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Report says Honduras fails to investigate rural killings

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MEXICO CITY — Scores of people have been killed in brutal land battles in rural Honduras but authorities have failed-or refused-to investigate, possibly bowing to moneyed interests, a new report says.

The violence in the Bajo Aguan valley has come from many sources, including private security guards hired by huge landholders making millions of dollars from palm oil; government forces accused of abuses including arbitrary arrests and torture; and peasant groups, who contend their land has been stolen, according to the study.

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