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Colombia: Former President Uribe Questioned over Paramilitary Ties

Yesterday, Colombia’s Senate began its debate on the link between former president Alvaro Uribe and right-wing paramilitary groups.

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Venezuela: Video Shows Opposition Activists Planning Attacks

A video aired on state-channel VTV earlier this week appears to show two Venezuelan students who were recently deported from Colombia planning an attack in their own country.

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Ecuador Officially Recognises Same-Sex Civil Unions

Same-sex couples in Ecuador will be able to officially register their civil union from today, in what is considered an important step in tackling discrimination in a country where gay marriage is illegal.

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Brazil: Climate Tower Built in Amazon as Deforestation Linked to Drought

Construction work has begun on ATTO, a giant tower in the Amazon basin which will monitor climate change, and the relationship between the rainforest and the atmosphere.

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Cuba to Send Medical Staff to Africa to Help Combat Ebola

Cuba’s Health Minister, Roberto Morales Ojeda, has announced that the country will be sending 165 health workers to Sierra Leone to help treat the victims of ebola.

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Brazil: Tribunal Rules on Crimes Against Humanity

The regional federal tribunal of Rio de Janeiro has, for the first time, characterised as crimes against humanity the murders and disappearances carried out during the military dictatorship (1964-1985).

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Chile: Government and Opposition Discuss Changes to Anti-Terrorism Law

President Michelle Bachelet and Interior Minister Rodrigo Peñailillo met with representatives of the opposition to discuss changes to the anti-terrorism law, in the aftermath of the bomb attack on the Santiago metro on Monday.

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Chile: Security Council Convenes after Santiago Bombing

Chilean president Michelle Bachelet convened an extraordinary Security Council meeting today in Santiago following yesterday’s bombing of a fast-food restaurant in the capital’s underground which left 14 injured.

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Peru: Four Indigenous Anti-Logging Activists Killed

Four Peruvian tribal leaders have been shot dead on their way to a meeting to discuss ways to stop illegal logging. The group, who were from the Ashaninka community, included outspoken anti-logging campaigner Edwin Chota.

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Chile: Several Injured in Santiago Bomb Attack

At least seven people were injured after a bomb exploded at a fast food restaurant in an underground station in Santiago, Chile.

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