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This Week in Latin America: Colombia’s Peace Accord

Sign up here to get This Week in Latin America delivered to your inbox every Monday. Peace Deal: Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos will sign an agreement today to end his country’s 52-year war with the FARC. Santos’ tumultuous four-year peace process has come at significant financial and political cost, and touched off fierce debate about how the guerrillas will be held to account after they disarm. Polls suggest … Read more

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This Week in Latin America: Cease-fire in Colombia

Sign up here to get This Week in Latin America delivered to your inbox every Monday. Laying Down Arms: A “definitive,” bilateral cease-fire in Colombia’s 52-year war with the FARC began this morning after the two sides agreed to a final peace deal on August 24. The deal will be put to a plebiscite vote on October 2, with campaigning both for and against already … Read more

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This Week in Latin America: Mexico’s Union Trouble

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This Week in Latin America: Closing Ceremony

Sign up here to get This Week in Latin America delivered to your inbox every Monday. The Games: The Rio Olympics continue this week, with the closing ceremony set for Sunday. While some observers say the organization of the games could have turned out worse for the hosts, security and sanitation issues have so far plagued the Summer Games. … Read more

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This Week in Latin America: Colombia’s Peace Campaign

Sign up here to get This Week in Latin America delivered to your inbox every Monday. Colombia’s Peace Campaign: Colombian officials are preparing for the end of hostilities with the FARC despite indications that many in the country oppose a proposed peace deal. Government, FARC and U.N. representatives will today begin verifying 23 “concentration zones” in which the guerrillas will remain for … Read more

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This Week in Latin America: Brazil’s New Speaker

Sign up here to get This Week in Latin America delivered to your inbox every Monday. Brazil’s New Speaker: Brazil’s lower house will elect a new speaker on Wednesday, following the tearful resignation of Eduardo Cunha on July 7 amid an ethics investigation. Accused of taking up to $40 million in bribes and lying about an offshore bank account linked to the vast … Read more

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This Week in Latin America: Venezuela’s Political Prisoners

Sign up here to get This Week in Latin America delivered to your inbox every Monday. Appeal for López: Venezuela’s imprisoned opposition leader Leopoldo López will appear in court Thursday to appeal a nearly 14-year sentence handed down last September for charges of incitement to violence and criminal association. The delayed hearing comes as Venezuela has expressed its willingness to restore diplomatic relations with the U.S., which … Read more

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This Week in Latin America: Preparing for Brexit

Sign up here to get This Week in Latin America delivered to your inbox every Monday. UK Impact: Latin America is already feeling the aftershocks of the UK’s Brexit vote, with Ecuador’s president saying that Britain’s decision to leave the EU had “spoiled” a major bond issue scheduled for this week and Mexico announcing it would cut an additional $1.7 billion from its … Read more

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This Week in Latin America: Cash Scandal in Argentina

Sign up here to get This Week in Latin America delivered to your inbox every Monday. Cash Scandal in Argentina: Questioning will likely begin this week in an embezzlement investigation involving one of former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s closest former aides. José López, who was public works secretary under both Fernández and her late husband, was caught last weekattempting to hide $8.9 … Read more

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This Week in Latin America: Full Plate for the OAS

Sign up here to get This Week in Latin America delivered to your inbox every Monday. Leaders Gather: The Organization of American States (OAS) will hold its 46th annual assembly today through June 15 in Santo Domingo, with a political crisis in Haiti expected to take center stage. Haiti has missed repeated deadlines to elect a new president and its … Read more

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This Week in Latin America: Polls Close in Peru

Sign up here to get This Week in Latin America delivered to your inbox every Monday. Peru Votes: With over 90 percent of votes counted as of publication, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski holds a slim lead in Peru’s run-off presidential election thanks to a late surge against his rival Keiko Fujimori. The 77-year-old Kuczynski, who would be the country’s oldest president at the time of taking office, positioned … Read more

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This Week in Latin America: A Close Vote in Peru

Sign up here to get This Week in Latin America delivered to your inbox every Monday. Peru Votes: Peru will choose a new president Sunday in a close runoff election between two center-right candidates. In an Ipsos poll released on May 29, first-round winner Keiko Fujimori held a six-point advantage over her business-friendly challenger Pedro Pablo Kucyznski. However, Kuczynski may yet … Read more

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This Week in Latin America: Temer’s Time

Sign up here to get This Week in Latin America delivered to your inbox every Monday. Temer’s Time: It’s the first full week in office for Michel Temer, the interim president of Brazil while Dilma Rousseff is suspended pending a Senate impeachment trial. Temer is expected to today name a new president of the Central Bank after a weekend of consultations with his … Read more

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This Week in Latin America: Dilma’s Last Days?

Sign up here to get This Week in Latin America delivered to your inbox every Monday. Rousseff’s Trials: The acting speaker of Brazil’s lower house this morning annulled last month’s impeachment vote against President Dilma Rousseff, throwing into question whether the Senate will vote this Wednesday on the issue, as had been expected. A Senate committee on … Read more

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This Week in Latin America: Venezuela’s Opposition on the March

Sign up here to get This Week in Latin America delivered to your inbox every Monday. Venezuela Recall Rallies: Venezuela’s political opposition will on Wednesday march to the offices of the National Electoral Council (CNE) to demand the paperwork necessary to hold a referendum to recall President Nicolás Maduro. The CNE has allegedly stalled on the request. Maduro is … Read more

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