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May 14, 2011

Florida Imams arrested for aiding Pakistani Taliban

MIAMI (Reuters) – Three Pakistan-born U.S. nationals, including the Imams of two Florida mosques, were arrested on Saturday on charges of financing and supporting the Pakistani Taliban, U.S. officials said.

The three were among six charged in an indictment that accused them of “supporting acts of murder, kidnapping and maiming in Pakistan and elsewhere” carried out by the Pakistani Taliban, which Washington calls a terrorist organization.

May 10, 2011

Cuba to outline oil plans at drilling conference

MIAMI, May 10 (Reuters) – Cuba hopes to counter U.S.
worries over its plans to start its first full-scale offshore
oil exploration in a rare presentation this week to an energy
audience outside the communist-led island.

Officials involved in Cuba’s oil project are expected to
discuss drilling plans and safety standards during a two-day
meeting of international drilling contractors opening on
Thursday in the Caribbean country of Trinidad and Tobago.

Apr 28, 2011

U.S. may see record number of tornadoes this year

MIAMI, April 28 (Reuters) – A rare and potent combination
of cool air clashing with warm, humid weather and extreme winds
at varying altitudes ignited the deadly tornadoes that ravaged
the U.S. South this week, meteorologists said on Thursday.

“Everything you need for a tornado outbreak was in place,”
said David Imy, a meteorologist from the Oklahoma-based U.S.
government Storm Prediction Center.

Apr 26, 2011

U.S. may see several hurricane landfalls in 2011: WSI

MIAMI (Reuters) – The 2011 Atlantic hurricane season will be active with the energy-rich U.S. Gulf Coast facing a significant threat of a hurricane landfall, a leading private weather forecaster predicted on Tuesday.

The forecast by Weather Services International follows one of the busiest seasons on record last year that saw intense levels of storm and hurricane activity but no direct hit on the U.S. coastline.

Apr 25, 2011

Ex-prosecutor says tax-evading Americans turn to Asia

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (Reuters) – Some Americans, worried about greater U.S. scrutiny of Swiss banks, are using bank accounts in Asia to hide their money from tax authorities, a former prosecutor involved in the U.S. government’s crackdown on Swiss bank UBS said on Monday.

Earlier this month in a U.S. court filing, the Department of Justice said HSBC in India helped potentially thousands of Americans dodge taxes, signaling the government may now be taking a closer look at Asia’s role in American tax evasion.

Apr 8, 2011

Investors should get in on Africa growth – World Bank

MIAMI (Reuters) – Many investors are overlooking growth opportunities in Africa where some fast-growing economies offer potentially lucrative investments in infrastructure, telecommunications and agriculture, a top World Bank official said on Thursday.

While investment funds have flowed into emerging markets and some frontier markets in recent years, many African countries enjoying growth are struggling to attract the attention of a broad range of investors, said Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a managing director at the World Bank.

Apr 1, 2011

Florida pastor is focus of Muslim outrage – again

MIAMI (Reuters) – An American Christian preacher who caused an international uproar last year by threatening to burn the Koran has put himself back in the spotlight after incinerating Islam’s holy book — again with deadly consequences.

Thousands of protesters in northern Afghanistan, enraged over news that the Florida pastor Terry Jones had overseen a torching of the Koran, stormed a United Nations compound on Friday, killing at least seven U.N. staff.

Mar 16, 2011

Angry voters oust Miami-Dade mayor in special vote

MIAMI (Reuters) – Voters in Miami-Dade, one of the most populous U.S. counties, removed Mayor Carlos Alvarez from office in a special vote on Tuesday triggered by popular anger over a hike in property taxes.

With 707 of 829 precincts reporting, official results showed 88 percent of voters backed the effort to oust the once-popular mayor, who is his second four-year term.

Mar 16, 2011

Miami area mayor faces ouster in recall vote

MIAMI (Reuters) – Voters in one of the most populous counties in the United States went to the polls on Tuesday for a recall vote spearheaded by a billionaire anti-tax crusader and aimed at toppling a once-popular Republican mayor.

Preliminary results, based on early and absentee voting, suggested Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez faced an uphill battle, with 88 percent out of 130,000 ballots counted choosing to oust him.

Mar 15, 2011

Miami area mayor faces ouster in major recall vote

MIAMI (Reuters) – Voters in one of the most populous counties in the United States went to the polls on Tuesday for a recall vote, spearheaded by a billionaire anti-tax crusader, aimed at toppling a once-popular Republican mayor.

A recent poll published in the Miami Herald showed Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez heading for almost certain defeat in the vote, which would be the biggest U.S. recall since California voters tossed out former Governor Gray Davis in 2003.