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Colombia investigating whether ‘archaeological find’ could be paramilitary mass grave

April, 11 2018 (Colombia Reports) Forensic investigators of Colombia’s prosecution are investigating whether a mass grave that were initially presented as an archaeological find is in fact a mass grave with more than 50 human remains. Workers constructing a highway around the Caribbean port city of Barranquilla found the remains and initially called in the [...]

Mexican independent candidate put back on presidential ballot after expulsion

April, 10 2018 (Reuters) MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Independent Mexican presidential candidate Jaime Rodriguez will be on the ballot for July’s vote, the country’s electoral regulator said on Tuesday, weeks after he was dramatically excluded for not reaching the required number of signatures. Mexico’s election watchdog INE said that its board would follow a court [...]

Venezuela inflation 454 percent in first quarter: National Assembly

April, 11 2018 (Reuters) CARACAS - Prices rose 454 percent in the first three months of this year in Venezuela, according to the country’s opposition-led National Assembly, whose numbers are broadly in line with those of independent economists. The country is undergoing a major crisis, with millions of people suffering from food shortages, hyperinflation and [...]

Colombian FARC leader arrested on drug trafficking charge

April, 10 2018 (BBC) ne of the top leaders of Colombia's former rebel group, the Farc, has been arrested in Bogota following a request from the United States. Jesus Santrich, a former peace negotiator, is accused of drug trafficking by a court in New York. He planned to export 10 tonnes of cocaine worth $320m [...]

Brazil’s top court rules that ex-president Lula can be jailed

April, 4 2018 (Reuters) BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil’s Supreme Court early on Thursday rejected former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s plea to avoid prison while he appeals a corruption conviction, in a vote that likely ends his political career and deepens divisions in the country. The pivotal vote was cast by Justice Rosa Weber [...]

Mexico presidency front-runner to investors: ‘Don’t be frightened’

April, 4 2018 (Reuters) MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican presidential front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Wednesday sent an open letter to investors, seeking to allay concerns he could damage the economy, and promising to run an austere, zero-deficit government. In the letter published in financial newspaper El Financiero, Lopez Obrador sought to strike a [...]

Secretary of Colombia war crimes tribunal resigns

April, 4 2018 (Colombia Reports) The secretary of the war crimes tribunal that is part of Colombia’s ongoing peace process resigned on Tuesday amid controversy over expenses and a request for classified information. Nestor Correa, the man who managed the resources and the budget of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) notified the transitional court [...]

Are Ecuadorean journalists held hostage in Colombia?

April, 4 2018 (Colombia Reports) Two Ecuadorean journalists and their driver who were kidnapped in the north of their country last week appear to be held hostage in Colombia. But this is denied by the country’s defense ministry. The journalists of newspaper El Comercio and their driver were kidnapped on March 26 in Esmeraldas, an [...]

Trump to send military to Mexican border

April, 3 2018 (BBC) President Donald Trump has vowed to send the US military to secure the nation's southern border with Mexico. "We are going to be doing things militarily," Mr Trump said at the White House on Tuesday, adding that it would be a "big step". Earlier Mr Trump threatened to cut aid to [...]

Bolivia ex-leader ‘responsible for protesters’ deaths’

April, 4 2018 (BBC) A jury in the United States has found Bolivian ex-President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada responsible for the deaths of dozens of protesters in 2003. His the Defence Minister, Carlos Sánchez, was also found responsible in the civil lawsuit. Their lawyers said they would appeal against the decision. The plaintiffs accused the [...]

Honduran police arrest executive in environmental activist’s death

March, 4 2018 (CNN) A hydroelectric executive was arrested Friday and accused of helping to plan the murder of Honduran environmental activist Berta Cáceres two years ago, the country's prosecutors said. Roberto David Castillo Mejía, executive president of Desarrollos Energéticos Sociedad Anónima (DESA), was detained Friday at the Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport in the [...]

Ex-rebel leader Rodrigo Londoño pulls out of Colombia presidential race

March, 8 2018 (CNN) Former FARC leader Rodrigo Londoño's short-lived bid for the Colombian presidency has ended because of health issues, the onetime guerrilla group announced Thursday. Known by his nom de guerre Timochenko, Londoño led the country's most powerful guerrilla force, FARC, throughout lengthy peace negotiations with the government and later declared himself the [...]