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Latin American and European leaders kick off trade summit

European leaders kicked off a two-day summit with their Latin American counterparts here Saturday seeking closer trade ties but also assurances on free trade and investment protection. The summit opened with children’s songs and welcome messages from ordinary Latin American citizens. Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, the summit host, then formally…

Drug war failed across Latin America in 2011

Drug trafficking violence claimed thousands of lives across Latin America in 2011 as drug use soared, illustrating the failure of regional anti-narcotics policies and reviving a legalization debate. “I did not ask for this war,” read a poster near a casino firebombed by the Zetas drug gang in the northern…