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Cuban Dictatorship Claims U.S. Conspiring with OAS to Install Puppet Government in Venezuela

August, 1 2017 (Panampost) Cuban President Raúl Castro claimed there is an ongoing “international operation” against Venezuela following the implementation of Nicolás Maduro’s Constituent Assembly. His regime claimed that the US is plotting against Venezuela and ignoring the Chavista elections that were held Sunday, July 30. It also denounced US sanctions against Nicolás Maduro — [...]

Former Brazil President Lula faces sixth trial for corruption

August, 1 2017 SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, already found guilty of corruption in one graft trial, will now face a sixth trial on charges related to a sweeping political kickback scheme that sent Latin America's biggest economy into political chaos, a judge ordered on Tuesday. A federal [...]

Exclusive: Venezuelan oil supply to Phillips 66 falls amid quality issues

August, 1 2017 (Reuters) HOUSTON (Reuters) - Venezuela's supply of heavy crude to U.S. independent refiner Phillips 66 has dropped by more than two-thirds this year in part due to quality problems, and the company has cancelled at least one cargo in recent months, according to sources from state-run oil company PDVSA. Phillips 66 (PSX.N) [...]

Brazil’s Temer wins Congressional votes to block graft charge

August, 1 2017 (Reuters) BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's lower house of Congress voted on Wednesday to reject a corruption charge against President Michel Temer for allegedly taking bribes, saving him from facing a possible Supreme Court trial that could have ousted him from office. Temer won enough ballots to keep the opposition from gaining the [...]

Venezuela Just Spawned A Totalitarian Regime

August, 1 2017 (Huffpost) Venezuela just became more authoritarian and chaotic than ever before. Sunday’s fraudulent elections marked a new chapter in the republic’s history. As a result of the illegitimate and rigid Constituent Assembly vote, the country now finds itself well on its way to becoming a “communal state” run by the central government. [...]

US Refineries Prepare for Imminent Sanctions against Venezuelan Oil

July 28 2017 (Panampost) The United States is already preparing its refineries ahead of imminent sanctions against Venezuela and the state-owned oil company PDVSA, according to Reuters. The Valero Energy Corp and Marathon Petroleum Corp refineries said on Thursday that they plan to work with lighter crude oil this quarter, Reuters reported, and to continue [...]

Brazil to shift funds from investments to police, air traffic

July, 27 2017 (Reuters) BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's government will redirect 2.2 billion reais ($700 million) from investments to essential services such as air traffic control to avoid disruptions caused by its austerity drive, Planning Minister Dyogo Oliveira said on Thursday. With the Brazilian economy still reeling from its worst recession on record, policymakers have [...]

El Salvador prosecutors order nearly 600 arrests to stem crime spree

July, 26 2017 (Reuters) SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - Prosecutors in El Salvador ordered the arrests of some 593 people nationwide on suspicion of crimes like homicide and extortion, an action that appeared to be a major strike against gangs that have turned the Central American country into one of the deadliest in the world. Attorney [...]

Son of detained Mexican drug kingpin surrenders to U.S. narcotics police

July, 27 2017 (Reuters) MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The son of Mexican drug kingpin Damaso Lopez Nunez has handed himself over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), said a security official from the border state of Baja California. "What we know is that he handed himself over yesterday (Wednesday). The case is now with [...]

Venezuela crisis: Bans on protests that ‘disturb’ election

July, 28 2017 (BBC) Venezuela is banning protests that could "disturb or affect" Sunday's controversial election for a new constituent assembly. Prison terms of between five and 10 years could be imposed on those contravening the ban, Interior Minister Néstor Reverol said. More than 100 people have been killed in protest-related violence since April. The [...]

Trump effect’ looms large at Mexico’s southern border

July, 25 2017 (CNN) Tapachula, Mexico (CNN)Amarilis Mendoza is getting used to stares and double takes. The 13-year-old from Guatemala lost part of her left leg when she fell from a moving train, a train she had hoped would carry her to the United States. Her shirt reads "Keep moving forward." But now that defiant [...]