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Peru pursues author of graffiti on Inca structure

Lima, Mar 10 (EFE).- Peruvian authorities are looking for the person who sprayed graffiti with an aerosol paint can on the iconic Twelve-Angle Stone in the southern city of Cuzco, media outlets said Monday. The stone is part of a wall along the Hatun Rumiyoc passageway in the historical center of Cuzco, capital of the ancient Inca Empire, and is noteworthy because it is the only one with 12 angles in that structure.

Left, right both claim win in Salvadoran presidential runoff

The parties of both candidates in El Salvador's surprisingly tight presidential runoff clash claimed victory late Sunday. Pre-election polls indicated that ex-guerrilla leader Salvador Sanchez Ceren of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) would easily defeat Norman Quijano with the conservative ARENA party. But with all of the returns tallied, the leftist candidate was leading by a tiny margin: 50.11 percent to 49.98, electoral authorities reported.

Former guerrilla favorite in El Salvador run-off vote

Voters in El Salvador cast ballots on Sunday in a presidential run-off which was expected to crown the current vice president, a former guerrilla commander, as the country's new leader. Pre-election polls showed Salvador Sanchez Ceren from the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) comfortably ahead of right-wing candidate Norman Quijano, 67, mayor of the capital city San Salvador. Voting began at 1300 GMT. Sanchez Ceren, 69, is El Salvador's second in command to outgoing President Mauricio Funes.

Former guerrilla favorite in El Salvador run-off vote

Voters in El Salvador cast ballots Sunday in a presidential runoff expected to crown the current vice president, a former guerrilla commander, as the country's new leader. Pre-election polls showed Salvador Sanchez Ceren from the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) comfortably ahead of right-wing candidate Norman Quijano, 67, mayor of the capital city San Salvador. Voting began at 1300 GMT. Sanchez Ceren, 69, is El Salvador's second in command to outgoing President Mauricio Funes.

Former guerrilla favorite in El Salvador run-off vote

Voters in El Salvador cast ballots Sunday in a presidential run-off which was expected to crown the current vice president, a former guerrilla commander, as the country's new leader. Pre-election polls showed Salvador Sanchez Ceren from the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) comfortably ahead of right-wing candidate Norman Quijano, 67, mayor of the capital city San Salvador. Voting began at 1300 GMT. Sanchez Ceren, 69, is El Salvador's second in command to outgoing President Mauricio Funes.

Mexico's president to visit Ecuador and Chile

Mexico City, Mar 9 (EFE).- Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto plans to make an official visit to Ecuador this week and will then attend Michelle Bachelet's presidential inauguration in Chile, the Office of the President and the Foreign Relations Secretariat said. Peña Nieto is scheduled to leave Mexico on Sunday afternoon and to return home on Wednesday.

Ex-guerrilla favorite to win El Salvador's presidential election

By Nelson Renteria and Michael O'Boyle SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - A former Marxist guerrilla leader is expected to win El Salvador's presidency on Sunday after promising to expand social programs for the poor and fending off his opponent's claims that he will impose radical policies. Recent polls showed Salvador Sanchez Ceren of the leftist Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), the rebel group in the country's 1980-92 civil war, with about 55 percent support heading into the second round run-off vote on Sunday.

Ex-guerrilla leader ahead in El Salvador run-off vote

A former guerrilla commander is favored to win El Salvador's presidential run-off vote Sunday and be tasked with cutting rampant crime and poverty in the Central American country. Pre-election polls show Salvador Sanchez Ceren from the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) -- which fought US-backed governments in a bitter 1979-92 civil war -- comfortably ahead of San Salvador Mayor Norman Quijano of the right-wing Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA).

Panama warns Venezuela on debt as rift widens

Panama's president told Venezuela on Friday that its decision to break off diplomatic ties should not be an excuse to renege on its massive debt to the Central American nation. President Ricardo Martinelli's warning came a day after Venezuela ordered the expulsion of Panama's ambassador and three other diplomats in a worsening dispute stemming from protests against the Caracas government. "Panama is owed amounts of more than $1 billion," the Panamanian leader told reporters.

Panama warns Venezuela on debt as rift widens

President Ricardo Martinelli told Venezuela on Friday that its decision to break off ties with Panama should not serve as an excuse to renege on its debt exceeding $1 billion. Martinelli's warning came a day after Venezuela ordered the expulsion of Panama's ambassador and three other diplomats in a worsening dispute stemming from protests against the Caracas government. "I don't want to think that this is an excuse not to pay and that the Venezuelan state is a deadbeat," the Panamanian leader told reporters.
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