Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro got a quick, and strong, reaction to having the military take over appliance shops and slash prices. Bargain hunters swarmed over stores across Venezuela, and Maduro had to go on TV to urge calm, telling his countrymen: "There's no need to sleep outside store doors." Campaigning wound as Chileans prepared to vote for a new president this weekend. The race's two leading candidates were childhood friends, one the daughter of a victim of the former Pinochet dictatorship and the other the daughter of an active member of that junta. In Brazil's Amazon, the 12th Indigenous Games got underway. Some 1,500 participants from 48 Brazilian tribes and more than a dozen other nations are competing in the event, which has been praised as a "holistic" alternative to sports extravaganzas coming up in Brazil the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. Associated Press photographer Rodrigo Abd produced a tough look at the rough edges of Lima, Peru, where dusty, chaotic neighborhoods bulge with dirt-poor people, many of them who pour in from the Andes unprepared for big city life.
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