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Argentines protest Supreme Court ruling on Dirty War sentences

May, 11 2017 (Reuters) Tens of thousands of Argentines protested on Wednesday against a Supreme Court ruling that could decrease jail time for those convicted of human rights abuses during the country's 1976 - 1983 military dictatorship that killed as many as 30,000 people. The ruling was widely criticized, including by President Mauricio Macri, and [...]

Inside Venezuela’s anti-government protests

May, 11 2017 (BBC) Venezuelans angry with the government of President Nicolas Maduro have been taking to the streets almost daily since the beginning of April. Despite dozens of people being killed in protest-related violence, the demonstrations show little sign of abating. Here, demonstrators explain their reasons for protesting, and what they hope will come [...]

Brazil’s ex-President Lula questioned over corruption

May, 11 2017 (BBC) The former Brazilian President, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, has given evidence before the country's top anti-corruption judge. He was closely questioned for five hours by Judge Sergio Moro. Lula has rejected allegations that he received a flat as a bribe in a corruption scandal linked to the state oil company, [...]

Mexico’s Drug War Was World’s Second-Deadliest Conflict In 2016

May, 10 2017 (Huffingtonpost) In grim but unsurprising news, Syria’s civil war was the world’s most lethal conflict in 2016, according to a new report. What may come as a shock, however, is the second-deadliest: Mexico’s drug war. Just 10 crises accounted for more than 80 percent of all fatalities worldwide in 2016, the International [...]

Peru ex-governor, lawyer arrested over ties to Odebrecht bribes

May, 17 2017 (Reuters) A former Peruvian governor suspected of arranging bribes from Odebrecht was arrested on Wednesday, while police raided Lima law firms thought to have ties to the Brazilian construction company, the attorney general's office said. Prosecutors said Jorge Acurio, former governor of the Cusco region, coordinated the payment of $3 million in [...]

Brazil’s president denies authorizing payments to silence politician

May, 17 2017 (Reuters) Brazilian President Michel Temer on Wednesday denied a report that he had authorized payments to silence a possible witness in the country's biggest-ever graft probe. Temer acknowledged in a prepared statement that he had met in early March with Joesley Batista, the chairman of meatpacker JBS SA, who according to newspaper [...]

Mexico president heads to Guatemala to discuss migration, extradition

May, 17 2017 (Reuters) Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto will travel to Guatemala to meet its leader Jimmy Morales on June 5 and 6, the Mexican president's office said in a statement on Wednesday. The two presidents agreed on the date in a phone call on Wednesday, according to the statement. The meeting comes as [...]

Hebe de Bonafini: Head of Argentina Mothers of Plaza de Mayo group indicted

May, 10 2017 (BBC) A judge in Argentina has indicted the head of human rights organisation the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo. Hebe de Bonafini, 88, has been charged with misusing public funds allocated to a social housing project. The programme, created by former President Cristina Fernández, was managed by Mrs De Bonafini's foundation, a [...]

Venezuela: Soldiers sent to quell looting amid protests

May, 18 2017 (BBC) Venezuela says it is sending 2,600 troops to the western region of Tachira to quell looting and rioting amid continuing anti-government protests. In the state capital, San Cristobal, most shops and businesses are closed and guarded by soldiers. Three people, including two teenagers, were killed in Tachira this week. Since the [...]

Brazil’s President Michel Temer denies hush money claim

May, 18 2017 (BBC) President Michel Temer of Brazil has denied a newspaper report that he has been recorded backing paying off a witness in a huge corruption scandal. O Globo newspaper said Mr Temer had been recorded discussing payments to silence the jailed former Speaker Eduardo Cunha. Opposition politicians called for snap elections and [...]

President Maduro: Going, Going… ?

Caracas, May 10, 2017: Going, going – but not yet gone. The toppling and dismemberment of a statue of Venezuela’s late president, Hugo Chávez, in the state of Zulia, and the continued public insubordination of the attorney general, Luisa Ortega Díaz, have failed to elicit a visible reaction from Chávez’s annointed and flailing successor, President [...]

15 Years Later, Victims of the Bojaya FARC Massacre Await Justice

May, 2 2017 (Panampost) The population of the municipality of Bojayá located in the south of the country in the jungle department of Chocó, commemorates one of the worst massacres that has been witnessed in the country. After 15 years of the attack, victims of the Bojayá massacre still await truth and reparations. On May [...]