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The Mapuche of Chile: Fighting for their territorial rights

Chile is holding presidential and legislative elections on Sunday November 19. Based in the south of the country, the indigenous Mapuche - literally "people of the land" - have been fighting with the Chilean state to reclaim their lands for the past two centuries. Today, there are between 600,000 and one million members of these descendents of pre-Columbian civilizations. With election day looming, their fate is high on the political agenda. Our correspondents report.

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Also, the investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged collusion with Russia turned up a notch this week, targeting US Attorney General Jeff Sessions. He's now blaming his memory for failing to mention, during a previous hearing, that he did witness Trump aides discussing Russia. This comes as the Russia allegations also pinpointed President Trump's son. This week, Donald Junior released a series of private messages he exchanged with WikiLeaks during and after the 2016 race.

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