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Political and social events from the Americas, with exclusive reports and interviews. Every Wednesday at 5.45 pm Paris time.

Latest update : 2018-02-22

Gun control in the US: A glimmer of compromise?

Emma Gonzalez, a survivor of last week's Florida school shooting, has become a symbol. She is just one of many high school students forced into becoming an activist for gun control. Survivors of the Florida massacre have been particularly critical of US President Donald Trump's reaction to the attack. But that criticism seems to have hit a nerve. Trump has now thrown his support behind moves to ban devices like bump stocks.

Meanwhile, last week, special counsel Robert Mueller made a surprise indictment in his wide-ranging Russia investigation, charging 13 Russian citizens with meddling in the 2016 US presidential election. And while Russian officials are dismissing the charges as nothing, several people who worked at the same St. Petersburg "troll factory" say they think the charges are well-founded.

And in Peru, a court has ordered former president Alberto Fujimori to stand trial for the killings of six farmers in 1992. That comes just a month after the former president was released from prison. He was serving a 25-year-sentence for human rights abuses but given a pardon on health grounds. The court now says that with this new case, the pardon doesn't apply.

By Jeanne LAVENANT , Camille FEVRIER , Stéphanie CHEVAL , Genie GODULA


2018-03-14 USA

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In keeping with a campaign promise, President Trump has been inspecting prototypes for a wall he wants built along the US border with Mexico. His visit to the site saw protests...

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2018-03-07 Colombia

Colombia elections: The FARC's hard road to parliament

In Colombia, elections are fast approaching and for the first time ever, the vote will see members of the ex-guerrilla movement FARC run for Congress. The FARC rebels fought the...

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2018-02-28 National Rifle Association (NRA)

Florida shooting: 'Never Again' movement gains ground as pressure mounts on NRA

Pupils and teachers in Florida have returned to their classrooms at their high school in Parkland, where 17 people lost their lives in a mass shooting on February 14. As students...

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2018-02-14 Mexico

Mexico: Indigenous mobile phone network transforms rural areas

This week we head to Mexico, where a new mobile phone co-op has transformed rural communities without any other network. It's up and running thanks to a legal triumph by...

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