President Dilma Rousseff said the initiative , which will be implemented by presidential decree, will involve 10,000 posts and an investment ...
Mexico reform drive at stake as regions vote MEXICO CITY: Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's sweeping economic reform plans hang in the balance in local elections on Sunday with a strong opposition showing seen as crucial to preserve a cross-party pact.Nearly half of Mexico's 31 states are voting for a mix of local parliaments and municipal governments, but all eyes are on the race for governor in the state of Baja California, a stronghold of the conservative National Action party (PAN).The PAN lost ...


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