Today in Latin America
Top Story — Uruguayan President José Mujica approved a $513,000 settlement to be paid to Macarena Gelman, who was kidnapped along with her disappeared parents during the 1973-1985 Uruguayan dictatorship. The settlement is one component of a decision handed down by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights last year, which stipulated that Uruguay must pursue investigations into the forced disappearance of Gelman’s mother, who at 19 was taken from a notorious torture center in Argentina to Uruguay in order to give birth to her daughter in 1976 and was never seen again. The same IACHR decision called on Uruguay to end its 1986 amnesty law and pursue prosecutions against the perpetrators of dictatorship-era human rights abuses. Macarena Gelman was adopted shortly after her birth and located decades later by her paternal grandfather, the Argentine poet Juan Gelman. While her father’s remains were located, the fate of Gelman’s mother is still unknown.
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Headlines from the Western Hemisphere
- Gunmen opened fire on five police officers during a traffic stop in Valle de Bravo, Mexico on Monday, killing them all.
- Mexican presidential candidate Enrique Pena Nieto’s ratings in a public opinion poll has fallen for a third consecutive time, though he still leads other candidates.
- A Canadian woman brutally beaten while on vacation in Mazatlán was brought out of a medically-induced coma on Tuesday and is expected to recover.
- The U.N. said that it had fired several police officers for alleged sexual abuse of minors in Haiti.
- Cleveland Indians manager Manny Acta said he was hoping to include Fausto Carmona in the team’s rotation, though the player was arrested for falsely stating his true name and age in the Dominican Republic.
- Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes’ own political party has criticized the president’s appointment of General Francisco Salinas as head of police, saying he is violating the 1992 peace accord.
- HSBC will sell its businesses in El Salvador, Costa Rica and Honduras to Colombian banking group Davivienda S.A. for $801 million.
- Leopoldo López, an expected opponent of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez in the Venezuelan presidential elections, has left the race to support 39 year-old candidate Henrique Capriles.
- Venezuela deported three suspected drug smugglers to the U.S., Canada and Colombia on Tuesday.
- A libel hearing scheduled for Ecuadorean newspaper El Universo on Tuesday was suspended after an international outcry over free speech.
- Peruvian Prime Minister Oscar Valdés said Tuesday that a subsidiary of Newmont Mining Corp. is reviewing the controversial Minas Conga copper-gold mine project to ensure that water supplies are protected.
- A Colombian supplier of manhole covers, a coveted black market commodity, used a GPS device to track thefts of his merchandise.
- People exposed to high levels of arsenic in Chilean drinking water in the 1950s and 60s are experiencing higher-than-average levels of bladder cancer.
- The Brazilian government has reported that job creation in 2011 was 24 percent less than in 2010.
- Argentine soccer player Carlos Tevez was fined for “gross misconduct” by Manchester City after flying home to Argentina without permission.
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