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Duty editor: John Weaver Tel: + 852 2829 6211 -- TOP STORIES -- + S. Africans to form honour guard for Mandela cortege + Ukrainian police storm Kiev's Independence Square + US lawmakers announce two-year budget deal + Obama-Castro handshake offers hope for US-Cuba ties + Uruguay becomes first country to legalise marijuana SAfrica-Mandela,WRAP PRETORIA

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One dead in Argentina looting after police strike

Looters ransacked shops and supermarkets in riots that left one dead late Tuesday after police demanding a pay rise refused to patrol Argentina's second largest city, Cordoba. Provincial governor Jose Manuel de la Sota said 52 people were arrested, while medical sources said dozens were treated for injuries in local hospitals. The slain man, a 20 year old, was shot in the chest and pronounced dead on arrival at Cordoba's San Roque hospital, the hospital's director Daniel Mercado told a local radio station Wednesday.

Football: Panathinaikos sell Figueroa to Malaysians

Argentine striker Luciano Figueroa has been sold to Malaysian Super League club Johor Darul Takzim, Panathinaikos announced Tuesday. The Athens-based Greek Super League team said the transfer fee was worth $US 1 million (750,000 euros). Figueroa, 32, has signed a three-year deal with the Malaysian club for a reported $US 1.5 million (1.1 million euros) annually. He joined Panathinaikos earlier this year and has played in 15 matches scoring six goals. His previous clubs include Boca Juniors, Genoa, River Plate, Villarreal and Birmingham City. le/ak

Cleveland woman held captive 11 years to write memoir

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - The Cleveland kidnapper's longest-held survivor will write a memoir recounting her 11 years in captivity, a publishing company announced on Monday. Michelle Knight, 32, the first of the three woman kidnapped and held prisoner by Ariel Castro "will tell the full story of her ordeal for the first time" in a book co-written with Michelle Burford, who worked on the memoir by Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas, according to Weinstein Books.

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Argentina forging ahead with interventionist economy

Argentina will continue to intervene in the economy, including the foreign exchange markets, President Christina Kirchner's new chief of staff Thursday. Jorge Capitanich, who was sworn in Wednesday, told reporters the government would continue to embrace policies that protect Argentina's industry and de-emphasize the role of exports. Kirchner reshuffled her cabinet this week in response to a poor showing by her wing of the ruling Peronist party in last month's legislative elections.

Argentina's feared commerce secretary quits; accused of bullying executives and faking data

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Argentina's feared commerce secretary quit Tuesday, a day after a Cabinet reshuffle gave others more power in the inner circle of President Cristina Fernandez. Guillermo Moreno was a pit-bull for the president, trying to fine and jail economists for publishing independent inflation numbers, threatening black-market currency traders whose business gave many Argentines their only access to dollars in recent years, and breaking up board meetings of the newsprint company jointly owned by the opposition Grupo Clarin.

Cabinet switch buttresses Argentina's left-leaning economic model

By Caroline Stauffer and Guido Nejamkis BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - President Cristina Fernandez's new Cabinet picks confirmed a deepening of Argentina's left-leaning economic model rather than a policy switch needed to confront escalating inflation and dwindling foreign currency reserves.
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