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MEXICO: Rights Groups Protest Killing of Students in FARC Camp

IPS Latin America - Sat, 2008-03-22 07:01
MEXICO CITY, Mar 21 (IPS) - Human rights groups in Mexico and Ecuador plan to take legal action against the Colombian government for what they call the "unjustified massacre" of four Mexican students in this month’s attack on a FARC guerrilla camp in Ecuador.
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ARGENTINA: Farmers Up in Arms Against Export Tax Hike

IPS Latin America - Sat, 2008-03-22 07:01
BUENOS AIRES, Mar 21 (IPS) - Farmers in Argentina are on their ninth day of protests against a recent government decision to increase taxes on exports of grain, whose prices have skyrocketed thanks to strong international demand.
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ECUADOR: Manta Air Base Tied to Colombian Raid on FARC Camp

IPS Latin America - Sat, 2008-03-22 07:01
MANTA, Ecuador, Mar 21 (IPS) - Military and diplomatic sources see a link between the Manta air base, operated by the United States in Ecuadorean territory, and this month’s bombing raid by Colombia on a FARC guerrilla camp in Ecuador.
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MEXICO: New Rules Pave the Way for Transgenic Crops

IPS Latin America - Fri, 2008-03-21 06:38
MEXICO CITY, Mar 20 (IPS) - After a three-year-long process, Mexico is about to clear the way for legal cultivation of transgenic crops, in spite of resistance from environmentalists and several small farmer associations.
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NICARAGUA: Fighting Over Society’s Scraps

IPS Latin America - Fri, 2008-03-21 06:38
MANAGUA, Mar 20 (IPS) - Thousands of people who eke out a living by selling recyclable trash scavenged from the municipal dump in the Nicaraguan capital are staging a protest over control of the city’s waste, blocking access to the dump by the garbage trucks.
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CUBA: Inklings of Economic Reform

IPS Latin America - Fri, 2008-03-21 06:38
HAVANA, Mar 20 (IPS) - Farmers in Cuba can now buy their own supplies -- a departure from a decades-old system clogged with red tape in which the state assigned them inputs, and an important first step towards bolstering food production, say experts.
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FILM-US: Latino Festival Celebrates Its Quinceañera

IPS Latin America - Fri, 2008-03-21 06:38
SAN DIEGO, California, Mar 20 (IPS) - Smack on the U.S.-Mexico border, the city of San Diego is also in the centre of one of the hottest debates in U.S. culture -- immigration and the "browning" of California. According to the most recent census, Latinos, people who list their origins as being from Latin America or Mexico, now make up 35.9 percent of the population.
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ENVIRONMENT-ARGENTINA: Privatise Wetlands to Protect Them?

IPS Latin America - Fri, 2008-03-21 06:38
BUENOS AIRES, Mar 20 (Tierramérica) - The vast Esteros del Iberá wetland, in northeast Argentina, is the focus of a controversy pitting conservationist goals against business interests, with private and public entities found on both sides.
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CHILE: Bachelet to Help Seek Humanitarian Solution for Colombia's Hostage Crisis

IPS Latin America - Thu, 2008-03-20 05:56
SANTIAGO, Mar 19 (IPS) - Chilean President Michelle Bachelet promised to work "quickly" and "efficiently" to obtain the release of the hostages held by the FARC, according to Juan Carlos Lecompte, the husband of former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, who was taken hostage by the Colombian guerrilla group in 2002.
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BRAZIL: Developing "Clean" Petrochemical Products

IPS Latin America - Thu, 2008-03-20 05:56
RIO DE JANEIRO, Mar 19 (Tierramérica) - Glycerine, a by-product of biodiesel, is currently an environmental and economic problem for companies involved in the production of plant-based fuel in Brazil and other parts of the world. It can't be dumped, because it would harm the environment, and storing it racks up additional costs.
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VENEZUELA: Gov’t Celebrates British Ruling Against Exxon

IPS Latin America - Wed, 2008-03-19 04:57
CARACAS, Mar 18 (IPS) - Venezuela celebrated, as a triumph for countries of the developing South, Tuesday’s ruling in its favour by a British court in a legal dispute with U.S. oil giant Exxon Mobil, which overturned an earlier court order to freeze around 12 billion dollars in Venezuelan assets.
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DEATH PENALTY-GUATEMALA: Colom Had Second Thoughts - Will Congress?

IPS Latin America - Wed, 2008-03-19 04:57
GUATEMALA CITY, Mar 18 (IPS) - The Guatemalan Congress must decide, after Mar. 26, whether to overrule President Álvaro Colom’s veto of a law that gave the green light to resuming executions of prisoners on death row.
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COLOMBIA-ECUADOR: OAS Rejects Military Incursion

IPS Latin America - Wed, 2008-03-19 04:57
BOGOTA, Mar 18 (IPS) - After 14 hours of deliberation, the foreign ministers of the members of the Organisation of American States (OAS) announced Tuesday that they "reject" Colombia’s recent cross-border incursion into Ecuador, which was carried out "without the knowledge or prior consent of the government" of that country.
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COLOMBIA: The Food Basket Is Running Out

IPS Latin America - Wed, 2008-03-19 04:57
TUTA, Boyacá, Colombia, Mar 18 (IPS) - Boyacá, known as the "food basket of Colombia", is currently the country’s second poorest province, and small farmers there say it is more expensive to raise crops than to buy pre-packaged food.
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CUBA: Transvestites and Crossdressers Key Workers Against AIDS

IPS Latin America - Tue, 2008-03-18 04:39
PINAR DEL RIO, Cuba, Mar 17 (IPS) - Activism against AIDS is uniting a group of transvestites and crossdressers in western Cuba in a project that is going beyond peer education and making inroads into the world of culture.
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RIGHTS-EL SALVADOR: Prisons Out of Control

IPS Latin America - Tue, 2008-03-18 04:39
SAN SALVADOR, Mar 17 (IPS) - The murder of eight inmates in two prisons in El Salvador has once again drawn attention to the serious problems plaguing the prison system, such as severe overcrowding, a lack of rehabilitation programmes and the housing of pretrial detainees with convicted criminals.
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ENVIRONMENT-BRAZIL: Fisherfolk to the Rescue - of Turtles

IPS Latin America - Sun, 2008-03-16 03:37
FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil, Mar 15 (Tierramérica) - It's 5am and the fisherfolk of the Brazilian village of Barra da Lagoa embark to see what the sea has left for them in their nets. Among the scant fish catch of the night, they fortunately don't find any sea turtles injured or agonising in their traps.
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