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GUATEMALA CITY, Oct 11, 2010 (IPS) - A high-level commission has been set up to look into appalling medical experiments carried out by U.S. researchers on hundreds of Guatemalans in the 1940s, and the government of this Central American country is debating alternative ways for the United States to make reparations. "These acts should be condemned and the case brought to trial," Amílcar Pop, an indigenous Guatemalan lawyer, told IPS. "We need to repudiate what happened and condemn the attitudes that made it possible. Humanity has evolved and these actions cannot be tolerated under any circumstances. What the United States did was a crime against humanity."
ACAN-EFE: The Central American countries agreed to file a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) against the Dominican Republic for the high tariffs imposed on products in the region, an official source.
Colombia Reports: With 186 votes on the first ballot, Colombian joined the U.N. body for the 2011-2012 term representing Latin American and the Caribbean. Colombia's ambition to sit on the Security Council for the sixth time in the country's history was opposed by Bolivia, which said that Colombia's presence on the Security Council would expand the power of the United States, a permanent member of the council. Bolivia was one of five countries that abstained from voting. Venezuela voted in favor of Colombia earning the seat.
Colombia Reports: The Accusation Commission of the Colombian House of Representatives has opened a preliminary investigation into former President Alvaro Uribe's involvement in the illegal wiretapping of government critics.
Argentina, BUENOS AIRES - Argentina will present to the United Nations a copy of the formal protest Buenos Aires conveyed to the British government over London's plans to hold military exercises in the disputed Falkland Islands, Ambassador Jorge Argüello said Monday.
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras - Hurricane Paula smashed homes and forced schools to close in Honduras on Tuesday as it headed toward Mexico's resort-dotted Yucatan Peninsula.
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