Simeon Tegel

Simeon Tegel is a British journalist based in Lima, Peru, and covering Latin America. Visit his website at simeontegel.com.

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Nationalisation: Uruguay's solution to its drug problem

Law allowing state to sell cannabis could be adopted across Latin America in defiance of US

Enrique Peña Nieto is the new face of the PRI, which is leading in the opinion polls with 45 per cent of the vote

The ghosts of Mexico's past

Exhausted by the war on drugs, the country is on the verge of electing the PRI, a party notorious for its autocratic, corruption-plagued rule. Simeon Tegel reports from Mexico City

Mexico City considers bullfight ban

When the conquistadors brought bullfighting to Mexico more than 500 years ago, few could have foreseen how popular it would become.

Guerrillas attacked a helicopter transporting armed police

Shining Path sniper kills Peruvian policewoman

Shining Path terrorists have killed a police captain as she took part in an attempt to rescue dozens of hostages seized by the rebels earlier this week.

Shining Path guerrillas

Return of the Shining Path

Terrorist group kidnaps 40 workers less than a week after Peru's President said it had been 'totally defeated'

The trapped miners vowed to walk to freedom at the end of their ordeal but needed the help of their rescuers when they finally emerged

Nine Peruvian miners walk free after six-day ordeal

Peru was celebrating yesterday after the rescue of nine trapped miners whose lives had hung in the balance for six days as oxygen was pumped to them through a hose.

Lurigancho's inmates took to the roof in 2005 after five people were killed

Sex and drugs and private cells: Behind bars in South America

A deadly riot in Mexico and an inferno in Honduras have turned the searchlight on conditions in Latin America's overcrowded and anarchic prisons. Simeon Tegel spends a day behind bars in Peru

Hebe de Bonafini, centre, and members of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo last year

The Mothers of the Disappeared beset by corruption scandal

Few opposed Argentina's military dictatorship as effectively as the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, with their lonely, dignified vigils in Buenos Aires' main square for their children "disappeared" by the junta. But now the group, whose moral authority in the country was virtually saintly, has become embroiled in a corruption scandal that threatens to tarnish its reputation for good.

Hebe de Bonafini, centre, and members of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo last year

Argentina's 'Disappeared', the mothers and the money

Parents leading a campaign for Argentina's 'Disappeared' have been hit by a huge corruption scandal. Simeon Tegel reports

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