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9 Injured, millions of dollars in losses in Guatemala fire

Guatemala City, Mar 25 (EFE).- A massive blaze Tuesday in this capital's largest market left nine people injured and caused an estimated $90 million in damage, Guatemalan authorities said. The fire broke out about 2:30 a.m. in the La Terminal market and firefighters were hampered in their efforts to extinguish it due to the lack of water, said first responders, who used more than 2 million liters (528,000 gallons) over the course of more than nine hours.

9 Injured, millions of dollars in losses in Guatemala fire

Guatemala City, Mar 25 (EFE).- A massive blaze Tuesday in this capital's largest market left nine people injured and caused an estimated $90 million in damage, Guatemalan authorities said. The fire broke out about 2:30 a.m. in the La Terminal market and firefighters were hampered in their efforts to extinguish it due to the lack of water, said first responders, who used more than 2 million liters (528,000 gallons) over the course of more than nine hours.

Colombia militarizes violent port city

Buenaventura, Colombia, Mar 22 (EFE).- Colombia's government has deployed 700 additional security force members to this violence-wracked Pacific port city, which has been plagued by killings, dismemberments and forced disappearances. Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon accompanied the troop deployment Friday in Buenaventura, where the discovery of so-called "casas de pique" (chop-up houses) - sites in which victims are allegedly dismembered alive - has riled public opinion.

Saskatchewan First Nation takes full control of land, resource monies

REGINA - A Saskatchewan First Nation has signed on to take full control of its land and resource money. Kawacatoose First Nation signed the First Nations Oil and Gas and Moneys Management Act in Regina today. Bernard Valcourt, the federal Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, says Kawacatoose will receive funds directly from natural resource development. Before signing on, any money earned from mineral rights on the First Nation land was held in trust by the federal government.

Inuit students stage sealskin fashion show on Parliament Hill to protest EU ban

OTTAWA - Inuit youth clad in traditional sealskin garb used Parliament Hill as a catwalk Tuesday for a fashion show to protest the World Trade Organization's recent decision to uphold a European Union ban on imported seal products. Students strutted to the beat of techno music before a gathered crowd of about 100 people, twisting like runway models to show off their authentic sealskin jackets with elaborate fur trim. "We're very much in favour of hunting seal," said Terrie Kusugak, a student from Rankin Inlet who helped lead the rally.

Judge won't hear evidence on previous crimes of accused former northern priest

IQALUIT, Nunavut - A northern judge says he won't consider the previous convictions of a former priest accused of sexually abusing Inuit children. Justice Robert Kilpatrick ruled Tuesday that he wouldn't allow eight convictions against Eric Dejaeger to stand as evidence in his current trial on 68 counts of abusing dozens of Inuit children more than 30 years ago.

Criticism continues of Indian-dressed cheer squad at Regina university

REGINA - Some aboriginal people in Saskatchewan say they're not satisfied with the punishment given to the University's of Regina's cheer team. University president Vianne Timmons apologized on the weekend after a photo of team members dressed in cowboys and Indians costumes circulated on social media. Timmons says the team's members and coaches will be required to discuss the matter with university officials and will have to take cultural sensitivity training.

Criticism continues of Indian-dressed cheer squad at Regina university

REGINA - Some aboriginal people in Saskatchewan say they're not satisfied with the punishment given to the University's of Regina's cheer team. University president Vianne Timmons apologized on the weekend after a photo of team members dressed in cowboys and Indians costumes circulated on social media. Timmons says the team's members and coaches will be required to discuss the matter with university officials and will have to take cultural sensitivity training.

Canada asked Guatemala to keep tabs on Lev Tahor family, official says

TORONTO - Authorities in Guatemala agreed to a request from Canadian officials to keep tabs on one of two Lev Tahor families that left Canada earlier this month, a Guatemalan immigration spokesman said Monday. The spokesman, Fernando Lucero, said the members of the Jewish sect were in Guatemala legally and had broken no laws in the country. "The alert was given from Canada to keep the family under surveillance," Lucero told The Canadian Press in a telephone interview. "No crime has been committed in Guatemala. We're waiting to see if there is a warrant from Interpol."

Canadian minister challenges moral basis of European seal product ban

GENEVA - The World Trade Organization's recent decision to uphold a four-year-old European Union ban on seal products has set a dangerous precedent for future trade relations, Canada's northern development minister said Monday. Leona Aglukkaq, speaking after she made a presentation to a WTO appeal panel in Geneva, said the trade organization was wrong to cite moral grounds in its ruling late last year.
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