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Earthquake strikes Nicaragua, shaking buildings in capital

MANAGUA (Reuters) - An earthquake struck Nicaragua early on Monday morning, shaking buildings in the capital Managua. An official at Nicaragua's seismological authorities said the quake measured 5.6 in magnitude but had struck at a shallow depth, making it more powerfully felt. (Reporting by Ivan Castro)

Annual East Coast seal hunt starts amid ongoing court case and trade challenge

HALIFAX - The annual East Coast seal hunt starts Monday against a backdrop of ongoing trade and court challenges in Europe and renewed claims from animal welfare groups that the 400-year-old industry is dead in the water. Rebecca Aldworth, executive director of the Canadian wing of Humane Society International, said on Sunday that only 15 boats have signalled their intention to take part in the hunt, which typically focuses on harp seals off the northeast coast of Newfoundland.

Strong quake in Nicaragua blamed for 1 death

Managua, Apr 11 (EFE).- One person is dead as a result of the magnitude-6.2 earthquake that struck northeast of this capital, Nicaraguan authorities said Friday. A 23-year-old Managua woman died of a heart attack at a capital hospital, President Daniel Ortega said at a press conference. The quake struck at 5:27 p.m. on Thursday underneath Lake Managua and left at least 266 injured, including three in critical condition, and 822 homes damaged, according to preliminary reports.

Injuries as strong quake hits Nicaragua

A shallow 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit Nicaragua on Thursday close to several cities, including the capital, injuring at least 24 people and damaging dozens of homes. The strong quake struck at 5:27 pm (2327 GMT) at a depth of 13 kilometers (eight miles), according to the US Geological Survey. The epicenter was 10 kilometers west of Valle San Francisco and 44 kilometers north-northwest of the capital Managua, the USGS said.

Injuries as strong quake hits Nicaragua

A shallow 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit Nicaragua on Thursday close to several cities, including the capital, injuring 14 people and damaging dozens of houses. The strong quake struck at 5:27 pm (2327 GMT) at a depth of 10 kilometers (six miles), according to the US Geological Survey. The epicenter was 18 kilometers from Larreynaga and 50 kilometers north of the capital Managua, USGS said. Government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo said 14 people were injured and 89 homes damaged.

Tories table aboriginal education bill amid criticism from some First Nations

OTTAWA - The federal government has tabled its First Nations education bill despite complaints from some aboriginal organizations that it skimps on funding and fails to give natives direct control of their education systems. Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt defended Bill C-33, dubbed the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act, saying it meets the five conditions outlined by the Assembly of First Nations and chiefs during a meeting in December.

Humane Society International says it doesn't oppose Inuit subsistence sealing

MONTREAL - A spokeswoman for the Canadian arm of the Humane Society International is clarifying the group's position on the Inuit seal hunt, as a protest against TV star Ellen DeGeneres in the North gains support. Rebecca Aldworth says recent reports on the protests are mixing up subsistence sealing in Canada's North with the commercial hunt. She says animal protection groups oppose commercial sealing in Atlantic Canada by non-aboriginal people.

Alberta government funding cuts force province's only on-reserve jail to close

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. - Provincial funding cuts have forced Alberta's only on-reserve correctional centre to close. The Kainai (KIGH-NIGH) Corrections Society minimum-security facility in Standoff had been operating for 25 years. It shut down its 24 beds for inmates last week and 12 people have lost their jobs. Probation, court worker and crime prevention services, along with an elders program, are to continue. The Justice Department tried to close the centre four years ago, but lobbying by officials from the Blood Tribe in southern Alberta managed to keep it open.

Less than half of Brazilians favor hosting World Cup, poll shows

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Less than half of Brazilians favor the nation's hosting of the World Cup in June, with a majority in the soccer-crazed nation believing that the tournament will do more harm than good, a poll showed on Tuesday. Just 48 percent of Brazilians support hosting the event, down from 52 percent in February and dropping below 50 percent for the first time, a survey by Datafolha found, though the company said the difference was within its margin of error.

Puerto Rico is bridge to U.S. and LatAm for Spanish investment, official says

Madrid, Apr 6 (EFE).- Puerto Rico's government is pushing a strategic plan to transform the Caribbean island into an "investment bridge" from Spain to the United States and Latin America and is offering fiscal and legal incentives to Spanish investors, Puerto Rican Secretary of Economic Development and Commerce Alberto Baco said in an interview with Efe. The new administration of Gov. Alejandro Padilla intends to reorient the Puerto Rican economy toward foreign services, mainly in the banking sector, securities, engineering and computer technology, Baco said.
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