Friday, February 20th 2015 - 07:44 UTC

Beija-Flor, the top samba group this year in Rio's Carnival, but who's behind?

In an emailed statement, Beija-Flor insisted its parade theme this year was ”strictly cultural and does not address (Equatorial Guinea's) government”.

The Beija-Flor samba group was declared the champion of Rio de Janeiro's hotly contested Brazilian Carnival parade competition on Wednesday. However the group stoked controversy by staging a presentation focusing on Equatorial Guinea, run by Africa's longest-ruling dictator, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

Friday, February 20th 2015 - 04:17 UTC

Nisman's former wife strongly rejects suicide hypothesis because of his personality

“The call for truth and justice was what shocked me the most yesterday at the 'silent march'; it was very difficult but we wanted to be in yesterday’s march.”

Argentine Federal judge Sandra Arroyo Salgado, late prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s ex wife, rejected the suicide hypothesis, due to his former husband’s personality, much less with a gun, and admitted she was impacted by the people's demand for 'justice' during Wednesday's 'silent march'.

Friday, February 20th 2015 - 04:04 UTC

Argentine Justice confirms prosecution of Vice-president Boudou on bribery charges

The investigation centers on whether Boudou helped Ciccone get out of bankruptcy in 2010 and later steered a contract to new owners to print money.

An Argentine Federal Chamber has confirmed the prosecution of Vice President Amado Boudou for “bribery and negotiations incompatible with the public administration” in the case investigating Cristina Fernandez second-in-command for his alleged involvement in the purchase of the ex printing company Ciccone Calcografica.

Friday, February 20th 2015 - 03:54 UTC

Maduro's agents arrest metropolitan Caracas mayor on charges of coup attempt

“I just saw how they took Ledezma out of his office as if he were a dog,” twitted  legislator Ismael Garcia. “They broke down the doors without an arrest warrant.”

Venezuelan intelligence agents arrested on Thursday opposition leader and Caracas metropolitan mayor Antonio Ledezma, witnesses said, after accusations he was involved in a coup attempt against President Nicolás Maduro.

Friday, February 20th 2015 - 00:30 UTC

Protestors take to the streets in Venezuela on anniversary of opposition leader's year in jail

Lopez’s wife, Lilian Tintori, gathered with a small group of supporters to mark the date of her husband’s arrest, and asked Venezuelans to show their support

Backers of jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez took to the streets of Caracas on Wednesday on the first anniversary of his arrest and subsequent jailing, but the mood of last year’s mass protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro was markedly different.

Friday, February 20th 2015 - 00:23 UTC

Uruguay's minister Almagro presents his program for a renewed OAS

“The Americas have been divided, it is time to heal the wounds of the past and build an Americas that is united and for everyone,” he added.

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) received a presentation by Uruguay's foreign minister Luis Almagro, in his capacity as candidate for Secretary General of the Organization, in a special meeting that took place at the headquarters of the OAS in Washington DC.

Friday, February 20th 2015 - 00:05 UTC

Pope meets relatives of AMIA bombing victims same day as the massive 'silent march' for Nisman

The Argentine pope, Burstein added, told the AMIA relatives he would do “everything possible” to help them.

A group of relatives of the Buenos Aires 1994 AMIA bombing victims attended a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday, requesting the pontiff’s intervention to have Iran put the citizens of that country allegedly involved in the deadly attack at the disposal of justices in Argentina.

Thursday, February 19th 2015 - 06:52 UTC

Despite pouring rain thousands turned out in Buenos Aires demanding 'Justice' and honoring Nisman

A river of umbrellas along the road from Congress to Plaza de Mayo march peacefully.

Thousands of Argentines demonstrators participated worldwide, under different climatic conditions, in the rally led by federal prosecutors to honor late AMIA special prosecutor Alberto Nisman, one month after his death. Demonstrators carried Argentine flags, chanted the national anthem and called for “Justice” and an independent judiciary branch.

Thursday, February 19th 2015 - 06:15 UTC

Sculptures dedicated to 29 Britons who lost their lives in Antarctica service

Oliver Barratt is the sculptor of the Northern and Southern sections of the Antarctic Monument

A two-part sculpture dedicated to Britons who lost their lives in service of science in Antarctica will be unveiled by a Watford man. Brian Dorsett-Bailey, 75, will officially reveal one of the monuments at Stanley in the Falkland Islands in tribute to the 29 people who have died in British Antarctic Territory, reports the Watford Observer.

Thursday, February 19th 2015 - 05:51 UTC

Chilean lawmakers ask Pope to reverse bishop appointment due to sexual abuse allegations

Karadima, an influential octogenarian priest was found guilty in 2011 by the Vatican of committing sexual abuse and sentenced to a life of prayer and penance.

Fifty-one members of the Chilean Parliament have signed a letter asking Pope Francis to reverse the appointment of the Bishop of Osorno, Juan Barros, due to allegations of covering up sexual abuse.


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