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2006-08-15 13:10:50

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo urged U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday to support a trade pact with his country, saying Democratic party concerns about weak labor protections were misplaced. Democrats have expressed concern that the agreement failed to guarantee basic rights like freedom to associate and collective bargaining, the elimination of forced labor, the abolition of child labor and the elimination of discrimination in the...

2006-07-27 14:53:34

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate Finance Committee voted unanimously on Thursday to require Peru to fully reopen its market to U.S. beef before a trade pact between the two countries would take effect. Peru, like many other countries, shut down beef trade from the United States more than two years ago after a case of mad cow disease was found in Washington state. Lima has taken some steps to resume beef trade, but continues to "arbitrarily block U.S. beef products...

2006-07-04 16:10:41

LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Thousands of farmers, some holding pictures of Cuban Revolutionary hero Che Guevara, blocked highways and clashed with police on Tuesday to protest a U.S. trade deal that they say will ruin them financially. Police used tear gas to disperse rice growers who blocked roads and burned tires near Peru's border with Ecuador, while road blocks by farmers in southern Peru caused hundreds of buses and trucks to back up along the main regional highways. Hundreds of...

2006-06-28 21:03:58

By Marco Aquino LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Peru's Congress ratified a free-trade deal with the United States on Wednesday that the country's president promptly signed despite noisy street protests, clearing the way for its approval by U.S. lawmakers. Congress voted 79-14 for the accord, which was backed by businesses who say it will be a huge boost to Peru's export-driven economy and opposed by farmers who fear that U.S. imports will ruin their livelihoods. Six lawmakers abstained....

2006-06-05 13:30:21

By Robin Emmott LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Alan Garcia, Peru's new president-elect, pledges to do what few Latin American leaders have achieved: seduce Wall Street with prudent policies and simultaneously lift millions out of poverty. In a sign of the optimism surrounding Garcia, who aims to atone for his disastrous 1985-1990 presidency, stocks in Lima surged 2 percent on Monday, thrilled by his pledges of strong economic growth and a low budget deficit. Peru's foreign bonds also...

2006-04-12 16:33:19

By Kevin Gray LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - When construction worker Luis Garcia cast his ballots in Peru's last two presidential elections, he was swayed by candidates some people derisively called the "unknown." "I don't fear people without political experience," he said. "It's the traditional politician who worries me. I know what he does: represent the rich at the expense of the poor." In recent years, Peruvians have shown a penchant for choosing political newcomers as president....

2006-04-12 12:59:35

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Peru signed a free trade agreement on Wednesday, setting the stage for a potentially tough fight in Congress unless the Bush administration offers Democrats stronger assurances that Lima will abide by international labor standards. "This agreement with Peru is instrumental in our strategy to advance prosperity within our hemisphere," U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman said in a statement. "We look forward to continuing...

2006-04-08 19:56:30

By Patricia Zengerle LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Trucks, motorbikes and mules carried ballots to Peru's mountain and jungle villages on Saturday, as a new poll showed an outspoken nationalist held his lead in the race for the presidency, with his two closest competitors tied for second the day before the vote. Election authorities said 53,000 police and soldiers were being deployed across Peru to keep the peace during Sunday's election, in which Peruvians will vote for president, all of...

2006-04-06 14:20:43

By Patricia Zengerle LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - There have been disturbances during Peru's closely contested presidential election campaign, but not in the streets. This year, the unrest is within the towers of Lima's business districts and the walls surrounding its upscale homes. Promising to wrestle Peru's wealth away from the country's upper class, former army commander Ollanta Humala has risen to first place in most polls before the April 9 vote, tapping into the anger of the half...

2006-04-05 11:30:41

By Robin Emmott LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - A radical nationalist, a leftist ex-president with a dire economic record and a former legislator vying to be Peru's first female president face off at the polls on Sunday, with pledges to end the country's chronic poverty as the common rallying cry. But with no candidate likely to garner the 50 percent support needed to win outright, the April 9 election has become a battle to make it through to a run-off between the top two placed candidates...


Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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