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Latin America Digest: A shopping spree in Venezuela, a decree in Nicaragua, an appeal in Argentina and violence in Mexico

January 10, 2010 | 10:49 am

A weekend edition of One-Line News Briefs

Caracas, Venezuela — Shouting, “Buy, buy, the world is going to die,” Venezuelans went on a frantic shopping spree following a sharp currency devaluation announced by President Hugo Chavez that is expected to drive up prices.

Managua, Nicaragua --- Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega issued a decree that could extend the terms of electoral officials supporting his controversial bid for reelection in 2011, a move the opposition says oversteps his powers.

Buenos Aires, Argentina — Government officials filed an appeal against a court ruling that blocked its plan to use Central Bank reserves to pay debts and ordered the reinstatement of bank President Martin Redrado, who was fired last week by Argentina's president, Cristina Fernandez, the Cabinet chief said.

Ciudad Juarez, Mexico — Police said they found two severed heads and the bullet-ridden bodies of two women and a disabled man in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez.

--Times staff and wire reports