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Peruvian ballet dancer who hid Shining Path rebel is freed

September, 12 2017 (BBC) A ballet dancer jailed for hiding Peru's most-wanted man in her flat has been released after 25 years in jail. Maritza Garrido Lecca, 52, was sentenced in 1992 after the leader of the Shining Path rebel group, Abimael Guzmán, was found in her apartment. The Maoist guerrilla group was largely dismantled [...]

Brazil corruption scandal: President Temer slams judiciary

September, 12 2017 (BBC) Brazil's President Michel Temer has accused his country's judiciary of using allegations of corruption to destroy reputations. Mr Temer's statement came just hours before a Supreme Court justice authorised a new corruption investigation into the president. The president, like dozens of other Brazilian politicians, is already implicated in Operation Car Wash. [...]

The Trump Sanctions Against Venezuela: Is Economic Recovery Possible?

September, 8 2017 (Huffpost) At the end of August, the Trump administration imposed harsh sanctions on Venezuela that prevent the country from borrowing or selling assets in the U.S. financial system. The new embargo will exacerbate shortages of food, medicine, and other essential goods while severely limiting the policy options available to pull the country [...]

Cuban Regime Made 511 Arbitrary Arrests in August: Report

September, 6 2017 (Panampost) August proved to be another oppressive, authoritarian month for the Cuban regime, registering 511 arbitrary and politically motivated arrests, according to the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation. The dissident group warned that civil organizations suffer “various forms of systematic, illegal intimidation and deterrence.” The Commission also said that [...]

Colombia’s government reaches ceasefire deal with ELN

September, 4 2017 (CNN) The Colombian government has reached an agreement with leftist ELN rebels on a bilateral ceasefire starting October 1, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced on television Monday. The ceasefire will run for an initial 102 days through January 12, 2018, and will be renewed if progress continues to be made in [...]

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 [...]