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Mexico arrest over murder of reporter Javier Valdez

Police in Mexico have arrested a man they suspect of killing award-winning journalist Javier Valdez last year. He was shot dead in May 2017 in northern Sinaloa state near the office of the news weekly he had founded, Ríodoce. Mr Valdez wrote extensively on drug-trafficking and organised crime in Mexico, including the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel. He was one of at least
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Kidnapped Mexico students dissolved in acid

Three Mexican film students kidnapped last month in the western Jalisco state were later killed and their bodies dissolved in acid, local officials say. They say the male students, all in their 20s, were killed by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel gang, who likely confused them with rival gang members. Genetic remains of the missing students were found on a farm in
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Nicaragua riots: Relatives of US embassy staff told to leave

The state department has ordered relatives of US government employees based in Nicaragua to leave the Central American country. Services at the US embassy in the capital in Managua will be curtailed. The order comes after days of deadly rioting triggered by planned changes to Nicaragua's social security system. Even though Nicaraguan leader Daniel Ortega had
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Canadian lynched in Peru as locals accuse him of murder

Officials in Peru are investigating the lynching of a Canadian man in the remote Amazon region of Peru. Police found the body of Sebastian Woodroffe, 41, on Saturday buried near where an indigenous spiritual healer had been killed days previously. Investigators say locals suspected Mr Woodroffe of the murder of 81-year-old Olivia Arévalo, who was shot dead on
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Nicaragua president scraps pension cuts after deadly riots

Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega has scrapped the changes to social security that have prompted violent protests across the country since Wednesday. Speaking on national television, Mr Ortega renewed calls for the private sector to engage in talks. But business leaders say they will only negotiate when the government stops "repression against the protests".