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High profile defection highlights cracks in Nicaragua government, say analysts

The spectacular defection in Washington of the Nicaraguan ambassador to the Organization of American States while denouncing his country's "dictatorship" has revealed cracks in...

Chile to try former secret police for diplomat’s death

Prosecutors accuse the secret police of abducting, torturing and killing Carmelo Soria, an official with the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America who was found dead inside his car in July 1976.

After 30 years, mother hopes for justice in son’s murder during Chilean protest

Veronica DeNegri waited almost three decades for the news she received last week at her Washington-area home: Officials in Chile were preparing to arrest the men who allegedly burned her son to death during a protest march in Santiago in 1986.

Haiti’s Jean-Claude ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier: An overweight, overwhelmed dauphin

Despite a brief, hopeful window when it appeared that the overweight, overwhelmed dauphin might liberalize the country, the younger Duvalier soon followed in his father's violent footsteps. Tens of thousands of Haitians were killed under the regimes, with many more tortured, according to human-rights groups.

Former Haiti dictator Jean-Claude ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier dies of heart attack

Haiti's ex-dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, who ruled the impoverished Caribbean nation from 1971 until his ouster in 1986, died Saturday of a heart attack, officials here said. He was 63.

‘Baby Doc’ arrested in Haiti

Jean-Claude Duvalier, the 59-year-old former dictator, assumed power at 19 from his notorious father, Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier. Baby Doc ruled Haiti from 1971 to 1986.

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