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Jul 23, 2010

Chavez cuts Colombia ties but fight seen unlikely

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez cut ties on Thursday with Colombia in an escalating dispute between the two Andean neighbors over Bogota’s charges that leftist Colombian rebels shelter in Venezuela.

Socialist Chavez, who views U.S.-backed Colombia as a threat, announced he was severing relations after Colombian President Alvaro Uribe’s government presented evidence it said showed 1,500 Colombian guerrillas were hiding in Venezuela.

Jul 15, 2010

Chavez “communes” stoke Venezuela democracy debate

CARACAS (Reuters) – Tucked into forested hills in southwest Caracas, a red-brick housing complex for the poor is a testing ground for Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s latest step to build socialism in the Latin American oil producer.

The phalanx of simple five-storey apartment blocks, some still being built, anchors the “Cacique Tiuna Commune”. This is one of a network of “socialist communes” that Chavez and his supporters want to extend across the nation in a political and legislative offensive to dismantle “bourgeois” capitalism.

Jul 14, 2010

Venezuela’s Chavez orders review of Vatican ties

CARACAS, July 14 (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo
Chavez on Wednesday rebuffed criticism from Catholic bishops by
ordering a review of diplomatic ties with the Vatican and
declaring that the pope is “no ambassador of Christ on earth.”

His comments, in which he also called Venezuelan bishops
“cave dwellers,” followed a weeklong dispute between the
leftist leader and the local Roman Catholic Church hierarchy.
It has accused him of trying to impose Cuban-style communism in
the Latin American oil producer.

Jun 2, 2010

2010 hurricane season seen more active than feared

MIAMI, June 2 (Reuters) – The 2010 Atlantic hurricane
season will be even more active than feared, leading U.S.
forecasters said on Wednesday as they predicted 10 hurricanes,
five of them major, with a 76 percent likelihood that a major
hurricane would hit the U.S. coastline.

The outlook from the Colorado State University team follows
predictions by U.S. government scientists for an intense season
that could disrupt efforts to contain a huge Gulf of Mexico oil
spill and also batter earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

Jun 2, 2010

Scenarios: 2010 hurricanes may wreak havoc on oil spill, Haiti

MIAMI (Reuters) – The Carib Indian god of evil, Hurican, gave its name to the word “hurricane,” and the 2010 hurricane season that started on Tuesday is shaping up to be a monster of potential malignancy.

Hurricanes are feared every year because of the whirling destruction they inflict on human life, property, crops and industry from the Caribbean to the U.S. southeast Atlantic coast and the Gulf of Mexico. The annual hurricane season begins on June 1 and runs through November 30.

Jun 1, 2010

2010 hurricanes may wreak havoc on oil spill, Haiti

MIAMI, June 1 (Reuters) – The Carib Indian god of evil,
Hurican, gave its name to the word “hurricane,” and the 2010
hurricane season that started on Tuesday is shaping up to be a
monster of potential malignancy.

Hurricanes are feared every year because of the whirling
destruction they inflict on human life, property, crops and
industry from the Caribbean to the U.S. southeast Atlantic
coast and the Gulf of Mexico. The annual hurricane season
begins on June 1 and runs through Nov. 30.

May 19, 2010

Washington, Havana talk about oil spill risk to Cuba

MIAMI (Reuters) – The United States and Cuba, close neighbors but ideological foes, are talking about the potential risks from a huge Gulf of Mexico oil spill that forecasters say could be carried to Cuban shores by strong ocean currents.

The oil gushing from a blown out seabed well owned by London-based BP Plc in U.S. waters already has affected some parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast shoreline in what officials fear will inflict an ecological and economic catastrophe.

May 18, 2010

Florida tourism feels pain from oil spill threat

MIAMI (Reuters) – Florida’s $60 billion-a-year tourism industry is already losing millions of dollars as a result of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, even though no confirmed oil contamination from it has yet hit the state’s beaches, a top tourism marketing official said on Tuesday.

“Even without touching the ground, it’s causing significant economic hardship in the state already,” Will Seccombe, chief marketing officer of the state tourism marketing board, VISIT FLORIDA, told Reuters, estimating this at millions of dollars of lost visitor-related business.

Apr 29, 2010

Florida Gov. Crist to announce independent Senate bid

MIAMI (Reuters) – Florida Governor Charlie Crist is poised to announce he will run as an independent for the Senate in the November congressional elections, in a race that spotlights the ideological rift in the Republican Party.

Media reports said Crist, 53, elected as a Republican governor in 2006, would announce his nonaffiliated Senate bid on Thursday. It was a widely anticipated move because he is far behind rival Marco Rubio in the race for the Republican nomination.

Apr 28, 2010

Florida gov set to announce independent Senate run

MIAMI, April 28 (Reuters) – Florida Governor Charlie Crist
is poised to announce he will run as an independent for the
U.S. Senate in the November congressional elections, in a race
that spotlights the ideological rift in the Republican Party.

U.S. media reports said Crist, 53, elected as a Republican
governor in 2006, would announce his non-affiliated Senate bid
on Thursday. It was a widely anticipated move because he is far
behind rival Marco Rubio in the race for the Republican
nomination.

    • About Pascal

      "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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