Thursday, December 20, 2007

Daily Headlines: December 20, 2007

* Follow-up: Brazil’s government faces an uphill battle to fix the country’s prison system after the controversy over putting a teenage girl in an all-male adult jail.

* Three former Chilean military officers were fine and sentenced to ten years in prison over a murder committed during the rule of ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet.

* Mexican state oil-firm PEMEX may lose its monopoly over oil refinement and pipelines if a proposal by the country’s Senate is passed.

* The U.N. will investigate possible corruption by peacekeeping forces in several operations such as those in Haiti, according to a spokeswoman on Tuesday.

Sources- Bloomberg, The Latin Americanist, International Herald Tribune, AFP

Image- Christian Science Monitor (2002 image of Brazil’s notorious Carandiru jail)

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