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Fires in Valparaiso, Chile Destroy Hundreds of Homes

A huge out of control forest fire has killed two people while destroying over 500 homes in Valparaiso a port city in Chile. Authorities were evacuating thousands of residents from the port city to escape the deadly flames, which were fanned by strong gusty winds coming inland off the Pacific Ocean. Michelle Bachelet the President of Chile put the country’s army in charge of evacuating the city after declaring the entire city a disaster area. Valparaiso is located about 70 miles to the west of the country’s capital, Santiago. Many of the city’s... 
 

Man Says He Killed 40 as Hit Man for Cartel

Jose Manuel Martinez visited relatives in Alabama after traveling from California last March. The trip was supposed to be a simple family vacation, but ended after Martinez shot an acquaintance who had allegedly insulted Martinez’s daughter. The brazen murder that included two shots to the head was carried out said Alabama prosecutors due to family honor. However, it came to light that it was not the first time Martinez had killed someone. Alabama authorities said Martinez, who currently has been charged with nine contract killings in areas of... 
 

FBI Seizes Cultural Artifacts in Indiana Home

FBI agents entered the home of an Indiana man and seized thousands of Chinese, Russian, Native American and other artifacts containing cultural value that were immeasurable from a 91-year old man’s private collection. The items also included things from Australia, Haiti, Peru and New Guinea. The collection was started by Donald Miller over eight decades ago said Robert Jones a Special Agent with the FBI. Jones said there was no possibility of putting a cultural value on the artifacts. He refused to disclose any details of individual items seized... 
 

IBM in India Fires Executives Due to Fraud

IBM India has fired a half a dozen or more mid to top-level executives over the last few weeks due to fraud that is related to IBM’s contract with Indian company Bharti Airtel, reported an online tech company this week. The online publication said partly due to Airtel’s wanting to reduce dependence on IBM and for this fraud, the mobile device operator might lower significantly the amount of outsourcing contracts it gives IBM India when the current contract is up for renewal during the year. When contacted, IBM India said through a spokesperson... 
 

Attack by Taliban at Foreign Guesthouse

A group of Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan attacked a guesthouse in the capital city of Kabul Friday. Police said the guesthouse was located in an upscale residential neighborhood and was frequented by foreigners. When the Taliban forced their way into the house, military convoys were sent to the area and a gun battle ensued. All of Kabul is on alert and most of the country is under a tense atmosphere ahead of the scheduled presidential election of next week, which Taliban forces vowed to interrupt. A spokesperson for the chief of police in Kabul... 
 

NU Skin Hit with Fine of Over $500,000 in China

Direct sales firms are under the microscope in China over their operations. One such company, Nu Skin Enterprises was fined over a half a million dollars for sales of illegal products. The direct sales skincare company based in the U.S. announced on Monday. The State Administration for Industry and Commerce or SAIC in China released a statement Monday that said it fined Nu Skin over $500,000. The company said its fine was related to sales of certain products through individual direct vendors that, while they were permitted to make sales in retail... 
 

Death Toll in Venezuela Protests Reaches 34

Three more people in Venezuela have died as a result of gunshot wounds in the protests being staged against Nicolas Maduro the socialist president of the South American country. The three new deaths have increased the overall death toll to 34 for the nearly two months of anti-government protests. Troops clashed briefly with a smaller sized protest group who was attempting to block the highway into one of the upscale neighborhoods of the capital of Caracas after thousands of sympathizers with the opposition marched demanding that students who have... 
 

SEALs Seize Oil Tanker with Libya Oil

U.S. Navy Seals seized a tanker that was just southwest of Cyprus in the Mediterranean on Sunday night, said U.S. officials from the Department of Defense. The tanker had left the port of Es Sider in Libya. That port is under the control of rebels. U.S. officials said the tanker would be re-routed with U.S. sailors to a port under the control of the Libya government, said Defense officials. The seizing of the tanker was a huge setback for the rebels said a director of research  at a think tank in Washington. The seizure is a sign that the Libya... 
 
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