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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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Cuba: US Talks ‘Productive’, but ‘Profound Differences’ Remain

Delegates from the US and Cuba have described two days of historic talks in Havana as “productive”, though there were disagreements over human rights issues.

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Chile: Congress Approves Same-Sex Civil Unions

After hours of debate, the Chile’s Civil Union bill was approved by 86 votes to 23, with two abstentions, in the Chamber of Deputies yesterday.

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Brazil: Surfer Ricardo dos Santos Shot Dead by Policeman

Brazilian surfer Ricardo dos Santos was shot by an off-duty policeman outside his house on Monday, and died in hospital the following day.

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Guatemala: Ex-Police Chief Given 90 Years for Embassy Massacre

A court in Guatemala has sentenced ex-police chief Pedro García Arredondo to 90 years in prison for his role in the burning of the Spanish embassy in 1980, which killed 37 people.

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Haiti: President Announces New Cabinet

Haitian president Michel Martelly announced yesterday via Facebook the composition of the new cabinet, due to take office this afternoon.

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Rousseff ‘Outraged’ After Indonesia Executes Brazilian National

Brazil has recalled its ambassador to Indonesia after a Brazilian national was executed for drug trafficking over the weekend.

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Colombia: Town Residents Take Soldiers Hostage

Residents of Argelia, Cauca are holding 36 soldiers after a man was shot dead at an army checkpoint. They have said that the soldiers will not be released until the death is investigated by human rights groups and local officials.

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