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Bolivia's Morales retracts vow to create armed civilian militia

La Paz - Exiled former Bolivian president Evo Morales backtracked on Thursday from a vow to create armed civilian militias similar to notorious 'colectivos' in Venezuela, were he to be allowed back to his homeland.

Peru's defense minister dies of heart attack at 71

- Peruvian Defense Minister Jose Huerta, a retired general, died Monday of a heart attack during a visit to military bases, the government announced. He was 71.

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.

Ex-Pinochet colonel captured in Argentina

Buenos Aires - Argentina says it has captured a former Chilean army colonel convicted of crimes against humanity during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

Guatemala's ex-army chief jailed for 1981 rape and torture

Guatemala City - Guatemala's former army chief and other retired officers received long prison terms Wednesday for the rape and torture of a woman and the disappearance of her brother in 1981 during the country's civil war.

Colombia truth commission to 'heal wounds' of war, president says

Apo - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos installed a truth commission on Tuesday to shed light on crimes committed during the country's lengthy civil war, as agreed upon in a peace deal with the FARC guerrillas.

Nine suspected FARC dissidents killed in Colombia military operation

Apo - Nine suspected FARC dissidents were killed Monday in a military operation in southern Colombia, the defense ministry said.

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