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This week's likely top stories: Ecuador's National Assembly dismisses referendum on controversial constitutional amendments; Argentina suspends Proctor & Gamble for fiscal fraud; Brazil grants contracts for 31 new solar parks; U.S. gears up for midterm elections and immigration reform; Colombian court sentences AUC paramilitary leader to 8 years.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) urged the United States yesterday to close detention centers for immigrant children and their families.

Juan Francisco Sáenz-Tamez, the 23-year-old head of Mexico’s Gulf Cartel, has made his first court appearance.

As the U.S. nears its mid-term elections, primetime U.S. media events—the recent debate on the war against ISIS, global terrorism, the international Ebola scare, and the pending approval of the Keystone Pipeline—are making top news fodder in Canada as well.

The United States Supreme Court yesterday refused to review a series of appeals court decisions that overturned same-sex marriage bans in five states.

This week’s likely top stories: Dilma Rousseff and Aécio Neves head to a runoff election; U.S. Supreme Court rejects same-sex marriage appeals; domestic renewable energy market opens in Chile; Mexican college students may be buried in mass graves; Peruvian elections are marred by violence; Catamarca creates a new mining district.

Despite the divisive rhetoric in Washington that has politicized and paralyzed any chance for reform on immigration, we’ve seen the pendulum shift from local-level ordinances that made life more difficult for immigrants to more and more cities working to create an environment that supports immigrant inclusion.

President Obama has requested Canada’s participation in the developing coalition against terrorism in Syria and Iraq. What will be the role of Canada?

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