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Venezuela's Maduro seeks to expand armed civilian militias

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced plans Monday to expand the number of civilians involved in armed militias as tensions in the crisis-wracked South American nation continued to rise.
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Venezuela opposition keeps up pressure in streets

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Tens of thousands of Venezuelans shut down much of the capital on Thursday and clashed with police to protest what they call an attempted coup by the socialist administration....
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Chileans march to demand end to privatized pension system

Thousands of people marched in major cities in Chile Sunday to demand an end to a privatized pension system put in place more than 35 years ago under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet....
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Brazil police raid BRF and JBS meat plants in bribery probe

SAO PAULO/CURITIBA, Brazil (Reuters) - Brazilian police raided the premises of global meatpacking companies JBS SA and BRF SA on Friday, as well as dozens of smaller rivals, in a crackdown on alleged bribery of health officials that could threaten $12 billion in annual exports....
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Vital that Lula stand for Brazil president in 2018: Rousseff

Former Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff said Saturday that Brazil's crippled democracy needs her predecessor and mentor, Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva, to stand in next year's election....
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Haitians Bid Farewell to Former President Rene Preval

Thousands of Haitians gathered on Saturday to say an emotional final farewell to former President Rene Preval, 74, the country's first democratically elected leader to peacefully transfer power to his successors....
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Mexico cancels sugar export permits to U.S. in trade dispute

Mexico has canceled existing sugar export permits to the United States in a dispute over the pace of shipments, according to a letter seen by Reuters, in a flare-up industry sources said could temporarily disrupt supplies....
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Canadian PM says mosque shooting a 'terrorist attack on Muslims'

Six people were killed and eight wounded when gunmen opened fire at a Quebec mosque during Sunday night prayers, in what Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called a "terrorist attack on Muslims"....
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26 killed in latest Brazil jail bloodbath

Natal (Brazil) (AFP) - The latest in a string of brutal prison massacres involving suspected gang members in Brazil has killed 26 inmates, most of whom were beheaded, officials said Sunday....
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Ethics watchdog probes Canadian PM's lavish vacation

Ottawa (AFP) - Canada's ethics commissioner has opened a probe of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over his lavish post-Christmas vacation at the private island of billionaire philanthropist and spiritual leader the Aga Khan....
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