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Argentine Prisoners Agree to End Hunger Strike

Thousands of Argentine prisoners have agreed to end a hunger strike after local authorities promised to speed up the judicial process.

More than 12,000 inmates at prisons in Buenos Aires province had been refusing food for up to two weeks to demand quicker trials and shorter sentences. Many prisoners in Argentina wait for years to appear in court.

The provincial justice minister, Eduardo Di Rocco, says the inmates agreed to stop their hunger strike after he explained a new ruling by the province's highest court.

The ruling changes the way time spent in detention before trial is calculated.

Argentina's prisons are overcrowded and living conditions are generally poor. Some officials worried the hunger strike could lead to a repeat of last year's deadly riots in the prisons.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.