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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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Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo Find 115th Missing Grandchild

Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo announced on Friday the identity of the 115th recovered grandchild, the granddaughter of one of the organisation’s founder.

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Brazil: 31 People Rescued from Slavery in São Paulo

Authorities have rescued 31 foreign nationals found working in slave conditions in two textile workshops in the centre of Sao Paulo.

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Brazil: Marina Silva to Replace Dead PSB Candidate

Former senator and environmental activist Marina Silva was appointed yesterday as the presidential candidate for the Partido Socialista Brasileiro (PSB), after the death of party leader Eduardo Campos in a plane crash last week.

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