* Argentina: An ex-army general and three former intelligence officers were sentenced to varying prison sentences for running a secret “Dirty War” detention center in Buenos Aires.
* Peru: Approximately 46,000 pieces of Inca-era artifacts taken over a century ago from Machu Picchu were finally returned to Peru.
* Guatemala: A joint operation between U.S. and Guatemalan authorities led to the capture of the Central American country’s most wanted suspected drug capo.
* Brazil: The group representing Brazilian sugarcane producers predicted that biofuel exports will decrease and that demand in the growing domestic market is outpacing supply.
Image – AP via MSNBC (“Former army intelligence operative Raul Guglielminetti, center, and former agent of Argentina's intelligence agency SIDE, Honorio Ruiz, sit in court before their sentencing in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday March 31, 2011. Guglielminetti was sentenced to 20 years in prison, while Ruiz was sentenced to 25 years in prison, as they were charged for the illegal imprisonment and torture of 65 prisoners during the Dirty war in the Orletti garage, a tactical operations center for Operation Condor, a coordinated effort by South America's dictatorships to eliminate dissidents who sought refuge in neighboring countries.”)
Online Sources- BBC News, LAHT, CSMonitor.com, The Independent