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In many ways, Mexico is to Central America what the United States is to Mexico. Workers weigh the exponentially higher wages just across the river--the Usumacinta rather than the Rio Grande--against the dangers of an illegal crossing. Wealthy parents send their children to study in prestigious universities, then worry about the foreign ideas they may bring back, if they return at all.
May 15, 1985 | From Reuters
Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi on Tuesday began his first visit to Burundi since the two countries signed a cooperation treaty in 1973.
October 29, 1991 | Reuters
A human rights group Monday assailed the records of countries attending the Middle East peace conference here. "None of the countries attending the peace conference meet acceptable standards of behavior either toward their own people or people under their control," Andrew Whitley, executive director of Middle East Watch, told reporters.
November 20, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Representatives of China and 15 other countries joined NASA officials this week to consider how their countries might cooperate with U.S. plans for human exploration of the moon and Mars. The three-day Washington workshop was the first in a series of meetings sponsored by the U.S. space agency.
April 27, 2008
My husband and I just returned from Israel and Egypt, and I want to shout from the rooftops that we had been misled about the risk of visiting these countries. We never felt afraid. The visible security in both countries is quite reassuring. I encourage people to relax and not be afraid to travel. Mona Shafer Edwards Los Angeles
April 23, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The International Monetary Fund won new powers to police the world economy after its 184 member countries endorsed a framework to monitor how the economic policies of one country affects others. The countries, represented by finance ministers or central bank governors, also agreed that some emerging economies needed more say in IMF decision-making. "We resolve to make the IMF more fit for purpose in a global economy," said Gordon Brown, Britain's finance minister.
December 10, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan opened a world "friendship" tour in Baghdad, defying U.S. warnings that his visits to countries considered terrorist states could be used for propaganda purposes. Farrakhan intends to visit 52 nations on a tour that will stretch into February and take him to several other countries criticized by Washington, including Libya, Iran, North Korea and Cuba.
May 18, 1985 | From Reuters
The number of cholera cases reported worldwide dropped by more than half last year--from 64,061 in 1983, the World Health Organization said Friday. In its Weekly Epidemiological Record, the U.N. specialized agency described the decrease as still significant, cautioning that data for some countries is incomplete. A number of African countries that had big cholera outbreaks in 1983--notably Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Zaire and South Africa--reported fewer cases last year.
March 2, 1985 | From Reuters
Colombia and Peru, two of Latin America's leading cocaine smuggling countries, have agreed on secret measures to step up the fight against drug trafficking, the Peruvian Foreign Ministry announced Friday. The ministry said the measures were decided on during a two-day meeting of senior justice and police officials from the two countries in the Peruvian jungle city of Iquitos.
June 11, 2004 | From Associated Press
Global demand for oil will grow this year at its fastest rate since 1980, but OPEC's pledge to pump more crude should help ease the pressure on prices, the International Energy Agency said. U.S. crude prices peaked this month at more than $42 per barrel, driven by fears about security in Saudi Arabia and uncertainty about whether major producers would provide more crude.
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