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Relatives of the victims are threatening to break off all talks with the government, for failing to clarify what happened to their loved ones.
Attempts to hold a runoff vote to elect a new president in Haiti have failed amid violence and protests of fraud. Now, as LAB's Russell White explains, the recriminations have begun, while the country faces a long period of further unrest.
Planned new legislation will encourage deforestation − at a time when fires caused by the serious drought are destroying vast areas of forest.
The run-off for the presidential elections are set for January 24 2016 but many observers are questioning their democratic validity. This article by the UK based Haiti Support Group highlights the many ways in which Haitian elections can be manipulated.

Colombia: War and Peace

The Colombian government has recently launched aerial bombardments against new armed groups in northern Colombia, claiming they are 'narcos'. The groups, however, claim to be politically motivated.
A leading Venezuelan academic, Vladimir Acosta, analyses the challenges facing the Maduro government as the Venezuelan National Assembly meets for the first time since the victory of the opposition coalition in the December 2015 national elections.

Mexico: Slim pickings

How can a country where half the population lives below the poverty line, produce Carlos Slim often regarded as the world's richest man?
President Pena Nieto's PRI government is increasingly accused of offering few answers to the many problems facing Mexico.
Thousands of Cuban migrants trying to reach the United States through Central America have found themselves stranded as countries close their borders to them.
The runup to 6th December elections for the National Assembly in Venezuela has seen government and opposition crying foul ahead of what is expected to be one of the closest fought contests in recent years.

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