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Nicaragua: Construction to Begin on Controversial Canal

Construction is due to begin on Nicaragua’s Great Inter-oceanic Canal today. When finished, the 278km canal will link the Pacific Ocean with the Caribbean Sea, crossing Lake Nicaragua, Central America’s largest drinking water reservoir.

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Brazil: Indigenous Groups Clash with Police in Congress

Four men have been detained after a group of around 30 indigenous protestors clashed with police inside Brazil’s congress building in Brasilia.

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US Sanctions Against Venezuela Signed by Obama

US president Barack Obama yesterday signed sanctions against 53 Venezuelan officials considered to be responsible for human rights violations linked to the anti-government protests that took place earlier this year.

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Colombia: FARC Declares Unilateral Ceasefire

In an historic first, FARC have declared an indefinite, unilateral ceasefire which will come into effect on 20th December.

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Uruguay: Senate Approves New Media Law

The Uruguayan Senate approved a bill for a new Audiovisual Communication Services Law, which seeks to counter the concentration of media ownership in the country.

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Paraguay: Woman Joins ‘Crucifixion’ Protest in Asunción

A 52-year-old woman has been ‘crucified’ outside the Brazilian embassy in Asunción as part of a protest over years of unpaid benefits to ex-workers at the bi-national Itaipú dam.

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Haiti: Prime Minister Resigns as Anti-Government Protests Intensify

Haiti’s prime minister, Laurent Lamothe, resigned on the weekend amid an escalation of anti-government protests in the country.

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IACHR Rules Against Colombia Over Disappearances

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) sentenced the Colombia state for its responsibility in the forced disappearance of 11 people in 1985.

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Peru to Take Legal Action over Greenpeace Stunt at Nazca Lines

Peru’s vice-minister for culture has accused Greenpeace of “extreme environmentalism” after a protest at the Nazca lines, a UNESCO world heritage site.

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Ecuador: Investigation Begins into Murder of Indigenous Activist

Prosecutors have begun an investigation into the supposed murder of indigenous activist José Tendetza, whose body was discovered in suspicious circumstances last week.

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20th December 2001 will be marked in Argentine's memory as the low-point in the unfolding economic crisis, which saw president Fernando de la Rúa flee the Casa Rosada in a helicopter and five people die in protests. We revisit Marc Rogers' 2011 article from the tenth anniversary of the crisis.

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