Briefly: Americas

continued from page 1

Question of the Day

Is it still considered bad form to talk politics during a social gathering?

View results

Police say nearly one-third of buildings were destroyed when strong winds suddenly turned the flames on Slave Lake.

The fires kept raging Monday.

All residents were ordered to leave Sunday afternoon, but evacuation proved difficult as smoke and fast-moving flames blocked some highways.

Some fled to a town 80 miles away.

No deaths or injuries have been reported. The fire covered about 3.5 square files, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said.

About 70 firefighters were dispatched to Slave Lake from Edmonton, 150 miles to the south.

PERU

Conservative Fujimori has edge on leftist Humala

LIMA | Right-wing lawmaker Keiko Fujimori’s lead over leftist Ollanta Humala appears to be growing ahead of Peru’s June 5 presidential run-off, according to a new poll by survey firm Ipsos CPI.

The nationwide poll, published in the newspaper El Comercio, showed Miss Fujimori getting 51.1 percent of the vote and Mr. Humala with 48.9 percent.

CHILE

Former Foreign Minister to lead UN mission to Haiti

UNITED NATIONS | The United Nations on Monday named former Chilean Foreign Minister Mariano Fernandez as new special representative to Haiti to help guide the impoverished nation to stability after a devastating earthquake.

Mr. Fernandez, 66, will take over as head of the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti from Edmond Mulet, who took the post temporarily after the January 2010 earthquake that killed about 220,000 people.

Mr. Fernandez was Chile’s Foreign Minister in 2009 and 2010 and earlier served the Chilean ambassador to the United States and Britain. He was in exile in Germany during the 1974-82 military dictatorship.

Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
TWT Video Picks