* Bolivia: The government announced a unique plan to purchase excess coca leaves in order to keep them out of the reach of cocaine producers.
* Chile: Could a weeklong strike at one of Chile’s main copper mines soon come to an end?
* El Salvador: President Mauricio Funes’ centrist policies have apparently put him at odds with hardline members of the ruling FMLN.
* Peru: A former police officer accused of participating years ago in a “death squad” might be deported today from Canada to his native Peru.
Image – David Mercado/Reuters via CSMonitor.com (“A Bolivian woman gives her baby coca leaves in La Paz.”)
Online Sources- Insight Crime, Reuters, IPS, Toronto Sun