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Lima, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) The plane carrying Pope Francis took off today shortly before 09:00 local time on its way to Puerto Maldonado, some 1,525 kilometers east of the capital, where he will hold a meeting with Amazonian communities .

Lima, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) The news about political corruption continue making headlines in Peru, although the country''s public opinion focuses on Pope Francis'' visit, and is striking the neoliberal leader Keiko Fujimori again.

La Paz, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) The Joint Task Force of Bolivia (FTC) began the eradication efforts of illicitly cultivated coca plantations, local media reported today.

By Roberto Garcia Hernandez, special reporter

Lima, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) Pope Francis arrived today in this city, coming from Chile, to begin his pastoral visit that will conclude on Sunday, amid an impressive security operation that includes ground forces as well as air and naval means.

Santiago de Chile, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said goodbye to Pope Francis in a ceremony today in the northern city of Iquique.

Caracas, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivarian government ratified the continuation of social programs, despite the economic blockade with the delivery of decent homes to low-income families through the Great Housing Venezuela Mission (GMVV).

Havana, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) The Director of the UNESCO Regional Office, Katherine Muller-Marin, reiterated today that the Casa de las Americas will receive here on January 24 the UNESCO Award -UNAM Jaime Torres Bodet.

Santo Domingo, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) The dialogue between the government and the Venezuelan opposition in the Dominican Republic will be rescheduled for new dates, the Foreign Ministry''s press director, Hugo Beras, informed today.

Iquique, Chile, Jan 18(Prensa Latina) Pope Francis''s defense of Bishop Juan Barros, accused of complicity in cases of sexual abuse in Chile, marred the pontiff''s farewell, although the immigration issue was central to his Mass at Lobito Beach.

Caracas, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) The president of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), Delcy Rodríguez, said today that five organizations must register as political parties before the National Electoral Council (CNE) by the end of this month to participate in the presidential election in Venezuela.

Iquique, Chile, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) For the first time in history, Pope Francisco officiated a wedding on board the plane that moved him to this city in northern Chile, on his last day of visiting the southern country.