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- RUSSIA : Siberian Cult Leader Rudnev Jailed For Raping Dozens Of Followers.
- GUATEMALA : Court Throws Out Rios Montt Genocide Conviction; Trial Restart Ordered.
- AUSTRALIA / USA : USA Navy Resumes Ship Sinking Exercises.
- COLOMBIA : Top Pop Singer Shakira...Sued By Ex-Novio...For $100 Million.
- UKRAINE : Thousands Protest In Kyiv For Yulia, Against Yanukovych; Some Injured In Clashes.
- ANIMALS / HUMOR / IMAGES : Cats: Love Them Or Hate Them; Website Now Lets Owners Shame Them.
- COSTA RICA / PERU / COLOMBIA : 17 May UPDATE : 2 More Aides Resign After Prez. Chinchilla Comes Under Fire For Free Flights On Alleged Narco Jet; Key Minister Resigns Over Flight From Bogus Person.
- MEXICO : Shocking Details Emerge About Mayor's Abduction Before Execution; 19 Bodies Found In Chihuahua State.
- MEXICO: Telenovela Star's Assistant Charged With 4 Counts Of Attempted Murder.
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.