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Chavez looks to shake off pall of illness at Mercosur meet CARACAS: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will return to the international stage at a meeting of Latin American states in Brasilia Tuesday, after a battle with cancer kept him largely out of the spotlight for months. The incumbent in Venezuela's October 7 vote is slated to travel abroad for the first time since the beginning of the year. He recently made his first big-crowd appearances, where long speeches, singing and some dancing, eased concerns about the longtime leftist leader's illness. Chavez, the most visible face of Latin America's activist left, was diagnosed with cancer in June 2011. But he declared this month, after a long series of treatments and two operations in 2011 and 2012, that he was "healed." During his treatment, Chavez, 58, was absent from the campaign trail and important regional events, notably the April Summit of the Americas in Colombia. His presence at Mercosur, a political and economic union of several Latin ...

Eight killed in Brazil SAO PAULO: A private twin-engine plane crashed in the southeastern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais Saturday, killing all eight people aboard, firefighters said. The Beechcraft King Air B200GT, which took off from the Minas Gerais capital Belo Horizonte, exploded after it went down near the airport of Juiz de Fora, a city located 260 kilometers (160 miles) away, they told the media. Press reports said the pilot made several attempts to land in foggy weather. The victims included, ...
SANTIAGO: Chile's unemployment rate for the April-to-June period is expected to have risen as agricultural jobs felt the pinch of winter's start in the Southern Hemisphere, according to a Reuters poll published on Friday. The unemployment rate is forecast to have edged up to 6.9 percent in the period, compared with the March-May rate of 6.7 percent, according to the median response of 12 analysts and economists polled by Reuters. Chile's jobless rate for the April-June ...
Argentina remembers Eva Peron 60 years after death BUENOS AIRES: Argentina paid a rousing tribute to Eva Peron on Thursday, the 60th anniversary of the national icon's premature death, with President Cristina Kirchner hailing her as "eternal". A musical on Broadway in New York City, Alan Parker's 1996 film featuring Madonna and the captivating novel by Tomas Eloy Martinez "Santa Evita" (Saint Evita) have all helped to keep Peron's legend alive. An unrivaled orator who delivered impassioned speeches from the balcony of the Casa Rosada ...
Advertising investments in Brazil up 10pc this year  SAO PAULO: Brazilian advertising grew 10 percent in the first half of 2012 compared with the same period last year, with television receiving more than half the total, the IBOPE research group said Wednesday. IBOPE put the total tally at 43.8 billions reais ($22 billion), up from 39.8 billion reais, based on data from Monitor Evolution, software which tracks advertising spending across various media outlets. Television attracted 24 billion reais, 55 percent of the total, up 13 ...
Brazil June jobless rate seen down despite weak job growth  SAO PAULO: Brazil's unemployment rate likely fell slightly in June despite weak job creation during the month, a Reuters poll showed on Tuesday, suggesting the country's domestic market remains poised to support an economic rebound in the second half of the year. Brazil's jobless rate probably edged down to 5.7 percent in June on a non-seasonally adjusted basis, from 5.8 percent in the prior month, according to the median forecast of 23 analysts. That would be the ...
Peru cabinet resigns ahead of expected shake-up  LIMA: Peru's government ministers on Monday offered their resignations to President Ollanta Humala, the health minister said -- a move that was expected as the leftist leader marks one year in office. "All of the ministers have offered their resignations to President Humala," Health Minister Alberto Tejada said after abinet met Prime Minister Oscar Valdes. The move gives Humala room to reshuffle his cabinet. Tejada would not say who might replace Valdes, saying only: "The president will ...


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