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Sydney Hostage-Taker Says He is ISIL Member

TEHRAN (FNA)- Haron Monis, a 49-year-old man who was gunned down after taking dozens of people hostage in a cafe in Sydney for 16 hours, had expressed his allegiance to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi in a public statement on November 18.
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Mexican farmer immolates self during protest

TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico (AP) — A young farmer in southern Mexico set himself on fire outside the Chiapas state legislature building to demand the release of his father, an indigenous leader who was arrested last year on charges stemming from a series of demonstrations in 2011 that turned violent....
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IMF head warns of bumpy road for Latin America

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Latin America faces a rocky road ahead despite social and economic achievements in recent years, the head of the International Monetary Fund said Friday....
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Uruguay's Vazquez wins presidential vote, extends leftist rule

MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) - Tabare Vazquez won back his old job as president of Uruguay in a runoff election on Sunday, extending the decade-long rule of a leftist coalition and allowing it to roll out a groundbreaking law that legalizes the production and sale of marijuana....
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Private firms filling Latin America's security gap

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A panic alert flashed across Alberto Herrera's computer screen. Men claiming to be with the notorious Gulf Cartel had stopped a convoy transporting chemicals through a lawless region of northeastern Mexico. They seized two drivers from an escort truck and demanded the valuable cargo in exchange for their release....
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FARC attack on island scares Colombia tour agency

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's biggest tour operator is ceasing services to a Pacific Ocean island popular with foreign tourists and scuba divers after a surprise deadly attack by leftist rebels....
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Guyana in political crisis after suspension of parliament

GEORGETOWN (Reuters) - - Guyana President Donald Ramotar's decision to suspend parliament to avoid a no-confidence motion against him has plunged the small former British colony into political crisis, as foes decry the president as a dictator....
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Doctors: Argentine leader has infection in colon

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — President Cristina Fernandez is suffering from an inflammation of the sigmoid colon, doctors said Monday, a day after the Argentina leader checked into a hospital after feeling ill....
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Deaths of babies at Dominican hospital raise alarm

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Rosa Elba Santana struggles to comprehend what went tragically wrong for her infant twins at the Robert Reid Cabral Children's Hospital, one of the few places for someone with a sick kid and not much money in the Dominican capital....
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Morales gets absolute majority in Bolivia legislature

La Paz (AFP) - In addition to his own reelection, Bolivia's President Evo Morales kept his absolute majority in congress in the October 12 general elections, authorities said Wednesday....
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