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Why the OAS doesn't want you to hear what this woman has to say

LIMA — A prominent Venezuelan opposition leader was in Washington, DC, Friday to detail her accusations of government repression. In a highly unusual move, Panama allowed Maria Corina Machado, a conservative congresswoman from Caracas, to take up its seat at a session of the Organization of American States.

Top 10 reasons Sen. Dan Coats is sad about being sanctioned by Russia

After Russia issued a travel ban on nine high-ranking Americans, the Republican senator from Indiana asked Twitter if anyone knew the Russian word for 'Hoosier.'

New sanctions are driving Russians to drink

The new sanctions certainly increase the tension between Moscow and Washington; it’s not yet clear whether they will do anything to move Russia out of Crimea or curb the Kremlin’s expansionist ambitions. But the market is already reacting: Standard & Poor’s and Fitch credit rating agencies promptly downgraded the outlook for Russian sovereign debt from stable to negative, and Russian stock indexes plummeted in early trading on Friday.

Uruguay agrees to receive five Guantanamo detainees

Uruguay said Thursday it had agreed to receive five prisoners of as yet undisclosed nationalities from the US war on terror prison camp in Guantanamo Bay. US President Barack Obama is struggling to fulfill his five-year-old promise to close the controversial jail, and countries have been slow to come forward and agree to accept transferred inmates. Confirming a report first published in the weekly Busqueda newspaper, a high-level government source told AFP that Uruguay will host the former inmates for at least two years.

Why the world is worrying about this not-so-precious metal

Trading near historic lows, copper augers more trouble for emerging markets.
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Copper coins from the second and third centuries found in a private garden in Paris. (Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — For those of you not checking how copper's trading on your Bloomberg terminal (and that includes this writer), the fall in price of the red metal has probably left no impression. For most of us, copper is what US pennies are made of. But even that’s not quite right: Since 1982, pennies have been almost all zinc, and a measly 2.5 percent copper.

But economists know better, and their blogs are burning red.


Maduro to Obama: Give peace a chance, don't kill me

LIMA, Peru — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro may need to make up his mind about the United States. The embattled leader has once again accused President Barack Obama’s administration of wanting to bump him off — and in the same breath demanded talks with Washington about 'peace and sovereignty.' The remarks are just the latest zigzag by Maduro as he seeks to keep a lid on the protests aimed at toppling his government.

In space, no one can hear you scream over Ukraine

What Russia-US tensions over Ukraine mean for astronauts at the International Space Station.

Putin also declares Hawaii a part of Russia

The Russian president has declared his intention to annex Hawaii, as well as Crimea.

Q&A: How do you make a Boeing 777 full of passengers vanish?

Efforts to solve the mystery of flight MH370 are now centering on the plane’s pilots. Only a trained specialist, the theory goes, could have known how to switch off the aircraft’s on-board radar systems, and to program the maneuvers that diverted the Boeing 777 from its expected flight path from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8. GlobalPost reached out to experts at Avascent, an aerospace and defense consulting firm in Washington, DC, for more clarity on the situation.
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