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Panama begins exhuming remains of victims of 1989 US invasion

Panama - Authorities in Panama on Monday began exhuming a mass grave containing the remains of unknown civilians killed during the 1989 US invasion of the Central American country.

Mexico human rights situation a 'catastrophe': HRW

Mexico - Mexico's government has shown "total disinterest" in addressing a tidal wave murders and disappearances, and is systematically violating the rights of Central American migrants, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

Chile's president says police may have violated protocols

Santiago - Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said on Thursday that police may have broken protocols in responding to a month of protests, and prosecutors will investigate whether they violated human rights.

Morales calls for international help to stop Bolivia 'genocide'

Mexico - Ex-president Evo Morales urged the international community Wednesday to intervene to stop what he called a "genocide" in Bolivia, where 32 people have died in violence that erupted after his disputed re-election."This massacre...

Church siege ends as UN calls on Nicaragua to end repression

Managua - Opposition protesters holding a hunger strike inside Managua's Catholic Cathedral and the pro-government supporters opposing them ended a standoff Tuesday, as the UN called on President Daniel Ortega to halt persistent repression.

Dozens blinded by police shots in Chile protests

Santiago - Running away as shots rang out, Carlos Vivanco turned to see where they were coming from. Then he felt his left eye closing and his face dripping with blood.

Remains of five more victims of Mexican Mormon killings are buried

The remains of a Mormon woman and her four children murdered in northern Mexico were taken by road Friday from their home village to be buried in a family plot in Chihuahua state.

Protests in Chile spread into wealthy Santiago neigborhoods

Santiago - Demonstrations in Chile against the government of President Sebastian Pinera spread into Santiago's wealthiest neighborhoods Wednesday, tainting previously untouched enclaves with violence amid the country's deadly protests.

Chile president fends off police-abuse claims as protesters muster

Santiago - Chile's president said Wednesday his government had "nothing to hide" concerning allegations that police killed, tortured and sexually assaulted civilians during deadly protests against him.

Nobel Peace winner confronts Chile over police abuses

Santiago - A Nobel Peace laureate added her voice Monday to calls for Chile to stop police violence against protesters during recent weeks of deadly anti-government unrest.

Tigres del Norte, Latin legends following in footsteps of Johnny Cash

Mexico - In 1968, when music legend Johnny Cash was giving his iconic concert at Folsom Prison, Los Tigres del Norte were newly arrived Mexican immigrants dreaming of making it big in the United States.

Rights group says Bolsonaro gives 'green light' to Amazon illegal loggers

S - Human Rights Watch on Tuesday accused Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro of giving a "green light" to illegal loggers to destroy the Amazon and failing to protect those defending the world's largest rain forest.

Paraguay police search for more bodies in ex-dictator's house

Ciudad Del Este - Paraguayan authorities were searching Friday for more bodies at the former home of late dictator Alfredo Stroessner, where the remains of three people were unearthed last week, as police investigate whether they belong to some of the 423 people killed ...

Mass protest in Santiago against abuses of Pinochet era

Santiago - Thousands of demonstrators poured into the streets of Santiago on Sunday to honor the victims of General Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship, in a march that started peacefully but ended in violence.

Panama ex-president Martinelli acquitted of espionage, corruption

Panama - Panama's ex-president Ricardo Martinelli was acquitted on charges of spying on political foes and misappropriation of public funds in a court decision Friday.The case marked the first time a Panamanian former president was tried in criminal court.

Argentine ex-army chief acquitted of military-era kidnapping, torture

Buenos Aires - Former Argentine army chief Cesar Milani was acquitted on Friday of the kidnapping and torture of a man and his son in 1977 during the South American country's last military dictatorship.

Convict Panama ex-president in criminal graft case: prosecutor

Panama - Panama's public prosecutor asked a court Thursday to make an example of ex-president Ricardo Martinelli, who is accused of spying on political foes, and of graft.

Venezuelan actors arrested over gay cops satirical play set free

Caracas - Four actors taking part in a satirical play about two gay police officers were freed Monday night, nearly 24 hours after they were arrested and accused of ridiculing and usurping the functions of Venezuela's authorities.

UN rights commissioner arrives to survey Venezuela crisis

Caracas - The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet arrived in Venezuela Wednesday as part of a visit to review the country's ongoing economic and political crisis.

Mexico detains 791 migrants, including 368 children under eight

Coatzacoalcos - A total of 791 Central American migrants, including 368 children under the age of eight, have been detained in the Mexican state of Veracruz, officials said Sunday.

Nicaragua releases anti-Ortega protest leaders

Managua - Nicaragua on Tuesday released dozens of protest leaders detained amid last year's deadly uprising against President Daniel Ortega, under a controversial new amnesty law that paves the way for fresh talks with the opposition.

Nicaragua releases anti-Ortega protest leaders

Managua - The leaders of months of protests last year against President Daniel Ortega were released Tuesday under a controversial new amnesty law approved at the weekend, opposition sources said.

Cuba's overseas medical brigade a repressive sham, ex-staffers say

Washington - A great source of pride for communist Cuba is a medical corps that has fanned out across the globe for decades to help people in troubled or poor countries.

Families demand answers after 29 inmates die in Venezuela jail riot

Acarigua - Wracked with pain and anger, dozens of families gathered in front of a morgue in the Venezuelan town of Acarigua on Saturday after 29 inmates died in rioting at a police station jail.

Rights court implores Nicaragua to protect prisoner lives

San Jos - The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has called on Nicaragua's authorities to protect the lives, health and physical well-being of 17 prisoners detained for taking part in protests against President Daniel Ortega's government.

Colombian army to reword controversial policy on kill orders

Apo - Colombia's army announced it would modify instructions given to troops following an article in the New York Times that claimed a new policy could result in a greater number of civilians being killed in the battle against criminals and militants.

Threatened bishop leaves Nicaragua for Vatican

Managua - A bishop who fiercely criticized Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's brutal crackdown on opposition protesters left the country Tuesday, having been recalled by the Vatican following death threats.

Nicaragua opposition defies ban to march on deadly protest anniversary

Managua - Nicaragua's opposition said at least 67 people were arrested after defying a protest ban and a heavy riot police presence on the streets of Managua to mark the first anniversary of a deadly uprising against President Daniel Ortega.

Crisis deepens in Nicaragua a year into anti-Ortega protests

Managua - Nicaragua's opposition has called on its supporters to defy a police ban and protest against the regime of President Daniel Ortega to mark the anniversary of the "civil and peaceful insurrection" that left 325 people dead last year.

Argentine anti-dictatorship 'mothers' block government audit

Buenos Aires - The group of mothers of people who disappeared during Argentina's military dictatorship sent a government official packing on Monday after he tried to conduct an audit of their assets as part of a bankruptcy investigation.
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