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- MEXICO/ USA : 11 Oct. UPDATE: Navy Admits Killing Top Zetas Leader Lazcano...Was Accident; 'La Ardilla' Smirks Over His Arrest For Falcon Lake Murder; Analysis Of Calderon's 'Kill The Capos' Plan.
- GUATEMALA : Court Throws Out Rios Montt Genocide Conviction; Trial Restart Ordered.
- COLOMBIA : Top Pop Singer Shakira...Sued By Ex-Novio...For $100 Million.
- AUSTRALIA / USA : USA Navy Resumes Ship Sinking Exercises.
- UKRAINE / GERMANY : Official Blasts Hotels...As 'Bandits And Thieves'...Over Euro 2012 Housing Costs; Movie About Legendary Nazi Football Defeat Worries Officials.
- BRASIL / ITALY / GUATEMALA / USA / RUSSIA: 1 Dead, 7 Injured In Rio Fuel Tanks Fires/ Blasts; Ruby Heartstealer Admits Lying About Silvio's Sex Parties, Money; Ex-Prez Alfonso Portillo Extradited To USA For Money Laundering; Moscow Bans VKontakte By 'Mistake.'
- UKRAINE / EU / RUSSIA : Pressure Builds On Yanukovych; Yulia's Treatment Is Euro 2012 PR Blunder; Putin Backs Kyiv.
- BRASIL / COLOMBIA / UKRAINE: 13 Sept. UPDATE: Bettors' Favorite Odessa An Also Ran In Miss Universe Contest.
- RUSSIA / CHECHNYA/ FRANCE : Actor Depardieu Parties With Dictator Kadyrov.
12 April 2013
BRASIL / GERMANY : Brasilia Beefs-up Defenses; Buying 34 Used Tanks From Berlin.
The new pope's upcoming visit in July, the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics are commonly given as some reasons for Brasilia's recent military buying spree.
Brasil is close to buying 34 used German anti-tanks.
No price was revealed.
Brasilia is also spending $4 billion to build 5 submarines...including a nuke...jointly with France...and has purchased anti-aircraft missiles from Russia.
But the biggest future...and oft postponed purchase...36 new jet fighters...worth more than $4 billion...has seen the USA, France and Sweden drooling over...and sniping about it.
Brasil is also concerned about growing incursions across its remote Amazon borders...by waves of undocumented immigrants and illegal drugs.