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Torpedoing the Iran nuclear talks

Powerful and wealthy opponents-from the halls of Congress to Middle East capitals-are maneuvering to torpedo negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program.

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Train carrying oil derails, sets Alberta town ablaze

A train carrying crude and petroleum derailed and caused explosions near the Canadian village of Gainford, Alberta, forcing the entire community to evacuate, and firefighters have decided they must let the resulting blaze burn itself out.

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"Humanitarian intervention" in Syria is a hoax

The language the administration is using to argue for an attack on Syria is morally bankrupt power politics, not humanitarianism, and would violate international law.

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Project to privatize Mexico's oil company advances

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, of the right-center Revolutionary Institutional Party, has announced long awaited plans for allowing private industry to play a bigger role in the finances of the national oil company, PEMEX.

Venezuelan elections down to the wire

On April 14, Venezuelans will elect a new president replacing Hugo Chavez Frias, who died on March 5. 

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Poor people in the U.S. also benefitted from Venezuelan oil

Chavez cared about the poor at a time when "some of the wealthiest people on our planet have more money than they can ever reasonably expect to spend."

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Ecuadorian President Correa gains second term, scores big win

At least 51 percent of candidates of Correa's Alianza Pais political party gained National Assembly seats. Never before in Ecuadorian history has a single party held a legislative majority.

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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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Trinidad & Tobago engulfed in political turmoil

The oil-rich island nation of Trinidad and Tobago has become engulfed in political turmoil, in part a result of the breakup of the country's ruling coalition.

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Extremism, regional politics play growing role in Syria war

The war in Syria has taken a turn for the worse with two recent developments: Turkey's military involvement, and the growing role of extremist groups.

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