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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 […]

Chile colonels jailed for torturing President Bachelet’s father
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Chile colonels jailed for torturing President Bachelet’s father

Two retired Chilean colonels have been jailed for repeatedly torturing the father of President Michelle Bachelet in 1973. General Alberto Bachelet was arrested and tortured for opposing the military coup led by Gen Augusto Pinochet. He died in 1974 of a heart attack caused by the torture inflicted on him. […]

Ms Honduras found murdered
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Ms Honduras found murdered

Police in Honduras have arrested two men over the killing of beauty queen, Maria Jose Alvarado, 19, and her sister who vanished on a night out last week. The bodies of Ms Alvarado and her sister Sofia Trinidad, 23, were found buried beside a river near the northern city of […]

Trio get 20 plus years for killing and using women’s flesh for food
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Trio get 20 plus years for killing and using women’s flesh for food

A judge in north-eastern Brazil has sentenced three people to 20-23 years in jail after they were convicted of killing a woman and eating her. Jorge Beltrao Negromonte da Silveira received 23 years while his wife, Isabel Cristina Pires, and his mistress, Bruna Cristina Oliveira da Silva, were sentenced to […]

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Mexican official says Mexico faces crisis since disappearance of 43 students

Mexico is facing a “big political crisis,” following the disappearance of 43 students, according to the country’s Ambassador to the United States, Ambassador Eduardo Medina Mora. “It is a big political crisis for Mexico. We are all outraged by these brutal events and the only feeling that we can have […]

Brazilian police arrest 18 in Petrobras corruption raids
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Brazilian police arrest 18 in Petrobras corruption raids

Brazilian police have carried out a series of raids and arrested 18 people as part of a corruption investigation into the state-run oil firm Petrobras. More than 300 police and 50 tax officials were involved in the operation across five states, as well as in the capital Brasilia. Police said […]

Former US Navy SEAL talks about bin Ladin’s capture
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Former US Navy SEAL talks about bin Ladin’s capture

The former Navy SEAL who says he fired the shot that killed Osama bin Laden says he doesn’t care if people do not believe him. “The most important thing that I’ve learned in the last two years is to me it doesn’t matter anymore if I am ‘The Shooter.’ The […]

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Protests in Mexico after claims of Guerrero student deaths

Hundreds of protesters in the Mexican state of Guerrero have attacked government buildings in the capital, Chilpancingo, burning cars. They accused the government of involvement in the murder of 43 students in the town of Iguala in September. The protest came after the attorney general said gang members had confessed […]

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Mexico cancels China contract for high-speed train line

Mexico has abruptly cancelled a $3.75bn US contract awarded on Monday for a Chinese-led consortium to build a high-speed passenger rail link. President Enrique Pena Nieto said he wanted to avoid “any doubts about the legitimacy and transparency” of the bidding process. Mexico has forged closer links with China, while […]