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UN Points to El Salvador Gangs as Key Link to Cross-Continent Drug Trafficking

June, 20 2017 (Panampost) Drug trafficking in the United States can be tracked back to gangs in El Salvador, known as maras, that make use of money laundering schemes and the deep web to carry out operations, according to new findings by The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. “The networks are used to attract services and [...]

Venezuelan foreign minister threatens never to return to OAS

June, 20 2017 (Reuters) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said on Tuesday her government would never go back to the Organization of American States, but then left the door open to participating in further meetings. Venezuela has vowed to leave the OAS, but Rodriguez also noted that there was a two-year administrative period to finalize [...]

Colombia conflict: Two Dutch journalists kidnapped

June, 20 2017 (BBC) Two Dutch journalists have been abducted in Colombia in an area near the Venezuelan border. Derk Bolt and Eugenio Follender went missing at the weekend in Catatumbo, a region where several armed groups operate, including the left-wing ELN. They were searching for the mother of a Colombian child adopted in the [...]

Mexico ‘spied on journalists, lawyers and activists’

June, 20 2017 (BBC) Several prominent journalists and activists in Mexico have filed a complaint accusing the government of spying on them by hacking their phones. The accusation follows a report in the New York Times that says they were targeted with spyware meant to be used against criminals and terrorists. The newspaper says messages [...]

Venezuela chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega could face trial

June, 21 2017 (BBC) Venezuela's Supreme Court has paved the way for a possible trial of the country's chief prosecutor, Luisa Ortega. A governing party lawmaker requested that the Supreme Court allow proceedings against her for allegedly committing "grave errors" in her role. Ms Ortega was once a staunch ally of President Nicolás Maduro. But [...]

Cuban Government Says Trump Will Not Weaken The Revolution

June, 16 2017 (Huffpost) The Cuban government on Friday denounced U.S. President Donald Trump’s new measures to tighten the blockade on the island as a setback in U.S.-Cuban relations, but said it remained willing to continue “respectful dialog.” In a statement read out on the evening news, the Communist government said Trump was resorting to “coercive [...]

Cuba kicks off electoral process leading to Castro handover

June, 14 2017 (Reuters) Communist-run Cuba said on Wednesday it was calling for municipal elections on Oct. 22, kicking off the electoral procedure that should lead to the handover of power from Raul Castro to the next president. The ruling Communist Party newspaper Granma said the date for provincial and national assembly elections would be [...]

Exclusive: U.S., Mexico, Slim charity to work on Central America crime, migration

June, 14 2017 (Reuters) The United States, Mexico and three Central American nations will this week unveil plans to work with billionaire Carlos Slim's charity to tackle crime in Central America and find new ways of slowing migration, according to a draft document. Top U.S., Mexican and Central American officials meet in Miami on Thursday [...]

Rio state ex-governor Sergio Cabral sentenced to 14 years

June, 13 2017 (BBC) The former governor of Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state has been sentenced to 14 years and two months in prison for corruption and money laundering. Sergio Cabral served two terms as Rio state governor from 2007 to 2014. He was accused of received kickbacks from construction firms in return for awarding [...]

Venezuelan general quits over constituent assembly plan

June, 14 2017 (BBC) A Venezuelan top general who resigned last week has revealed his reasons for stepping down. The head of Venezuela's National Defence Council, Alexis López Ramírez, said he had resigned over President Nicolás Maduro's plans for a constituent assembly. The general said he did not agree with the way the assembly was [...]

Brazilian President acquitted in illegal campaign funds case

June, 09  2017  (CNN) Rio de Janeiro (CNN)Brazil's top electoral court voted to acquit President Michel Temer and former President Dilma Rousseff following an investigation of allegations they received illegal campaign funds in the 2014 elections. The 4-3 decision gives Temer some breathing room, but he still faces a corruption investigation and street protests that [...]

Tillerson Signals Tough Trump Administration Stance On Cuba

June, 13  2017 (Huffpost) U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday said Cuba “must begin to address human rights challenges” if it wants Washington to preserve a move toward more normal relations started under former President Barack Obama. Tillerson, speaking to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee days before President Donald Trump is expected to [...]