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Top Story — A chemical used in a controversial aerial fumigation program as part of U.S.-funded anti-drug efforts in Colombia may cause cancer, according to a new study by an agency of the World Health Organization, which one analyst called the single biggest risk to date to the program’s future. The International Agency for Research…

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Top Story – Top Latin American officials threw their support behind Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Tuesday, denouncing the March 9 sanctions imposed by the United States on seven of the country’s officials. Cuban President Raúl Castro and Bolivian President Evo Morales were among the Latin American leaders to convene in Caracas for an emergency…

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BOGOTÁ, Colombia — In a fifteen-minute long speech delivered on Tuesday evening, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced that the country’s armed forces will stop, for the next month, their bombing operations against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. Since August 2012, the central government and FARC rebels have been negotiating a peace agreement in…

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Top Story — Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos on Tuesday announced that he has ordered a halt to air attacks by the military against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, a move The Associated Press called the government’s “biggest yet toward an eventual end to hostilities.” The announcement comes days after the news that the…

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Top Story — President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Monday implementing sanctions on seven Venezuelan officials, freezing their U.S. assets and banning them from entering the United States, or doing business with U.S. citizens. The seven officials named in the executive order stand accused of human rights violations and anti-democratic actions, in particular…

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Top Story — Colombia’s military and the FARC will work together to clear landmines planted since the latter launched a guerrilla war in 1964, several media outlets reported, the latest agreement reached in the ongoing peace talks in Havana, Cuba. Under the agreement announced Saturday, a group from Norway, whose government has facilitated the peace…

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The Venezuelan government has given the United States two weeks to cut the number of U.S. diplomats in the country from 100 to 17, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez announced on Monday. The order follows a speech by President Nicolás Maduro’s on Saturday, in which he declared that several U.S. politicians — including former President…

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Top Story — A former minister on track to run for president in Peru has been charged with the murder of a journalist 26 years ago during the country’s internal conflict, according to prosecutor Luis Landa. Daniel Urresti, a retired general, has been charged with the murder of Hugo Bustios, a correspondent based on the…