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El jefe de seguridad del número dos chavista deserta a EE.UU. y le acusa de narcotráfico


Día 27/01/2015 - 09.11h

Salazar testificará en Washington en una causa de la Fiscalía Federal contra Diosdado Cabello

Leamsy Salazar, en la tercera fila (tras Diosdado Cabello y Hugo Chávez), en el día de la Independencia de Venezuela de 2012

La preparación de una acusación formal contra Diosdado Cabello, presidente de la Asamblea Nacional de Venezuela y número dos del chavismo, se ha acelerado en la Fiscalía federal estadounidense con la llegada ayer a Washington, como testigo protegido, de Leamsy Salazar, quien hasta su salida de Caracas en diciembre era el jefe de seguridad de Cabello.

Miembro de la Casa Militar, encargada de la custodia presidencial, Salazar fue durante casi diez años jefe de seguridad y asistente personal de Hugo Chávez. Tras su muerte, sus servicios fueron requeridos por el presidente de la Asamblea Nacional, para quien también ejercía de ayudante personal. Salazar es el militar en activo de mayor rango (capitán de corb…

Australians eat their way through almost 100 million mangoes as growers produce bumper crop



JANUARY 27, 2015 8:31PM

Carlo Lorenti, owner of Clayfield Markets Fresh. Pic Steve Pohlner

NEARLY 100 million Australian-grown mangoes will be sold this summer as the industry harvests its best crop in five years.

“We’ve had good weather which allows us to grow a good-quality product, that creates more demand, hence the price being nice and reasonable,” Queensland grower Gavin Scurr said.

Mr Scurr, who is also chairman of the Australian Mango Industry Association, said sales for the traditional October to March season were up 10 million from the previous year.

Mr Scurr said a grower would typically get about 50 per cent of the price of a mango that retails for $2.50.

“If you’ve got a good crop, you need $1.25-1.30 coming back to the farm per piece to stay in the game. If you’ve got a lighter crop you really need more than that. As farmers, we’d like to see a figure more like $1.50 return to us per piece.”

Carlo Lorenti, who owns Clayfield Markets Fresh, has mango…

Peruvian mangoes eye South Korea


Tuesday 27th January 2015, 03:32 Central Time

Shipments to the Asian country could become a reality in 2015/16, says Apem

1Australian mangoes granted US access

2Australian mangoes set for US trials

3Kingston limbers up for Peruvian mango deal

4NMB gears up for 2015 marketing push

5US market access closer for Australian mangoes

6NMB appoints new marketing director

7Strong season for Peruvian mangoes

8Kingston ramps up Ecuador mango volume

9US reconsiders Philippine mango area

10Maersk predicts mango revolution

The South Korean market is unlikely to open for Peruvian mangoes for what remains of the current season, according to Juan Carlos Rivera Ortega of Peruvian mango producer and exporter association Apem.

Speaking ahead of a planned visit to Peru by South Korea’s animal and plant health inspection and quarantine agency, QIA, in the first week of February, Rivera said he was optimistic that exports would receive the green light in time for the 2015/16 season.

“We an…

STRATFOR ANALYSIS : The New Drivers of Europe's Geopolitics

Geopolitical Weekly

JANUARY 27, 2015 | 02:00 GMT


By George Friedman

For the past two weeks, I have focused on the growing fragmentation of Europe. Two weeks ago, the murders in Paris prompted me to write about the fault line between Europe and the Islamic world. Last week, I wrote about the nationalism that is rising in individual European countries after the European Central Bank was forced to allow national banks to participate in quantitative easing so European nations wouldn't be forced to bear the debt of other nations. I am focusing on fragmentation partly because it is happening before our eyes, partly because Stratfor has been forecasting this for a long time and partly because my new book on the fragmentation of Europe — Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe — is being released today.

This is the week to speak of the political and social fragmentation within European nations and its impact on Europe as a whole. The coalition of the Radical Left party, known as …