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As Argentina Prepares to Celebrate 200 Years of Independence, US Looks Forward to Further Collaboration

07/08/2016 7:01 AM Updated: 9 months ago

On July 9, Argentina will celebrates the 200th anniversary of its independence from Spain in 1816. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry offered best wishes to

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US State Secretary Kerry Offers Help to Venezuela as It Struggles With Economic Woes

07/05/2016 5:31 PM

On Tuesday, Venezuela commemorated its 205th anniversary of independence from the Spanish empire. On the same day, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry offered a helping

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Chabad to Open Tourist Centers at Rio Olympics for Jewish Visitors

06/25/2016 10:30 PM Updated: 10 months ago

So, you’re a Jewish tourist in Rio de Janeiro for Brazil’s Summer Olympics and find yourself wandering about on the honking streets of Copacabana. Where do

AFP/File / Yasuyoshi Chiba. Rio 2016 spokesman Mario Andrada is full of confidence that the world's biggest sporting event will take place without incident, saying that Rio de Janeiro will be the "safest city in the world during the Games" 0

Rio Deemed by Organizers ‘Safest City in World during Games’

06/24/2016 3:45 PM Updated: 10 months ago

(AFP). Rio de Janeiro will be “the safest city in the world” during the Olympics Games in six weeks time, organising committee spokesman Mario Andrada has

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Mayor of Guatemala Town Indicted for Expulsion of Controversial Orthodox Jewish Sect

06/20/2016 2:50 PM

The former mayor of a small town in Guatemala has been indicted by a national court for “participating in the expulsion of a religious community,” JTA

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Drinking Hot Beverages Becomes a Leading Cause of Cancer to Esophagus

06/15/2016 4:53 PM Updated: 10 months ago

A scientific study has shown that drinking hot beverages can lead to cancer of the esophagus, but the experts said they found no conclusive evidence for

AFP/File / Christophe Simon. The carnival "Bloco" on the streets of Rio in January was aimed at raising awareness of the need to prevent the spread of the Zika virus 0

WHO Rejects Calls to Move Olympics Over Zika Fears

05/28/2016 11:01 PM Updated: 11 months ago

(AFP). The World Health Organization has ruled out any change in timing or the location of the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, shunning a

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Acting President of Brazil May Improve Ties With Israel

05/16/2016 2:54 PM Updated: 11 months ago

Michel Temer, 75, who succeeded Dilma Rousseff to be acting president of Brazil following her suspension on Thursday, may improve relations between Brazil and Israel, which had become strained under

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Venezuelan President Declares 60 Day National State of Emergency

05/15/2016 3:58 PM Updated: 11 months ago

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro declared a 60-day national state of emergency Friday, in response to alleged plots by the United States and his own country to

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Brazil to Cut Spending, While Keeping Social Programs, New Finance Minister Says

05/13/2016 4:15 PM Updated: 11 months ago

(AFP). Brazil’s new Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles said Friday his priority is to cut government spending, but pledged to keep funding for social programs “for those

The interim speaker of Brazil's lower house of Congress has reversed a decision to annul the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. 0

Rousseff’s Impeachment Will Go Forward: Brazil House Speaker

05/10/2016 10:15 AM Updated: 11 months ago

(AFP). The impeachment of Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff looked set to go ahead on Tuesday, after the interim speaker of the lower house said he had

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Panama Papers Source Hints at Revealing More Documents

05/09/2016 4:02 PM

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists on Monday said that the source behind the leaks of the Panama Papers “has conditionally offered to make the documents

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Venezuelan Ambassador to UN Suggests Israel Plotting ‘Final Solution’ for Palestinians

05/09/2016 12:08 PM

Venezuelan Ambassador to the United Nations Rafael Ramirez, , in a speech at the U.N. Security Council Friday, drew an analogy between Israel and Nazi Germany,

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Brazilian Jewish Banker Accused of Bribery in Tax Reduction Scheme Awaits Trial

05/09/2016 11:24 AM Updated: 11 months ago

Brazilian Jewish banker Joseph Safra is awaiting trial for bribery over cheating on taxes. In April, a Brazilian federal court accepted the charges against Safra, meaning

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91,000 New Zika Cases Found in Brazil This Year

04/27/2016 6:00 PM Updated: 12 months ago

(AFP). Brazil has recorded 91,000 new cases of Zika — which is linked to the devastating microcephaly birth defect in newborns — since the start of

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Two-Day Workweek Imposed By Venezuelan President Amid Recall Bid

04/27/2016 5:30 PM Updated: 12 months ago

(AFP). Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro faced rising pressure Wednesday over his latest measures to deal with severe electricity shortages, including a two-day public sector workweek, as

AFP / Eitan Abramovich. Demonstrators hold signs reading 'Down with the Vulture's Deal' as Argentine senators debate a deal to repay holdout creditors and end a 15-year battle in US courts over a catastrophic debt default 0

Argentina Passes Bill to End 15-Year Debt Battle With Hedge Funds

03/31/2016 10:17 AM

(AFP). Argentina’s Senate approved an agreement to pay billions of dollars to holdout creditors early Thursday, ending a 15-year battle over a catastrophic debt default that

AFP/File / Eitan Abramovich. People demonstrate outside the National Congress in Buenos Aires, on March 15, 2016, against the bill aimed at putting an end to Argentina's 15-year battle in US courts over debt default 0

Argentina’s Senate to Vote on Settling Large Foreign Debts

03/30/2016 1:17 PM Updated: 1 year ago

(AFP). Argentina’s Senate votes Wednesday on a deal to repay disgruntled creditors, as the government seeks to end a 15-year battle in the US courts over

POOL/AFP/File / Abir Sultan. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the weekly cabinet meeting in his Jerusalem office on March 27, 2016 0

Israel Drops Controversial Brazil Ambassador Pick

03/28/2016 9:46 AM

(AFP). Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu backed down on Monday from his attempts to appoint a former settler leader as ambassador to Brazil, which has since

AFP / Nicholas Kamm. US President Barack Obama (L) and Argentinian President Mauricio Macri deliver a joint press conference at the Casa Rosada presidential palace in Buenos Aires on March 23, 2016 0

US Signs Trade Deal With Argentina on Obama Trip

03/23/2016 4:25 PM Updated: 1 year ago

(AFP). The United States and Argentina sealed a major trade deal on the first day of President Barack Obama’s visit Wednesday, bolstering the efforts of his