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Parcel bomb detonates outside Finance Ministry

A small parcel bomb exploded outside a building that houses the finance minister’s office, shattering doors and windows but causing no injuries, police said Tuesday. Pamphlets scattered by the Monday night explosion denounced President Lucio Gutierrez’s economic austerity policies and attributed the explosion to a previously unknown group calling itself the Armed Revolutionary Left, police said. Gutierrez has been criticized in largely impoverished Ecuador for meeting International Monetary Fund demands for cuts in subsidies and other measures to shore up the country’s finances and help it qualify for loans. Full Story

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