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Coronavirus boosted cocaine traffic in March shutdown

South American drug kingpins attempted to flood Europe with cocaine last month in hopes of getting ahead of the coronavirus shutdown that has closed one of the trade's biggest markets, a top Belgian official said on Wednesday.

Colombian president tightens anti-drug laws

Colombia's newly-elected president Ivan Duque signed a decree Monday cracking down on drug consumption following an "alarming increase" in domestic abuse of substances.

Germany returns priceless gold mask to Peru

Germany has returned a pre-Columbian gold funerary mask to Peru following a 20-year legal and diplomatic battle, the South American country's culture minister said on Thursday.

In Chile, Pope seeks forgiveness for sex abuse scandals

Pope Francis met alone Tuesday with a small group of victims of sexual abuse by priests in Chile, after he publicly asked for forgiveness and riot police broke up a protest near the first public mass of his South American visit.

Fujimori victims to petition pope during Peru visit

Relatives of victims of Peru's military death-squads under Alberto Fujimori said Wednesday they would petition the pope when he visits next week for help in getting a pardon for the ex-president annulled.

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