LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
12 December 2011
Last updated at 11:42 ET
Panama's jailed ex-ruler Manuel Noriega returns to his homeland after being extradited from France to serve sentences for murder and other crimes.
Peruvian President Ollanta Humala swears in a new cabinet led by an ex-army officer after the surprise resignation of his prime minister.
Former Brazilian President Lula is in hospital for his third and final session of chemotherapy for throat cancer.
El Salvador's government apologises for a 1981 massacre in which more than 1,000 people were killed, nearly half of them children.
A 6.7-magnitude earthquake strikes Mexico's western Guerrero state, shaking buildings and killing at least two people, officials say.
BBC World Service
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