<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news >> us-world]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/us-world Tue, 05 May 2015 01:13:13 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Shanghai: Officials' close relatives can't run businesses]]> http://gazette.com/shanghai-officials-close-relatives-cant-run-businesses/article/feed/230203?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/shanghai-officials-close-relatives-cant-run-businesses/article/feed/230203?custom_click=rss BEIJING (AP) — Shanghai officials have implemented China's toughest ban on the business activities of government officials by prohibiting their spouses, children or children's spouses from running private businesses in the city.

The ban applies to the relatives of senior officials such as heads of city departments, district and county governments and courts, according to a notice posted on the city government's website last week and publicized in state media this week. Such officials were already prohibited from running businesses themselves.

Spouses also would be prohibited from running businesses anywhere in the country, not just in Shanghai.

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]]> BEIJING (AP) — Shanghai officials have implemented China's toughest ban on the business activities of government officials by prohibiting their spouses, children or children's spouses from running private businesses in the city.

The ban applies to the relatives of senior officials such as heads of city departments, district and county governments and courts, according to a notice posted on the city government's website last week and publicized in state media this week. Such officials were already prohibited from running businesses themselves.

Spouses also would be prohibited from running businesses anywhere in the country, not just in Shanghai.]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 02:03:10 -0600 <![CDATA[Climber begin to return from Everest base camp]]> By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA http://gazette.com/climber-begin-to-return-from-everest-base-camp/article/feed/230221?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/climber-begin-to-return-from-everest-base-camp/article/feed/230221?custom_click=rss

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Mountaineering officials says that climbers who stayed in villages close to the Everest base camp have started packing their climbing gear and are leaving the mountain because Sherpa guides have refused to rebuild a climbing route destroyed by the earthquake-triggered avalanche

Gyanendra Shrestha, an official at Nepal's Mountaineering Department, said Tuesday that the climbers were moving down from the base camp area, although some are staying in the mountain villages to helping the Sherpas and their families who had their homes damaged by the April 25 earthquake.

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]]> KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Mountaineering officials says that climbers who stayed in villages close to the Everest base camp have started packing their climbing gear and are leaving the mountain because Sherpa guides have refused to rebuild a climbing route destroyed by the earthquake-triggered avalanche

Gyanendra Shrestha, an official at Nepal's Mountaineering Department, said Tuesday that the climbers were moving down from the base camp area, although some are staying in the mountain villages to helping the Sherpas and their families who had their homes damaged by the April 25 earthquake.]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 02:03:00 -0600 <![CDATA[Australia cuts interest rate to record low 2 percent]]> By ROD McGUIRK http://gazette.com/australia-cuts-interest-rate-to-record-low-2-percent/article/feed/230200?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/australia-cuts-interest-rate-to-record-low-2-percent/article/feed/230200?custom_click=rss CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate to a record low of 2 percent on Tuesday in a bid to jolt the nation's economy which is weighed by falling commodity prices and weakening demand from China.

The Reserve Bank of Australia's quarter percentage point rate cut was the first in three months.

Before the last cut in February, the interest rate had been steady at 2.5 percent since August 2013.

Economists largely anticipated the move, although some thought the bank would hold off until after the government released its budget next week for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Resource-rich Australia managed to avoid a recession during the global financial crisis thanks to a d

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]]> CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate to a record low of 2 percent on Tuesday in a bid to jolt the nation's economy which is weighed by falling commodity prices and weakening demand from China.

The Reserve Bank of Australia's quarter percentage point rate cut was the first in three months.

Before the last cut in February, the interest rate had been steady at 2.5 percent since August 2013.

Economists largely anticipated the move, although some thought the bank would hold off until after the government released its budget next week for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Resource-rich Australia managed to avoid a recession during the global financial crisis thanks to a d]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 02:02:54 -0600 <![CDATA[Nepali police, villagers dig through mud to pull out bodies]]> http://gazette.com/nepali-police-villagers-dig-through-mud-to-pull-out-bodies/article/feed/230220?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nepali-police-villagers-dig-through-mud-to-pull-out-bodies/article/feed/230220?custom_click=rss KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Rescuers have been digging through piles of earth and snow on a popular trekking route in Nepal where an entire village was buried by a mudslide triggered by the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck the region 10 days ago.

Gautam Rimal, the government administrator of the Rasuwa district, said Tuesday that police and local villagers have recovered 60 bodies from Langtang Valley.

He says that nine of the victims were foreign trekkers.

Local villagers say as many as 200 people could be buried in the mudslide triggered by the April 25 earthquake.

Langtang Valley lies nearly 60 kilometers (35 miles) north of Nepal's capital, Kathmandu. It was a popular stop for trekkers because of scenic view

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]]> KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Rescuers have been digging through piles of earth and snow on a popular trekking route in Nepal where an entire village was buried by a mudslide triggered by the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck the region 10 days ago.

Gautam Rimal, the government administrator of the Rasuwa district, said Tuesday that police and local villagers have recovered 60 bodies from Langtang Valley.

He says that nine of the victims were foreign trekkers.

Local villagers say as many as 200 people could be buried in the mudslide triggered by the April 25 earthquake.

Langtang Valley lies nearly 60 kilometers (35 miles) north of Nepal's capital, Kathmandu. It was a popular stop for trekkers because of scenic view]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 02:02:54 -0600 <![CDATA[Thailand's 87-year-old king makes rare appearance]]> http://gazette.com/thailands-87-year-old-king-makes-rare-appearance/article/feed/230197?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/thailands-87-year-old-king-makes-rare-appearance/article/feed/230197?custom_click=rss BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej made a rare public appearance Tuesday to mark the 65th anniversary of his coronation.

All television stations carried the event live, as the 87-year-old monarch emerged in a wheelchair from a Bangkok hospital, where he has taken up residence, and was driven through the capital's historic district to the Grand Palace.

Buddhist monks led prayers as the king watched, before an audience of government and royal officials.

Thais lined the roads along the route, chanting "Long Live the King!" The palace had not announced if Bhumibol (poo-MEE-pohn) would appear for the ceremony, but crowds had gathered in anticipation of seeing the monarch. Tuesday was a national holid

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]]> BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej made a rare public appearance Tuesday to mark the 65th anniversary of his coronation.

All television stations carried the event live, as the 87-year-old monarch emerged in a wheelchair from a Bangkok hospital, where he has taken up residence, and was driven through the capital's historic district to the Grand Palace.

Buddhist monks led prayers as the king watched, before an audience of government and royal officials.

Thais lined the roads along the route, chanting "Long Live the King!" The palace had not announced if Bhumibol (poo-MEE-pohn) would appear for the ceremony, but crowds had gathered in anticipation of seeing the monarch. Tuesday was a national holid]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 02:02:53 -0600 <![CDATA[Substance or Style? Labour leader banks on geek appeal]]> By DANICA KIRKA http://gazette.com/substance-or-style-labour-leader-banks-on-geek-appeal/article/feed/230225?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/substance-or-style-labour-leader-banks-on-geek-appeal/article/feed/230225?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — It was an unexpected moment on the campaign trail.

Labour leader Ed Miliband had stopped his campaign bus in the northwest England city of Chester when he was mobbed by a bachelorette party waving iPhones and chanting "Selfie! Selfie!" Miliband, often depicted as a geek, offered a few weak high-fives, posed uncomfortably with the women in pink sashes draped over their dresses and then hurried back onto the bus.

Twitter lit up with Labour supporters sharing video of their man and his adoring fans.

"It worked in quite a good way for him," said Tom Mludzinski, head of political polling at the ComRes polling agency. "People wanted to be seen with him."

Ed Miliband is nerdy. Awkward. Shy.

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]]> LONDON (AP) — It was an unexpected moment on the campaign trail.

Labour leader Ed Miliband had stopped his campaign bus in the northwest England city of Chester when he was mobbed by a bachelorette party waving iPhones and chanting "Selfie! Selfie!" Miliband, often depicted as a geek, offered a few weak high-fives, posed uncomfortably with the women in pink sashes draped over their dresses and then hurried back onto the bus.

Twitter lit up with Labour supporters sharing video of their man and his adoring fans.

"It worked in quite a good way for him," said Tom Mludzinski, head of political polling at the ComRes polling agency. "People wanted to be seen with him."

Ed Miliband is nerdy. Awkward. Shy.]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 02:02:53 -0600 <![CDATA[Rights group condemns atrocities in Syrian city of Aleppo]]> http://gazette.com/rights-group-condemns-atrocities-in-syrian-city-of-aleppo/article/feed/230224?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rights-group-condemns-atrocities-in-syrian-city-of-aleppo/article/feed/230224?custom_click=rss BEIRUT (AP) — An international rights group says Syrian government forces and insurgents have both committed abuses in the contested northern city of Aleppo, but that some of the government's actions amount to crimes against humanity.

Amnesty International says the Syrian military's relentless aerial campaign against opposition-held areas of the divided city have caused widespread civilian casualties.

The rights group says the indiscriminate nature of the attacks suggests the systematic and deliberate targeting of civilians. Amnesty says that would constitute a war crime and crime against humanity.

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]]> BEIRUT (AP) — An international rights group says Syrian government forces and insurgents have both committed abuses in the contested northern city of Aleppo, but that some of the government's actions amount to crimes against humanity.

Amnesty International says the Syrian military's relentless aerial campaign against opposition-held areas of the divided city have caused widespread civilian casualties.

The rights group says the indiscriminate nature of the attacks suggests the systematic and deliberate targeting of civilians. Amnesty says that would constitute a war crime and crime against humanity.]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 02:02:47 -0600 <![CDATA[Small tsunami seen near epicenter of Papua New Guinea quake]]> By KRISTEN GELINEAU http://gazette.com/small-tsunami-seen-near-epicenter-of-papua-new-guinea-quake/article/feed/230173?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/small-tsunami-seen-near-epicenter-of-papua-new-guinea-quake/article/feed/230173?custom_click=rss SYDNEY (AP) — A powerful earthquake rattled the South Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, generating a small tsunami near the epicenter, bringing down power lines and cracking walls, but causing no widespread damage.

A tsunami estimated at under 1 meter (3 feet) was seen in the harbor of Rabaul, a town near the epicenter of the 7.5-magnitude quake, said Chris McKee, assistant director of the Geophysical Observatory in the capital, Port Moresby. There were no reports of flooding, as the tsunami didn't rise beyond the normal level of high tide, McKee said.

The temblor struck at a depth of 42 kilometers (26 miles), about 130 kilometers (80 miles) south of the town of Kokopo in northeastern Papua New Guinea, t

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]]> SYDNEY (AP) — A powerful earthquake rattled the South Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, generating a small tsunami near the epicenter, bringing down power lines and cracking walls, but causing no widespread damage.

A tsunami estimated at under 1 meter (3 feet) was seen in the harbor of Rabaul, a town near the epicenter of the 7.5-magnitude quake, said Chris McKee, assistant director of the Geophysical Observatory in the capital, Port Moresby. There were no reports of flooding, as the tsunami didn't rise beyond the normal level of high tide, McKee said.

The temblor struck at a depth of 42 kilometers (26 miles), about 130 kilometers (80 miles) south of the town of Kokopo in northeastern Papua New Guinea, t]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 00:48:25 -0600 <![CDATA[Venezuelan rum industry succeeding despite country's woes]]> By JORGE RUEDA http://gazette.com/venezuelan-rum-industry-succeeding-despite-countrys-woes/article/feed/230191?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/venezuelan-rum-industry-succeeding-despite-countrys-woes/article/feed/230191?custom_click=rss

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Ever since he was a young man, one of Guillermo Matos' small pleasures has been a mid-month round of cocktails with friends.

His drink of choice was always imported whiskey. But with Venezuela's economic crisis putting its price out of reach, the 45-year-old men's tie store owner has had to change his ways, going local and switching to his country's internationally lauded rum. He now sips a glass of Venezuelan Santa Teresa 1796, on the rocks.

Matos can buy a bottle of local rum for $8, rather than roughly $25 for a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black.

"At these prices who couldn't enjoy a rum?" he said, while gathered with friends at a busy Caracas restaurant.

A lot of his countrymen are als

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]]> CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Ever since he was a young man, one of Guillermo Matos' small pleasures has been a mid-month round of cocktails with friends.

His drink of choice was always imported whiskey. But with Venezuela's economic crisis putting its price out of reach, the 45-year-old men's tie store owner has had to change his ways, going local and switching to his country's internationally lauded rum. He now sips a glass of Venezuelan Santa Teresa 1796, on the rocks.

Matos can buy a bottle of local rum for $8, rather than roughly $25 for a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black.

"At these prices who couldn't enjoy a rum?" he said, while gathered with friends at a busy Caracas restaurant.

A lot of his countrymen are als]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 00:17:49 -0600 <![CDATA[Rihanna in queen's garb shuts down Met Gala carpet]]> By JOCELYN NOVECK and LEANNE ITALIE http://gazette.com/rihanna-in-queens-garb-shuts-down-met-gala-carpet/article/feed/230143?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rihanna-in-queens-garb-shuts-down-met-gala-carpet/article/feed/230143?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Never let it be said that Rihanna doesn't know how to make an entrance.

On a night when big stars were a dime a dozen — try George and Amal Clooney, Lady Gaga, Madonna and Cher — the pop singer still managed to pull the red carpet out from under the rest of them at the Met Gala on Monday when she swooped in wearing a fur-trimmed yellow cape with floral swirls of gold and a train so long it required three wranglers.

The ensemble came with a little pink mini-dress underneath, and a sparkling tiara.

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]]> NEW YORK (AP) — Never let it be said that Rihanna doesn't know how to make an entrance.

On a night when big stars were a dime a dozen — try George and Amal Clooney, Lady Gaga, Madonna and Cher — the pop singer still managed to pull the red carpet out from under the rest of them at the Met Gala on Monday when she swooped in wearing a fur-trimmed yellow cape with floral swirls of gold and a train so long it required three wranglers.

The ensemble came with a little pink mini-dress underneath, and a sparkling tiara.]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 00:17:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Coca production in Colombia jumped 39 pct in 2014]]> By JOSHUA GOODMAN http://gazette.com/coca-production-in-colombia-jumped-39-pct-in-2014/article/feed/230149?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coca-production-in-colombia-jumped-39-pct-in-2014/article/feed/230149?custom_click=rss

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Cultivation of the leaf used to make cocaine skyrocketed last year in Colombia, according to a new White House report that's likely to pressure authorities here to preserve a threatened U.S. aerial eradication program at the heart of the drug war.

After six straight years of declining or steady production, the amount of land under coca cultivation in Colombia jumped 39 percent in 2014 to 112,000 hectares (about 276,000 acres), according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Potential cocaine production based on average crop yields jumped 32 percent to 245 metric tons.

The U.S.

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]]> CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Cultivation of the leaf used to make cocaine skyrocketed last year in Colombia, according to a new White House report that's likely to pressure authorities here to preserve a threatened U.S. aerial eradication program at the heart of the drug war.

After six straight years of declining or steady production, the amount of land under coca cultivation in Colombia jumped 39 percent in 2014 to 112,000 hectares (about 276,000 acres), according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Potential cocaine production based on average crop yields jumped 32 percent to 245 metric tons.

The U.S.]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 23:34:11 -0600 <![CDATA[Metro trains crash in Mexico City, injuring 12]]> http://gazette.com/metro-trains-crash-in-mexico-city-injuring-12/article/feed/230157?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/metro-trains-crash-in-mexico-city-injuring-12/article/feed/230157?custom_click=rss

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Two metro trains carrying passengers crashed in Mexico City on Monday, leaving at least 12 people injured, authorities said.

They gave no immediate explanation for the crash, though media reports showed two cars smashed together and said that one train ran into another that had stopped at the platform.

City Fire Chief Raul Esquivel told the Televisa network there were no deaths from the accident, adding that 40 firefighters were on the scene.

The Mexico City Metro System said via its Twitter account that three of the 12 injured were hospitalized.

The accident occurred in the Oceania station on Line 5 near the city's international airport. The Mexico City metro has 12 lines.

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]]> MEXICO CITY (AP) — Two metro trains carrying passengers crashed in Mexico City on Monday, leaving at least 12 people injured, authorities said.

They gave no immediate explanation for the crash, though media reports showed two cars smashed together and said that one train ran into another that had stopped at the platform.

City Fire Chief Raul Esquivel told the Televisa network there were no deaths from the accident, adding that 40 firefighters were on the scene.

The Mexico City Metro System said via its Twitter account that three of the 12 injured were hospitalized.

The accident occurred in the Oceania station on Line 5 near the city's international airport. The Mexico City metro has 12 lines.]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 22:17:41 -0600 <![CDATA[Brazil weighs investigating ex-leader Silva]]> By BRAD BROOKS http://gazette.com/brazil-weighs-investigating-ex-leader-silva/article/feed/230130?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/brazil-weighs-investigating-ex-leader-silva/article/feed/230130?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Brazil confirmed Monday that they are weighing whether to open a full investigation into former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's alleged overseas lobbying efforts for the scandal-plagued construction firm Odebrecht, the nation's biggest builder.

In an emailed statement, the federal prosecutors' office said it has 90 days to decide whether to begin a full inquiry into whether Silva engaged in "influence peddling" by allegedly swaying foreign leaders to award inflated billion-dollar contracts to Odebrecht, and by pushing Brazil's state development bank to give the company well over $1 billion in low-interest loans since 2011, after he left office.

Such a crime could carry a se

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]]> RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Brazil confirmed Monday that they are weighing whether to open a full investigation into former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's alleged overseas lobbying efforts for the scandal-plagued construction firm Odebrecht, the nation's biggest builder.

In an emailed statement, the federal prosecutors' office said it has 90 days to decide whether to begin a full inquiry into whether Silva engaged in "influence peddling" by allegedly swaying foreign leaders to award inflated billion-dollar contracts to Odebrecht, and by pushing Brazil's state development bank to give the company well over $1 billion in low-interest loans since 2011, after he left office.

Such a crime could carry a se]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 18:49:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Kerry to visit Riyadh to confer with Saudi Arabia on Yemen]]> http://gazette.com/kerry-to-visit-riyadh-to-confer-with-saudi-arabia-on-yemen/article/feed/229936?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kerry-to-visit-riyadh-to-confer-with-saudi-arabia-on-yemen/article/feed/229936?custom_click=rss NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Riyadh for discussions with Saudi government leaders on Wednesday and Thursday.

The U.S. is pushing for a "humanitarian pause" in the fighting in Yemen that would allow much-needed food, fuel and humanitarian supplies to be delivered to the country and transported to places of greatest need.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Monday that coalition countries were considering a cease-fire to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid.

Heavy Saudi-led airstrikes targeted several airports Monday across Yemen. The airstrikes are targeting Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, who are locked in fierce fighting against forces loyal to exiled President Abed Rabbo M

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]]> NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Riyadh for discussions with Saudi government leaders on Wednesday and Thursday.

The U.S. is pushing for a "humanitarian pause" in the fighting in Yemen that would allow much-needed food, fuel and humanitarian supplies to be delivered to the country and transported to places of greatest need.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Monday that coalition countries were considering a cease-fire to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid.

Heavy Saudi-led airstrikes targeted several airports Monday across Yemen. The airstrikes are targeting Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, who are locked in fierce fighting against forces loyal to exiled President Abed Rabbo M]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 18:49:00 -0600 <![CDATA[Colombia stunned by theft of Garcia Marquez's first edition]]> By CESAR GARCIA http://gazette.com/colombia-stunned-by-theft-of-garcia-marquezs-first-edition/article/feed/230066?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colombia-stunned-by-theft-of-garcia-marquezs-first-edition/article/feed/230066?custom_click=rss BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian police are investigating the theft of a valuable first edition copy of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's masterpiece "One Hundred Years of Solitude."

The book disappeared over the weekend from a guarded display case at Bogota's book fair, which this year is honoring the late Nobel Prize-winning author.

The first edition is just one of 8,000 copies published in 1967 by an Argentine editorial house Sudamericana, and a signed copy like the one stolen in Bogota can command as much as $23,000 online.

But the book's owner, Alvaro Castillo, says the true value is sentimental. The rare book collector says he spent years hunting for the copy before finding a copy in Uruguay.

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]]> BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian police are investigating the theft of a valuable first edition copy of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's masterpiece "One Hundred Years of Solitude."

The book disappeared over the weekend from a guarded display case at Bogota's book fair, which this year is honoring the late Nobel Prize-winning author.

The first edition is just one of 8,000 copies published in 1967 by an Argentine editorial house Sudamericana, and a signed copy like the one stolen in Bogota can command as much as $23,000 online.

But the book's owner, Alvaro Castillo, says the true value is sentimental. The rare book collector says he spent years hunting for the copy before finding a copy in Uruguay.]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 18:03:22 -0600