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2008-06-17 12:00:40

Franklin Mining, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: FMNJ) (FRANKFURT: FMJ) Chairman and President, William A. Petty, met with a group of three U.S. and three South American FMNJ shareholders at his Santa Cruz, Bolivia office on Friday, June 13, 2008. On Monday, Dr. Jaime Arrencibia, General Manager, Franklin Mining, Bolivia and a team of managers and local mining industry advisors delivered a presentation on Franklin's Escala Mine. All six shareholders will travel to La Paz on Tuesday for a tour of...

2008-06-14 06:00:13

By Jeff Meyers, The Press-Republican, Plattsburgh, N.Y. Jun. 14--PERU -- Officials from the Town of Peru are seeking public input on the significance of open spaces in the community. The town's Comprehensive Planning Committee, which has spent the last few years developing a plan of action for dealing with zoning-related issues, will host an open-space workshop next Thursday. "The Comprehensive Plan provides guidelines for the town on how to develop land in the future," said Planning...

2006-08-31 11:00:05

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian President Alvaro Uribe's U.S.-backed plan to disband right-wing militias has been hit by charges he is too easy on paramilitaries and that drug smugglers are posing as fighters to win short jail terms. A failure to capture warlord Vicente Castano, accused of killing his brother and fellow paramilitary founder Carlos, has intensified criticism of Uribe, one of Washington's biggest allies in Latin America. Supporters, however,...

2006-08-24 11:40:38

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush has formally notified Congress the United States will sign a free trade agreement with Colombia, nearly six months after the two countries announced they had reached a deal, the White House said on Thursday. The 90-days notice, as required by U.S. trade law, means the earliest the United States and Colombia could sign the pact is late November, or a few weeks after the U.S. congressional election. That would set the stage for lawmakers...

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 13:17:49

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top senator on Thursday threatened to scrap a U.S. program that waives import duties on thousands of products from developing countries, particularly India and Brazil, now that world trade talks have collapsed. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, whose committee has jurisdiction over trade, told reporters he was frustrated that many developing countries that benefit from the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program oppose...

2006-07-07 19:05:08

By Javier Mozzo BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombia's government said on Friday it expected to sign a free trade agreement with the United States in early October after ironing out difficulties over agricultural goods in the text of the deal. Colombia's Trade Minister Jorge Humberto Botero said both governments smoothed out obstacles related to chicken thighs and legs, beef and sugar in a final text that respects all agreements reached when negotiations ended in February. "I have...

2006-07-07 17:47:41

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombia's government said on Friday it reached a "total agreement" with the United States on the text of the free trade deal it had concluded in February. The trade ministry said the governments had smoothed out final difficulties in the text of the bilateral deal related to the trade of chicken thighs and legs, beef and sugar. The ministry said the text respects all the agreements reached when negotiations ended last February. The free-trade agreement...

2006-07-05 19:21:49

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Peruvian President-elect Alan Garcia denied on Wednesday he is seeking a regional strategic alliance against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Garcia, who will assume the presidency on July 28, arrived in Bogota to meet for the first time Colombia's President Alvaro Uribe. Garcia has already visited Chile and Brazil and heads to Ecuador on Thursday. Some analysts say Garcia is pushing for a regional bloc with Brazil, Chile and Colombia to balance Chavez'...

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...