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ARCHAEOLOGY-VENEZUELA: Treasure Island

IPS Latin America - Tue, 2008-04-15 18:18
CARACAS, Apr 14 (IPS) - Cubagua, a 24-square-kilometre island off of Venezuela’s northern Caribbean coast, is uninhabited but guards the archaeological testimony of three stages of human history and prehistory in the Americas.
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PERU: Mine Opponents Face Lawsuit Based on Press Clippings

IPS Latin America - Mon, 2008-04-14 18:10
LIMA, Apr 14 (IPS) - Local activists and politicians in the northern Peruvian region of Piura who are facing charges of terrorism and extortion because of their activism to oppose mining investment projects supported by the government say the only evidence against them are photocopies of newspaper articles.
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ENVIRONMENT-MEXICO: Biodiversity for Sale on the Streets

IPS Latin America - Sat, 2008-04-12 17:22
MEXICO CITY, Apr 12 (Tierramérica) - Trafficking of wildlife in Mexico is threatening to drive many species to extinction long before 2030. Nevertheless, the government believes by that year Mexico will remain one of the world's five most biologically diverse countries.
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RIGHTS: Guatemala Turns Deaf Ear to Inter-American Justice

IPS Latin America - Sat, 2008-04-12 17:22
GUATEMALA CITY, Apr 11 (IPS) - Organisations that represent survivors and relatives of victims of Guatemala’s 1960-1996 civil war complained that the attorney general’s office has failed to fully comply with three resolutions handed down by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
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CUBA: US Visa Programme to Speed Family Reunification

IPS Latin America - Sat, 2008-04-12 17:22
HAVANA, Apr 11 (IPS) - The United States has begun a new programme to reunite Cuban families, which has renewed the hopes of potential migrants from the island who have family members in the United States. The U.S. government hopes to fulfil the goal of issuing 20,000 immigration visas a year, as agreed in a longstanding bilateral treaty.
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VENEZUELA: Barí People Left Without Land by Oil, Cattle, Coal

IPS Latin America - Fri, 2008-04-11 16:58
KUMANDA, Venezuela, Apr 11 (IPS) - For 900 years, Barí indigenous hunters roamed freely throughout a vast region in western Venezuela. "Now they want to sentence us to die by locking us up in this corral, watching the white man get rich by destroying the land that used to be ours," says schoolteacher Conrado Akambio.
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ARGENTINA: Activists Criticise New Law on Trafficking in Persons

IPS Latin America - Fri, 2008-04-11 16:58
BUENOS AIRES, Apr 10 (IPS) - Women’s rights groups that fought hard for a new law to crack down on trafficking in persons in Argentina are opposed to the legislation that was finally passed by Congress after years of debate because it requires victims over the age of 18 to prove that they did not give their consent to be sexually exploited.
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BRAZIL: Northeast Trades Drought for Floods

IPS Latin America - Fri, 2008-04-11 16:58
RIO DE JANEIRO, Apr 10 (IPS) - The northeast of Brazil, known for its droughts and poverty, has been drenched by torrential rains since early March. Floods have left over 400,000 people homeless and 33 dead, but the abnormal conditions are not due to global warming, according to meteorologists.
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VENEZUELA: New Windfall Profit Tax on Oil

IPS Latin America - Fri, 2008-04-11 16:58
CARACAS, Apr 10 (IPS) - Venezuela is about to levy a new tax on the income of oil companies profiting from the soaring prices of crude, which have brought them petrodollars in amounts over and above provision for investment, costs and a reasonable profit margin.
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ECUADOR: ‘CIA Infiltration’ Charges Prompt Shake-Up in Armed Forces

IPS Latin America - Fri, 2008-04-11 16:58
QUITO, Apr 10 (IPS) - President Rafael Correa’s allegations that intelligence services in Ecuador had been infiltrated by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have led to a shake-up in the armed forces of unforeseeable consequences.
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ELECTIONS-PARAGUAY: Women Unimpressed by Female Candidate

IPS Latin America - Thu, 2008-04-10 16:02
ASUNCIÓN, Apr 10 (IPS) - For the first time in Paraguayan history, a woman is running for president in the elections on Apr. 20, as the candidate of the Colorado Party, which has governed this country continuously for 61 years.
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MEXICO: Oil Industry Reforms Face Uphill Battle

IPS Latin America - Thu, 2008-04-10 16:02
MEXICO CITY, Apr 9 (IPS) - The debate on the Mexican government’s proposed reforms of the state oil industry began Wednesday in a climate marked by threats of a social uprising by the leftwing opposition and uncertainty of the bill’s ultimate fate.
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RIGHTS-PERU: Death Squad Convictions May Doom Fujimori

IPS Latin America - Thu, 2008-04-10 16:02
LIMA, Apr 9 (IPS) - In a ruling that has far-reaching consequences for the trial of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, an anti-corruption court sentenced former chief of the National Intelligence Service (SIN) Julio Salazar to 35 years in prison for approving the operations of the Colina death squad, which killed nine students and a professor at the University of La Cantuta in July 1992.
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MEXICO-US: NAFTA Renegotiation - Promise or Mirage?

IPS Latin America - Wed, 2008-04-09 15:33
MEXICO CITY, Apr 9 (IPS) - Trade unions and leftwing activists in Mexico are pleased that both U.S. presidential hopefuls for the Democratic Party have said they will withdraw their country from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) unless the treaty is renegotiated.
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MEXICO: Church Uproar Over Drug Traffickers’ ‘Good Works’

IPS Latin America - Wed, 2008-04-09 15:33
MEXICO CITY, Apr 8 (IPS) - A senior Catholic bishop’s acknowledgement that drug traffickers contribute money and buildings to their communities, and occasionally seek out priests to redeem themselves, was merely a restatement of old news. The novelty here was the angry reactions from within the Church, experts say.
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COLOMBIA-US: Fight Over Trade Deal Is On

IPS Latin America - Wed, 2008-04-09 15:33
BOGOTA, Apr 8 (IPS) - Although the Democratic Party has made it clear that it will oppose the free trade agreement with Colombia, President George W. Bush sent the trade deal Tuesday to the U.S. Congress, which now has 90 working days to vote on it.
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TRADE-US: Bush Faces Uphill Battle on Colombia Trade Pact

IPS Latin America - Wed, 2008-04-09 15:33
WASHINGTON, Apr 8 (IPS) - As U.S. President George W. Bush Tuesday formally submitted his free trade agreement (FTA) with Colombia to Congress, most analysts agreed that the White House faces a tough, uphill fight to get it approved, particularly in the House of Representatives.
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MEXICO: "Emos" Under Attack

IPS Latin America - Wed, 2008-04-09 15:33
MEXICO CITY, Apr 8 (IPS) - "We are a komplex organisation, kapable of eliminating EMOS in this world, if you want to kontact us, our email is (…)" On-line messages like this one have been fanning a wave of intolerance against one of the lesser-known young counterculture groups in Mexico.
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RIGHTS: Reuniting El Salvador’s Missing Children with Their Families

IPS Latin America - Tue, 2008-04-08 15:30
SAN SALVADOR, Apr 8 (IPS) - Alberto Henríquez was six years old when a soldier took him away from the village of El Mozote in northeastern El Salvador, where around 1,000 children, women and men were killed in a counterinsurgency operation by the army in December 1981.
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ENVIRONMENT-VENEZUELA: Farewell, Trawl-Fishing

IPS Latin America - Tue, 2008-04-08 15:30
CARACAS, Apr 8 (IPS) - Trawl-fishing is on its way out in Venezuela, amid demonstrations by artisanal fisherfolk who support the new law as amended by President Hugo Chávez.
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