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Mexico presidency front-runner to investors: ‘Don’t be frightened’

April, 4 2018 (Reuters) MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican presidential front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Wednesday sent an open letter to investors, seeking to allay concerns he could damage the economy, and promising to run an austere, zero-deficit government. In the letter published in financial newspaper El Financiero, Lopez Obrador sought to strike a [...]

Secretary of Colombia war crimes tribunal resigns

April, 4 2018 (Colombia Reports) The secretary of the war crimes tribunal that is part of Colombia’s ongoing peace process resigned on Tuesday amid controversy over expenses and a request for classified information. Nestor Correa, the man who managed the resources and the budget of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) notified the transitional court [...]

Are Ecuadorean journalists held hostage in Colombia?

April, 4 2018 (Colombia Reports) Two Ecuadorean journalists and their driver who were kidnapped in the north of their country last week appear to be held hostage in Colombia. But this is denied by the country’s defense ministry. The journalists of newspaper El Comercio and their driver were kidnapped on March 26 in Esmeraldas, an [...]

Trump to send military to Mexican border

April, 3 2018 (BBC) President Donald Trump has vowed to send the US military to secure the nation's southern border with Mexico. "We are going to be doing things militarily," Mr Trump said at the White House on Tuesday, adding that it would be a "big step". Earlier Mr Trump threatened to cut aid to [...]

Bolivia ex-leader ‘responsible for protesters’ deaths’

April, 4 2018 (BBC) A jury in the United States has found Bolivian ex-President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada responsible for the deaths of dozens of protesters in 2003. His the Defence Minister, Carlos Sánchez, was also found responsible in the civil lawsuit. Their lawyers said they would appeal against the decision. The plaintiffs accused the [...]

Honduran police arrest executive in environmental activist’s death

March, 4 2018 (CNN) A hydroelectric executive was arrested Friday and accused of helping to plan the murder of Honduran environmental activist Berta Cáceres two years ago, the country's prosecutors said. Roberto David Castillo Mejía, executive president of Desarrollos Energéticos Sociedad Anónima (DESA), was detained Friday at the Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport in the [...]

Ex-rebel leader Rodrigo Londoño pulls out of Colombia presidential race

March, 8 2018 (CNN) Former FARC leader Rodrigo Londoño's short-lived bid for the Colombian presidency has ended because of health issues, the onetime guerrilla group announced Thursday. Known by his nom de guerre Timochenko, Londoño led the country's most powerful guerrilla force, FARC, throughout lengthy peace negotiations with the government and later declared himself the [...]

Venezuela: The Petro and Maduro’s Disastrous Foray into Cryptocurrency

March, 6 2018 (Panampost) Regrettably, the Venezuelan government of Nicolas Maduro has accustomed us to economic initiatives that are announced with great fanfare and that later die during birth (such as raising rabbits), or during the process of implementation they lose credibility for a number of reasons, until in they languish in oblivion waiting for [...]

Argentina’s last ex-dictator Bignone dies at age 90

March, 7 2018 (Reuters) BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The last leader of Argentina’s 1976 - 1983 “dirty war” military dictatorship, Reynaldo Bignone, died in a military hospital on Wednesday, Argentina’s state-run news agency Telam said. Bignone, 90, had been serving out jail sentences for conspiring to kidnap and kill opponents during his July 1982 to [...]

Slain Salvadoran archbishop Romero to be made a saint

March, 7 2018 (Reuters) VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, a champion of the poor who became a human rights icon in Latin America when he was killed by a right-wing death squad in 1980, will be made a Roman Catholic saint. A statement on Wednesday said Pope Francis had given final approval [...]

As sanctions loom, Venezuelan official seeks U.S. talks over prisoners

March, 7 2018 (Reuters) WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Venezuelan state governor made an unusual visit to Washington this week, seeking meetings in Congress to discuss the fate of a U.S. citizen imprisoned in the South American nation, U.S. sources said on Wednesday. As the threat of fresh U.S. sanctions on socialist Venezuela loomed, Rafael Lacava, [...]

Panama hotel removes Trump branding after court battle

March, 6 2018 (BBC) The majority owner of a luxury hotel in Panama City has regained control of the building after a legal battle with its management - the Trump Organization. Within hours of the verdict from a Panamanian court, hotel staff removed the Trump name from its main entrance. Cypriot businessman Orestes Fintiklis has [...]