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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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