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Venezuela Is About to Go Bust

...For years, Venezuela has had a massive budget deficit, sustained only by exorbitant oil prices....
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Parole recommended for former California Mexican Mafia chief

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Acting amid extra tight security, parole commissioners on Friday again recommended the release of a former leader of the Mexican Mafia prison gang who now helps law enforcement, Board of Parole Hearings spokesman Luis Patino said....
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Cuba for sale: ‘Havana is now the big cake – and everyone is trying to get a slice’

Property developers are queuing up to pounce as Cuba opens its doors to the world. Proposals for Havana’s old harbour are described as ‘Las Vegas meets Miami in the Caribbean’. So can the city cope with the commercial storm ahead? ...
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Price of peace: Colombia to seek millions in new U.S. aid

WASHINGTON Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos will visit Washington this week to update President Barack Obama on the historic peace negotiations with Marxist rebels that are nearing completion, thank the United States for its ongoing support – and ask for millions more in aid....
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Surge of Americans tests limits of Cuba's tourism industry

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba's tourism industry is under unprecedented strain and struggling to meet demand with record numbers of visitors arriving a year after detente with the United States renewed interest in the Caribbean island....
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Venezuela's Maduro admits economic 'catastrophe'

Caracas (AFP) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro admitted before a hostile legislature that the oil-rich nation is mired in a "catastrophic" economic crisis, hours after decreeing a two-month state of emergency....
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Mexico mayor assassinated one day after taking office

Cuernavaca (Mexico) (AFP) - Several gunmen burst into the home of a newly elected Mexican mayor and shot her dead on Saturday, just hours into her tenure, police said....
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Argentina's new government won't seek to revive deal with Iran

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina's new government will not appeal a court's decision to strike down a deal with Iran over investigating a deadly 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish community center, a government source said on Friday, putting the long-running controversy to rest....
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Colombian prosecutor accuses rebels of 150 forced abortions

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's chief prosecutor says his office has documented more than 150 forced abortions carried out by the country's main rebel force. And he says the number could rise....
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Venezuelan president asks cabinet to resign after opposition win

Caracas (AFP) - President Nicolas Maduro has shifted into damage control mode, asking his cabinet to resign in oil-rich but troubled Venezuela after the opposition won a majority in the legislature in a landmark challenge to his grip on power....
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