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A reported blog on happenings around Latin America.

Sao Paulo Fashion Week (Photos)

Brazil's second-largest city shows off the latest trends

The fashion world turned its head toward one of the world's emerging economic powers this month for Rio and Sao Paulo's fashion weeks.

Some 30 labels are on display in Sao Paulo, which is considered the top Latin American fashion event.

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Over 500 deaths last year inside Venezuelan prisons

Prisoners in Venezuela often brandish heavier weapons than the guards that watch them.
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Relatives of inmates of El Rodeo I and II penitentiaries cry outside the prisons compounds in Guatire, outskirts of Caracas. (Leo Ramirez/AFP/Getty Images)
With inmates wielding machine guns, rifles and grenades and guards often unwilling to enter the overcrowded buildings for fear of their own death, jails in Venezuela have become a lawless territory that magnify the violence outside their walls.
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Britain, Argentina ramp up rhetoric over Falklands

As the 30th anniversary of the conflict approaches, the two nations continue to bicker over the islands
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Argentine war veteran Victor Villagra shows his tattoo of the Islas Malvinas (Falkands Islands) during a demonstration near the British embassy in Buenos Aires on April 2, 2010 on the 28th anniversary of the 1982 conflict. JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images (JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)
Just a few months ahead of the 30th anniversary of Britain's war with Argentina over Las Malvinas as they are known across Latin America, or the Falklands as much of the rest of the world knows them, the two countries are ramping up a war of words over the disputed territory.
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Peace Corps pullout hits Honduras, world's murder capital

In Honduras, a culture of impunity and drug-war violence make a deadly combination

Honduras has had a rough time of things lately, but things look like they're just getting worse.

A major city, San Pedro Sula, was declared the world's most violent city the other day, outranking even the dangerous border town of Juarez, Mexico, which has held the title for several years running.

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Chavez swears in controversial defense minister

Alleged friend of FARC sworn in as head of military
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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez walks during the military inauguration ceremony of his new Defense Minister Gen. Henry Rangel Silva (not in frame) on January 17, 2012 in Caracas. LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images (AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
A military General accused by the United States of aiding drug trafficking and pushing for co-operation between the Venezuelan government and Colombian left-wing rebels the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), was yesterday sworn in by President Hugo Chavez as the country’s defense minister.
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Mexico ranks high in world's most violent cities

Five of the top 10 most violent cities in the world are in Mexico, and almost all in the Americas.
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More bodies in the drug war. (JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

After three years in first place, Juarez, Mexico, may have slipped to second place this year.

But the border town and several of Mexico's other cities still remain among the most violent.

In a study released by the Citizen's Council for Public Security and Justice, a Mexican research group, five of the top 10 most violent cities were Mexican. 

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Chavez's 10-hour speech: I'll honor election results

The charismatic leader again gives everybody something to talk about
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It was a long speech, even for him. (LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images)

CARACAS — President Hugo Chavez offered the best evidence yet that he has recovered from last year's health problems by delivering a marathon 10-hour State of the Nation speech on Friday.

Long by even Chavez's rambling standards, the discourse touched upon every conceivable topic in this election year for the president.

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Iran's Ahmadinejad, Fidel Castro discuss war with Israel, US

The Iranian leader's Latin America tour winds down as Iran-US tensions grow
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Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega (L) Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez (C) and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Managua on January 10, 2012. (RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images)
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has finished up his tour of Latin America, as tensions between his country and Washington are on the up.
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Mexico's Chapo Guzman named world's most powerful drug trafficker

Government announces nearly 50,000 have died in drug violence over five years.
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This archive photo of drug lord Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman was taken July 10, 1993 at the Almoloya prison in Juarez after he was apprehended by Mexican authorities. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
The US Treasury Department has named notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman the “world’s most powerful drug trafficker,” boosting the evasive cartel leader’s legendary status as the country’s drug wars appear to have killed nearly 50,000 people in five years.
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Miguel Sacal becomes latest symbol of Mexico wealth gap

Video of businessman Miguel Sacal beating a building attendant reignites debate on wealth inequality
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Mexico billionaire Carlos Slim, the biggest 'have' of them all. (RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

The video of a wealthy Mexican man beating an employee for not doing what he wanted has reignited debate over the wealth gap in Latin America's second-biggest economy.

The video, recorded from a surveillance camera in July last year, appears to show the man, Miguel Sacal, beating a doorman at his apartment building. (Watch for yourself below.)

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