Guatemalan Mara Gangs demand Christmas bonuses and Other Top News from Latin America

Hundreds of human rights activists and former political prisoners gathered in AsunciĆ³n to protest the possible repatriation of the remains of military ruler Alfredo Stroessner. General Stroessner died in exile and was buried in Brasilia in 2006. One of his grandsons, also a member of the Paraguay Senate, is trying to repatriate the remains, which Stroessner's victims see as an intent to rehabilitate the dictator's political legacy. More than 400 people were executed or disappeared during Stroessner's 35-year rule from 1954-1989, according to a Truth Commission backed by the U.N.

Nine new species of tarantula discovered in Brazil

Nine new species of tree-dwelling tarantulas have been identified in central and eastern Brazil. Rogerio Bertani, a spider specialist in Sao Paulo, reported the discovery, bringing the total in the area to 16 species. These new species might very well be endangered ones, as their highly concentrated habitats is to be found in regions already suffering high pressure from human activities.

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