Valcke to visit unfinished World Cup stadiums

Valcke to visit unfinished World Cup stadiums

SÃO PAULO (AP) — FIFA’s top World Cup official is visiting Brazil this week to inspect the three stadiums yet to be completed for the World Cup, including the one hosting the tournament’s opening game in June.

Secretary General Jerome

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Bill to keep Lajes Air Field operational introduced in the House

Bill to keep Lajes Air Field operational introduced in the House

WASHINGTON — Cong. Devin Nunes (R-CA) has introduced a bill in the House of Representatives proposing to relocate AFRICOM’s headquarters from Germany to the United States and designate Lajes Air Field as AFRICOM’s forward operating base.

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Former Guinea-Bissau president Kumba Yala dies

Former Guinea-Bissau president Kumba Yala dies

BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau (AP) — State media in the tiny West African nation of Guinea-Bissau has announced that former President Kumba Yala has died.

Yala, who was elected in 2000 and later ousted in a military coup three years later, died

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Lajes Air Field subject of discussion at the Pentagon

Lajes Air Field subject of discussion at the Pentagon

WASHINGTON — Lajes Air Base was one of the main issues brought to the table as Portuguese Minister of Defense José Pedro Aguiar-Branco was welcomed to the Pentagon by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel last Tuesday.

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Job creation a top priority, says new U.S. ambassador to Portugal: Rhode islanders rub elbows with Ambassador Robert Sherman at meet and greet event

Job creation a top priority, says new U.S. ambassador to Portugal: Rhode islanders rub elbows with Ambassador Robert Sherman at meet and greet event

EAST PROVIDENCE — Social, political and academic leaders were at the Brightridge Club on Saturday afternoon in order to simultaneously welcome and bid adieu to the newly appointed U.S. Ambassador to Portugal, Robert Sherman, a prominent Obama bundler and Boston … Read Full Story

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Hundreds expected at the Mass. State House for Immigrants Day

Hundreds expected at the Mass. State House for Immigrants Day

BOSTON — The 18th Annual Immigrants Day at the State House will be happening April 8 and there is a full plate of demands that activists will be presenting to legislators during this celebration.

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Coke to soften marketing if unrest hits World Cup

Coke to soften marketing if unrest hits World Cup

LONDON (AP) — Coca-Cola has disclosed contingency plans to adapt its World Cup sponsorship and soften its celebratory tone in Brazil if unrest returns to the streets.

Launching their biggest World Cup marketing campaign, which aims to promote inclusivity, Coke

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Bishops seek immigration reform during border trip

Bishops seek immigration reform during border trip

PHOENIX (AP) — Less than a week after President Barack Obama discussed immigration reform in a meeting with Pope Francis, a delegation of Roman Catholic leaders is visiting the U.S.-Mexico border Tuesday to raise awareness about the plight of immigrants … Read Full Story

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Bumper crop for American travel to Portugal in 2013

Bumper crop for American travel to Portugal in 2013

LISBON — More than 14 million people visited Portugal last year, setting a record for the country’s tourism industry.

The numbers, released by the National Statistics Institute (INE), showed a rise of 4.2 percent from 2012 in the number of … Read Full Story

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Court orders stay on Japanese Antarctic whaling

Court orders stay on Japanese Antarctic whaling

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Court of Justice on Monday ordered a temporary halt to Japan’s Antarctic whaling program, ruling that it is not for scientific purposes as the Japanese government had claimed.

Australia had sued Japan at

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UN panel: Warming worsens food, hunger problems

UN panel: Warming worsens food, hunger problems

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Global warming makes feeding the world harder and more expensive, a United Nations scientific panel said.

A warmer world will push food prices higher, trigger “hotspots of hunger” among the world’s poorest people, and put the

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Portugal’s budget deficit falls, remains on target

Portugal’s budget deficit falls, remains on target

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s statistics agency says the country’s budget deficit fell to 4.9 percent of GDP last year — significantly lower than the 5.5 percent target set by its bailout creditors.

The fall was encouraging news for the

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Brazil police push into Rio de Janeiro slums

Brazil police push into Rio de Janeiro slums

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — More than 1,400 police officers and Brazilian Marines rolled into a massive complex of slums near Rio de Janeiro’s international airport before dawn Sunday in the latest security push ahead of this year’s World Cup.… Read Full Story

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‘US-EU trade treaty a great opportunity for the Azores’

‘US-EU trade treaty a great opportunity for the Azores’

DARTMOUTH — The European Union-U.S. free trade deal currently in the works would be “an important development opportunity for the Azores,” according to Duarte Freitas, member of the Regional parliament of the Azores and chairman of the Social Democratic Party … Read Full Story

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Brazil’s Congress approves internet legislation

Brazil’s Congress approves internet legislation

SÃO PAULO (AP) — The lower house of Brazil’s Congress has approved legislation meant to ensure the privacy of Internet users and to guarantee what’s called “Internet neutrality,” that all content be treated equally by carriers.

The bill known as

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Brazil investigates price-fixing cartel

Brazil investigates price-fixing cartel

SÃO PAULO (AP) — Brazil has opened legal proceedings against several major international companies accused of fixing prices for the construction and upkeep of public transportation systems in five cities.

Brazil’s antitrust agency says in a Thursday statement it will

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Ambassador to Portugal enjoying his new assignment

Ambassador to Portugal enjoying his new assignment

FALL RIVER — The new ambassador to Portugal, Robert Sherman, told a crowd at the Academica Club on Wednesday that his priorities are to create jobs on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

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54 Mass. police departments reach aid agreement

54 Mass. police departments reach aid agreement

BOSTON (AP) — Police chiefs in 54 Massachusetts communities have signed an agreement that makes it easier for officers in one community to cross town lines while responding to legitimate law enforcement emergencies in another jurisdiction.

The mutual aid agreement

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