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Brazilian banks to consolidate ATMs

Brazilian banksThe largest banks in the country will partly replace their own kit by cashpoints that serve customers of other institutions.

The seven largest Brazilian banks have agreed on a partial replacement of their ATM fleet by standard machines that could serve customers from any bank.

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New York state proposes sweeping Bitcoin regulations—and they’re strict

bitcoin regulationsThe New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) has issued proposed regulations for Bitcoin and other related cryptocurrency businesses that operate in the Empire State.

The most significant change is that anyone doing business with a firm operating under these rules won’t be pseudonymous, much less anonymous—in direct contradiction to one of the defining characteristics of Bitcoin.

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Russia writes off 90% of Cuba's debt ahead of Putin's 'big tour' to L. America

Russia Cuba debt writeoffRussia has written down $32 billion of Cuba’s Soviet era debt.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the law ahead of his official visit to Latin America, with Havana as his first stop.

The agreement was first signed in October 2013 and draws a line under a twenty-year dispute.

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Cuba sells 50 cars (yes, 50) in first six months of year

used carsCuban dealers sold 50 cars and four motorcycles nationwide in the first six months of the year under a new law that removed limits on auto purchases for the first time in half a century but came with prices so high few people could afford them.

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Brazil and Croatia remind us what the World Cup is all about

The World Cup and Group AIt was a night of tension but the opening game managed to live up to expectations – and the tournament was able to clear its first hurdle

The moment this World Cup achieved lift off was not before kick-off, when the Brazilian national anthem was sung a cappella with such passion it appeared victory was preordained.

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World Cup 2014 Opening Ceremony

World Cup 2014 Opening CeremonyFans from around the world can finally stop counting down the days as the 2014 World Cup is actually upon us, set to begin with an exciting opening ceremony.

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The World Cup Is Bad for Brazil, Many Brazilians Say

The World Cup Is Bad for BrazilThe World Cup, the championship tournament of the world’s most popular sport, gets underway on June 12 in São Paulo, Brazil. In advance of the tournament, few Brazilians see hosting the event as advantageous for their country, a new survey shows.

In the survey by the Pew Research Center, 61 percent of respondents said holding the competition in Brazil was bad for the country because it took resources from schools, health care and other public services.

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Greenpeace alerta sobre efectos de cambio climático en Argentina

cambio climático en ArgentinaJuan Casavelo, coordinador de la Campaña de Energía y Cambio Climático de Greenpeace, explicó a Notimex que uno de los efectos más serios se está produciendo en la zona agrícola de La Pampa, en el centro del país.

Ahí, dijo, hay zonas deprimidas que padecen inundaciones recurrentes porque la intensidad de las lluvias ha aumentado en 50 por ciento y se prevé que el caudal siga creciendo en los próximos años.

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Director de Instagram defiende política de prohibir topless en esa red social

política de prohibicion de toplessEl director de la red social Instagram defendió la prohibición de fotos de mujeres en topless luego de que muchos usuarios -incluidas celebridades- criticaran esa política.

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Brazil economy in slowdown ahead of World Cup

BrazilBrazil's economy grew 0.2% in the first three months of 2014, official statistics show.

The Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics also revised down economic growth in the last three months of 2013, to 0.4%.The sluggish growth figures come just before the start of the World Cup and presidential elections in October.

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