Today in Latin America
Top Story — Indigenous Mapuche activists jailed in the southern Chilean region of Araucania said Monday that they were prepared for a confrontation with the government in order to reclaim their native lands. In an interview with the AFP from his jail cell, Ramon Llanquileo, one of four Mapuche leaders belonging to the Arauco Malleco Coordination (CAM), also denied the Chilean government’s accusation that the CAM had intentionally set forest fires in Carahue and Quillon, killing seven firefighters and two civilians in early January. Llanquileo and three others were accused and sentenced for a violent attack on a prosecutor’s convoy in 2008, but charges of terrorism against the men were later dropped. “The CAM recovers Mapuche land but we don’t attack people or provoke fires,” Llaniquileo said. However, the group does claim that it occupies land and has sabotaged some large forestry companies in the region.
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Headlines from the Western Hemisphere
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- Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona’s Maricopa County said he would appeal a federal judge’s ruling blocking his employees from detaining people based on the suspicion that they are in the U.S. illegally.
- U.S. actor Sean Penn was named ambassador to Haiti by Haitian foreign minister Laurent Lamothe on Saturday.
- 26 shipwrecked Cubans landed on the Florida Keys on Friday and were taken in by the U.S. border patrol, and will be permitted to stay in the U.S.
- The wife of jailed Cuban dissident Wilman Villar said that her husband was in a coma and near death after a hunger strike.
- The Puerto Rican Baseball League has been reduced to four teams and no longer fields a team in the capital of San Juan.
- Puerto Rico is installing a tsunami warning system in San Juan.
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- The FBI, U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian Navy recovered more than 6,700 kilograms of cocaine in a dive off the coast of Honduras, authorities reported Monday.
- 158 Peace Corps volunteers left Honduras on Monday a week after the U.S. government announced that the volunteers would be pulled out after operating in the country since 1963.
- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said that FARC rebels have been reduced to selling off cattle in order to raise money.
- Venezuelan oil minister Rafael Ramírez said Sunday that Venezuela would leave the World Bank international arbitration body and settle disputes with its own judicial system.
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- FIFA’s general secretary urged Brazilian lawmakers to approve a bill granting FIFA exclusive rights at Brazil’s 2014 World Cup during a visit Monday.
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