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Sep 14, 2010

Basel can help Latam avert boom-bust cycles – W.Bank

MIAMI (Reuters) – New bank capital rules agreed by global regulators are positive for Latin America, where governments like banks need to better prepare for future downturns that may follow the current commodities-led economic recovery, a senior World Bank economist said on Monday.

Augusto de la Torre, chief economist for Latin America and the Caribbean, said the Basel III requirements agreed on Sunday were “good for Latin America” because they sought the same kind of prudent long-term safety provisions for banks that could also be applied by governments in their economic policies.

Sep 9, 2010

Q&A: U.S. “tolerance for intolerance” protects Koran-burner

MIAMI (Reuters) – As international outrage, anger and protests grow over the planned burning of copies of the Koran by an obscure Florida pastor, an uncomprehending world may be asking why U.S. authorities do not halt the damaging event.

The answer lies in the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment, one of the sacrosanct tenets of America’s Bill of Rights, that jealously guards freedom of expression, assembly and religion. It is considered a bedrock of personal freedoms enshrined in the United States’ historic democracy.

Sep 7, 2010

Pressure mounts in U.S. against Koran-burning plan

MIAMI (Reuters) – Civil and military leaders stepped up calls on Tuesday for an obscure U.S. pastor to drop his plans to burn copies of the Koran on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, as fears grew it would fan religious hatred.

Pastor Terry Jones of the small Gainesville, Florida-based Dove World Outreach Center church, which has announced the Koran-burning for Saturday, said he was praying about the event but showed no immediate signs of backing down from his plan.

Sep 7, 2010
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U.S. Afghanistan commanders condemn Florida church’s Koran-burning plan

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(Photo: Afghans in Kabul protest against Koran burning plan, September 6, 2010/Mohammad Ishaq)

U.S. military commanders in Afghanistan have warned that a small Florida church’s plan to burn copies of the Koran on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks could endanger the lives of American troops.

The warnings followed an angry protest on Monday by several hundred people in the Afghan capital, Kabul, who chanted “Death to America” as they denounced the planned burning event by the Gainesville, Florida-based Dove World Outreach Center church.

Sep 6, 2010

U.S. Afghanistan commanders condemn Koran-burning plan

MIAMI (Reuters) – U.S. military commanders in Afghanistan warned on Monday that a small Florida church’s plan to burn copies of the Koran on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks could endanger the lives of American troops.

The warnings followed an angry protest on Monday by several hundred people in the Afghan capital, Kabul, who chanted “Death to America” as they denounced the planned burning event by the Gainesville, Florida-based Dove World Outreach Center church.

Aug 31, 2010

Hurricane Earl on path toward U.S. East Coast

MIAMI (Reuters) – Hurricane Earl followed a path toward the U.S. East Coast on Tuesday as the powerful storm pulled away from northeastern Caribbean islands it had pounded with winds and rain, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Forecasters said it was still unclear which part of the U.S. eastern seaboard that Earl, the second major hurricane of the 2010 Atlantic season, might affect later in the week.

Aug 30, 2010

Hurricane Earl strengthens, could swipe U.S. coast

MIAMI (Reuters) – Hurricane Earl strengthened into a major Category 3 storm on Monday as it lashed the northeast Caribbean islands on a track that could swipe the U.S. East Coast in the next few days, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

But the Miami-based forecasters said it was too early to say which part of the U.S. eastern seaboard might be affected by Earl, the second major hurricane of the 2010 Atlantic season.

Aug 27, 2010

U.S. seeks extradition of Caribbean Ponzi schemer

MIAMI, Aug 27 (Reuters) – U.S. authorities want to
extradite from the Turks and Caicos Islands a Jamaican banker
accused of running a Ponzi scheme that bilked investors out of
nearly $300 million in one of the Caribbean’s biggest financial
fraud cases, a law enforcement official said on Friday.

U.S. prosecutors have filed criminal charges against David
A. Smith, who is currently under investigation but on bail in
the Turks and Caicos, a British overseas territory.

Aug 24, 2010

Florida says visitors up despite Gulf oil spill

MIAMI, Aug 24 (Reuters) – The number of visitors to Florida
from April through June increased, despite the BP (BP.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) (BP.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)
Gulf of Mexico oil spill, but the rise in tourists would have
been much bigger without the disaster, a state tourism official
said on Tuesday.

Although the world’s worst offshore oil spill inflicted
less damage on Florida than on other Gulf states like Alabama
and Louisiana, the arrival of tar balls and oil debris on the
Florida Panhandle still put a dent in the Sunshine State’s $60
billion-a-year tourism industry, according to authorities.

Aug 10, 2010

Florida to sue major LCD makers for price fixing

MIAMI (Reuters) – Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum said on Tuesday he is suing the world’s biggest makers of liquid crystal display screens for engaging in a “conspiracy at the highest level” to fix prices.

The lawsuit, a civil action to be filed in a California federal court, alleges the defendants “conspired to prevent competition and to increase prices” for TFT-LCD panels, the most common form of LCD panels used in desktop monitors, laptop screens, flat-panel televisions and other electronic devices.

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      "I am based in Miami, heading the editorial reporting team covering the southeastern United States and the Caribbean. This includes Cuba and Haiti and we are also in charge of covering the annual Atlantic hurricane season and Space missions from Cape Canaveral. Previously, I was Chief Correspondent for West and Central Africa, and chief correspondent, Venezuela, following earlier postings in Cuba, Brazil, southern Africa, Portugal and Spain."
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