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    Jorge Batlle, Uruguayan leader during economic crisis, dies at 88

    By Leonardo Haberkorn, Former President Jorge Batlle, an extroverted and irreverent politician who was a force in Uruguayan politics for half a century and led it during one of its worst economic recessions, died Oct. 24 at a hospital in Montevideo. He was 88. Mr. […]

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    Colombia’s war has displaced 7 million. With peace, will they go home?

    By Nick Miroff, Nicolò Filippo Rosso For The Washington Post SOACHA, Colombia — In the nation with more internal refugees than any other, you won’t find the uprooted and the dispossessed huddled in tent camps or fleeing in long caravans. Colombia’s war doesn’t look like […]

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    Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff ousted in impeachment vote

    By Marina Lopes and Dom Phillips, BRASILIA — President Dilma Rousseff was stripped of her office Wednesday in the culmination of a political crisis that has left Latin America’s largest nation adrift, with an economy in deep recession and a public sharply divided over the […]

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    The Olympics are a test that Brazil has yet to pass

    By Joshua Partlow and Dom Phillips, RIO DE JANEIRO — Before the bus windows got blasted out and the water in the aquatics center turned emerald, before the Australian coaches got robbed at knifepoint and the Belgian sailor fell sick after tumbling into the sewage-strewn […]

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    As Olympic Games open, Brazilians wonder: ‘Are we capable or not?’

    By Joshua Partlow and Dom Phillips, RIO DE JANEIRO — On a recent morning, Andrea Pereira was taking in the wonders of the Olympic renovations in Rio, riding a sleek new train downtown with her family to the gleaming new “Wonderful Port” plaza. And yet […]

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  • Black Lives Matter protest Rio police violence ahead of Olympics

    Black Lives Matter protest Rio police violence ahead of Olympics

    American activists from the Black Lives Matter movement marched with Brazilian partners through central Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, to protest police violence before the city hosts the first-ever Olympics in South America next month. The activists, better known for campaigning against police brutality and […]

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  • Native Americans move to frontlines in battle over voting rights

    Native Americans move to frontlines in battle over voting rights

    Elvis Norquay, a member of the Chippewa Indian tribe, has lived most of his 58 years on North Dakota’s remote Turtle Mountain reservation and says he’s never had a problem voting. That was before 2014, when he hitched a ride with a friend to cast […]

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  • Exclusive: Target increases minimum wage to $10 an hour – sources

    Exclusive: Target increases minimum wage to $10 an hour – sources

    The sign outside the Target store is seen in Arvada, Colorado January 10, 2014. Reuters/Rick Wilking Discount retailer Target Corp has started raising employee wages to a minimum of $ 10 an hour, its second hike in a year, pressured by a competitive job market […]

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    In Argentina, Obama will cheer on South America’s shift away from the left

    By Nick Miroff, BUENOS AIRES — Ahead of President Obama’s trip to Cuba and Argentina next week, nearly all the attention — and controversy — has centered on his visit to the communist island, the first by a sitting U.S. president in 88 years. But […]

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  • Obama unveils wage insurance plan to spur job seekers

    Obama unveils wage insurance plan to spur job seekers

    U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday laid out a plan to help support the income of workers who lose their jobs and end up in lower paying positions, as part of a push to get unemployed Americans back to work. The proposal would offer experienced […]

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