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'India's defence export may cross Rs 10-K cr by end of FY19'

Brazil president eases gun laws with decree

January 15, 2019 9:49 pm

Brasilia: President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday decreed the easing of Brazil’s gun laws as part of a law-and-order agenda, despite fears it could aggravate already staggering violent crime. The executive order, signed in a live television broadcast following a cabinet meeting, allows “good citizens” to more easily own firearms, said Bolsonaro, a right wing populist. Brazil recorded nearly 64,000 homicides in […]

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'India's defence export may cross Rs 10-K cr by end of FY19'

US sanctions Venezuelans including TV owner over currency scheme

January 8, 2019 11:16 pm

Washington: The United States imposed sanctions Tuesday on seven Venezuelans including the owner of news network Globovision for allegedly plundering billions of dollars from the crisis-hit country through black-market currency exchanges. Days before President Nicolas Maduro is to be sworn in for a new term after a controversial re-election, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin vowed to target methods employed by the government “to steal from its […]

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'Good will beat evil,' Bolsonaro says amid crime crackdown

‘Good will beat evil,’ Bolsonaro says amid crime crackdown

January 6, 2019 11:46 pm

Rio De Janeiro: Brazil’s new far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, vowed Sunday that “good will beat evil” as he oversaw a troop crackdown on gangs rampaging in a northeast city and mourned the murder of a Rio policeman. In a tweet, he sent condolences to the family of the officer who was shot and killed early Sunday when he confronted armed […]

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Brazil troops deploy to stop criminal attacks in northern city

Brazil troops deploy to stop criminal attacks in northern city

January 6, 2019 12:02 am

Rio de Janeiro: A special deployment of Brazilian troops began fanning out in the northern city of Fortaleza Saturday with orders to stop a spike in violent attacks by criminal gangs against banks, buses and shops, officials said. By the end of the weekend, 300 soldiers will be patrolling that city and other towns in Ceara state […]

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Journalists become increasing 'targets' for killings: watchdog

Journalists become increasing ‘targets’ for killings: watchdog

December 19, 2018 2:48 pm

Washington: Journalists faced growing dangers of being targeted for killing for their work in 2018 even as the risks from war and conflict declined, a media watchdog said Wednesday. The Committee to Protect Journalists said 34 of the 53 journalists killed on duty this year around the world were “singled out for murder.” “The number […]

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Mexico cancels oil auctions under new president

Mexico cancels oil auctions under new president

December 12, 2018 2:26 pm

Mexico City: Mexico’s energy regulator said Tuesday it was canceling its remaining oil block auctions for private firms, the centerpiece of the country’s landmark energy reform, now under attack by new President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. The National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH) said it was scrapping the two pending auctions because the energy ministry had asked […]

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Four injured in fire caused by explosion of mobile phone

Seven dead in fireworks blast at Mexico church

December 12, 2018 10:31 am

Mexico City: A massive fireworks explosion during a procession at a Mexican church killed seven people Tuesday and left some 50 wounded, authorities said. Two children aged 11 and 12 were among those killed in the accident, which occurred around dawn at the San Joseparish atrium in Tequisquiapan, some 145 kilometers (90 miles) northwest of […]

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Gunman kills 5 in Brazil cathedral, commits suicide

Gunman kills 5 in Brazil cathedral, commits suicide

December 11, 2018 11:51 pm

Sao Paulo: A gunman opened fire in a cathedral in the southeastern Brazilian city of Campinas, near Sao Paulo, on Tuesday, killing at least five worshippers before committing suicide, police said. Paramedics told media the man fired a revolver and a .38-caliber pistol inside the cathedral, also wounding several people before killing himself. The motive […]

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G20 statement omits past pledges to fight protectionism

G20 statement omits past pledges to fight protectionism

December 2, 2018 1:04 am

Buenos Aires: The Group of 20 major economies in a summit statement Saturday omitted past language on fighting protectionism, amid the hawkish trade stance of US President Donald Trump. A statement adopted at the end of the two-day summit in Buenos Aires instead only recognized the “contribution” of the “multilateral trading system,” but said it […]

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4,000-year-old termite mounds found in Brazil

4,000-year-old termite mounds found in Brazil

November 22, 2018 2:53 pm

London: Researchers have found a vast array of regularly spaced termite mounds in Brazil, which are about 4,000 years old and cover an area the size of Great Britain. The mounds, which are easily visible on Google Earth, are not nests, according to the study published in the journal Current Biology. They are the result […]

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