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December 15, 2009 |  6:03 pm

Mexico City -- Mexican President Felipe Calderon proposed sweeping political reforms Tuesday that would allow reelection of federal lawmakers and some other officials and provide for runoff elections for president if no candidate gained more than half the votes.

Tegucigalpa, Honduras — Honduran police promised to thoroughly investigate the weekend killing of gay rights activist Walter Trochez, who had joined in demonstrations protesting the June coup that ousted President Manuel Zelaya.

Caracas, Venezuela — Lawmakers loyal to President Hugo Chavez inaugurated a state-run radio station that replaces a broadcaster that had sandwiched criticism of Venezuela’s socialist leader between jazz and salsa music.

Brasilia, Brazil — Brazil’s Senate approved Venezuela’s request to join the South American trade bloc Mercosur despite concerns about President Hugo Chavez’s restraints on democracy.

-- Times staff and wire reports