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Panama: Former Dictator Noriega Sues Video Game Creators

Panama’s former dictator Manuel Noriega has filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard Inc. for his depiction in their popular ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops II’ video game.

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Guatemala: Town in Security Lock Down After Weekend ‘Massacre’

The government of Guatemala has introduced emergency security measures in the town of San Juan Sacatepéquez after 11 indigenous people were killed, and dozens other injured, over the weekend.

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Brazil: Armed Forces Say They ‘Cannot Deny’ Dictatorship Abuses

For the first time, Brazil’s armed forces have implicitly admitted committing human rights abuses during the country’s military dictatorship, though stopped short of acknowledging them fully.

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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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