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Raul Castro honors the five agents released by the US

President Raul Castro honored on tuesday as “heroes” the five Cuban agents convicted of espionage in the United States, two of whom served their sentences and three were exchanged by contractor Alan Gross in December. In a solemn ceremony at the Palace of Conventions...
Posted On 25 Feb 2015
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Ecuador asks the OPEC to ‘regulate’ the oil production

Ecuador made a request to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to “regulate production” and thus push up oil prices, which according to President Rafael Correa “are unnecessarily low.” Correa said that Ecuador and other members of...
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Habeas data is denied to widow of Gabela

Due to the lack of prior notification to the Ministry of Justice, a transition court denied on February 24 a writ of habeas data access to know the report of the Interministerial Committee of the Executive branch on the death of Jorge Gabela, former commander of the Ecuadorian...
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Mistreatment of prisoners in Afghanistan decreased according to UN report

A UN report released on Wednesday said that tortures and mistreatment of detainees in the Afghan conflict fell in 2013-2014 compared to the previous two years, although it persists, according to one third of prisoners. 790 detainees interviewed by the UN, 278 (35%), said they had...
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Adjustment on the payment of tax by vehicular pollution takes effect

Citizens are beginning to see the consequences of the adjustment to the Vehicular Environmental Pollution Tax. Now, owners of vehicles of more than five years of fabrication and a cylinder capacity exceeding 2 500 cubic centimeters (cm3) must pay a larger amount along with the...
Posted On 25 Feb 2015
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Ruling party qualifies the union of local politicians as “a political fanesca” that has “electioneering purposes”

The formation of the so-called Political Front for National Unity in the Diversity (Frente Político por la Unidad Nacional en la Diversidad,by its Spanish name) which is integrated by local authorities of different political parties to the ruling one, is not well seen by Alianza...
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Venezuela: Minor student killed during protests in Tachira

The Venezuelan Attorney’s office announced yesterday the death of a 14 year old minor in a demonstration in San Cristobal after being shot in the head, and announced that three prosecutors have been appointed to clarify what happened. A statement from the prosecutor...
Posted On 25 Feb 2015
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Correa signs decree to reduce wages in the highest hierarchical level of the public sector

President Rafael Correa signed Decree 601 which establishes the reduction of salaries of the superior level of the entire public sector, excepting the areas of education, health, justice, Armed Forces and National Police. In addition, the President said after a public sector...
Posted On 25 Feb 2015
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