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Jailed Venezuelan leader starts hunger strike, urges protest
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has begun a hunger strike and is calling for a mass anti-government protest next weekend....

Many questions in Mexico cartel battle that killed 43
ECUANDUREO, Mexico (AP) -- The call for backup went out to local police after 8 a.m. There was a shootout underway at a ranch in the western reaches of Michoacan state and the federal authorities needed help....

Salvadorans rejoice as slain Archbishop Romero beatified
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- Archbishop Oscar Romero was beatified by Roman Catholic officials Saturday in an emotional ceremony elevating the once-controversial cleric to the ranks of the blessed 35 years after his assassination....

Peru suspends civil liberties in region after 4th death
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Peru's government said it was suspending civil liberties in a southern coastal valley after a fourth death in violent protests against a Mexican-owned copper mining project....

Currency tumbles as Venezuelans look to unload bolivars
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelans are dumping their rapidly-depreciating currency at a quicker pace, leading to a staggering plunge in its free-market value, as the crisis-plagued economy edges closer to an outbreak of hyperinflation....