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US Refineries Prepare for Imminent Sanctions against Venezuelan Oil

July 28 2017 (Panampost) The United States is already preparing its refineries ahead of imminent sanctions against Venezuela and the state-owned oil company PDVSA, according to Reuters. The Valero Energy Corp and Marathon Petroleum Corp refineries said on Thursday that they plan to work with lighter crude oil this quarter, Reuters reported, and to continue [...]

Brazil to shift funds from investments to police, air traffic

July, 27 2017 (Reuters) BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's government will redirect 2.2 billion reais ($700 million) from investments to essential services such as air traffic control to avoid disruptions caused by its austerity drive, Planning Minister Dyogo Oliveira said on Thursday. With the Brazilian economy still reeling from its worst recession on record, policymakers have [...]

El Salvador prosecutors order nearly 600 arrests to stem crime spree

July, 26 2017 (Reuters) SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - Prosecutors in El Salvador ordered the arrests of some 593 people nationwide on suspicion of crimes like homicide and extortion, an action that appeared to be a major strike against gangs that have turned the Central American country into one of the deadliest in the world. Attorney [...]

Son of detained Mexican drug kingpin surrenders to U.S. narcotics police

July, 27 2017 (Reuters) MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The son of Mexican drug kingpin Damaso Lopez Nunez has handed himself over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), said a security official from the border state of Baja California. "What we know is that he handed himself over yesterday (Wednesday). The case is now with [...]

Venezuela crisis: Bans on protests that ‘disturb’ election

July, 28 2017 (BBC) Venezuela is banning protests that could "disturb or affect" Sunday's controversial election for a new constituent assembly. Prison terms of between five and 10 years could be imposed on those contravening the ban, Interior Minister Néstor Reverol said. More than 100 people have been killed in protest-related violence since April. The [...]

Trump effect’ looms large at Mexico’s southern border

July, 25 2017 (CNN) Tapachula, Mexico (CNN)Amarilis Mendoza is getting used to stares and double takes. The 13-year-old from Guatemala lost part of her left leg when she fell from a moving train, a train she had hoped would carry her to the United States. Her shirt reads "Keep moving forward." But now that defiant [...]

Trump Administration Threatens Embargo on Venezuelan Crude Oil: WSJ

July, 19 2917 (Panampost) United States President Donald Trump and his administration are preparing to impose “strong and swift” sanctions on Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s regime, the The Wall Street Journal reported July 19. Should the dictatorial regime continue with its plans to rewrite the country’s constitution by means of a Constituent Assembly, sanctions would [...]

Javier Duarte, former Mexican governor, extradited from Guatemala

July, 18 2017 (BBC) The former governor of the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz has arrived back on home soil, after being extradited from Guatemala. Javier Duarte has been charged with corruption, money laundering and involvement in organised crime. Mr Duarte resigned his post in October 2016. He has rejected the allegations and vowed to [...]

Uruguay pharmacies start selling recreational marijuana

July, 19 2017 (BBC) Uruguay has become the first country in the world to legally sell marijuana for recreational use. Sixteen pharmacies started dispensing marijuana on Wednesday, Almost 5,000 people have signed up to a national registry to be able to buy marijuana legally. They will be able to buy up to 10g (0.35oz) a [...]

Brazil’s former President Lula da Silva found guilty of corruption

July, 13 2017 /CNN) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil's former President, was found guilty Wednesday of corruption and money laundering charges, a representative of the federal court in Parana state told CNN. Brazilian Federal Judge Sergio Moro sentenced Lula da Silva to nine-and-a-half years in jail. He will remain free during his appeal, and [...]

Venezuela’s Opposition Holds Symbolic Referendum On Maduro

July, 16 2017 (Huffpost) CARACAS, July 16 (Reuters) - Gunmen in Venezuela shot into a crowd of voters on Sunday, activists said, killing one woman and wounding three others during an unofficial referendum organized by the opposition to push for an end to two decades of socialist rule. The opposition Democratic Unity coalition said a [...]