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Argentine lawmakers officially lowered the country’s voting age from 18 to 16. More than a million new voters are estimated to be eligible to cast ballots during mid-term elections next year. In Panama, a U.S. free trade agreement went into effect yesterday, five years after it was negotiated. Last year, congress approved the pact which will increase U.S. exports as Panama continues its canal expansion project. In Colombia, veteran FARC member Heli Mjia Mendoza apologized to kidnap victims after coming face-to-face with them during a court hearing. Among his prisoners was former Colombian presidential candidate, Ingrid Betancourt. And Ecuadorean plaintiffs plan to sue Chevron in Argentina and Colombia to collect a $19 billion award for pollution in the Amazon. Chevron’s assets in Argentina are estimated to be $2 billion.