Category: Americas

Kim Jung-un comes to Maduro’s aid

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Observers are wondering just how involved the North Korean Praetorian Guard that Pyongyang has sent to assist Venezuelan leader Micolas Maduro will become. Hugo Chavez’ successor has declared a state of emergency in the country while anti-government protests continue to mount. The man…

U.S. Productivity: the problem plaguing the economy

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Productivity growth shapes the economy; it powers growth, boosts household incomes and improves living standards. However, the country is in the middle of a productivity slump, which has deepened since the 2008‑09 financial crisis. Even the technology boom has failed…

El Salvador’s Gang Truce: A Lost Opportunity?

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  This article was originally published by openSecurity on 18 May 2015. Violence is escalating again in El Salvador. March 2015 was the most violent month in over a decade, and the government is preparing army and police battalions to fight the gangs. These…

Intel Sub Fined for Encryption Exports

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The Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) announced today that it had convinced Wind River, an Intel subsidiary, to pay a whopping $750,000 to settle charges that it exported products with encryption functionality without required licenses. There were also four unlicensed exports…

Three more die in Venezuela unrest, students battle troops

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(Reuters) – Protesters battled soldiers in the streets of Caracas again on Wednesday as three more fatal shootings raised to 25 the death toll from a month of demonstrations against Venezuela’s socialist government.

Obama Team Fears al-Shabab Could Duplicate Kenya Attack in U.S.

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The United States is sending investigators to Nairobi, Kenya, to gather forensic information and details about the recent deadly attack in a shopping mall, citing concerns that the responsible terrorist group could try a similar assault on the U.S. homeland,…

As critical phase near, Obama stumps for healthcare law

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(Reuters) – President Barack Obama visits a local college on Thursday to promote his signature healthcare program as it nears a critical enrollment phase, even as the law faces stiff political opposition and a wary public.

Operational world risk ratings review

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RATINGS CHANGES There were changes to risk scores in 47 countries during the latest monthly updating cycle of the Risk Briefing model. These led to upgrades of the overall score in only 18 cases, but there were 17 downgrades. In…