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Dec 20, 2012

Lawyer who foretold church scandals writes his story

London (Reuters) – Ray Mouton was a successful young lawyer in Lafayette, Louisiana, respected in the community and blessed with a loving family, when he received a call from a vicar in the Roman Catholic diocese for a lunch meeting on a fateful day in 1984.

The diocese asked him to defend an errant priest, accused of abusing dozens of children in a rural community. Mouton reluctantly agreed to take on the task.

Nov 16, 2012

Spain and Portugal’s plight dominates Ibero-American meet

CADIZ, Spain, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Spain and Portugal sought
help on Friday from their former Latin American colonies to
rescue them from economic crisis through a new wave of trade and
investment across the Atlantic Ocean.

Suffering deep recession and with their citizens protesting
at job losses and austerity measures, the two European countries
hope the Ibero-American Summit of leaders in the historic port
of Cadiz can open up desperately needed business opportunities.

Nov 16, 2012

Spain and Portugal’s recessions dominate Ibero: American summit

CADIZ, Spain (Reuters) – Spain and Portugal sought help on Friday from their former Latin American colonies, looking for a wave of trade and investment across the Atlantic Ocean to rescue them from economic crisis.

Suffering deep recession and with their citizens demonstrating against job losses and public spending cuts, the two European countries hope the Ibero-American Summit can open up desperately needed trading opportunities.

Nov 15, 2012

Impoverished Iberians, booming Latin America eye new relations

CADIZ, Spain, Nov 15 (Reuters) – In past centuries, the
Atlantic port of Cadiz played a central role in trade between
Spain and its Latin American colonies, with merchants and
adventurers bringing treasure back to the mother country from
the mines and plantations of the empire.

In recent decades, Spanish and Portuguese businessmen
roamed the continent in a wave of investment known as the
“Reconquest”.

Oct 22, 2012

Gunmen, soldiers fight in Lebanon in spillover from Syria

BEIRUT (Reuters) – At least seven people were killed and dozens wounded in gunbattles in the Lebanese capital Beirut and coastal Tripoli on Monday in further unrest linked to the conflict in neighbouring Syria, security and hospital sources said.

The clashes have heightened fears that Syria’s civil war with its sectarian dimensions is now spreading into Lebanon, pitting local allies and opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against each other.

Oct 22, 2012

Gunbattles flare in Lebanon as political crisis deepens

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Lebanese army promised decisive action to quell unrest linked to the Syria conflict as gunbattles flared in the capital Beirut and elsewhere on Monday after the assassination of a senior intelligence officer last week.

The army command urged political leaders to be cautious in their public statements so as not to inflame passions further.

Oct 22, 2012

Clashes break out in Beirut after slain official’s funeral

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Gunmen exchanged fire in southern districts of Beirut overnight after the state funeral of an assassinated Lebanese intelligence chief ended in violence when angry mourners broke away and tried to storm the offices of Prime Minister Najib Mikati.

Sunday’s clashes fed into a growing political crisis in Lebanon linked to the civil war in neighboring Syria.

Oct 21, 2012

Violence erupts in Beirut after slain official’s funeral

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Violence erupted in downtown Beirut on Sunday as protesters tried to storm the offices of Prime Minister Najib Mikati after the funeral of an assassinated intelligence chief whose death they blame on Syria.

Security forces shot into the air and police fired tear gas to repulse the hundreds of protesters who overturned barriers and threw stones and steel rods, witnesses said.

Oct 21, 2012

Syria denounced at Beirut funeral rally for slain official

BEIRUT, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Thousands of people gathered in
central Beirut on Sunday for the funeral of an assassinated
senior intelligence officer, accusing Syria of involvement in
the killing and calling for Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati
to quit.

Heavily armed troops and police stood guard as people
flocked to Martyrs’ Square in central Beirut.

Oct 21, 2012

Thousands gather for Beirut funeral of slain official

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Thousands of people gathered in central Beirut on Sunday for the funeral of an assassinated senior intelligence officer, accusing Syria of involvement in the killing and calling for Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati to quit.

Heavily armed troops and police stood guard as people flocked to Martyrs’ Square in central Beirut.

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      "Angus MacSwan has reported for Reuters for 25 years from Asia, Latin America, the United States, the Middle East, South Africa and the Balkans. He has covered events from the overthrow of President Marcos in the Philippines in 1986 to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. He stood next to Archbishop Desmond Tutu when he voted in South Africa's first free election and witnessed the arrival of the first prisoners to the U.S. camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba."
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