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Dakota Indians mark hangings of 1862 with trek on horseback ST. PAUL: The day after Christmas will be somber for Dakota Indians marking what they consider a travesty of justice 150 years ago, when 38 of their ancestors were executed in the biggest mass hanging in US history.   Overshadowed by the Civil War raging in the East, the hangings in Mankato, Minnesota, on Dec. 26, 1862, followed the often overlooked six-week US-Dakota war earlier that year a war that marked the start of three decades of fighting between Native Americans and the US government across the Plains.   President Abraham Lincoln intervened in the case, demanding a review that reduced the number of death sentences.   But he allowed 38 to be executed, including two men historians believe were hanged in error, even as he was preparing the Emancipation Proclamation to free black slaves in the South.   This month, in an annual event that started in 2005, some Dakota are making a 300-mile trek on horseback ...

Venezuela CARACAS: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's condition has "improved slightly" following a cancer operation in Cuba, Venezuela's information minister said in a statement on Monday.   Center>Copyright Reuters, 2012 ...
Brazil lifts minimum wage, cuts tax on stock market earnings  BRASILIA: Brazil's government said on Monday it would raise the statutory monthly minimum wage by an above-inflation 9 percent to 678 reais ($330) a month, a rise that comes at the end of a year of tepid economic growth.   The government also said it would exempt from taxation up to 6,000 reais from stock-market gains and profit-sharing plans, and announced new tax brackets setting out rates payable on gains larger than that. The highest would be ...
Chile volcano alert raised  SANTIAGO: Chile issued a top-level red alert Sunday for its Copahue volcano, in the south on the Andean border with Argentina, as it rumbled to register a greater potential threat.   The National Emergency Office issued a red alert but did not order evacuations as no towns are in the current risk area.   "The intensity of seismic signals suggests the eruption in progress is on the smaller side (but) we are not ruling out the possibility that the ...
Brazil faces record petroleum trade deficits in 2012/13: paper  RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil faces record trade deficits in petroleum products in 2012 and 2013 as a result of government fuel-price controls, problems with its refining system and rising consumer demand, the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper reported on Saturday.   Brazil's petroleum and refined products trade deficit will reach $11.8 billion in 2012, the biggest since at least 1995, Folha said. The paper cited a report from Tendncias Consultoria, a Brazilian economic-research company.   The year 1995 is ...
Peru says will prepay up to $1.5bn in debt to curb sol LIMA: Peru will launch an aggressive plan to prepay up to $1.5 billion in debt in 2013 to try to stem the Peruvian sol's appreciation by soaking up foreign currency in the local market, Finance Minister Luis Miguel Castilla said on Saturday.   "We are going to use and make prepayments of between $1 billion and $1.5 billion in 2013, and this will serve to absorb some of the appreciating pressure that exists in the economy," the ...
UN AIDS deputy hails Brazil progress SAO PAULO: Newly appointed deputy chief of the United Nations HIV-fighting program, Brazilian Luiz Loures, hailed his own country's achievements in the fight against the deadly global epidemic in an interview published Saturday.   "We are beginning to talk of the end of the epidemic. Scientific progress makes it possible," Loures told the daily Folha de Sao Paulo, estimating the milestone could come within the next 15 years.   "We will not succeed in eradicating the virus, which is ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
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