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Government Announces 31% Hike in Minimum Wage

The minimum wage will increase by 23%, up to $4,400, in September, and by 8%, up to $4,716, in January. The measure was agreed by the Minimum Wage Council —formed by government, business, and union representatives— and announced last night.

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Accusations Fly after Shootout at Razed Villa Papa Francisco Site

The Buenos Aires government has accused the Federal Police and National Gendarmerie of failing to respond to calls for help made by the city’s metropolitan police force during a shootout in Villa Lugano this weekend.

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NGOs Demand Government Intervention in Salta Deforestation

On Friday, environmental organisations and various politicians from different parties presented a bill in congress, asking that the national Environment Secretary intervene to stop the deforestation in the northern province of Salta

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Brazil: Police Dismantle Biggest Amazon Deforestation Gang

Brazilian federal police have completed an operation to disband the country’s largest Amazonian deforestation gang, alleged to have invaded enormous swathes of the rainforest, burnt them down, and then illegally sold lots to cattle ranchers and farmers.

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Peru: Police Stop Demonstrators from Entering Disputed Territory

Peruvian police have blocked demonstrators from entering a triangle of land that is at the centre of a sovereignty dispute with neighbouring Chile.

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Ecuador: Officers Sentenced to Prison for Attempting to Kill President

Six police officers were sentenced to 12 years prison by a court in Ecuador yesterday, weeks after being found guilty of the attempted murder of President Rafael Correa

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Marches, Roadblocks Cause Transport Chaos Ahead of General Strike

A series of roadblocks and marches have caused transport chaos today in parts of Buenos Aires and its surrounding areas.

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Guatemala: State of Emergency Declared Over Drought

Guatemalan authorities have declared a 30-day state of emergency in 16 out of 22 provinces due to a severe drought that has affected 236,000 families.

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Vulture Funds: Exchange Bondholders Sue Bank of New York

A number of exchange bondholders filed a lawsuit against the Bank of New York Mellon (BoNY) in London for not releasing the interest payment the Argentine government deposited in their New York branch and which was blocked by Judge Thomas Griesa’s ruling.

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Brazil: At Least Four Killed in On-going Prison Siege

Brazilian authorities are negotiating with prisoners who have taken over a jail in Paraná, leading to the deaths of at least four inmates, two of whom were decapitated.

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