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Former Brazilian President Accused Of Misuse Of Public Funds

News Americas, BRASILIA, Brazil, Thurs. Feb. 23, 2011: Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been accused of misuse of public funds. Federal prosecutors in Brazil say they are opening a case against former Lula, adding that the former-president sent out 10 million letters to older Brazilians promoting low-interest loans in 2004. They allege the letters were not in ...

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USA, Panama Through To FIFA U-17 World Cup

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. Feb. 23, 2011: The U.S. and Panama are through to the FIFA U-17 World Cup. The USA had to work hard to keep up their record as the only side ever to qualify for every installment of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, requiring extra-time on Tuesday to down a rugged El Salvador. A foul-littered ...

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Exploring Caves And Shopping In Riviera Maya

By Melody Wren News Americas, TORONTO, Canada, Weds. Feb. 23, 2011: The Riviera Maya in Mexico is known for its white sand beaches, natural caves and craters. The Google Earth image of the Yucatan Peninsula shows it has more than 8,000 craters, which makes it look like a large chunk of Swiss cheese. I spent a few days in the ...

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Carlos Slim Expands Holdings

Carlos Slim News Americas, MEXICO CITY, Mexico, Weds. Feb. 23, 2011: Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim increased his assets this week with a 70 percent stake in the Tabasco Oil Company. His conglomerate Grupo Carso announced they reached the deal Tuesday, which will give the tycoon a foothold in the Latin American oil sector. Carso said in a filing with the ...

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Wisin Y Yandel Among Big Winners At “Premio Lo Nuestro” Latin Music Awards

Wisin y Yandel (Foto por: Univision.com) News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. Feb. 23, 2011: Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Wisin y Yandel were among the night’s biggest winners at the star-studded, spectacular 2011 “Premio Lo Nuestro” Latin Music Awards. Wisin y Yandel took home three awards, including Album of the Year, Song of the Year – Urban Genre, and Entertainer ...

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Ricky Martin Tour Coming

Ricky Martin (Foto: Felipe Cuevas/Univision.com) News Americas, SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Weds. Feb. 23, 2011: Singer Ricky Martin is set to kick off a worldwide concert tour in his homeland of Puerto Rico. Martin announced via Twitter the opening of a fourth Puerto Rican show of “Música + alma + sexo” tour, slated to kick off on March 25 at ...

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Facebook Puts Focus On Latin America

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. Feb. 23, 2011: Facebook is putting more emphasis on Latin America with the hiring of Alexandre Hohagen, who helped establish Google’s presence in Latin America. Hohagen will be Facebook’s vice president for sales in the region. Brazil has been a significant battleground for Facebook. It is the lone holdout where Google’s social networking service ...

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Mexican Sunflower Production To Benefit From Pepsico, IDB Agreement

News Americas, MEXICO CITY, Mexico, Weds. Feb. 23, 2011: Some 850 Mexican farmers and their families are set to benefit from an agreement with As part of the sunflower production program, PepsiCo has committed to purchase 100 percent of the crop, for an estimated $52 million over seven years. Additionally, PepsiCo will invest $2.6 million to support management of the ...

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OAS Secretary General Meets with President of Brazil

Secretary General of the Organization of American States José Miguel Insulza and President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff during the Feb. 22, 2011 meeting. (Roberto Stuckert Filho/Presidency of Brazil) News Americas, Brasília, Brazil, Tues. Feb. 22, 2011: The positive state of democracy in the continent and economic growth was on the agenda of the first meeting between Secretary General of the ...

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Grammy Winning Jamaican Reggae Star Guilty

News Americas, Tampa, FL, Tues. Feb. 22, 2011: Grammy-winning reggae singer Buju Banton has been found guilty of drug charges by a Florida jury. A 12 member jury earlier this afternoon delivered a guilty verdict in the Sam M Gibbons building in Tampa which houses the United States Middle District Court, Florida Division. Banton, 37, whose real name is Mark ...

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