August 2012





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Chile: Piñera visits troubled Aysén region

President Piñera meets with leaders of the Aysén Social Movement; Judges sentence three executives in the 2007 case of a tainted dietary supplement; Academic unions plan National March for Education.




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Paraguay: 2013 elections are confirmed

Dates for 2013 elections are confirmed; Paraguayan Senate votes against Venezuela’s Mercosur membership once again; Franco causes controversy on visit to Curuguaty



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Cuba: Island recovers from Isaac

Eastern Cuba recovers from Tropical Storm Isaac; dissidents denounce ‘wave of repression’; Nyad abandons fourth attempt at Cuba-Florida swim.









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Ecuador: Diplomatic row with Britain over Assange

Assange gives public speech after 2 months in Ecuadorian embassy whilst Britain and Ecuador’s diplomatic row over his asylum request has stirred the waters of Latin American organisations. Assange gives…





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Bolivia: who decides about the TIPNIS future?

Struggles about the road and consultation have provoked violence and hostages, while the MAS considers the extension of the consultation process   Two brigades stop the consultation on the TIPNIS…