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7 December 2012

Daily archive · 10 posts

Stories from 7 December 2012

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‘Fuleco’ the Mascot Divides Brazil

After a public vote, it was decided that the FIFA World Cup's mascot in Brazil will be called "Fuleco". But many Brazilian internet users are now claiming it is an...

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Striker's ‘Scorpion Kick’ Goal Makes Bolivian Football History

Gastón Mealla, a 24 year-old Bolivian striker, made an improbable heel volley, a 'scorpion kick', scoring from outside the box during a local first-division match. FIFA nominated the goal to...

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Ecuador Launches Oil Auction Amid Indigenous Protests

On Wednesday November 28, 2012, Ecuador began an international licensing round for 13 oil blocks - nearly ten million acres - of untouched south-central Amazonian territory as indigenous leaders took...

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Ghana Election 2012, From the Ballot Box

Ghanaian voters went to the polls today to elect a new president and parliament. The main presidential contenders are the current president John Dramani Mahama representing the ruling National Democratic...

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Pardon Granted to Police Officers Convicted of Torture in Spain

The sentence of police officers found guilty of torturing a Romanian citizen in 2006 has been commuted and they have been fined instead. This development has reignited the debate on...

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Top 10 Chinese Internet Memes of 2012

As the year comes to an end, we've picked China's 10 most memorable Internet memes of 2012. They cover scandal, celebrity, humour and buzzwords.

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New Twists in the Political Crisis in São Tomé & Príncipe

One week after a censure measure by opposition parties passed in Parliament against the minority government of São Tomé and Principe, the President formally removed the government. Online reactions took...

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Brazil Bids Farewell to Niemeyer, Revolutionary of Modern Architecture

Remembered primarily as the architect who designed Brazil's capital city, Brasília, and for having remained faithful to his communist ideals throughout his entire adult life, Oscar Niemeyer passed away on...

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Day 2 of Developing Latin America 2012

Technology for Transparency Network

Last Sunday December 2 saw the completion of day 2 of the regional hackathon Developing Latin America 2012, organised by the Ciudadano Inteligente Foundation in eight Latin American countries. After...

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Why Are Rich Chinese Entrepreneurs Leaving China?

Chinese entrepreneurs are leaving China. According a survey, conducted by China Merchants Bank and Bain & Co., 27% of entrepreneurs worth over 100 million RMB have already emigrated and 47%...

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