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Brazil Security Surge Tries to Plug Leaks in Amazon Border

Brazil has deployed 8,700 troops to the northern Amazon frontier, its fourth ambitious border crackdown in less than a year. But questions remain about Brazil's...
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Has Colombia’s Biggest Mafia Boss Surrendered?

Reports that the head of Colombia’s most powerful drug cartel, the Rastrojos, has surrendered to US authorities are false, according to sources contacted by...
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Hostages Go Free, But Shining Path Shows its Strength

With the abduction of 36 gas workers in Peru, released days later under mysterious circumstances, the Shining Path’s southern faction have demonstrated that they...
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Gorilla in the Room: Mapping Pre-Summit Drug Policy Positions

Drug policy will not officially be discussed during this week's Summit of the Americas, making it the proverbial "gorilla in the room." In the first in a series of...
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Did Knights Templar Keep ‘Truce’ During Pope’s Mexico Visit?

The Knights Templar drug gang promised to halt violence during the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Mexico, and called on other criminal organizations to do the same....
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‘Mara’ Gangs Behind 11 Deaths in North Honduras: Govt

The government says a wave of violence in northern Honduras that left at least 11 people dead within 48 hours is due to gang warfare, but the reality may be more...
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Paraguay Destroys 242 Tons of Marijuana

Paraguay destroyed 242 tons of marijuana seized during a 10-day operation, a reminder that the country is a major supplier of the plant to other consumers in South...
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Security Forces Warn Organized Crime May Overwhelm Ecuador

An assessment by the security forces reportedly says that Ecuador is home to an increasing number of organized criminal groups, and that the authorities have...
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‘Shining Path Holds Political Rally After Leader Captured’

A group of Shining Path rebels held a rally in a small town demanding the release of their captured leader, "Comrade Artemio," according to...
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Capture of ‘Artemio’ Spells End for Shining Path Faction

The capture of “Comrade Artemio,” one of the last of the Shining Path rebels’ old guard to remain at large, is a security success for Peru’s government, but is...
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Two Injured in ‘Shining Path’ Attack on Police

A group of alleged Shining Path rebels attacked a police station in the department of Cusco, injuring two police...
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Honduras: Home to the New Ciudad Juarez?

Reports that San Pedro Sula, Honduras, has taken the place of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, as the most violent city in the hemisphere are a result of shifts in...