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A Self-Styled Class Warrior Has Major Battle at Hand in Mexico
TUCTA, Mexico -- Until 1977, this village in sweltering Tabasco state was a patch of misery surrounded by a swamp. Families lived in thatched huts, with no roads, electricity or relief from swarms of mosquitoes carrying malaria.
04/24/2005 11:16 AM
Wal-Mart Says Inquiry Names Ousted Official
A federal grand jury in Arkansas is investigating allegations that the former head of U.S. operations at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. misused up to $500,000 in corporate funds, the giant retailer said yesterday.
04/24/2005 11:16 AM
Long Fall in Ecuador: Populist to Pariah
Former president Lucio Gutierrez wasn't always the political pariah who this week inspired street riots and a vote by the legislature to overthrow him.
04/24/2005 11:16 AM
Canada's Martin Promises New Vote
TORONTO, April 21 -- Prime Minister Paul Martin on Thursday promised to call a new federal election late this year or early next year, 30 days after a federal judge finishes an inquiry into a political scandal that Martin said was "an unjustified mess."
04/24/2005 11:16 AM
Ecuador's Ousted Leader Awaits Asylum
A day after the country's presidency changed hands in the wake of violent street riots and a congressional revolt, relative calm -- if not a sense of lasting political stability -- returned Thursday to the capital's rain-soaked streets.
04/24/2005 11:16 AM
Muslims Detained at Border Sue U.S. Homeland Security
American Muslims detained at the border as they returned from a religious conference in Toronto sued the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday alleging they were targets of ethnic and religious profiling.
04/24/2005 11:16 AM
U.N. Envoy To N. Korea Steps Aside For Probe
The United Nations' special envoy to North Korea, Maurice F. Strong, decided Wednesday to step aside until U.N.-appointed investigators and federal prosecutors finish examining his financial ties to a South Korean lobbyist accused of trying to bribe U.N. officials.
04/24/2005 11:16 AM
Ecuadoran Congress Ousts President
QUITO, Ecuador, April 20 -- Lawmakers voted to oust President Lucio Gutierrez Wednesday morning after a week of protests and appointed the vice president to replace him. But enraged mobs continued to take to the streets, burning government buildings and beating employees and politicians who tried to flee.
04/24/2005 11:16 AM
Canada Plans to Reverse Slide in Status
Government says it will beef up its military, bolster its diplomatic corps and overhaul its foreign aid in a bid to reverse the country's diminishing influence in global affairs.
04/24/2005 11:16 AM
Group Says Government At Root of Haiti Chaos
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, April 19 -- The failure of Haiti's government to tackle human rights abuses has encouraged lawlessness in the Caribbean state, where armed groups roam unchecked over wide areas, an advocacy group said Tuesday.
04/24/2005 11:16 AM
Radio Is Blamed For Unrest In Ecuador
QUITO, Ecuador, April 19 -- Military police used tear gas and high-pressure water hoses to restrain tens of thousands of protesters Tuesday night during the fiercest confrontation yet between the government and those demanding the ouster of president Lucio Gutierrez.
04/24/2005 11:16 AM
Merck to Discount Drugs for Uninsured
Drug manufacturer Merck & Co. will provide uninsured Americans steep discounts for many of its prescription medicines, joining other pharmaceutical firms in slashing some prices during debate over importing drugs from Canada.
04/24/2005 11:16 AM
18 More Detainees Leave Guantanamo
Release marks largest number of captives let go from the facility at one time since last September.
04/24/2005 11:16 AM
GOP Spars Over Drug Import Bill
Party divisions over whether to allow Americans to import lower-priced medications from such countries as Canada exploded in an unusually public and personal exchange between two New England lawmakers.
04/24/2005 11:16 AM
Joy Tempered by a Wish for a Third World Pope
The selection of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church drew mixed reaction across Latin America and Africa. Political and church leaders issued warm statements of congratulations, but many people also said they felt a tinge of disappointment that the new pontiff did not come from the Third World.
04/24/2005 11:16 AM
U.N. Envoy Says Park Invested in His Firm, Advised Him on N. Korea
UNITED NATIONS, April 18 -- A senior U.N. official said Monday that he "was associated" with a company that received investments from a South Korean businessman who was charged last week with lobbying U.N. officials as an unregistered agent for Saddam Hussein's government.
04/24/2005 11:16 AM
Protests Escalate In Ecuador's Capital
QUITO, Ecuador, April 17 -- Residents of Quito on Sunday hit the streets for the fifth day to demand the resignation of President Lucio Gutierrez over his handling of a crisis with the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, Congress met in a special session to determine the constitutionality of a presidential decree regarding the court's makeup.
04/24/2005 11:16 AM
G-7 Issues Upbeat Growth Outlook
Despite last week's sudden plunge in stock prices, top economic policymakers from the world's richest countries expressed confidence that the global economy remains on track for "solid growth" this year.
04/24/2005 11:16 AM
Ecuadorans Defy Ban on Protests to Demand Leader Quit
QUITO, Ecuador, April 17 -- Ecuador's president called off a state of emergency in the capital on Saturday -- less than 24 hours after imposing it -- as thousands of Ecuadorans defied his ban on demonstrations and demanded his resignation.
04/24/2005 11:16 AM
Utah Driver's License Curtailed as ID
The restrictions that undocumented immigrants face in Utah could be felt nationwide if Congress passes the Real ID Act.
04/24/2005 11:16 AM