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Top Story — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Wednesday revealed an internal e-mail communication allegedly written by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia that suggests the rebel group is planning to kill him. The author of the e-mail is not named, but the message was reportedly sent to a FARC commander named “Lubin Loro,” saying…

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Racist attitudes continue to be passed down to Mexico’s children, according to a video released by a federal government agency in the country last week as part of a campaign to fight racism. “Viral Racism in Mexico” by the National Council for the Prevention of Discrimination (Conapred in Spanish), shows scenes from interviews shot in…

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Ex-President of Brazil Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva, 66, was diagnosed with malignant throat tumor on Saturday, after undergoing medical examinations at a São Paulo hospital. The Hospital Sírio-Libanês — an upscale institution that treats prominent Brazilian politicians, including current President Dilma Rousseff — recommended chemotherapy, which da Silva is scheduled to begin on Monday. Doctors…

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NEW YORK — Restrictive immigration policies undermine job creation and may adversely affect the business environment in other ways, according to a study released Thursday. The Americas Society, a New York-based policy group, said it found that local laws seeking to crack down on illegal immigration fostered an environment unfriendly to job creation, when compared…

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Costa Rica has overturned a rule prohibiting conjugal visits for gay prisoners, the Supreme Court announced Thursday. Article 66 of Costa Rica’s Technical Penitentiary Regulations guaranteed the right to “intimate visits,” but specified that the inmate’s visitor “must be of the opposite sex.” The Supreme Court struck down the latter phrase in its four-three ruling,…

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A group of U.S. celebrities including Danny Glover, Susan Sarandon and Pete Seeger called on President Barack Obama Monday to send a Cuban agent who was released from prison on Friday back to his homeland. The agent, René González, served 13 years of a 15-year sentence for spying, but must spend another three years in…

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President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Colombia Monday, where he hopes to gain President Juan Manuel Santos’ support for Palestine’s bid for recognition by the United Nations. The trip marks the first time that the president of the Palestinian Authority visits Colombia, according to CNN. Beginning with Brazil and Argentina in December,…