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Madagascar to hold runoff election in December

Madagascar today is one of the richest nations in the region, and one of the poorest. It has vast natural resources (gold, nickel, cobalt, petroleum), but 92 percent of its people live on $2.00 per day or less.

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U.S. influence figures in Honduran presidential race

Honduras chooses a president on November 24, and Xiomara Castro, candidate of the new Liberty and Refoundation Party (Libre) is running. Three U.S. congresspersons have some election advice for Secretary of State John Kerry.

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"The Beast" claims six fatalities in Mexico train disaster

The train was one of several Mexican and Central American immigrants call "la Bestia"  --  "the beast." It goes from Southern Mexico northward to Mexico's Northern border with the United States.

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Mali elections go smoothly, but problems remain

In a runoff presidential election on August 12, former Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita easily beat engineer Soumaila Cisse.

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Court throws out Guatemala genocide verdict

The Guatemalan Constitutional Court on May 20 threw out the guilty verdict of General Efrain Rios-Montt on technical grounds, plunging the whole country into a state of new insecurity.

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U.S. taxes support Venezuelan right-wing opposition

Venezuelan right-wing opposition receives substantial support from a not-often mentioned source: United States taxpayers.

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Demand for inquiry into France's role in assassination of African leader

On Feb. 13, a member of the French Chamber of Deputies tabled a motion to begin a parliamentary investigation of the assassination of Captain Thomas Sankara, President of Burkina Faso, in 1987.

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The cost of renewed U.S. control in Paraguay

Paraguay interests the U.S. government now because it's close to unruly Bolivia, because of oil deposits, the Guaraní fresh water aquifer, and lawlessness in the tri-border area.

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Mali, imperialism, and “Françafrique”

About 3,000 French troops have now entered the war in Mali, at the request of Malian President Dioncounda Traoré.

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After four decades, Victor Jara’s killers charged

Eight former army lieutenants have been charged in the killing of communist singer and songwriter Victor Jara in 1973.

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