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Salvadoran priest Oscar Romero to be declared saint by Pope Francis

The canonisation of the assassinated archbishop will take place on Sunday in Rome Oscar Romero, the Salvadoran priest who championed social justice for the poor and dispossessed, will be proclaimed a saint by Pope Francis in a canonisation ceremony in Rome on Sunday, almost four decades after he was assassinated by a rightwing death squad. The former archbishop of San Salvador, who was closely associated with the Latin American liberation theology movement of the 1960s and 70s, will be canonised along with six others at the ceremony in St Peters…

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Guatemala’s former vice-president jailed for 15 years on corruption charges

Roxana Baldetti was found guilty of fraud for involvement in a bogus multimillion-dollar scheme to clean up a contaminated lake Guatemalas former vice-president Roxana Baldetti has been jailed for more than 15 years on corruption charges linked to a multimillion-dollar fraud over a bogus scheme to clean up a contaminated lake, thanks to an investigation backed by the UN crime fighting force. Public prosecutors backed by the battling to save the in defiance of court orders ruling the ban unconstitutional. Velsquez welcomed Baldettis verdict brought down the of Read more:…

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Daniel Urresti, Peru’s populist champion, cleared of murdering journalist

The leader in the race to be mayor of Lima found not guilty of killing reporter during bloody conflict with Maoist guerrillas in 1980s The leading candidate in the race to be mayor of Lima has been cleared of murdering a journalist 30 years ago after a four-year trial that opened up the scars of Perus long fight against the communist Shining Path guerrillas insurgency. Daniel Urresti, a former army general who was facing 25 years in jail for planning the murder of Hugo Bustos, is now free to continue…

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Mexican mob burns detective to death in child abduction scare

Three other men taken captive in incident in state of Hidalgo with video posted online shows mob beating man in town square A mob of about 100 people in the central Mexican state of Hidalgo doused a detective with gasoline and burned him to death, according to local officials. The Hidalgo state prosecutors office said the crowd attacked local police in the town of Metepec on Thursday and took the detective and three other men captive. They severely beat the men and burned the detective after dousing him with fuel.…

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Five dead following shootout in Mexico City’s ‘mariachi’ plaza

Gunmen dressed as mariachi musicians opened fire in the tourist spot, say witnesses A shootout at a Mexico City plaza famed for its live music bars left three men and two women dead, officials said on Saturday, a day after gunmen said by witnesses to be dressed as mariachi musicians opened fire with rifles and pistols. Eight others, including one foreigner, were injured in the incident at the Plaza Garibaldi in the capitals historic downtown, the city prosecutors office said in a statement, without disclosing identities of any of the…

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The former Colombian rebels weaving a route into civilian life

Former Farc guerrillas unused to a life beyond war have turned to the sewing machines that once tailored their battle fatigues to earn a living Edison Sanchez smooths out a piece of fabric and begins work on a clattery electric sewing machine. Just two years ago, this same piece of equipment was used to make fighters fatigues deep in the guerilla camps of the Colombian mountains. A member of the Farc, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, since he was 15, Sanchez, now 33, has been learning how to sew…

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Alleged massacre of Amazon tribespeople: what really happened? | Dom Phillips

A paddle and bad recording of a bar-room conversation were all investigators had to go on when claims surfaced of killings deep in Brazils Javari Valley last year When not selling breakfasts in this sleepy town on the western reaches of the Amazon, Algenor Costa fishes and hunts along the Jandiatuba River, as he has done for decades. Heading days upriver, he has often headed into the Javari Valley, a vast indigenous reserve where such activities are forbidden. Thats the town larder, he says. Everybody enters there to fish and…

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New Brunswick shooting: Man charged in killings of 4, including 2 officers

(CNN)A 48-year-old man has been charged in the killings of four people in the New Brunswick city of Fredericton, police said, and investigators were working to determine a motive. Two Fredericton residents also were slain — Donald Adam Robichaud, 42, and Bobbie Lee Wright, 32. The shooting took place Friday morning near an apartment building on Brookside Drive in Fredericton. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police New Brunswick’s Major Crime Unit is requesting help from the public. The officers responded to a call of shots fired at an apartment building shortly…

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A plane carrying 103 people crashed then burned in Mexico and no one died

(CNN)An Aeromexico flight carrying 103 people crashed just after taking off from an airport in northern Mexico, forcing passengers to escape via the emergency slides before the aircraft went up in flames. No one died. The left wing of the twin-engine jet initially touched the ground, causing the plane to lose both engines. The plane then skidded off the runway at General Guadalupe Victoria International Airport, stopping about 300 meters (1,000 feet) away, Aispuro said. It felt like the aircraft was battling the heavy rain and wind before it hit…

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When It Comes to Tipping, Millennials Are Cheapest

U.S. millennials are quick to whip out their wallets for pricey avocado toast and craft beer. But when it comes to rewarding the waiters and bartenders who serve them, those wallets often stay closed. Ten percent of millennials don’t tip at all when dining out compared with only three percent among the older generations, according to a The study was conducted for CreditCards.com by market-research firm GfK, which gathered data last month from 1,000 Americans aged 18 and older. Millennials were defined as between the ages of 18 and 37. Beyond those poor…

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Americas Southwest Border Is Not Out of Control

President Donald Trump’s vision of the U.S. southwestern border verges on the apocalyptic. “Caravans are heading here,” he claims. “Deadly ravages of drugs, gangs and crime [are] pouring across our border,” while legal loopholes allow in murderers and thieves who have “transformed once-peaceful neighborhoods into bloodstained killing fields.” Never mind the studies showing that illegal immigrants commit crimes at rates less likely to be incarcerated than people born in the U.S. And ignore, for the moment, the Drug Enforcement Agency’s own put it this week, look instead at the historical record of…

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Pope Francis tells gay man: ‘God made you like this’

Juan Carlos Cruz, who was sexually abused, says pontiff told him God did not mind that he was gay A survivor of clerical sexual abuse has said Pope Francis told him that God had made him gay and loved him, in arguably the most strikingly accepting comments about homosexuality to be uttered by the leader of the Roman Catholic church. Juan Carlos Cruz, who spoke privately with the pope two weeks ago about the abuse he suffered at the hands of one of Chiles most notorious paedophiles, said the issue…

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Chilean villagers claim British appetite for avocados is draining region dry

UK demand for fruit increased by 27% last year alone, prompting accusations that growers are illegally diverting rivers and leaving locals without water British supermarkets are selling thousands of tonnes of avocados produced in a Chilean region where villagers claim vast amounts of water are being diverted, resulting in a drought. Major UK supermarkets including Tesco, Morrisons, Waitrose, Aldi and Lidl source avocados from Chiles largest avocado-producing province, Petorca, where water rights have been violated. In Petorca, many avocado plantations install illegal pipes and wells in order to divert water…

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Toronto van incident in which 10 pedestrians died appeared deliberate, say police

Suspect named as 25-year-old Alek Minassian, who was arrested by Toronto police after fleeing scene Ten people have been killed and 15 injured after a van sped on to a sidewalk in Toronto, ploughing through throngs of pedestrians and leaving a trail of devastation that stretched several city blocks. The incident occurred around lunchtime on one of the Canadian citys first warm days of the year. Emergency services received several frantic calls about a vehicle that appeared to be striking pedestrians along Yonge Street, one of the citys main arteries.…

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A Trader Named Morgan Stanley Just Left Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley. No, really. The fixed-income trader, who just happens to share a name with the 82-year-old Wall Street firm, has left the bank, a person with knowledge of the matter said. Stanley joined in 2012 after graduating from Boston College, according to records from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Stanley, whose middle name is Adam, didn’t return LinkedIn messages seeking comment on his next career move. A spokesman for the New York-based bank declined to comment. Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-17/morgan-stanley-leaves-morgan-stanley-yes-you-read-that-right

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