Category: Americas

Mexico politics: Election time – VIDEO

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FROM THE ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT On July 1st, Mexicans head to the polls to elect a new president. Although Enrique Peña Nieto, of the PRI, is widely tipped as the favourite, all candidates have been campaigning vigorously, and prospects for…

DARPA seeking technology for Arctic exploration

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  07/06/2012 – The military implications of the melting polar ice caps are to be explored by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, the Pentagon’s research centre. The research comes at a time when the Arctic, increasingly accessible due to global warming,…

Latin America economic risk from European debt

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International financial markets are worried about a resurgence of the euro zone debt crisis, with eyes squarely on Spain and whether it could become the fourth country to require a financial rescue. While Latin America has thus far weathered Europe’s…

Venezuela: Chavez Relapse?

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FROM THE ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE The news that President Hugo Chávez will undergo surgery again for a possible recurrence of cancer has injected new uncertainty into re-election prospects and could benefit the opposition as it prepares to challenge him in the…

FARC bomb kills 11

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Colombian media reported that 11 people were killed and some 70 others injured on Wednesday, after a bomb exploded in Tumaco, in the south-western department of Nariño. First elements of the investigation lead to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Indeed, General Rodolfo Palomino,…

China could be leveraging electronic exports to spy on the US

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Techspot:  The United States is forcing telecommunications companies like AT&T and Verizon to hand over sensitive data regarding their network infrastructure to sniff out potential Chinese spies. Officials are concerned that China may be leveraging their exports into the county to…

Zetas leader arrested in Mexico

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The leader of the Los Zetas drug cartel was arrested on Wednesday in the city of Santillo, in the northern Coahuila state. During the operation that led to his capture, one person was killed and eight others injured, including three…

China uneasy over US regional moves

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Recently, a number of Chinese analysts have argued U.S. diplomatic and military actions in the region—including Washington’s efforts to assure allies in response to North Korean attacks, its engagement with Vietnam and other countries in Southeast Asia, and its statements…