* Bolivia: The Bolivian government is expected to sign several oil and natural gas exploration deals with Russian energy firm Gazprom.
* Argentina: Japan officially withdrew from this summer’s Copa America in Argentina due to several factors including a recent major earthquake and tsunami.
* Brazil: A Brazilian court convicted two U.S. pilots for their role in a 2006 crash though they will not serve any time in prison.
* Canada: Canadian immigration officials are set to deport a gay Nicaraguan man who “made headlines” in 2007 after he was refused refugee status when authorities “doubted his sexual orientation because he hadn’t pursued men.”
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Online Sources- thestar.com, Bloomberg, Reuters, ESPN Soccernet