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Venezuelan migrants throng Ecuador-Colombia border high up in Andes

August, 9 2018 (Reuters) RUMICHACA BRIDGE (Reuters) - Thousands of Venezuelans overwhelmed the Ecuadorean-Colombian border high in the Andean mountains on Thursday, as fears of border closings led to a sudden surge in migrants from the ravaged OPEC-member country. Impoverished Venezuelans are fleeing food shortages, hyperinflation, and violent crime in their homeland, often taking days-long [...]

Venezuelan migrants throng Ecuador-Colombia border high up in Andes2018-08-13T17:40:14+00:00

Uribe turns against Colombia’s anti-corruption referendum

August, 9 2018 (Colombia reports) The party of Colombia’s President Ivan Duque has retracted its support for an anti-corruption referendum set to be held in two weeks, former President Alvaro Uribe said Wednesday. After supporting the initiative ahead of the elections in June, Uribe announced his change of mind after he was caught on video [...]

Uribe turns against Colombia’s anti-corruption referendum2018-08-13T17:37:05+00:00

At least 317 killed in ongoing protests in Nicaragua, rights group says

August, 5 2018 (CNN) Civil unrest in Nicaragua that began in mid-April has left at least 317 people dead, according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Included in the organization's death toll are 21 police officers and 23 children and adolescents "killed in the context of the crisis," said the commission, which is known [...]

At least 317 killed in ongoing protests in Nicaragua, rights group says2018-08-13T17:30:24+00:00

Colombia recognizes Palestine as sovereign state

August, 9 2018 (CNN) Colombian President Iván Duque is facing a diplomatic row with Israel in his first week in office after the outgoing government recognized Palestine just days before the end of its term. The announcement was made public Wednesday, with the release of a letter to Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Malki. The letter [...]

Colombia recognizes Palestine as sovereign state2018-08-13T17:22:02+00:00

Mexico court absolves former union boss Elba Gordillo

August, 9 2018 (BBC) A Mexican federal court has dismissed charges against Elba Esther Gordillo, a former leader of the country's most powerful teachers union. Ms Gordillo led one of Latin America's largest unions and spent almost five years in prison awaiting trial. Last year she was transferred from jail and placed under house arrest. [...]

Mexico court absolves former union boss Elba Gordillo2018-08-13T17:15:15+00:00

Venezuela cracks down on opposition in wake of ‘attack’

August, 8 2018 (BBC) A Venezuelan opposition lawmaker has been arrested and a warrant issued for another living in exile, amid a crackdown after an alleged drone attack against President Nicolás Maduro. The government has blamed Juan Requesens and Julio Borges for what it calls a bid to kill the president. The moves came as [...]

Venezuela cracks down on opposition in wake of ‘attack’2018-08-13T17:11:28+00:00

Can AMLO end Mexico’s devastating drug wars?

August, 1 2018 (Alzajeera) On July 1, by electing Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) as their new president, the Mexican people did not only speak, they shouted: "No more copycat politicians, no more failed promises, no more violence and no more Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI)". PRI candidates had dominated Mexican presidential elections since its founding [...]

Can AMLO end Mexico’s devastating drug wars?2018-08-03T19:32:59+00:00

Venezuela to relax currency controls amid economic crisis

August, 2 2018 (Apnews) Venezuela’s socialist government on Thursday relaxed strict controls that for years have limited currency exchanges, choking an economy that’s in a historic freefall. The ruling party’s National Constitutional Assembly voted to legalize certain transactions in currency exchange houses. The changes fall under President Nicolas Maduro’s recently announced economic plan to combat [...]

Venezuela to relax currency controls amid economic crisis2018-08-03T19:02:14+00:00

Colombia’s Santos admits defeat in ELN rebels ceasefire talks

August, 1 2018 (Yahoo news) Outgoing Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos admitted defeat on Wednesday after failing to secure a ceasefire with ELN Marxist guerrillas before handing over the reins to hardline right-wing successor Ivan Duque next week. Santos had made it his goal to achieve a "complete peace" to end the 50-year conflict with [...]

Colombia’s Santos admits defeat in ELN rebels ceasefire talks2018-08-03T18:51:47+00:00

Brazil’s Odebrecht sues Colombia for $1.3 billion over asset seizure

August, 2 2018 (Reuters) BOGOTA (Reuters) - Brazilian construction company Odebrecht is suing the Colombian government for $1.3 billion alleging the nation illegally expropriated assets during a bribery probe, a government official said on Thursday. Luis Guillermo Velez, director of the State Legal Agency, which defends the government in any lawsuits, told Reuters that Odebrecht [...]

Brazil’s Odebrecht sues Colombia for $1.3 billion over asset seizure2018-08-03T18:46:46+00:00

Mexico had more homicides in 2017 than previously reported, statistics institute says

July, 31 2018 (CNN) The number of homicides in Mexico in 2017 is higher than previously reported, according to new data released by the Mexican National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) on Monday. The country had 31,174 homicides in 2017, the INEGI reports. This is an increase of 27% compared with 2016, which saw [...]

Mexico had more homicides in 2017 than previously reported, statistics institute says2018-08-03T18:35:42+00:00

Cuba aims to build socialism, not communism, in draft constitution

July, 21 2018 (Reuters) HAVANA (Reuters) - A draft of Cuba’s new constitution omits the aim of building communism, recognizes private property and opens the door to gay marriage, in a sign of changing times, although it keeps the Communist Party as the guiding force of the one-party system. Cuba’s national assembly is this weekend [...]

Cuba aims to build socialism, not communism, in draft constitution2018-07-24T20:18:49+00:00