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Uruguay: President-Elect Creates Truth Commission

Uruguay’s president-elect Tabaré Vázquez has launched a Truth and Justice Commission to look into crimes committed during the country’s 1973-85 dictatorship.

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Peru: One Dead in Pluspetrol Protests

One person has died after violent clashes between the police and protestors opposed to natural gas exploration by Argentina’s Pluspetrol in Junín.

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Paraguay: Thousands of Campesinos March to Demand President Resign

Thousands of campesinos marched to the government palace in Asunción yesterday, to demand the resignation of Paraguayan president Horacio Cartes.

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Mexico: Argentine Experts, PGR Clash Over Missing Students Investigation

The Office of Mexico’s Prosecutor General (PGR) has criticised a team of Argentine forensic experts for “casting doubt” over its investigation into the disappearance of 43 students in September.

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Ecuador: Ship Runs Aground in Galápagos Islands

Ecuadorian authorities have declared a state of emergency in the Galápagos Islands after the freighter ‘Floreana’ ran aground just off San Cristóbal Island, in the aptly named ‘Wreck Bay’.

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Venezuela: Government ‘Categorically Rejects’ New US Sanctions

The Venezuelan government has “categorically rejected” a new round of sanctions announced by the US, saying they violate international law.

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Chile: Government Introduces Bill to Partially Legalise Abortion

Fulfilling a campaign promise, president Michelle Bachelet signed on Saturday a bill to legalise abortion in specific cases.

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Mexico: Several Dead after Gas Explosion at Hospital

At least seven people, including four children, have been killed and dozens more injured after a gas explosion at Cuajimalpa maternity hospital in Mexico City.

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Mexico: Families of 43 Students Contest Prosecutor’s Claim

Authorities affirmed that the 43 missing students were murdered and incinerated in Cocula. However, the parents of the students rejected this conclusion

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El Salvador: Woman Accused of Abortion Granted Pardon

The Salvadorian Legislative Assembly granted a pardon to a woman who had been sentenced to 30 years in prison, first for abortion and then aggravated homicide.

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