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Oct 31, 2011

Colombians elect former guerrilla mayor of Bogota

BOGOTA, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Colombians elected one-time
guerrilla Gustavo Petro as Bogota mayor, the Andean nation’s
second most powerful post after the presidency, in a poll on
Sunday devoid of the bloodshed that marked campaigning.

Petro, 51, an anti-corruption champion and rebel in the
defunct M-19 movement, won 32 percent of the vote with 84
percent of voting stations reporting. His main opponent Enrique
Penalosa, the favored candidate of former President Alvaro
Uribe, polled 25 percent and conceded.

Oct 31, 2011

Colombians elect former guerrila mayor of Bogota

BOGOTA, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Colombians elected one-time
guerrilla Gustavo Petro as Bogota mayor, the Andean nation’s
second most powerful post after the presidency, in a poll on
Sunday devoid of the bloodshed that marked campaigning.

Petro, 51, an anti-corruption champion and rebel in the
defunct M-19 movement, won 32 percent of the vote with 84
percent of voting stations reporting. His main opponent Enrique
Penalosa, the favored candidate of former President Alvaro
Uribe, polled 25 percent and conceded.

Oct 30, 2011

Colombia votes in test for peace under Santos

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia held local elections on Sunday that tested how much the South American nation has overcome its violent past and measured the political grip of popular conservative President Juan Manuel Santos.

About 100,000 candidates were contesting 13,000 posts on town councils and as regional governors in the first nationwide vote since Santos, a U.S. ally and former defense minister, took office in August 2010.

Oct 25, 2011

Colombia’s Ecopetrol reports record profit, output

Oct 24 (Reuters) – Colombia’s state-controlled oil company
Ecopetrol reported record profits and production in the
third quarter, reflecting an oil boom in the South American
country.

Higher international oil prices, improved performance from
affiliated companies and a favorable foreign exchange rate also
contributed to a 132.1 percent surge in third quarter
consolidated net earnings, the company said on Monday.

Oct 13, 2011

Election bloodshed mars Colombia’s improved image

BOGOTA, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Violence ahead of local
elections serves as a reminder that Colombia has yet to fully
escape its bloody past even as the Andean nation has benefited
from foreign investment and rising oil and mining business.

At least 36 candidates have been killed ahead of Oct. 30
elections, when voters will chose governors, mayors, and town
councilors. Another 13 activists have been murdered, the
independent Electoral Observation Mission (MOE) says.

Sep 27, 2011

Christie may pass on best time to seek White House

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie could be about to turn down his best chance of becoming U.S. president, saying “no” just when his political fortunes may be at their peak.

Privately and publicly, influential Republicans are urging Christie to run and are prepared to raise money. That’s because Democratic President Barack Obama is politically vulnerable with little prospect for an ascendant economy to provide a boost before the November 2012 election and none of the current Republican candidates have distanced themselves from the field.

Sep 14, 2011

Republican wins in New York Democratic stronghold

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Republican upset in a historically Democratic congressional district of New York City put President Barack Obama and his party on high alert going into November 2012 elections.

“We are not going to sugar coat it, this was a tough loss,” the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee wrote in an open memo on Wednesday, a day after Republican Bob Turner scored a 6-point victory over Democrat David Weprin.

Sep 9, 2011

New York cracks down after “credible” 9/11 threat

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New York police amassed a display of force on Friday including checkpoints that snarled traffic in response to intelligence about a car or truck bomb plot linked to the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

Officers armed with automatic weapons were stationed at city landmarks including Wall Street, Times Square and the September 11 memorial site where the Twin Towers once stood.

Sep 7, 2011

U.S. safer 10 years after 9/11, but at what cost?

NEW YORK, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Tourists flock to Times Square
for the bright lights and Broadway shows. There they find
another spectacle: helmeted police with machine guns patrolling
the subway station on the lookout for would-be bombers and
gunmen.

Ten years after the Sept. 11 attacks of 2001, the United
States has altered the balance between freedom and security,
turning an open and casual society into an ever-vigilant one.

Aug 29, 2011

New England flooded as New York spared Irene’s fury

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Vermont struggled with its worst flooding in 80 years and reconnaissance teams scoured Massachusetts to assess the devastation on Monday after a weakened Hurricane Irene slammed an already soaked New England with torrential rain.

Spared from Irene’s worst fury, New York City went back to work on Monday despite a partially crippled mass transit system and power outages that left 100,000 customers in the metropolitan area without electricity.

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      "Daniel Trotta joined Reuters as a correspondent in 1993, starting in Nicaragua and moving Mexico City (1996) and Madrid (2000) before coming to New York in 2005. As a U.S. General News correspondent, his specialty is writing the lead story on major breaking news. Trotta also travels the United States producing in-depth features and helps edit the national news file from the Reuters headquarters in New York. Outside the office, he is the manager of the New York Express of the New York City Metro Baseball League."
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