Venezuela officially joins Mercosur


BRASILIA, Brazil – VENEZUELA was officially welcomed into the Mercosur trade bloc yesterday, giving that nation’s leader Hugo Chavez a long-awaited political prize and strengthening links among the region’s agricultural and energy powerhouses. The inclusion of Venezuela also deepens a political rift within the South American trade group. Paraguay, which long blocked Venezuela’s entry,…

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Sudan keeps aid from refugees, rebels say

A SUDANESE rebel leader yesterday charged that, despite agreeing to do so, Sudan was not serious about humanitarian aid in insurgent-controlled areas in two border states and was putting hundreds of thousands of lives at risk. Fighting since last year in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states bordering on newly […]