Author: Lewis Russel

Panama’s trade and industry ministry has ordered First Quantum (TSX: FM) to end operations at its Cobre Panama copper mine, according to the company. The ministry sent Cobre Panama a formal advisory that it must “end extraction, processing, refining, transportation, export and sales activities” at the mine. The government order comes after Panama’s Supreme Court ruled last month that First Quantum’s contract to operate the mine was unconstitutional, following months of protests. Cobre Panama, in production since 2019, generated 112,734 tonnes of copper in the third quarter of 2023, contributing $930 million to First Quantum’s overall third-quarter revenue of $2.02 billion. The mine…

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A Guatemalan accused of involvement in the killing three years ago of a French NGO director goes on trial Monday even as the motive for the murder remains unclear. Benoit Maria, the Guatemala director of the agriculture and animal health NGO Agronomes et Veterinaires Sans Frontieres (AVSF), was shot in an indigenous area in Guatemala’s northeast in August 2020. The NGO said at the time that Maria, 52, was killed in an ambush. He had lived in Guatemala for more than 20 years, supporting agricultural projects for the indigenous Mayan Ixil communities. The accused in the dock Monday in Quetzaltenango,…

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The government of Belize has suspended ties with Israel amid what it terms the “unceasing indiscriminate bombing” in Gaza. Belize announced on Wednesday several measures including withdrawing its agreement for the accreditation of Israel’s Ambassador Designate to Belize. The government also said all activities conducted by Israel’s Honorary Consulate in Belize have been suspended including the appointment of the Honorary Consul. The country has also withdrawn its Honorary Consul in Tel Aviv while also withdrawing its request for accreditation of its Honorary Consul in that country. The government renewed its call for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza while giving unimpeded…

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Toronto, Atlanta (28/11 – 20) A wise old expression intones “Behind every bad borrower is a bad lender”. Like many such cute, amusing aphorisms, it is accurate as far as it goes … but what if? What if a loan approval is held up, then granted, after a couple of phone calls from the office of the Vice President? What if the borrower is a crony or relative of Mr. Big, which is what practically bankrupted Indonesia, when the Soeharto vampire children took out multi-hundred-million-dollar “loans” (wink wink) for projects whose profit-making potential was near zero? What is the potential…

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Today, students from Belize City high schools participated in empowerment workshops catered specifically towards males. The sessions were under the MENGage program, an initiative done through a collaboration with the National Parenting Taskforce, the Belize City Council, and UNICEF Belize. The program caters to a hundred male students between the ages of 13 and 18 years old and focuses on issues such as emotional intelligence and mental health. Michael Fritz, youth and Community Development Officer for the Belize City Council, explained how the program is linked to the upcoming celebration of International Men’s Day, being observed on November 19. Michael…

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The Tibetan Sikyong (President) met with US Congressional leaders, Biden administration officials, local Tibetan Americans, Washington, DC journalists and more during a productive and busy trip to the US capital last week. Sikyong Penpa Tsering, the democratically elected leader of the exile-based Central Tibetan Administration, visited Washington from 15-20 October. It was his second visit this year following a February trip where members of Congress reintroduced the Promoting a Resolution to the Tibet-China Conflict Act, a bipartisan bill that will pressure China’s government to resume negotiations with the Dalai Lama’s envoys on a peaceful resolution to China’s decades-long occupation of Tibet.…

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ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. — Police are investigating a crash that happened in St. Louis Park Tuesday night that was connected to a drug overdose. City officials say it happened at about 8:42 p.m. on Park Place and Wayzata Boulevard near Interstate 394. Police say a vehicle with four men inside exited the interstate at Xenia Avenue and then “struck stationary objects, causing airbags to deploy.” Officers arrived to find the passengers all unconscious, but none appeared injured. All were believed to be under the influence, and one of the men was revived via naloxone, the drug used to reverse opioid…

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FAST FACTS Statehood: Dec. 29, 1845 (28th state)Capital: AustinTime zone: Central United States (GMT-5 Daylight Savings/GMT-6 Standard)Main airports: Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW), the second-busiest airport in the country; Houston George Bush Intercontinental (IAH), a hub for United Airlines; Austin-Bergstrom International (AUS), where you can catch a live music performance in the terminal; San Antonio International (SAT), with easy access to Mexico; and El Paso International (ELP), the most convenient airport to Big Bend National Park, 315 miles away.Fun fact: Measuring a whopping 268,597 square miles, Texas is bigger than any country on the European continent. (Russia and Turkey are larger, but both straddle Europe and Asia.) Left: The Rio Grande River snakes through Boquillas Canyon in Big Bend National…

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Tuesday that he’s suing the Biden administration for allegedly cutting concertina wire at the US-Mexico border. Federal agents, the Republican said in the lawsuit, implemented a policy in late September that saw to the destruction of the wiring, which he claims undermined the state’s border security. “By cutting Texas’s concertina wire, the federal government has not only illegally destroyed property owned by the State of Texas; it has also disrupted the State’s border security efforts, leaving gaps in Texas’s border barriers and damaging Texas’s ability to effectively deter illegal entry into its territory,” the lawsuit states.…

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The counterterrorism expert and author of “Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday Massacre: Lessons for the International Community” explains how religious extremism manifested in Sri Lanka’s deadliest terror attack. On April 21, 2019 – Easter Sunday – a coordinated series of bombings ripped through Sri Lanka, targeting churches and luxury hotels. Over 260 people were killed, making it the deadliest terrorist attack ever suffered by Sri Lanka. The attack has continued to resonate in Sri Lankan society and politics, as the public demands to untangle questions of responsibility: Why was the attack not prevented, and what can be done to stop the…

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