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2nd Jan 2014

Peru: River flooding leaves 16,000 homeless

LIMA, (Xinhua): Some 16,000 residents of Peru’s southern Andean Cusco region were driven from their homes Wednesday after the Quillabamba River burst its banks following torrential downpours, a local official said. In statements to Peruvian news network Radio Programas del … Continued

26th Dec 2013

Mexico: Bus crash kills 8, injures 23

MEXICO CITY, (Xinhua): At least eight passengers were killed, including a pregnant woman and a toddler, and another 23 were injured in northern Mexico Wednesday, when the bus they were traveling in overturned. The accident occurred at 8:50 a.m. local … Continued

26th Dec 2013

Haiti: 17 Haitians die as boat capsizes in Caribbean

  SANTO DOMINGO, (Xinhua): At least 17 Haitians believed to be undocumented immigrants died Wednesday after their boat capsized off the coast of Turks and Caicos Islands, north of Haiti. “We have recovered the bodies of 17 people,” the islands … Continued

26th Dec 2013

Brazil: 18 killed, 48,000 evacuated due to rains in SE Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO, (Xinhua): The death toll from heavy rain-caused disasters in Brazil’s southeastern state of Espiritu Santo rose to 18 after authorities confirmed the death of the latest victim, the Regional Civil Defense office said Wednesday. The number of … Continued

23rd Dec 2013

Brazil: At least 14 people killed in Brazilian bus plunge

RIO DE JANEIRO, (Xinhua): At least 14 passengers were killed early Sunday morning when a bus fell into a ravine in Sao Lourenco da Serra municipality, the Federal Highway Police said. The bus with 54 passengers on board was en … Continued

19th Dec 2013

US: Obama panel recommends NSA overhaul

    A panel set up by US President Barack Obama to examine the vast surveillance programs of the National Security Agency (NSA) has recommended an overhaul. It includes new criteria for surveillance of foreign leaders.  A report on controversial … Continued

18th Dec 2013

US: Two dead, two others injured in hospital shooting

LOS ANGELES, (Xinhua): One gunman and another person were killed in a shooting at a medical center in Reno, Nevada, Tuesday afternoon, said Tom Robinson, deputy chief of the Reno Police Department. Two other people were injured and receiving medical … Continued

18th Dec 2013

India: Arrest of Indian diplomat prompts spat with US

India has reportedly ordered a series of reprisals over claims an Indian diplomat was strip-searched following her arrest in the United States. It has removed all concrete barriers outside the US embassy in New Delhi. The row over the treatment … Continued

17th Dec 2013

Colombian navy searches for 14 people after shipwreck in Caribbean sea

BOGOTA, (Xinhua): Colombia’s navy coastguards began searching for 14 people Monday, who went missing after a shipwreck on the coast of the country’s northwestern Antioqua department, officials said. The shipwreck occurred when a boat, which was sailing from the town … Continued

17th Dec 2013

US academic body votes to boycott Israeli universities

The US-based American Studies Association overwhelmingly voted in favor of a resolution to sever ties with Israeli universities in solidarity with the pro-Palestinian boycott movement, the group announced on its website Monday. Two-thirds of ASA members who voted, chose to … Continued

16th Dec 2013

US: Five injured in Texas shooting

HOUSTON, (Xinhua): Five people were injured in shooting at a home in the U.S. state of Texas Sunday, local media reported. The shooting took place at a home in northeast Harris County Sunday afternoon, the website of the Houston Chronicle … Continued

16th Dec 2013

Chile: Bachelet returns to presidency with overwhelming win in run-off

Former President Michelle Bachelet has won the run-off election in Chile to make her return to power. She plans to launch ambitious reforms aimed at redressing steep income inequality. With 90 percent of the votes counted after Sunday’s poll, Bachelet … Continued

15th Dec 2013

US keeps quiet on CIA man missing in Iran

  The White House claimed Friday that a US man reportedly working for the CIA when he went missing in Iran six years ago was not a US government employee, but refused to provide more details on the case. Reports … Continued

14th Dec 2013

US: Teenage gunman takes own life in Colorado school attack

A teenager has wounded two fellow students with a shotgun before shooting himself dead in the US state of Colorado. The attack unfolded the eve of the first anniversary of the Newtown, Connecticut, school massacre. Police on Friday rushed to … Continued

14th Dec 2013

Iran nuclear talks collapse as US backtracks on deal

Iran has quit nuclear talks with world powers, accusing Washington on Friday of going against the spirit of a landmark agreement reached last month by expanding its sanctions blacklist. US Secretary of State John Kerry and a spokesman for EU … Continued

11th Dec 2013

Argentina: At least 8 killed in turmoil across Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, (Xinhua): At least eight people have been killed during violence in 17 provinces of Argentina, sparked by a police strike that began six days ago, local media reported on Tuesday. More than 150 people have been injured, some … Continued

9th Dec 2013

Brazil: Storm in northeastern Brazil kills 8

RIO DE JANEIRO, (Xinhua): At least eight people died and eight others were missing in a storm in Brazil’s northeastern state of Bahia, local civil defense office said Sunday. The dead were one boy, six women and one person that … Continued

8th Dec 2013

Obama lukewarm on Iran deal as inspectors visit Arak

  Speaking at a US-Israeli relations forum, President Barack Obama has acknowledged doubts over the interim nuclear deal with Iran reached last month. In Iran, UN atomic inspectors have visited a key facility in Arak.  Inspectors from the International Atomic … Continued

5th Dec 2013

US: NSA tracks billions of records on mobile phone locations daily

  The US National Security Agency collects nearly 5 billion records each day on mobile phone locations around the world, including those of Americans, the Washington Post has reported, citing documents from Edward Snowden. The records are added to a … Continued

2nd Dec 2013

US: At least 4 dead, 67 injured in New York train derailment

[Photo shows the accident site of a train derailment in New York borough of Bronx, on Dec. 1. (Xinhua/David Torres)]   NEW YORK, (Xinhua): At least four people were killed and 67 others injured when a passenger train derailed in … Continued

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