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Brazil's economy grew in 2012

Brasilia, Feb 21 (IANS) Brazil's economy grew 1.35 percent in 2012, well above the market forecast of 1 percent, estimated the country's central bank.

IOC warns Rio: 'Time is of the essence'

Rio de Janeiro, Feb 21 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has sounded a warning to Rio 2016 officials about delays to key infrastructure projects.

Neymar's agent hits out at Pele

Rio de Janeiro, Feb 21 (IANS) The agent of Brazil star Neymar has accused Pele of hypocrisy and jealousy after the football legend's stinging attack on the 21-year-old's attitude.

Brazil, Russia aim to double bilateral trade

Brasilia, Feb 21 (IANS/EFE) Brazil and Russia signed a series of agreements Wednesday aimed at increasing annual trade flows between two of the world's largest emerging economies from $5.9 billion to at least $10 billion in the coming years.

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Argentina News

Costa Rica, Mexico look to bolster trade

San Jose, Feb 21 (IANS/EFE) Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla and her Mexican counterpart, Enrique Pena Nieto, agreed to bolster bilateral relations, emphasizing trade, cooperation and investment, while maintaining a regional focus.

Brazil fire toll reaches 235

Santa Maria (Brazil), Jan 31 (IANS/EFE) The toll from last weekend's fire at a discotheque in this southern Brazilian city rose to 235 and 143 people remain hospitalized, authorities said Wednesday.

Three arrested for Brazil nightclub fire

Santa Maria (Brazil), Jan 29 (IANS/EFE) One of the owners of the Kiss nightclub and two musicians have been arrested in connection with the fire that killed 231 people over the weekend in Santa Maria, a city in Brazil's Rio Grande do Sul state, media reports said Monday.

Death-defying Salvadoran quintuplets turn 18

San Salvador, Jan 25 (IANS/EFE) The Salvadoran quintuplets who were given little chance of survival when they were born in 1995 are now 18 and busy planning for their futures.

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Chile News

NBA: Lakers beat Celtics 113-99 to honour Jerry Buss

Los Angeles, Feb 21 (IANS) With their owner Jerry Buss passing away Monday, the Los Angeles Lakers posted an emotional win over the Boston Celtics in NBA league.

Reality show remains Kim's top priority

Los Angeles, Feb 21 (IANS) Socialite Kim Kardashian, who is pregnant with her first child with rapper Kanye West, says her reality TV show "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" is still her first priority.

Kris Jenner feels guilty

Los Angeles, Feb 21 (IANS) Socialite Kim Kardashian's mother Kris Jenner says she feels guilty as she finds it difficult to divide her time equally between her six children.

It's kids over career for Mila Kunis

Los Angeles, Feb 21 (IANS) Actress Mila Kunis, who is dating actor Ashton Kutcher, says she might quit acting in favour of having a family in the near future because she wants to focus on enjoying a normal life.

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Colombia News

Colombia has enough oil for eight years

Bogota, Feb 21 (IANS/EFE) Colombia only has enough oil to last another eight years and must urgently step up exploration efforts to locate more reserves, Finance Minister Mauricio Cardenas said.

Colombian rebels release two captured cops

Bogota, Feb 16 (IANS/EFE) Colombia's FARC rebels have released two police officers taken prisoner last month, the International Committee of the Red Cross said.

Colombia's rebels ready to release three captives

Bogota, Feb 12 (IANS) The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla group hs announced the imminent release of two police officers and a soldier captured in January.

Colombia suspends 4G mobile broadband auction

Bogota, Feb 9 (IANS/EFE) Colombia's government has suspended a scheduled auction of 4G mobile broadband service after learning about a potential merger deal involving two of the participants, Information Technologies and Communications Minister Diego Molano said.

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Paraguay News

Bolivia nationalizes airport-management firm

La Paz, Feb 19 (IANS/EFE) The Bolivian government Monday nationalized the Spanish-owned firm that runs the Andean nation's three largest airports, accusing the company of not investing enough in improvements.

Paraguayan held after 338 kg of cocaine found in tomato cans

Asuncion, Feb 4 (IANS/EFE) A Paraguayan exporter was arrested in a police operation that found 338 kg of cocaine hidden in a shipment of 1,400 cans of a tomato product being sent to Spain, officials said.

Bolivia signs dam accord with Chinese company

La Paz, Dec 14 (IANS/EFE) Bolivia's government has signed a memorandum of understanding with Chinese company Sinohydro Corporation Ltd., which pledged to review existing studies for a hydroelectric dam project in the northern Amazon region of Beni.

Messi's cousin in FIFA racism complaint

Asuncion, Nov 21 (IANS) The cousin of Barcelona and Argentina striker Lionel Messi has taken a racism complaint to world football's governing body FIFA.

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Peru News

Chile, Brazil form biggest Latin American airline

Santiago (Chile), June 24 (IANS) Lan Airlines, the flag carrier of Chile, and Brazil's Tam Airlines, have merged to create the LATAM Airlines Group, the largest airline in Latin America.

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Uruguay News

Uruguay begins 10-day football ban

Montevideo, Jan 19 (IANS) Uruguayan authorities enforced a 10-day nationwide football ban in a bid to stamp out violence on and off the field.

Teens kill mother's boyfriend for trying to rape sister

Montevideo (Uruguay), Dec 26 (IANS/EFE) Two Uruguayan teenagers beat and stabbed to death their mother's 33-year-old boyfriend when he tried to rape their sister, police said.

Spanish writer Fernando Diaz-Plaja is dead

Montevideo, Nov 1 (IANS/EFE) Spanish writer and historian Fernando Diaz-Plaja died Wednesday of pneumonia in Uruguay, where he had lived for the past decade, doctors told EFE. He was 94.

Lawmakers in Uruguay vote to decriminalise abortion

Montevideo, Oct 18 (IANS/EFE) Uruguay's Senate voted Wednesday in favour of a bill decriminalising abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, paving the way for the measure to become law.

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Venezuela News

Venezuela releases first photos of Chavez in two months

Caracas, Feb 16 (IANS/EFE) The Venezuelan government has released the first photographs of President Hugo Chavez since Dec 10, the day before he underwent a fourth operation in Cuba for the cancer he has been battling for 20 months.

`Chavez undergoing complex, tough treatment'

Caracas, Feb 14 (IANS/EFE) Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is undergoing "very complex and tough" medical treatment in Cuba, where he has been hospitalized since Dec 11 after undergoing cancer surgery for the fourth time, Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro said Wednesday.

Chavez working, giving orders: Venezuelan government

Caracas, Feb 13 (IANS/EFE) Two months after being operated for cancer in Cuba, President Hugo Chavez was analyzing images from Venezuela's recently launched Miranda satellite and giving orders based on what he observed, Science and Technology Minister Jorge Arreaza said.

Venezuela devalues currency

Caracas, Feb 9 (IANS/EFE) Venezuela is devaluing its currency by 31.7 percent, though the old exchange rate will be honoured for businesses and individuals with pending applications for dollars, Planning Minister Jorge Giordani said Friday.

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