- - Monday, September 12, 2011

CHILE

280 arrested, 45 hurt on coup anniversary

SANTIAGO — The numbers are in from violence on the 38th anniversary of Chile’s military coup: Police arrested 280 people and 45 people were injured, including a teenager who is in critical condition with a bullet in his chest.

The disturbances during the commemoration of Chile’s Sept. 11 followed a peaceful march to Santiago’s memorial for the more than 40,000 people who were killed, disappeared, or tortured and jailed during the military dictatorship.

CUBA

Dissidents freed after weekend detention

HAVANA — The wife of one of two prominent Cuban dissidents who were arrested and held over the weekend says both men are now free.

Berta Soler says her husband, Angel Moya, and opposition activist Jose Daniel Ferrer were released Monday. The men were detained Friday as they prepared to hold a protest march in the eastern Cuban town of Palma Soriano.

The arrests were the first involving members of a group of 75 former political prisoners since the last of the group was freed earlier this year. The men were arrested in a notorious 2003 sweep against intellectuals and social commentators.

BRAZIL

President says she is free of cancer

BRASILIA — President Dilma Rousseff said Monday she has fully recovered from lymphatic cancer for which she was treated in 2009, and that her main health concern now is losing weight.

The 63-year-old Ms. Rousseff told Globo television she still gets checked every six months in a follow-up to her cancer treatment, which was done in 2009 before she ran for president.

“Cancer can be resolved when detected early. This is very important. If people do prevention, then they are able to detect and treat it. That’s what happened with me,” she said.

Otherwise, she said her health is good but that she would like to lose a bit of weight. “Not much, [9 to 11 pounds] to get back to where I was before the election,” she said.

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