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Environmental affairs head gunned down in Brazil
SAO PAULO (AP) — Police say gunmen have shot and killed the head of environmental affairs for the small city of Altamira in Brazil's northern jungle state of Para.
An Altamira police officer says two men on a motorcycle gunned down Luiz Alberto Araujo Thursday night as he drove up to his home. His wife and two sons were in the car and were unhurt.
The two gunmen fled after pumping seven bullets into Araujo's chest and head.
The police officer spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk with the press. He said Friday that the motive for the killing was unknown.
Local media reports say Araujo had received death threats because of his efforts to stop deforestation in the region.
The migrant trail in a wheelchair: a Syrian teen's story of hope
Frankfurt (AFP) - She tackled the gruelling 2,000-kilometre (1,200-mile) migrant trail in a wheelchair, translating along the way for other refugees using English she learned from a US soap opera.Syrian teen Nujeen Mustafa is not one to shy away from a challenge.Now living safely in Germany, the 17-year-old has set herself a new goal: to prove Chancellor Angela Merkel right."We will do our best to prove to everyone that Germany was right from the beginning," Nujeen told AFP in a Skype interview… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Israel minister dubs French peace meeting new 'Dreyfus trial'
Jerusalem (AFP) - Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday criticised an upcoming Middle East peace conference organised by France, calling it a new "Dreyfus trial" and urged French Jews to move to Israel.Representatives of around 70 countries are due to attend the January 15 conference which is aimed at restarting long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts.Israel has strongly opposed it, instead calling for direct talks with the Palestinians."This is not a peace conference.… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Agriculture Ministry to improve investment conditions
VietNamNet Bridge – The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will review and evaluate the support and development for enterprises. Thereafter, it will propose to adjust and add policies to create favourable conditions for enterprises investing in agriculture. Ha Cong Tuan, deputy ministry of agriculture and rural development, told Vietnam News Agency about those issues. What is the ministry doing to create favourable conditions for enterprises while developing investment activities in… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Mexico Culture Secretary Rafael Tovar y de Teresa dies
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican Secretary of Culture Rafael Tovar y de Teresa, a diplomat, historian and promoter of the arts, died Saturday, the Culture Ministry announced. He was 62.Funeral services were planned for later in the day, the ministry said in a statement. On Thursday it announced that he had been hospitalized for evaluation.President Enrique Pena Nieto expressed condolences through his official Twitter account, calling Tovar "a passionate and tireless promoter of Mexico and its culture… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
World Bank's financing arm bankrolls Vietnamese bank to support SMEs
The financing arm of the World Bank has recently approved a loan package worth $125 million for Vietnamese commercial bank of VPBank to help micro and small and medium enterprises, export firms and businesses run by women. The finance package for VPBank is the largest loan the International Finance Corporation (IFC) has granted a Vietnamese bank this year. The package includes a five-year syndicate loan of $100 million from the IFC and a trade guarantee of up to $25 million. The long-term loan… chat_bubble_outline Read More...