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'Seals require only half of their brain to fall asleep'

Toronto, Feb 20 (IANS) Believe it or not, seals require only half of their brain to fall asleep, thanks to the presence of specific chemicals, suggests a biological study.

Sammy rested for Zimbabwe ODIs as Dwayne Bravo takes over

St. John's (Antigua), Feb 18 (IANS/CMC) West Indies selectors have rested captain Darren Sammy for the upcoming One-Day International series against Zimbabwe, which bowls off in Grenada Friday.

Researchers model erratic heartbeat in real time

Toronto, Feb 18 (IANS) Using powerful X-rays, researchers have modelled arrhythmia in real time.

Age just a number for NHL great Jagr

Vancouver, Feb 16 (IANS) When Czech ice hockey star Jaromir Jagr turned professional in the 1990-91, four of his Dallas Stars teammates were yet to be born.

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US seeks to avoid a 'fiscal cliff'

Washington, Dec 29 (IANS) After weeks of wrangling over how to avoid what has been described as the fiscal cliff that may push America into another recession, President Barack Obama has turned to Senate leaders to work out a last-minute deal.

Police seek woman who shoved Indian under New York train

New York, Dec 29 (IANS) Police are searching for a heavyset woman in her 20s, wearing a ski jacket and sneakers, who allegedly shoved an Indian man to his death in front of a train on a New York City subway platform.

Indian gang rape story gets prominence in US media

Washington, Dec 29 (IANS) The life and death struggle of an Indian woman, whose gang-rape aboard a bus in New Delhi ten days ago spawned days of mass protests across India, was covered prominently by the American media.

Indian shoved under New York subway train

New York, Dec 29 (IANS) Police in New York are searching for a woman who allegedly shoved an Indian immigrant man to his death in front of a train on a New York City subway platform.

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Mexico News

Mexican actor Joaquin Cordero dies

Mexico City, Feb 21 (IANS/EFE) Actor Joaquin Cordero died at his home in the Mexican capital, the secretary of the ANDA actors guild told EFE. He was 89.

Police chief missing, brothers murdered in Mexico

Mexico City, Feb 20 (IANS/EFE) The police chief of the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo is missing and two of his brothers have been murdered, prosecutors said.

Spanish wine producers angling to enter Mexican market

Mexico City, Feb 20 (IANS/EFE) A total of 47 Spanish wine producers participated in the 7th Wines of Spain Exhibition held Tuesday here, an event designed to allow local professionals to get to know brands that do not yet have a presence in the Mexican market.

Mexican president calls for unified police command

Mexico City, Feb 20 (IANS/EFE) Officials will begin working on the legal framework for creating a unified police command in each of Mexico's states, an initiative that has the support of state governors, President Enrique Pena Nieto said.

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Costa Rica News

Scientists engineer unique gel to repair heart tissue

San Diego, Feb 21 (IANS) A less-invasive and biocompatible gel that can repair damaged tissue in heart attack patients has been developed by American scientists.

Chinese-built trains to run in Argentina

Buenos Aires, Feb 20 (IANS) Argentina will receive Chinese-built trains next year as part of a push to modernize its ageing metropolitan railway network that links the capital Buenos Aires with its main suburbs, a minister said.

Global mobile phone sales declined in 2012

San Francisco, Feb 14 (IANS) Market research firm Gartner said in its latest research that worldwide mobile phone sales declined in 2012 for the first time since 2009.

I feel like a footballer again: Riquelme

Buenos Aires, Feb 12 (IANS) Former Argentina international playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme says he "feels like a footballer again" after ending his seven-month exile from Boca Juniors.

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Ecuador News

Correa celebrates presidential polls victory

Quito, Feb 18 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa celebrated his election to a third term as the country's president, singing and dancing at a meeting with his supporters.

18 escape from Ecuadorian prison

Quito, Feb 13 (IANS/EFE) At least 18 inmates escaped from a maximum-security prison in the coastal city of Guayaquil, Ecuadorian authorities said.

Ecuador sentences man caught with iguanas to four years

Quito, Feb 6 (IANS/EFE) A court handed down a four-year prison term to a German citizen caught trying to smuggle four iguanas out of the Galapagos islands, authorities at Ecuador's Galapagos National Park said.

Ecuador criticises Britain for Assange deadlock

Quito, Dec 21 (IANS) Ecuador expressed its concern about the fate of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Thursday and criticized Britain for depriving him of his right to seek asylum.

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El Salvador News

Italian model says Ruby offered him 4,000 euros for sex

Milan, June 16 (IANS/AKI) A male model said at the "bunga bunga" sex trial for former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi that he was offered 4,000 euros by teenage Moroccan nightclub dancer Ruby to have sex with her.

Italy captain Buffon probed for illegal gambling

Milan, June 1 (IANS) Italy football captain and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was interrogated by Turin tax police for his alleged involvement in illegal gambling.

Champions League: Milan draw with Barcelona, Bayern blank Marseille

Milan, March 29 (IANS) AC Milan held Barcelona to a 0-0 draw with their resilient defence in the first leg of the teams' Champions League quarterfinal at San Siro here.

Milan beat Roma to extend lead

Milan, March 25 (IANS) Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a brace as AC Milan beat Roma 2-1 at home to extend their lead in the Italian Serie A to seven points.

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American Samoa News

US's first n-powered carrier Enterprise inactivated

Norfolk, Virginia, Dec 2 (IANS) The US Navy inactivated its first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, Enterprise, Dec 1.

US presidential poll kicks off with midnight voting

Dixville Notch (US), Nov 6 (IANS) Voters in the tiny New Hampshire town of Dixville Notch cast their votes just after midnight, kicking off the quadrennial US presidential elections Tuesday.

30-day jail for Indian student Dharun Ravi; no deportation

New Brunswick (New Jersey), May 21 (IANS) Indian American student Dharun Ravi was Monday sentenced to 30 days in jail by a New Jersey judge for spying on his roommate kissing another man on his webcam. The judge said he will recommend that Ravi not be deported.

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Guatemala News

Guatemala erects tallest flagstaff in Central America

Guatemala City, Feb 5 (IANS/EFE) Guatemala now raises its national flag on a monument that has the tallest flagstaff in Central America, which makes it visible from any part of the capital, Defense Minister Ulises Anzueto said.

Guatemalan ex-dictator to stand trial for genocide

Guatemala City, Jan 29 (IANS/EFE) A Guatemalan judge ordered Monday that former strongman Gen. Efrain Rios Montt and one of his closest collaborators be tried for genocide and crimes against humanity.

Guatemala deports McAfee to US

Guatemala City, Dec 13 (IANS/EFE) US software guru John McAfee, who fled here last week from neighbouring Belize where authorities want to question him about a murder, was deported to the US Wednesday, a Guatemalan official said.

US software mogul McAfee hospitalized in Guatemala

Guatemala City, Dec 7 (IANS/EFE) US software guru John McAfee was hospitalized here Thursday after complaining of chest pain as Guatemalan authorities prepared to deport him to neighbouring Belize, where police want to question him in connection with a murder.

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Honduras News

Olivia Culpo crowned Miss Universe 2012

Las Vegas, Dec 20 (IANS) American Olivia Culpo was crowned Miss Universe 2012 at a gala ceremony Wednesday.

India's Shilpa Singh enters top 16 at Miss Universe 2012

Las Vegas, Dec 20 (IANS) Shilpa Singh, India's official contestant at the Miss Universe 2012, has entered the top 16 at the international beauty pageant.

Honduran diplomat's son slain

Tegucigalpa, Dec 8 (IANS/EFE) A son of Honduras' former ambassador to the Organization of American States, Carlos Sosa Coello, was fatally shot Friday, his father said.

Jesse, Joy big winners at Latin Grammys

Las Vegas, Nov 17 (IANS/EFE) Mexican brother−sister duo Jesse & Joy were the big winners in the 13th edition of the Latin Grammy Awards, taking home four prizes, while Colombian pop star Juanes came away with album of the year.

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Nicaragua News

New plastic surgery technique launched in Nicaragua

Managua, Feb 2 (IANS/EFE) A subsidiary of Nicaraguan conglomerate Grupo Pellas presented here a novel plastic surgery method for Latin America based on the use of stem cells extracted from the patient's fatty tissue.

Real Madrid to open football school in Nicaragua

Managua (Nicaragua), Dec 6 (IANS) Spanish giants Real Madrid plan to open a football school next year in Nicaragua, diplomatic sources said.

Nicaragua turns to Chinese firm to finance canal project

Managua, Sep 8 (IANS/EFE) Nicaragua has signed a memorandum of understanding with a Chinese company on financing for a $30 billion inter-oceanic canal, an official said.

Phony news crew smuggles $9.2 mn into Nicaragua

Managua, Aug 28 (IANS/EFE) Eighteen people arrested last week while trying to enter Nicaragua disguised as a news crew from Mexico's Televisa television were carrying $9.2 million in cash, police said.

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