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December 22, 2009 |  7:06 pm

Bogota, Colombia -- Caqueta state Gov. Luis Francisco Cuellar was found dead Tuesday, Colombian authorities said, less than a day after he was abducted from his home by suspected leftist guerrillas.

Mexico City -- Gunmen shot dead the mother, brother, sister and aunt of an elite Mexican marine who died after participating in a raid last week that killed drug lord Arturo Beltran Leyva, police said.

Caracas, Venezuela -- Venezuela imposed electricity rationing, limiting the hours of shopping malls and requiring businesses and large housing complexes to cut back or be penalized, in an attempt to avert widespread blackouts in the coming months.

Sao Paulo, Brazil  -- Brazil’s government will turn its focus to investment and away from stimulus measures, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said, as the country’s economy makes a robust exit from recession.

Quito, Ecuador -- Ecuadorean authorities took Teleamazonas private channel off the air for three days in a move likely to fuel concern among President Rafael Correa’s critics over press freedom under his leftist government.

-- Times staff and wire reports

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