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Daca Dreamers: US scraps young undocumented immigrants scheme

September, 5 2017 (BBC) An Obama-era scheme to protect young undocumented immigrants is being scrapped, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced. No first-time applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) programme will be acted on after Tuesday, the government confirmed. However, existing recipients will not be affected for at least six months. [...]

Brazilian ex-presidents charged in corruption case

September, 6 2017 (BBC) Brazil's top prosecutor has charged former presidents Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff with forming a criminal organisation to divert funds from the country's state oil company. Prosecutor Rodrigo Janot said Lula, Ms Rousseff and six fellow Workers' Party members committed a series of crimes involving Petrobras from 2002 [...]

Colombia’s Gulf Clan says it is ready to surrender

September, 6 2017 (BBC) One of Colombia's most powerful drug gangs, the Gulf Clan, has said it wishes to submit itself to justice. President Juan Manuel Santos said that he had authorised justice officials to look at the request. Mr Santos said more than 1,500 members of the gang had been arrested in the last [...]

‘Biggest cash haul’ in Brazil ex-minister’s apartment

September, 6 2017 (BBC) Brazilian police say they have made their biggest-ever seizure of cash in an apartment allegedly used by one of President Michel Temer's former cabinet members. Police say they have counted more than $16m (£12.5m) in large-denomination notes found in the flat in the city of Salvador. Former minister Geddel Vieira Lima [...]

Ecuador Vice President Barred from Leaving Country as Odebrecht Scandal Heats Up

August, 30 2017 (Panampost) Supreme Court has prohibited the Vice President Jorge Glas from leaving the country while officials investigate his role in the Odebrecht corruption case. Judge Miguel Jurado ordered the precautionary measure following the request of the Prosecutor’s Office in Ecuador and a hearing that took place Tuesday, August 29 that involved 10 [...]

Peru opposition leader investigated in connection with Odebrecht

August, 29 2017 (Reuters) The Peruvian attorney general’s office has opened a criminal probe into opposition leader Keiko Fujimori for allegedly laundering money for scandal-plagued Brazilian builder Odebrecht, Fujimori’s attorney said on Tuesday. The twice-defeated right-wing presidential candidate and eldest daughter of Peru’s imprisoned former leader Alberto Fujimori denied that she or her political party [...]

U.S. sanctions on Venezuela oil company CFO tangle financial deals: sources

August, 30 2017 (Reuters) CARACAS/HOUSTON (Reuters) - U.S. sanctions on the finance boss of Venezuela’s oil company PDVSA have led to some exports to the United States being blocked as banks and investment funds refuse to provide letters of credit to potential buyers, three financial sources said. U.S. businesses are barred from dealing with a [...]

Argentina’s Fernandez cries foul on government primary vote count

August, 30 2017 (Reuters) BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina’s former populist leader Cristina Fernandez criticized President Mauricio Macri’s government at a rally on Wednesday, after it took more than two weeks to release final results in a Senate primary race that gave her a razor-thin win. Fernandez won the primary in Buenos Aires province, Argentina’s [...]

Guatemala court overrules order to expel UN official

August, 30 2017 (BBC) Guatemala's highest court has overruled an order by President Jimmy Morales to expel the head of the UN anti-corruption mission in the country. The Constitutional Court suspended the deportation order against Iván Velásquez, who backed an investigation into funding irregularities in the president's 2015 election campaign. Mr Morales had accused Mr [...]

Venezuela: New assembly approves treason trials for opposition

August, 30 2017 (BBC) Venezuela's new constituent assembly has unanimously voted to put opposition leaders on trial for treason. The assembly said it would pursue those it accuses of supporting US economic sanctions against the country. Washington approved the measures last week in response to what it called the "dictatorship" of President Nicolás Maduro. President [...]

Venezuela Attorney General Breaks Silence over Maduro Corruption and Cabello-Odebrecht Links

August, 23 2017(Panampost) The legitimate attorney general of Venezuela, Luisa Ortega, who fled after the persecution of the regime of Nicholas Maduro, arrived in Brazil to participate in a summit of corruption prosecutors; there she revealed information about Venezuelan corruption, specifically commenting on Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht‘s corrupting influence in the Andean country, and its [...]

Victims of Sonic Attack in Cuba Could Suffer Permanent Brain Damage

August, 24 2017 (Panampost) The “sonic attack” on United States and Canadian diplomats in Havana, Cuba may have caused more than hearing loss, CBS reported this week. The May attacks, that have only recently been made public, also caused brain damage. CBS, claiming to have access to the medical reports of the case, said a [...]