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Top Story — Chilean President Michelle Bachelet announced the replacement of five cabinet ministers and the transfer of four others on Monday — a move characterized as “sweeping” and “ without precedent in recent Chilean history” — in a bid to overturn her government’s growing unpopularity. The announcement follows news on Wednesday that Bachelet had…

Supreme Court Justice Blanca Stalling was named in the recordings obtained by The Associated Press. (Image: Youtube, Screenshot)

Top Story — A Guatemalan Supreme Court justice has been linked to a massive tax corruption scheme, according to recorded conversations obtained by the Associated Press, demonstrating the reach of a case which, on Friday, prompted the resignation of Vice President Roxana Baldetti. The judge, Blanca Stalling, was named in an April 16 conversation between…

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet. (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Top Story — Chilean President Michelle Bachelet requested all her ministers submit resignation packages Thursday so that she could form a new cabinet in the coming days. Bachelet broadcast her decision during an interview with Canal 13, saying that a cabinet shift was needed to promote reform. Bachelet has been trying to push through an…

The Calbuco Volcano erupts in Chile (Youtube).

Top Story — Authorities in Chile have ordered the evacuation of at least 4,000 people after eruptions by the massive Calbuco volcano generated an ash cloud some 10 miles (six kilometers) high. The volcano, located in the southern region of Los Lagos and dormant since 1972, first erupted on Wednesday afternoon, and then again shortly…

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Thousands of students demonstrated in favor of education reform in Chile on Thursday — specifically free higher education — while decrying recent corruption scandals that have rocked the country . The protests remained largely peaceful as students marched through the streets of Santiago under the banner of “Chile Decides Its Education”, but became violent when…

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (left) and Chilean President Michelle Bachelet in 2011. (Dilma Rousseff, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Top Story — The leaders of Brazil and Chile are facing their lowest approval ratings yet, a phenomenon owed to some combination of economic stagnation, political scandals and natural disasters, according to the results of two polls released Wednesday. Just 12 percent of respondents to a Brazilian poll said President Dilma Rousseff was doing a…

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Top Story — Chilean authorities have arrested a former aide to Gen. Augusto Pinochet, accusing him of committing various atrocities under the 1973-1990 military dictatorship. A judge on Monday ordered the arrest of retired military colonel Cristian Labbe on charges of “unlawful association” with a group that ultimately became the DINA secret police force. Labbe…

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Top Story – Chile’s Supreme Court has blocked the development of a gold and copper mine following an appeal by the Diaguita indigenous community. The court’s decision overturned a lower court’s rejection of the indigenous group’s appeal in April. The El Morro mine, owned by Canadian giant Goldcorp, is worth about $3.9 billion. The Diaguita…

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The Economist magazine stoked a controversy this week with an article arguing that memorials commemorating those killed by South America’s rightwing military governments are rewriting the past by playing down acts of violence committed by the left. In what some have criticized as a “false equivalence,” the article says “the Cold War in Latin America…