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Amid post-election chaos in Haiti, diplomat Kenneth Merten defends U.S. policies
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Amid post-election chaos in Haiti, diplomat Kenneth Merten defends U.S. policies

Larry Luxner - November 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — One month after Haitians went to the polls to choose a new president, Haiti’s electoral council has announced the official results — triggering violent protests by…

Cúcuta: Colombia’s city of contraband and a broken Bolivarian dream
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Business
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Cúcuta: Colombia’s city of contraband and a broken Bolivarian dream

JURRIAAN VAN EERTEN - November 19, 2015

CÚCUTA, Colombia – As he walked along the aisles of the supermarket, 25-year-old Nestor Usa Torres pointed to items on the shelves: sunflower oil, powdered milk, shampoo.…

Colombia is again the world’s top coca producer. Why that’s a blow to the US
Colombia
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Colombia
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Colombia is again the world’s top coca producer. Why that’s a blow to the US

Nick Miroff | The Washington Post - November 11, 2015

TIERRADENTRO, Colombia – Illegal coca cultivation is surging in Colombia, erasing one of the showcase achievements of U.S. counternarcotics policy and threatening to send a burst of cheap…

30-year-old Dutch photos help ID victims in 1985 Colombia Justice Palace siege
Colombia
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Colombia
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30-year-old Dutch photos help ID victims in 1985 Colombia Justice Palace siege

JURRIAAN VAN EERTEN - November 9, 2015

BOGOTÁ, Colombia – It was a cold January morning in 1986 when two Dutch journalists, Jan Thielen and Harry van der Aart, arrived at a cemetery in…

Puerto Viejo crime is down, but travel alert is still up
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Caribbean
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Puerto Viejo crime is down, but travel alert is still up

The Tico Times - November 9, 2015

PUERTO VIEJO, Limón – A couple of months ago, the police in this area introduced a new, electronic sheriff of sorts – a WhatsApp group where citizens can report…

Sad homecoming for Haitians deported from Dominican Republic
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Crime
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Sad homecoming for Haitians deported from Dominican Republic

Amelie Baron | AFP - November 4, 2015

MALPASSE, Haiti -- Talk about a sad homecoming. Jules Mismac, a Haitian living in the neighboring Dominican Republic, was arrested under a tough new immigration policy, then left at the border…

Puerto Viejo Chocolate Festival: Eat, drink and be very merry
Caribbean
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Caribbean
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Puerto Viejo Chocolate Festival: Eat, drink and be very merry

The Tico Times - November 2, 2015

PUERTO VIEJO, Limón — I was starting to think people at the Chocolate Festival this weekend were almost worshipful of chocolate — and that was before I…

Haiti elections: A vote without violence in a field of 54 presidential candidates
Haiti
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Haiti
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Haiti elections: A vote without violence in a field of 54 presidential candidates

Amelie Baron | AFP - October 25, 2015

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Haitians voted for a new president Sunday as the poorest country in the Americas seeks to shed chronic political instability and get back on its…

Victims killed in 1985 Colombia Justice Palace battle identified
Colombia
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Colombia
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Victims killed in 1985 Colombia Justice Palace battle identified

AFP - October 21, 2015

BOGOTÁ, Colombia -- The remains of three women who vanished in fighting when leftist rebels briefly captured the Colombia Justice Palace in 1985 have been identified, the Attorney General's office said…

An end to Colombia’s war seems close – except in rebel territory
Colombia
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Colombia
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An end to Colombia’s war seems close – except in rebel territory

Joshua Partlow, Julia Symmes Cobb | The Washington Post - October 19, 2015

LA ESPERANZA, Colombia – Maybe someday, if the truce holds, the covered soccer pitch in this mountain town will become something of a memorial, the precise hilltop spot…

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