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More bullets than ballots in Mexico as another candidate is gunned down

February, 7 2018 (Panampost) Instead of keeping tabs on how many factories move away from Mexico to the United States, President Trump should instead track the number of assassination attempts Mexican election candidates have had to endure this year. In the early hours of Tuesday, Feb. 6, Francisco Rojas San Román, PRI party candidate for [...]

Billionaire businessman Mendoza rules out Venezuela election run: sources

February, 15 2018 (Reuters) VALENCIA, Venezuela/CARACAS (Reuters) – Billionaire businessman Lorenzo Mendoza has ruled out challenging Venezuela’s leftist President Nicolas Maduro in the upcoming election despite multiple calls for him to stand, sources from his company’s workforce said on Thursday. With the opposition’s strongest potential presidential candidates barred from standing and polls confirming his popularity, [...]

Border breakdown: How groups make money off Venezuela’s migrant crisis

February, 14 2018 (Colombia Reports) Illegal armed groups and criminals are profiting from the economic crisis in Venezuela by charging fleeing migrants for illegal access into Colombia, and in some cases Panama. For these groups, Venezuelans have become the latest commodity that is smuggled across the notoriously porous border. “Because the river doesn’t have a [...]

Guatemala detains former president, finance minister on corruption charges

February, 13 2018 (CNN) Former Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom and a former finance minister who is now Oxfam International’s chairman were detained Tuesday in a corruption investigation involving a public bus deal, the office of Guatemala’s attorney general said. Colom was detained on corruption charges along with nine other people, including Juan Alberto Fuentes Knight, [...]

International Criminal Court may investigate Venezuela

February, 9 2018 (CNN) The International Criminal Court is looking into allegations of excessive force and other abuses by Venezuela’s government in response to sometimes deadly anti-regime protests, its prosecutor said Thursday. The “preliminary examination” by the Netherlands-based tribunal is the first step toward launching an investigation into what ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda called allegations [...]

Venezuela ‘political prisoners’ held hostage in jail riot

February, 15 2018 (BBC) Inmates at Tocuyito prison in the Venezuelan state of Carabobo have taken four other prisoners and dozens of guards hostage in a jail riot. Photos on social media show the four prisoners kneeling with their arms held up while other inmates appear to be threatening them. Three of the four men [...]

Venezuela announces 99.6 percent devaluation of official forex rate

february, 5 2018 (Reuters) CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s central bank on Monday announced a devaluation of more than 99 percent of its official exchange rate with the launch of a new foreign exchange platform, a move critics quickly said would not create a functioning currency market. The central bank said the first auction of its [...]

U.S., Peru agree to keep collaborating in drugs trafficking fight

February, 5 2018 (Reuters) LIMA (Reuters) – Peru’s foreign minister said on Monday that she and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had agreed to keep working together to fight drug trafficking, days after President Donald Trump had threatened to curb aid to drug hotspots. “The secretary of state has recognized Peru’s efforts to combat [...]

FARC leader’s first campaign rally marked by fierce protests

February, 3 2018 (Colombia Reports) The FARC‘s presidential candidate, Rodrigo Londoño, survived his first day of campaigning, but was met with fierce protests on Friday. Riot police and at least 12 bodyguards were necessary to allow safe passage for the former guerrilla leader, who had picked Armenia, the capital of his native Quindio province, for [...]

Ecuador ‘rejects unlimited election terms’, blocking Correa return

February, 5 2018 (BBC) Ecuadoreans have voted to scrap unlimited presidential terms, a move which should stop leftist ex-leader Rafael Correa from returning to power. With almost all votes counted, 64.3% of voters backed a constitutional change which will prevent presidents from holding office for more than two terms. The question was one of seven [...]

Paraguay’s EPP rebels free two Mennonite hostages

February, 5 2018 (BBC) A Paraguayan guerrilla group has freed two Mennonite men it had been holding hostage for five months. The two were released after their families paid a ransom and handed over food to local communities, Paraguayan media report. They were abducted by the Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP), a Marxist rebel group which [...]

Venezuela announces 99.6 percent devaluation of official forex rate

february, 5 2018 (Reuters) CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela’s central bank on Monday announced a devaluation of more than 99 percent of its official exchange rate with the launch of a new foreign exchange platform, a move critics quickly said would not create a functioning currency market. The central bank said the first auction of its [...]