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Armed with whips and rifles, poor Peruvian vigilantes help protect the Andes from criminals
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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Armed with whips and rifles, poor Peruvian vigilantes help protect the Andes from criminals

JURRIAAN VAN EERTEN - January 28, 2016

LIMA, Peru – As the bus sways back and forth over a meandering jungle road, a middle-aged man stands up in the aisle. He carries an old…

Football makes strides in baseball-mad Nicaragua
Latin America
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Latin America
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Football makes strides in baseball-mad Nicaragua

Julia Ríos | AFP - January 27, 2016

MANAGUA, Nicaragua – Despite having no famous players, no high-profile league and inadequate stadiums, football in Nicaragua is starting to awaken, grabbing more and more attention in a…

Mexico opens landmark debate on marijuana laws
Health
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Health
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Mexico opens landmark debate on marijuana laws

AFP - January 26, 2016

MEXICO CITY – Mexico opened on Tuesday the first of five debates that could lead to changes in the country's prohibitionist marijuana laws, as a top official acknowledged…

US opens greater channels for trade, air links with Cuba
Business
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Business
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US opens greater channels for trade, air links with Cuba

Brian Murphy | The Washington Post - January 26, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States took another step Tuesday to roll back restrictions with Cuba, opening financial channels for greater trade and clearing some obstacles to air…

Colombia frees first FARC rebels under peace process
Colombia
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Colombia
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Colombia frees first FARC rebels under peace process

AFP - January 21, 2016

BOGOTÁ, Colombia -- Colombia said Thursday it has freed 16 FARC guerrillas pardoned in peace negotiations with the leftist rebels, as the two sides move toward a deal…

Crime
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Venezuela pro-government political figure shot dead

AFP - January 20, 2016

CARACAS -- Robbers shot dead a prominent ally of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in Caracas, prosecutors said on Wednesday. Ricardo Durán Trujillo, 45, was shot near his home…

Venezuela decrees economic emergency in power struggle
Business
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Business
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Venezuela decrees economic emergency in power struggle

Maria Isabel Sánchez | AFP - January 15, 2016

CARACAS -- Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro decreed a two-month state of "economic emergency" Friday, seizing the initiative ahead of a key showdown with the opposition in the crisis-hit,…

Venezuela’s oil-based economy is about to flatline. Then what?
Business
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Business
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Venezuela’s oil-based economy is about to flatline. Then what?

Nick Miroff | The Washington Post - January 15, 2016

Venezuela, the nation with the world's largest petroleum reserves, is facing one of the world's most painful, and predictable, economic collapses. Oil exports account for as much…

Venezuela opposition drops deputies to break deadlock
Latin America
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Latin America
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Venezuela opposition drops deputies to break deadlock

AFP - January 13, 2016

CARACAS -- Venezuela's opposition moved Wednesday to try to break the country's political deadlock by removing from the state legislature three of its deputies rejected by the government.…

Demining Colombia will take ‘a generation’: minister
Colombia
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Colombia
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Demining Colombia will take ‘a generation’: minister

AFP - December 29, 2015

BOGOTÁ, Colombia -- Clearing the landmines from the half-century conflict in Colombia, which has the most mines of any country outside Afghanistan, will take a generation, Defense Minister…