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Chile orders evacuation as 8.2-magnitude quake kills six

A powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake hit northern Chile’s Pacific coast Tuesday, killing at least six people as tsunami waves of more than two meters lashed the shore. The quake sent panicked residents pouring into the streets, with more than 900,000 people along Chile’s coast heeding government orders to evacuate their homes…

U.S. promises $107 million more to fight drug crime

TEGUCIGALPA — US Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday pledged $107 million more in aid to Central America under a security initiative to tackle organized crime amid soaring drug violence in the region. “Despite the significant recession … we are sustaining support for the Central American Regional Security Initiative, through…

Central American drug violence surges as cartels move south

Drug-related violence has surged to “alarming and unprecedented” levels in Central America as Mexican drug cartels have shifted their operations, a UN report said Tuesday. The move “has resulted in increased levels of violence, kidnapping, bribery torture and homicide” in Central America, the annual report by the International Narcotics Control…

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