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Troops dispatched to vigilante state in Mexico
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Troops dispatched to vigilante state in Mexico

More than 400 federal police officers and soldiers have been sent to a town in Mexico’s western Michoacan state. The deployment follows a shoot-out between two vigilante groups on Tuesday in which 11 people were killed. Ballistic tests showed all of those killed had fired their weapons in the two-hour […]

Haiti prime minister, Laurent Lamothe, resigns
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Haiti prime minister, Laurent Lamothe, resigns

Haitian Prime Minister, Laurent Lamothe has resigned less than a week after President Michel Martelly had received a report from an 11-member presidential commission established to help deal with Haiti’s worsening political crisis. The Commission had also recommended the resignation of the members of the Electoral Council. Haiti has seen […]

Lima climate talks face major breakdown, US warns
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Lima climate talks face major breakdown, US warns

The head of the US delegation at UN climate talks has warned of a “major breakdown” in the process if negotiators fail to come to an agreement at a meeting in Lima, Peru. Talks remain deadlocked by divisions between rich and poor countries over the scale and scope of plans […]

Brazil company executives charged in Petrobras scandal
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Brazil company executives charged in Petrobras scandal

Brazilian prosecutors have charged executives from six of the country’s largest construction firms in connection with a corruption scandal at the state-run oil company, Petrobras. The 22 executives and 13 others are accused of forming a cartel and channelling kickbacks into a Petrobras scheme to pay politicians. They were also […]

Mexico confirms missing student identity
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Mexico confirms missing student identity

Mexican Attorney General, Jesus Murillo Karam has confirmed that forensic experts have identified the remains of one of 43 missing students. Karam said that tests in Austria matched a piece of bone retrieved from a rubbish dump in Guerrero state to the DNA of missing student Alexander Mora. Mora’s relatives […]

Mexico City’s police chief resigns
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Mexico City’s police chief resigns

Mexico City’s police chief, Jesus Rodriguez Almeida, has resigned after strong criticism of his handling of protests in the city. A largely peaceful march on 20 November over the disappearances of 43 students in Guerrero state ended with riot police dispersing the crowd. Rodriquez gave no reason for his departure […]

Colombian General Alzate freed by Farc rebels
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Colombian General Alzate freed by Farc rebels

Farc rebels in Colombia have released a general and two others who were abducted two weeks ago. Gen. Ruben Dario Alzate and the other captives were handed over to a humanitarian mission led by the International Red Cross. They were taken to a military base near the city of Medellin […]

Venezuela jail drug overdose kills 35 inmates in Uribana
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Venezuela jail drug overdose kills 35 inmates in Uribana

Thirty-five prisoners in north-west Venezuela have died after overdosing on the contents of a jail infirmary they stormed. More than 100 others were being treated, 20 of whom were very ill, said lawmaker William Ojeda from the governing Socialist Party. After breaking into the facility, the prisoners are reported to […]

Chile court compensates 30 former political prisoners
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Chile court compensates 30 former political prisoners

A Chilean court has ordered the state to pay around US $7.5m to 30 former political prisoners. They were were held on a remote island in the extreme south of the country during the military rule of Augusto Pinochet. The prisoners, who include political leaders and government ministers, were held […]

Construction of Nicaraguan canal to begin in December
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Construction of Nicaraguan canal to begin in December

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter Nicaraguan officials say construction of a US $50bn canal linking the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans will start on 22 December. “We are ready to begin,” said Zhu Xiaoya, from the Hong Kong-based company HKND which is to build it. The 172 mile-waterway will be […]