January 2012

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Peru 21/01/2012

Fire at rehab centre claims 27 lives; ‘terrorism’ to be taught in school; new mining laws established; Spanish investment connections; Peruvian wreck-victim repatriated…


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The Economy 31/01/12

Latin American leaders speak at World Economic Forum, Davivienda buys HSBC branches and Petrobras appoints first female CEO.


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Chile 30/01/12

The Government sides with the conservative faction as political reform is rejected, while a prison riot is quashed by police.


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Venezuela 30/01/12

Leopoldo López steps down as election race heats up; Venezuela outraged by web images of young children with guns; and Chávez’s daughter embroiled in web scandal after posing with US…


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Brazil 29/1/12

UN spokesman criticizes Pinheirinho eviction tactics, 17 die as buildings collapse in Rio de Janeiro, and a fugitive drugs kingpin is arrested “on holiday”.


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Ecuador 30/01/2012

Ecuador achieves a new victory in legal battle against Chevron; Health Ministry defends gay rights; and 100th anniversary Eloy Alfaro’s assassination is commemorated.


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Central America 30/01/12

Guatemala joins ICC and places former dictator under house arrest; UN rapporteur on press freedom expresses concerns for Honduras, the deadliest country for journalists.


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Paraguay 28.1.12

President Fernando Lugo gets cancer all-clear; Encarnación celebrates carnaval; Home Secretary Carlos Filizzola shows support for National Memory Week.


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Cuba 30/01/2012

The Communist Party holds First Party Conference; female football players defect from tournament in Canada; and US Republican candidates debate Cuba policy.


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The Caribbean 30/01/2012

A series of small earthquakes hits the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico’s governor declares support for Mitt Romney, and a Suriname rainforest expedition discovers 46 new species.


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Colombia 30/01/12

FARC announce release of further hostages; Colombian government reject humanitarian agreement; and Hay Festival opens in Cartagena.


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Uruguay 29/01/12

The State pays compensation to Macarena Gelman while downplaying the levels of violence. Carnaval kicks off with 7,000 people in attendance.


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Argentina 30/01/2012

Cristina comes back to work with strong words for oil companies. Meanwhile, the unions think economic ‘fine-tuning’ is rather more than that, and the vicepresident gets into a pickle over…


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Mexico 29/01/2012

Los Zeta overtake Sinaloa in power stakes; Coca Cola announces billion dollar Mexican investment; Calderón promises a drought action plan and Demián Bechir is nominated for a best actor Oscar.


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Mexico 23/01/2012

A 6.2 strength earthquake shakes Chiapas; PRI and Panal end their electoral alliance and the women’s national football team beat Guatemala in Olympic qualifier.


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Uruguay 22/01/12

The demands for security go on; the government is after qualified workers and all female murga group presenting next February.


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Cuba 23/01/2012

Cuba reacts to the death of dissident Wilmar Villar; Human Rights Watch denounces Cuba; Mariela Castro expresses hope for LGBT rights; and Repsol oil rig arrives on the island.


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Ecuador 23/01/2012

Chevron re-appeals multi-billion ruling, Ecuadorian oil and mining sectors continue to flourish and Nathalie Cely is appointed as new ambassador to the US.


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Chile 23/01/12

Unity with the governing Alianza coalition reaches a new low over electoral reform, while the Government make a partial retreat on their public order bill


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Peru 14/01/2012

Ministry of defence introduces voluntary military service; new environmental legislation discussed; money invested in drug risk areas; terrorists forbidden from leaving the country…