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Pan-Am Highway

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Pan-Am Highway

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Newspapers under siege: Two rebels believed to be from the leftist National Liberation Army (ELN) left a bomb in a briefcase outside the daily La Opinion in the eastern Colombian city of Cucuta on Nov. 19, but police deactivated the device before it exploded. ... On Nov. 24, for the second time since March, a group of 30 former workers attacked the offices of the Mexico City daily ExcElsior, scuffling with security guards and employees. There were no injuries or arrests. The protesters were headed by Rafael de la Huerta, an ousted leader of the employee cooperative that owns the once-influential but now-failing paper. The cooperative is to discuss selling ExcElsior in the next few weeks, said Jaime Contreras, president of its administrative board. ... Twelve years after he was jailed on charges of supporting terrorism in Peru, journalist Javier Tuanama Valera was granted a presidential pardon and released from prison last month. Many international free-press organizations, notably the International Federation of Journalists, had taken up the cause of Tuanama, a former reporter for the weekly Selva and several radio news shows. …

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