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UN warns Colombia over war crimes tribunal delays

June, 26 2018 (Colombiareports) The United Nations called on Colombia to “urgently remove the obstacles” impeding a war crimes tribunal or risk being called out on failures to comply with an ongoing peace process. The so-called Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) became the center of controversy again last week after conservative President-elect Ivan Duque called [...]

UN warns Colombia over war crimes tribunal delays2018-07-03T15:24:28+00:00

Colombia to resume aerial fumigation of coca, this time with drones

June, 26 2018 (Colombiareports) Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos on Tuesday said that his country will use drones to return to the aerial fumigation of coca, the base ingredient of cocaine. The country’s government and court banned aerial fumigation in 2015 after complaints that the aircraft that were used were hardly precise and that the [...]

Colombia to resume aerial fumigation of coca, this time with drones2018-07-03T15:15:20+00:00

Entire police force of Mexico town detained after mayoral candidate’s assassination

June, 25 2018 (CNN) The entire police force of a Mexican town in the state of Michoacán is being questioned in the assassination of a mayoral candidate, the office of the state's attorney general told CNN on Monday. Fernando Angeles Juarez of the Party of the Democratic Revolution was killed Thursday morning by unknown gunmen. [...]

Entire police force of Mexico town detained after mayoral candidate’s assassination2018-07-03T15:07:27+00:00

President says to take “zero tolerance” policy as corruption costs Peru 3 bln USD annually

July, 3 2018 (xinhuanet) LIMA, June 27 (Xinhua) -- Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra said on Wednesday that the government will enforce a "zero tolerance" policy against corruption amid a spreading bribery scandal that has involved at least three former presidents. Speaking at a press conference, Vizcarra said corruption, which currently costs the South American country [...]

President says to take “zero tolerance” policy as corruption costs Peru 3 bln USD annually2018-07-03T15:02:32+00:00

Venezuela’s creditors working on eventual debt restructuring: source

June, 20 2018 (Reuters) Venezuela’s public and private creditors are working on how to one day restructure its debt, though U.S. sanctions make that impossible for now, a source close to the Paris Club of government creditors said on Wednesday. Crippled by a hyperinflationary economic crisis, the cash-strapped Venezuelan government and state oil company PDVSA [...]

Venezuela’s creditors working on eventual debt restructuring: source2018-06-22T16:03:58+00:00

Trucker strike lifts Brazil inflation to two-year high in mid-June

June, 21 2018 (Reuters) BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil’s inflation rate soared back to the central bank’s official target range in mid-June after a nationwide protest by truckers drove product shortages across the board, lifting consumer prices by the most in more than two years. Still, the short-term spike in prices was unlikely to drive the [...]

Trucker strike lifts Brazil inflation to two-year high in mid-June2018-06-22T15:55:32+00:00

Colombia’s President-Elect Ivan Duque Vows To Change Peace Deal With Leftist Rebels

June, 18 2018 (Huffpost) In the first presidential election since the 2016 peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, Duque worried Colombians with a promise to overhaul the accord that ended a five-decade conflict. Colombia’s President-elect Ivan Duque, who swept aside leftist Gustavo Petro in Sunday’s election, pledged to unite his South American [...]

Colombia’s President-Elect Ivan Duque Vows To Change Peace Deal With Leftist Rebels2018-06-22T15:47:14+00:00

Mexico’s foreign minister blasts ‘cruel and inhumane’ US immigration policy

June, 20 2018 (CNN) Mexico's foreign minister on Tuesday added his voice to the chorus condemning the Trump administration's separation of children from their parents at the southern US border, calling the policy "cruel and inhumane." Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray referred to one case involving a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome as "particularly painful." He [...]

Mexico’s foreign minister blasts ‘cruel and inhumane’ US immigration policy2018-06-22T15:41:16+00:00

More deaths in Nicaragua violence as talks collapse

June, 20 2018 (BBC) At least three people were killed and many injured as government forces in Nicaragua launched an operation to regain control of the city of Masaya. Residents say security forces and militias used disproportionate force to clear barricades on Tuesday. The operation was launched a day after the collapse of talks between [...]

More deaths in Nicaragua violence as talks collapse2018-06-22T15:30:04+00:00

Venezuela deploys soldiers to markets to check prices

June, 21 2018 (BBC) Venezuela has deployed soldiers to almost 100 food markets in efforts to counter an "economic war" it says is being waged against it. President Nicolás Maduro ordered the measure, arguing that sellers were charging over the odds for price-controlled items. Venezuela has the highest inflation in the world and there are [...]

Venezuela deploys soldiers to markets to check prices2018-06-22T15:19:22+00:00

Venezuela frees 40 jailed activists and politicians

June, 3 2018 (BBC) The Venezuelan government has released another 40 opposition politicians and activists, bringing to 79 the number of people freed in the past two days. Communication Minister Jorge Rodriguez said the government was reviewing other dissidents' cases. He said it was a goodwill gesture to help ease tensions. The announcement comes after [...]

Venezuela frees 40 jailed activists and politicians2018-06-12T16:05:53+00:00

Cuba to begin constitutional reforms to formalise ”opening-up’

June, 2 2018 (BBC) Presidential term limits and the legalisation of same-sex marriage are amongst reforms being proposed by Cuba's national assembly. The intention is to constitutionally formalise the island's economic and social opening-up while maintaining the "irrevocable nature of socialism". Former President Raúl Castro will lead the potential reforms, President Miguel Diaz-Canel has announced. [...]

Cuba to begin constitutional reforms to formalise ”opening-up’2018-06-12T15:57:23+00:00