Landless farmers invade drug ranch
SAO PAULO — Hundreds of landless farmers yesterday overran a ranch once owned by an imprisoned Colombian drug lord, hours before the government sold the confiscated property at a public auction.
Three hundred families of landless farmers seized control of the 319-acre ranch that Juan Carlos Ramirez Abadia forfeited in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, said police commander Paulo Roberto Mendes Rodrigues.
The Landless Workers Movement said its militants occupied the ranch because “we want it expropriated for agrarian reform purposes.”
Panel set to urge Afghan extension
OTTAWA — An independent panel is set to recommend today that Canada extend its mission in Afghanistan by two years to 2011, a course of action that could bring down the minority Conservative Party government.
The mission is due to end in February 2009, and Ottawa will need to inform its NATO partners soon if it plans to pull out the soldiers. Polls show about half of Canadians think the troops should return on schedule.
Woman nominated for presidential bid
ASUNCION — Paraguay’s ruling party nominated a woman as its presidential candidate yesterday, a first for the South American nation, but the candidacy of Education Minister Blanca Ovelar still faces a court challenge from within the party.
The Colorado Party officially nominated Ms. Ovelar as its candidate in the April 20 presidential election more than a month after a razor-thin primary election that was challenged by Vice President Luis Castiglione.
The party’s electoral commission said yesterday that Ms. Ovelar won the Dec. 16 contest with 45.04 percent to Mr. Castiglione’s 44.5 percent.View Entire Story
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